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Virtual Group Therapy

During the pandemic, Riverside Community Care has expanded our offering of Virtual Group Therapy. All groups are running remotely via telehealth and are facilitated by experienced Riverside clinicians.

If you are interested in joining a group or would like to learn more, please call the number at the end of each listing.

** Indicates Drop-In Group


Anger Management

Thursday 4:00-5:00pm

Leader: Erol Zeybekoglu, PsyD

Members will learn how to monitor anger using an anger meter, identify triggers and cues, understand the cycle of aggression, utilize immediate and preventative coping strategies, develop an individualized anger control plan, and discuss anger in the family. For more information, please call 617-354-2275.


Anxiety Support Group

Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm

Leader: Kenneth Martel, LICSW

For those with challenges with managing their anxiety, this group focuses on empowerment through education and coping skills, and through the group’s support.  This is a non-judgmental, supportive, and learning environment for members to share their thoughts and feelings. For more information, please call 781-769-8670.


Anxiety Support for Teens
Tuesday 5:00pm for 10 weeks
Leader: Jessica Cunningham, LCSW

For teens aged 12-17 to learn the differences between stress and anxiety, what causes anxiety disorders, and coping skills to manage anxiety symptoms, while receiving mutual support from peers. The group will run for 10 weeks.  For more information and start date, please call 781-769-8670.


**Come as You Are: Recovery Group

Wednesday 3:00-4:00pm

Leader: Anne Priestley, LICSW, LADC I

This group is for men and women who want to address their substance use, providing support and information in a safe environment that is accepting, welcoming, and non-judgmental. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.


Coping and Connection for Teens

Tuesday 5:00-6:00 pm

Leader: Leah Sherman, LICSW

A weekly meeting place for high school students who are experiencing increased stress, anxiety, or depression due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This 6-week group will help teens develop coping strategies and find social connection and support from peers. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.


COVID-19 Support Group

Wednesday 12:00-1:00 pm

Leader: Judi Locke, LMHC

This 6-week group will offer support and teach skills for managing anxiety and depression caused by the stress of the pandemic. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.


DBT Skills (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

Friday 3:00-4:00pm (women only)

Tuesday 5:00-6:00pm (all genders)

Leader: Abby Wilson, LICSW             

Learn and practice DBT skills of distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness.  For more information, please call 617-969-4925.


Tuesday 2:15-3:15pm

Leader: Jennie Lurie, MA

DBT teaches skills that help individuals approach conversations in a more thoughtful and deliberate manner rather than acting and reacting impulsively due to stress or intense emotions. For more information, please call 617-354-2275.


Early Recovery Group

Monday 9:30-11am or Wednesday 1:00-2:30pm (begins January 2021)

This 12-week group will provide a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment to learn about addiction, why we do what we do, and take positive steps in recovery.  Focusing on a different concept each week with both an educational component and interactive group process, the group is built upon the concept that small changes have big effects in our lives.  All group members will need an outpatient intake; please submit referrals or inquiries to Norm Townsend at ntownsend@riversidecc.org enough in advance to schedule an intake call before 12/23/20.


Hoarding Maintenance Groups

Monday 5:00-6:00pm

Leader: Karin Lehr, LICSW

Every other Friday 11:45am-1:00pm

Leader: Lori Barry-Smith, LICSW

Ongoing groups open to people who have completed the 26-week curriculum-based Hoarding Group. The purpose is to provide a supportive environment while reviewing and reinforcing the skills and techniques that help with de-cluttering at home. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.



Monday 4:00-5:00pm (begins January 12, 2021)

Leader: Raimi Marx, MA, Med

For members of the LGBTQIA+ community dealing with issues related to family and relationships, identity development, past trauma, and experiences of marginalization and oppression. Group members will practice new skills such as effective communication, stress management and coping techniques, selfcare, and identity exploration. Open to anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, non-binary, intersex, ace, or who does not exclusively identify as straight and/or cisgender. For more information, please call 617-354-2275.


Men’s Groups

Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm

Leader: Robert Saxner, MA

This ongoing support group for men focuses on relationships, health/wellness, stress management, and coping with anxiety/depression. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.


Thursday 3:00pm-4:00pm
Leader: Erol Zeybekoglu, PsyD
Open discussion group providing a space for a general mental health check-in, with opportunities for interpersonal processing of affect, peer support and feedback regarding topics related to men’s mental health care and community resources. For more information, please call 617-354-2275.


**Mind-Body Coping Group

Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm

Leader: Jennifer Krier, LICSW

In this group, we explore the mind-body connection and how breathing methods, gentle movements, light stretching, and body awareness exercises help us create greater mindfulness, self-compassion, and balance when we are “triggered” by stress, anxiety, upsetting events, or difficult relationships. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.


Mindful Movement Group

Monday 1:00pm-2:00pm (begins December 7)
Leaders: Kara Kaufman, LCSW, Jennie Lurie, MA

This group will incorporate movement including gentle yoga stretches, breathing exercises, meditation, and guided imagery to elevate mental health. There will be time for journaling at the beginning and end of the session. Optional props: comfortable space to sit and stretch, cushion, blankets. Yoga experience not required. Open group for all genders age 18 and over. For more information, please call 617-354-2275.


**Mindfulness Group

Friday 1:00-2:00pm

Leader: Judi Locke, LMHC

This is a group that teaches mindfulness, chair-based yoga, breathwork, and visualization exercises designed to promote a sense of well-being. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.


Parenting in a Pandemic

Friday 12:00-1:00pm

Leader: Rachel Shanshiry, LMHC

This is a 5-week group for parents seeking support managing the uncertainty and difficulties brought on by the pandemic. Join this group to develop a practice of self-care and help your child navigate change, loss, and fluctuating feelings. Gain mindfulness and relaxation skills to stave off your unwanted stress and learn to model hope and resilience for your children. Through skill-building and discussion, we will tackle the challenges and explore the opportunities brought about by these difficult times. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.


Parenting in Recovery       

Thursday 12-1:30pm

Leader: Vicki Martin, LICSW and Emily Bliss, LMHC

Support group for parents in recovery with children up to 18 years old.  Parents must have at least weekly contact with their child.  The group will be utilizing the GROW ARC (Attachment, Regulation, and Competency) Framework, learning to regulate parent-child emotions and building resiliency in the home.  The overall goal is to support caregivers in embracing their parent-child connection. For more information, please call 781-769-8670.


Relationship Group

Every other Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm

Leader: Felicia Falchuk, LCSW

This is a process-oriented support group for adult men and women who want to reduce their social isolation and improve their relationship skills. Individuals who have had long term challenges with making and sustaining friendships and meaningful connections or those who are impacted by social isolation are a good fit for this group. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.


Stress Management

Weekly: Monday 12:00-1:00pm

Leader: Erol Zeybekoglu, PsyD

A CBT-based group focused on sharing and developing coping strategies with peer support and feedback. Topics include self-care, personal emotional control, safety planning, identifying values and beliefs, and managing interpersonal relationships and boundaries. For more information, please call 617-354-2275.


Turn it Up! – Creating a Kids’ Toolbox for COVID and Beyond

Tuesday 5:00pm-6:00pm

Leaders: Pamela Greenberg, MA, and Hannah Levin (Bachelor’s Level Intern)

This is a group for kids of all genders, ages 8-10, with a focus on connection, fun, check-ins, and sharing coping skills for these challenging times.


Women’s Groups

Mondays 2:00-3:00pm   

Leader: Susan Bitensky, LICSW

This ongoing group for older women with mental illness develops skills for coping with anxiety, depression, family issues, past trauma, and offers opportunities to practice new skills, receive support, and socialize in a safe environment. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.


Thursday 5:00-6:00pm

Leader: Felicia Falchuk, LCSW

Are you struggling with anxiety and/or depression related to the current environment of the pandemic? This group is for young adult to middle age women seeking support from other women to manage life’s stresses. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.


Young Adult Group

Wednesday 7:00-8:00pm

Leader: Susan Bitensky, LICSW

This group is for people ages 20-30 who are transitioning to adulthood and dealing with issues such as independent living, relationships, work, school, time management, and self-care. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.

** Indicates Drop-In Group