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Group Therapy

During the pandemic, Riverside Community Care expanded our offerings to include Virtual Group Therapy. Some groups have returned to in-person, many are still running remotely via telehealth, and some follow a hybrid model.  All are facilitated by experienced Riverside clinicians.  Groups are arranged below according to discussion focus:

  • Anxiety, Depression, Stress
  • Domestic Violence
  • Identity Groups (LGBTQIA+, men, women)
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness
  • Parenting
  • Substance Recovery
  • Special Situations (anger management, hoarding, etc.)
  • Teens and Young Adults

If you are interested in joining a group or would like to learn more, please call the number at the end of each listing.  (Please note: Due to state licensing issues, we are only able to accept participants who live in Massachusetts.)

** Indicates drop-in group


Anxiety, Depression, Stress


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

Monday 5:00-6:00pm  – or –

Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm

Leader: Michael Hinckley, MA

For those with challenges 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.


Coping and Conversation

Thursday, 12:00-12:45pm

Leader: Katie Mulcahy at 617-969-4925

This in-person support group focuses on helping people with severe persistent mental illness to connect and socialize with others in a structured and nurturing setting.  Meets at Newton Outpatient Center. Contact Katie Mulcahy at 617-969-4925 for more information.


Stress Management

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.

 

Domestic Violence


Please call 781-747-8889 for referrals, registration, and questions regarding any Domestic Violence group, including days and times held via Zoom.  For more information about our programs, please visit our webpage.

Art and Healing
No art experience is required for this in-person group. Self-exploration and self-expression using art materials, in a safe and confidential group for survivors of intimate partner abuse. Materials provided.

Children Affected by Domestic Violence
Support groups for children of all ages, focused on handling feelings, social skill-building, and for older children, working through their experiences of intimate partner violence and family disruption.

Moving ON…Surviving and Thriving After Separation and Divorce
Confidential, non-judgmental support group.

New Beginnings Community Women’s Group
In-person group led by peers, offering mutual support, conversation, arts and crafts, and more.

Young Adult Women’s Support Group
For young women who were exposed to domestic abuse growing up and may be experiencing partner abuse in their own lives. The purpose of this group is to educate, explore coping skills, promote self-growth, and raise awareness to help break the cycle of abuse.

Identity Groups


LGBTQIA+ Group

Thursday 1:00-2:00pm (adults 18+)

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 skills such as effective communication, stress management and coping techniques, self-care, and identity exploration.  Open to any adult 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.  Group is currently full – please check back or call to be put on a wait list.


Men’s Groups


Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm

Leader: Robert Saxner, PsyD

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.


Women’s Groups


Monday 2:00-3:00pm   

Leader: Susan Bitensky, LICSW

This ongoing group for older women with mental illness helps develop 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.


Monday 5:00-6:00pm

Leader: Felicia Falchuk, LICSW

 This group is for young adult to middle-age women who are seeking support from other women to help manage anxiety, depression, grief and social isolation. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.  [Please note: This group and the wait list are currently full. We will update the listing when space opens up.]

 

Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness

Creating Healthy Habits
Monday, 4:00pm, 12 weeks beginning August 22
Leaders: SiriBrahma, CARC, CPS and Becky Tobin, RN, CSP
Your daily choices either support your well-being or sabotage you. Are your habits purposeful and effective or careless and rigid?  Come join this 12-week program designed to align daily habits to our natural biorhythms rooted in the ancient wisdom of the ancient holistic science of Ayurveda.  Held online and in-person at Riverside Behavioral Healthcare Center, 176 West Street, Milford MA.  Contact SiriBrahma at 339-216-7712 or Becky Tobin at 978-989-8852 for information.

Coping During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Tuesday, 4:00-5:00pm, begins in March (8 weeks)
Led by Riverside Outpatient Focused Treatment Team
This virtual therapy group is designed to encourage everyone’s well-being, as well as mutual respect for differing values and opinions, as we continue to navigate the pandemic. We’ll explore skills and resources we can build upon, and specific topics generated from the group such as sleep hygiene, isolation, grief, etc.  To register, contact Shristi Pant at spant@riversidecc.org or 339-987-2665 or Sarah DiGregorio, LCSW at sdigregorio@riversidecc.org or 781-645-9833.  (Zoom link provided after registration.)

 

DBT Skills (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)


Wednesday 1:00-2:00pm, beginning August 3 (adults 18+, all genders)

– or-
Thursday 12:00-1:00pm, begins August 4 (adults 18+, all genders)

Leader: Jennie Lurie, LMHC

In this class, DBT: Mindfulness Skills, we’ll learn how the core skills “States of Mind, What, and How” form a foundation for DBT Skills Training. DBT helps to develop awareness, insight, and focus to navigate challenging life situations and attain our goals.  For more information, please call 339-213-1954 or email jlurie@riversidecc.org

 

Friday 12:00-1:00pm (women only)

Leader: Abby Wilson, LICSW             

DBT helps identify thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions that make life harder. Learn and practice DBT skills of distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness.  For more information, please call 617-969-4925 or email abwilson@riversidecc.org.

 

Living Well
Wednesday 1:00pm
Leader: Mandi Glaser, LMHC 
A general support group for adults who have been affected by major mental illnesses throughout their lives.  Each session consists of an individual check-in, a group discussion, and wrap-up to prepare for the week ahead. Topics are driven by the members and their current needs. Contact Mandi Glaser at MGlaser@riversidecc.org.

 

**Mind-Body Coping
Monday 3:30-4:30 pm
Leader: Jennifer Krier, LICSW
Everything we go through in life affects our bodies as well as our minds.  In this group we’ll explore breathing methods, gentle movements, light stretching, and body awareness exercises to 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.

**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.


Movement for Emotional Health

Tuesday 12:00-1:00pm (adults 18+, all genders)
Leader: Jennie Lurie, LMHC

Therapeutic yoga allows your emotional process to be a whole-body healing experience. It is well established as a treatment modality for depression, anxiety, and PTSD as it reduces stress, calms the mind, and supports healing work. We’ll incorporate gentle yoga stretches, breathing exercises, meditation, and guided imagery. There will be time for journaling at the end of the session. You’ll need a comfortable space to sit and stretch, and optional cushion or blankets. Yoga mat or experience not required. For more information, please call 617-354-2275 or email jlurie@riversidecc.org.

 

Summer of Self-Compassion

Tuesday 10:00 -11:00 am, begins June 21 and runs for six weeks
Leader: Erin Emmanuel, LCSW

Meeting over Zoom, this group will introduce members to compassion-focused therapy, a modality that seeks to cultivate self-awareness and self-acceptance. Participants will learn strategies to challenge their inner critic, identify emotional/physical needs, and fulfill personal goals.  All are welcome – those who feel stuck in life and struggle with self-judgment may especially benefit.  Contact Erin Emmanuel, LCSW at 617-564-0115 or eemmanuel@riversidecc.org for more information about the group or the intake process.

Parenting


Parenting in Recovery       

Thursday 12:00-1:30pm

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.

 

Substance Recovery


**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.

The Four Agreements for Recovery
Wednesday, 3:00-4:00pm, beginning August 3 (Milford) and August 10 (Norwood)
Leaders: SiriBrahma, CARC, CPS and Johnny Pike, RSN, CSP
This new group supporting the recovery journey meets online and in-person, alternating weeks between Riverside offices at 176 West Street, Milford, and 190 Lenox Street, Norwood. Discussion is based on the best-selling book, “The Four Agreements,” by Mexican author Don Miguel Ruiz. We will use these principles to help break old habits of shame and self-doubt in order to build a new life of self-worth, personal integrity, and accountability. Contact SiriBrahma at 339-216-7712 or Johnny at 781-915-7524 for information.


Early Recovery Group

Monday 9:30-11:00am

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 to Erol Zeybekoglu at ezeybekoglu@riversidecc.org.  Call 617-354-2275 x4624 with questions.

 

Life Beyond Sobriety: Relapse Prevention       

Tuesday 6:00-7:30pm  

Facilitator: Emily Bliss, LMHC       

Peer support: Michael Leslie

A forum to work on empowerment by reducing shame and stigma.  To register or for more information, contact Emily Bliss ebliss@riversidecc.org or Michael Leslie mleslie@riversidecc.org. (Most insurance, except Medicare, accepted.)


Parenting in Recovery       

Thursday 12:00-1:30pm

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.


Tobacco Awareness Support Group

Tuesday 12:00-1:00pm
Leader: Nicole Youngwirth, LMHC
This 10-week group will focus on a different concept each week to support members who are considering reducing or quitting their tobacco use. Gather insight into your own tobacco use behavior, identify advantages to quitting or reducing use. For information or registration contact Nicole at 617-520-4032 or nyoungwirth@riversidecc.org

Special Situations


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.


Clutter Treatment Group

Tuesday, 9:30–10:45 am (begins October 19 and runs for 23 weeks)

Leader: Erin Emmanuel, LCSW

This group will meet weekly over the course of seven months. It is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, and will aim to encourage, support, and motivate those who struggle with clutter. Group members learn skills that inspire them to pare down and organize current belongings, as well as minimize future acquisitions. Contact 617-969-4925 ext. 5950 or eemmanuel@riversidecc.org.


Hoarding Maintenance Groups

Monday 5:00-6:15pm

    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.

 

Teens and Young Adults


Managing Stress and Relationships for Adolescents

Thursday, 10am (begins 7/14, later enrollees welcome)
Leaders: Emily Hyde, MSW and Connor Storms, MA
A therapy group for adolescents (age 13-18) meeting weekly throughout the summer in-person at the Somerville Outpatient Clinic, 117 Summer Street. We will approach the topics of stress management, coping skills, and relationship building through a variety of activities, therapeutic games, worksheets, and open discussions. Please reach out to Connor (cstorms@riversidecc.org) or Emily (ehyde@riversidecc.org) with questions or referrals.

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