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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.  Groups are arranged below according to discussion focus:

  • Anxiety, Depression, Stress
  • 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.

** 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

Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm

Leader: Kenneth Martel, LICSW

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.


Anxiety Support for Teens

Wednesday 6:00pm

Leader: Erica Stone, MA

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.


COVID-19 Support Group

Wednesday 12:00-1:00 pm

Leader: Judi Locke, LMHC

This group will offer support and skills for managing the experience of  living through the pandemic. Members will learn mindfulness and grounding skills to manage anxious thoughts and feelings and decrease social isolation.  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.

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.

   *We will consider those under 18 years old on a case-by-case basis.


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.


Women’s Groups

Mondays 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.

 Thursday 5:00-6:00pm

Leader: Felicia Falchuk, LCSW

 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.

 

Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness


Building Resiliency

Wednesdays 12:00-1:00pm
Leaders: Lori Mackenzie, LMHC; Chia Tai Chi, and Andrew Golibersuch
Come together to build resiliency and support to get through these tough times. Each week will have a different focus, from new coping skills, different mental health needs, and expressive arts therapy techniques. The hope is you will come away from each session with something that will make the next week just a little bit easier. Contact cchi@riversidecc.org; 781-747-0171 to enroll.


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 (adults 18+, all genders)

Leader: Jennie Lurie, MA

DBT helps identify thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions that make life harder. In this group, we’ll learn skills from mindfulness, interpersonal skill building, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. Each module meets for 6-8 weeks depending on section and runs seasonally. For more information, please call 617-354-2275 or email jlurie@riversidecc.org


Healing Through Writing
Wednesdays at 5:30-6:30pm
Leader: Heather Day, LMHC

We connect and understand each other through stories. Narrative therapy does not attempt to change our life stories but rather enrich them with nuances, metaphors, new understandings of ourselves and the world and provide a more holistic understanding of how the events in our lives shape us today.  This group will provide exercises/activities to practice narrative work and group discussions.  Bring paper, journal, writing materials or anything else that might spark creativity.


**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.


**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 12:00noon-1:00pm (adults 18+, all genders)
Leaders: Kara Kaufman, LCSW, Jennie Lurie, MA

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 or kkaufman@riversidecc.org.

 

Parenting


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.


Parenting in a Virtual World

Wednesdays 7:30-8:30am
Leader: Heather Day, LMHC
It takes a village to raise kids, but what happens when that village goes virtual?  Parenting in a virtual world: turn the camera on, have your 50 passwords ready to go. Do you feel you have chronic brain fog, and every decision is difficult to make?   Welcome to parenting in this virtual world – you are not alone.  Let’s talk mental health, parenting strategies, and childhood resiliency.  Join us for a solid hour of self-care, and a boost to your week to make it to Friday! Contact Hday@riversidecc.org or 781-246-2010 to enroll.

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.

 

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.


Early Recovery Group

Monday 9:30-11am or Wednesday 1:00-2:30pm 

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.


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.

 

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.


COVID-19 Support Group

Wednesday 12:00-1:00 pm

Leader: Judi Locke, LMHC

This group will offer support and skills for managing the experience of  living through the pandemic. Members will learn mindfulness and grounding skills to manage anxious thoughts and feelings and decrease social isolation.  For more information, please call 617-969-4925.


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.


Relationship Group

Every other Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm

Leader: Felicia Falchuk, LCSW

This is a process-oriented support group for middle-age and older men and women who want to reduce their social isolation and improve their relationship skills. Individuals who have had long-term challenges 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.

 

Teens and Young Adults


Anxiety Support for Teens

Wednesday 6:00pm

Leader: Erica Stone, MA

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.


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