Health offers a variety of short- and long-term groups providing support and counseling
in a number of areas. On this page, you’ll find information about:
LGBT Aging Project groups
Recovery Program groups
Group Psychotherapy Program
Behavioral Health Department offers a variety of short-term psychotherapy
groups created specifically to help individuals who struggle with depression,
anxiety or other emotions and behaviors that feel out of your control. These groups typically run for 10 to 12 weeks
and are designed to empower you with knowledge, teach you skills and offer you
support so that you can feel and function better.
Behavioral Health Department also offers a variety of longer-term psychotherapy
groups as well, also designed to help you cope and function better.
Group therapy really
works! Whether longer-term or short-term in nature,
group therapy is a very effective form of treatment. Years of research prove that group therapy
can be just as effective as individual therapy, and in many instances, even
more effective. Group therapy will give
you the opportunity to better understand yourself, interact with and get
support from peers who share similar problems, improve your interpersonal
relationships and help you grow as an individual. Our short-term, skill-based groups give you
the added benefit of acquiring education and skills that will help you cope
better with specific emotional and/or behavior problems.
Short-term, skill-based therapy groups
Support for Non-trans* Partners of Trans* Persons
This is a short-term group for non-trans people who are in a relationship with a trans* person. (Relationship meaning: long-term, dating, non-monogamous or monogamous). The group will provide a space for non-judgmental and uninhibited conversation, support, and resources. Topics that may come up in the group are:
- Changes in perceived identities
- Shifts in identified communities
- Changes in sexual intimacy/comfort around bodies changing
- How to be an ally to my partner
- Handling disclosure: taking care of myself and also protecting my partner’s privacy
- Being excited with and caring for my partner and also managing my feelings of loss, judgment, sadness or fear
- Gathering of resources for continued support
Contact Sarah Eley, LICSW at 857.313.6551 for more questions or to register.
Therapy Group for Anxiety
For anyone who struggles with anxiety, social phobia, or panic attacks, this
weekly therapy group uses CBT techniques to teach members tools for decreasing
anxiety and taking control of worry. A commitment to daily mood and thought
tracking and relaxation practice will be required as part of the group. The
group will meet for 10 sessions. Contact Sixto Munoz, LICSW at 617.927.6270 for more information or to enroll.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group for Depression
For anyone who struggles with depression, this weekly therapy group uses
cognitive and behavioral techniques to teach members tools for decreasing
depressive symptoms, and fostering a sense of empowerment. A commitment to
daily mood and thought tracking and an openness to behavior modification will
be required as part of the group. The group will meet for 10 sessions.
Please call 617.927.6202 for more information.
Compulsive Sexual Behavior
For gay or bisexual men who are struggling with out of
control sexual behaviors, this skilled based therapy group is designed to
empower individuals with knowledge and skills, peer support, and improved
motivation to make healthier choices and positive changes regarding sexual
activity. Group will meet at the 1340 Street location. Contact David Todisco,
LICSW at 617.927.6275 for more information.
Exploring Sexual Orientation Group
Exploring Sexual Orientation Group
This is a short-term group for people of all gender identities for exploration and/or support of different expressions of sexual orientation. It is appropriate for people who:
clearly be coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or attracted to people of all gender
- who may be
uncertain and want to explore or better understand their sexual orientation
- who are
more certain about their sexual orientation but struggle with issues of
acceptance/self disclosure with regards to work, school, friends, family of origin and/or dating
Please contact Denise Nunez at 617.927.6202 with referrals.
For those who want to break the cycle of drug or alcohol abuse, Fenway offers a
variety of Substance Abuse Services, including the following groups:
- Sobriety Skills
and Support Group
- Sobriety Support
about Substance Abuse Services & groups.
Limited Group for Male Identified Survivors of Sexual Violence
para Latin@s que han Sufrido Violencia o Abuso (Spanish-Speaking Group for
Latino/as who have experienced Violence or Abuse)
about VRP Services & groups.
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Longer-term therapy groups
of Black: A Therapy Group for Gay/Bi Black Men
group for gay/bi identified Black Men. This group offers a supportive, safe and
confidential environment for members to share their experiences as black men
who have sex with men in the “gay community” and in their community of origin.
The group is intended to help members develop, integrate and consolidate their
racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender and sexual identities. One goal of
the group is to increase self-awareness, self-esteem and acceptance while
decreasing isolation and internalized negative messages related to having
multiple intersecting and sometimes conflicting identities. Members will have
the opportunity to share their experiences of (but are not limited to):
Please contact Tfawa Haynes, LICSW at
617.927.6223 for more information and to arrange a screening. The
group will meet Monday evenings.
of being fetishized
in-group cultural and ethnic similarities and differences
connections and integrating religion and spirituality with one’s sexuality
Gay Men's Mood Disorder
An ongoing group for gay men who struggle with mood disorders such as major depression,
anxiety and bipolar illness. This group offers a supportive environment for
members to share and cope with life issues that are affected by living with a
chronic mood disorder.
- The Tuesday
daytime group meets at 1340 Boylston Street.
Contact Aaron Price, LICSW at 617.927.6288 for more information.
- The Tuesday
evening group meets at 1340 Boylston Street.
Contact Don Farr, LICSW at 617.927.6219 for more information.
Gay Men's Intimacy
Ongoing psychotherapy groups focusing on helping members develop deeper and
more intimate relationships. Different
groups meet on Monday and Thursday evenings at both 1340 Boylston and Fenway
South End locations. For
more information contact Guy Croteau, LICSW at 617.927.6058 or Jennifer McLain,
MD at 617.927.6232.
Ongoing group for gay/bi men to discuss the challenges and rewards associated
with aging including: Relationships, social isolation, sexuality,
developing meaningful pursuits at this phase of life, managing health &
illness, and creating (or re-creating) a life with meaning.
meets Thursday daytime at the 1340 Boylston Street location. Contact Don
Farr, LICSW at 617.927.6219 for more information.
LGBT Mood Disorder Group
Ongoing group for people who struggle with mood disorders such as major
depression, anxiety and bipolar illness. This group offers a supportive
environment for members to share and cope with life issues or affected by
living with a chronic mood disorder. The group is open to all people who
identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and meets Wednesdays, daytime
at the 1340 Boylston Street location. Contact
Guy R. Croteau, LICSW at 617.927.6058 for more information.
Women’s Interpersonal Group
An ongoing therapy group for lesbian, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual
women to explore relationships, emotions and communication styles.
Focuses on fostering honest feedback and development of intimacy between
members with the goal of interpersonal growth.
Monday evening group meets at Fenway: South End and the Tuesday evening group
meets at 1340 Boylston Street. Contact Jennifer McLain, MD at
617.927.6232 for more information.
LGBT Cancer Support Group
Cancer can be a terrifying and lonely experience. This weekly support
group provides a safe space where LGBT people with cancer can meet others
facing similar challenges, find comfort and companionship, and learn new ways
to cope. Professionally run by a female and male clinician with
psycho-oncology experience. Services will be provided at no charge to
participants. Call Joyce Collier at 617.332.5777 for more
information or to join. A collaboration of Fenway Health and Facing Cancer
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Fenway’s Prevention, Education and Screening Services Division offers free support groups for health promotion that are not therapy groups. These groups are designed to provide supportive discussions, education about healthier living, and to foster a sense of belonging and camaraderie among participants
Bisexual and Bi-Curious Men's Group
A male-facilitated group for men who are bisexual or think they might be, meets
the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 7-9 pm, at Fenway Health. People who want more
information can email Charles Strauss at email@example.com. The group is
free and confidential. Sponsored by Fenway Health’s BiHealth program.
T-Social Club: The T-Social Club has a new year-round meeting format. It will meet every other Thursday instead of weekly. This group is an intergenerational discussion group for all who falls under the Trans* umbrella. We will continue to discuss issues that affect our lives. Any questions about the T-Supper Club? Please contact Kelvin Powell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-927-6079.
T-Supper Club: The T-Supper Club Program will be partnering with local organization Body Image 4 Justice this summer. The two groups will facilitate a 7-week mini-series for Transmen on re-socialization. This series will cover topics such as deconstructing our ideas of masculinity and how to not internalize hyper masculine ideology. We will also cover rigid gender roles and redefining our selves by validating our own experiences. This series will begin in June 2014. For more information contact Kelvin Powell, email@example.com, 617-927-6079.
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LGBT Aging Project
Bereavement Group - General Loss
For LGBT adults of any age who are experiencing the loss of a loved one (partner/spouse, friend, parent, family member etc).
Time: Thursday Evenings 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Dates: March 13 – May 1
Call 857.313.6578 for more information.
Bereavement Group - Pet Loss
For LGBT adults of any age who are experiencing the loss of a beloved pet.
Time: Monday Evenings 6:30 – 8:00 p.m..
Dates: April 7 – May 26
Call 857.313.6578 for more information.
Spring 2014 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Courses
The LGBT Aging Project is offering two new MBSR courses starting in April. One will be co-hosted by Bristol Elder Services and held in Fall River on Monday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., starting May 5 and ending June 9. The other will be co-hosted by North Shore Elder Services and held in Danvers on Wednesday afternoons 4 to 6:30 p.m., starting May 7 and ending June 11. Times may change based on the availability of local participants. This is a free course and open to any LGBT older adults. To learn more about the MBSR program you will need to attend one of the free orientation sessions:
Monday April 28, 10 a.m. Fall River
Tuesday April 29, 4 p.m. Boston
Wednesday, April 30, 4 p.m. Danvers
Information sessions are one and a half hours long and require a reservation. Address and directions will be given at the time of registration. The MBSR course is free and runs for 6 weeks.
If you have questions or would like to register please contact Bob Linscott at857.313.6578 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Violence Recovery Program
violence, in any of its forms, can be a very isolating experience. For this
reason, the act of giving and getting support with others with similar
experiences can be a powerful part of healing. Groups also offer a chance to
learn information and explore skills that can help to better cope. The groups
start throughout the year, depending on enrollment. All groups are free and
require an intake. The intake is a chance to discuss concerns with the group leader
and determine if the group best meets your needs at this time. For more
information about the groups or to schedule an intake, please call
Trauma Education Group
The Trauma Education Group is a free 9 week group for LGBT people who have experienced abuse, violence, or other trauma. Discussions will focus on the effects and symptoms of trauma in general, as opposed to each individual’s traumatic story or memories. Groups are run two to three times a year. If you are interested in the Trauma Education Group, contact Cara Presley-Kimball in the Violence Recovery Program at 617.927.6250 or 800.834.3242.
Time Limited Group for Male Identified Survivors of Sexual Violence
Fenway Community Health and The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center are happy to announce a free, 12-week support group for male-identified survivors of childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault. This group provides its members with a forum to discuss the impact of sexual abuse on their lives and their relationships. It also explores useful ways to cope with common challenges faced by many male-identified survivors of sexual assault. Group meetings are held in English and are held twice a year.
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The following groups are hosted by TOD@S, an interagency collaboration of The Network/La Red, The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, The Violence Recovery Program at Fenway Health, & Renewal House, a program of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry.
Compartiendo Pan y Orgullo: Un grupo para lesbiana, gay, bisexual, y / o transgénero (LGBT) sobrevivientes de abuso
(Spanish-Speaking Group for Latino/as who have experienced Violence or Abuse)
Si usted está interesad@, únase a nosotros para un grupo de apoyo gratuito en español para Latin@s LGBT que han sufrido violencia y / o abuso. Este grupo de apoyo de 8 semanas les proveerá un espacio seguro para estar en comunidad con otras personas que han sido afectado/as por abuso y/o violencia. Vamos a compartir, comer y aprender unos de otros. Usted no tiene que compartir historias personales si no desea. Es un espacio para convivir con otras personas que han pasado por algo similar a usted. Para más información sobre el grupo, por favor, contactar a CarmenLeah Ascencio a: (617) 927-6278. Este grupo comienza el 10 de Septiembre en el Fenway Health en Boston. Se proveerá cuidado de niños.
Este grupo es patrocinado por TOD@S. TOD@S es una colaboración entre The Network/La Red, la Coalición de Gays Hispanos y de ascendencia africana (The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition), el Programa de Recuperación de Violencia de Fenway Health y de Casa de Renovación (Renewal House), un programa del Ministerio Urbano Unitario Universalista. Junt@s trabajamos para aumentar el acceso a los servicios de intervención y de prevención para la gente LGBQ/T Latina y de ascendencia africana afectada por el abuso de pareja. Este proyecto fue apoyado por la Subvención No 2011-UW-AX-0012 otorgada por la Oficina de Violencia contra la Mujer, del Departamento de Justicia de los Estados Unidos. Las opiniones, conclusiones y recomendaciones expresadas en la publicación pertenecen al autor y no reflejan necesariamente la opinión de la Oficina de Violencia contra la Mujer del Departamento de Justicia.
about VRP support groups.