Life Changes Group is pleased to offer group psychotherapy opportunities to our clients. Group psychotherapy provides individuals with a supportive environment that allows for shared experiences and perspectives that can be a wonderful supplement to individual therapy or as a stand alone treatment. Topics include cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy for depression, mindfulness based stress reduction, and other programs aimed at meeting the varying needs of our clients. Current offerings are based on what is of greatest need to our communities and clients.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety
Location: 1330 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446, Suite #202
Day and Time: Tuesdays @ 7:00pm
Duration: One hour sessions, 10 weeks
Life Changes Group is presently holding a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) group for individuals suffering from any type of anxiety disorder. This group meets for an hour and runs for 10 weeks. Individuals with an anxiety disorder suffer from excessive worry and fear, as well as uncomfortable physical sensations, such as a racing heart, trouble breathing, or the feeling of being suffocated. Situations and events that would ordinarily seem routine end up feeling unmanageable and require extensive effort of energy and will to tolerate. It often feels as though the only choice is to avoid anything that could increase anxiety, however, this avoidance can become a problem in itself and lead to the sacrifice of meaningful scholastic, professional, and romantic goals.
The main components of our group include:
- Psychoeducation (e.g., what is an anxiety disorder, how prevalent are they?)
- Self-monitoring of symptoms (e.g., keeping track of your anxiety more formally)
- Cognitive restructuring (e.g., changing the way you perceive threats and danger)
- Exposure (e.g., breaking the cycle of avoidance and withdrawal)
CBT has been found in clinical studies to significantly reduce avoidance-based behaviors associated with anxiety and return people to their normal lives and routines.
Relieving Stress through Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
Location: 875 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite #84, Cambridge, MA 02139
Day and Time: Mondays @ 6:00pm
Duration: 1.5 hour sessions, 10 weeks
Life Changes Group is holding a Relieving Stress through Mindfulness and Self-Compassion group for individuals ages 18-30. This workshop will teach you practical ways to be mindful when you are struggling and to respond with kindness to help you better cope with difficult situations. You will learn skills for tolerating distress and decreasing your worries and concerns about perceived mistakes. Through this workshop you can also develop connections with others so that you feel less alone in your struggles. Workshop topics include psychoeducation, mindfulness meditations and skill building, journaling, and interpersonal activities. Sessions can consists of worksheets, practical exercises, and meditations focused on building mindfulness and compassion. There is also a discussion portion where participants can talk about their experience building a more self-compassionate attitude both in the workshop and at home.
Gay Men’s Interpersonal Group
Location: 875 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite #43, Cambridge, MA 02139
Day and Time: Thursdays @ 7:00pm
Duration: 1 hour sessions, open-ended (12 week minimum)
The purpose of the Gay Men’s Interpersonal Process Group is to provide a safe space for Boston area gay men to use group conversation as a way to address multiple issues, learn new ways of coping, and build connections. As a process group, we will address issues that are brought up by the group members. You can find help with issues such as: depression, anxiety, low self esteem, intimacy and connection, isolation, issues with gay identity development, anger, and coping with homophobia.