Clinical Services

Group psychotherapy is a form of therapy in which a small number of people generally meet weekly under the leadership of a trained therapist to help themselves and one another. In group therapy people learn about themselves and improve their interpersonal relationships.

Group Therapy Sessions: Psychodynamic/Interpersonal  |  Cognitive Behavior: Anxiety  |  Dialectical Behavior  |  Skills-Practice  |  Coping Skills: Living Well  | Cognitive Behavior: Bingeing   |  Pain Group  |  Geriatric Group  |  OCD Cognitive Behavior Maintenance  |  Coping skills for Depression  |  Women's Self-esteem


Groups are listed according to types, days and times. If you are interested in any of these groups, please call the Psychiatry Access Line at 617-724-7792 and express your interest in the group program. You will be scheduled for an intake with one of our psychologists who will help assign you to an appropriate group. You must have a PCP or psychiatrist at MGH in order to participate in the group program.

If you do not see groups on this page that address the issues you would like to work through, please also look at MGH's social work department's listing of psychotherapy groups at http://www.mghsocialwork.org/support-groups.html. You can also go to http://www.dbsaboston.org/index.html to look at the groups that the Manic-Depressive and Depressive Association offers at MGH.


General Psychodynamic/Interpersonal Process Groups:
Psychodynamic/Interpersonal groups are unstructured and process-oriented. They are useful for individuals who are looking for a setting in which to talk about difficult life experiences and feelings in a safe and confidential environment and to get support from others. These groups also act as a microcosm of the larger world and are a place where members can try out new, more functional ways of interacting with others and get feedback about how other people view them interpersonally.

Groups generally consist of a maximum of 8 people who have made a commitment to the group for at least 6 months. New members can join at any time (if space allows). Currently there are 5 psychodynamic groups offered at MGH.

Three groups are offered in the evening (Tuesdays at 5pm) and 2 are offered during the day (Mondays at 10am and 4pm).


Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group for Anxiety
This 12-week skills-based outpatient therapy group is ideal for women and men aged 18 and older who are seeking to learn new skills to cope with anxiety and have a PCP at MGH. The group will be appropriate for individuals who are diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder or a Specific Phobia. The group is not designed to address symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or Axis II disorders. The group is also not designed to offer adequate support for pts with a co-morbid major depressive disorder and /or recent hospitalization unless mood is stable and patient is actively involved in adjunctive individual psychotherapy. The group may not be appropriate to provide adequate support for patients with co-morbid ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities or active substance abuse issues.

The group will consist of 2 six week modules. The first module is designed to provide psychoeducation and cognitive techniques to manage anxiety. The second module is designed to focus on behavioral change strategies that will include opportunities to practice relaxation techniques and exposure to feared situations. Patients can enter the group at the beginning of either module and are expected to continue until they have completed both modules. All potential patients will need to undergo an evaluation with the group leader to assess the fit between the patient’s needs and the goals of the group.

Time: Tuesday evenings 5:30 – 6:45 pm.
Start Dates: not running currently


Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Structured skills-based therapy designed specifically for patients with borderline personality disorder. Group requirements include weekly individual psychotherapy and a clear ongoing commitment to consistent attendance.

Groups are offered on Mondays from 12-1:45 pm and 2:45-4:30 pm, & Wednesday 11 am - 12:45 pm.


Skills-Practice Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Structured skills-based therapy designed specifically for patients with borderline personality disorder who have completed previous skills training. This group is designed to assist patients in their utilization and generalization of DBT skills and principles. Group requirements include individual psychotherapy and a clear ongoing commitment to practicing skills.

This group is offered Monday afternoons at 4 pm.


Coping Skills for Living Well Group
This is an 18 week skills based group derived from DBT for adults who are interested in learning “state of the art” coping strategies when confronted with difficult emotions.

This group is offered Tuesdays 12-1:45 pm.


Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Bingeing and Purging
This 12-week skills-based group is appropriate for adults aged 18 and older who seek therapist and peer support in reducing bingeing and purging behaviors. Key components include marshaling motivation for change, identifying binge triggers, enhancing body image, and preventing relapse. This time-limited group is offered during multiple 12-week sessions per year and meets on Wednesdays at 5:00pm.

Please contact the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program (617-726-8470) to inquire about availability and schedule an intake appointment for this group.


Pain Group
This group is an open-ended, adult, mixed group, for individuals struggling with persistent medical and pain problems. Participants in this group have made a commitment to therapeutically address such issues as acceptance, communication and coping related to their medical condition and symptoms. The group will offer participants a balance of interpersonal learning and support along with an opportunity for acquiring personally meaningful coping strategies.

This group is offered on Tuesdays from 1-2:15 pm.


Geriatric Group
Aging confronts us with challenges to our bodies, our minds, our hearts, and our spirits. Members of this group will work with the co-leaders, to face these issues and seek the opportunities for therapeutic change and growth present, not in spite of these challenges, but because of them.

This group is offered on Mondays from 2:15 PM to 3:15 pm.


OCD Spectrum Disorders Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Maintenance Group
This ongoing, rolling-admission group is appropriate for patients who have already had successful individual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trichotillomania, or Compulsive Skin Picking (meaning symptoms may still exist but are mild). Group members are encouraged to use their skills in order to maintain their progress as they transition out of individual therapy. They receive support from other members to achieve this goal and also aid each other in completing exposures during group sessions.

This group is offered 1X/month on Fridays from 3-4:15 pm.


Coping Skills For Depression Group
Skills covered will include: Behavioral Activation and Scheduling, Decreasing Procrastination, Increasing Attention to sleep, nutrition, exercise, medication compliance, Mindfulness, Cognitive Restructuring, Increasing social supports and decreasing social isolation.

This group is offered Tuesdays from 12-1:15pm.


Women’s Self-esteem Group
A semi-structured group for women in their late 20s through late 60s to improve self-esteem, effective self-assertion, and self-compassion. Group includes teaching (introduction of information and concepts), experiential exercises, and open discussion. Minimum commitment of sixteen weeks. Content will not repeat, so longer-term participation is encouraged. Those who might never have thought of joining a group are especially welcome. An individual therapist is not required. This may be a useful next-step for those completing individual therapy, but is also appropriate for those who have never been in psychotherapy. Examples of appropriate issues may include: Caretaking or other role strain, stress-exacerbated physical or mental illness, mild to moderate depression, mild to moderate anxiety, self-criticism, indecision, loneliness, difficult or unfulfilling relationships, life or role changes.

This group is offered Fridays from 4:00pm to 5:15 pm.