(617) 661-5575 (pediatrics only)
If you are interested in a specific group, you may call (617) 495-2042 to speak with the group leader or you may book a half-hour session with the leader to discuss the group and your interest in it.
Discouragement and Resilience Group
Starting February 6th (6:00 - 7:00pm)
Marla Allisan, JD, LICSW
This group is for law students of any year and program who might feel concerned or overwhelmed, at times, in the unfolding political climate. In this group, students will acknowledge their feelings, which might include hopelessness, despair and disillusionment. Together, students will explore a range of responses including processing reactions and considering what might support hope and determination.
Starting February 6th (4:00-5:30pm)
Jessica Carreiro, LICSW
Often what happens on the yoga mat mirrors what happens off the mat and the purpose of this mind-body group is to help students learn very gentle yoga poses, meditation skills, and emotion regulation techniques that increase self-awareness and self-compassion. My group provides students with a safe space to feel their emotions and learn how to respond to them without judgement or labels. It incorporates meditation, breathing exercises, guided imagery, and aromatherapy. I do require students to complete a pre-screening appointment with me, but prior yoga experience will not be required. Students will have to bring a personal yoga mat.
Returning to Harvard (Students Returning from a Leave of Absence)
Starting February 7th (3:00-4:30pm)
Enrollment by referral
Marin Smith, LICSW
This is a confidential, process-oriented group for undergraduate students returning to Harvard after taking a significant leave of absence (greater than one year) for reasons related to mental health. We will share experiences of being away from school, discuss unique challenges of returning to school, and offer support, resources, and feedback to one another about this and other significant life transitions.
Mood and Food
Starting February 7th (5:00-6:30pm)
Julianne Fishman, PsyD
This supportive and confidential group is for students motivated to change their struggle with overeating, binge eating, and bulimia. The emphasis will be on identifying irrational thought patterns, uncomfortable emotions, and difficult situations that trigger concerning eating behaviors. Members will benefit from learning from each other, getting support and receiving feedback as you try to make positive changes with your relationship with food along the course of the semester.
Take a Paws (Drop-in Therapy Dog Group)
Starting January 24th (5:00-6:30pm)
Animals have been proven to help decrease stress and improve quality of life. This is a drop-in group open to graduate and undergraduate students wanting to engage in animal-assisted therapy with Tulip and Tom, certified therapy dogs. Students can email ahead of time or just drop-in to engage with Tulip and Tom for pets and play.
Starting January 24th (6:00-7:30pm)
Janet Lawrence, LICSW
A safe, confidential forum for students seeking support for their abstinence from alcohol and other drugs while succeeding in academic and campus life. Join like-minded students to discuss, identify and build strategies for coping with the stress and pleasures of being a Harvard student while remaining substance free.
Calming the Worried Mind
Starting Feburary 7th at Harvard Business School (3:00-4:30pm)
Carmen Cruz, LICSW
This four session, skill-building support group is designed to help students reduce their level of anxiety and learn how to manage more effectively. Using the books "Calming Your Anxious Mind" and “Mindful Way Through Depression” as guides, participants will learn how mindfulness and compassion can reduce anxiety, depression, fear, worry, and panic. The workshop will include guided mindfulness meditation, CBT and DBT strategies. Undergraduate/graduate students are both welcome.
Living Between Two Worlds
Starting March 2nd (5:00 - 6:30pm)
Xiaoyan Fan, PhD
This weekly group is for international and domestic students who have studied abroad. The purpose of the group is to provide a place for students to meet and share their cross-cultural experiences, learning about resources and coping strategies as well as getting support in a confidential setting.
Gay/Bisexual Men’s Support Group
Starting January 31st (5:00 - 6:30pm)
Brian Rich, LICSW
This group is for undergraduate and graduate students who identify as male and gay/bisexual in any regards. The purpose of this group is to provide a safe, confidential, affirming space for gay and bi men to discuss a wide range of psychosocial issues related to sexual orientation including, but not limited to: family, coming out, homophobia, dating, sex and identity. In the end, the hope is that this group will provide the opportunity for interpersonal affirmation, to reduce feelings of isolation, and to build a supportive and reliable community for group members.
Managing Emotions Group
Starting February 7th (5:00 - 6:30pm)
Rue Wilson, EdD
This 4-week rotating group uses a workshop type format to introduce Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior therapy skills to students seeking to understand and adjust their thoughts and feelings. Each week new approaches will be discussed and practiced, including mindfulness and distress tolerance skills, acceptance strategies, reducing negative thinking, managing feelings, and reducing harmful coping behaviors. Join for one session or attend as many workshops as you need. Skills will be repeated every 4 weeks.
Transgender Support and Education Group
Starting February 21st (3:00 - 4:30pm)
Brandin Dear, MSW, LICSW
This group is for undergraduate and graduate students who identify as transgender and are questioning or in the process of a gender transition. This group will provide a safe and affirming space to build community, share stories, learn strategies, process challenging experiences, and celebrate identity and resiliency. Topics include but are not limited to: social and legal aspects of gender transition, coming out to family and friends, finding support, educating allies, medical interventions, maintaining physical and mental health, safety, navigating sex and relationships, shifts in sexual orientation, coming out in college/internships/job settings, and preparing for the future.
Life in Law: Guest Speaker Series
Starting January 25th at 12pm
Marla Allisan, JD, LICSW
Do you sometimes wish you could hear how accomplished attorneys and legal professionals have imagined and shaped their careers? How did they cope with the practical and personal decisions as aspiring law professionals? How have others found jobs that speak to their ideals and vision when the next steps toward finding those positions were not obvious? Would you like to hear what they would recommend to up and coming legal minds in the current and unfolding legal climate? What might we consider together that could be inspiring for the journey ahead?
Starting February 9th (5:00-6:30pm)
Open for first three sessions, then closed
Marin Smith, LICSW
This is a confidential support group open to graduate and undergraduate BGLTQ Women interested in a safe space to discuss concerns related to sexuality, relationships, family, health, academics, and more. Queer and questioning Women of Color are especially encouraged to come check things out.
Enhancing Wellness and Managing Depression Support Group
Starting February 23rd (3:00 - 4:30pm)
Carmen Cruz, LICSW
This 8 week support group will help participants enhance wellness and manage depression. Through the use of handouts, activities and discussion, students will begin to learn effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) strategies to reduce their depression.
Law School - General Support Group
Starting February 2nd (3:30 - 5:00pm)
Marla Allisan, JD, LICSW
With the honor of attending Harvard Law School also come significant pressures. Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed? Do you wish you could tell others what is going on for you, personally, but, worry about being judged? Would you appreciate sharing some of what you struggle with, with your peers? This is a General Support Group open to all law students (JD, LLM, and SJD) – a confidential setting where you can have a safe space to talk and listen to others. Students attending will focus on what feels important at the time. We might consider: challenges with social life, classroom experiences, family issues, health matters, cultural issues, and isolation/loneliness. We can discuss: pressures to present as “all together” when you’re feeling otherwise, worries about career path, paying off school loans and a myriad of other issues.
Navigating Substance Use with Mindful Practice
Starting February 18th (3:30pm)
Janet Lawrence, LICSW, and Garret Fitzgerald, Director of AODS
This is a group with the goal of assisting students in navigating choice around substance use and the impact it has on personal success. The group offers safe and confidential space to explore one’s relationship to their use, and to develop mindfulness practices around use.
The group is Co-led by Garret Fitzgerald, Director of AODS, and Janet Lawrence, Social Worker in CAMHS.