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Bisexual and Bi-Curious Men’s Group

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, at Fenway Health.
For more information, email Charles Strauss at charles@charlesstrauss.com.
Free and confidential.

A free, drop-in, male-facilitated group for men (trans inclusive) who are bisexual or think they might be, meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, at Fenway Health on Boylston Street.

Many Men, Many Voices

including how racism and homophobia can impact your life and risk behaviors. For information about the next group contact Branden at breeves@fenwayhealth.org. Free and confidential.

For Black men who have sex with men, providing space to talk about cultural, social, religious and sexual relationship dynamics

No Strings Attached

Men of any HIV status gather to talk about issues from dating, sexual health and relationships to body image and more. Every other Tuesday, 4 -5, followed by a social hour with food. 75 Amory Street, Boston. For more information call Mike McDonald at 617-450-1071. Free and confidential.

Social and support group for gay and bisexual men over 40, held twice per month.

Positive Choices

Next cycle is for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, and begins March 14, 2016. Free and confidential. $50 gift card provided for participants who complete the program. For info. contact Jill Nuding at 617.450.1084 or Kamar Porter at 617.450.1011.

A 5-session, small group for people living with HIV/AIDS, providing support around the stress of disclosure to family, friends and sexual partners.

New Pathways

Free and confidential.  Meets Thursday afternoons at AIDS Action Committee’s Cambridge office. For more information, contact Mike McDonald at 617.450.1071 or mmcdonald@aac.org or Terry DeVoe617.599.0247 tdevoe@aac.org. 

Information and support group people who’ve learned that they’re HIV+ within the past two years

Long-Term Survivor Group for HIV+ Men

Free and confidential. Meets in the Copley Square area on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of every month, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. For more information, email David Gray at kewlghoul@aol.com or call 978.314.6020. Sponsored by Fenway Health.

Peer-led group for men who have been HIV+ for 10-30 years.

We Are Still Standing

Meets at MAC, 31 Heath Street, Boston, Every third Tuesday at 6:30pm. Sign up with Jesse at jlewis@mac-boston.org

A community group and safe space for gay, bi, and queer HIV+ men only.

Shero

Meets at MAC, 31 Heath Street, Boston.  Every third Wednesday at 6:30pm. Sign up with Elizabeth at esanchez@mac-boston.org.

A monthly group and safe space for Trans Women of Color only.

Transgender Support Group

Safe and supportive space for socialization and community connection, sponsored by Fenway Health. Facilitated by Cei Lambert, Transgender Health Patient Advocate, who identifies as a transgender man; and Sloane Glover, Transgender Health Navigator, who identifies as a transgender woman. First Tuesday night of each month, 6:00-7:30 pm. For info contact Cei Lambert at 857.313.6589 or clambert@fenwayhealth.org. Free and confidential.

For transgender individuals of all ages, gender identities, and gender expressions.

Support for Non-transgender Partners of Transgender People

Whether your relationship is long-term, dating, casual, open or monogamous, Fenway Health sponsors this safe supportive space to talk about topics ranging from changes in identity or intimacy to disclosure to how to be an ally to your partner. Free and confidential. First Wednesday of each month, 6:00-7:30 pm at Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston Street, 7th floor. For info contact Sarah Eley, LICSW at 857.313.6551.

A free monthly drop-in night for non-judgmental and uninhibited conversation, support, and resources.

Monthly Drop-In Night for Parents and Guardians of Transgender Young People

Hear from medical and behavioral health providers, and build support and community with other parents and guardians. Topics rotte monthly. Free and no registration required. Stop by any month, as many times as you’d like. The first Thursday of every month, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sydney Borum Jr. Health Center, 75 Kneeland Street, 2nd floor. For info contact Rachel Kahn, LMHC, at rkahn@fenwayhealth.org or 617.927.6372.

An open opportunity for parents and guardians of trans and genderqueer young people to ask questions and get information.

LGBT Cancer Support Group

Find comfort and companionship and learn new ways to cope. Professionally run by a clinician with psycho-oncology experience. Free and confidential, sponsored by Fenway Health and Facing Cancer Together.For more info call Joyce Collier at 617.332.5777.

A weekly support group where LGBT people with cancer can meet others facing similar challenges.

Trauma Education Group

Discussions focus on the effects and symptoms of trauma in general, as opposed to each individual’s traumatic story or memories. Offered two to three times a year at Fenway Health. Free and confidential. For more info contact Fenway’s Violence Recovery Program at 617.927.6250 or 800.834.3242.

9-week group for LGBT people who have experienced abuse, violence or other trauma.

Compartiendo Pan y Orgullo, un grupo para LGBT sobrevivientes de abuso

Es un espacio seguro para convivir con otras personas que han pasado por algo similar a usted. Usted no tiene que compartir historias personales si no desea. Para más información, contactar a 800.834.3242. En español. Gratuito y se proveerá cuidado de niños. Patrocinado por TOD@S, 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.

Un grupo gratuito de 8 semanas para lesbiana, gay, bisexual, y / o transgénero que han sufrido violencia y / o abuso.

Male-Identified Survivors of Sexual Violence Group

Provides a forum to discuss the impact of sexual abuse on lives and relationships, and explores useful ways to cope with common challenges faced by many male survivors. Free and confidential, held twice per year. Sponsored by Fenway Health and The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. For more info contact 617.927.6250.

12-week support group for male-identified survivors of childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for LGBT Older Adults

Sponsored by the LGBT Aging Project of Fenway Health. For more info contact Bob Linscott at 857.313.6578 or blinscott@fenwayhealth.org.

Occasional free courses to teach stress reduction techniques. Held in Fall River and Danvers.

LGBT Bereavement Groups

Open to those who’ve lost a partner/spouse, friend, parent or other family member.  Sponsored by Fenway Health’s ‘s LGBT Aging Project. Free and confidential groups start regularly. For info call 857.313.6578.

Periodic groups for LGBT adults of any age who are experiencing the loss of a loved one.

#OurSpace

Addresses healthy relationships, sexual health, behavioral health, and aspects of gender and sexual identity development.
Meets at 75 Amory Street every other Wednesday from 3:00 PM-4:30 PM. For information contact Mike at Mmcdonald@aac.org, or Scott at Sbrewington@aac.org. Free and confidential.

Education and support group for men who have sex with men between the ages of 18 and 30.

therapy groups

Fenway Health has a number of therapy groups of special interest to the LGBT community, including short-term, skill-based psychotherapy groups and longer-term psychotherapy groups. An intake screening with the group leader is required. Most insurance is accepted.

Compulsive Sexual Behavior

This skilled based therapy group is designed to empower through knowledge and skills, peer support, and improved motivation to make positive changes regarding sexual activity.
Monday evening group meets at 1340 Boylston Street. Contact David Todisco, LICSW at 617.927.6275 for more information.
Thursday evening group meets at Fenway: South End. Contact Chris Medeiros, LMHC at 617.927.6107 for more information.

For gay or bisexual men struggling with out of control sexual behaviors.

Exploring Sexual Orientation Group

Appropriate for people who may clearly be coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or attracted to people of all gender identities, may be uncertain and want to explore or better understand their sexual orientation, or
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 situations.Please contact Denise Nunez at 617.927.6202 for more information.

Short-term group for people of all gender identities for exploration and/or support of different expressions of sexuality.

Mind Body Therapy Group

For those who want to reduce and cope with symptoms of anxiety and depression. No experience with yoga required. Contact Janet Lantry, LICSW for more information at 617.927.6123.

8-week group incorporating psychotherapy skills and therapeutic yoga practice.

Substance Abuse Groups

Fenway offers a variety of Substance Abuse Services, including the following groups:
Sobriety Skills and Support Group
Sobriety Support Group
Relapse Prevention Group
For more info contact Denise Nunez at 617-927-6202.

For those who want to break the cycle of drug or alcohol abuse.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group for Anxiety

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. For more information, please contact Sixto Munoz, LICSW at 617.927.6270.

8-week therapy group for anyone who struggles with anxiety, social phobia, or panic attacks.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group for Depression

This weekly group uses cognitive and behavioral techniques to teach 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. For more information, please contact Laura Stevens, LICSW at 617.927.6274.

10-session therapy group for anyone who struggles with depression.

Anxiety and Depression Group for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals

Open to those with any anxiety spectrum or depression diagnosis or who are dealing with anxiety/depression as a symptom of gender dysphoria. Contact Melissa Grieco-Waters, LICSW at 617.927.6404 for more information and to arrange a screening. Meets Tuesday evenings at 5:15 pm at Fenway: South End at 142 Berkeley Street.

Ongoing, open-ended psychodynamic group for people struggling with anxiety and/or depression.

Shades of Black —A Therapy Group for Gay/Bi Black Men

Offering a supportive, safe and confidential environment to share experiences as Black men who have sex with men in the “gay community” and in their community of origin. Intended to help develop, integrate and consolidate racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender and sexual identities while increasing self-awareness, self-esteem and acceptance and decreasing isolation and internalized negative messages related to intersecting — and sometimes conflicting — identities. Contact Tfawa Haynes, LICSW at 617.927.6223 for more information and to arrange a screening. Meets Monday evenings.

An ongoing psychodynamic group for gay/bi identified Black Men.

Gay and Bisexual Men’s Mood Disorder

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.
The Thursday daytime group meets at 1340 Boylston Street.
Contact Melissa Brown, LICSW at 617.927.6212 for more information.

Ongoing groups for gay and bisexual men who struggle with mood disorders such as major depression, anxiety and bipolar illness.

Seniors’ Group for Gay & Bisexual Men

Addresses issues 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. Contact Don Farr, LICSW at 617.927.6219 for more information.

 

Ongoing group for gay/bi men to discuss challenges and rewards associated with aging.

Women’s Interpersonal Groups

Focuses on fostering honest feedback and development of intimacy between members with the goal of interpersonal growth. The 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.

Ongoing therapy groups for lesbian, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual women to explore relationships, emotions and communication styles.

Men’s Intimacy Groups

Groups meet on Monday and Thursday evenings at both 1340 Boylston and Fenway: South End locations. For more information contact either: Ben Kudler, LICSW at 617.927.6321; Kathleen Driscoll, LICSW at 857.313.6620; or Jennifer McLain, MD at 617.927.6232.

Ongoing psychotherapy groups focusing on helping develop deeper and more intimate relationships.

research studies

You may be able to advance the science of preventing or treating HIV and other health issues by joining one of the research studies at Fenway Health. Eligibility requirements vary depending on the study, and financial incentives are provided for your time and effort. For more information contact Fenway’s Research Department at 617-927-6450.

Here’s a list of studies that are recruiting now: