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Groups at the Brookline Center

Adult Group Psychotherapy Program

Co-ed Groups 

Observation Groups
Observation groups are ongoing process groups for adults that focus on helping members to explore and understand the issues and challenges that arise in relationships.  These groups are unique because they are led by senior clinicians and the groups are observed by a select group of therapists who are learning more about running therapy groups.  The Brookline Center hosts two observations groups:

Observation Group 1
Thursday 10:00am – 11:45am
Annie Wiess, LICSW, CGP & Tracy MacNab, Ph.D., CGP
Observation Group 2
Tuesday 10:15am – 12:00pm
Julie Anderson, Ph.D., CGP & Arnie Cohen, Ph.D., CGP

Clinicians who are interested in observing either group should contact Jeff Brand, group program co-coordinator (617-277-8107, or at

Young Adult Group
A psychotherapy group for 18-28 year olds who are looking for a supportive environment in which to explore next steps, such as college, getting a job, and moving out. This group aims to be a safe place for a wide variety of topics, from relationships and family to self-image and intimacy.  A commitment to attending the group on a weekly basis is required for membership. 

Thursday 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Jeff Brand, Psy.D.

Mind Your 20s
An ongoing psychotherapy group for 20-somethings dealing with feelings of depression and anxiety that may be holding them back from reaching their potential.  This group consistently incorporates the practice of mindfulness with the intention of calming the mind, steadying attention and developing loving kindness as part of learning to accept oneself.  It incorporates skill development with process elements of interpersonal therapy.  It offers a safe, supportive environment for members to develop greater awareness of themselves along side of the opportunity to work through problematic patterns in relationships.  A commitment to attending the group on a weekly basis is required for membership. 

Tuesday 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Jeff Brand, Psy.D.

Young Adult Group, Ages 25 to 35
An ongoing psychotherapy group for individuals ages 25 to 35 who are interested in exploring interpersonal relationships, family challenges, and career choices. The members of this group are interested in both giving and receiving feedback. 

Wednesday 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Patti Clayman, Ph.D.

Building Healthy Relationships
An ongoing psychotherapy group for young adults in their upper 20's to upper 30's who generally function well professionally and/or academically, yet feel lonely or disconnected emotionally. This group aims to both increase members' self-awareness and to improve their relational functioning by providing a safe space to explore feelings, share common struggles, gain support, practice new skills, and both give and receive feedback. 

Wednesday 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Christine Boie, RNCS

Difficulty Maintaining Meaningful Relationships
An ongoing psychotherapy group for ages 35 to 50. Members are working and have a fair amount of insight into their difficulties. Members come from families where a parent suffered from major mental illness or alcoholism. The group focuses on how their early experiences continue to complicate current relationships. 

Tuesday 7:45pm - 9:15pm
Marian Menkel, LICSW

Co-ed Adult Group Therapy
An ongoing psychotherapy group for early to middle aged adults who are interested in improving relationship.  Members may be dealing with a variety of personal or psychiatric issues, but all members are looking to develop greater capacity for intimacy and connection.

Tuesday 10:30am – 12:00pm
Ilana Zablow, LCSW

Mind-Body Adult Group
An ongoing group for high functioning adults of all ages interested in improving their well-being, changing addictive patterns of thinking and behavior, letting go of negative self-perceptions, releasing stress and cultivating happiness. We will explore the ancient traditions and modern science of mindfulness meditation, Chi Gong/Tai Chi, as well as gentle yoga movement and breathing techniques, while allowing ample opportunity for sharing and open discussion, all in a safe and supportive environment. 

Thursday 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Roxana Albut-Sahlean, LMHC

Exploring Intimacy Issues
An ongoing psychotherapy group for men and women, in their late 30's to 60's frequently functioning well in their work lives, but struggling with intimacy, relationships, some social isolation and self-esteem issues. 

Tuesday 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Brenda Kraus, LICSW

Adult Psychotherapy Group
An ongoing weekly psychotherapy group for ages 45 and older that addresses a range of developmental challenges. Emphasis is placed on awareness of one's feelings and meanings underlying one's actions and impulses. Discussions frequently address concerns such as intimacy, assertiveness and self-expression, the role and impact of work and financial realities, management of medical care, and relationships with parents, friends, siblings, and family. 

Monday12:30pm - 2:00pm
Jay Schonberg, Psy.D.

Support/Activity Group for Adults with Persistent Mental Illness
An ongoing group for adults ages 40 to 70 years old. Members engage in current event discussions, process feelings and get support. In addition, activities such as music, games and social events are offered. Members live independently with some structure in their lives and maintain outpatient treatment. 

Wednesday 4:30pm - 6:00pm
M. Dezieck, OTR/L (617) 626-9537

Psychotherapy Group for People with a History of Psychotic Symptoms
A long-term support and psychotherapy group for individuals who have been hospitalized and diagnosed with a psychotic disorder at some point yet have made significant recovery. With the help of individual psychotherapy and medication, our group members maintain stability while going to college, graduate school or working. Ranging in age from early 20's to mid 60's, our members are creative and insightful individuals. Goals of the group include developing coping strategies for symptoms and life stressors, decreasing isolation, promoting greater independence and self-understanding, and improving relationships. 

Tuesday 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Marty Wisler, LICSW

Next Steps
An ongoing psychotherapy/educational group for men and women ages 30 to 60. Our group members may have symptoms of depression or anxiety, have experienced a setback in their lives, and/or are attempting to move forward. This group is also appropriate for people who may be unemployed or stepping down from a hospitalization or day treatment program. Group will draw from principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy including the understanding and importance of living in the present moment, identifying what we value, and deciding what actions we are willing to take in order to reach our goals. Members are required to be in individual therapy. 

Friday 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Gabriel Soden, Ph.D.

Women's Groups  

Young Women’s Group, Ages 18 to 24
An ongoing psychotherapy group for men and women ages 18 to 24 who are working on the transition into adulthood. Group members work on developing and strengthening interpersonal relationships, as well as offer mutual support around issues of anxiety, depression and other life stressors. A commitment to attending the group on a weekly basis is required for membership. 

Thursday 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Dave Spinner, LICSW, CGP & Maria Daskalopoulos, LICSW

Mid-Life Women's Support/Psychotherapy Group
An ongoing group for members ages 40 to 60. The group supports women who struggle with anxiety and depression, social isolation, and difficulties forming meaningful relationships. The focus is self-awareness and self- understanding, validating experiences, increasing self-esteem, improving assertiveness skills and creating healthy relationships. 

Thursday 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Adelle Lilly, Psy.D.

Older Women's Support/Psychotherapy Group
An ongoing supportive, psychotherapeutic group for women ages 50 to late 60's who experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. Members use group to explore their life experiences and relationships. 

Tuesday 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Connie Doe, RNCS

Surviving and Thriving (No charge for this group)
Open to Brookline residents only due to grant requirements. A practical, seven meeting workshop series for women that helps build essential coping and personal growth skills in a supportive environment. Topics covered are: stress management, problem solving/action planning for healthier lifestyle, using positive ‘self-talk', assertiveness skills, managing difficult relationships and accessing community resources for oneself and children. Contact Andrea Johnson, LICSW directly at (617) 734-3443 ext. 155. 

Workshop Series for Women
Based on Abby Seixas' book Finding the Deep River Within: A Woman's Guide to Recovering Balance and Meaning in Everyday Life, this seven meeting series makes use of discussion and activities to learn six core practices that can create less stress and more balance in women's daily lives. Contact Andrea Johnson, LICS directly at (617) 734-3443 ext. 155. 

Men's Groups 

Men's Psychotherapy Groups 
Ongoing weekly psychotherapy group for men ages 35 and older. These groups will look at managing developmental challenges & identity relating to the workplace, families and friendships. Emphasis is placed on reflecting inwardly on thoughts and feelings underlying one's actions, and outwardly on similarities and differences with one's fellow group members' experiences. These groups provide an accepting and encouraging environment for addressing group members' goals for change.

Thursday 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Jay Schonberg, Psy.D.

Men's Support/Psychotherapy Group
Ongoing psychotherapy group for ages 45 and older with longstanding issues related to depression, anxiety, isolation, and bipolar disorder. Group members use the group to update each other on their weekly successes and challenges related to their goals of increased symptoms management, and increased social and community interactions.

Tuesday 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Jeff Brand, Psy.D.

For providers who'd like to refer a client: click here or call Jeff Brand, Psy.D. at (617) 277-8107.

Child/Adolescent Groups

Boys' Groups 

Boys’ 2nd/3rd Grade Social Processing Group
This is an ongoing weekly social processing group for boys ages 7-9 who want to work on improving their social interactions, behavioral regulation, and social play. 

Thursdays 5:00pm – 5:50pm
Chalini Jayasekera, PsyD

Let’s Be Friends: An Interpersonal Skills Group for 2nd/3rd Grade Boys
This weekly psychotherapy group supports boys struggling to form meaningful peer relationships, either due to inattentiveness or anxiety. In the context of group activities, members will learn about healthy boundaries, cooperation, effective communication, and coping with difficult emotions. 

Tuesdays 5:00-5:50pm
Alex Rivera, PhD

Boys’ 4th/5th Grade Process Group
This is a semi-structured group for boys in 4th and 5th grades. The group is focused around making connections and building friends, and takes into account the various issues with which each boy is struggling. Common themes are social anxiety/inhibition, impulsive behavior, and difficulties with mood regulation.  

Thursdays 4:00pm – 4:50pm
Liz Turco, LICSW

Boys’ 4th/5th Grade Social Pragmatics Group
This is an ongoing weekly social pragmatic group for boys in 4th and 5th grades with a diagnosis of high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. Members work on improving their social interactions and social pragmatics.  

Thursdays 4:00pm – 4:50pm
Chalini Jayasekera, PsyD

Foundations for Fun: 5th/6th Grade ADHD Active Boys Group
This is therapeutic group for 5th and 6th grade boys who enjoy being active. It focuses on attentional issues, impulsivity, and social skills development. Through both structured and unstructured play activities, group members learn to address challenges associated with attention and to gain skills to better control impulses, negotiate conflict, communicate effectively, and tolerate frustration.  

Wednesdays 3:00pm – 3:50pm
Gabriel Soden, PhD

Friendship and Social Skills 7th/8th Grade Boys Group/Social Pragmatics
This is a group for 7th and 8th grade boys to improve their interpersonal interactions and friendship skills. Goals focus on topics such as increasing mental flexibility, managing frustrations, recognizing emotions, and learning how to communicate effectively with others while engaging with them in a prosocial way.  

Tuesdays 6:00-6:50pm
Chalini Jayasekera, PsyD

Adolescent 9th/10th Grade Boys Group for Building Social Skills
This is a process group for 9th and 10th grade boys on the Autism Spectrum. It focuses on building interpersonal interaction skills such as relating and talking to each other and cooperating. It is a mixed activity and talking group.  

Thursdays 5:00pm - 5:50pm
David Spinner, LICSW, CGP

Adolescent 10th-12th Grade Boys Group
This group focuses on helping 10th, 11th, and 12th grade boys manage the stresses of every day life. While it is mostly a process group, there is also an emphasis on informal development of social skills. Many of the participants struggle with social anxiety and/or difficulty connecting at times with others. Topics of conversation often include: relations with peers and family, academic and extracurricular stressors and current events.  

Tuesdays 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Josh Eagle, PsyD

Girls' Groups 

Building Self Esteem through Mindfulness Group for 2nd/3rd grade Girls
This group focuses on building social skills and self-esteem building skills, as well as practicing mindfulness to help decrease anxiety. The group uses social interactions, role playing scenarios, play, and engaging in mindfulness exercises to understand where the girls feel anxiety in their bodies and how to cope with it through breath and movement.  

Tuesdays 4:00-4:50pm
Meghan Sullivan, MSW, LCSW

4th/5th Grade Girls’ Group
This is a social group to help 4th and 5th grade girls learn how to initiate peer interactions, read social cues, and increase their self esteem. It is an unstructured group where the girls choose and learn from activities together.  

Tuesdays 5:00pm – 5:50pm
Liz Turco, LICSW

6th-8th Grade Girls Expressive Arts Group
Through conversations and artistic modalities such as visual arts, improvisational games, sculpting, poetry, writing (and more!), this group for girls in grades 6-8 will explore issues including navigating peer relationships and social groups, body image, identity, managing emotions, and other topics central to middle school.  

Wednesdays 4:00pm – 4:50pm
Gabriel Soden, PhD and Laura Michaels, MA

Middle School Girls Group
This is a therapeutic group for girls in grades 6-8. The focus is on maintaining and developing friendships, increasing our understanding of complexities in relationships, and improving our decision-making. We will investigate what it means to build our own identities in a supportive environment. Through both structured and unstructured activities group members will find a safe place to better understand themselves and others, and to increase their competence, connection, and autonomy.  

To Be Determined

Mind-Body Wellness 8th-12 Grade Girls Group
This is a group for adolescent girls. Our goal is to implement a mind-body approach – implementing mindfulness, meditation, and yoga – in a group setting to teach stress management skills, cultivate self-compassion, develop positive connections, and empower young girls throughout high school and beyond.  

Fridays 4:00pm – 4:50pm
Meghan Sullivan, LCSW

LGBTQ High School Girls’ Group
This is a new process and support group for a diverse community of LGBTQ identified young people. For 10 weeks, this group will meet weekly to share the needs and experiences that members bring to the group, including – but not limited to – topics of identity, relationships, family, friendships, and school.  

Thursdays 7:00pm – 7:50pm
Liz Dimant, MSW and Jenny Fauci, MA

Project Grow
School based groups specifically for girls in middle school to provide them with support as they explore multiple aspects of identity, while also navigating the ins and outs of peer relationships.  

Varies by school

United Way Groups - "Surviving Sisterhood"
These lunchtime groups held in various schools will focus on helping girls to nurture their friendships, while also learning to navigate the conflicts that can arise that are unique to girls.

Groups for Girls Adopted from Asia
These groups focus on nurturing resiliency in girls adopted from Asia.  These groups provide the girls with an opportunity to make connections between group members as they explore experiences and commonalities. 

Transracial Asian Adoptees
This group will focus on nurturing resiliency in Transracial Asian Adoptees.  The group will provide the girls with an opportunity to make connections between group members as they explore experiences and commonalities.


Insurances Accepted

Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Tufts Health Plan

Harvard Pilgrim


Fallon Community Health Plan


Medicaid/Mass Health


Neighborhood Health Plan

Other Insurance (please inquire)


 Adult Group Referrals and Inquiries:
Jeff Brand, Ph.D. 
(617) 277-8107

Child/Adolescent Group Referrals and Inquiries
Gabriel Soden, Ph.D.
(617) 277-8107 x 205