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Group Counseling

MIT Medical’s Student Mental Health and Counseling Services offers a variety of support, discussion, and skill-based groups for MIT Students. To learn more about any group, contact the group leader(s). To get a referral for a pre‑group screening, or to schedule an individual appointment, call 617‑253‑2916. 

Discussion/Support Groups

Support group for Ukrainian students affected by the invasion of Ukraine
Open to: MIT students from Ukraine
Meets: Monday, April 25, 4–5 p.m. and Thursday, May 5, 1–2 p.m. at Student Mental Health and Counseling Services, Building E23, third floor
Group Leader: Johanna Malaga, Psy.D. (Email jmalaga@med.mit.edu with any questions or concerns.)
Description: The devastation and violence occurring in Ukraine can take a major emotional toll on MIT students that call Ukraine home. This time-limited group for Ukrainian students impacted by the invasion provides a supportive space to connect with others who are going through similar experiences, share their stories, and find ways to manage the distress they feel while far from home.


Support group for all students affected by the invasion of Ukraine 
Open to: MIT students from Ukraine, Russia, and other countries affected by the war
Meets: Mondays, 4–5 p.m. March 21–May 9 at Student Mental Health and Counseling Services, Building E23, third floor
Group Leader: This time-limited, facilitated support group provides a non-judgmental space for affected students to talk about their feeling and concerns about the war, provide mutual support, and share ideas about helping their loved ones back home. The focus will be on taking care of ourselves and understanding others, not on political differences. Students from countries affected by the Ukrainian war (Ukraine, Russia, and others) are welcome.


Building Community: For students in COVID-19 isolation or quarantine
Open to: MIT students in COVID-19 isolation or quarantine
Meets: Mondays, 3–4 p.m. ET, virtual
Group Leader: Xiaolu Hsi, Ph.D., hsix@med.mit.edu
Description: This is an informal, weekly, drop-in discussion group for MIT students coping with COVID-19 isolation and quarantine. The group provides an opportunity for students to offer support, share strategies for managing their mental health, and expand their well-being toolkit during this challenging time.  Advance registration is required.


Graduate Student Group
Open to: Non-binary, female, and male graduate students
Meets: Wednesdays, 5–6 p.m. ET, in-person
Group Leader: Erik Marks, LICSW, marks@med.mit.edu
Description: This is a support group to discuss general struggles and various themes of life and relationships. Students are asked to make a semester-long commitment.


Graduate Black Women’s Support Group 
Open to: Black-identified graduate women
Meets: Fridays, 1–2:15 p.m. ET, virtual
Group Leader: Karen Singleton, PhD, sing@med.mit.edu and Englann Taylor, Ph.D., etaylor@med.mit.edu
Description: This is process and support group for black graduate women commonly includes discussions of such themes and issues as being women of color at MIT, coping with micro aggressions, relationship and family issues, and navigating issues with graduate departments.


Graduate Women’s Support Group 
Open to: Graduate women
Meets: Wednesdays, 3:30–4:45 p.m. ET, virtual
Group Leader: Sejal Patel, PsyD, patel@med.mit.edu
Description: This process group enables female graduate students to share and receive support around a variety of issues, including, but not limited to, being female within their departments, relationship and family issues, adjusting to COVID-19, and coping with other mental health concerns.


Interpersonal Groups

Undergraduate Interpersonal Group
Open to: Undergraduate students
Meets: Thursdays, 5:30–6:30 p.m. ET, virtual or in-person
Group leader: Mia Gore, MD, gore@med.mit.edu
Description: The Interpersonal Group (IPG) has no specific structure or agenda. The group leader serves as a moderator who will guide the group toward a focus on emotions and relating in the present moment. IPG is designed to help students who are dealing with anxiety or depression, navigating major life transitions, or just trying to understand themselves and others more fully. 


Skills Groups

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Self-Compassion Group: Graduate Women in STEM
Open to: Graduate women students in STEM
Meets: Fridays, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET, virtual
Group Leader: Maureen Rezendes, Ph.D., mrezendes@med.mit.edu
Description: In this weekly, interactive support group students will practice mindfulness meditation, check in about work/life balance, review weekly intentions, and provide support and constructive feedback. Students are encouraged to practice self-compassion skills, reduce self-criticism, and lead with non-judgmental frameworks for themselves and others.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group (DBT) skills group 
Open to: Undergraduate and graduate students
Meets: Mondays, 10–11 a.m. ET, virtual
Group Leader: Sejal Patel, PsyD., patel@med.mit.edu
Description: DBT is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy whose primary goals are to teach people to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others. This workshop consists of four modules: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. This group will focus on the general discussion of DBT concepts and skills. It is intended for students struggling with self-harm and emotional-regulation issues who are simultaneously seeing individual providers at Student Mental Health and Counseling Services or in the community. Students can continue in the group for as long as they need the space and skills.


ADHD Information and Skill Group, Graduate
Open to: Graduate students who have been diagnosed with, and treated for, ADHD
Meets: Mondays, 10 a.m. ET, virtual
Group Leader: Xiaolu Hsi, PhD, hsix@med.mit.edu
Description: This group will answer questions about the nature and impact of ADHD, how it’s diagnosed, and treatment options. Each session will include a skill-training segment covering coping mechanisms, such as time management and organizational skills, management of difficult emotions and problematic thinking patterns, and self-advocacy.


ADHD Information and Skill Group, Undergraduate
Open to: Undergraduate students who have been diagnosed with, and treated for, ADHD
Meets: Mondays, 3–4 p. m. ET, virtual
Group Leader: Xiaolu Hsi, PhD, hsix@med.mit.edu
Description: This group will answer questions about the nature and impact of ADHD, how it’s diagnosed, and treatment options. Each session will include a skill-training segment covering coping mechanisms, such as time management and organizational skills, management of difficult emotions and problematic thinking patterns, and self-advocacy.


Graduate thesis group
Open to: PhD students doing thesis work
Meets: Thursdays, 3–4 p.m. ET, virtual
Group Leader: Xiaolu Hs, PhD, hsix@med.mit.edu
Description: The group focuses on skills for better time management, organization, thesis writing, interpersonal negotiation (especially with advisors and committee members), self care, and stress management.