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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 survivors of sexual violence  
Open to: Undergraduate and graduate students 
Meets: Wednesdays, 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET, in person  
Group Leader: Johanna Malaga, Psy.D. (jmalaga@med.mit.edu) and Charlotte Zelle, M.Div. (czelle@mit.edu)  
Description: This is a confidential, weekly support group for students who have experienced sexual violence. It offers a space to share and discuss the aftermath of sexual trauma with others who have had similar experiences. This group is a collaboration between Student Mental Health & Counseling Services and Violence, Prevention, & Response (VPR). See additional information.  


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: Karen Singleton, PhD, sing@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.


Latinx Group
Open to: Undergraduate and graduate students who self-identify as Latinx/Latino/Latina.
Meets: In person, Mondays, 4–5 pm, EST, beginning September 19, 2022, MIT Medical, E23-376
Group Leader: Jaime Francisco Matorras, LMHC
Email jmatorras@med.mit.edu for pre-group screening.
Description: This weekly therapeutic support group is for students who identify as Latinx/Latino/Latina. The group will provide a confidential space to discuss personal and interpersonal problems and topics related to mental health and culture, explore issues related to race and socio-economic backgrounds as Latinx/Latino/Latina members of the MIT community, learn and practice coping and conflict-resolution skills and stress-management techniques, and build a community based on respect, care, and solidarity.
The group will meet throughout the fall semester with the option to continue during the spring semester. Each semester will close with  group and individual evaluations of group participation and engagement with the group facilitator. 
To make this group inclusive for all MIT Latinx/Latina/Latino students, meetings will be conducted in English.


Making Peace with Food Support Group
Open to: Undergraduate and graduate students 
Meets: TBD
Group Leader: Christina Brothers, LICSW, cbrothers@med.mit.edu
Description: The group will offer a supportive space where individuals can focus on concerns related to their relationship with food and their bodies. It will be a nonjudgmental space that fosters both hope and understanding of these struggles. Additionally, we will use acceptance and commitment therapy to create a framework for participants to understand how they can develop a different relationship with their thoughts.


Interpersonal Groups

Undergraduate Interpersonal Group
Open to: Undergraduate students
Meets: Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. ET, 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: Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET, virtual
Group Leader: Maureen Rezendes, Ph.D. Email mrezendes@med.mit.edu for pre-group screening.
Description: In this weekly, interactive support group students will practice mindfulness meditation, check in about work/life balance, review and set 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: Tuesdays, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET, virtual
Group Leader: Maureen Rezendes, PhD, mrezendes@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.