Support Groups

Fall 2017

Groups with Day/Time TBD:

Men's Psychotherapy Group
This all-male group provides a confidential space to focus on the common challenges that men face. Students can explore and work through tough questions about their own psychology, self-identity, and interpersonal relationships.

Through supportive group interactions, giving and receiving feedback while working through personal questions and issues, members will work towards gaining mastery over many difficult areas of their lives. The group aims to support members in developing new interpersonal relationship skills, social-effectiveness, self-confidence and greater self-awareness.

If interested in joining this group, please contact Aaron Kaplan (aekaplan@brandeis.edu) to schedule a brief informational meeting.

Ourselves and Others
This group provides a confidential space for students to discuss, reflect, and receive feedback on the interpersonal dynamics present in their relationships with others. This group will help students increase their understanding of their own interpersonal style and how people impact one another, and aims to increase confidence, decrease anxiety in social situations, facilitate connectedness, and foster a sense of community. Students will work towards feeling empowered to explore new ways of relating both within the group and within their lives.

Time: TBD

Place: 1st floor group room, BCC

Please contact Aaron Kaplan at aekaplan@brandeis.edu to schedule a pre-group meeting.

SOGI: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Group
This group is for anyone who would like a safe place to talk about issues related to sexual orientation or gender identity, and to question one's sexual orientation or gender identity. Topics may include questioning identities, coming out to family & friends, intersecting identities, exploring how being LGBTQ relates to religion, experiences of oppression and discrimination, and sharing resources. This group provides a safe, non-judgmental, supportive place to be yourself, share experiences and gain support.

Days and time TBD.

Contact Amy Scobie-Carroll at ascobiecarroll@brandeis.edu.

Substances in Cinema
This group provides support in exploring how drugs and alcohol affect one's life. Movies and documentaries will be viewed and discussed. We will learn about how substances impact relationships, motivation, decision-making, and overall wellness. Join us in an inviting and friendly atmosphere, and don't forget to bring your popcorn!

Proposed day/time: Every 4-6 weeks based on enrollment, 5-7:30 p.m.: Drop In

Please contact Carrie Eichmann, LICSW at ceichmann@brandeis.edu.

Monday Groups

V.O.I.C.E - Asian (American or International) Women's Group
This group provides a protective space for Asian (American & International) women struggling with finding their voice in the midst of their own depression, anxiety and trauma. Learning to be Vulnerable, practicing Openness, gaining Insight, building Confidence and establishing Empowerment. This is an 8 week group starting on 9/25. Your confidentiality and privacy are highly protected and respected.

Time: Monday at 10 a.m., STARTING on 9/25/17

Place: BCC, 2nd floor Group Room

Please contact Aileen Lee, PsyD at aleepcc@brandeis.edu.

Women's Psychotherapy Group
The Women's Psychotherapy Group is for female undergraduate students interested in personal self-growth, increasing feelings of self-esteem, and developing interpersonal skills. This group provides a safe space to address and navigate issues frequently encountered by women in college. Through supportive group interactions, giving and receiving feedback while working through personal questions and issues, members will work towards gaining mastery over many difficult areas of their lives.

Time: Mondays at 11:00 a.m.

Please contact Aubrey Morrissey (amorrissey@brandeis.edu) or Julia Loewenthal (jloewenthal@brandeis.edu).

Relationships with Substances
Are you curious about your use of alcohol or drugs? Do you want to feel more in control when drinking or using? This group is designed for those who are interested in examining and gaining support around their relationship with drugs and alcohol. We'll explore many topics ranging from short and long term effects, strategic ways to manage use, the challenges of social expectations, and simply empowering each other!

Time: Mondays at 1 p.m.

Pre-group orientation required

Please contact Carrie Eichmann, LICSW at ceichmann@brandeis.edu.

Good Grief, Bereavement Support
This is a support group for undergraduate and graduate students who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Anyone who has experienced a recent loss or one earlier in life is welcome. The group is intended to help break the isolation of grief and provide meaningful tools for coping. Drop in is fine but prior contact with leaders is preferred.

Time: Mondays 4- 5 p.m. at the BCC

Please contact Amy Engel, LICSW at aengel1@brandeis.edu.

Tuesday Groups

Mindfulness in Times of Stress
In this group we will be learning mindfulness to access strength and find possibility in times of stress. Mindfulness involves practicing present moment awareness without judgment. This group will combine a variety of mindfulness practices with open discussion about applying mindfulness to daily living in order to cultivate ease, possibility and creativity. This group is a good fit for students who have an interest in mindfulness and are experiencing a new or chronic stress.

Time: Tuesdays 9 a.m. in the BCC

Please contact Laura Horn, PsyD (lhorn@brandeis.edu) and Amy Scobie-Carroll, LICSW (ascobiecarroll@brandeis.edu).

International Student Workshop
During each month, we will be talking about the nuances of American culture, ways to build resilience and find ways for self-care, or exploring difficult topics like microaggression, harassment or discrimination. The target of these workshops is to help enhance your experience at Brandeis, outside of your classroom. This is a space to talk things out, or just listen to others and be validated in your experiences, and most importantly, to learn more ways to take better care of yourself.

Time: Tuesdays at 12 p.m., starting on 9/19/17, and every 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Place: Grad Center Conference Room, Kutz Hall

Please contact Aileen Lee, PsyD at aleepcc@brandeis.edu or Jingwen at jyan@brandeis.edu.

Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Trauma
This group offers a safe and confidential space for those who have experienced sexual assault and/or unwanted sexual activity. Through a combination of discussion, experiential exercises, and therapeutic activities, group members will connect with others, explore and learn more about the impact of sexual trauma, and develop strategies for self-care and coping. No ongoing commitment expected. Interested students should contact group leader(s) to schedule a brief check-in conversation prior to first attendance.

Time: Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m.

Place: Group Room on the second floor of BCC, Room 211

Please contact Annkatrine Gates, PsyD and Trish Glover, LMHC at tglover@brandeis.edu.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga
If you have experienced a trauma, be it physical, psychological, or sexual, whether it was a single event or happened over a period of time, you may carry an imprint in your body. Trauma Sensitive Yoga is a gentle, supportive, non-judgmental movement and breathing practice that allows participants to have a safe, present-moment experience, reducing tension and stress. No Yoga experience is required and people of all abilities are invited. This yoga class will be led by Angelica Emery-Fertitta from Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga www.traumasensitiveyoga.com. Trish Glover, Trauma Therapist from the BCC, will be present and available for support and questions as needed.

Time: Five weeks on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. October 10-November 7

Please contact Trish Glover, LMHC at tglover@brandeis.edu.

Wednesday Groups

First-Year Group: Getting Your Sea Legs
This group is designed for first year students adjusting to college life and being away from home. This group will provide a safe, comfortable space to gain support around this adjustment.

Time: Wednesdays 9 a.m.

Please contact Amy Krentzman, LICSW at akrentzman@brandeis.edu.

CBT for Your College Life
This workshop will address the stress and anxieties of college life utilizing a cognitive behavioral approach. Members will identify 1-3 goals they would like to address during the semester and learn CBT skills they can practice during day-to-day experiences.

Place: Meetings will be held at the BCC

Time: Wednesday 11 a.m.

Please contact Rachael Pucillo, LMHC at rpucillo@brandeis.edu.

Returning from Leave
This group is intended for students returning from a leave of absence from school. The group will provide support around transition back to Brandeis and will provide the opportunity for group members to support each other as well as to invite staff from the Brandeis community to join when needed to answer questions and provide further support.

Time: Wednesday 2 p.m.

Place: Group Room on first floor of BCC

Please contact Joy von Steiger, PhD at jvonst@brandeis.edu.

Senior Group
Come and share your experience of senior year! We will discuss endings, new beginnings, and what makes this year so uncertain.

Time: Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

Place:1st floor group room, BCC

Please contact Annkatrine Gates, PsyD at annkatrine@brandeis.edu.

MOSAIC - Music Offering Support and Insightful Conversation
Music is an incredibly powerful form of expression. It combines both sound and words to convey a message, tell a story, and express one's culture or reveal an aspect of one's identity. There's undoubtedly a connection between music and our emotions, as it can trigger both positive and negative memories, provide hope for the future, and feel understood or not so alone in our experiences, feelings, and life challenges. I'm sure you can name at least a song or two that moves you in a way that is “hard to say in words.” Let's talk about it! MOSAIC is a group designed to use music as a platform for various themes, experiences, and feelings that arise in group members' lives. Members will be asked to share music that elicits a feeling, memory, or perspective based on a therapeutic theme or concept, such as relationships (both the highs and the lows), anger, joy, despair, fear, loss/grief, love, heartbreak, homesickness, hope, and pain. We will use the musical pieces to cope with the bad times, remember the good, and engage in discussions to process our feelings and share a part of ourselves with each other. If you are a person who likes music (of any genre), is open-minded, and thinks it might be easier (or more comfortable) to express yourself using musical outlets, then this would be a good group for you to try out!

Time: Wednesdays at 5 p.m.

Place: Group Room, 2nd Floor

Please contact Sucheta Thekkedam, PhD, suthekked@brandeis.edu.

Thursday Groups

Feministas Unidas: Latina Empowerment Group
This group is for Latinas at the University who would like to have a safe space to talk about issues relating to psychological and/or physiological stressors. Each week, we will explore and discuss various topics such as microagressions, stigma, discrimination, oppression, stereotypes and what it means, bullying, harassment, fear, as well as other relevant topics. The goal of this group is to promote healthy coping mechanisms; identify ways for self-care; and build connections with other Latinas in the Brandeis community. Students are encouraged to participate during the group session whether it is through direct participation or active listening.

Time: Thursdays at 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Place: Group Room on the first floor of BCC

Please contact Vanessa Mena-Gibson, LCSW at vmenagibson@brandeis.edu.

Navigating (Step-) Family Dynamics
Are your parents divorced or separated? Do you have stepparents/stepsiblings? Or do you simply wish to share family difficulties? Come and join our group! This will be a confidential space for you to share your experiences and find support from other group members. We will discuss typical challenges for stepfamilies and conflict-families and explore how to navigate these challenges.

Time: Thursdays, 11 a.m.

Place: Group Room 2

Please contact Annkatrine Gates, PsyD at annkatrine@brandeis.edu.

Graduate Student Group
This group is a confidential and supportive space for graduate students to talk about experiences and stressors that are unique to being a graduate student. Pursuing a graduate degree can be a stressful and demanding endeavor. This group aims to reduce isolation and boost peer support for graduate students at any stage of their study. Topics may include (but are not limited to): self-care, professional/personal identity, impact on relationships and self-esteem, feeling unproductive or stuck.

Proposed time: Thursdays at 2 p.m. in group room 1. After meeting with Inna, students can use the group as a drop-in.

Contact Inna Goldberg, LICSW at ingol@brandeis.edu.

Healthy Body/Healthy Mind
This group aims to help students develop a positive and accepting relationship with their bodies and eating. If you struggle with negative body thoughts and unwanted eating patterns, this group is for you. Open to anyone who has struggled with emotional eating or an eating disorder, this group will foster understanding about the emotion-thought-urge-behavior cycle and how to break free of it. We will learn from each other's experiences and develop coping strategies.

Time: Thursdays 4 p.m., 8 week group-requires initial assessment; starts on 9/28

Place: Group Room 2, BCC

Please contact Rachael Pucillo, LMHC at rpucillo@brandeis.edu.

Learning to Feel Calmer
This is a drop-in group for students who are seeking ways to cope with restlessness, worry, sleep problems, muscle tension, headaches, digestive system problems and similar anxiety experiences. We will learn and practice some calming techniques and talk about how to use them in your daily life. While no pre-group meeting is required, feel free to contact the leader with any questions before coming.

Time: Thursdays at 4 p.m., drop in

Please contact Roberta Caplan, PhD at rcaplan@brandeis.edu.

Coping with Stress: Animal-Assisted Group
This group is an opportunity for students to interact with a therapy dog-in-training, and to process feelings with the therapist in the presence of unconditional canine love. The purpose of the group is to provide comfort and the unconditional listening ear of a golden retriever to those in need of animal-assisted therapy. This would be beneficial to any student with homesickness, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and to any student who may find that coping throughout the semester would be helped by 45 minutes of un-stressing with a dog present.

Therapy Dog-In-Training: Sounder, Golden Retriever

Time: Thursday 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Place:TBD

Please contact Eleanor Schmidt, M.A. at ellieschmidt@brandeis.edu.

SWAWN--Spoken Words and Wellness Noise: A Therapy Group
SWAWN is an acronym for Spoken Words and Wellness Noise. The use of rap lyrics and spoken words helps you to change your way of thinking, feeling and behaving. If we can manage those, we can achieve our goals and gain success in life. SWAWN is a culturally sensitive therapy group that considers the social, political, spiritual and emotional context in which individuals' lives are embedded. Group participants will use spoken words (i.e., rap, poetry and personal life narratives) to connect with their inner selves while giving voice to silence. SWAWN requires no writing classes, no formal training, and no prior experience. All you need to get started is a pen, some paper and a beat (if needed).This group will provide a safe and non-judgmental place to explore issues related to anger, shame, guilt, depression, isolation, anxiety, feelings of invisibility, marginalization, feeling misunderstood and disconnected from yourself and others.

Time: Thursdays at 5 p.m.

Place: Group Room on the first floor of BCC

Please contact: Dr. Martin Pierre at mapierre01@brandeis.edu or Dr. Dennis Tyrell at dtyrell@brandeis.edu.

Friday Groups

Social Anxiety Group
This group is geared toward students who have trouble in social situations and are looking for a safe and comfortable place to discuss the challenges of social relationships. Potential group members may be looking to improve their social skills and/or decrease their social anxiety. They will learn specific social skills, explore various socially-related themes, and have an opportunity to interact with peers in a group setting.

Time: Fridays at 1 p.m.

Place: 1st floor group room 1, BCC

Please contact Annkatrine Gates, PsyD at annkatrine@brandeis.edu. This group is currently filled to capacity, but do let Annkatrine know if you would like more information about joining it at a later date.