Support Groups

Updated information for Fall 2017 coming soon! Here are examples of last year's groups.

Fall 2016

Bounce Back Joy von Steiger, PhD and Natalie Russ, MA

Bounce Back is a 3 week workshop that focuses on resilience, creating a life plan and generally succeeding at anything you choose to do. Each week will be focused on different topics. Week 1 focuses on creating Brandeis goals, week 2 is surviving your failures and celebrating your successes, and in week 3 we create a life mission statement while also addressing combating negative thoughts. You can drop in to one or all meetings. The workshop will be held on a continual basis all semester on Tuesdays at 1pm in the BCC in the group room. For more information, please contact Joy von Steiger at or Natalie Russ at

Come and Just Be You - an LGBTQ group Amy Scobie-Carroll, LICSW

Topics may include coming out to family and friends, navigating intersecting identities, and particular challenges like discrimination and microaggressions. Whether you are a member of the LGBTQ community or are wondering whether you might be, this group provides a safe, non-judgmental, supportive place to explore. Come and be who you are.

Thursdays 3pm in the 1st floor group room, BCC

For more information and to enroll, please contact Amy at

DBT Skills Group Catherine Mitchell, LICSW

Please join Catherine Mitchell, LICSW, in the BCC on Thursdays at 9am starting October 6th and running for 6 sessions, with the option to add more if the group would like to proceed. This group will focus on how to navigate stress and find greater emotional balance using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Group will meet weekly for 6 sessions. This group will close to new members after the second session. It is expected that a second module will be offered in the spring semester. If interested, contact Catherine at

Drop-In Guided Meditation Jennifer Brown, PsyD

This is a 50 minute, weekly guided meditation session for anyone interested in learning more about meditation or continuing one’s own practice. Each person is encouraged to practice at his or her own pace with some guidance given from the instructor. Sessions are Wednesdays at 12pm in the Peace Room, Usdan. For more information, please contact Dr. Brown at

Everything New Again: A Group for International Students Laeth Al-Hamdouni, MA and Aileen Lee, PsyD

A group space to explore and find support for the stresses associated with your experience at Brandeis. Support and learn from each other under the guidance of two clinicians from the BCC. Topics may include, but are not limited to, worries regarding academic performance, language barriers, cultural differences and experiences of being far from home. This group will be held on Tuesdays at 4pm. Please contact Laeth at or Aileen at

Getting Your “Sea Legs” @ Brandeis Annkatrine Gates, MA and Leah Levy, MS

This is a welcoming group for first-year students transitioning to life at Brandeis. In a safe and confidential setting, first-year students can discuss their experience of entering college life. What are your expectations? What are your hopes? Where are you from? What do you miss?

Wednesdays 3pm in the 1st floor group room, BCC For more information and to enroll, please contact Annkatrine at

Good Grief and Bereavement Support Amy Engel, LICSW and Jessica Pierre, PsyD

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. Please contact Amy Engel, LICSW at or Jessica Pierre, PsyD at with any questions. The group will take place on Tuesdays at 5pm at the BCC. Drop-in attendance is welcome.

Healthy Body/Healthy Mind - a support group Amy Scobie-Carroll, LICSW

If you have struggled with restricting eating, feeling out of control around food, negative body image or an eating disorder, this group can support you. Topics include how to build a healthy relationship with food, fostering positive body image, and understanding the emotion-thought-behavior cycle and how to break free of it. This group includes education, skills, and emotionally supporting one another. Meets Thursdays at 2pm in the 1st floor group room at the BCC. For more information and to enroll please contact Amy at

Manage Stress Effectively- A Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) Approach Tal Nir, PhD and Jessica Pierre, PsyD

Come to understand how to use CBT skills to better manage your stress. This workshop is offered monthly and consists of 2-4 meetings to learn about CBT and how to apply it to day-to-day situations. Meetings will be on Monday at 4pm at the Counseling Center. For more information and to enroll, please contact Dr. Nir at or Dr. Pierre at

Managing Health Conditions Catherine Mitchell, LICSW & Rage Hezekiah

This group is intended for students who are working to be successful while maintaining a chronic health condition, illness, and/or pain. The group is open so students can come when they are able to join. We will meet weekly at a time that is deemed appropriate by students. Periodically we will have guest speakers join us to discuss topics chosen by the students. If interested, contact Catherine at

Mindfulness Based Coping Strategies Jennifer Brown, PsyD

This group is designed to decrease the presence of stress, anxiety, and depression in daily experience and increase overall happiness and life satisfaction through the development of mindfulness and meditation. The group will include a blend of explicit skill instruction, experiential exercises, and opportunities to process and support one another as a group. This group will not meet in the fall, but please check back for a scheduling update in spring 2017. For more information, please contact Dr. Brown at

Our Selves and Others, Jennifer Brown, PsyD, and Leah Levy, MS

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 personal lives.

This group will meet weekly on Wednesdays at 5pm at the BCC. For more information, please contact Dr. Brown at or Leah at

Social Skills/Social Anxiety Leah Levy, MS and Annkatrine Gates, MA

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. Fridays at 2pm and 3pm in the 1st floor group room, BCC

For more information and to enroll, please contact Leah at

Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Trauma Trish Glover, LMHC and Natalie Russ, MA

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. Mondays at 12pm. Please contact Trish at or Natalie at for more information.

SWAWN--Spoken Words and Wellness Noise: A Therapy Group Martin Pierre, PhD and Dennis Tyrell, PhD

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. Also, these forms of stylistic expression will allow students to become rhythmically engaged and offer a unique way of accessing a full range of emotions and physical sensations that serves as a catalyst for change toward optimal psychological health and well-being. 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. In this group together through spoken words, we will develop our capacity to heal one another, restore our ability to self-regulate, develop resilience and mastery, gain control over residues of past hurt, use language to change ourselves and others, foster healthy relationships and develop healthy coping strategies. Group will be held on Thursday, time TBA. For more information, please contact Dr. Pierre at or Dr. Tyrell at