The Meeting Point runs both short-term and long-term groups for members of our community. Groups are particularly powerful forms of therapy because individuals are presented with an opportunity to share their strengths and struggles in a confidential setting that is designed to reinforce the value of relationships through both professional and peer.

Men’s Circle - Spring 2021

This group is for men interested in creating a more positive and healthier version of masculinity. It’s for men struggling with the old narratives of what it means to be a man; men who feel isolated and want to be more connected.

Together we can reauthor masculinity so that it serves us all. We can shift limiting stories that tell us we always have to be in control, suppress most of our feelings, and that we can’t speak of our challenges publicly.

Circles are a place to practice being open about our struggles, our strengths, and visions for a better way. We will learn from each other how to tame our inner critic and the shame that prevents us from relating authentically to life. By coming together intentionally with other men we can build greater compassion, strength, and freedom. Through this process we improve our relationships and show up with greater confidence in the world.

WHAT WE WILL DO

Circles consist of various practices design to facilitate open dialogue and exploration. These include storytelling, reflection and meditation practice, communication skills, and practice taking care of each other. The circle is participatory. We journey together. As facilitator, attune to each group’s needs, focusing on the issues most pertinent to the participants. I guide us in creating a secure yet challenging space for healing and growth. I place a strong emphasis on embodiment, and the cultivation compassion and awareness. I also provide suggestions for home-practice and offer resources to integrate the work we do in the group (ex. readings, videos, podcasts.)

DETAILS

  • Who: Open to anyone who identifies as a man. The circle is capped at 10 men.
  • When: 4/15/21 - 6/3/21. Thursday nights, 7:00-8:30p EST. 8-Weeks.
  • Where: It is virtual (via Zoom), so wherever you are.
  • Cost: $200 is the suggested fee. Pay what you can. If you can offer more, please consider doing so to offset a lower-income individual.
  • Questions: Contact Marlo Pedroso (marlo@emergenceprojectboston.com)

BIO

Marlo Pedroso, LICSW, is a healer, activist, poet, musician, and facilitator. He has worked as a healer and meditation teacher for over 15 years. He leads workshops and groups on mindfulness, healing, and evolutionary growth. His work strives to integrate of body, mind, and spirit, with the larger efforts towards social and ecological liberation.

Women of Color Group

The Women of Color support group is for women of color who are at least 23 years of age and older. This is a bi-weekly group that will meet for 8 weeks. It is limited to 10 women. This group is inclusive of women who are LGBTQ, as well as women who are heterosexual. This is an ideal group for women who are interested in developing skills or strengthening existing skills to manage anxiety, depression, relationships, and their professional identity.

Groups are particularly powerful forms of therapy because individuals are presented with an opportunity to share their strengths and struggles in a confidential setting that is designed to reinforce the value of relationships through both professional and peer. If you are interested in participating, please contact Luz Lopez at 617.833-9353 or luzlopez@bu.edu or Dawn Martinez at dawnbelkin@gmail.com. Space is limited for this group (no more than 10).

A note on cost for the group: The fee for the group is based on your income, but the minimum fee is 25.00 per group session. If you would like to pay for the full series up front ($175.00), you save 25.00.

Luz M. López, LCSW, MPH, PhD Luz was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She is a full time faculty member in the Clinical Department at Boston University School of Social Work and Associate irector of the MSW/MPH program. She also has experience facilitating trauma informed and leadership groups with Latinas and other women from diverse backgrounds. She believes change is possible, being open, flexible, and compassionate with one-self and others. She co-faciltated this group last year and looks forward to starting it again. Past and new members are welcomed!

Dawn Belkin Martinez, LICSW, Ph.D. Dawn is a bicultural bilingual social worker and has been working in collaboration with individuals, groups, and families for over 25 years. She presently works full- time at Boston University School of Social Work and is the co-author of the book “Social Justice in Clinical Practice: A Liberation Health Framework for Social Work. Dawn has extensive experience working with immigrants and marginalized communities and is one of the founding members of the Boston Liberation Health Group. She is passionate about healing and social justice and is looking forward to meeting everyone!



These are some groups that have run in the past. Please keep checking back here to see about future groups at TMP.

All-Gender Process and Support Group

Finding your place and the gender spectrum can be complex, confusing, joyful, overwhelming and spectacular. Building your Self and Home on your spot on the spectrum can offer a kind of deepening of self that is like nothing else. Whether you are questioning, building or remodeling your relationship to gender all are welcome here. Group meets every other Monday from 6:30-8 PM.

Open Relationship Group

This support group is for individuals and couples interested in exploring the pros and cons of consensual non-monogamy, and whether an open relationship is right for them. It is open to people of any sexual orientation or gender identity as long as they are 18 years of age or older.



There are a few other topics that could become regular groups. If you are interested in participating in one of the below groups, please reach out to learn more information or discover whether you would be a good fit.

  • Support group for Lesbian mothers who struggle with postpartum depression.
  • Support group and psychotherapy group for adult children of parents with mental illness
  • Coming Out Support Group for LGBT Adults
  • Queer, Woman-Identified Parents of Male-Identified Children