Transgender Youth and Families

At  The Meeting Point, we are committed to supporting families with transgender/gender non-conforming children.

We offer:
· individual therapy for people of all ages as they explore their gender identity and expression,

· individual therapy for family members of transgender/gender non-conforming people

· family therapy

· couples therapy

· consultation

Mindfulness Group for LGBTQ Teens (15-18)

Being a teen can be really stressful! Mindfulness is a powerful way to handle stress, and live life more fully. Mindfulness is all about living fully in the present moment, without judgment, and with an attitude of kindness and curiosity.

This 5 week class, tailored for teens, teaches proven awareness and concentration practices based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) model developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Through guided mindfulness meditation, small group discussions, and mindful movement, participants learn how to settle a busy mind, direct and sustain attention, investigate emotions and thoughts, cultivate compassion, and communicate with their peers. All this is done in a safe and supportive environment affirming of the experiences of LGBTQ youth.
The class will be held on Fridays from 4:00 – 5:30

Instructors: Marlo Pedroso, LICSW and Melissa MacNish, LMHC
Location: Jamaica Plain
Dates: 5/195/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16
Cost: $250 per participating SAYFTEE members

Contact Melissa at for more information

Parenting Workshop: Parenting between the intersections of ASD and gender

This 6-week workshop will explore the intersecting themes of both the spectrum of Autism and Gender.  The workshop will be a mixture of psycho-education on parenting neuro-atypical transgender/non-binary teens/young adults and mutual aid support.  Issues around the overlaps of sensory processing, social pragmatics, safety, disclosure, and family dynamics will be explored. Balancing parenting complicated teens and your own self-care will also be a focus of the group.
These workshops will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30

Instructors: Jamie Freed, LICSW and Melissa MacNish, LMHC
Location: The Meeting Point in Jamaica Plain
Dates: 5/175/245/31, 6/7, 6/146/21
Cost: Individual $300 Couple $450 (+cost of intake into SAYFTEE program)

Contact Melissa at for more information

Gender Xplorers

Multi-family parent/playgroup (gender expansive kids 11 and under and their parents and siblings)

This 2.5 hour group occurs monthly.  The goal of this group is to connect gender expansive children and their families, including siblings.  The intention is to increase comfort with gender diversity and foster support as families navigate the world with a gender expansive child. Families will meet together for first 30 minutes and participate in a fun group activity.  In the next 90 minutes, the parents will participate in a parent group to explore the unique situations their families are navigating, while parenting a gender expansive child.  The children (gender expansive and their siblings) will participate in a structured play activity to foster connection.  The final 30 minutes the two groups reunite for reflection.  Both groups are led by Licensed therapists.

Contact Melissa at for more information