Group Therapy

Counseling and Psychological Services offers support groups designed to enhance life skills to students or provide special programs. These groups or special programs were often developed in collaboration with student groups, deans, residence advisers, and others.

For a list of workhops, visit CPS' Workshops and Trainings page.

Fall 2014 Support Group

How to Get Started

Please contact group leaders for more information and to schedule an initial group interview, unless otherwise indicated.


Several groups listed below do not yet have a set time. The clinicians leading these groups will be scheduling the group meetings at a time that best accommodates the majority of students who express interest in attending.

Adult ADHD

The Adult ADHD Group is a Cognitive-Behavioral treatment program consisting of 11 sessions which address core symptoms.  The class teaches proven startegies for managing ADHD, in addition to medication.  Each member of the group will use a manual and develop new skills for better organization and planning, reducing distractibility, and enhancing adaptive thinking.  Speak with your psychologist or psychiatrist to be refered to the group.  Sessions start Oct. 13th.

Anne Goldfield, Ph.D.
Mondays, 10:00 a.m.

Bereavement Group

A weekly group for undergraduate and graduate students who have lost family members. Group will focus on learning and strengthening coping strategies and getting support from others who are also coping with loss and feeling sad, angry, overwhelmed, confused, numb, and hurt, among other feelings.
Jane Caflisch, Ph.D.,
Fridays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Distress Tolerance Group

This group is open to graduate and undergraduate students who are experiencing anxiety, difficulty coping with strong emotions and who are motivated to increase self-observation and practice relaxation techniques in a supportive environment.
Victoria Grosso, Ph.D.,
Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Gay Academics

Discussion group to meet other LGBTQ graduate students and to talk about concerns about our community.  No screening, just drop by.

Rachel Efron, Ph.D,
Daniel Chiarilli,
Last Thursday of each month, 6:00-7:15 p.m.

Getting Things Done

This support group is for students who have a stalled thesis, incompletes or are simply not performing up to their potential due to procrastination and poor time management. The group acts as a community of support and accountability.  Members will have the opportunity to learn to break free from the negative patterns that may be keeping them from accomplishing their personal and professional goals.  Participants will learn cognitive behavioral techniques that can increase efficiency, effectiveness, competence and confidence thereby improving their ability to get things done.
Shirley Matthews, Ph.D.,
Mondays, 4:00-5:30 p.m., beginning September 15, 2014
Fridays, 2:00-3:30 p.m., beginning September 19, 2014

Group for Students with Families

This group is offered to students who are struggling to balance academic life and family responsibilities.  Attendees are encouraged to suggest topics for discussion.  No registration is required.

Victoria Grosso, Ph.D.,
Date and Time TBD

Group for Women Healing from Sexual Abuse

CPS is offering a structured support group for women who have been sexually abused in childhood or adolescence.  The group will focus on naming and understanding the effects of the abuse and on finding ways to address them.  We will support you in breaking the silence and lessening the shame with which survivors often cope.

Rachel Efron, Ph.D.,
Jane Caflisch, Ph.D.,
Date and Time TBD

Making Peace with Food

This is a psychoeducational support group open to undergraduate and graduate students (both men and women) who struggle with their relationship with food and are preoccuppied with their shape or weight.  Each week, the group will cover topics relevant to eating concerns with the goal of developing a more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.  Members will also learn alternative ways to cope with difficult feelings without relying on food.  This is a time-limited group which will run for 8 sessions in the fall semester.

Mika Awanohara, Psy.D.,
Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m., beginning September 30, 2014

Public Speaking: Learn to Speak with Confidence

This program will help you develop greater comfort when speaking in class. Learn how to connect to the audience and build your overall effectiveness as a public speaker in this 3-session program. To get the full benefit of the program you should attend all 3 sessions.  Call the CPS Front Desk (212-854-2878) to enroll.  Additional sessions will be scheduled as needed.
Shirley Matthews, Ph.D.,                          
Fridays, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.                                                                     
September 12, 19, & 26                                                                        
October 17, 24, & 31                                                                              
November 7, 14, & 21 
Cory Frank, Ph.D.,
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:20 p.m.
September 30, October 7 & 14
October 21, 28 & November 11
November 18, 25 & December 2

Substance Use Concerns Group

This group is offered for undergraduate and graduate students who are concerned about their substance use.  We will discuss how substances impact one's life and learn skills to cope with changing patterns of use.  Participants who are in various stages of concern are encouraged to attend.

Lisa Cohen, Ph.D.,   
Date and Time TBA

Women of Color Support Group

This group is designed for women of color (both graduate and undergraduate) who are looking for a group experience to discuss issues such as relationships, managing stress, sadness and/or anxiety, body image, family issues, trauma, experiences with oppression, asking for what you need, and developing a personal identity.  This weekly group will offer a safe, confidential place to discuss these issues with other women of color.
Annette Santiago-Espana, Ph.D.,
Date and Time TBA


Is it true that there is no additional cost for a visit at CPS?

Yes, it’s true! Students who have enrolled in Columbia Health are eligible to be seen at CPS.

Last updated November 05, 2014