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.

Please check the current listings below.

Spring 2014 Support Group Information

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.

Disability Accommodation

Columbia University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you require disability accommodations to attend an event at Columbia University, please contact Disability Services at (212) 854-2388 at least 10 days in advance of the event.

Adult ADHD

The Adult ADHD Group is a Cognitive-Behavioral treatment program consisting of 11 sessions which address core symptoms. The class teaches proven strategies for managing ADHD, in addition to medication. Speak with your psychologist or psychiatrist to be referred to the group. 
Tom Robertson, Psy.D.,
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m., beginning 2/11

Bereavement Group

A weekly drop-in group for undergraduate and graduate students who have lost family or friends close to them. Group will focus on learning and strengthening coping strategies and getting support from others.
Rachel Efron, Ph.D.,
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.,
Iskra Smiljanic, Ph.D.,

Thursdays, 5:00-6:15 p.m., beginning 2/20

Gay Academics

Meet other LGBTQ graduate students and to talk about concerns in our community. Just drop by, no screening is necessary.

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.
Shirley Matthews, Ph.D.,
Mondays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. and Fridays, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Group for Women Healing from Sexual Abuse

The group will focus on naming and understanding the effects of the abuse and on finding ways to address them. This is a structured support group for women who have been sexually abused in childhood or adolescence.

Rachel Efron, Ph.D.,
DeShaunta Johnson, 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.

Mika Awanohara, Psy.D.,
Whitney Randall, Psy.D,
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m., beginning 2/11

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 monthly program. Call CPS Front Desk to enroll.
Shirley Matthews, Ph.D.,
Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m., beginning 1/29, 2/5, 2/12
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., beginning 2/4, 2/11, 2/25
Tuesdays, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., beginning 2/25, 3/4, 3/11
Tuesdays, 11:00 - 12:30 p.m., beginning 3/25, 4,1, 4/8

Relationships 101 Group

The purpose of this group is to provide a supportive, non-judgmental space where students can work together on managing overwhelming emotions that may come up, especially in the context of interpersonal relationships.
Alyson Nelson, Ph.D.,
Aoife Villafranca-West, Ph.D.,
Fridays, 10:30-11:45 a.m.

Substance Use Concerns Group

Two groups are offered, each for undergraduate and graduate students who are concerned about their substance use.

Aoife Villafranca-West, Ph.D.,
Jason Royal, Ph.D.,         
Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m., beginning 1/21

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, body image, family of origin issues, trauma, experiences with oppression, asking for what you need, and developing a personal identity.
Annette Santiago-Espana, Ph.D.,
Marcia Liu, Ph.D.,

Mondays, 2:30-4:00 p.m.



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 April 23, 2014