Group Therapy

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

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

Fall 2017 Support Groups

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 have a set time yet. The clinicians leading these groups will schedule group meetings at a time that best accommodates the majority of students who express interest.

Bereavement Support

For students who have lost a family member, this group will focus on learning and strengthening coping strategies and getting support from others coping with loss.

Deborah Domenech, Ph.D.,
Start date and time: TBA

Crossing Cultures

A group for international graduate students. Discussion and support around topics such as acculturation, immigration and its effects on identity, intercultural friendships, and other significant issues that come up in the lives of international graduate students.

Hina Pant, Ph.D.,
Start date and time: TBA

Distress Tolerance

This group is open to graduate and undergraduate students who are experiencing anxiety and/or difficulty coping with strong emotions and are motivated to increase self-observation and practice relaxation techniques in a supportive environment.
Victoria Grosso, Ph.D.,
Start date and time: TBA

Getting Things Done

This 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. There are two separate sections:
Shirley Matthews, Ph.D.,
Andrew Colitz, Ph.D.,
Mondays: 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Start date: TBA

Fridays: 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Start date: TBA

Making Peace with Food

A psychoeducational support group for men and women who struggle with their relationship to food and are preoccupied with their body/weight. The group aims to help members develop a more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies. Members will learn various coping strategies in order to reduce their reliance on food when facing difficult challenges.

Mika Awanohara, Psy.D.,
Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Start date: 9/27/17

Men of Color Support Group

For students interested in a supportive forum for exploring their experiences as self-identified men of color. We will discuss the unique challenges participants face in their academic, professional, and personal lives. The group will focus on fostering community, cultivating healthy coping mechanisms, and offering validation and encouragement.
Saul Gomez, Ph.D.,
Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Start date: 9/26/17

New Americans

Group for students who are undocumented and are concerned about immigration policies affecting DACA recipients. This group will provide a space to process the undocumented, first-generation American experience, while focusing on mutual support, healthy coping, and self-care.  
Wendy Carolina Franco, Ph.D.,
Start date and time: TBA

Queer Academics at Columbia

Discussion group to meet other LGBTQ graduate students and to talk about concerns about our community. No screening necessary. Group meets in the Lerner 8 conference room.

Rachel Efron, Ph.D.,
Daniel Chiarilli, Ph.D.,
Start date and time: TBA

Reawakening Your Healthy Self: Eating Concerns Group for Women

This support group is for women who are motivated to pursue recovery from eating concerns. Members will explore various topics connected to eating and body related issues (such as relationships, family, self concept, academics, and trauma) while working towards developing and maintaining healthy attitudes and behaviors.

Facilitator: TBD
Start date and time: TBA

Substance Use Concerns

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.

Susan Vitti, Ph.D.,
Start date and time: TBA

Veterans' Support Group

A weekly support group for student veterans to come together and discuss issues related to being a veteran, a student, and everything in between. The goal of the group is to promote successful navigation of new roles and promote attainment of education, interpersonal, and professional objectives.

Susan Vitti, Ph.D.,
Start date and time: TBA

Women Healing from Sexual Abuse in Childhood or Adolescence

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., 
Start date and time: TBA

Women of Color Support Group

This weekly group provides women of color (both graduate and undergraduate) a safe, confidential space to discuss with one another 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. 
Annette Santiago-Espana, Ph.D.,
Start date and time: TBA

Women's Sexual Assault Support Group

A space to talk openly about life after an assault. The group is an opportunity to connect with other survivors and safely explore the emotional, spiritual, and physical impacts in a supportive environment. We will discuss healthy coping skills and healing strategies, and address other important factors in recovery, including reactions of family, friends, and the community. This group is for women who have experienced sexual assault at age 16 or older.

Petra Amrani, Ph.D.,
Start 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 August 23, 2017