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.

Spring 2015 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 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.


The ADHD Group is an 11 session Cognitive-Behavioral program which addresses core symptoms and fosters proven strategies for managing ADHD.  Each member of the group works from a manual to develop new skills for better organization and planning, reducing distractibility, and enhancing adaptive thinking.  Speak with your psychologist or psychiatrist to be referred to the group. 

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

Bereavement Support

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

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.,
Cassie Kaufmann, Ph.D.
Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

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, as per below:
Shirley Matthews, Ph.D.,
Andrew Colitz, Ph.D.,
Mondays, 4:00-5:30 p.m., beginning January 26
Fridays, 2:00-3:30 p.m., beginning January 23

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

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 preoccupied with their shape or weight.  The group aims to help participants develop more peaceful relationships with food and with 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 7 sessions.

Mika Awanhora, Psy.D.,
Date/Time TBA

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. To get the full benefit of the program plan on attending all 3 sessions.  Call the CPS Front Desk (212-854-2878) to enroll.  Additional sessions will be scheduled as needed. Two separate sections are offered as per below.
Debra Domenech, Ph.D.,
Corey Frank, Ph.D.,                          
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, just drop by the conference room on the 8th floor of Lerner Hall.

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

Reawakening Your Heathy Self: 

A Support Group for Women in Recovery from an Eating Concern

This support group is for undergraduate and graduate students who are motivated and invested in their path toward recovery from a range of eating concerns.  Group members will have the opportunity to explore relationships, body image, self-concept, trauma, family, academic pressures, and coping with relapse.  The women in this group will feel empowered, supported and work towards building a strong sense of self as they develop and maintain healthy attitudes and behaviors.
Meghan Tatum, LCSW,
Whitney Randall, Psy.D.,
Date/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.

James Pollack, Ph.D.   
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.,
Eugenia Cherkasskaya, Ph.D.,

Fridays, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Contact group leaders if time is an issue

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.,
Archana Jain, Ph.D.
Mondays, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Women Survivors of Recent Sexual Assault

This group for women whom have experienced recent sexual assault will provide a space to talk openly about life after an assault.  It 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 and healing strategies and address other important factors in recovery, including reactions of family and friends and community response.
Lisa Cohen, 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 January 13, 2015