Support Groups

Facilitated by Motoni Fong Hodges, Ph.D.

This is a supportive community space open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are on the autism spectrum. We will meet once a week via Zoom to connect and converse with others on selected topics of mutual interest.  

Due to the open and online nature of this virtual drop-in space, this is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and practice discretion. This is intended to be an interactive support space, not group therapy. 

Dates and Time: This Autism Support Group will meet weekly on Thursdays from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET starting 1/27/22.

For more information, please email Dr. Motoni Fong Hodges at mh2759@cumc.columbia.edu with "Autism Support Group" in the subject line. 

Facilitated by Debra Domenech, Ph.D. and Marco Romero Garcia, Psy.D.

The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences in life. This is further complicated during a pandemic. If you would like a space where you can share with peers who are also going through this, you are invited to come. This will be a space for graduate and undergraduate students to meet and support each other. Current members are welcome to continue and new members are welcome to join the group.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, it is not private nor confidential. Participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. Please note that this is a support space, not group therapy.

Dates and Time: This virtual support group will meet on Fridays from 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM ET. Start date is Friday, January 28th .

For more information, please email Dr. Debra Domenech at dd2034@cumc.columbia.edu or Dr. Marco Romero Garcia at mrg2245@cumc.columbia.edu with "Bereavement" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Victoria Grosso, Ph.D. and Steven Carter, Ph.D.

This group will address ways to reconnect with ourselves and others.  We will practice simple exercises involving movement, relaxation, visualization and breathing techniques to ground ourselves and improve our focus.  We will discuss how to overcome barriers that get in the way of our confidence and effectiveness, avoiding negativity, self-criticism, and self-blame.  In this virtual space we will experience new ways of giving to and receiving from others.  Strengthening our relationships and building our inner strength will help us achieve our goals. 

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this support space is not guaranteed to be private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is an educational and support space; it is not group therapy. The facilitators respectfully request that all participants have video enabled during the meetings.   

Dates and Time: From DATE to DATE, this virtual group will meet on Thursdays from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET.

For more information, please email Dr. Victoria Grosso at vg2107@cumc.columbia.edu and Dr. Steven Carter at sc3918@cumc.columbia.edu with "Strong Inner Self" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Rachel Rush, LCSW-R

This drop-in online community space proceeds from the belief that everyone has creative possibility, whether or not they have come into contact with this part of themselves before. This group will help participants to discover their creative parts.  Creativity is an especially useful coping tool during difficult times and helps individuals to access their innate agency, resiliency, and flexibility.  A creative mindset allows one to think outside of the box, explore new possibilities, and uncover new ways of relating to oneself and others.

The group will begin with a 10-minute mindfulness practice offered by the facilitator.  The facilitator will then offer a creative prompt that allows participants to engage in self-reflection and self-expression (either through writing, poetry, visual art, music, etc). We will then come back together as a group to share our responses to this creative prompt in order to learn from and be inspired by one another.  During the course of the group, participants will have the opportunity to show/perform any art, music, poetry, and the like that they have created in response to these difficult times.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; it is not group therapy. 

Dates and Time: This virtual workshop and support space will meet on Fridays from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET.

For more information, please contact Rachel Rush at rr3126@cumc.columbia.edu with Cultivating Creativity and Resilience” in the subject line.

Facilitated by Vincent Kiefner, Ph.D.

Are you a doctoral student who hopes to graduate in the next year? Do you find yourself running into one obstacle after another as you strive to complete your thesis? Are you able to devote enough energy to your advisor’s research while also trying to focus on your own independent studies? Could you use some assistance in how to speak with your advisor because you sense tension in the relationship? CPS can help. We are providing a supportive virtual space that is open to doctoral level students in the final 2 years of their program. The group offers an opportunity to identify and discuss obstacles that may be delaying the completion of your degree; in addition, the group will work together to devise strategies for navigating these obstacles. New members are welcome to join the group.

Due to the open and online nature of this virtual drop-in space, this is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and practice discretion. This is intended to be an interactive support space and not group therapy.

Dates and Time: This virtual support space will meet on Thursdays at 1:00 PM ET.  Start date TBA

For more information about this support space, please contact Dr. Vincent Kiefner at vpk2112@cumc.columbia.edu with “Doctoral Student” in the Subject line

Facilitated by Addette Williams, Ph.D.

The Koru Basic Mindfulness and Meditation course consists of 4 weekly 75-minute classes specifically designed to address the needs of emerging adults. Graduates of the course report feeling more rested, calmer, less self-judgment and more mindfulness. A commitment to all 4 weeks is required, as is 10 minutes of daily homework. *** Registration is required

Dates and Time: This course will meet on Mondays (February 7-February 28, 2022) from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM ET.

The course will be repeated on Mondays (March 21-April 11, 2022) from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM ET.

For more information or to register, please email Dr. Addette Williams at alw65@cumc.columbia.edu with "Koru Meditation course" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Deborah Ohm, PsyD and Steven Carter, Ph.D.

If you…  

  • Have intense emotions that are overwhelming or seem to “last forever.”  
  • Find yourself acting impulsively on emotions alone.  
  • Have trouble identifying how you feel in the moment. 
  • Struggle with communicating with the people in your life  

…then this virtual support space is for you.  Dialectical Behavior Therapy, known as DBT, is an evidence-based treatment focused on helping those who suffer from intense and painful emotions through the use of mindfulness and other adaptive skills. 

**For this Spring semester, we will have a special emphasis on the teaching and application of Interpersonal Effectiveness skills.  These skills are meant to help you enhance your communication with others with the expectation that your relationships will improve.

Dates and Time: From January 25th – March 29th , this virtual group will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM ET.  

For more information, please email Dr. Deborah Ohm at do2415@cumc.columbia.edu with “DBT group” in the subject line.  

Facilitated by Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta, Ph.D.

  • Do you have feelings of guilt when eating or feel that food controls your life?
  • Do you reach out to food to cope with unpleasant feelings? Do you reject food in any way?
  • Do you feel like eating behaviors sometimes get out of control?
  • Are you preoccupied with your physical appearance?
  • Would you like to Make Peace with Food?

This virtual, skill-building support space aims to help develop a more peaceful relationship with food and one's body through learning about coping strategies to reduce reliance on food behaviors when facing difficult feelings.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; it is not group therapy. 

Dates and Time: From February 2 to March 9, 2022, this virtual group will meet on Wednesdays from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET.

For more information, please email Dr. Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta at ec2654@cumc.columbia.edu with "Peace with Food" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Adam Johnson, Ph.D.

Stress can take a toll on our bodies, lead to physical symptoms, chronic illness, or exacerbate pre-existing health issues. This skills group is for students who are wanting to improve their mental and physical well-being and develop an increased awareness of the mind/body connection. The group will incorporate body-oriented skills (i.e. meditation, guided imagery, movement, breathwork, self-expression) as well as cognitive and acceptance-based skills known to build resilience, improve coping, and enhance well-being.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this support space is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; not group therapy.

Dates and Time: This virtual workshop will meet on Thursdays (March 24- April 28, 2022) at 11:00 AM ET.

For more information, please email Dr. Adam Johnson at aj2755@columbia.edu  with “Mind/body group” in subject line. 

Facilitated by Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta, Ph.D.

Let's make meaning and reconnect with the infinite possibilities of the bodies we have! This virtual support space blends behavioral health ideas with participants' experiences of their own health concerns. Whether newly encountered, or long-standing health concerns, we aim to create a space where all participants can observe the relationship between the body and the mind, and try aligning the "walk with the talk," in the service of your academic success.

Dates and Time: February 4, 18, 25; March 4, 18, 25, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET

To save your space, please email Dr. Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta at: ec2654@cumc.columbia.edu with "Mind-In-Body" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Yaniv Philips, Ph.D.

Are you feeling scattered and stalled since your classes went virtual? Are you finding yourself consumed by the procrastination patterns you have been struggling with for some time?

This 4-session virtual workshop may be what you need to turn the dial down on procrastination and finish the semester strong. This workshop will help you figure out how to let go of self-regulation problems and learn to take the necessary steps toward achieving your goals. 

We will look at underlying causes of procrastination, and introduce techniques such as use of goal setting, time management techniques, and how to use accountability to achieve what matters to you most. The workshop focus will be on the concerns of the Columbia University student, but all community members are welcome to participate. Come have fun and work on getting things done.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; it is not a group therapy.  

Dates and Time: This virtual workshop will meet on Fridays 3/25, 4/1, 4/8 and 4/15 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM ET.

For more information, please email Dr. Yaniv Phillips at py2120@cumc.columbia.edu with "PROCRASTINATION" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Motoni Fong Hodges, Ph.D., Daniel Chiarilli, Ph.D.

QuAC is a friendly, supportive space for LGBTQ students from all of Columbia's graduate and professional schools, as well as the School of General Studies. Come meet students from other programs, learn about resources at Columbia and identify and discuss and issues relevant to our communities.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this support space is not guaranteed to be private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is an educational and support space; it is not group therapy. The facilitators respectfully request that all participants have video enabled during the meetings.  

Dates and Time: This virtual space will meet every 3rd Thursday of each month from 5:00 – 6:00 PM ET.

For more information, contact Motoni Fong Hodges at mh2759@cumc.columbia.edu, Daniel Chiarilli at dbc15@columbia.edu with "QuAC" in the subject line.

Biweekly support space that centers current issues and topics related to queer and trans students at Columbia University. If you are interested in joining this space, please fill out the interest form (available by request).

Facilitated by Kori Bennett, Psy.D. and Vanessa Gonzalez-Siegel, M.A.   

This is an online support space for queer and trans (transgender and/or nonbinary) graduate and undergraduate students centering on specific current issues and topics related to queer and trans communities. Due to the open and online nature of this drop-in space, this group is not private or confidential. Participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. Please note that this is a support space and not group therapy.

Dates and Time: This virtual support space will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET. Start date TBA.

For more information or to receive the interest form for the space, please contact Dr. Kori Bennett at kb2863@cumc.columbia.edu with "QT Talks" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Michele Goldman, Psy.D. and Erika Bach, Psy.D.

This is a support space for all Columbia students who are survivors of trauma; this group will provide education on common reactions to trauma, understand the impact of trauma on our emotions, discuss ways to improve relationship dynamics post trauma, and introduce healthy coping skills. We will use journaling and other activities to examine how trauma has impacted our adult lives across specific topics including trust, safety, power, self-blame, and more.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this space is not guaranteed to be private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is an educational and support space; it is not group therapy. Please note that participants will not be sharing their trauma stories, but rather learning about traumatic reactions and coping skills. 

Dates and Time: From February 3rd to March 10th, this virtual support space will meet on Thursdays from 3pm to 4pm ET for six consecutive weeks.

For more information or to enroll in this support space, please email Dr. Michele Goldman at mg4199@cumc.columbia.edu and/or Dr. Erika Bach at ejb2184@cumc.columbia.edu with “Healing and Growth” in the subject line.

Facilitated by Yaniv Phillips, Ph.D. and Alexandra Lane, Ph.D.

This workshop is designed to help couples nurture the positives in their relationship while they are quarantined together or living apart. We will provide skills for enhancing communication and building problem solving skills at this challenging time. The workshop is open to all Columbia students and their partners. 

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; it is not group therapy.

Dates and Time: This virtual workshop will meet on Mondays 4/4, 4/11, 4/18 and 4/25 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM ET.

For more information, please email Dr. Yaniv Phillips at py2120@cumc.columbia.edu and Dr. Alexandra Lane at al2619@cumc.columbia.edu with “Couples” in the subject line.

Facilitated by Weiyen Chung, Psy.D.

This is a virtual support space for Asian International and Asian American students to come together to discuss ways intersections of identity play a role in one’s experience on campus at Columbia and in the greater community, particularly with the rise in anti-Asian violence. Sessions may include discussion prompts such as “race and ethnicity in the classroom”, “visibility vs. invisibility”, “navigating the pandemic with family near/far” and any topics of mutual interest among participants. We hope to create a safe and open environment while also introducing a focus on mindfulness practices, coping skills, strategies for promoting a sense of safety, and disarming microaggressions.

Due to the open and online nature of this drop-in group, this group is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a virtual support space and not group therapy.

Dates and Time: From January 27 to March 10, 2022, this virtual support space will be held on Thursdays from 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET.

For more information, please contact Dr. Weiyen Chung at wc2714@cumc.columbia.edu with “Asian Student Support” in the subject line.

For more information or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please contact Dr. Weiyen Chung at wc2714@cumc.columbia.edu with “Asian Student Support” in the subject line.

(2nd Friday of the month)

This is a support group for Latinx students to speak openly, check-in with each other, and share their experiences of how they navigate events in their communities, at Columbia, and the world. We aim to provide a safe space to share without judgment and bias. Participants will learn coping strategies, feel a sense of community and improve self-care in the service of their academic success.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this workshop is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is an energy refueling, skill building support space; it is not group therapy.

Facilitated by Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta, Ph.D.

Dates and Time:  Second Friday of the month: February 11th , March 11th ,  April 8th, May 13th , 2022 at 2:00 PM ET.

To save your space, please email Dr. Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta at ec2654@cumc.columbia.edu with "Latinx" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Shirley Matthews, Ph.D

This virtual workshop will focus on ways to get yourself organized and making progress on your thesis, dissertation, or professional project even when you're not sure where you are headed. Participants will learn how to set priorities when there is too much to do and how to break free of procrastination. Participants will learn and will practice techniques that have shown to help students let go of time-wasting behaviors, as well as how to cope with interruptions and everyday time demands.  All of this will be built on a foundation of kindness, in an environment of safety and shared accountability.  And of course, we will work together to create a shame free zone of collaboration that has in the past, helped participants reach successful goal completion.

This support gro.up might be just what you need to help avoid the secret pleasures of mismanaging time and put you in position to achieve your important long-term goals.

Please note this is a support space and not traditional group therapy. Due to the open and online nature of this workshop, this group is not private or confidential, but participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion.

Total number of participants: 10

Dates and Time:  Tuesdays from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET starting Tuesday, January 18-May, April 26, 2022. 

For more information, please contact Dr Shirley Matthews at sm2158@cumc.columbia.edu with TMW or TIME MANAGEMENT in the subject line.

Facilitated by Yaniv Phillips, Ph.D. and Alexandra Lane, Ph.D.

This space will provide international students who are away from family, friends, and home an opportunity to support each other and build coping skills through this challenging time.

Among the topics we can discuss are: your thoughts about the fall semester; addressing your experiences with racial bias both here and in your home country; your feelings about returning to campus.

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, this support space is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and mindful of each other and to practice discretion. In addition, please note that this is a skill building support space; it is not group therapy.

Dates and Time:  This virtual support group will meet on Fridays 2/18 and 2/25 from 12:30 to 2:00 PM ET.

For more information, please email Dr. Yaniv Phillips at py2120@cumc.columbia.edu and Dr. Alexandra Lane at al2619@cumc.columbia.edu with "INTERNATIONAL" in the subject line.

If you don’t find something that meets your needs, please check back. We will add to our virtual offerings in the days to come.  You may also email Anne Goldfield, Associate Director of CPS for Community Outreach, with your suggestions at ag255@cumc.columbia.edu