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: Starting September 7, 2021, this virtual support space will meet on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST.  

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

Facilitated by Debra Domenech, Ph.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.

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: From October 1, 2021, to December 17, 2021, this virtual group will meet on Fridays from 1:00 – 2:15 PM ET. In spring, this group will resume on January 21, 2022.

For more information, please email Debra Domenech, Ph.D. at dd2034@cumc.columbia.edu with "Bereavement" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Victoria Grosso, 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 – 6:15 PM ET.

For more information, please email Dr. Victoria Grosso at vg2107@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.

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: 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 Kristy Barbacane, Assistant Dean of Students

Looking for ways to improve time management and stop procrastinating?  Join GTD! The Getting Things Done Group for General Studies students is here to provide support and accountability.  Members will have the opportunity to learn time management strategies and, with the support of the group, break free from the negative patterns that may be preventing them from accomplishing their personal and academic goals.

Dates and Time:  To be announced.

For more information, please contact Dean Kristy Barbacane at k.barbacane@columbia.edu. 

Facilitated by Deborah Ohm, Psy.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. In this group, you will learn… 

  • How to manage the storm when you are feeling overwhelmed and upset and not make the situation worse.  
  • Long-term strategies to decrease your vulnerability to the emotional ups and downs and increase positive feelings.  
  • How to communicate more effectively with your friends, family, professors, and classmates. 
  • To expand your perspective and validate yourself and others.  
  • To improve your focus, attention, and awareness of your mental states to make better decisions and to cope better. 

Due to the open and online nature of this support space, 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 skill-building support space; not group therapy. 

Dates and Time: Starting September 21 until December 14, 2021, this virtual support space will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 PM EST.  

For more information, please email Dr. Ohm at do2415@cumc.columbia.edu and put “DBT group” 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: From September 16, 2021 to May 19, 2022, 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 biweekly on Tuesdays from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET.

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 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 the following Mondays from 5:30 – 7:00 PM ET: November 15, 22, 29, and December 6, 2021.

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 Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta, Ph.D.

This is a support group for Latinx students to speak openly, check-in with each other, and share their experiences of how they are impacted by the events in their communities 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.

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.

Dates and Time: From September 24 to December 17, 2021, this virtual support space will meet on Fridays from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET.

For more information, 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 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. Techniques that can help you learn how to let go of time-wasting behaviors, as well as how to cope with interruptions and everyday time demands will be taught. All of this will be built on a foundation of safety and accountability. 

This group 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.

Dates and Time:  From September 21 to December 7, 2021, this virtual workshop will be held on Tuesdays from 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET.

For more information, please contact Dr Shirley Matthews at sm2158@cumc.columbia.edu with "Time Management" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Hillary Scudder, Psy.D.

This workshop is for student Veterans adjusting to civilian life, especially the complexities of life in an academic setting. This group will provide an opportunity to share our successes and yet focus on problem-solving around difficulties with these life transitions. We will also work together to address some of the barriers to academic success at Columbia you may have encountered. In addition, this group will provide student Veterans with the opportunity to connect with other student Veterans and to identify ways students might use skills developed in the military to facilitate their transition to school.

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.

Fall 2021 Dates and Time: TBA

For more information, please email Dr. Scudder at hs3203@cumc.columbia.edu with “Veterans in Transition” in the subject line.

Facilitated by Marcia Stern, Ph.D.

This support space is designed exclusively for Women Veterans to connect with and to empower each other.

Topics will include:

  • Impact of Military Culture on the Student Veteran Community
  • Coping with Imposter Syndrome
  • Anxiety and Stress Reduction Techniques
  • Impact of Military Sexual Trauma
  • Balancing Academics and Other Responsibilities

Due to the open and online nature of this workshop, 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 skill building support space; not group therapy. 

Dates and Time: From October 1 to December 10, 2021, this virtual support space will meet biweekly on Fridays from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET.

For more information, please contact Dr. Marcia Stern at mis21@cumc.columbia.edu with “Women Veterans” 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