Support Groups

Counseling and Psychological Services offers support groups throughout the semester.

Spring 2020 Schedule

Life Support Skills Team

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

Facilitator: Debra Domenech, Ph.D., dd2034@cumc.columbia.edu

Time/ Date TBA    

For students whose social anxiety interferes with their lives in some way, this is a skills-based group (utilizing mindfulness as well as acceptance and commitment therapy). Each session builds upon the content of those preceding, so it is important to try to attend all 12 sessions.

Co-Facilitators: Rachel Rush, LCSW, rr3126@cumc.columbia.edu and Netta Admoni, Ph.D., na2749@cumc.columbia.edu

Thursdays, 10:00-11:30AM   

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.

Facilitator: Victoria Grosso, Ph.D., vg2107@cumc.columbia.edu 

Wednesdays, 4:40-5:45PM     

For students who have a stalled thesis, incompletes, or are simply not performing up to their potential due to procrastination and/or 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. There are three sections:

Facilitator: Shirley Matthews, Ph.D., sm2158@cumc.columbia.edu

Section 1: Mondays, 4:00-5:30PM      

Co-Facilitator: David Hittson, Ph.D., dlh2129@cumc.columbia.edu

Section 2: Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00PM            

Co-Facilitator: Andrew Colitz, Ph.D.,  ac3844@cumc.columbia.edu 

Section 3: Fridays, 3:00-4:30PM

In this group members will start with an initial exploration of the question, “What is mental health?” Participants will have an opportunity to set their own, specific mental health improvement goal and from there work to develop the skills necessary for increased resiliency and joy. Each week the group will focus on a topic such as: Developing and increasing personal fitness through exercise; Recognizing time management as energy management; Taking care of our bodies by developing healthy eating and sleeping habits; Deepening connection with others through improvements in communication skills, and Pushing back against impostor syndrome through research recommended techniques such as deepening connection with your values. Self-compassion and basic mood management skills will be reviewed each week, as they are fundamental skills. This is an open group.

Facilitator:  Shirley Matthews, Ph.D., sm2158@cumc.columbia.edu

Time/Day TBA       

A 6-session psychoeducational support group for students of all gender 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 feelings. 

Facilitator: Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta, Ph.D., ec2654@cumc.columbia.edu                                        

Fridays, 3:00-4:30PM

Start Date: 2/07/20

End Date: 3/13/20

For students whose stress or anxiety interferes with their lives in some way, this is a skills-based group (utilizing mindfulness, CBT, and ACT) that aims to improve stress management. Each session builds on the content of those preceding it, so it is important to try to attend all 9 sessions.

Facilitator: Rachel Rush, LCSW, rr3126@cumc.columbia.edu

Mondays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

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 toward developing and maintaining healthy attitudes and behaviors.

Co-facilitators: Annette Santiago-España, Ph.D., as3149@cumc.columbia.edu and Jennifer Drapkin, Ph.D., jad214@cumc.columbia.edu

Time/Day TBA       

For undergraduate and graduate students 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.

Facilitator: James Pollock, Ph.D., jap2251@cumc.columbia.edu

Location: CPS Conference Room, Lerner 5

Fridays, 2:00-3:00PM  

Start Date: 1/31/20     

A space to talk openly about life after an assault, the group provides 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 community. This group is for women who have experienced sexual assault at age 16 or older.

Facilitator: Miriam Korn, Psy.D., msk2164@cumc.columbia.edu                                                                                                                                    

This group is focused on identifying and addressing the impact of childhood physical and emotional abuse on current functioning and quality of life. A safe and supportive environment will help participants to reduce and manage the negative effects of these adverse experiences

Facilitator: Marcia Stern, Ph.D., mis21@cumc.columbia.edu

Fridays, 2:00-3:00PM                                                                                                             

This is a group for women who have been sexually abused during childhood or adolescence before age 16. The group will focus on identifying, understanding, and addressing the impact of abuse. A safe and supportive environment will be fostered in order to reduce the sense of shame and alienations which can result from childhood abuse.

Facilitator: Marcia Stern, Ph.D., mis21@cumc.columbia.edu

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00PM

This 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.

Co-Facilitators: Annette Santiago-España, Ph.D., as3149@cumc.columbia.edu and Andrea DePetris, Ph.D., aed2145@cumc.columbia.edu

Time/Day TBA       

Location: CPS Lerner 5