Support Groups

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: Deborah Domenech, Ph.D, dd2034@cumc.columbia.edu

Fridays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

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.

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

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

Start date:2/7/2019

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, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

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: Petra Amrani, Ph.D, pma2127@cumc.columbia.edu

Fridays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

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, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

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

Section 2: Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

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

Section 3: Fridays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

A 6-session 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 feelings. 

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

Fridays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Est. Start Date:2/8/2019

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.

Start date:2/4/2019

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.

Facilitator: Saul Gomez, Ph.D, sbg2157@cumc.columbia.edu

Tuesdays, Time TBA

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.

Co-Facilitator: Rachel Efron, Ph.D, re15@cumc.columbia.edu
Co-Facilitator: Daniel Chiarilli, Ph.D, dbc15@columbia.edu

Meets first Thursday of each month, 6:00-7:30 p.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.

Facilitator: Annette Santiago-España, Ph.D, as3149@cumc.columbia.edu

Co-Facilitator: Jessica Suzuki, Ph.D, jys2125@cumc.columbia.edu 

Mondays, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

This group is for women who have had recent experiences with sexual trauma and violation. The group will focus on psychoeducation of the ways in which this kind of trauma affects the body and mind, and ways to cope with these thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The group will also process the various feelings of anger, shame, guilt, anxiety, depression, etc. that can come up, with the goal of creating a safe space to express these feelings, verbally and otherwise, in the context of a community of women with some shared experiences. The group will strive to create a confidential and empowering space for women with a sexual trauma history to find community and healing together. 

Facilitator: Sherina Persaud, Ph.D, sp2586@cumc.columbia.edu 

Thursdays, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

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

Fridays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Location: CPS Lerner 5

A structured support group for women who have been sexually abused in childhood or adolescence. This 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.

Facilitator: Rachel Efron, Ph.D, re15@cumc.columbia.edu

Day/Time TBA

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.

Facilitator: Annette Santiago-España, Ph.D, as3149@columbia.edu

Co-Facilitator: Jessica Suzuki, Ph.D, jys2125@cumc.columbia.edu 

Thursdays, 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Location: CPS Lerner 5