Support Groups

Support groups are open to Columbia students on the Morningside/Manhattanville campus who have paid the full Columbia Health and Related Services Fee.

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 Clinical Director for Outreach and Community Clinical Services, with your suggestions at [email protected]


All hours are listed in Eastern time.

Virtual Support Spaces

In Progress:

    Queer Academics at Columbia (QuAC)

    Every third Thursday
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    9/15/2022 - 5/18/2023

    Autism Support Group: In Our Own Languages

    Thursdays
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    1/26/2023 - 5/11/2023

    Moving Through Interpersonal Trauma: Healing and Recovery

    Thursdays
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    1/26/2023 - 3/9/2023

    Upcoming:

    Time Management

    Tuesdays
    2:10 PM - 3:30 PM
    2/1/2023 - 5/9/2023

    Bereavement

    Fridays
    1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
    2/3/2023 - end date TBD

    Making Peace with Food

    Fridays
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    2/10/2023 - 3/17/2023

    In-Person Support Groups

    In Progress:

    Upcoming:

    Women of Color Support Group

    Fridays
    12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
    1/27/2023 - end date TBD

    Managing Social Anxiety: Section 1

    Tuesdays
    (1/31; 2/7, 2/14, 2/28; 3/7, 3/14, 3/28, 4/04; 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9)
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Managing Social Anxiety: Section 2

    Thursdays
    (2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4)
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Workshop for International Students

    Tuesdays
    (2/14, 2/21)
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    International Students Support Space

    Tuesdays
    (2/28, 3/7, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4)
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Procrastination Workshop

    Mondays
    (3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10)
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Enhancing Your Relationship: A Workshop for Couples

    Mondays
    (4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8)
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Group Descriptions

    Virtual Support Spaces

    Due to the open and online nature of this virtual 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. The facilitators respectfully request that all participants have their video enabled during meetings.

    Thursdays, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    1/26/2023 - 5/11/2023

    Facilitator: 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.

    To register, email Dr. Fong Hodges at [email protected] with "Autism Support Group" in the subject line.

    Fridays, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
    2/3/2023 - end date TBD

    Facilitator: 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 and times of transition. If you would like a space where you can share with peers who are also going through this, you are invited to attend. This will be a weekly space for graduate and undergraduate students to meet and support each other.

    To register, email [email protected] with "Bereavement" in the subject line.

    Fridays, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    2/10/2023 - 3/17/2023

    Facilitator: Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta, Ph.D.

    Do you have feelings of guilt around eating or feel that thoughts about food control 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 bio-socio-cultural factors that impact our eating behaviors and coping strategies to reduce reliance on food behaviors when facing difficult feelings.

    To register, email [email protected] with "Peace with Food" in the subject line.

    Thursdays, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    1/26/2023 - 3/9/2023

    Facilitators: Michele Goldman, Psy.D. and Laura Gonzalez, Ph.D.

    This is a 7-week online support space for all Columbia students struggling to cope with the aftermath of interpersonal trauma (e.g. sexual trauma, child abuse, intimate partner violence, etc.). This space aims to enhance our understanding of the impact of trauma, discuss ways to navigate post trauma, and introduce healthy coping skills. This support space will use a combination of group dialogue, journaling, and other activities to examine how trauma has impacted our adult lives across specific topics including trust, safety, power, self-blame, and more. Please note that participants will not be sharing their trauma stories, but rather learning about traumatic reactions and how to move through trauma.

    For more information or to enroll in this support space, please email Dr. Goldman at [email protected] and Dr. Gonzalez at [email protected] with “Healing and Recovery” in the subject line.

    Every 3rd Thursday, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    9/15/2022 - 5/18/2023
    Facilitators: Motoni Fong Hodges, Ph.D. and Daniel Chiarilli, Ph.D.

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

    To register, email [email protected] and [email protected].

    Tuesdays, 2:10 PM - 3:30 PM
    2/1/2023 - 5/9/2023

    Facilitator: Shirley Matthews, Ph.D.

    This virtual workshop will focus on helping you to develop the life skills that will help you to achieve your goals. If you are working on a professional project, thesis, or dissertation or are seeking jobs or employment, this virtual support group may be what you need to break free of the secret pleasures of mismanaging time and put you in a position to achieve your important long-term goals.

    You will learn how to set priorities when there is “too much to do” and techniques to help you break free of procrastination. Skills known to be helpful in addressing time wasting, thought distortions such as imposter syndrome, and self-defeating behaviors will be addressed. And of course, we will look at ways to cope with interruptions and everyday competing demands.

    All of this will be built on a foundation of kindness, with an emphasis on self-compassion, in an environment of safety and shared accountability. We will work together to create a shame-free zone of collaboration that has in the past, helped participants reach successful goal completion. 

    To register, email [email protected] with "Time Management" in the subject line.

    In-Person Support Groups

    Due to the open nature of support groups, this is not private or confidential though participants are encouraged to be respectful and practice discretion. This is intended to be an interactive support group, not individual therapy. 

    Mondays (4/17, 4/24, 5/1 & 5/8)
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Facilitators: Yaniv Phillips, Ph.D. and Kim Nguyen, Psy.D.

    Have a strong foundation for your committed relationship, but want to make it even better? This might be the workshop for you!

    This hands-on, sequential 4-session workshop will provide practical tools for couples who wish to strengthen their relationship. Topics include: Understanding Relational Expectations and Beliefs, Nurturing the Positives in the Relationship, Improving Problem-Solving Ability, and Communication Skills. The workshop is open to all Columbia students and their partners.

    To register, email [email protected] and [email protected] with “Couples” in the subject line.

    Tuesdays (2/28, 3/7, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4). Note: no group on 3/24 due to Spring Recess
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Facilitators: Manali Roy, Ph.D. and HangYi Chen, Ph.D.

    This is an in-person support space for international students to share their experiences of adjusting to a new country, culture, community, and systems and to learn ways to navigate the transitions. We will talk about skills to cope with stress, anxiety, imposter syndrome, managing existing and new relationships, as well as any other topics of shared interest. 

    To register, email [email protected] and [email protected] with “International Students Support Group” in the subject line.

    Section 1:
    Tuesdays
    (1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9)
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Section 2:
    Thursdays
    (2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4)
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Location: Lerner Hall, CPS Conference Room (8th Floor)

    Facilitator: Rachel Rush, LCSW-R

    This will be an in-person group that takes place on the 8th floor in the CPS Conference Room. This is a group for people whose social anxiety interferes with their lives in some way, and who would like to learn ways to manage this anxiety and cope with it when it arises. It is a skills-based group (utilizing mindfulness as well as acceptance and commitment therapy) that is open to people with social anxiety. Each session builds on the content of previous sessions, so it is important to attend all sessions.

    To register, email [email protected] with "Managing Social Anxiety" in the subject line.

    Mondays (3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10)
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Facilitator: Yaniv Phillips, Ph.D.

    This 4-session in-person 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 the 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.

    To register, email [email protected] with "PROCRASTINATION" in the subject line.

    Fridays, 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
    1/27/2023 - end date TBD

    Facilitators: Annette Santiago-España and Ph.D. and Jennifer Lee, Ph.D.

    This support group is for women of color seeking a safe space to talk about life experiences such as gendered racism, family and relationships, trauma, building a strong sense of self, dealing with academic pressures, and finding time for self-care. Group members will develop skills and be empowered to accept their strengths and growth areas, declare their own authentic beauty, build community, practice self-compassion, and be intentional about reclaiming their overall health.

    Email [email protected] and [email protected] with “Women of Color” in the subject line.

    Tuesdays (2/14, 2/21)
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    Facilitators: Yaniv Phillips, Ph.D. and HangYi Chen, Ph.D.

    We offer two workshops for international students designed to address your experience at Columbia. We will discuss:

    1. Academics (on 2/14): how to maximize your experience in class and with your professors. How and when to get to know professors, expectations, participating in class, collaborating with other students, asking for help, and more.
    2. Social Life (on 2/21): how to balance new friends and romantic relationships. How to navigate forming new relationships when living in a language and culture that are not your own. Getting comfortable. Learning social norms. Managing expectations. Feeling lonely.

    Email [email protected] or [email protected] with "INTERNATIONAL" in the subject line.