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:

    The Proactive Twelve Steps: A Mindful Program for Lasting Change

    Wednesdays
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    9/14/2022 - 11/16/2022

    Anxiety Management

    Thursdays
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    9/15/2022 - 10/13/2022

    Doctoral Degree Difficulty: Navigating the Final Stretch of Your Program

    Thursdays
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    9/15/2022 - 12/15/2022

    Queer Academics at Columbia (QuAC)

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

    Time Management

    Tuesdays
    2:10 PM - 3:30 PM
    9/20/2022 - 12/6/2022

    Autism Support Group: In Our Own Languages

    Fridays
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    9/23/2022 - end date TBD

    Coping with Trauma

    Fridays
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    9/23/2022 - 11/11/2022

    The Koru Basic Mindfulness and Meditation Course

    Cohort 1: Monday (9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17) 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
    See Upcoming section for Cohort 2 dates.

    Mind/Body Wellness Workshop

    Thursdays
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    9/29/2022 - 11/3/2022

    Upcoming:

    Bereavement: You're Not Alone

    Fridays
    1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
    10/7/2022 - end date TBD

    Sleep SOS

    Thursdays
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    10/20/2022 - 11/17/2022

    The Koru Basic Mindfulness and Meditation Course

    Cohort 2: Monday (10/31, 11/7, 11/14, and 11/21) 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM

    Support Space for AAPI Students

    Day and time TBD
    Start and end date TBD

    In-Person Support Groups

    In Progress:

    Managing Social Anxiety

    Tuesdays
    (9/20, 9/27; 10/4, 10/11, 10/25; 11/1, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29; 12/6, 12/13, 12/20)
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Emotional Eating Skills Group

    Thursdays
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    9/29/2022 - 11/3/2022

    Getting Things Done: Section 1

    Fridays
    2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    9/30/2022 - 12/16/2022

    Upcoming:

    Getting Things Done: Section 2

    Tuesdays
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    10/5/2022 - 12/7/2022

    Workshop for International Students

    Tuesday (10/4 & 10/11)
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    Women of Color Support Group

    Fridays
    12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
    10/7/2022 - TBD

    Procrastination Workshop

    Mondays
    (10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14)
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Enhancing Your Relationship: A Workshop for Couples

    Monday (11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12)
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Eating Disorder Recovery: Reawakening Your Healthy Self

    Day and time TBD
    Start and end date TBD

    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, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    9/15/2022 - 10/13/2022
    Facilitators: Michele Goldman, Psy.D. and Jennifer Liu, M.D.

    This is a five-week virtual workshop for all Columbia students who are currently struggling with managing their anxiety. Whether this is a new or old issue, this workshop will focus on how to manage the emotional, physical, cognitive, and behavioral impact of anxiety. We will learn ways to challenge and reshape our anxious thoughts, as well as learn various relaxation techniques. The goal of the workshop is to confront anxiety-provoking situations, prevent anxiety symptoms from negatively impacting your life, and improve your overall level of functioning. This group is not intended for students with obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD-related disorders (e.g., hoarding, trichotillomania, etc.). Due to the evolution of skills learned, enrollment in this group will be closed after the second session.

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

    Fridays, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    9/23/2022 - end date TBD
    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 [email protected] with "Autism Support Group" in the subject line.

    Fridays, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
    10/7/2022 - 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, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    9/23/2022 - 11/11/2022
    Facilitator: Marcia Stern, Ph.D.

    Exposure to traumatic events can lead to problems identifying and managing difficult emotions and to problematic relationship patterns.  This eight-week virtual group will provide skills designed to aid in recovering from the impact of traumatic experiences.  Specifics of traumatic experiences will not be discussed.

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

    Thursdays, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    9/15/2022 - 12/15/2022
    Facilitator: 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. 

    To register, email [email protected] with "Doctoral Degree Difficulty" in the subject line.

    Thursdays, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    9/29/2022 - 11/3/2022
    Facilitator: Adam Johnson, Psy.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, breath work, self-expression) as well cognitive and acceptance-based skills known to build resilience, improve coping, and enhance well-being. 

    To register, email [email protected] with "mind/body group" 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].

    Thursdays, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    10/20/2022 - 11/17/2022
    Facilitators: Michele Goldman, Psy.D. and Jennifer Liu, M.D.

    This is a space for all Columbia students who are currently struggling with sleep, either as a longstanding problem or as a new issue. In this virtual support space, we will teach cognitive behavioral skills specific to insomnia, to help improve both the quantity and quality of sleep. As part of the program, we will develop better sleep hygiene by shifting your sleep cycle, focusing on daytime/nighttime routines, breaking bad habits, setting new rules for sleep, and completing a weekly sleep diary to monitor success. Due to the evolution of the skills learned, enrollment in this group will be closed after the second virtual session. 

    To register, email [email protected] and [email protected] with "Sleep SOS" in the subject line.

    Day and time TBD
    Start and end date TBD
    Facilitator: Weiyen Chung, Ph.D.

    This is a virtual support space for AAPI students to come together to discuss how racial/ethnic and other identities play a role in one’s experience on campus and in the greater community.  Sessions may include processing relevant current events, prompts such as “race and ethnicity in the classroom”, “visibility vs. invisibility”, and any other 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.

    To register, email [email protected] with “AAPI Student Support” in the subject line.

    Cohort 1: Monday (9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17) 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
    Cohort 2: Monday (10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21) 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
    Facilitator: 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. PLEASE NOTE: The facilitator respectfully requires that ALL participants have their video enabled during classes.

    To register, email [email protected] with "Koru Meditation course" in the subject line.

    Wednesdays, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    9/14/2022 - 11/16/2022
    Facilitator: Addette Williams, Ph.D.

    We will walk through the steps to learn how we make it possible for change to occur in our daily lives.  With a supportive space created by active listening, participants are encouraged to be curious about themselves as we make conscious changes in the way we live and relate to people.

    To register, email [email protected] with “Proactive 12 Steps” in the subject line. 

    Tuesdays, 2:10 PM - 3:30 PM
    9/20/2022 - 12/6/2022
    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 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.

    Participants will learn how to set priorities when there is “too much to do.” You will learn 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 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. 

    Day and time TBD
    Start and end date TBD
    Facilitator: Annette Santiago-España, Ph.D.

    This support group is for undergraduate and graduate students of all genders who are motivated and invested in their path toward recovery from a range of eating concerns. Group members will have the opportunity to explore issues related to eating concerns such as relationships, body image, self-concept, trauma, family, academic pressures, and coping with relapse. Know that you are not alone. The purpose of this group is to empower one another, inspire hope, build a strong sense of body positivity while developing and maintaining healthy attitudes and behaviors.  

    To register, email [email protected] with “ED Recovery” in the subject line.

    Thursdays, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    9/29/2022 - 11/10/2022
    Facilitator: Renee Gibbs, Ph.D. and Sara Kaplan, Ph.D.

    This skills group is designed for students who wish to change their eating behaviors through skill-building. Binge eating and overeating in response to emotions can cause significant mental health distress and physical health concerns. This group features a skills-based approach to provide knowledge and teach skills for healthy eating behavior and coping with emotional stressors. This support space is dynamic and engaging and will help group members identify problematic eating patterns, learn about physical and emotional triggers for binge and overeating, and develop adaptive coping skills and eating behaviors. This group will include six weekly 60-minute sessions. Sessions are designed to be taken in sequential order and not adapted for drop-in participation. Group adheres to Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size (HAES) philosophies.

    To register, email [email protected] and [email protected] with "Emotional Eating Skills" in the subject line.

    Monday (11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12), 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Start and end date TBD
    Facilitator: 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.

    Section 1
    Fridays, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    9/30/2022 - 12/16/2022 
    Facilitator: David Hittson, Ph.D.

    Section 2
    Wednesdays, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    10/5/2022 - 12/7/2022
    Facilitator: Andrew Colitz, Ph.D.

    Getting things done is a weekly, in-person group focused on issues of procrastination and emotions around work which helps members to develop study strategies, social support, and accountability as they seek to have a better and healthier relationship with Getting Things Done. If you are interested in joining the group, please reach out to the group leader (see below) for a brief screening and discussion of the group expectations ahead of the first week. 

    To register for Section 1 (9/30 - 12/16), email [email protected] with “Getting Things Done" in the subject line.

    To register for Section 2 (10/5 - 12/7), email [email protected] with “Getting Things Done" in the subject line

    Tuesday (9/20, 9/27; 10/4, 10/11, 10/25; 11/1, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29; 12/6, 12/13, 12/20) from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    9/20/2022 - 12/20/2022
    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.

    Monday (10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14), 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.

    Day and time Fridays, 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
    Start and end date 10/7/2022 - TBD
    Facilitator: Annette Santiago-España, 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. 

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

    Tuesday (10/4 & 10/11)
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    Facilitator: Yaniv Phillips, Ph.D. and HangYi Chen, Ph.D.

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

    1. Academics (10/4): 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 (10/11): 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.

    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. 

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