Support Groups

Facilitated by Debra Domenech, Ph.D. and Marco Romero Garcia, Psy.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. Current members are welcome to continue and new members are welcome to join the group.

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: This virtual support group will meet on Fridays from 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM ET. Start date is Friday, January 28th .

For more information, please email Dr. Debra Domenech at [email protected] or Dr. Marco Romero Garcia at [email protected] with "Bereavement" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Victoria Grosso, Ph.D. and Steven Carter, 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: This virtual group will meet on Thursdays from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET. Start date TBA.

For more information, please email Dr. Victoria Grosso at [email protected] and Dr. Steven Carter at [email protected] with "Strong Inner Self" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Sherina Persaud, Ph.D. and Erika Bach, Psy.D.

This is a psychoeducational group open to students who are seeking ways to find a sense of safety and connection during times of distress. It may be especially relevant for students who have survived highly adverse life experiences. Meetings will be structured beginning with a mindfulness practice, introduction to the topic, followed by discussion. Topics will include psychoeducation on the autonomic nervous system and its role in regulating our emotional and physical states; exercises to increase awareness of somatic manifestations of traumatic stress; coping skills to address these concerns including grounding, diaphragmatic breathing, movement interventions, creating safe boundaries; and building resilience.

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: April 5, 2022 - May 10, 2022 (6 consecutive Tuesdays from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET.)

For more information, please email Sherina Persaud, Ph.D. at [email protected] or Erika Bach, Psy.D. at [email protected] with "Coping Skills" 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. New members are welcome to join the group.

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: This virtual support space will meet on Thursdays at 1:00 PM ET.  Start Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022.

For more information about this support space, please contact Dr. Vincent Kiefner at [email protected] with “Doctoral Student” in the Subject line

Facilitated by Andrew Colitz, Ph.D.

A lot of people are thrilled with reopening and returning to in-person classes and activities. But there’s also considerable social anxiety. Studying and working remotely has lead to feeling protected in our controlled environments for more than a year. One may feel less inclined to socialize, go on dates or meet new people. The 4-session workshop will help develop strategies to enhance self-awareness and self-regulation in order to more effectively deal with your stress or social anxiety. 

Dates and Time: Fridays 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET. Starting on Friday, March 4th.

Total number of participants: 10

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.

For more information, please contact Dr. Andrew Colitz at [email protected] with Social Anxiety in the subject line.

Facilitated by Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta, Ph.D.

  • Do you have feelings of guilt when eating or feel that food controls 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 coping strategies to reduce reliance on food behaviors when facing difficult feelings.

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: Six Wednesdays: April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 2022 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET.

For more information, please email Dr. Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta at [email protected] with "Peace with Food" 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: This virtual space will meet every 3rd Thursday of each month from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET.

For more information, contact Motoni Fong Hodges at [email protected], Daniel Chiarilli at [email protected] 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 weekly on Tuesdays from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET. Start date TBA.

For more information or to receive the interest form for the space, please contact Dr. Kori Bennett at [email protected] with "QT Talks" in the subject line.

Facilitated by Victoria Grosso Ph.D. and David Hittson Ph.D.

This is a virtual support space for students with friends or family living in Ukraine to come together to discuss the war and ways to manage the resulting personal, emotional, and functional impacts it is having on daily life.

Due to the open and online nature of this drop-in group, 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 virtual support space and not group therapy. 

Dates and Time: Starting March 9, 2022, this virtual support space will be held on Wednesdays from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET. 

To join the spaceplease register on Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

(2nd Friday of the month)

This is a support group for Latinx students to speak openly, check-in with each other, and share their experiences of how they navigate events in their communities, at Columbia, 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 in the service of their academic success.

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.

Facilitated by Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta, Ph.D.

Dates and Time:  Second Friday of the month: February 11, March 11,  April 8, May 13, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET.

To save your space, please email Dr. Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta at [email protected] with "Latinx" 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 [email protected]