Group therapy provides a safe and confidential place to explore concerns around various issues. Talking to other students who have had similar experiences offers support, healing, and perspective. All groups at NYU are held weekly and led by counselors. For some students, joining a group is one of the most powerful and rewarding experiences they have during their NYU years.
Sign Up for a Group
Students interested in group therapy will first need to schedule a brief 15-minute phone screening with a counselor. The counselor will ask you a few questions to make sure you are being referred to the most appropriate group. During this call, you will also be scheduled to meet with the group facilitator to learn more about the group, have any questions answered, and collaboratively decide if the group is a good fit for you.
To get started, call us at (212) 998-4780 to schedule a group screening. These can not be booked on the SHC portal.
Groups are available at no cost to all registered NYU students. Currently, students must reside in certain states to attend groups. Please reach out to Genny Cuocci (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions regarding this.
Spring 2023 Group Counseling
The following groups will be offered for the Spring 2023 semester. All groups are held virtually unless otherwise noted. Please call 212-998-4780 or email email@example.com if you are interested in any of our groups.
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Thursdays, 3:30pm-5pm - Offered in person
This group is focused on enhancing one’s understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and how it impacts one’s school performance. Furthermore, this group provides a safe environment to process ADHD related issues in order to support students in achieving their personal, academic, and career goals. For eight weeks, each session will have specific topics (e.g., understanding ADHD, self-monitoring and stress management, goal setting and planning, organization, career decision making and exploration, social skills, communication and assertiveness, and time management).
Chilling Out: A CBT Approach for Anxiety
This skill-based therapy group helps those who have anxiety problems, such as panic attacks, general worrying, or out-of-control thoughts. Participants will be able to share their current stressors as well as learn techniques to face their everyday anxiety.
Facing Your Fears: CBT Exposure Therapy for Social Anxiety
Wednesdays, 3pm-4pm; Thursdays, 12pm-1pm
Most progress in the academic journey requires social effectiveness, when relating to others is anxiety provoking, you can miss out on social opportunities which can expand your life. Exposure therapy is a systematic behavior therapy that will guide you to work through your fears step-by-step. This group is for people who have severe anxiety in social situations, such as speaking in public, going on job interviews, or asking someone for a date. The group uses proven techniques to help you feel more comfortable in these situations and cultivate authentic social style.
- Learn effective calming strategies to regulate anxiety
- Learn an effective model of social relating
- Gain support & positive feedback on how to cultivate an authentic social style.
Finding Vitality: A CBT Approach for Depression
This skills-based group focuses on increasing your ability to manage symptoms, identify triggers, and increase coping strategies to manage depression.
Developing Wise Mind: DBT
Mondays, 3pm-5pm; Wednesdays, 3pm-5pm
This DBT-based skills training group will teach students how to regulate emotions with constructive coping skills.
Making Peace with Food
Wednesdays, 5pm-6:15pm; Thursdays, 3pm-4:15pm - Offered in person
Do you obsess about your weight and shape? Never feel thin enough? Spend too much time thinking about what you will, or won’t, eat next? This group is for students with eating problems who want to explore, understand, and change these frustrating ways of coping.
Choices and Change
This group provides a nonjudgmental opportunity for students to discuss concerns about their substance use, identify motivations and triggers, and consider making changes in behavior.
Students' Recovery Group
This group offers a safe, supportive and nonjudgmental environment for students to process their experience of living a sober lifestyle. The group aims to bolster students’ support systems and maintain their sobriety from alcohol or other substances.
Trans, Gender Non Conforming, Non Binary Process Group
This group provides gender non-conforming and transgender students a safe and supportive space to discuss their personal experiences. Some issues that are addressed in group are social/medical transitioning and dealing with microaggressions and dead naming.
Coming Out Group
This group provides a safe space for students of all gender identities to seek support and insight around their sexual orientations.
LGBTA +/MENA Group:
This discussion group provides a safe space for individuals who identify as Middle Eastern/North African and LGBTQIA+ to develop connections, share experiences, and build community.
Students of Color Process and Support Group
The group will serve as a space for undergraduate and graduate level students of color to explore and discuss their sociocultural identities (i.e, race, orientation, nationality, religion, SES, gender identity) in the context of personal experiences, world events, navigating academia and our ever changing society.
First Generation Student Support Group
This group offers an affirming space for students who are the first members of their family to attend college to discuss and process the dynamics, intersectionality, rewards and challenges of this unique experience.
This group is designed to provide support to women-identified survivors of sexual violence in a safe, confidential and empathetic space. We will focus on developing ways to cope with trauma triggers, unpack ways to navigate current family/friendships/romantic relationships, discuss how to set healthy boundaries, and explore other topics of interest to the group.
This group is designed to provide support to men-identified survivors of sexual violence in a safe, confidential and empathetic space. We will focus on developing ways to cope with trauma triggers, unpack ways to navigate current family/friendships/romantic relationships, discuss how to set healthy boundaries, and explore other topics of interest to the group.
Thursdays, 2pm-3:30pm - Offered in person
This is a group for all gender identities who have experienced sexual violence and are in a place in their healing where they can share their story in a room with supportive people who have experienced trauma. Participants often find connection, meaning, understanding and support through sharing their story. Hearing other stories of trauma can be difficult but it can be powerful to give and receive compassion. Participants must be at least six months from their trauma experience and be able to attend all sessions without exception, as this is a key factor in creating a safe, consistent and supportive space to share. Participants must also be participating in individual weekly therapy, either on or off campus and must be able to attend two screenings with the group facilitator.
This support group provides a safe, confidential space for students who have experienced unhealthy or abusive intimate relationships to process what it means to be in a healthy relationship. The group will explore the relationship spectrum, warning signs of abusive behaviors, the different forms of abusive behaviors, and relationship boundaries. This group will also focus on developing ways to cope with the trauma of experiencing unhealthy and abusive relationships. Group members will not be required to share their trauma narratives in group, though some may choose to share.
This group offers students ongoing clinical and peer support for managing chronic medical conditions (invisible or visible / diagnosed or undiagnosed). The group will explore and process combating isolation, ableism, Spoon Theory, Mind-Body Connection, perception of self/relationship to condition, processing grief, relationship to peers and challenges navigating resources. Join anytime during the semester.
Difficult Family Relationships Group
This group offers students support for managing difficult family relationships and the complicated dynamics that shape life with parents, siblings and extended family. Students will learn effective communication and boundary setting in this group, and explore the effects their family had upon their current self.
Living with Loss
Mondays, 3pm-4pm; Thursdays, 3:30pm-4:30pm
This group helps students who may be feeling isolated in their grief. It provides a safe, supportive space to talk about death and loss with others who share similar experiences.
Growth Through Connection
Tuesdays, 3pm-4:15pm - Offered in person
This group is appropriate for undergrads who would like to improve the quality of their relationships with other people. Unfulfilling relationships (professional, friendship, or romantic) may lead to feelings of disconnection and negatively affect mental health. This group will help participants learn about their current patterns of interaction and discover new ways of making better connections with others.
Graduate Student Support Group
Graduate school can be a uniquely challenging time--networking, career planning, balancing academics with other life roles and responsibilities, and navigating relationships with advisors and classmates are just a few of the stressors graduate students typically experience. It is not uncommon to struggle with imposter syndrome and to feel isolated, stuck, and uncertain about dissertations and career trajectories. This group will provide a safe and confidential space for graduate students of any discipline to authentically share their experiences, connect with peers, and receive support and feedback from each other.
Law Students' Support Group
This virtually-held group will be a space for law students to process their unique law school experiences with peers and both receive and provide support. The group will be centered around the concerns of the members but will likely explore stress management, tolerating anxiety and uncertainty, self-care, and law school related concerns.
Dental and Nursing Students Support Group
This group provides students a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment to discuss various academic and clinical stressors related to dental and nursing school. Participate in a warm and confidential space throughout the semester to receive support regarding personal and professional issues.