Group Counseling

CAPS Group Counseling flyer (CU NetID required)
 

Group counseling is one of the most effective tools for addressing issues common among college students. For many students, it can be more effective than individual counseling.

Our support groups and group therapy offer a safe environment to discuss problems with others who are dealing with similar concerns. Most students – although somewhat apprehensive at first – report that they find the group experience to be helpful far beyond their expectations.

  • Currently, groups are being offered by secure Zoom platform, accessed by logging in to myCornellHealth
  • Group counseling via telehealth is open to students currently residing in New York State; we regret that licensing restrictions prohibit us from providing clinical services to students outside New York
  • Each group is led by one or more professional counselors
  • Groups usually meet weekly for a 90-minute session
  • Participation is FREE for registered Cornell students
  • Groups are private and confidential; all members must agree that what is disclosed in sessions cannot be shared outside of the group

(group descriptions below)

How to join (or learn more about) a group 

Step one: If you’re already seeing a counselor at Cornell Health, ask them about joining a group. Otherwise, you can schedule a 25-minute “group orientation” to speak with a counselor about your interest. To schedule a group orientation, call 607-255-5155 during business hours.

Step two: Most groups require potential members to have a group orientation with the group leader(s) to see if the group is the right one for you.

Spring 2021 group therapy program

*MONDAYS*

LGBT+ Support Group for Undergraduates & Graduates

Mondays, 5:00 – 6:30 pm via Zoom, beginning February 22nd
Open to undergraduate and graduate students who are residing in New York State during group sessions
Weekly semester group – no drop-ins; group orientation required
Counselors: Alison Bliss, LMSW and Karen Williams, PhD

Have you ever wanted a safe space to explore and talk with others about the challenges and joys related to your sexuality and/or your gender identity? If so, this group is an opportunity for you to do just that. We will meet on a weekly basis in a confidential and affirming group to talk, connect with each other, and offer emotional support. We will explore themes that are relevant to your life such as relationships with family and friends, dating, coming out, being out, transitioning, and ways to embrace all of who you are. Lastly, this group is open to other topics, such as depression, anxiety, etc., not related to one’s sexual orientation. We want you to bring all of who you are.

*TUESDAYS*

ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) for Anxiety & Depression

Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm via Zoom, beginning February 23rd
Open to undergraduate and graduate students who are residing in New York State during group sessions
Weekly semester group – no drop ins; group orientation required

Counselors: Cory Myler, PhD and Thaddeus Bates, LMSW

This group will focus on "getting better at feeling" rather than "feeling better," how to best have pain rather than get rid of pain, and how to accept internal experiences (e.g., thoughts and emotions) rather than control them. We will work on the identification of personal values and how to engage in action/behavior that is congruent with those values, even while uncomfortable internal experiences persist.

The format of the group is a mixture of "didactic" and "process"; the group will start out very class-like, with facilitators using slides and a book, "The Happiness Trap", to explain concepts and principles. As the group progresses, it will become more like a traditional therapy group, with more opportunity for interaction between group members and sharing personal experiences.

Anxiety & You: Managing Anxiety in Times of Uncertainty

Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm via Zoom, first cycle begins February 23rd, second cycle begins April 6th (participants should choose one 5 week cycle during the Spring semester)
Open to undergraduate and graduate students who are residing in New York State during group sessions
5 weekly sessions – no group orientation required; if orientation is preferred, it can be scheduled with Travis or Jennie

Counselors: Travis Winter, LCSW-R and Jennie Bernstein, PhD

This group will be a psychoeducational and hands-on 5 session series designed to help students understand, manage, and treat anxiety and with the goal of helping each student develop an individualized treatment plan for themselves. Each session will have a theme (regular attendance is expected):
 
Session #1: Understanding anxiety
Session #2: Cognitive strategies to combat anxiety
Session #3: Gradually facing fears
Session #4: Mindfulness/Anxiety management strategies
Session #5: TBA Determined by participants

Students are encouraged to practice skills outside of sessions and report back so successes can be celebrated, plans can be adjusted as needed, and obstacles can be problem-solved.

Cornell Healthy Eating Program (CHEP) Education Group

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm via Zoom, start date to be announced soon
Open to undergraduate and graduate students who are residing in New York State during group sessions
Weekly semester group – no drop ins; group orientation required

Counselors: April Campanelli, LMSW and Anna Pirog, MFT

The CHEP Education Group is an eight session psychoeducational and support group designed to get students started on changing unhealthy cognitive patterns and behaviors related to food and body image. This group is for students who struggle with all aspects of disordered eating including chronic dieting, compulsive overeating, food restriction, purging by laxatives or vomiting, excessive exercise, binge eating, and obsessive thoughts related to body image. The group will place an emphasis on providing education about eating concerns; it will also create space, though, for group members to provide support and feedback to one another. The group will explore topics such as motivation to change, identifying ways the eating problems serve a function, self-soothing and self-care, family and other relationships, etc.

Men of Color Support Group

Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm via Zoom, beginning February 23rd
Open to undergraduate and graduate students who are residing in New York State during group sessions
Weekly semester group – no drop ins; group orientation required

Counselors: Maurice Haltom, LCSW-R and Wai-Kwong Wong, PhD

The Men of Color Support Group provides a supportive space for self-identified men (cisgender and transgender) of diverse cultural backgrounds (including but not limited to Black, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, Native American and Multiracial) to connect and share experiences as men of color at Cornell. We hope to foster community and engage members to explore and discuss various topics, including notions of masculinity and gender, racial and ethnic identity, intersectionality, marginality, relationships, sexuality, academic/career concerns and mental health.

Men of Color Support Group flyer – PDF (CU NetID required)
Men of Color Support Group flyer – JPG

Mindfulness & Meditation Skills for Managing Uncertainty

Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:15 pm via Zoom, beginning March 2nd
Open to undergraduate and graduate students who are residing in New York State during group sessions
5 weekly sessions – group orientation required with Joy

Counselors: Joy Mushabac, LCSW-R and Anna Pirog, MFT

Setting scheduled structured time can be helpful for increasing your capacity to manage thoughts and feelings of uncertainty. Let’s come together to learn and practice mindfulness skills.

This group will meet on 3/2 (no meeting on 3/9), 3/16, 3/23 and 3/30:

Week 1: Understanding Mindfulness – Mindfulness Strategies to manage anxiety.
Week 2: EmBODYing the present moment – Mindfulness Strategies for being skillful with physical sensations.
Week 3: Guided Imagery and Labeling Thoughts – Mindfulness Strategies for overcoming unhelpful self-talk.
Week 4: Mindful Eating and Labeling Emotions – Mindfulness Strategies for increasing presence and awareness of feelings.
Week 5: Mindful Compassion – Mindfulness Strategies for increasing compassion towards self and other.
 
Interested students must attend the first session to be eligible to participate in the group going forward.

Regular mindfulness practice has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety and depression while increasing concentration, clarity, calm and creativity. It also has the capacity to enhance our sense of acceptance, flexibility and happiness. Contemporary research supports the idea that, due to the power of brain-mind neuroplasticity, mindfulness practice can fundamentally and positively increase our capacity for joy and relate to the difficulties in our lives with greater awareness, ease and compassion.

Students are asked to commit to a practice of daily mindfulness meditation (10 minutes per day) and keep a gratitude journal (5 minutes per day). Students are encouraged, but not required, to share their experiences of meditation and mindfulness practice in group. Students are encouraged to try all the activities to find what is most helpful to them.

Moving Forward: A Support Group for Women Survivors of Sexual Violence

Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm via Zoom, beginning March 9th, biweekly
Open to undergraduate, graduate and professional students residing in New York State during group sessions
Come to one or all meetings; group orientation required
Facilitators: Toby Hawkins, LCSW and Victim Advocate Laura Weiss, LMSW

Women-identified students who have experienced unwanted and/or non-consensual sexual contact and/or other forms of sexual trauma are encouraged to consider whether this private and confidential support group may be helpful to them. The group will be a space for women who have experienced sexual violence in recent months or years to gain support from one another and explore ways to heal in the aftermath of an assault. Discussion topics to include: Myth-busting, coping, managing triggers and flashbacks, trust and safety, fear, anger and sadness, grief and shame, body image, self-esteem, intimacy, sexuality and self-care, and identifying ongoing support.

Moving Forward After Sexual Violence Support Gatherings Flyer (CU NetID required)

*WEDNESDAYS*

Managing Anxiety and Depression Through Body Mindfulness

Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:30 pm via Zoom, start date to be announced soon
Open to graduate and undergraduate students who are residing in New York State during group sessions
Weekly semester group – no drop ins; group orientation required

Counselor: Maurice Haltom, LCSW-R

This group will explore mind-body patterns (eg., tensions, worry, negative thought patterns, etc.) which may arise from acute stress. Focus will be on "listening" to body sensations and to cultivate self-soothing strategies that offer support during times of uncertainty. Simple body/mind practices (eg., breathing techniques, movement, postures) from a variety of traditions will be explored together to enhance the relaxation response to manage the stress response. The group will be comprised of educations, discussion and practice.

Graduate Women's Process Group

Wednesdays, 5:15 – 6:45 pm via Zoom, beginning February 24th
Open to self-identifying graduate women who are residing in New York State during group sessions
Weekly semester group – no drop-ins; group orientation required

Counselors: Jennie Bernstein, PhD and Eve Abrams, LCSW-R

The Graduate Women's group is a weekly support group that will provide a safe space for women pursuing graduate degrees to share and explore challenges, stressors, and successes in managing life as it is. In support groups, the group serves as a safe and confidential space to receive multiple perspectives, feedback, and support from other graduate women.

Understanding Self & Others: An Undergraduate Process Group

Wednesdays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm via Zoom, beginning March 3rd
Open to undergraduate students who are residing in New York State during group sessions
Weekly semester group – no drop-ins; group orientation required

Counselors: Joy Mushabac, LCSW-R and Qiana Watson, LMSW

This group offers an opportunity to work through a broad range of issues facing students, including (but not limited to) academics, peer or romantic relationships, impacts of racism, family isssues, the challenges of communication (including online), personal growth, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, sexuality and gender identity. And, more than ever, this group will also be a place to process managing uncertainty, social isolation, and the ever-changing political and economic climate. The group will offer honest, gentle feedback from both therapists and participants about ways that you might be behaving and thinking that may seem unhelpful to yourself or others. These interactions give members an opportunity to gain insight, knowledge, and skills, and explore new ways of thinking and interacting in a safe, confidential environment.

*THURSDAYS*

Autism Spectrum Process/Skills Group

Thursdays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm via Zoom, start date to be announced soon
Open to undergraduate and graduate students who are residing in New York State during group sessions
Weekly semester group – no drop-ins; group orientation required

Counselor: Kimberly VanNorman, LCSW

We invite people who identify as being on the Autism spectrum to participate in this group. No formal diagnosis is required; this group offers a safe space for students who identify with having ASD. Group will discuss experiences related to neurodiverse thinking and social/relationship skills. This is a time to share your experiences, difficulties, and questions related to social situations, executive functioning struggles (organizing, studying, initiating work, maintaining calendars, etc), strategies for positive social interactions, sensory integration, and other topics of interest you’d like to share.
 
Psychoeducation/skills will be interwoven as needs present themselves. We encourage students to come with questions, difficulties, concerns, and an attitude of openness, non judgement, and engagement with others. We want to create a safe space while having fun- come invest in trying something new for yourself!

Graduate Women's Process Group

Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm via Zoom, beginning February 25th
Open to self-identifying women graduate students who are residing in New York State during group sessions
Weekly semester group – no drop-ins; group orientation required

Counselors: Eve Abrams, LCSW-R and Toby Hawkins, LCSW

The Graduate Women's group is a weekly support group that will provide a safe space for women pursuing graduate degrees to share and explore challenges, stressors, and successes in managing life as it is. In support groups, the group serves as a safe and confidential space to receive multiple perspectives, feedback, and support from other graduate women.

Grief Support Group

Thursdays, 5:00 – 6:30 pm via Zoom, beginning February 18th
Open to undergraduate and graduate students who are residing in New York State during group sessions
Weekly semester group – no drop-ins; group orientation required

Counselors : Ken Cohen, PhD and Zehra Kaya, PhD

This is a weekly, confidential support group for enrolled Cornell undergraduate and graduate students who have suffered the death of a family member or other significant person. The group is open to those whose loss occurred some time ago as well as those for whom the loss is more recent. The focus of group will vary depending on members' needs and preferences.

Positive Action Through Interaction: A Graduate Student Group for All Genders

Thursdays, 3:15 – 4:45 pm via Zoom, start date to be announced soon
Open to graduate students residing in New York State during group sessions
Weekly semester group – no drop-ins; group orientation required

Counselors: Sheila Singh, PhD and Jamie Sorrentino, LCSW-R

This group is appropriate for any graduate students who have life dissatisfaction or distress that is primarily linked to how they experience their relationships with important people in their lives (e.g., friends, family, advisors, partners) AND who want to work on being more effective in those relationships. The group leaders do not teach strategies or skills, per se; instead, insight is gained through discussion with and feedback from the other group members. In addition, group will also provide a safer space to practice new, healthier ways of relating to others with the idea that you can 'try it on' in group and 'wear it' in your day-to-day life if you choose.

Understanding Self & Others: An Undergraduate Process Group

Thursdays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm via Zoom, beginning February 25th
Open to undergraduate students who are residing in New York State during group sessions
Weekly semester group – no drop-ins; group orientation required

Counselors: Cory Myler, PhD and Zehra Kaya, PhD

This group offers an opportunity to work through a broad range of issues facing students, including (but not limited to) academics, peer or romantic relationships, impacts of racism, family isssues, the challenges of communication (including online), personal growth, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, sexuality and gender identity. And, more than ever, this group will also be a place to process managing uncertainty, social isolation, and the ever-changing political and economic climate. The group will offer honest, gentle feedback from both therapists and participants about ways that you might be behaving and thinking that may seem unhelpful to yourself or others. These interactions give members an opportunity to gain insight, knowledge, and skills, and explore new ways of thinking and interacting in a safe, confidential environment.

*FRIDAYS*

"BEING": A Processing & Motivational Group for Students of Color

Fridays, 10:00 – 11:30 am via Zoom for GRADUATE students residing in New York State during group sessions, beginning February 26th
Fridays, 1:30 – 3:00 pm via Zoom for UNDERGRADUATE students residing in New York State during group sessions, beginning February 26th
Weekly semester group – no drop-ins; group orientation required

Counselor: Dr. Jacque Washington, LCSW-R, DSW

“BEING” is a safe and confidential group for graduate and undergraduate students of Color who are looking for support and insight through connection. Students will have the opportunity to:

•    process complex thoughts, feelings, ideas, and experiences (personal, academic, and professional);
•    focus on creating healthy solutions and offer motivation for effective shifts in perceptions, thinking, and behavior;
•    discuss and process experiences as a student of Color at Cornell;
•    share ideas about how to be successful and most effective when dealing with microaggressions and other forms of racism and discrimination; and
•    develop camaraderie with others through discourse, understanding, and appreciation of others’ lived realities.

"BEING" group flyer (CU NetID required)

Life Altering Illness Support Group

Fridays, 3:00 - 4:30 pm via Zoom, beginning February 26th
Open to undergraduate and graduate students residing in New York State during group sessions
Weekly semester group – no drop-ins; group orientation required
Facilitators: Sarah Rubenstein-Gillis, LCSW and Erin Sember-Chase, MA

This group is for students who are dealing with medical illnesses that are ongoing/chronic and have a significant impact on their life. These illnesses do not have to be visible, and individuals can be in any stage of their illness (recently diagnosed, struggling with figuring out a diagnosis, in remission). This is an opportunity for group members to connect with peers around the realities associated with living with a chronic illness, while being a student at Cornell, and share support, comfort, and coping strategies in a friendly, welcoming environment.

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