Groups

We offer a number of ongoing therapy groups that meet once weekly throughout the academic year. 

Graduate Student Parent Support Group
It’s hard enough to manage the usual stress of graduate student life…juggling parenting and all your other responsibilities on top of that?! What a challenge! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!

Me, Myself & Others: An Interpersonal Process Group
Are you struggling to communicate authentically with those around you?
Do you feel disconnected from others? Lonely?
Do you put others’ needs ahead of your own?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, then this group might be for you! This is a unique opportunity for honest exploration of personal and interpersonal process in an emotionally supportive environment. The focus is on relationships in general (i.e., trust, intimacy, boundaries) and is meant to improve self-awareness and communication.

Masters Thesis Support Group (space available) This is a support group for doctoral students working on their dissertation at the Graduate Center.  Students at all stages in the dissertation process are welcome.  You are not alone!  This is a space for you to work on your dissertation with others students and to learn practical strategies in navigating the process.

Dissertation Support Group This is a support group for masters students working on their theses at the Graduate Center.  Students from all programs, at all stages, in the thesis process are welcome.  You are not alone!  This is a space for you to work on your thesis with others students and to learn practical strategies in navigating the process. 

Multicultural Group (space available)
This group offers support to international students and students from various multicultural backgrounds (i.e., racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, and etc.).

Are you experiencing loneliness? Or feeling like you don’t fit into the culture of graduate school? Perhaps your family of origins’ expectations conflict with your life choices? Are you grappling with your multicultural identity? Do you worry about navigating logistical and legal matters in the US? Or concerned about your ability to communicate because English is not your first language? Are you having difficulties adjusting to life in a different country?

The Ongoing Challenges of Graduate Student Life Group addresses the unique stresses graduate students often face, including multiple responsibilities, academic pressure, concerns about the job market and financial responsibilities. These stresses exist alongside the potentially exciting challenge of developing identities as new scholars in students’ chosen fields. In this group, students are also welcomed to discuss life issues outside of school such as family of origin issues, friendship and romantic relationship dynamics, stressors of living in New York etc.

LGBTQI+ Graduate Student Support Group (space available)
Graduate school can be exciting and exhilarating; it can also be a source of stress. For graduate students who identify as LGBTQ, there may be additional stressors connected to the academic and social demands of graduate life. Do you worry about coming out in your classroom or department? Or do you worry about being out, even before you open your mouth? How do you manage instances of homophobia or heterosexism in school? How do you nurture and sustain your personal relationships, while facing the very real pressures of academic life? What are the ways in which the multiple dimensions of your identity (sexual orientation, gender, class, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation) intersect, and how does this come up in the context of graduate school?

For more information or to inquire about joining a group, please come to the Wellness Center, Room 6422, to fill out a Request for Services form.  Be sure to have your student I.D. available to present.  You must have the validation sticker for the current semester in order to be eligible.