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COVID Mental Health Group Therapy

Video Visits and Teletherapy Available

To learn more about our COVID Mental Health Group Therapy Program video visits and teletherapy services click here.


COVID-19 has changed everything about how we live but it hasn’t changed the fact that we all need help. To help our patients deal with the stress and anxiety of this pandemic, we are offering group therapy through telehealth

Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which one or more therapists lead a group (usually ranging from 5 to 12 people) in discussing common problems and possible solutions that are relevant to the individual and others in the group. A benefit of group treatment during this time is that in addition to benefitting from the expertise of group leaders, individuals can receive support, validation and suggestions from other individuals dealing with similar challenges. 

Thanks to our telehealth services, these groups are now available virtually and we are offering groups specifically designed to combat the challenges of this pandemic. Led by our trained experts, these groups range from helping colleges students sent home early as a result of the pandemic to helping parents manage the stresses of having their kids at home. 

See below for a list of our current groups to determine which ones might be the best fit for you. 

All groups accept AETNA NYP Employee Plan and the United Healthcare CU Employee Plan. Otherwise, the price per group is noted below. If you are interested in learning more about one of our COVID-19 groups or want to schedule an appointment for a group, please fill out our online form or call the contact listed below.

 

Virtual Support Group for Partners of CUIMC and NYP Health Care Workers
Discription: Every day, healthcare workers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork Presbyterian are putting themselves in harm's way to save their fellow New Yorkers from the COVID-19 pandemic. While we all respect the toll this takes on our healthcare workers, the strain this places on their partners can often go unseen. Seeing your partner in harm's way every day or spending weeks or months apart from them can have a significant effect on your own mental health. This support group from Columbia Psychiatry, in partnership with CopeColumbia, is an opportunity for partners of CUIMC and NYP health care workers to get the support they need to cope with the unique challenges they are facing during this pandemic. Groups aim to help individuals with stress management, coping skills, building resilience and relationship issues.
Leader: Dr. Rachel Ginsberg
Location: Meeting via telehealth
Age Range: 18+
Meeting Time: Mondays 8:30-9:30pm
Insurance/Cost: $150 per session if not using a participating managed care contract
Other Notes: Must be partner of a CUIMC or NYP healthcare worker. Contact Michael Osorio at 212-305-6499 to enroll or make a referral.

 

CUCARD College Group
Description: Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) is pleased to offer a 5-session group for college students who have recently returned home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The group will address new challenges associated with returning home, maintaining social connectivity, and managing general self-care. Groups will combine skill building with group processing and support.
Leaders: Drs. Lauren Hoffman and Lily Schwartz
Location: Meeting via telehealth
Age Range: 18+
Meeting Time: TBD
Insurance/Cost: $185 per session if not using a participating managed care contract
Other Notes: Open Group (can join at any time). Contact Devon Seelig, at (212) 342-0951 to enroll or make a referral.

 

COVID Parent Support & Skills Group 
Description: This 5-session group will provide a forum for parents to discuss and process parental challenges associated with sheltering at home, while also learning and practicing evidence-based coping techniques to manage their own emotions. Designed for parents of children ages 3 to 17, this group will also provide strategies to help manage child anxiety and behavior.Group leader will review concepts/skills such as parent-to-parent support, emotional processing, mindfulness, coping skills for parents, emotional validation, managing child anxiety and disruptive behavior, navigating uncertainty and preparing for the future.
Leader: Dr. Steve Mazza
Location: Meeting via telehealth
Age Range: Parents of Children ages 3-17
Meeting Time: Wednesdays 
Insurance/Cost: $185 per session if not using a participating managed care contract
Other Notes: Open Group. Contact Devon Seelig, at (212) 342-0951 to enroll or make a referral.

 

Parent Management Training for Disruptive Child Behavior
Description: This 5-session group treatment offers parents hands-on, evidence-based parenting skills to help manage everyday disruptive behaviors in their children during the COVID-19 quarantine. Designed for parents of children 6 to 11 years old, this group will focus on the following parenting skills: establishing structure and daily routine, using attention to increase child positive behavior, providing rewards, privileges and other positive reinforcements, setting effective limits on negative child behaviors and managing their own stress and anxiety about the challenges of parenting during the COVID-19 quarantine.
Leader: Dr. Vasco Lopes
Location: Meeting via telehealth
Age Range: Parents of children ages 6-11
Meeting Time: Wednesdays 5:00-6:30pm
Insurance/Cost: $185 per session if not using a participating managed care contract
Other Notes: Open Group. Contact Devon Seelig, at (212) 342-0951 to enroll or make a referral.

 

COVID Coping and Support Group
Description: The Columbia Day Program is pleased to offer a COVID-19 coping and support group available to all current active patients of Columbia Psychiatry. This is a weekly one-hour solution-focused support group for people 18 years and older. Members will discuss thoughts and feelings about coping with quarantine; managing isolation; coping with anxiety, fear, and depression; generating structure and activity. It will be an environment for mutual support, problem-solving, and emotional connection. This is an open-ended group and people are welcome to attend once or ongoing and can join at any point for as long as it is running.
Leader: Drew Lee
Location: Meeting via telehealth
Age Range: 18+
Meeting Time: Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm
Insurance/Cost: $185 per session if not using a participating managed care contract
Other Notes: Open group, internal therapist or psychiatrist required. Contact Michael Osorio at 212-305-6499 if you are interested in participating or making a referral.