Commonly Offered Groups

Please schedule an 30 minute initial consultation if you are interested in participating in any of the following groups:

 

Anxiety/Depression Management
This group is for students experiencing mild to moderate anxiety, depression, and stress. Students will explore stress management skills, relaxation and self-care skills, and cognitive skills to address and decrease negative thinking. Students will also learn practical strategies to decrease anxiety and improve relationships. Each group session will include a relaxation exercise that students will be able to practice and use beyond the group.
 
Family Drama Process Group
A group for clients with imperfect familial backgrounds who desire to improve their self-awareness and personal insight while learning to develop more rewarding interpersonal relationships. This is a process group that focuses on family dynamics and relationships within the family.
 
International Student Support Circle
Transitioning to a new culture can be an incredible experience, bringing with it much change. While change is often welcome and exciting, it can also bring challenges. This is a group for international students to come together to understand how to manage such changes and homesickness, a different academic environment, making friends and dating across cultures as well as learning ways to deal with their stress.

 

Making Peace with Food
The focus of the group is to explore your relationship with food, and how that relationship impacts one’s body image. The group is designed to help members identify and process the factors underlying their unhealthy dynamic with food, recognize their desired approach to food, and explore effective ways to bridge the two. Members will be further supported in developing healthy ways of viewing and caring for their bodies.
 
Public Speaking Anxiety Workshop
This workshop will help you develop greater comfort when speaking in public. You will learn how to connect with your audience, speak with more authenticity and build your overall effectiveness as a public speaker. This is a 3-session program.
 
Transitions
The Transitions Group offers first year students an opportunity to discuss the transition from home life to college life.

 

For P.E. Credit:

The Health & Wellness Center partners with SLC Athletics to offer the following group classes for P.E. credit each semester:

Mindfulness 
This Counseling Services group offers skills in Mindfulness and Meditation, with an emphasis on decreasing stress and finding satisfaction in daily life. Consisting of 6 modules, the Mindfulness group is designed to help you learn mindfulness through the practice of specific skills that calm and focus your mind.

 

Science of Happiness 

This class encourages students to identify their strengths and work to nurture and increase them. Enabling students to focus on the present moment in a nonjudgmental way in an effort to foster inner calm and greater equanimity. This course will equip students with simple, yet powerful strategies for building strengths in an intentional and mindful way.

 

Groups Offered Per Student Needs

 
Bereavement Group

The Bereavement Group is designed for Sarah Lawrence students who are coping with the loss of a loved one, either in the recent past or from long ago.

Culture, Race and Identity Group

This group focuses on psychological experiences that are common to the human condition--relationship concerns, identity formation, anxiety, community issues, etc.--with an eye towards the unique minority experience that is part of a larger culture. It is designed to provide a safe therapeutic process for students of all minority status (gender, sexual orientation, racial, cultural, etc.) to explore issues associated with being perceived as "other".

Harm Reduction Therapy Group

Harm Reduction is defined as reducing any damage caused by alcohol or other drug (AOD) use to the user, the user’s friends, the user’s family, and the user’s community. For some students, the healthiest relationship with alcohol and other drugs, or the best way to reduce harm, is not to use them at all. We will help you negotiate the complexity of quitting, if that is what you choose to do. For others, it means avoiding or reducing harm by setting limits and making educated and safer choices in the way they use their drug of choice. Together in the harm reduction therapy group we will unwrap the multitude of meanings that substance use plays in the student’s life.

LGBTQ Support Group

This group focuses on psychological experiences that are common to the human condition—relationship concerns, depression, anxiety, community issues, etc.—with an eye towards the uniquely queer experience of wrestling with these dilemmas. It is designed to provide a safe and communal space for queer students to explore issues and to delve deeper into their psyches.

Smoking Cessation Group

The Smoking Cessation Group will provide a supportive, structured environment for students with the desire to quit smoking. The American Cancer Society’s quit smoking program, “Freshstart,” consists of six sessions.

Sexual Violence Support Group

The Survivors of Sexual Assault Support Group is a safe, supportive place to explore the issues and feelings surrounding the experience of adult sexual assault. Membership is intended to help reduce the experience of isolation often experienced by survivors.

Emergency: 911

SLC Health & Wellness Center (M-F; 9am-5pm)

  • 914-395-2350 

SLC Westlands Desk (After hours)

  • 914-395-2222

24 hour Hotlines:

  • National Mental Health Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • NYC Well (24 hr Mental Health Support): 1-888-692-9355
  • Westchester Victim Assistance Services: 914-345-9111
  • Students with CHP (College Health Insurance)
    • Nurse Hotline: 1-800-634-7629
    • Behavioral/Mental Health Hotline: 1-888-857-5462
  • Students with other health insurance should check their insurance card for resources

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