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Counseling and Support Groups for

Spring 2016 Semester are Now Forming!

Please note that some groups require a brief information meeting with the group leader first. Some groups will set meeting times based on student availability and others are fixed. Please contact the Counseling Center at (914)251-6390 to sign up or for more information.

Anxiety Reduction: Skills and Support.  A weekly support group for students who:

  • Feel Anxious or experience panic attacks
  • Feel uncomfortable in social situations
  • Avoid class participation
  • Want to change their social experience at college

Group members will learn skills to cope with anxiety and stress, identify triggers, and apply new skills in a safe and supportive environment.   Day and time:  TBD.  Group leader:  Meg Sussman, Ph.D. Please contact the Counseling Center office to schedule a meeting with Dr. Sussman if you are interested:  (914)251-6390. For more information, contact meg.sussman@purchase.edu

 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 8 Week Workshop. Starts 9/30/15.  An interactive workshop to change your behavior and learn the skills you need to get you where you want to be in life.   This group is for you if you…

  • believe you cant change
  • repeat self-defeating patterns such as procrastinating on assignments
  • worry about things that are out of your control
  • criticize yourself for things youve done or not yet done
  • stay in unsatisfactory relationships
  • make promises to yourself that you dont keep

This group will meet for 8 sessions on Wednesdays, the time is still to be determined at the Counseling Center.  Changing behavior takes a lot of practice.  This workshop will help you develop skills in both group and individual practice to sustain change. Call the Counseling Center at (914)251-6390 to sign up. Leaders:  Marilyn Cooperman, Ph.D. marilyn.cooperman@purchase.edu, and Kristin Palmieri.

 

Dr. Wald’s Stress Reduction with Yoga.  Join Dr. Lois Wald, Clinical Psychologist and Yoga Instructor for a large group practice involving rigorous yoga postures, deep breathing, and proper alignment. Careful attention and focus on mindfulness based techniques is the core of this class.  Reduce stress and become more flexible both mentally and physically. You will learn how to relax and find balance in your life, to connect more fully to yourself, your environment and to other people. Open to beginners as well as advanced practitioners!  Bring a yoga mat and bottle of water. This group will meet Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.. Location:  Studio K of the Dance Building.

 

Resiliency

If college is a new experience for you, or if you have had hardships in your past that you find others on campus may not understand, this meeting may benefit you!  This discussion group is for students seeking to share experiences while building their talents and strengths to meet new challenges – for success in college as well as other important personal goals.

Please call the Counseling Center to sign up if interested.  Group leader:  Ladi Agahiu, LMSW.  Day and time TBD.

 

Bipolar Support Group

A weekly meeting for students who have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and are currently in treatment.  Students will

  • Share their experiences
  • Benefit from supporting one another
  • Learn to self-monitor
  • Evaluate their strengths
  • Learn the triggers for their mood swings
  • Talk about medication issues
  • Learn healthy ways to cope with the challenges of living with their condition

Day and time: TBD.  Group leader:  Shanaz Moudud.  For more information, email shanaz.moudud@purchase.edu.