Students on the Pace Pleasantville Campus

Group Counseling

What is Group Counseling?

Group counseling is a very effective and efficient way to deal with many of the concerns that face undergraduate, graduate and professional school students. The Counseling Centers at the New York City and Westchester campuses offer a variety of groups. Some are traditional therapy groups, some are support groups around a particular theme, and some are psycho-educational groups.

Groups provide an opportunity for you to try out new behaviors, express feelings you have been hesitant to express, connect with others who share your concerns, assert yourself in different ways, learn new skills and experiment with novel ideas. Please select your campus below to learn more about the groups being offered this semester.

  • To join any group: A Counseling Center screening is required. If interested, you can call our front desk at (212) 346-1526 or contact Dr. Wendy Gonzalez-Canal at (monitored weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

    Stress Management Group

    This group rotates through 6 weeks of topics that teach skills for managing stress, depression, and anxiety. This group is based in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and structured more like a class than a psychotherapy group. Through this group, you will learn concrete ways of relating differently to challenging thoughts or feelings that often get in the way of living a fulfilling productive life.

    Meeting Time:

    • Fridays from 12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m. via Zoom

    Understanding Self and Others Groups

    This group is a supportive, confidential, and safe environment where you can work with 4-7 other group members toward achieving your goals by providing encouragement to one another, giving and receiving feedback, and experimenting with new ideas and behaviors. Through these experiences you can deepen your level of self-awareness, learn how you relate to others, and identify and explore feelings.

    Meeting Times:

    • Tuesdays 3:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
    • Wednesdays 3:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
    • Thursdays 3:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m. via Zoom

    We're Back and We're Anxious

    The pandemic has taken a toll on us and returning to "normal" can feel like a daunting task. This group is a supportive, confidential, and safe environment where you can connect with and receive support from other students who feel similarly. This group provides a space to explore and learn how to manage the anxiety of returning to in-person classes and other campus activities.

    Meeting Time:

    • Mondays 3:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
  • Due Process: A Law Student's Group

    This group is for law students struggling with managing the Law School-Life balance. The group provides a safe place to discuss personal concerns and receive support.

    Contact Dr. Amanda Michael to find out more about the group at (914) 773-3710


    HARMLESS is a weekly, confidential discussion and support group for students who are trying to take a look at their use of alcohol, marijuana or another drug. The group is free and confidential and is facilitated by members of the Counseling Services staff. Based on a harm reduction model, the group is a safe space for students to talk about their relationship with alcohol, marijuana or another drug, consider some strategies for change and provide support for other students, including those in recovery. The group meets during Common Hour on Wednesdays (12:15 p.m.–1:10 p.m.)

    Contact JR Lombardo at (914) 773-3710 to learn more about the group.

    Understanding Self and Others

    This group addresses a variety of concerns for students who are curious about their relationships with others (including family, friends and partners) and with oneself. The group explores themes related to identity, relationships, emotional communication and self-perception. The group provides an environment in which members can practice new ways of expressing themselves as well as share support, encouragement, and feedback in a confidential context.

    Contact Dr. Amanda Michael for more information at (914) 773-3710.