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.

New York City Groups

To join any group: A Counseling Center screening is required. Call our front desk at (212) 346-1526 or contact Dr. Wendy Gonzalez-Canal at wgonzalezcanal@pace.edu (monitored weekdays 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.).

  • 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:

    • Monday: 3:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m. via Zoom
  • 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:

    • Tuesday: 3:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m. via Zoom
    • Wednesday: 3:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m. via Zoom
    • Thursday: 3:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m. via Zoom
  • 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:

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

Westchester Campuses Groups

Our groups are aimed at helping you develop yourself and maximize your success! Click below to learn more about them.

  • The Emotional Well-Being Group is a weekly group for students to improve their ability to identify, understand, and manage their emotions in healthier ways. Within this supportive group setting, members learn and practice coping skills to more effectively recognize and convey their feelings to others. Together, group members explore their emotional challenges and create an improved sense of wellness.

    The group meets weekly via Zoom during Common Hour on Fridays at 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. beginning September 24, 2021.

    Please contact Caitlin Gardner, LMSW for more information at (914) 773-3710.

  • The Reduce Stress for Success Group is a weekly support group for students to address and receive support for their current stressors. The group explores the impact of stress on our mental, physical and emotional well-being. Discussion focuses on healthier and more beneficial ways to manage stressors including sleep hygiene, self-care and navigating interpersonal relationships. The group provides a safe space to process existing stressors as well as receive support, encouragement and feedback in a confidential setting.

    The group meets weekly via Zoom during Common Hour on Tuesdays from 3:25 p.m.–4:25 p.m. beginning September 21, 2021.

    Please contact Caitlin Gardner, LMSW for more information at (914) 773-3710.

Virtual Workshops for All Campuses

To attend any workshop: No Counseling Center screening is required. If interested, you call (212) 346-1526 to be placed on our waitlist.

  • This workshop consists of two 45-minute Friday sessions during which you will learn assertiveness skills that will help you ask for what you want, set boundaries, and say no in relationships and other social interactions. The group is led by two therapists and provides a safe and confidential environment. Attendance of both sessions is highly encouraged.

    Meeting Time:

    • December 3 and December 10: 12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • This workshop consists of two 45-minute Friday sessions during which you will learn skills to identify and understand your emotions, as well as skills to change your emotional responses by learning to check the facts of the situation and problem solving accordingly. The group is led by two therapists and provides a safe and confidential environment. Attendance of both sessions is highly encouraged.

    Meeting Time:

    • October 15 and October 22: 12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m. via Zoom