These groups are available at the Center to support individual psychotherapy and create a more intensive level of care, if needed. They can also be utilized in conjunction with services from providers outside the Center.
To join one of our groups, please contact us at email@example.com or call 212.213.8905 x2 to schedule an initial evaluation so we can collaborate to determine which of our groups would be the best fit for your needs. You are also welcome to contact our group leaders if you have specific questions about their groups.
Our groups are open to clients pursuing a range of goals as each client develops their own personalized plans for positive change. Some members are pursuing moderate drinking or substance use while some are working on abstaining from substances and other problematic behaviors.
Mindfulness Meditation for Optimal Living
October 28 – November 18 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
In this four-class series led by Beej Christie Karpen we’ll practice applying mindfulness meditation to Stress Reduction, Communication, Compassion (towards self and others), and Habit Change (thinking and behaving). Classes will include seated meditation, walking meditation, breathing practices, body scans, internal inquiry, and group support. Sign up here.
Setting an Intention: 6 Week Yoga Therapy Group
Starting November 13, register by November 6
Making a change can be challenging. In this 6 week series we break down how one can make a change slowly and mindfully. Through yoga, meditation, journaling and therapeutic group processing, you will develop skills for making change within a safe, supportive space. Our journey through the change process will include exploring ambivalence about change, how to prepare for change and move into action, skills for maintaining change, and how to promote self-compassion when change becomes difficult. For more information or to join this group, contact Mari Dickerson:firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.213.8905 x114 or Michele Kabas: email@example.com or 212.223.3863.
Find Your Path to Optimal Drinking
January 8 – March 5 | 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
We recognize that alcohol can play many roles and carry multiple meanings in people’s lives and believe these may need to be clarified in order to understand your current pattern of drinking and to make the positive change that you desire. Each class will offer information and skills such as mindfulness, urge surfing, and working with internal and external triggers that can be applied immediately in your life. This class is for anyone- whether you’ve been concerned about your drinking or not, or have always wanted to get clear about how to have alcohol in your life in a way that maximizes the benefits and minimizes the risks. Registration coming soon. Please check back here or visit our Facebook page in the coming weeks for more information.
Mondays, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
This group is designed to be a supportive and safe environment for women at various points on the continuum of change to explore the function and meaning behind substance use and other problematic behaviors. Goals may be different for each member and include reduced use, moderation, and abstinence. As part of this group, members will gain a more nuanced understanding of how certain thought patterns, emotional states, and relationship dynamics may be impacting them.
Group members will explore the origins of their use while developing skills to identify and manage urges and cravings. Members will learn to assess harm, understand ambivalence about change and set personally-defined goals for success.
Mondays, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Members will explore how substance use and risk taking may arise from the circumstances of one’s life or nature and how these behaviors relate to other life issues. Discussions will focus on how to assess harm, come to terms with ambivalent feelings about change, set harm reduction goals, and develop an individual plan for positive growth. Group discussions also focus on issues around personal identity, loneliness and intimacy, and learning about one’s interpersonal patterns when interacting with others.
Tuesdays, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
This group will provide an introduction to principles of harm reduction for young adults, including psychoeducation about substances and strategies to reduce risk and increase safety. Members will be encouraged to explore the meaning behind substance use in a supportive environment, in addition to discussing safer ways to manage use including moderation, reducing use, or abstinence. Group topics will include family and peer relationships, mindfulness, skills for managing cravings, self-esteem, motivation, and goal-setting.
Tuesdays, 6:00- 7:30 p.m.
This group will focus on restorative yoga and group support as tools for balancing the mind and body. This group is open to female-identified clients interested in learning new skills to help with stress reduction, anxiety, depression, identity, self-esteem, and self-care in a supportive environment. Sessions will begin with restorative yoga and deep relaxation, followed by group process and discussion. The combination of movement and group support will help members develop a great sense of self-awareness and connection to others, as well as physical practices and resources that promote emotional balance. A range of topics will be explored each week, including body-image, cultural expectations, enhancing self-esteem, self-care, and how to develop personal practices to balance cycles and moods.
Since this group includes gentle physical activity, please wear comfortable clothes. We have yoga mats and other props available for group members at our center.
Tuesdays, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
This group will provide an introduction to principles of harm reduction, including psychoeducation about substances, along with strategies to reduce risk and increase safety. Members will be encouraged to share and reflect on their experiences and explore safer ways to manage substance use, which may include moderation, reduction in use, or abstinence. Sessions will be semi-structured with special topics introduced each week based on members’ needs and interests. Members can also choose to focus on a particular drug to learn about via discussion, literature and film.
Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 p.m.
This group is designed to support members who are working on maintaining abstinence from substances and/or other problematic behaviors. Members will learn useful strategies that can be applied to daily life to help them pursue their goal of abstinence. Group discussions will also address the underlying meaning and function of substance use and the challenges associated with maintaining abstinence. The group will include a combination of skill-based practices and open processing of issues members are currently working on. Contact Eddie Einbinder, LMSW at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesdays, 5:40 – 6:40p.m.
This group is for Center for Optimal Living clients who may want additional support during the week. The group will provide an opportunity to refine harm reduction strategies and tools to support them in meeting their needs and therapeutic goals. This group may be particularly useful for those clients who cannot commit to attending groups every week as there is no attendance requirement for this group. Clients are encouraged to become recurring members as they wish.
Wednesdays, 7:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Members will explore how substance use and risk taking may arise from the circumstances of one’s life or nature and how these behaviors relate to other life issues. Discussions will focus on how to assess harm, come to terms with ambivalent feelings about change, set harm reduction goals, and develop an individual plan for positive growth.
Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
This group aims to explore how substance use and risk taking may arise from the circumstances of one’s life or nature and how these behaviors relate to other life issues. Members will learn to assess harm, come to terms with ambivalent feelings about change, set harm reduction goals, and develop an individual plan for developing one’s ideal relationship to substances and working toward other important personal goals. Common themes include emotion management, relationships, effective communication, and learning a variety of skills and strategies for making positive behavior change including mindfulness, urge surfing, and embracing ambivalence.
Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Mindfulness practices provide an opportunity to slow down, observe our moment-to-moment experiences non-judgmentally so we can respond in more effective ways. Mindfulness has been shown to increase self-compassion and enhances self-care capacities. By learning to attend to your experiences with greater acceptance, you will be able to navigate life’s challenges with more ease. Join us to learn more about these simple practice and how you can apply them in your daily life. The group includes a combination of skills-based practice and discussion so that members can adapt the skills to suit their needs and goals.
Thursdays, 7:40 – 8:40 p.m.
The group provides a safe space for members to seek support, reflect on goals, and develop strategies prior to starting the weekend. The group helps members create a structured plan of activities throughout the weekend to maintain the healthiest relationships with alcohol or drugs, as identified by each individual. Members will discuss and share healthy, positive alternatives that help them achieve their overall goals, from substance use, to work, relationships, and general health. We explore the roles that isolation, socialization, and other variables play in our thoughts, emotions, and actions around drug use and other risky behaviors. Members pursuing a variety of positive change goals (e.g., moderation, safer use, abstinence) are welcome to participate.