Group Psychotherapy

Group therapy deepens self-awareness, fosters connections with others, and enhances hopefulness as members learn to identify their intentions and develop goals. Our group offerings are diverse and offer support for pursuing a range of goals, including moderation and abstinence.

Our groups are available to support individual psychotherapy and create a more intensive level of care, if needed. They can also be utilized in conjunction with services from outside providers. In order to ensure that each group member is placed in the best group to address their needs and goals, we ask every new group member to complete a personalized, individual assessment with one of our group leaders. All of our groups are not drop-in groups and participation requires an individual meeting and commitment to ongoing attendance.

For more information about our groups, please contact us at intake@cfol.org or call 212.213.8905 x104. You are also welcome to contact our group leaders directly if you have specific questions about their groups.

We work collaboratively with outside providers who refer clients to us to facilitate an integrative and meaningful treatment experience as possible.


WOMEN’S GROUP

Allison Mitchell, PhD

Mondays, 12:00 – 1:00 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.


HARM REDUCTION PROCESS GROUP

Adam Frankel, PhD

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.


YOUNG ADULT ABSTINENCE-FOCUSED GROUP

Eddie Einbinder, LMSW

Mondays, 7:05 – 8:20 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.


YOUNG ADULT DIVERSE GOALS GROUP

Eddie Einbinder, LMSW

Tuesdays, 4:10 – 5:20 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.


GAY MEN and CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE PROCESS GROUP

Kevin Braga, LCSW

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

This group is open to gay, bisexual, MSM, and trans men interested in exploring a diverse range of goals surrounding their substance misuse and other problematic behaviors.  The group is an open, sex positive safe-space and focuses primarily on the intersection of crystal meth use and sexual behaviors. Members will learn to assess harm, identify personalized goals and develop a realistic plan to address their goals. In addition, this group aims to explore how sexuality and other parts of one’s identity impacts self worth and overall well-being. Common themes include the relationship between drugs and sex, loneliness, disconnection from self and others and the impact of a heteronormative society on the well-being of Queer people.


YOUNG ADULT DIVERSE GOALS GROUP

Eddie Einbinder, LMSW

Tuesdays 7:05 – 8:20 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.


MEN’S HARM REDUCTION PROCESS GROUP

Devora Reichman, PhD

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

This group provides a unique opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement, and feedback from other individuals in a safe and confidential environment. Members are welcome to bring any issues to the group they feel are important, including substance use and other problematic behaviors. Members will learn to assess harm and to understand their ambivalence about making certain changes. The group will help members set individual goals and work towards one’s ideal relationship to substances. Group members will gain a better understanding of themselves and what might be underlying their behaviors, while also developing practical skills to manage urges and cravings driving their behaviors.


DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY GROUP

Kevin Braga, LCSW

Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) helps individuals who would like to improve their ability to manage emotions, tolerate distress and communicate more effectively with others. Problematic behaviors such as substance use evolve as a way to cope with a situation or as an attempt to solve a problem. While these behaviors might provide temporary relief or a short-term solution, they are often ineffective in the long-term. Clients in the DBT group will learn valuable skills such as mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness techniques that can be applied in daily life and have been shown to have long-lasting effects in the treatment of addiction.


TEENAGE HARM REDUCTION GROUP 

Eddie Einbinder, LMSW

Wednesdays, 5:45 – 6:55 p.m.

This group is for teenagers in high school or early college. It 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.


HARM REDUCTION PROCESS GROUP

Adam Frankel, PhD

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 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.


MINDFULNESS GROUP

Adam Frankel, PhD

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 practices 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.


HARM REDUCTION PROCESS GROUP

Kevin Braga, LCSW

Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

This group offers a unique opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement, and feedback from other individuals in a safe and confidential environment.   Members will explore how substance use and other problematic behaviors may be associated with personal and social/relational factors. Members will develop individual goals and work towards their optimal relationship to substances and other behaviors. Group discussions will also focus on how to assess harm and process feelings of ambivalence about making changes. Group members will gain a better understanding of themselves and what might be underlying their behaviors, while also developing practical skills to manage urges and cravings driving their behaviors.


KETAMINE INTEGRATION GROUP

Kevin Braga, LCSW

Dates TBD – please contact intake@cfol.org for more info.

This specialized group is a safe space for people who are currently (or have a history of) being treated with Ketamine and are additionally interested in ongoing exploration and integration of their experiences with others who also share this unique experience. Off-label use of generic Ketamine to treat depression and other mental health disorders has been a long standing treatment to help those who have tried and did not receive benefits from other traditional treatments.  Esketamine, a variation of Ketamine, has now become a prescribable medication for treatment resistant depression. Studies show that the combination of Ketamine therapy with psychotherapy enhances the intended effects.


INTEGRATING PSYCHEDELIC EXPERIENCES AND TRAUMA GROUP

Kevin Braga, LCSW

Dates TBD – please contact intake@cfol.org for more info.

This group aims to support members as they continue to navigate their relationship to psychedelics and their history of trauma. Other challenges related to mental health and substance use will also be explored, depending on the needs of the group. Interventions will be client centered, including structured discussions pertaining to developing concrete skills, self-empowerment and management of trauma related feelings and behaviors. Grounded in principles of harm reduction, this group will also help members clarify their motivations and intentions surrounding their psychedelic experiences to reduce potential risks.


ENHANCING YOUR SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP

Wendy Miller, PhD, Andrew Tatarsky, PhD

 (starting Fall 2019)

Couples with low/no sexual desire or frequency, and/or desire discrepancy (in which one partner is more interested in sex than the other) who are interested in enhancing their sexual relationship and ready to embark on a journey to enhance their sexual experiences and relationships. The process will involve group therapy over 16 hours. Limit of six couples.


View our Psychedelic Program Groups.