Group Psychotherapy

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 info@cfol.org or call 212.213.8905 x2 to schedule an initial evaluation so we can collaboratively with you 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.

WOMEN’S GROUP

Allison Mitchell, PhD

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.


MEN’S 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.


MINDFUL MOVEMENT GROUP

Mari Dickerson, LMSW, RYT

Tuesdays, 6:00- 7:00 p.m.

This group will provide an introduction to the physical practice of yoga as a tool for increasing emotional balance and holistic health. This group will include yoga poses, breathing practices, and meditation. There will also be time allotted for discussion and processing of personal insights, challenges, and goals as they relate to the principles of harm reduction and personal growth.

Each week will focus on a specific theme related to the therapeutic practice of yoga. As members move through the course they will build upon skills and themes from previous weeks and by the end will have learned a 20-minute home practice they can use at any time.


YOUNG ADULT GROUP

Eddie Einbinder, LMSW

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.


OPTIMAL DRINKING CLASS

Andrew Tatarsky, PhD & Adam Frankel, PhD

Wednesdays, (6 sessions: May 24 – June 28), 6:00 – 7:10 p.m.

This series of four workshops will help people learn moderate drinking skills to establish a healthier relationship to alcohol.  Each week will focus on different topics and skills that can be applied in daily life.  This series is designed for those who want to learn a new approach to drinking and develop new strategies for managing how much they drink.


HARM REDUCTION PROCESS GROUP

Adam Frankel, PhD

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.


MEDITATION GROUP

Mari Dickerson, LMSW, RYT

Thursdays, 12:15-1:00 p.m.

Our drop-in meditation group is open to anyone in need of a lunchtime relaxation break. Meditation can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve mental clarity, and create a sense of peace and balance. The group will include a brief check-in and exploration of techniques, a silent meditation, and space for sharing our experiences during the meditation.


PROFESSIONALS & EXECUTIVES HARM REDUCTION PROCESS GROUP

Andrew Tatarsky, PhD

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 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 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.


WEEKEND PLANNING GROUP

Eddie Einbinder, LMSW

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.


8-WEEK HARM REDUCTION SKILLS

Adam Frankel, PhD

Thursdays, 7:40 – 9:00 p.m.

Join us to learn useful techniques to help you more effectively manage stress and difficult emotions, challenging interpersonal situations, cravings, and increase your capacity to identify and stay in line with your personal intentions and goals. Each week, this group will focus on practical harm reduction skills that members can adapt to suit their specific needs and goals over the holidays and winter season. This group is welcome to individuals who may be pursuing abstinence, moderation, and safer substance use.


ABSTINENCE-FOCUSED GROUP

Allison Mitchell, PhD

Fridays, 12:00-1:00 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.

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