Our Services

Group Psychotherapy Offerings

All groups take place at Wholeview Wellness®, 369 Lexington Avenue, Suite 14A (at 41st St.) We welcome participants who receive individual treatment with other providers. If you have any questions about any of our groups or would like to refer a patient who might benefit from additional support, please call us at 212-204-8430. All treatment is eligible for reimbursement through out-of-network benefits.

Group Psychotherapy Offerings

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All groups take place at Wholeview Wellness®, 369 Lexington Avenue, Suite 14A (at 41st St.) We welcome participants who receive individual treatment with other providers. If you have any questions about any of our groups or would like to refer a patient who might benefit from additional support, please call us at 212-204-8430. All treatment is eligible for reimbursement through out-of-network benefits.

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Mindfulness Support Network

Mondays (10:30AM-12:00PM)

This mindfulness-based psychotherapy group is for people who are interested in exploring their relationship with alcohol and drugs.

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Persist and Progress Process Group

Mondays (12:30pm-2:00pm)

Persist and Progress Process Group is a process group, which is flexibly structured and focuses on the thoughts and feelings you bring to session that day. Group members are encouraged to discuss topics relevant to recovery, and feedback from other members and the group leader is provided. The support and feedback of other members is the foundation of this group, providing an opportunity for you to gain wisdom and empathy from those also engaging in recovery. Within Persist and Progress, we also focus on the supportive techniques designed to promote self-esteem; build knowledge and skills; learn to better navigate anxiety and other distressing feelings; encourage self-awareness; as well as build and maintain group cohesion; and expressive techniques that are designed to explore and change repetitive relationship patterns that have a negative effect on one’s life; understand and modify coping patterns that have been counterproductive; and work on deepening one’s experience and expression of feelings. This group uses multiple tools to help you persist and progress in your journey to recovery.

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Next Chapter

Mondays (12:30pm-2:00pm)

The Next Chapter is that period in life when one is transitioning from work, raising a family, and multiple daily pressures to retirement and enjoying one’s free time at a slower pace. It is also adjusting to an empty nest, an aging body and mind, and finding new purpose and meaning. In this group, the challenges and joys of this phase of life will be discussed along with how maintaining sobriety is critical in the face of significant change and loss. Members will be encouraged to share their own personal experiences of the Next Chapter with the goal of decreasing isolation and developing a strong sense of community.

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CRAFT Family Group: Loving someone through addiction recovery

Mondays (6:30pm-7:30pm)

This CRAFT-based psychotherapy group is for people who are concerned about a loved one’s substance use and recovery and are open to exploring how their role in this relationship can support positive change and how they can thrive regardless of their loved one’s recovery. If you are in a relationship with someone who struggles with substance use or is in recovery, then this group is designed for you.

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Getting There: Building Motivation to Action

Mondays (6:30PM-7:30PM)

This group integrates motivational interviewing techniques with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It’s a manualized treatment that consists of 20 sessions covering a variety of topics, including making effective choices and decisions; the pace of change; roadblocks to help; internal and external triggers; family and significant others; and building a recovery environment. The group focuses on increasing internal motivation for making positive change and developing practical skills to aid the recovery process.

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Refreshed Recovery

Tuesdays (10:30AM-12:00PM)

Whether you are ambivalent about making change, or have committed yourself to sobriety, this group will provide a fresh perspective in helping you achieve your ideal relationship with substances. Rooted in therapeutic approaches which help navigate one’s readiness to change, this group intends on ‘meeting you where you are at’. In a secure and collaborative environment, participants will have the opportunity to share openly, and will be encouraged to learn from and to support one another. Through relating with others, and engaging in self-exploration, you may begin to identify how previous patterns in your life have contributed to your present-day experience. Deepening your insights into what brought you to this very moment can empower you to break-through obstacles which may have once seemed daunting or unachievable. The rewards of doing so go far beyond changing one’s relationship with substances; this group aims to support your living an authentic, well-balanced, and meaningful life.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Tuesdays (12:30PM-2:00PM) Saturdays (Noon-1:00PM)

We all experience situations we cannot control, behaviors that are hard to change, and intense emotions. These can be triggers for behaviors (e.g., substance use, isolation) that reduce our ability to function effectively. This interferes with our ability to engage with what we care about such as family, friends, work, and self-care. As a result, we become stuck in a cycle of negative behavior that makes it harder and harder to achieve what we want in life.

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DBT Night Group

Tuesdays (6:30PM-7:30PM) and Thursdays (6:30PM-7:30PM)

This group aims to provide skills and strategies to help you manage difficult emotions, enhance your interpersonal relationships and to maintain balance in your life. We will review the four main DBT skills modules which include Mindfulness Skills, Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills, Emotion Regulation Skills, and Distress Tolerance Skills. Practice exercises will be assigned each week to assist in skill acquisition. After we have reviewed and practiced the four core skills, we will work to integrate them and to make them a regular part of your daily routine.

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Cognitive Processing Therapy

Wednesdays (10:30AM-12:00PM)

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is an evidence-based treatment that has been specifically developed to help individuals struggling with trauma. With strong research supporting its efficacy, this group uses in-session and out of session exercises to help clients target their “stuck points”—or the unhelpful thoughts they have as a result of their trauma. Through successfully targeting our stuck points, we can better manage our emotions as they relate to trauma, which can also help us address any unhealthy behaviors we have stemming from the trauma. The group will focus on the skills needed to work through our trauma, and help clients learn how to address future unhelpful thoughts.

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CBT Relapse Prevention Group

Wednesdays (10:30am-12:00pm) and Fridays (12:30pm-2:00pm)

This skill building group is for individuals who are recently abstinent and are seeking support in early recovery. The group meets for 90 minutes and runs for 12 weeks. The goal of the group is to enhance self-control and raise awareness of problematic thoughts and behaviors and replace them with new more effective thoughts, skills and strategies for maintaining abstinence. Based on a cognitive behavioral model established at Yale University School of Medicine, we focus on topics such as exploring positive and negative consequences of continued use, self-monitoring to recognize craving early on, identifying internal and external triggers, coping with cravings, practicing refusal skills, articulating goals and addressing ambivalence. Members will have homework to support skills learned in the group meetings. We welcome collaboration with group members’ individual therapists.

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DBT Skills Group

Wednesdays (12:30PM - 2:00PM)

This group aims to provide skills and strategies to help you manage difficult emotions, enhance your interpersonal relationships and to maintain balance in your life. We will review the four main DBT skills modules which include Mindfulness Skills, Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills, Emotion Regulation Skills, and Distress Tolerance Skills. Practice exercises will be assigned each week to assist in skill acquisition. After we have reviewed and practiced the four core skills, we will work to integrate them and to make them a regular part of your daily routine.

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#Altsober

Wednesdays (12:30PM - 2:00PM)

Drawing upon online platforms such as #Altsober, a NYC community of people devoted to ending the stigma related to addiction while welcoming a safe place for people to be open about their recovery, and Medium, a publishing platform covering a variety of topics including addiction, sobriety and recovery, Dr. Amy Colley will lead group members in an engaging discussion of weekly readings. The goal of #Altsober is to provoke new ways of thinking about living without drugs and alcohol and managing the daily struggles and joys of recovery through the personal essays of others who are on the same journey.

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Intimacy Unlocked

Weds (6:30pm-7:30pm)

Process groups are an opportunity to reflect on patterns of relating to ourselves as well as to others. This group will focus on identifying feelings related to romantic and sexual dynamics, as substances are often used in relation to or have an impact on experiences of intimate connection. Topics that may be explored include sexual intimacy and dating while sober, sexual desires and desire discrepancies, how one gives and receives affection, and trust and sharing in new relationships. A common reason why substances are utilized in relation to romantic and sexual engagement is because both require an experience of vulnerability and exposure of oneself. By asking participants to share their feelings, thoughts, and experiences with group members honestly and openly, members will have an opportunity to experience in real time the emotions that make vulnerability with others more difficult. This group emphasizes the healing power of relationships among group members and the importance of emotional understanding and attunement. Feeling less alone and less shame will aid in members finding healthier ways to fulfill their social and emotional needs in romantic and sexual contexts.

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Mentalization

Thursdays (10:30AM-12:00PM) & Tuesdays (10:30AM-12:00PM) & (6:30PM-7:30PM)

Mentalization is the way that we understand other people’s emotions, thoughts, desires, beliefs, and intentions. Mentalization Based Treatment Group is a therapeutic approach which aims to increase group members’ ability to mentalize using a manual based psychodynamic therapy. This evidence-based approach developed at the Anna Freud Institute in London, is designed to assist people in four main goals: to achieve better behavioral control, to increase affect regulation, to develop more intimate and gratifying relationships and to have the ability to pursue life goals. In this group, Dr. Sarah Church will begin by sharing the theory of mentalization and how it affects mental health. Group members will be encouraged to work together to increase their capacity to understand fellow group members and to improve their own affect regulation, to strengthen interpersonal relationships, and to reduce problematic and self-harm behaviors including alcohol and drug use.

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Skin Deep

Wednesday (6:30PM-7:30PM)

Identifying as a Person of Color (POC) is about more than just skin color or physical appearance. This identity is often influenced by cultural and generational history, traditions, surroundings, social circles, and experiences. POC individuals who take ownership of their identities have a diverse and rich cultural distinctiveness to be proud of and celebrated. Each person’s experience will be different with varying feelings and expressions attached to them. Each person also comes with unique challenges that most people who don’t identify as POC may never experience. With an extensive history of discrimination, ostracism, and racism, POC people can suffer from violence, trauma, and institutional oppression in everyday life. The aim of this group therapy will be to provide a safe and secure atmosphere for individuals who share similar problems or concerns, as it pertains to being POC in the United States. Feelings surrounding race relations and racial inequity, microaggressions, trauma, and ultimately what it is like being POC in America will be explored in a sensitive and safe way all in the context of recovery. Members can come together and learn from each other while also engaging in their unique process of self-exploration to find individual meaning and build their own coherent life narrative.

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Trauma: Learning, Resourcing, and Reprocessing

Tuesdays (6:30pm- 7:30pm) & Thursdays (10:30AM-12:00PM)

Trauma reaches beyond memory and logic. It is stored in the body and can contribute to relapse, discomfort, anger, depression, and self-destructive behavior. This trauma group will focus on providing supportive resources to manage hypervigilance and traumatic responses, psychoeducation on the neurobiology and physical impact of trauma, opportunities to share trauma experiences with others in a compassionate space, and exercises to move our past experiences from “the here and now” to the “there and then”.

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Emotion Efficacy Therapy

Thursdays (12:30PM-2PM)

Emotion Efficacy Therapy (EET) is an evidenced-based therapeutic approach that is rooted on the premise that emotions are valuable signals that guide our behaviors. Learning to skillfully navigate these messages is an integral component to living a more well-balanced and fulfilling life. Through cultivating skills in an open and collaborative environment, participants will enhance their capacity to make values-consistent choices. A focus will be placed on exploring ways to achieve your ideal healthy relationship with substances while supporting your goals in various life domains. To accelerate learning, EET involves an experiential component, and session content promotes relaxation techniques, mindfulness approaches, and various coping strategies. Ultimately, developing ‘high-emotion efficacy’ will empower you to live more authentically, intentionally, and with greater meaning and purpose.

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Inside Out-LGBT Group

Thursdays (6:30PM-7:30PM)

Having a queer identity carries with it a series of joys, sorrows, advantages, and disadvantages, confusion, clarity, shame and celebration. This group will explore and process varied experiences and seek to provide a space to attain an observing distance from these formative experiences. By exploring these experiences this group will seek to better understand being queer from different contexts that contribute to our sense of self. It is a chance to explore the need to escape, the need to numb, a fear of intimacy, hopes for the future, and how we move through life with more self-compassion and a stronger connection to others.

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Community Reinforcement Approach & Weekend Planning

Fridays (10:30AM- 12:00PM)

Dr. Michelle Ritz will conduct a group using the community-reinforcement approach (CRA) which aims to help build and maintain motivation for abstinence by focusing on increasing pleasurable activities, learning new coping behaviors, and involving loved ones in the recovery process. She introduces practical skills in the group including communication skills and problem-solving skills. As this group meets on Fridays, she will also review and discuss plans for the weekend to ensure that they are both safe and enjoyable. The overall goal of CRA is to help you find healthier ways to meet your social and emotional needs and to develop a meaningful life in recovery that is more compelling than a life using alcohol or drugs.

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HERstory: Healing and Empowerment in Recovery

Fridays (12:30PM-2:00PM)

Dr. Michelle Ritz leads this group as a safe space for all folks who identify as women. Recovery is an opportunity to get know yourself intimately and find the space to step into your full self. Too often, gender does not get the attention it deserves. There are unique aspects to the social and emotional experiences of womanhood which deserve considerations within the context of substance use. Research has demonstrated the efficacy of women’s-only groups within addiction treatment.

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