Group Psychotherapy Offerings

See below

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.

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.

Dr. Jennifer Smith will lead this group in their discussions examining the positive and negative consequences of alcohol and drug use in their lives and will integrate mindfulness meditation practices into an exploration of motivation to change and traditional relapse prevention. Each week will incorporate a variety of techniques utilizing in mindfulness-based addiction treatment which include ‘awareness of breath’, progressive muscle relaxation, and ‘body scan’. Goals for the group members will be individualized and may include a reduction in stress and increased ability to respond to negative thoughts, sensations, and emotions with an attitude of nonjudgmental, acceptance, and present-moment awareness. Participants will be asked to share their struggles and solution suggestions with one another - as much as they are comfortable to do so. “Homework” assignments will be given each week as increased practice of mindfulness is associated with improved outcome.

CBT Relapse Prevention Group

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

Dr. Amy J. Colley leads this skill building group 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. Dr. Colley welcomes collaboration with group members’ individual therapists.

Mixed Goals Group for Professionals ( not abstinent)

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

Many people have concerns about some aspects of their alcohol or drug use but are not sure that they are ready to stop using for the rest of their lives. While others are clear that they want to stop using one substance such as heroin but feel that they can continue to smoke marijuana or drink alcohol moderately. Dr. Sarah Church has designed this group to assist people in taking an honest look at how they are feeling and functioning to determine what works best for them in terms of their alcohol and drug use. Group members will be encouraged to set individualized goals for moderate use or partial abstinence (e.g. abstinence from cocaine and moderate use of marijuana) and to work with the group to see if they are able to achieve their goals each week. This unique group helps people to live their life in line with their personal goals and values.

DBT Night Group

Tuesdays (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.

Mixed Emotions Group

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

Every Wednesday join Dr. Jennifer Smith and other folks in recovery to talk about the role of emotion in recovery. Whether you’re feeling sad or happy, emotions and feelings can be triggers to use. Sometimes you may have mixed emotions about sobriety in general. Together we will learn how to identify emotions, how to separate our sense of self from our thoughts and feelings, and how to manage sobriety in the face of these mixed emotions

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.

Sustained Recovery Group for Professionals

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

Dr. Kamala Genece Greene designed this 60-minute group for professionals in recovery who have decided that abstinence works best for their lifestyle. This group will assist group members in their efforts to achieve a healthy work-life balance that allows for sustained positive changes and will offer support during life’s inevitable challenges. The therapist will provide support and will offer skills and strategies for preventing relapse and coping with stress, managing negative moods and achieving a healthy sustainable lifestyle.

Community Reinforcement Approach & Weekend Planning

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

Dr. Sarah Church 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.

#Altsober

Fridays (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.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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.

Dr. James Benton leads a group that explores the triggers (thoughts, emotions, memories, physical pain) for avoidant behaviors and the development of willingness to commit to actions that are consistent with our values and personal goals. The group utilizes exercises, discussions, personal examples and homework assignments to support group members in the development of greater willingness to engage in committed actions and the achievement of their goals.