Health and Wellness Center Groups
The following confidential groups are currently running at the Health and Wellness Center. All SLC students are invited to join these groups free of charge. Information on meeting times and locations is available on MySLC»
Commonly Requested Groups
This group is for students experiencing mild to moderate anxiety, depression, and stress. Students will explore stress management skills, relaxation and self-care skills, and cognitive skills to address and decrease negative thinking. Students will also learn practical strategies to decrease anxiety and improve relationships. Each group session will include a relaxation exercise that students will be able to practice and use beyond the group.
Making Peace with Food
The focus of the group is to explore your relationship with food, and how that relationship impacts one’s body image. The group is designed to help members identify and process the factors underlying their unhealthy dynamic with food, recognize their desired approach to food, and explore effective ways to bridge the two. Members will be further supported in developing healthy ways of viewing and caring for their bodies.
Family Drama Process Group
A group for clients with imperfect familial backgrounds who desire to improve their self-awareness and personal insight while learning to develop more rewarding interpersonal relationships. This is a process group that focuses on family dynamics, and relationships within the family.
International Student Support Circle
Transitioning to a new culture can be an incredible experience, bringing with it much change. While change is often welcome and exciting, it can also bring several challenges. This is a group for international students to come together to understand how to manage such changes and homesickness, a different academic environment, making friends and dating across cultures as well as learning ways to deal with their stress.
The Life Skills group focuses on the acquisition, integration and practice of cognitive, emotional and behavioral skills including: Mindfulness Skills, Emotion Regulation Skills, Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills, Distress Tolerance Skills, Walking the Middle Path Skills.
This Counseling Services group offers skills in Mindfulness and Meditation, with an emphasis on decreasing stress and finding satisfaction in daily life. Consisting of 4 modules, the Koru group is designed to help you learn mindfulness through the practice of specific skills that calm and focus your mind.
Process Therapy Group
This group focuses on common psychological experiences such as relationship concerns, depression, anxiety, and community issues. The group provides a unique and dynamic opportunity to work on these issues in real-time. It is designed to provide a safe space for students to explore issues and to delve deeper into their psyches.
Public Speaking Anxiety Workshop
This workshop will help you develop greater comfort when speaking in public. You will learn how to connect with your audience, speak with more authenticity and build your overall effectiveness as a public speaker. This is a 3-session program.
The Transitions Group offers first year students an opportunity to discuss the transition from home life to college life.
Other groups offered as per student needs
The Bereavement Group is designed for Sarah Lawrence students who are coping with the loss of a loved one, either in the recent past or from long ago.
Culture, Race and Identity Group
This group focuses on psychological experiences that are common to the human condition--relationship concerns, identity formation, anxiety, community issues, etc.--with an eye towards the unique minority experience that is part of a larger culture. It is designed to provide a safe therapeutic process for students of all minority status (gender, sexual orientation, racial, cultural, etc.) to explore issues associated with being perceived as "other".
Harm Reduction Therapy Group
Harm Reduction is defined as reducing any damage caused by alcohol or other drug (AOD) use to the user, the user’s friends, the user’s family, and the user’s community. For some students, the healthiest relationship with Alcohol and other drugs, or the best way to reduce harm, is not to use them at all. We will help you negotiate the complexity of quitting, if that is what you choose to do. For others, it means avoiding or reducing harm by setting limits and making educated and safer choices in the way they use their drug of choice. Together in the harm reduction therapy group we will unwrap the multitude of meanings that substance use plays in the student’s life.
Queer Support Group
This group focuses on psychological experiences that are common to the human condition—relationship concerns, depression, anxiety, community issues, etc.—with an eye towards the uniquely queer experience of wrestling with these dilemmas. It is designed to provide a safe and communal space for queer students to explore issues and to delve deeper into their psyches.
Smoking Cessation Group
The Smoking Cessation Group will provide a supportive, structured environment for students with the desire to quit smoking. The American Cancer Society’s quit smoking program, “Freshstart,” consists of six sessions, offered twice a week for three weeks.
Survivors of Sexual Assault Support Group
The Survivors of Sexual Assault Support Group is a safe, supportive place to explore the issues and feelings surrounding the experience of adult sexual assault. Membership is intended to help reduce the experience of isolation often experienced by survivors.