Groups and Classes

In addition to our ongoing programs, the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center offers short-term classes and group sessions, with rotating start dates. Please call us at (646) 962-2820 to see which of the following groups and classes are currently available, or when the next session starts.

The Women's Wellness Group

The Women's Wellness Group is a skills-based support group for women ages 30 to 60 struggling with depression covering topics such as:

  • Improving Self-Esteem

  • Developing Healthy Coping Skills

  • Establishing and Strengthening Support Systems

  • Managing Mental and Physical Health Needs

  • Creating Balanced Lifestyles

Who: Women between the ages of 30 and 65 who are suffering from depression

Contact: Kimberly Grocher, LCSW at (646) 962-2820 or via email at kib2010@med.cornell.edu

Intensive Treatment Program (ITP) for OCD and Anxiety

The Youth Anxiety Center (YAC) and the Pediatric OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program (POCAT) at the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center offer an Intensive Treatment Program (ITP) for OCD and Anxiety, which provides a comprehensive intensive treatment experience consisting of up to ten hours a week of active treatment. The ITP addresses OCD as well as other non-OCD anxiety disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Selective Mutism, and specific phobias. It is appropriate for a broad range of children and teens with moderately to severely impairing symptoms, and their families. The goal of the program is to provide short-term intensive treatment to target symptoms using Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) treatment strategies. Our program provides evaluation, psychoeducation, group therapy, individual sessions and parent sessions. Additionally, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with expertise in this area is available for consultations and medication changes as needed.

Who: Children and Adolescents, ages 7–18 years, with a diagnosis of OCD or other anxiety disorder

Contact: Avital Falk, PhD at (646) 962-2820 or via email at avf2003@med.cornell.edu 

Young Adult Anxiety Group

Is your anxiety interfering with your ability to perform at school or work? Is it getting in the way of forming and keeping friendships and/or relationships? Consider a short term Cognitive Behavioral Group Treatment for young adults (ages 18-23) who are coping with symptoms of anxiety and are negotiating important life transitions such as graduating from high school or college, getting a first job, living away from home, or developing a network of social relationships.

The group will use cognitive-behavioral principles and techniques, including:

  • education about the relationship between anxiety, stress, mood and behavior

  • problem solving

  • coping with anxious thoughts

  • behavioral experience in real life social situations in session and out of session

Who: Young adults, ages 18–23 years, with a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder or related problems

Contact: Avital Falk, PhD, at avf2003@med.cornell.edu or Angela Chiu, PhD, at awc9002@med.cornell.edu, or call 646-962-2820.

Social Skills and Emotion Regulation Skills Group

Secret Agent Society is an award-winning, evidence-based social skills training program for 8- to 12-year-old children. The 10-week group program features a computer game and other spy-themed games and activities that teach kids how to feel happier, calmer, and braver and to make friends and keep them. In addition to weekly child ‘club meetings,’ parents attend weekly briefing sessions to help upskill and empower them in how to support their children to put the skills that they are learning in the program into action in daily life. The group lasts 10 weeks, plus a 3-month and 6-month booster session. 

Who: 8- to 12-year-old children with anxiety disorders, ADHD, or high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder and their parents

Contact: Shannon Bennett, PhD, at 646-962-2820 or smb9017@med.cornell.edu.