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Therapy Services at CUCARD

Coping Cat Group

Location: 3 Columbus Circle

Age Range: 7-9/Grades 2-4

Meeting Times: 1x per week (90 minutes) for 10-12 weeks

Insurance/Cost: Columbia University Employee UHC Insurance Plan Accepted, otherwise $175/session

Other notes: Open group, outside therapist or psychiatrist required

Description: CUCARD’s Coping Cat Groups are for children with anxiety in social situations. This group helps children recognize anxious feelings and develop coping strategies. Group members are given opportunities to practice dealing with anxiety provoking situations.

Social Skills Group

Location: 3 Columbus Circle

Age Range: 10-13

Meeting Times: 1x per week (90 minutes) for 10-12 weeks

Insurance/Cost: Columbia University Employee UHC Insurance Plan Accepted, otherwise $175/session

Other notes: Open group, outside therapist or psychiatrist required

Description: CUCARD offers Social Skills Groups to help children build and practice social skills. Aims of the group include helping children make and maintain friendships, as well as become more confident and comfortable in social situations. This group is particularly beneficial for children with ASD.

Middle School Social Anxiety Group

Location: 3 Columbus Circle

Age Range: 10-13 (grades 5-8)

Meeting Times: 1x per week (90 minutes) for 10-12 weeks

Insurance/Cost: Columbia University Employee UHC Insurance Plan Accepted, otherwise $175/session

Other notes: Open group, outside therapist or psychiatrist required

Description: CUCARD’s Middle School Social Anxiety Groups are ideal for middle school students who have difficulty in social situations due to anxiety resulting in distress, avoidance of interacting with peers and adults, and/or feeling comfortable in school, family, and extracurricular activities.

High School Social Anxiety Group: Stand Up, Speak Out! Developed by Dr. Albano and colleagues, this is an evidence-based, cognitive behavioral group therapy program

Location: 3 Columbus Circle

Age Range: 14-17 (grades 9-12)

Meeting Times: 1x per week (90 minutes) for 10-12 weeks

Insurance/Cost: Columbia University Employee UHC Insurance Plan Accepted, otherwise $175/session

Other notes: Open group, outside therapist or psychiatrist required

Description: CUCARD’s High School Social Anxiety Group addresses anxiety in social situations (e.g., making new friends, participating in class), avoidance, and fear of being negatively evaluated by others.

YAC (Youth Anxiety Center) Social Anxiety Group

Leader(s): Drs. Anne Marie Albano, Blake Zakarin, Ali Mattu, and Lauren Hoffman

Location: 3 Columbus Circle

Age Range: 18-28

Meeting Times: 1x per week (90 minutes) for 10-12 weeks, OR winter break and summer break intensive groups (5x week for 2 weeks).

Insurance/Cost: Columbia University Employee Insurance Plan Accepted, otherwise $175/session

Other Notes: Open group, outside therapist or psychiatrist required

Description: As a part of our Launching Emerging Adults Program (LEAP), CUCARD midtown offers groups for young adults ages 18-28 who are experiencing distress or interference in functioning due to social anxiety. Groups are presented in an exposure-based approach to reduce anxiety and increase self-efficacy in managing anxiety-provoking and developmentally challenging situations (e.g., job/college interviews, dating, assertiveness).

College Readiness Group

Leader(s): Drs. Anne Marie Albano, Ali Mattu, Blake Zakarin, and Lauren Hoffman

Location: 3 Columbus Circle

Age Range: 18-28, preparing to go (or go back to) college

Meeting Times: Meets in summer, 5x per week (90 minutes) for 2 weeks

Insurance/Cost: Columbia University Employee UHC Insurance Plan Accepted, otherwise $175/session

Other notes: Open group

Description: College Readiness Groups are part of our Launching Emerging Adults Program (LEAP). The main aim of the group is to assist emerging adults with gaining knowledge and skills to aid the transition to college and to foster independence in meeting one’s needs and responsibilities.

Adult Independence Skills Group

Leader(s): Drs. Anne Marie Albano, Blake Zakarin, Ali Mattu, and Lauren Hoffman

Location: 3 Columbus Circle

Age Range: 18-28

Meeting Times: 3x or 5x per week for 1, 2, or 3 weeks

Insurance/Cost: Columbia University Employee UHC Insurance Plan Accepted, otherwise $175/session

Other notes: Open group, outside therapist or psychiatrist required

Description: Adult Independence Skills Groups are offered as a part of our Launching Emerging Adults Program (LEAP) and are for emerging adults (ages 18-28) who are having difficulty managing the transition into adulthood. The main aim of the group is to assist young adults with gaining independence and mastering daily tasks.

Parents of Young Adults Group

Leader(s): Dr. Anne Marie Albano

Location: 3 Columbus Circle

Age Range: Parents of young adults who are 18-28

Meeting Times: 1x (90 minutes) per week for 5-6 weeks

Insurance/Cost: $175/session

Other notes: Open group

Description: A component of our Launching Emerging Adults Program (LEAP) at CUCARD is a brief psycho-educational and skills group for parents of emerging adults with anxiety disorders. This group is ideal for parents of young adults who have been experiencing distress or "failure to launch" and meet the demands of emerging adulthood due to anxiety.

Adult Social Anxiety Group

Leader(s): Drs. Ali Mattu and Sarah Frankel

Location: 3 Columbus Circle

Age Range: 28+

Meeting Times: 1x per week (90 minutes) for 10-12 weeks

Insurance/Cost: Columbia University Employee Insurance Plan Accepted, otherwise $175/session

Other notes: Open group, outside therapist or psychiatrist required

Description: CUCARD’s Adult Social Anxiety Groups are for adults who experience anxiety in social situations. Groups focus on building coping skills, cognitive reframing to challenge anxious thoughts, and exposure exercises in session and in-vivo to reduce anxiety in social situations.

OCD Group

Leader(s): Dr. Ali Mattu

Location: 3 Columbus Circle

Age Range: adults

Meeting Times: 1x per week (90 minutes) for 10-12 weeks

Insurance/Cost: Columbia University Employee Insurance Plan Accepted, otherwise $175/session

Other notes: Open group, outside therapist or psychiatrist required

Description: CUCARD OCD Groups offer exposure and response prevention therapy to help adults tackle OCD.