Student Counseling Services

Group Counseling

The group format generally involves members who come together to discuss common concerns once each week. Group members are encouraged to explore their style of coping and relating to other members by interacting freely and honestly in a supportive environment. An environment of privacy and respect is highly valued, and individuals are encouraged to maintain the confidentiality of fellow group members. Unless otherwise noted, all groups meet in Room 106 Student Health and Counseling Center, which is accessed through the north entrance door of the Wellness and Campus Living Center, North Campus. There is no charge for participation in groups; attendance is limited to currently enrolled Hofstra University students.

Spring 2021 Student Health and Counseling Center Groups


The following groups meet in person:

Outdoor Mindfulness Meditation
Where: Meets at the benches outside the Wellness and Campus Living Center under the building’s canopy
When: Fridays at 3 p.m. (weather permitting)

This group focuses on building the connectivity of mind, body, emotion, and surroundings through meditation. Bring a blanket, towel, or yoga mat, and wear comfortable clothing. Group will be held, weather permitting. No preregistration is required. Please arrive promptly, as this group may walk to other locations on campus.

Social Anxiety Group
Where: Room 106 Wellness and Campus Living Center
When: Thursdays at 8 p.m.

This supportive group focuses on helping students understand and reduce anxiety in social situations. Learn and develop skills and strategies for becoming more comfortable in social settings. Though preregistration is not required, room capacity will limit the number of participants. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The following groups meet virtually on HIPAA-compliant Zoom:

If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Louise Waters at 516-463-6745 or

Online Mindfulness Meditation
When: Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

Mindful participation is important in all parts of life, even virtual. Learn ways to relax and manage stress, anxiety, and other emotions by staying in the present moment.

Social Network Live
When: Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

Join fellow students for this social development skills group to learn better ways to start and maintain social relationships.

Recovery Group
When: Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

This group provides support to individuals in recovery from substance use. Learn techniques to build and maintain motivation to live an empowered and balanced life. Skills covered include coping with urges, how to change behaviors, and how to manage recovery as a student.

Coping with Bereavement
When: Fridays at 4 p.m.

This group provides support to students who have experienced a death or loss. Connect with others who share similar experiences and develop healthy coping strategies to guide you through your personal grief process.

Coping with COVID-19
When: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 7 p.m.

This group teaches strategies to handle the challenges brought on by COVID-19. Connect with others who are seeking effective ways to cope in the changing world.