Psychotherapy Groups

Current Psychotherapy Groups

Below you will find descriptions of the current psychotherapy groups being offered through Burke's outpatient department. For more information on the groups, call (914) 597-2566. 

The Therapy Group for Men with Debilitating Medical Issues
Tuesdays
This group teaches proven strategies for managing problems related to the adjustment to disability, and consequently aims to foster hope as well as reassurance. Each week, participants are provided with specific topics to discuss and explore. Encouragement comes from learning about how others have conquered situations similar to theirs. A sense of accomplishment is experienced when long-term members communicate with new participants, and realize how far they have come in their personal journey.

Young Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury Therapy Group
Tuesdays
Following brain injury, most people go through a period of necessary adjustment. This group aims to assist people living with brain injury to cope more effectively with their unique needs.Group members support one another in the exploration of how their lives have been affected by the loss of abilities, decrease in independence, personality changes, professional adjustments, and alterations in family structure. The impact of this trauma on significant relationships is validated. Group members explore methods of accepting change, as they share the challenges and ultimate successes in their journey. 

Patient and Caregiver Therapy Group
Tuesdays
This is a group in which both patients and caregivers share their hurdles and methods of coping with this challenging experience. Peer support and feedback aid attendees in gaining insight into their behavior as well as the responses of their caregivers. You will learn to explore new and practical solutions for coping more effectively with difficulties, in a safe, validating, and supportive context.  

When you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury or chronic illness, your world instantly turns upside down.  You are forced to deal with a constellation of unfamiliar and often upsetting issues you have never dealt with before. The aim of this group is to help people with brain injuries and chronic illnesses as well as their families learn to cope with their challenges.

This group is purposefully and thoughtfully tailored to help you navigate this new and unfamiliar foreign territory. Topics discussed will be specifically chosen to address issues that are relevant to understand this puzzling condition. 

By sharing experiences, ideas, issues and worries, you will find new solutions and resources to enable you to discover ways to productively move ahead.  The group will create a new sense of belonging. You will make new social connections, and quickly realize that you are NOT alone!

COGNITIVE REMEDIATION 1
Wednesdays
Living with cognitive impairment can be overwhelming. This group aims to help individuals deal with a constellation of cognitive difficulties (memory, attention) that they have never dealt with before. Participants will be educated about different areas of their lives that have been adversely affected by changes in their brain. Group members will be able to understand their deficits and learn compensatory strategies. Group members provide one another with support and insight, as they explore methods of coping more effectively with their new challenges. You will realize that you are not alone!

MINDFULNESS GROUP
Wednesdays
This group aims to assist group members to learn mindfulness practices, and thereby adjust more effectively to the ongoing stress of living with a chronic medical condition. Practical, hands on techniques that have been clinically proven to alleviate stress, anxiety, panic, depression, and chronic pain, will be taught and reinforced. Research shows that the integration of mind and body techniques can provide deep and long lasting healing. This assists group members to strive towards and attain a more grounded and happier life.

COMBO GROUP
Thursdays

Cognitive Remediation 2 
This group aims to assist group members to learn mindfulness practices, and thereby adjust more effectively to the ongoing stress of living with a chronic medical condition. Practical, hands on techniques that have been clinically proven to alleviate stress, anxiety, panic, depression, and chronic pain, will be taught and reinforced. Research shows that the integration of mind and body techniques can provide deep and long lasting healing. This assists group members to strive towards and attain a more grounded and happier life.

Mindfulness Group - Level 2 and 3 
Living with cognitive impairment can be overwhelming. This group aims to help individuals deal with a constellation of cognitive difficulties (memory, attention) that they have never dealt with before. Participants will be educated about different areas of their lives that have been adversely affected by changes in their brain.   Group members will be able to understand their deficits and learn compensatory strategies. Group members provide one another with support and insight, as they explore methods of coping more effectively with their new challenges. You will realize that you are not alone!

Caregiver Therapy Group
Fridays
In this group, both patients and caregivers share the challenges and successes they are facing during this unpredictable experience. Interpersonal peer support, psychological insight, and effective coping strategies assist members to deal with their new challenges. The process of expressing thoughts, feelings and experiences in the group are ways participants will discover change. Peer support and feedback help attendees to gain insight into the behavior of the patient as well as the responses of their caregivers.

Traumatic Brain Injury Adjustment Therapy Group
Fridays
Following brain injury, most people go through a period of necessary adjustment. This group aims to assist people living with the brain injury to cope more effectively with their unique needs. Group members support one another in the exploration of how their lives have been affected by the loss of abilities, decrease in independence, personality changes, professional adjustments, and alterations in family structure. The impact of this trauma on significant relationships is validated. Group members explore methods of accepting change, as they share the challenges and ultimate successes in their journey.    While the focus is to manage anxiety more effectively, a spectrum of topics will be introduced including depression, loneliness, and relationships. Group members provide one another with support and insight, as they explore methods of coping more effectively with their new challenges. You will realize that you are not alone!

Burke's Brainiacs

The Brainiacs is a group of people from the Neuropsychology Outpatient Department. They are people with diverse backgrounds who have been brought together because they share a common bond: Each person in the group is a determined survivor of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Through weekly meetings, under the guidance of neuropsychologist Dr. Heidi Spitz, the group strives to provide members with a source of support and understanding so that they can more effectively cope with the myriad physical and emotional challenges they face daily.

The hope is to ensure that no one who is affected by the life-altering consequences of a brain injury, which can include loss of abilities, independence, personality changes, professional adjustments and changes in family structure, has to endure these traumas alone.  

Learn more about the Brainiacs through their Facebook group