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Wellness Center – Upcoming Workshop & Group Recruitment

Title: Navigating Imposter Syndrome as a Graduate Student

Date & Time: April 25th, 2022 @ 12PM-1:30PM (EST)

Facilitators: Vivi Hua, Psy.D., Molly Finkel, M.S.Ed. & Josiah Teng, MA

“What if people find out I’m a fraud?” As a graduate student, you may secretly have thoughts like this from time to time. You are not alone – many high-achieving individuals experience imposter syndrome and have trouble internalizing their successes. In this workshop, we will discuss what imposter syndrome looks like, what contributes to it, and how to manage it as a graduate student. A mindfulness exercise and small group discussions will be part of the experience to help you  approach your inner critic with compassion and effective strategies.

Register in advance for this meeting (You will need to use your Graduate Center or School of Journalism email address to receive confirmation to attend this workshop):

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

​Vivi W. Hua, Psy.D. is a NY licensed psychologist. She received her doctorate from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University in Bronx, NY and completed her pre-doctoral internship at Gouverneur Health, both accredited by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Hua is the Founder & Director of Vivid World Psychology. The mission of her group practice is to empower individuals regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, or disability, to be their authentic selves and to break free of any fear, worry, or anxiety, as a result of individual, societal, or systemic forces of oppression. Dr. Hua has extensive training and experience working with individuals, families, and groups and serves as a Clinical Supervisor for psychology doctoral students receiving training at the Student Counseling Services of The Graduate Center, CUNY. She has given presentations and workshops to college and graduate students as well as social media platforms supporting minorities and 1st & 2nd generation immigrants. For further information about Dr. Hua’s work, visit &



Wednesdays 3:15-4:45 p.m. EST via Zoom

This group is for individuals looking to expand their awareness of themselves in relation to self and others. The focus is on themes such as trust, intimacy, and boundaries. If you struggle with interpersonal patterns such as not knowing how to communicate your needs/feelings, putting others’ needs ahead of your own, and/or shying away from getting close to people, then this group might be for you. It is a unique opportunity for honest (& sometimes challenging) exploration of personal and interpersonal process in an emotionally supportive environment. It is also an opportunity to practice new ways of being in connection with yourself and others.

Group co-facilitators: Dr. Inez Strama, Supervising Clinical Psychologist for Student Counseling and​ Molly Finkel, MDEd., Clinical Fellow

If you are interested in joining this group, please complete our Request for Services form (below) and email it to or submit via our Virtual Drop-Off Service (please include a picture of your student I.D.)  Students who wish to complete or drop-off our form in-person, currently we are open Monday-Thursday 9AM-3PM.

An individual screening with group facilitator(s) to determine goodness of fit for the group is required. You must be a registered student of the Graduate Center or Craig Newmark School of Journalism to be eligible to join.​