Counseling is an opportunity to meet with a skilled professional who listens to you in a supportive and nonjudgmental manner. The counselor hears your concerns, clarifies issues, explores your feelings with you, and helps you learn to manage problems more effectively. During the initial meeting, you and your counselor make a plan for treatment. If longer-term or specialized treatment is needed, the counselor helps arrange a referral to an appropriate treatment provider in the community.
Students in crisis are always seen, regardless of how many sessions they have previously taken. Walk-in hours are Monday through Friday, 1:45–2:45 p.m.
The Counseling Services staff includes a psychiatrist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner, who are available only to students receiving counseling. Psychiatric services offered include psychiatric consultation, evaluation, and medication treatment. Students seeking psychiatric services who are not in counseling are given referrals to providers in the community.
In the spirit of promoting harm reduction and enhancing positive change, the Mental Health Substance Abuse Counseling (MHSAC) office has collaborated with The New School’s Student Health Services to provide a Brief Alcohol and Screening Intervention for College Students (BASICS). Central to this approach is the desire to cultivate a non-judgmental awareness of drinking patterns and to develop ways to reduce risk and enhance well-being. This is a two-session, motivational interviewing approach that has been shown to be effective in engaging college students to explore their alcohol use and develop ways to minimize the negative consequences associated with drinking while in college.
For more information about the BASICS program at The New School, or to schedule an appointment to learn more about your alcohol use, please contact:
In case of an emergency, please call 911.
Art therapy is offered on an individual, group, and community basis. Students can participate in up to 12 individual art therapy sessions, in which they use a combination of talk therapy and the creative process as a way to gain insight and work on emotional issues. Art therapy is also offered in the form of eight-week closed groups, in which participants gain self-knowledge through artistic expression. In addition, drop-in open art therapy studios are offered every Friday afternoon throughout the year. These studios are unstructured time in which participants make art for stress relief and self-expression. Other opportunities to participate in art therapy around campus are available during events and in residence halls throughout the year.
Group counseling brings together a small number of individuals with one or more trained group facilitators. For many students, group counseling is just as effective and valuable as individual counseling. In the safe, nonjudgmental space of a confidential group, you can share your concerns and struggles in ways that you may not be able to share with others in your life. You can learn new skills and find more effective ways to communicate and find that your relationships become more authentic and honest.
Counseling Services offers a variety of groups during the academic year. Some target specific issues or themes; others are general psychotherapy groups. The kinds of groups offered vary from semester to semester depending on students' interests and the interests and specialties of the staff.
Time: 7:00–8:00 p.m., monthly (the fourth Monday of each month: February 22, March 28, and April 25)
Tamara Oyola-Santiago, MA, MPH, MCHES
Drop-in group to talk about harm reduction strategies related to drugs and sex.
1:00-2:30 p.m., weekly
Elizabeth Rovere, PsyD (email
email@example.com to schedule a screening)
Meditation has been shown to significantly promote well-being and decrease anxiety. Guided imagery in particular targets old unhelpful repetitive behavioral and thought patterns and replaces them with more adaptive and positive ones. The aim of the group is to improve overall well-being and develop emotional resilience and a sense of calm.
Time: 1:15-2:45 p.m., weekly
Contact: Rhonda Factor, PhD (email
firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a screening)
Join us! Talk with other women about whatever is on your mind in this therapist-facilitated, welcoming, and nonjudgmental space.
Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m., weekly
Contact: Marcia Liu, PhD (email
email@example.com) to schedule a screening)
Come share your experiences of being a woman of color in a safe, confidential space. Topics addressed may include relationships, oppression, feeling invisible, managing stress, sadness, anxiety, body image, setting boundaries, family issues, trauma, acculturation, self-care, and
7:00-8:30 p.m., weekly
Contact: Kate McIntosh, LCAT, ATR-BC (email
firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a screening)
Love to create? Miss making art for fun or self-discovery? Dread critiques? Take part in an eight-week journey of uninhibited and nonjudgmental creative expression.
Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, monthly (the second Friday of each month: February 12, March 11, and April 8)
Rachel Knopf-Shey, RD, for more information and to register.
Explore ways to nourish your body by listening to it! Healthful eating and thinking at all sizes.
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m., monthly (the first Friday of each month: February 5, March 4, April 1, and May 6)
Drop in to experience the ancient healing technique of Reiki in a group setting.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m., monthly (third Friday, February 19, March 18, and April 15)
Tamara Oyola-Santiago, MA, MPH, MCHES
Drop-in for students to create weekly and monthly schedules and discuss strategies for effectively using time.
3:00-4:30 p.m., weekly
Kate McIntosh, LCAT, ATR-BC
Drop in for five minutes or stay the whole time and make art with free supplies in a nonjudgmental space that invites community and connection.
Time: 12:15-1:30 p.m., weekly
Contact: Tracy Robin (email
email@example.com to schedule a screening)
The DBT group offers training in skills that promote mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation/distress tolerance. Participants can attend four five-week modules or come throughout the entire semester.
Biofeedback is designed to help people understand the messages their bodies are sending them. The technique can be used to regulate stress and anxiety. During a biofeedback training session, a process lasting 30 minutes, an ear sensor picks up your pulse, autonomic nervous system response, and heart rate variability data. Receiving guidance from a computer and using a handheld device, you learn exactly how your mind and body can relax together.
Guided meditation can help you cultivate happiness, relax, and attain greater awareness. It can also enhance your creativity and academic performance. Weekly guided mindfulness meditation is offered. Come once, come twice, come every week—no commitment is required. For this and other weekly health events during the semester, check the
Wellness and Health Events page.
Mindfulness Practice is a 30-minute private session in which you learn to use mindfulness techniques to address problems and manage stress. Sessions are adapted to your unique needs and experiences and offer an open and safe environment in which to ask questions and solve problems in your practice. Sessions are available on Thursdays during the semester and can be arranged by calling 212.229.1671.
Psychological and educational testing involves the administration of several tests widely used in the field of psychology. Its purpose is to help you understand more about your cognitive functioning (such as memory, information processing, and problem-solving ability) and to clarify emotional and personality issues that may interfere with your ability to reach your full potential as a student.
The aim of the New School
Safe Zone program is to assemble a voluntary network of faculty, staff, and student allies of and advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and gender nonconforming (LGBTQIAGNC) people to improve safety and create a more supportive campus environment for the community. Any office or work area where a Safe Zone sticker or card is posted is a safe place to approach, ask questions, and find resources. Students, staff, and faculty can train to become Safe Zone allies or LGBTQIAGNC advocates.
NYC Police and EMSCall 911
Counseling Services212.229.1671 option 1(Nurse Response will answer the phone after hours)
Medical and Mental Health Resources
Quality of Life Assessment (PDF)