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    Individual Counseling Sessions

    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.

    Crisis Intervention

    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.

    Psychiatric Services

    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.

    BASICS

    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 University’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: 

    Email: basics@newschool.edu
    Phone: 347.927.0420

    In case of an emergency, please call 911.

    Alcohol Resources

    Creative Arts Therapy

    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

    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.

    Monday

    Harm Reduction

    Time: 7:00–8:30 p.m., monthly (9/14, 10/12, 11/9)
    Contact: Tamara Oyola-Santiago, MA, MPH, MCHES

    Drop-in group to talk about harm reduction strategies related to drugs and sex. Topics include opioid overdose prevention (9/14), PEP and PrEP (10/12), and smoking (tobacco, marijuana and crystal meth) (11/9).  

    Tuesday

    Meditation and Psychotherapy

    Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m., weekly
    Contact: Elizabeth Rovere, PsyD (email erovere@gmail.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.

    DBT Skills Group

    Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m., weekly
    Contact: Lisa Master, LCSW, and Shinhee Han, PhD (email masterl@newschool.edu to schedule a screening)

    The DBT group offers training in skills for mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation/distress tolerance. Participants can attend four five-week modules or come throughout the entire semester.

    Wednesday

    Body Positive

    Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m., weekly
    Contact: Tracy Robin, LCSW (email robint@newschool.edu to schedule a screening)

    This group will support participants in creating and sustaining a more positive connection with their bodies through discussion, mindfulness, critique of negative cultural messages, and introduction to ideas from Health at Every Size. It is a nonjudgmental space in which to explore your own path to body positivity.

    New to New York/New to New School

    Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m., weekly
    Contact: Vanessa McGann, PhD (email mcgannv@newschool.edu to schedule a screening)

    This group is for students who are missing home, having trouble negotiating the Big Apple, or just feeling the need to build some community and support. It's a place to share feelings and build connections.

    The Sex-E Collective

    Time: 5:00-6:15 p.m., weekly
    Contact: Student Run 

    Sex-E is a student-run and -led collective that believes in the power of sex-positive sex education. Sex-E works within a sex positivity framework, which is a concept that supports all sexual differences and choices. Sexually active or not, every individual has the right to decide what to do with his or her own body. Sex-E works to eradicate rape culture and anything that normalizes sexual and gendered violence.

    Thursday

    Gay, Bi, Queer, Pan, + Men’s Group

    Time: 1:15-2:45 p.m., weekly
    Contact: Rhonda Factor, PhD (email factorr@newschool.edu to schedule a screening)

    Join us! Talk with other guys about whatever’s on your mind in this therapist-facilitated, welcoming, and nonjudgmental space.

    Celebrating Color: A Group for Women of Color

    Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m., weekly
    Contact: Marcia Liu, PhD (email liumm@newschool.edu 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 identity.

    Art Therapy Group

    Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m., weekly
    Contact: Kate McIntosh, LCAT, ATR-BC (email mcintosm@newschool.edu 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.

    Friday

    Reiki Circle

    Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m., monthly (9/11, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4)
    Contact: Wellness@newschool.edu

    Drop in to experience the ancient healing technique of Reiki in a group setting. 

    When Your Parent Has a Mental Illness

    Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m., weekly
    Contact: Jerry Finkelstein, PhD (email finkelsj@newschool.edu to schedule a screening)

    Having a mentally ill parent poses many challenges. Come share your stories with others who have faced this situation and understand.

    Time Management

    Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m., monthly (9/11, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4)
    Contact: Tamara Oyola-Santiago, MA, MPH, MCHES

    Drop-in for students to create weekly and monthly schedules and discuss strategies for effectively using time.

    Open Art Studio

    Time: 3:00-4:30 p.m., weekly
    Contact: 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.

    Biofeedback

    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.

    Meditation and Stress Reduction

    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

    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.

    Low-Fee Psychological and Educational Testing

    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.

    Safe Zone Program

    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.