• Available Services

    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 short-term 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 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: 

    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 Therapy

    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.


    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.

    Ear Acupuncture and Acupressure

    Based on a traditional Chinese healing technique, auricular acupuncture and acupressure are treatment methods used to enhance general well-being. They involve insertion of fine needles or application of pressure at points in or behind the ear. For this and other weekly health events during the semester, check the wellness and health events page.