• Events and Counseling Groups

    During the academic year, Counseling Services and Wellness and Health Promotion (WHP) offer groups and programs Monday through Friday. Some groups require that students have paid the Student Health Services (SHS) fee, but all of the WHP programs are free to all New School students. Groups and programs that are open to all students are noted.

    Unless otherwise noted, appointments are not necessary; just drop in. Some programs, such as HIV testing on Mondays, are offered via community partners, and SHS has no control over their schedules. Events are canceled during the summer months and on days when the university is closed. If you wish to confirm a program, please call SHS at 212.229.1671.

    These times, dates, and locations are valid for the fall 2015 semester. All of the weekly groups and programs take place at Student Health Services, 80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor.

    • Acupuncture

      Receive a 30-minute five-point ear acupuncture protocol that can release stress and promote body detoxification. Drop in.

      • Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on January 31, February 21, March 14, April 18, May 16; free and open to all students

      Art Therapy

      Art Therapy Group

      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.

      • Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., weekly
        Contact: Kate McIntosh, LCAT, ATR-BC 
        Email mcintosm@newschool.edu to schedule a screening.


      Learn how easy it is to go from feeling anxious, tense, or fearful to feeling focused, calm, and confident using biofeedback breathing techniques. Biofeedback measures your body's stress levels through a sensor attached to your earlobe. It gives you feedback on the levels of stress you carry in your body by measuring the rhythm of your heart and your autonomic nervous system response. Through computer-guided feedback, you learn to let go of stress in your body and become aware of the emotional states and patterns of thought that lead to stress in the first place.

      • Monday afternoons by appointment only. 
        Call 212.229.1671, option 1, or visit the Student Health Services Portal to schedule an appointment. Open to all students.

      Celebrating Color: A Group for Women of Color

      Come share your experiences being a woman of color in a safe, confidential space. Topics may include relationships, oppression, feeling invisible, managing stress, sadness, anxiety, body image, setting boundaries, family issues, trauma, acculturation, self-care, and identity.

      • Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m., weekly
        Contact: Marcia Liu, PhD
        Email liumm@newschool.edu to schedule a screening.

      DBT Skills Group

      The DBT group offers training in skills for mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation/distress tolerance. Participants can attend one module or participate throughout the entire semester.

      • Mondays, 4:15–5:30 p.m., weekly
        Contact Vanessa McGann, PhD, to schedule a screening.

      Embodied: Body Positivity and Creative Expresion

      Embodied invites participants to get out of their heads and into their bodies. Group activities explore mindfulness and creativity as a way to cultivate awareness and body peace.  

      This is a six-week, 90-minute group with a maximum of ten people. The group is co-facilitated by registered dietitian nutritionist Rachel Knopf Shey and licensed creative arts therapist Kate McIntosh. 

      • Wednesdays, 12:30-2:00 p.m., weekly
        Contact Rachel Knopf Shey at knopfr@newschool.edu to schedule a screening.

      Harm Reduction Group

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

      • Monthly on Mondays, 6:00-7:00 p.m. 
        February 6, March 6, April 3; open to all students 
        Contact: Tamara Oyola-Santiago, MA, MPH, MCHE 
        Email oyolat@newschool.edu for more information.

      HIV Testing

      The Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center (LESHRC) and The New School provide rapid oral, free, and confidential HIV testing. The supply of HIV testing kits may be limited. Bring a friend; this service is open to anyone, not just the New School community. 

      • Mondays, 2:00-4:30 p.m.; open to all; 6/12 through 8/14


      Come with an open mind and experience meditation in a welcoming community with your peers.

      • Thursdays, 2:50-3:40 p.m., weekly
        Student Health Services Conference Room, 80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
        Open to all students and all levels of experience
        Email wellness@newschool.edu for more information.

      Meditation and Psychotherapy Group

      Meditation has been shown to significantly promote well-being and decrease anxiety. Guided imagery in particular targets old, unhelpful, and repetitive behavior and thought patterns and replaces them with new, 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.

      • Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m. 
        Contact: Elizabeth Rovere, PsyD 
        Email erovere@gmail.com to schedule a screening. 

      Mindfulness Practice

      An individual 30-minute session in which you learn to use mindfulness techniques to solve 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. 

      Nutrition Counseling

      Meet with a nutritionist (RDN) in an individual 45-minute session to discuss any questions you have about the intersection of your health and eating. Uses a nonjudgmental, body-positive, intuitive, individualized, and affirming framework to support your nutritional health and well-being.

      • Friday afternoons, 1:30-4:30 p.m. 
        By appointment only; call 212.229.1671, option 2, to schedule an appointment.

      Reiki Circle

      Reiki is a Japanese technique that uses subtle energy to reduce stress and induce relaxation and healing. The circle provides a group setting within which to experience Reiki.

      • Monthly on Tuesdays, 2:45-3:45 p.m.
        January 21, February 28, March 28, April 25; open to all students


      Tea. Cookies. And everything your mother never told you about sex. Got questions about sexual health or want to discuss sexuality in a judgment-free space? Come sip tea and get Sex-E!

      The Sex-E Collective supports sex positivity, sex education, and sexual violence awareness and prevention.

      • First and third Wednesdays of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

        Contact wellness@newschool.edu with any questions.

      Wellness Tabling with Acupressure, Essential Oils, and Teas

      Release stress and enhance your sense of well-being with ear acupressure, essential oils, and teas. Acupressure takes only three minutes and involves a small bead that can be left on the ear for up to three days. Pick up goodies and flyers on health programs and services. 

      • Email wellness@newschool for times and locations; open to all students 
        University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, lobby

      Women Survivors of Sexual Assault

      The Women Survivors of Sexual Assault group is available for self-identified female survivors of sexual violence who have started on their individual healing journeys and feel ready to work within a group setting. This group provides an opportunity for survivors to reduce isolation, share information, build community, offer support to one another, and encourage healing. (This is a trans* inclusive space.)

      • Fridays, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
      • Contact Tracy Robin, LCSW, at robint@newschool.edu, to schedule a screening.

      Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

      This is a four-week group that will place special emphasis on breathing, poses, and sequences that will help students with symptoms of anxiety and depression. All levels are welcome.

      Group will be led by Lisa Master, a licensed social worker, and Katrina Hacker, a licensed yoga instructor.

      • Thursdays, 10:00-11:15 a.m.; open to all students

        If interested, contact masterl@newschool.edu.