• 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- to 60-minute acupuncture treatment in a group setting. Choose between a five-point ear acupuncture protocol that can release stress and promote body detoxification and a more individualized acupuncture treatment based on your needs. No registration required.

      • Tuesdays, February 9, March 8, April 12, May 10, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon; 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 this eight-week journey of uninhibited and nonjudgmental creative expression.

      • Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. 
        Contact: Kate McIntosh, LCAT, ATR-BC 
        Email 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 and evenings, by appointment only. 
        Call 212.229.1671, option 1, 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. 
        Contact: Marcia Liu, PhD, and Alice Shepard, PhD
        Email 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.

      • Fridays, 12:15-1:30 p.m. 
        Contact: Tracy Robin, LCSW, and Lia Avellino, MSW intern 
        Email to schedule a screening.

      Harm Reduction Group

      Open drop-in group to talk about harm reduction strategies, related to drugs and sex. Topics will include opioid overdose prevention, PEP, and PrEP.

      • Monthly on Mondays 
        February 22, March 28, April 25, 7:00-8:00 p.m.; open to all students 
        Contact: Tamara Oyola-Santiago, MA, MPH, MCHE 
        Email 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, 3:00-4:30 p.m.; open to all

      Intuitive Eating Group

      Create a healthy relationship with food, your body, and your mind. Learn how to distinguish between head hunger and body hunger, how restricting foods can backfire, and how to make peace with food and honor your natural body wisdom. Groups are led by a registered dietitian nutritionist. 

      • Fridays, February 12, March 11, April 8, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
        Contact: Rachel Knopf Shey, MPH, RDN


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

      • Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
        Student Health Services Conference Room, 80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
        Open to all students
        Email: 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 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. 

      • Wednesdays, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
        By appointment only; call 212.229.1671, option 1, to schedule.

      Nutrition Counseling

      An individual 45-minute session in which you meet with a nutritionist (RDN) with 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.

      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 Fridays, February 5, March 4, April 1, May 6
        10:30-11:30 a.m.; open to all students

      Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Assault

      A confidential and supportive space in which to talk.

      • Monthly on Thursdays, February 18, March 17, April 21 
        5:00-6:15 p.m.
        Contact: Tracy Robin, LMSW
        Email for more information.

      Time Management

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

      • Monthly on Fridays, February 19, March 18, April 15
      • 1:30-2:30 p.m.; open to all students 
        Contact: Tamara Oyola-Santiago, MA, MPH, MCHES 
        Email for more information.

      Wellness Tabling

      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. 

      • Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00 p.m.; open to all students 
        University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, lobby

      Women’s Group: Gay, Bi, Queer, Pan, +

      Talk with other women about whatever's on your mind in this therapist-facilitated, welcoming, and nonjudgmental space.

      • Thursdays, 1:15-2:45 p.m. 
        Contact: Rhonda Factor, PhD 
        Email to schedule a screening.