• 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.

      • September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13; 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 to schedule a screening.

      Beyond The Binary: Celebrating Gender Diversity

      Join us as we explore, express, and share our unique gender identities and experiences. Connect with others around the challenges and satisfactions of refusing the gender binary.

      • Thursdays, 11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. 
        Contact: Rhonda Factor, PhD 
        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, 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 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.
      • Tuesdays, 5:15-6:30 p.m., weekly
        Contact Lisa Master, LCSW, to schedule a screening.

      Grief Group

      College and graduate school is a difficult time to be mourning, because of life stage, distance from family, community, and workload. In this group, students can have a safe and sacred space to process the death of family or loved ones, gain support, and learn coping skills.

      • Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m., weekly
        Contact Vanessa McGann, PhD, 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, 7:00-8:00 p.m. 
        September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12; 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

      Love Me: How Our Past Affects the Way We Love

      All sexual orientations are welcome! Discuss dating and love in NYC. Come share your experiences of being single in the city. Address your fears and other emotional blocks that might keep you from finding and sustaining a relationship. Time commitment is one semester. Group size limit of seven people.

      • Mondays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., weekly
        Contact Alice Shepard, PhD, to schedule a screening.


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

      • Thursdays, 2:00-2:45 p.m., weekly
        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. 

      Nutrition Counseling

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

      Nutrition Group

      Learn how to trust your body's signals of hunger, fullness, and satisfaction to guide your eating. Bring any questions. Drop in.

      • Fridays, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, weekly
        Contact: Rachel Knopf Shey, MPH, RDN
        Email for more information.

      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.
        September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13; open to all students

      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, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
        September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16; 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