• Wellness 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.

    • 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.

      Drop-In Open Art Studio

      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.

      • Fridays, 3:00-4:30 p.m. 
        Contact: Kate McIntosh, LCAT, ATR-BC 
        Email for more information.

      Auricular Acupuncture and Acupressure

      Receive a 30-minute, five-point ear acupuncture protocol that can release stress and promote body detoxification. Come once, come twice, come every week; no commitment is required.

      • Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; open to all students


      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 to schedule an appointment. Open to all students 

      Body Positive Group

      This group will support participants to create and sustain 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 non-judgmental space to explore your own path to body positivity.

      • Wednesdays, 12:00-1:30 p.m. 
        Contact: Tracy Robin, LCSW 
        Email to schedule a screening.

      Celebrating Color: A Group for Women of Color

      Come share your experiences of 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, Ph.D. 
        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.

      • Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m. 
        Contact: Lisa Master, LCSW and Shinhee Han, Ph.D. 
        Email to schedule a screening.

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

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

      • Thursdays, 1:15-2:45 p.m. 
        Contact: Rhonda Factor, Ph.D. 
        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 (September 14), PEP and PrEP (October 12), and smoking (tobacco, marijuana, and crystal meth on November 9).

      • Monthly on Mondays 
        September 14, October 12, November 9, 7:00-8:30 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, 3-4:30 p.m.; open to all


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

      • Meditation and Self-Care for Activists
        Tuesdays, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
        Social Justice Hub, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room 513
        Open to all students 
      • Meditation
        Thursdays, 3:00-3:40 p.m.
        Student Health Services Conference Room, 80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
        Open to all students

      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 behavioral and thought patterns, and replaces them with new, more adaptive, and positive ones. The aim of the group is to improve overall wellbeing, and develop emotional resilience and sense of calm.

      • Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m. 
        Contact: Elizabeth Rovere, Psy.D. 
        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. and Fridays, 2:30-4:30 p.m. 
        By appointment only; call 212.229.1671, option 1 to schedule

      New to New York / New to New School Group

      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.

      • Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m. 
        Contact: Vanessa McGann, Ph.D. 
        Email to schedule a screening.

      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 non-judgmental, body positive, intuitive, individualized, and affirming framework to support your nutritional health and wellbeing.

      • 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 help with relaxation and healing. The circle provides a group setting to experience Reiki.

      • Monthly on Fridays 
        September 11, October 2, November 6, and December 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; 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 
        September 11, October 2, November 6, and December 4, 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 metallic bead that can be left on the ear for up to three days. Pick up goodies and flyers on health programs and services. 

      • Wednesdays, 1:30-3:00 p.m.; open to all students 
        University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, lobby

      When Your Family Member Has a Mental Illness Group

      Having a mentally ill family member creates many challenges. Come share your stories with others who have faced this and understand. 

      • Fridays, 12:00-1:30 p.m. 
        Contact: Jerry Finkelstein, Ph.D. 
        Email to schedule a screening.