• Available Services

    Group Counseling

    What Is Group Counseling?

    Group counseling brings together a small number of students with one or more trained group facilitators. For many students, group counseling is just as effective and valuable as individual counseling; for many, it's even more so. Although coming to the first group may feel daunting, students find group can be fun and transformative. In the safe, non-judgmental, confidential space, you can share your concerns in ways that you may not be able to with others in your life. You'll be exposed to diverse views and the experiences of others. You'll realize you are not alone, because group reduces feelings of isolation. You can learn new skills, find more effective ways to communicate, and find that your relationships become more authentic and honest.

    What Happens in a Group Counseling Session?

    The group has a set meeting place each week (or month) and will start and end on time. Group members talk about ideas, personal feelings, and life experiences and engage with issues that emerge in the group. The facilitator(s) actively works to help the group achieve its purpose.

    How Can I Get the Most out of Group Counseling?

    • Be willing to commit to the group and participate actively.
    • Be willing to take risks to share important things about who you are.
    • Participate at a pace that is comfortable for you.
    • Treat the group and its members with respect.
    • Work actively to shape the group to meet your needs.
    • Be a good listener and attempt to understand rather than fix others.
    • Be willing to work through any difficulties that arise for you and others.
    • Respect the confidentiality of all members and the group.

    Available Groups Spring 2019

    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.

    For a comprehensive list of available groups for this semester, see the Wellness Events and Counseling Groups page.

    Individual Counseling Sessions

    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

    Our psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioner are available only to students receiving 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 positive change, the Mental Health Substance Abuse Counseling (MHSAC) office has collaborated with The New School'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 encouraging 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:

    Email: basics@newschool.edu
    Phone: 347.927.0420

    Alcohol Resources

    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, including acupuncture, reiki, and more, check the Wellness Events and Counseling Groups page.

    We also offer a Meditation and Psychotherapy group. Information can be found on the page listed above. 

    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.

    Appointments can be scheduled online through the Student Health Services Portal.

    We also offer a weekly drop-in mindfulness group. For information on that and other groups, see the Wellness Events and Counseling Groups page.

    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, asexual, 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.