• Available Services

    Group Counseling

    What Is Group Counseling?

    Group is a great way for students to create community, meet other students, reduce isolation, and get support. It’s completely confidential. No judgment—just sharing and connection.

    Groups Offered for Spring 2020:

    • Acupuncture and Acupressure
    • Clarity Circle
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
    • Drop-In Low-Stress Art 
    • Eating and the Body
    • Graduate Student Mindfulness Circle
    • International Student Support
    • Nap Time
    • One Stitch at a Time: Monthly Knitting Circle
    • Pet Therapy
    • Transgender Support
    • Womxn of Color

    Visit NarwhalNation for the groups' meeting schedules and more details.

    Individual Counseling Sessions

    We offer short-term counseling services, provided by licensed counselors, with a 12-session maximum per academic year. Your first session can be scheduled by calling 212-229-1671, option 1, or through the Student Health Services Portal. During your initial Brief Assessment appointment, you and a counselor will make a plan for treatment, based on your current needs. If longer-term or specialized treatment is needed, the counselor can help you to find an appropriate treatment option in the community.

    Crisis Intervention

    Students in crisis are always seen by a counselor, regardless of annual session limits. Walk-in hours are Monday through Friday, 1:45–2:45 p.m.

    Psychiatric Services

    Our psychiatrists are available only to students receiving counseling. Psychiatric services offered include psychiatric consultation, evaluation, and medication treatment and management. Students seeking psychiatric services who are not in counseling are given referrals to providers in the community.

    Mindfulness Practice

    Mindfulness Practice is a 30-minute private counseling session in which you develop 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 address difficulties in your practice. Appointments can be scheduled online through the Student Health Services Portal.

    Psychological Assessment Service

    Students seeking diagnostic clarification about attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities, difficulties with memory and other cognitive issues, or other common psychiatric conditions that may be affecting your academic performance, such as anxiety and depression, may sign up for testing. 

    Call or email the program manager, Donna, at 212.229.5727 x2478 or email safrancenter@newschool.edu. Donna will respond with information about the service and schedule a phone screening. The fee for testing services is $100 (paid in two installments). 


    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 and other drugs.

    For more information about the BASICS program at The New School, or to schedule an appointment to learn more about your substance use, please email basics@newschool.edu or call 347.927.0420. You can find other alcohol and substance use resources on our Mental Health Resources page.




    Referrals to Community Providers and Programs

    Call or visit us to get assistance finding off-campus mental health services and other specialized services.