• Counseling Services

    Counseling Services offers the opportunity to talk to someone who will listen in a supportive and nonjudgmental manner, in a confidential setting. Whatever you are thinking, are feeling, or have experienced will be accepted and your counselor will respect the influence of culture and identity on your experiences. Our counselors will listen, talk with you about your goals, and help you find solutions to personal problems. All counselors are licensed and have completed graduate training as psychologists, social workers, or mental health counselors. We also have psychiatrists on staff, medical doctors who specialize in mental health and can prescribe medication if needed. 

    We offer short-term individual counseling. During the initial visit, you and one of our counselors will decide on a treatment plan based on your current needs. Sometimes long-term or specialized treatment is indicated, and your counselor will help you find appropriate referrals in the community. Group counseling is also offered. Students can be in both individual and group counseling simultaneously. 

    Students seek counseling for a variety of reasons, including:

    • Major life changes such as separation from family, job changes, illness, relationship changes
    • Culture shock resulting from adjustment to a new school, a new city, or a new country
    • Crisis — a difficult problem that requires immediate attention
    • Concerns about romantic relationships or relationships with family or friends
    • Identity — who you are, whom you love, finding meaning in life
    • Depression — feeling sad, tired, and lonely much of the time; experiencing thoughts of suicide
    • Stress and anxiety about school work, body image, social life, roommates, academic performance, or planning for the future
    • Self-care, to address trouble with eating, sleeping, and other areas of daily life
    • Creativity blocks resulting from performance anxiety or lack of motivation
    • Traumatic events such as the death or illness of someone close to you or experiences of violence

    You can talk about these issues — and anything else — with a counselor. Seeking guidance from a counselor can be an important way to take care of yourself and feel better. Our staff will support you in every way they can, anytime you need to talk. Everything you share is confidential between you and your counselor.

    Office Hours

    Monday: 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.*

    Tuesday, Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

    Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.**

    Friday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

    Walk-in hours are Monday through Friday, 1:45–2:45 p.m.

    *In the spring semester, Counseling Services is closed from 12:00 to 1:45 p.m. on the following Mondays: January 27, February 24, March 23, April 20, and May 18. Counseling Services is also closed on Monday, June 8, and on university holidays.

    Office Location

    Student Health Services
    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    New York, NY 10011

    Schedule an Appointment

    Call us at 212.229.1671, option 1, to schedule an appointment.

    Brief assessments and mindfulness sessions can be scheduled online through our Student Health Services Portal.

    Students are entitled to short-term counseling each academic year. However, because of the large number of students seeking counseling, the following guidelines apply:

    • Students may participate in up to 12 free individual counseling sessions per academic year and attend as many group sessions as they like.
    • Students who are seen for counseling sessions during the summer term must wait until the spring semester before they can be seen for another round of sessions.
    • When there is a waiting list, priority will be given to students who have never been seen before.
    • There is no guarantee that students returning for a new round of sessions will be able to see the same therapist they had in the past.

    Cancellation Policy

    In order to manage the great demand for our services and make counseling more readily available throughout the year, Counseling Services allows students one missed appointment in the course of their sessions. After a student's first missed session, each cancellation, whether it is same-day or in advance, will count as one of the student's sessions.

    All services are strictly confidential.