• Counseling Services

    Counseling offers the opportunity to talk to someone who will listen in a supportive and nonjudgmental manner. Counselors will help you clarify issues, explore feelings, and discuss problem-solving strategies. We offer short-term individual treatment, but the duration of the treatment is decided on an individual basis. During the initial visit, you and the counselor will decide on a treatment plan. 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. If it is appropriate, students can be in both individual and group counseling simultaneously. For more information on current groups offered, visit our Wellness Events and Counseling Groups page.

    Common reasons students seek counseling are depression, anxiety, stress, academic struggles, problems with adjustment to school, low self-esteem, alcohol and other drugs, eating and body-image concerns, relationship issues, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, suicidal thoughts, sexuality, gender identity, loss or death of loved one, family concerns, and creativity blocks.

    Temporary Closure: June 2019

    From June 10 through August 15, 2019, the lobby of Student Health Services (SHS) will undergo a renovation to create new soundproof spaces for the expanded counseling staff. SHS will be closed from June 6 until further notice to facilitate these changes. During this time, students in need of acute medical care should use their health insurance to visit a neighborhood urgent care facility or emergency room or call a crisis hotline; a list of local options is available on our Medical and Mental Health Resources page. Any student in crisis can also reach out to Student Support and Crisis Management. Counseling appointments will be available only to students in urgent need; these students can call 212.229.1671, option 1, to make an appointment. During this closure, administrative staff will still be available to monitor the SHS email account and respond to student inquiries. 

    We will share more information about our reopening as soon as possible by email and on this page.

    We apologize for the inconvenience that this closure may cause, and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to upgrade our facilities. 

    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.

    *Counseling Services is closed from 12:00 to 1:45 p.m. on the following Mondays: September 24, November 26, February 25, March 25, and April 29. Counseling Services is closed from 12:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018, and January 28, 2019. Counseling Services is closed on May 20.

    **Counseling Services is closed from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

    Counseling Services is closed 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, Biofeedback, and Mindfulness sessions can be scheduled online via our Student Health Services Portal.

    All students who have paid the Health Services Fee are entitled to short-term counseling each academic year. However, because of the volume of students seeking counseling, the following guidelines apply:

    • Students may participate in up to eight 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 and make counseling services more readily available throughout the year, all students are allowed one missed appointment in the course of their sessions. After the 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.

    Our Staff

    The New School counseling staff consists of licensed social workers, psychologists, and a psychiatrist. They are all experienced mental health professionals dedicated to working with our diverse community of students. The staff provide a welcoming environment in which to discuss any problem or concern. Your therapist may also be a doctoral psychology extern or social work intern working under the supervision of a staff therapist.

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