• 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 and open 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 through 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 or check for updates on narwhalnation.newschool.edu. 

    These times, dates, and locations are valid for the fall 2018 semester. All of the weekly groups and programs take place at Student Health Services, 80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor, unless otherwise noted.

    A few groups do not have a day or time set yet. Check back on this site or at narwhalnation.newschool.edu in a few weeks for updates.

    • Acupuncture

      Receive a 30-minute five-point ear acupuncture protocol that can release stress and promote body detoxification. Drop in.

      • Acupuncture is offered from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Tuesday, September 11, October 16, November 13, and December 11. Free and 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.

      Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group

      DBT helps us identify and regulate our emotions and develop effective coping skills to  avoid undesired reactions. 

      • Weekly drop-in skills-building group, Mondays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
        Lead: Vanessa McGann
        Contact Vanessa McGann, PhD, to schedule a screening.

      Eating & the Body

      A six-week group to help you rediscover the lost relationship with your body and needs.

      • Weekly for six weeks, Mondays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
        Lead: Ruchi Amin, LCSW
        Contact aminr@newschool.edu for a screening. 

      Far Away from Home

      Learn to cope and find ways to be present and engaged in school and manage anxiety and sadness resulting from being away from home for the first time.

      • Weekly drop-in group, Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 p.m.
        Lead: Jerry Finkelstein, PhD 
        Contact FinkelsJ@newschool.edu for more information. 


      Getting the Most out of Your Relationships

      This group helps students deal with conflicts, communicate more clearly, and find ways to better articulate their needs in relationships.

      • Weekly drop-in group, Fridays 12:00-1:00 p.m.
        Lead: Jerry Finkelstein
        Contact finkelsj@newschool.edu for more information. 

      Group Chat

      This small group setting allows students to discover commonalities, share experiences, and gain support. Open to all students.

      • Weekly drop-in group, Fridays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
        Lead: Tracy Robin, LCSW
        Contact robint@newschool.edu for more information. 

      Harm Reduction Group

      Explore ways to manage alcohol and drug use and get trained in opioid overdose prevention with naloxone.

      • Monthly on the following Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.: September 26, October 24, November 14; drop-in and open to all students
        Contact Tamara Oyola-Santiago, MA, MPH, MCHE, 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 free, drop-in, and open to anyone, not just the New School community. 

      • Mondays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.; testing begins on September 10 and ends on December 3.
      • Thursdays, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.; testing begins on September 13 and ends on December 6. 

      International Students Survival Group

      Find connection and community far away from home.

      • Weekly drop-in group, Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
        Lead: Shinhee Han, PhD
        Contact hans@newschool.edu for more information.


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

      • Weekly drop-in on Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. 
        Student Health Services Conference Room, 80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
        Open to all students and all levels of experience.
        Email wellness@newschool.edu for more information.

      Meditation and Psychotherapy Group

      Reduce your anxiety through a process of meditation and sharing about the highs and lows of life. 

      • Weekly drop-in group; a commitment of three weeks is necessary: Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 
        Contact: Elizabeth Rovere, PsyD 
        Email erovere@gmail.com with any questions. 

      Men of Color Group

      For men of color to talk in a judge-free zone. This group is for all New School undergraduate and graduate students who identify as people of color. We welcome cisgender, trans, gender-non-conforming, and non-binary men.  

      • Weekly drop-in group, Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
        Lead: Angel Levy
        Contact finkelsj@newschool.edu for more information. 

      Mindfulness Group

      Develop mindfulness skills to cope with day-to-day life.

      • Weekly drop-in group, Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
        Lead: Shinhee Han, PhD
        Contact hans@newschool.edu with any questions. 

      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. 

      Pet Therapy

      Hang out with dogs and just feel the love.

      • Monthly drop-in, Mondays, 1:00-2:00 p.m., September 17, October 15, November 5, December 10
        Lead: Sarah Landew, PhD
        Contact landews@newschool.edu for more info. 

      Queer, Gay, Bi & Pan Men’s Group

      This group is an opportunity to connect with other guys in an open and supportive setting. We welcome cisgender, trans, gender-non-conforming, and non-binary men.

      • Weekly group (screening needed), Thursdays, 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
        Lead: Rhonda Factor, PhD
        Contact FactorR@newschool.edu for more information. 

      Reiki Circle

      Reiki is a Japanese technique that uses subtle energy to reduce stress and induce relaxation and healing. The circle provides a group setting within which to experience reiki.

      • Days and time TBD; check back here and at narwhalnation.newschool.edu for updated information. 
      • Contact Tamara Oyola-Santiago for more information.

      RIO Groups

      These weekly drop-in groups helps you improve your problem-solving skills.

      • Weekly drop-in groups, Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.; Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
        Leads: Sophie Whitney, Chris Bowman
        Contact finkelsj@newschool.edu for more information.  


      Tea. Cookies. And everything your mother never told you about sex. Got questions about sexual health or want to discuss sexuality in a judgment-free space? Come sip tea and get Sex-E!

      The Sex-E Collective supports sex positivity, sex education, and sexual violence awareness and prevention.

      • Weekly, Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m., in room 513 of the Social Justice Hub, fifth floor of the University Center
        Check back here or at narwhalnation.newschool.edu for updated information.
        Contact the Sex-E Collective with any questions.

      Speak on it, Sis!

      Speak on it, Sis! is open to all and only those who identify as Women of Color. Questions that will be explored: What’s your struggle? What’s your celebration? Storytelling, sharing, and understanding interconnectedness.

        - Weekly meetup, Mondays, October 15 through November 12, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
           Contact Racquel Samuel
           Email samuelr@newschool.edu for more information. 


        Weekly drop-in support group, where we share our experiences as TGNC (trans and gender-non-conforming) folks of color. This group is for all New School undergraduate and graduate students who identify as people of color. We welcome all folks who do not identify as cisgender!  

        • Weekly drop-in support group, Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
          Lead: Jess Joseph, PhD
          Contact josej331@newschool.edu for more information. 

        Wellness Tabling with Acupressure, Essential Oils, and Teas

        Release stress and enhance your sense of well-being with ear acupressure, essential oils, and teas. Acupressure takes only two minutes and involves a small bead that can be left on the ear for up to three days. Pick up goodies and flyers on health programs and services. 

        • Multiple times weekly; days and times TBD; check back here or at narwhalnation.newschool.edu for updates.  

        Womxn & Femmes of Color

        Weekly therapy support group, where we share our experiences as femmes of color. This group is for all New School undergraduate and graduate students who identify as people of color. We welcome cisgender, trans, gender-non-conforming and non-binary womxn and femmes. Tea and snacks will be served!

        Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
        Lead: Jess Joseph, PhD
        Contact josej331@newschool.edu to schedule a screening. 

        Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

        This is a four-week group that will place special emphasis on breathing, poses, and sequences that will help students with symptoms of anxiety and depression. All levels are welcome.

        Group will be led by Lisa Master, a licensed social worker and licensed yoga instructor.

        • Tuesdays, 3:15-4:30 p.m.; open to all students. 
          If interested, contact Lisa Master to sign up.