• 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 spring 2019 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

      Acupuncture at The New School is based on a five-point ear acupuncture protocol that can release stress and promote body detoxification. Come check out the healing powers of this traditional Chinese medicine.

      • Weekly drop-in: Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m., January 29-May 7
        Contact wellness@newschool.edu for more information.


      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.

      COPES Meet-Up

      COPES (Collection of People Experiencing Stigma, Struggle, Substance Abuse, Stress, etc.) is a student-led initiative to promote open discussion about mental health. We have weekly meet-ups so that we can get creative, vent, do activities, and enjoy a chill space where we can talk and listen about mental health-related issues. Mental health is superimportant, especially in a college environment, where anxiety, stress, and burnout affect all of us in some way, and sharing stories can be a great way to cope with our struggles. There will be free food, coffee, arts and crafts, conversation, and community, so make sure to stop by! It’ll be a chill space with no judgment, and we hope to see you there!

      Weekly drop-in, Fridays, 2:00-3:00 p.m., SHS Conference Room, 80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
      Lead: Vanessa McGann
      Contact mcgannv@newschool.edu for more information.

      Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group

      A skills-based group whose members learn about mindfulness, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.

      • Weekly (screening required), Mondays, 4:15-5:45 p.m.
        Lead: Vanessa McGann
        Contact Vanessa McGann, PhD, to schedule a screening.

      Eating & the Body

      A small group that helps participants improve their awareness of hunger and satiety and relate to food in a healthier way.

      • Weekly (screening required), Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
        Lead: Ruchi Amin, LCSW
        Contact aminr@newschool.edu to schedule a screening.

      The Function

      Student-led group for students who identity as Queer People of Color.

      • Biweekly drop-in group, Wednesdays, 5:00-7:00 p.m., starting February 6, in room 513 of the Social Justice Hub, fifth floor of the University Center
        Contact wellness@newschool.edu for more information.

      Gender Venting

      A biweekly group for trans and gender-non-conforming people to get together and talk about gender and identity and enjoy a space away from cisnormativity and judgment.

      • Biweekly drop-in on the following Fridays, 2:00-3:30 p.m.: January 25, February 8, February 22, March 8, April 5, April 19, and May 3, in room 513 of the Social Justice Hub, fifth floor of the University Center
        Contact wellness@newschool.edu for more information.

      Group Chat

      A 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., beginning February 1
        Lead: Tracy Robin, LCSW
        Contact robint@newschool.edu for more information.

      Harm Reduction Group

      Learn strategies for managing alcohol and other drug use, get trained in opioid overdose prevention, and network in a nonjudgmental community of students who practice harm reduction.

      • Monthly on the following Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.: February 4, March 4, April 8; drop-in and open to all students
        Contact Tamara Oyola-Santiago, MA, MPH, MCHE, for more information.

      Healing Circle

      A healing space for survivors of sexual assault.

      • Weekly (screening required), Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m., February 7-April 25
        Lead: Tracy Robin, LCSW
        Contact robint@newschool.edu to schedule a screening.

      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 everyone, not just the New School community. 

      • Mondays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.; testing begins on January 28 and ends on May 6.
      • Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m.; testing begins on January 31 and ends on May 9. 

      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., January 31-May 9
        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.

      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. 


      Process-oriented group for self-identified womxn of color. Cis, trans, non-binary, and femmes all welcome!

      •  Weekly (screening required), Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
          Contact Mica McGriggs, PhD
          Email mcgriggm@newschool.edu to schedule a screening.

        Pet Therapy

        Relax and de-stress with a gentle four-legged friend.

        • Drop-in on the following Mondays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.: February 4, February 25, March 11, April 1, May 13
          Lead: Sarah Landew, PhD
          Contact landews@newschool.edu for more information. 
        • Drop-in on the following Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.: February 12, March 5, April 9, May 7
          Lead: Hannah Goldman, PhD
          Contact goldh302@newschool.edu for more information.

        Queer Men of Transmasc/Nonbinary/Genderqueer/Cis/+ Experience Group

        A small group in which weekly meetings foster deeper connections with one another as well as ourselves.

        • Weekly group (screening needed), Thursdays, 10:15-11:45 a.m.
          Lead: Rhonda Factor, PhD
          Contact FactorR@newschool.edu to schedule a screening.

        Reiki Circle

        Reiki is a Japanese technique that uses subtle energy to reduce stress and promote relaxation and healing. It can be administered either through contact using hands or without actual physical contact. The Reiki Circle is a communal space for all students.

        • Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., January 30-May 8; check narwhalnation.newschool.edu for updated information. 
        • Contact wellness@newschool.edufor more information.


        Everything your mother never taught you about sex! Join the Sex-E Collective at our bi-weekly sexualitea for conversations about sex positivity, education, and assault awareness and prevention. 

        • Weekly, Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m., starting January 30, in room 513 of the Social Justice Hub, fifth floor of the University Center
          Check narwhalnation.newschool.edu for updated information.
          Contact the Sex-E Collective with any questions.

        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.  

        Yoga: Mind/Body Balance

        A weekly class designed to help students learn yoga poses, sequences, and breathing techniques and use them to manage moods.

        • Tuesdays, 4:00-5:15 p.m.; open to all students
          Lead: Lisa Master, LCSW and licensed yoga instructor
          Contact Lisa Master to sign up.