• 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 via 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.

    These times, dates, and locations are valid for the fall 2017 semester. All of the weekly groups and programs take place at Student Health Services, 80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor, unless otherwise noted.

    • 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 5, October 3, November 7, and December 5. Free and open to all students. 
      • Acupressure is offered from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon all other Tuesdays during the semester. Free and open to all students, and takes only two minutes.

      Art Therapy

      Art Therapy Group

      Love to create? Miss making art for fun or self-discovery? Dread critiques? Take part in an eight-week journey of uninhibited and nonjudgmental creative expression.

      • Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., weekly
        Contact: Kate McIntosh, LCAT, ATR-BC 
        Email mcintosm@newschool.edu to schedule a screening.

      Bereavement Group

      This group is for students who have lost family members or other loved ones. We promote coping strategies and suggest ways to get support from others. Share with others who are also coping with loss and feeling sad, angry, overwhelmed, confused, numb, and/or hurt, among other feelings.

      • Wednesdays, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., weekly
        Contact  Vanessa McGann, PhD, to schedule a screening.


      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.

      • Biofeedback on the Go Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Drop in in the UC Cafe. Free and open to all students.
      • Thursday evenings by appointment only. Call 212.229.1671, option 1, or visit the Student Health Services Portal to schedule an appointment.

      Celebrating Color: A Group for Women of Color

      Come share your experiences being a woman of color in a safe, confidential space. Topics may include relationships, oppression, feeling invisible, managing stress, sadness, anxiety, body image, setting boundaries, family issues, trauma, acculturation, self-care, and identity.

      • Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m., weekly
        Contact: Marcia Liu, PhD
        Email liumm@newschool.edu to schedule a screening.

      DBT Skills Group

      The DBT group offers training in skills for mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation/distress tolerance. Group runs for eight weeks. 

      • Fridays, 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., weekly
        Contact Vanessa McGann, PhD, to schedule a screening.

      Embodied: Body Positivity and Creative Expresion

      Embodied invites participants to get out of their heads and into their bodies. Group activities explore mindfulness and creativity as a way to cultivate awareness and body peace.  

      This is a six-week, 90-minute group with a maximum of ten people. The group is co-facilitated by registered dietitian nutritionist Rachel Knopf Shey and licensed creative arts therapist Kate McIntosh. 

      • Wednesdays, 12:30-2:00 p.m., weekly
        Contact Rachel Knopf Shey to schedule a screening.

      Harm Reduction Group

      Drop-in group to talk about harm reduction strategies related to drugs and sex. Topics will include opioid overdose prevention, PEP and PrEP, and smoking (tobacco, marijuana, and crystal meth).

      • Monthly on Mondays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.; September 11, October 9, November 6; 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 September 11; no testing on October 9
      • Thursdays, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.; testing begins September 7; no testing on November 23

      International Student Support Group

      This group welcomes all international students who want to meet in a supportive and safe place to talk, ask, explore, and vent. We address international students' concerns by discussing subjects including survival skills, academic stress, social cues, friendships, and navigating the complexities of living in New York City. 

       Mondays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., weekly 
      Contact Shinhee Han, PhD, for more information.


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

      • Fridays, 3:00 to 3:45 p.m., weekly
        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

      Meditation has been shown to significantly promote well-being and decrease anxiety. Guided imagery in particular targets old, unhelpful, and repetitive behavior and thought patterns and replaces them with new, more adaptive, and positive ones. The aim of the group is to improve overall well-being and develop emotional resilience and a sense of calm.

      • Tuesdays, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. 
        Contact: Elizabeth Rovere, PsyD 
        Email erovere@gmail.com to schedule a screening. 

      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. 

      Nutrition Counseling

      Meet with a nutritionist (registered dietitian) in an individual 45-minute session to discuss any questions you have about the intersection of your health and eating. Uses a nonjudgmental, body-positive, intuitive, individualized, and affirming framework to support your nutritional health and well-being.

      • Friday afternoons, 1:30-4:30 p.m. 
        By appointment only; call 212.229.1671, option 2, to schedule an appointment.

      Pet Therapy

      Stressed out? Come pet some dogs with us. Drop in.

      Mondays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., on September 18, October 16, November 6, November 27, and December 11   
      Contact  Sarah Landew, PsyD,  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.


      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.

      • First and third Thursdays of the month from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
        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. 

      • Email Wellness for times and locations; open to all students 
        University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, lobby, and other locations

      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.

      • Thursdays, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.; open to all students
        If interested, contact Lisa Master.