• Available Services

    Individual Counseling Sessions

    During the initial meeting, you and your counselor make a plan for treatment. If longer-term or specialized treatment is needed, the counselor helps arrange a referral to an appropriate treatment provider in the community.

    Crisis Intervention

    Students in crisis are always seen, regardless of how many sessions they have previously taken. Walk-in hours are Monday through Friday, 1:45–2:45 p.m.

    Psychiatric Services

    Our psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioner are available only to students receiving counseling. Psychiatric services offered include psychiatric consultation, evaluation, and medication treatment. Students seeking psychiatric services who are not in counseling are given referrals to providers in the community.


    In the spirit of promoting harm reduction and positive change, the Mental Health Substance Abuse Counseling (MHSAC) office has collaborated with The New School's Student Health Services to provide a Brief Alcohol and Screening Intervention for College Students (BASICS). Central to this approach is the desire to cultivate a non-judgmental awareness of drinking patterns and to develop ways to reduce risk and enhance well-being. This is a two-session motivational interviewing approach that has been shown to be effective in engaging college students to explore their alcohol use and develop ways to minimize the negative consequences associated with drinking while in college.

    For more information about the BASICS program at The New School, or to schedule an appointment to learn more about your alcohol use, please contact:

    Email: basics@newschool.edu
    Phone: 347.927.0420

    Alcohol Resources

    Group Counseling

    What Is Group Counseling?

    Group counseling brings together a small number of students with one or more trained group facilitators. For many students, group counseling is just as effective and valuable as individual counseling. Though coming to the first group may feel daunting, students find group can be fun and transformative. In the safe, non-judgmental, confidential space, you can share your concerns in ways that you may not be able to with others in your life. You'll be exposed to diverse views and experiences of others. You'll realize you are not alone, because group reduces feelings of isolation. You can learn new skills, find more effective ways to communicate, and find that your relationships become more authentic and honest.

    What Happens in a Group Counseling Session?

    The group has a set meeting place each week (or month) and will start and end on time. Group members talk about ideas, personal feelings, and life experiences and engage with issues that emerge in the group. The facilitator(s) actively works to help the group achieve its purpose.

    How Can I Get the Most out of Group Counseling?

    • Be willing to commit to the group and participate actively.
    • Be willing to take risks to share important things about who you are.
    • Participate at a pace that is comfortable for you.
    • Treat the group and its members with respect.
    • Work actively to shape the group to meet your needs.
    • Be a good listener and attempt to understand rather than fix others.
    • Be willing to work through any difficulties that arise for you and others.
    • Respect the confidentiality of all members and the group.

    Available Groups Spring 2018

    Counseling Services offers a variety of groups during the academic year. Some target specific issues or themes; others are general psychotherapy groups. The kinds of groups offered vary from semester to semester depending on students' interests and the interests and specialties of the staff.


    Harm Reduction
    Time: 5:00–6:00 p.m., monthly: February 12, March 12, April 16     
    Contact wellness@newschool.edu for more information. 

    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).


    Meditation and Psychotherapy
    Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m., weekly
    Contact: Elizabeth Rovere, PsyD, to schedule a screening.

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


    Reiki Circle
    Time: 1:40-2:40 p.m.. weekly
    Contact wellness@newschool.edu for more information.

    Drop in to experience the ancient healing technique of Reiki in a group setting.

    Meditation Group
    Time: 3:00-3:45 p.m., weekly; student run (drop in)
    Contact wellness@newschool.edu for more information.

    Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome to this peer-guided meditation circle.


    Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
    Time: 10:00-11:15 a.m.
    Contact Lisa Master, LCSW, for more information.

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

    The group will be led by Lisa Master, a licensed social worker, and Katrina Hacker, a licensed yoga instructor.

    Celebrating Color: A Group for Women of Color
    Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m., weekly
    Contact Jessica Joseph, PhD, to schedule a screening.

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

    Art Therapy Group
    Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m., weekly
    Contact Kate McIntosh, LCAT, ATR-BC, to schedule a screening.

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


    DBT Skills Group
    Time: 10:00–11:30 a.m., weekly
    Contact Vanessa McGann, PhD, to schedule a screening.

    The DBT group offers training in skills for mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation/distress tolerance. Participants can attend one module or participate throughout the entire semester.


    Biofeedback is designed to help people understand the messages their bodies are sending them. The technique can be used to regulate stress and anxiety. During a biofeedback training session, a process lasting 30 minutes, an ear sensor picks up your pulse, autonomic nervous system response, and heart rate variability data. Receiving guidance from a computer and using a handheld device, you learn exactly how your mind and body can relax together.

    Appointments can be scheduled online via the Student Health Services Portal.

    Meditation and Stress Reduction

    Guided meditation can help you cultivate happiness, relax, and attain greater awareness. It can also enhance your creativity and academic performance. Weekly guided mindfulness meditation is offered. Come once, come twice, come every week — no commitment is required. For this and other weekly health events during the semester, check the Wellness Events and Counseling Groups page.

    Mindfulness Practice

    Mindfulness Practice is a 30-minute private session in which you learn to use mindfulness techniques to address 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.

    Appointments can be scheduled online via the Student Health Services Portal.

    Low-Fee Psychological and Educational Testing

    Psychological and educational testing involves the administration of several tests widely used in the field of psychology. Its purpose is to help you understand more about your cognitive functioning (such as memory, information processing, and problem-solving ability) and to clarify emotional and personality issues that may interfere with your ability to reach your full potential as a student.

    Contact: nspas@newschool.edu

    Safe Zone Program

    The aim of the New School Safe Zone program is to assemble a voluntary network of faculty, staff, and student allies of and advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, and gender nonconforming (LGBTQIAGNC) people to improve safety and create a more supportive campus environment for the community. Any office or work area where a Safe Zone sticker or card is posted is a safe place to approach, ask questions, and find resources. Students, staff, and faculty can train to become Safe Zone allies or LGBTQIAGNC advocates.