Counseling and Mental Health

The Office of Student Affairs maintains partnerships with local providers for counseling, mental health and related supportive services. Questions about counseling and mental health services should be addressed to the Dean of Students at 212.353.4130 or at

Students in Crisis

Students in crisis should seek immediate help by calling 911 or going to the nearest Emergency Department.

Nearest Emergency Rooms to Cooper Union:

Beth Israel Medical Center
First Avenue and 16th Street

Bellevue Hospital
First Avenue and 27th Street

On-Site Counseling

Our on-site counseling is not designed to provide students with on-going therapy but rather provide an opportunity for students to talk with a counselor and for our counselor to assess their needs. If a student needs continued care they will be referred to a local off campus agency equipped to provide that care. Our on-site counselor will generally meet with a student for 1 or 2 sessions and then provide appropriate referral information.

Cooper Union has on-campus counseling sessions on Tuesdays from 12:00PM – 4:30PM and Thursdays from 1:00PM – 4:00PM through the Office of Student Affairs. On site counseling sessions are free of charge for all Cooper Union students.

Anyone interested in an appointment should e-mail the Office of Student Affairs at or call the Office of Student Affairs at 212.353.4130.

Off-Campus Counseling Referrals

The Training Institute for Mental Health, 115 West 27th St, 4th floor, accepts most types of health insurance and often gives Cooper students three free counseling sessions. They have expanded hours, which accommodates most of our class schedules. For an intake appointment, your student should call 212.627.8181 and identify yourself as a Cooper Student.

The Washington Square Institute, 41 E. 11th St, Unit 4, accepts insurance and also has a sliding scale fee for students.

Students seeking psychiatric care can contact Beth Israel at 212.420.2882 with your insurance information and they will assist you in finding a local in-network provider.

Substance Abuse / Addiction

Stress can sometimes manifest itself in unhealthy decisions and behaviors. Students who are struggling should feel free to meet with Dean Chamberlin in the Office of Student Affairs. Additionally, students who are struggling with addiction or any form of substance abuse may also use the contact information above for Beth Israel to seek help. Here are some additional substance abuse and addiction resources for students in New York City:

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. has a 24 hotline that provides referrals for substance abuse and alcoholism. They also have a line that will provide information and assistance on family interventions. They can be reached at 1.800.622.2255.

The OASAS Hopeline (Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services) for New York State provides information and referrals for alcohol and substance abuse treatment as well as problem Gambling programs in all of New York State. OASAS can be reached at 1.877.846.7369.

Intimate Partner Violence / Domestic Violence Support

We have the following resources available through local NYC service providers:

St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital : Crime Victims Treatment Center - Roosevelt Office

432 West 58th Street
Suite 114
New York, NY 10019

Contact: Christine Fowley, LCSW
Phone: 212.523.9058

Bellevue Hospital Center: Sexual Assault Response Team SAFE Center

462 First Avenue
CD Building, Ground Floor #GA74
New York, NY 10016

Contact: Carla Brekke , Program Coordinator
Phone: 212.562.3435/3755
Fax: 212.562.6103

Beth Israel Medical Center : Rape Crisis & Domestic Violence Intervention Program

Dept. of Social Work
317 E 17th St.
New York, NY 10003

Contact: Carole Sher , Program Coordinator
Phone: 212.420.4516
Fax: 212.420.2036

New York Presbyterian Hospital DOVE : Domestic and Other Violent Emergencies Program

622 W 168th St., HP2
New York, NY 10032

Contact: Alma Withim , LCSW Program Coordinator
Phone: 212.305.9060
Fax: 212.305.6196

Safe Horizon Crisis Center

2 Lafayette Street #3
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212.577.7700

New York Asian Women’s Center

39 Bowery St.
PMB 375
New York, NY 10002

Contact: Julie Kim-Richards , Director of Client Services
Phone: 212.732.0054 ext. 113
Fax: 212.587.5731
Hotline: 888.888.7702 (24-hour Hotline)

Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project

240 W 35th St., Ste. 200
New York, NY 10001

Contact: Ivana Chapcakova , Client Services
Phone: 212.714.1184
Fax: 212.714.2627
Hotline: 212.714.1141

New York County District Attorney’s Office

1 Hogan Place, Room 231
New York, NY 10003

Phone: 212.335.9040 – Social Services
Phone: 212.335.9633 – Counseling

Any questions or concerns should be addressed to Dean Chamberlin at 212.353.4130 or via e-mail at


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