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 Chris Chamberlin, Dean of Students, at 212.353.4130 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students in Crisis
Students in crisis should seek immediate help by calling 911 or by visiting the nearest Emergency Room.
Nearest Emergency Rooms to Cooper Union:
Beth Israel Medical Center
First Avenue and 16th Street
First Avenue and 27th Street
Our on-site and near-site free counseling is designed to provide students with an opportunity to talk with a counselor and for a 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 counselors 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 at 12:00, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3:00, and 3:45, and Thursdays at 1:00, 1:45, 2:30, and 3:15. These sessions are with our counselor, Nicole Struensee and are held in room 4A on the 4th Floor of our 29 3rd Ave. Residence Hall.
Cooper Union also has counseling sessions available on Fridays at 2:30 and 3:30. These sessions are with our counselor, Philip Bockman, and are held just off-campus at his office located at 817 Broadway (at 12th Street), 9th floor, Suite 2 New York, NY 10003.
On-site and near-site counseling sessions are free of charge for all Cooper Union students. Anyone interested in an appointment with either Nicole or Philip should e-mail the Office of Student Affairs at email@example.com, 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 extended hours, which accommodate most of our class schedules. For an intake appointment, students should call 212.627.8181 and identify themselves 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. Students should have their insurance information at hand, so that Beth Israel employees may assist in finding a local, in-network provider.
New York City Mental Health Resources
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
New York, NY 10019
Contact: Christine Fowley, LCSW
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
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
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
Safe Horizon Crisis Center
2 Lafayette Street #3
New York, NY 10007
New York Asian Women’s Center
39 Bowery St.
New York, NY 10002
Contact: Julie Kim-Richards , Director of Client Services
Phone: 212.732.0054 ext. 113
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.