Cooper Union Counseling Services

Counseling Services at The Cooper Union are coordinated through the Office of Student Affairs. Our Student Care Coordinator and Counselor, Cassandra Jolicoeur, is here to meet with students to provide support and to discuss mental health and counseling needs. Cassandra can be reached at jolicoeu@cooper.edu or at 212.353.4006. Cassandra will work with each student on an individual basis to connect them to the necessary care and supportive services.

Cooper Union has partnered with local mental health providers to ensure that every student has access to mental health care. Students seeking therapy can see any of our partner counselors, at no cost to them, for up to a total of six (6) sessions per academic year. Students may continue therapy after the initial six (6) sessions, but further therapy would be at their own expense and/or through their personal medical insurance. Students should note that the six free sessions are per academic year, not per counselor. Each session counts toward a student's yearly allotment, regardless of which counselor is seen. Again, for additional information or other referral sources, please contact Cassandra, the Student Care Coordinator at jolicoeu@cooper.edu.

To schedule an appointment with one of our counselors, students should review the list of available counselors below, and directly contact the counselor they wish to work with to schedule an appointment. As noted above, students can see any of our counselors at no cost to them, for up to six (6) sessions per academic year. Students may continue therapy after the initial six (6) sessions, but this would be at their own expense and/or through their personal medical insurance. Students who make an appointment with a counselor and do not show up to the appointment or do not cancel their appointment per their therapist’s requirements will be billed a no-show fee of $75 to their student account.

Information on all of our counselors is listed below:

Yankau-Wong

YanKau Josephine Wong Ph.D., LCSW-R
244 5th Avenue, Suite 9C
New York, NY 10001
P: 347.733.3374
E: jwong8812@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: Aetna, Cigna, HIP, GHI

YanKau Josephine Wong, Ph.D., LCSW-R, is a New York State licensed Psychotherapist. Her work aims to cultivate and activate one’s own strengths and potentials through facilitating deeper insight into oneself and finding ways to balance one’s cognitive, emotive and behavioral functioning. Using a multi-cultural lens in addition to identifying psychological causes, Josephine explores the many issues that may commonly manifest as depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, eating disorder, etc. Much of this joint-effort starts when the person in counseling is transitioning into their adulthood. Her goal is to guide and support young adults, young women in particular, to live meaningful lives, amass personal strengths through personal discovery, actualize intellectual/physical/social/spiritual potentials, cultivate mature and deep social relationships, and nurture mutually beneficial interactions with the society and the external environment. This will be accomplished by clarifying goals and action steps, as well as working through internal/external conflicts in the many dimensions of the person’s life. YanKau comfortably converses in English, Mandarin, or Cantonese in the sessions.

Cynthia Chalker

Cynthia Chalker, LMSW
245 East 13th St., Ground Floor
New York, New York 10003
P: 917.796.6222
E: msschalknyc@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: CHIPA, $25 after 6 sessions

Cynthia Chalker, MSS, LMSW, is a licensed clinician in New York City. She holds Masters Degrees in Social Services and Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Trained at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis in New York City, Ms. Chalker provides psychodynamic therapy using a combination of interpersonal and relational theory and approach as well as her experience from a 20-year career as a college and K-12 educator and administrator areas of access and diversity, equity and inclusion. Ms. Chalker’s therapy practice includes people in all phases of their educational journey, artists of all disciplines as well as early and changing career professionals.

Mizuho Kanazawa

Mizuho 'Miho' Kanazawa
MA, LCAT, RDT-BC, CCLS
80 East 11th St. Suite 301C
New York, New York 10003
P: 201.298.3131
E: miho@dramaforhealing.com
Accepted Insurance: Out of Network

Mizuho "Miho" Kanazawa, LCAT, is a Japanese psychotherapist and creative arts therapist. She is dedicated to working with clients whose personality and life experience were shaped by more than one culture. Working closely with her client, Mizuho seeks to empower the multicultural and international person through all chapters of life: to build confidence, to be connected in important relationships, and valued in the community. Do you often choose silence to avoid conflict in a relationship? Do you feel you are taken lightly because you are from different country, culture, or race? Prioritizing what is important in your life and tuning into what you feel sometimes become a confusing challenge. She is passionate in working with clients who feel like outsiders in the society and are in the process of finding their way of expression and a comfortable place in life. Mizuho has over 20 years of experience, and sessions can be done in English and/or Japanese. Her office is at 80 East 11th street Suite 301C, NY, NY 10003. For more info please visit her website is www.dramaforhealing.com

Mikella Millen

Mikella Millen, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT
412 6th Ave Suite 513 & 509
New York, New York 10011
P: 917.756.5540
E: mikellamillen@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: Cigna

Mikella Millen, MA, LCAT, ATR-BC is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Board Certified Art Therapist specializing in trauma, grief, anxiety, and depression. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and New York University, pairing creative approaches with evidence-based methods and verbal psychotherapy to help patients find relief. Mikella sees her role as that of a guide, and believes strongly in the individual's innate capacity for headlong and growth. With a background in family therapy, she uses a holistic lens to assess how to cope with difficulties and increase insight. She sees individuals and couples for short and long term therapy in the West Village.

Merry Weitzman

Merry Weitzman, LCSW
31 Washington Square Park W.
Suite 2R3
New York, New York 10011
P: 917.692.7201
E: merrywtz@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: Aetna

Merry Weitzman, LCSW, received her MSW from the Hunter School of Social Work in 1999. She has worked as a psychotherapist at the Karen Horney Clinic in their trauma department, Steinway Child and Family Services, and The Jewish Board of Child and Family Services. For the past 15 years, Merry has been in full time private practice. Merry uses an integrative approach to therapy, drawing upon psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic approaches. In her work she uses an active, supportive solution based approach to a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, relationship conflicts, identity issues and school/work related problems. Merry is located at 31 Washington Square West.

Jennifer Kind Rubin

Jennifer Kind Rubin
MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT
41 Union Sq. W (at 17th St.)
New York, New York 10003
P: 917.242.1468
E: jKindRubin@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: Cigna

Jen Kind-Rubin received her BA in psychology and studio art from New York Universities Gallatin Program and her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute. Since then, she has worked in the field, providing individual, group, and family therapy to a diverse range of clients. Jen has a particular passion for working with young adults, supporting them as they navigate the challenging transition to adulthood. She is experienced in working with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, and substance-use. During therapy sessions Jen applies her training and background in Creative Arts Therapy, Mindfulness, and EMDR practices in conjunction with more traditional verbal psychotherapy. This integrated approach allows her to best meet each client where they’re at, supporting them as they begin working towards a deeper level of self-awareness. Jen’s office is located on Union Square West, convenient via most major transit lines.

Zach Shapiro

Zach Shapiro, LCSW
19 W. 34th St. PH Floor
New York, New York 10001
P: 646.872.5352
E: zachdshapiro@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: Cigna

Zach Shapiro graduated with his MSW from NYU. As a therapist, Zach has helped students and adults overcome behavioral patterns that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Zach has had extensive experience helping people of all ages and backgrounds work through issues that include depression, anxiety, substance abuse and trauma. Working primarily from a psychodynamic and relational therapeutic perspective, Zach focuses on creating a non -judgmental therapeutic space where clients can gain the perspective and insight necessary to facilitating meaningful and lasting change. Before going into private practice, Zach worked in an outpatient mental health clinic providing therapy for families and individuals of all ages and mental health diagnoses. Zach is trained in EMDR therapy. Currently Zach is the clinical supervisor for four other mental health therapists.

Annsley March

Annsley March, LCSW
125 East 23rd St., 4th floor
Suite 403, Office 3
New York, NY 10010
P: 212.583.1268
E: annsley.march@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: Cigna

Annsley March has a clinical background in supporting students as they navigate the rigors of competitive academia. Many of her patients are interested in learning how to meet the demands of their classes while forming healthy relationships with their peers and the outside world. Annsley has years of experience working with young adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, struggles with substance abuse, academic stressors and generalized adjustment difficulties. She has trained at the Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center and at the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies. Her style involves a strong interpersonal perspective that incorporates CBT, mindfulness, narrative therapy and cultural competence.

James Wells

James Wells, LCSW
18 East 16th Street Suite 503
New York, New York 10003
P: 347.450.4574
E: jameswellslcsw@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: Out of Network

James Wells has been a therapist in private practice for five years. He works with adults and children, and specializes in treating depression, anxiety, substance abuse, relationship issues, and trauma. He is eclectic in his approach, drawing from his training in psychoanalysis, family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. In addition, he is on the faculty of the child and adolescent program at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center. Prior to being in private practice, he worked in a school setting with adolescents, a family clinic which provided couples and family therapy, and a program that provided individual, group, and couple’s therapy to Holocaust Survivors. He is a licensed clinical social worker (L.C.S.W), and a graduate of the Silver School of Social Work at New York University, where he is currently involved in as a field instructor for new therapists.

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