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 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

For questions related to the Cooper Union student health insurance plan, including how to enroll, waiving coverage and health plan costs, please visit the plan website here. For specific questions related to enrolling or waiving coverage, contact Malinda Townsend at

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:


Joyce Caraccioli, LCSW
113 University Place
8th Floor, Suite 13
New York, NY 10003
P: 917.572.5083
Accepted Insurance: Cigna, Aetna, Beacon, GHI, Emblem

In my experience, people who come to see me want help having more satisfying relationships and more fulfilling lives. They often want to know themselves better, or to get relief from troubling conditions such as depression and anxiety. I create a safe and empathic environment in which to address these concerns.

A graduate from NYU School of Social Work, I specialize in individual, couples and group treatment. With over ten years of experience as a psychotherapist and an advanced modern psychoanalytic candidate at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, I have access to a full range of therapeutic methods and as a certified Anger Management Specialist I successfully provide Anger Management groups, or individual AM modules.Extensive experience working with the LGBTQ community, university students, teachers, artists and clients with psychotic symptoms.

My analytic experience provides an emphasis on the unconscious understanding of the problem and being truly understood allows us to learn to accept ourselves for who we are, and to overcome obstacles to living productive, healthy lives.

Cynthia Chalker

Cynthia Chalker, LMSW
352 7th Avenue Suite 7A
New York, NY 10001
P: 917.796.6222
Accepted Insurance: Out of Network

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.

Daniel Haywood

Daniel Haywood MA, RDT, LCAT
112 W 27th Street Suite 402
New York, New York 10001
P: 347.776.0391
Accepted Insurance: CHP, Cigna, Out of Network


I have been working in the mental health profession for 13 years and I aim to help my clients move toward their fullest potential. I live by the phrase "Nothing changes if nothing changes," so if you desire to break unhealthy dysfunctional roles in your life and want to understand how to communicate and live authentically, then you will find our work to be healing and restorative.

As a drama therapist, I offer psychotherapy through a creative and embodied approach, and also traditional talk therapy. I believe in a collaborative process with my clients. You are vital to your individualized treatment plan as we move towards obtaining your goals. My specializations include trauma, culture, identity, anxiety and depression. I am currently working on developing specific groups including a men's process group and a mixed gender consultation group.

Kimberly Hertz

Kimberly Hertz, LCSW
125 East 23rd Street, Ste 400
New York, NY 10010
P: 212.951.0947
Accepted Insurance: Cigna

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, based in New York City. I aim to create a space that allows you to feel safe, supported and challenged. My style is interactive and dynamic, incorporating an awareness of the past with a focus on the present. I see my ongoing role as a collaborator, helping you to uncover the difficult and stuck spaces, in order to live a more authentic, enjoyable and functional life. I help people dealing with a range of issues and concerns, including addiction, eating disorders, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety, as well as difficult life transitions. I have extensive experience working with the LGBTQ community. I currently work with trans and gender expansive people as well as the full spectrum of sexual identity expression. For more information about me and my practice, please visit

Mizuho Kanazawa

Mizuho 'Miho' Kanazawa
412 6th Avenue (between 8th St & 9th St)
Suite 705
New York, NY 10011
P: 201.298.3131
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 412 6th Avenue, Suite 705, NY, NY 10011. For more info please visit her website is

Jennifer Kind Rubin

Jennifer Kind Rubin
118 W 27th St. 2R
New York, New York 10001
P: 917.242.1468
Accepted Insurance: Out of Network

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.

Annsley March

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

My clinical background focuses in helping students navigate the demands of their classes while also forming satisfying relationships with partners and friends. I am an active, curious and non-judgmental therapist with years of experience treating depression, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, academic stressors, homesickness and generalized adjustment difficulties. Students can also receive guidance in developing concrete skills such as time management, efficient studying, and assignment completion.

Amy Merbaum Althoff

Amy Merbaum Althoff, LP
16 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10011
P: 917.747.0078
Accepted Insurance: Cigna


Talking to an experienced therapist can help improve your life, ease stress and achieve your goals. I work in a collaborative and nonjudgmental way to better understand what is getting in the way of having the life you want.

Through talking together we can identify repetitive patterns that make life more difficult and consider different strategies to tackle the issues you face. Therapy can help you to become more emotionally mature, to use your self-knowledge and understanding of others to achieve your full potential.

I am a licensed psychoanalyst and graduate of the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. I specialize in working with people dealing with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, life transitions, gender identity and trauma.

Mikella Millen

Mikella Millen, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT
302 5th Avenue, 11th Floor, Room 7
New York, New York 10011
P: 917.756.5540
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.

Constance Morrill

Constance Morrill, MIA, LCSW-R
1201 Broadway, Suite 1003
New York, New York 10001
P: 347.778.1748
Accepted Insurance: Cigna


I am a New York State-licensed psychotherapist who works with individuals, families and couples. I enjoy working across cultures, and working with difference — difference in culture, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation or generational experience. I specialize in working with people who have experienced particularly difficult or abusive relationships with a primary attachment figure (often a parent, but not always), and who may struggle with anger, shame, a sense of invisibility…or, maybe, feelings that they cannot yet describe. I hold master’s degrees in International Affairs and Social Work from Columbia University, and a certificate in family and couple therapy from the Ackerman Institute for the Family. I bring to my practice over 15 years of experience working with international populations, and individuals who have experienced some form of relational conflict or trauma, including that of migration or war.

Nathan Rice

Nathan Rice, LCSW
302 5th Ave, Suite 807
New York, NY 10001
P: 347.699.4574
Accepted Insurance: Out of Network

Nathan Rice, LCSW, S-PSB is an integrative psychotherapist that uses the latest research in motivational enhancement, affective neuroscience, and contemporary psychotherapy to help clients achieve personalized goals. He uses a collaborative approach that emphasizes sharing his clinical thoughts and eliciting feedback about the process. He specializes in treating alcohol and substance use issues, and anxiety and depression. Certified as a Specialist in Problematic Sexual Behavior (S-PSB), he is currently pursuing post-graduate training in psychoanalysis at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC) and maintains a private practice in Manhattan (

Zach Shapiro

Zach Shapiro, LCSW
19 W. 34th St. PH Floor
New York, New York 10001
P: 646.872.5352
Accepted Insurance: Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield

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.

Navah Steiner

Navah Steiner, MA, LCAT
303 5th Avenue, Suite 604
New York, New York 10016
P: 212.252.5451
Accepted Insurance: CHP Cigna, Out of Network

I’m a psychotherapist with a license in creative arts therapy and certifications in psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness, family therapy and drama therapy. I work with clients who are seeking help and support around past and current relationships, life transitions, creative blocks and traumatic experiences. I have a warm, playful and intellectually curious approach. I have extensive experience with issues that designers and visual artists currently face, both personally and professionally, having worked at the School of Visual Arts Counseling Center for the past 9 years. My office is in Nomad and close to all major subway lines. You can learn more about my practice here: Other languages spoken: Hebrew.


Dan Tarplin, LCSW
125 East 23rd Street
Suite 500
New York, NY 10010
P: 917.538.4250
Accepted Insurance: Blue Cross Blue Shield

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a graduate of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City. I have a passion for helping young adults contend with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and stress. Whether you are struggling with personal relationships, academics, or adjusting to life in the city, I strive to create an atmosphere that will help us explore ways for you to become unstuck from unwanted patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are holding you back. My office is located at 125 East 23rd Street (between Park and Lex), Suite 500, NY, NY. For more information about me and my practice, please visit

Merry Weitzman

Merry Weitzman, LCSW
31 Washington Square Park W.
Suite 2R3
New York, New York 10011
P: 917.692.7201
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.

James Wells

James Wells, LCSW
18 East 16th Street Suite 503
New York, New York 10003
P: 347.450.4574
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.


YanKau Josephine Wong Ph.D., LCSW-R
244 5th Avenue, Suite 9C
New York, NY 10001
P: 347.733.3374
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.

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