Cooper Union Counseling Services

Counseling Services at The Cooper Union are coordinated through the Office of Student Affairs. Our Student Care Coordinators, Cassandra Jolicoeur and Elizabeth London, are here to meet with students to provide support and to discuss mental health and counseling needs. Our Student Care Coordinators can be reach at studentcare@cooper.edu or by calling the office of Student Affairs at 212.353.4130. Offices are generally open Monday - Friday from 9AM - 5PM.

Our student care team 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. Our therapists are able to provide short-term therapy. Students may continue longer-term therapy, but further therapy would be at their own expense and/or through their personal medical insurance. Your therapist will be able to help you with plans for continued care. For additional information or other referral sources, please contact our Student Care team at studentcare@cooper.edu

In addition to our counseling program, Cooper Union also offers all students access to Cooper Care. Students have 24/7 access to physical and mental health care practitioners by visiting www.cooper.care. You do need to set up your account before you begin using the service so we encourage you to do that now so you are ready to access care whenever you may need it. 

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 malinda.townsend@usi.com.

Information on all of our counselors is listed below. Until further notice, all sessions are being conducted remotely.

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Laurice Adams

Laurice Adams, LCAT, RDT
303 5th Ave, Suite 604
New York, NY 10016
P: 917.544.2867
E: Lauriceadams@mac.com
Insurance: Cooper’s Cigna/Wellfleet, Out of Network

Are you a creative person with high aspirations experiencing procrastination, perfectionism, and a hostile inner critic? Do you want to feel more free in your work or your relationships? Do you feel anxious or depressed and want to obsess less and laugh more? We will think together to figure out why you feel stuck, and how you will transform. We will collaborate to your unique strengths, using  an eclectic approach.

I am a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in the state of New York and received my Master's Degree from New York University in drama therapy. I completed post-graduate psychotherapy training at the Institute for Developmental Transformations, where I also served as Associate Training Director for three years. I worked at the School of Visual Arts as a psychotherapist and for 9 years worked at Bellevue Hospital in the department of psychiatry. I utilize empirically supported and embodied creative approaches to psychotherapy.

I believe we should all be free to love who we love, to identify in whatever way feels most natural to us, and I am honored to hold space for anyone who is questioning what is "right" for them. I am fortunate to have worked with individuals from many continents. I strive to be aware of the power and privilege I have in the therapy space. I invite dialogue and play for exploring issues of cultural identity, race, class, trauma and abuse of power.

Daniele Ascani

Daniele Ascani, LMHC
260 Madison Avenue
8th Floor
New York, NY 10016
P: (929) 352-4206
E: info@risetochangeyourstory.com
Accepted Insurance: Cigna, Aetna, United Healthcare, Oxford and Oscar Health

Daniele Ascani, LMHC, received his BA in psychology from Adelphi University and his MHC from John Jay College. He has over a decade of experience providing therapy to clients of all ages, from diverse populations, and within the LGBTQ community all over New York City. In addition, Daniele has held a variety of clinical and supervisory positions in the non-profit and private sector and has vast experience in treating trauma and crisis intervention. He specializes in treating trauma, anxiety, men’s issues and couples’ therapy.

Daniele is a firm believer that therapy is a journey and as such it may require utilizing different therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Psychodynamic therapy, Functional Family Therapy (FFT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Joyce-Caraccioli

Joyce Caraccioli, LCSW
113 University Place
8th Floor, Suite 13
New York, NY 10003
P: 917.572.5083
E: jcaraccioli@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: Cigna, Aetna, Beacon/Emblem Health

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.

 

Iris Kim

Minkyung Iris Kim, LCAT
147 West 35th Street, Suite 202
New York, NY 10001
P: 917-740-3150
E: ManhattanCat7@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: Cigna, Out of Network

Iris M. Kim is a licensed creative arts therapist who works with young adults in helping them resolve their personal conflicts and issues. I specialize in anxiety, eating disorders related with stress, PTSD, anger management, grief, depression, suicidal prevention and relationship problems using creative arts modalities. My approach to therapy involves creating a safe space for clients to express their inner feelings/conflicts freely. I have worked with young adults at a psychiatric inpatient unit in a New York City hospital. I am currently accepting new clients and am available on weekdays and Saturdays for therapy sessions.

As we deal with many relationship challenges, we need to express our inner feelings/fears/concerns so we can determine our appropriate course of action. My treatment philosophy is to offer a caring and nurturing environment so clients can freely communicate their concerns. I want to support my clients so they can overcome their issues and limitations.

Scott Kramer

Scott Kramer, LCSW-R
26 West 9th Street, Suite 9A
New York, NY 10011
P: 347.620.5433
E: scott@affirmingpsych.com
Accepted Insurance: Out of Network

Scott A. Kramer, LCSW-R, received his Master of Social Work from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has worked in various agencies with LGBTQ adolescents and young adults. Scott's specialty is working with gay men. Together, Scott and his clients work on strategic ways to help cope with anxiety, depression, substance use, family dynamics, and relationships. Additionally, Scott will work with you around issues like coming out, HIV (prevention: PrEP, U=U, TasP, Condoms • testing • dating • hooking up • living successfully with HIV • meds • disclosure), dating on apps, rejection, how to talk to someone new, overcoming shyness, body image, self-esteem, family issues, friend issues, relationship issues, and sex issues. You can learn more about Scott and his practice by visiting www.affirmingpsych.com.

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Mika Lee, LCAT
109 Lafayette Street, Room C-1
New York, NY 10013
P: 347.688.5512
E: creativeartstherapists@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: Cigna, 1199, Out of Network
General Availability: Thursday, Friday

Mika Lee, RDT, LCAT is an experienced creative arts psychotherapist, trained in counseling psychology and drama therapy, specialized in using a client-centered, attachment and dynamic based therapy approach, combining with a variety of different creative arts therapy modalities. She aims at building a safe, therapeutic holding space for her clients to freely explore themselves and to promote inner growth, self-awareness and creative coping. Mika is with the belief that “we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already - we have the power to imagine better”, and always works together with clients to “imagine better” - turning imagination into a grounding, good enough reality. Mika has worked in the past 8 years in both New York City and Taiwan in a variety of clinical settings. She currently has in a part-time private practice besides her full time job in inpatient psychiatry. Mika focuses on helping students and professionals with issues relating to anxiety, depression, relationship, career development, creative blocks, cultural adjustment, multicultural conflicts, identity, grief, loss, mind-body connection and life transitions. Mika provides service in both English and Mandarin Chinese and is happy to provide sliding scale fee for students with difficulties.

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Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy
10 Union Square East, Suite 2K
New York, NY 10003
P: 212 844 8387
E: marie.grippo@mountsinai.org
Accepted Insurance: Out of Network

The Music and Health Clinic offers to students health services tailored to meet their unique needs. It is the program’s goal to use the familiar and creative medium of music in a therapeutic context to provide musicians and performing artists with an empowering, dynamic, healing environment that is easily accessible. Music therapy is an established healthcare profession that is receiving growing interest in the medical setting. Clinical interventions are based on scientific research indicating that music therapy may improve breathing, regulate heart rate and blood pressure, reduce pain, anxiety and depression, and enhance quality of life. Our staff is trained in the latest interventions which address specific cognitive psycho-motivational aspects of depression, chemical dependency, chronic fatigue and anxiety in addition to standard medical care, complementary approaches such as music-assisted relaxation, guided visualization, and stress management.

Annsley March

Annsley March, LCSW
125 E 23rd Street
Suite 302, Office #1, Buzzer #30
New York, NY 10010
P: 212.583.1268
E: annsley.march@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: Cigna, including Wellfleet (The Cooper Union student plan)

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
80 5th Avenue, Suite 1503, Office #1
New York, NY 10011
P: 917.747.0078
E: amy.althoff@gmail.com
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.

Ugochi Okorie

Ugochi Okorie, LCSW
225 Broadway, Suite 2130, Office #3
New York, NY 10007
P: 347.460.8872
E: OkoriePractice@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: Out of Network

I understand how hard it can be to seek help, so I commend you on taking that first step. My aim is to provide a safe and supportive space for you to begin articulating and moving towards what you want to de different in your life. I use an approach called Solution Focused Therapy. My clients experience it as a hopeful, inspiring treatment due to the focus on strengths, resilience, hope, and solution building, rather than solely on pathology. It is my deep belief that we all have an innate ability to cope with and overcome areas of life that we find difficult. Together, with a keen focus on your unique situation, we will discover how you can tap into your inborn capacities to create the change and outcomes you are seeking.

I received my graduate training from New York University and my post graduate training from the BRIEF Centre for Solution Focused Practice and the Institute for Infants, Children and Families. I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Angela Ryu

Angela Ryu, LCAT, ATR-BC
P: 914-252-3943
E: angela.ryu.art@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: Out of Network

Hankyung Angela Ryu, LCAT, is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist who received her MA in Arts Therapy from New York University. Her approaches are person-centered, strength-based psychotherapy and CBT, using creative arts and traditional talk as modalities. Angela focuses on creating a safe space to express feelings, explore issues deeply, and develop relevant coping skills. Her clients come for issues related to anxiety, depression, anger, stress, relationship, cultural adjustment, identity, personal development, self-esteem, and trauma.

Angela has worked many years at psychiatric inpatient hospitals and outpatient mental health clinics, providing individual and group psychotherapy. She believes that expressing thoughts and feelings in a safe therapeutic relationship can help reconnect with one’s wisdom and a sense of self, enabling to grow towards greater independence and healing. Evening and weekend hours are available. A sliding scale fee is offered for those needed.

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Teresa Thompson, LCSW
P: 347.766.4949
E: teresa@teresathompsonlcsw.com
Accepted Insurance: United Healthcare, Oscar, Cigna

I believe every person has the capacity to experience healing and growth, and the therapeutic relationship is a wonderful tool to assist in guiding you to the vulnerability and self-introspection needed to explore how and where this is possible. Getting to know yourself and your experiences more deeply through therapy, with honesty and compassion, can allow you to open up more space in your life for attunement, self-actualization, and delight.

I practice psychotherapy as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New York. My clinical approach draws from a number of modalities including Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My practice is trauma-informed, and also strongly influenced by feminist and postcolonial critical theory. I am particularly interested in working with clients navigating matters relating to LGBTQ identity, living with HIV/AIDS, having a West Indian/Caribbean cultural background, regulating moods and emotions, experiencing psychosis, and spirituality.

Marcela Torres-Noguera

Marcela Torres-Noguera, LCSW
260 Madison Avenue
8th Floor
New York, NY 10016
P: (929) 352-4206
info@risetochangeyourstory.com
Accepted Insurance: Cigna, Aetna, United Healthcare, Oxford and Oscar Health

Marcela Torres-Noguera, LCSW is a bilingual (Spanish-English) latina clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience working with adults, couples and families, from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds working through different life transitions. She was born and raised in Colombia, South America and moved to the US to pursue her Masters in Social Work from Hunter College and has been living in NYC ever since.

Her clinical approach is based on empowerment and relational approaches, and cultural considerations, where therapy is a collaborative process and one in which the client is considered an expert in their own life.

She sees her role as a therapist as one to facilitate a process of personal discovery and growth through meaningful therapeutic conversations that can enrich one’s life story and can help getting unstuck when we face certain challenges and stressors in life. She specializes in helping clients through grief and loss, building healthy relationships, compulsive buying issues, trauma, women’s issues and immigration.

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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