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 cassandra.jolicoeur@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. 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 Cassandra, the Student Care Coordinator at cassandra.jolicoeur@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:

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
Available for Remote Sessions

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.

Kate Curtis

Kate Curtis, LMHC, CASAC
113 University Place
8th Floor, Office #4
New York, NY 10003
P: 917.885.6910
E: katecurtislmhc@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: Out of Network
Available for Remote Sessions

I am a licensed psychotherapist who works with young adults to address a range of issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, perfectionism, adjustment difficulties, and general life/ academic stressors. I have specialized training and expertise in treating problem substance use and addiction. I utilize a client-centered, relational approach, which means we will explore the current concerns in the context of past and present interpersonal dynamics, while also incorporating mindfulness based coping skills. My style is warm, engaging, and authentic, allowing you to feel supported in taking steps towards lasting and meaningful change.

Daniel Haywood

Daniel Haywood MA, RDT, LCAT
112 W 27th Street Suite 402
New York, New York 10001
P: 347.776.0391
E: haywooddaniel16@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: Wellfleet, 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, Suite 400
New York, NY 10010
P: 212.951.0947
E: therapy@kimberlyhertz.com
Accepted Insurance: Out of Network
Available for Remote Sessions

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 kimberlyhertz.com.

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
Available for Remote Sessions

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
Available for Remote Sessions

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
Available for Remote Sessions

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
Available for Remote Sessions

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.

Navah Steiner

Navah Steiner, MA, LCAT
303 5th Avenue, Suite 604
New York, New York 10016
P: 212.252.5451
E: nsteinerlcat@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: Wellfleet, 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: navahsteinerlcat.com. Other languages spoken: Hebrew.

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Teresa Thompson, LCSW
P: 347.766.4949
E: teresa@theresathompsonlcsw.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.

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Zoë Wais, LMSW
125 East 23rd Street, Suite 400
New York, New York 10010
P: 410.504.3769
E: info@nytherapypractice.com
Accepted Insurance: Out of Network

 

Zoë is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in working with those who feel overwhelmed, misunderstood, or burnt out by efforts to navigate this world and figure out their place in life. She understands the impacts of an invalidating narrative and strives to help people build greater confidence and insight into their experiences in order to feel better, do better, and demand better for themselves. Prioritizing an interactive, client-centered approach to therapy, Zoë partners with her clients to provide support and develop the skills and opportunities necessary for their own definition of success. Zoë’s areas of focus include: anxiety in all its forms (avoidance, overthinking, perfectionism, ocd traits), depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, and life adjustments; and she has advanced practice in CBT and DBT. Zoë works extensively with progressive young adults and LGBTQ+ folx and promotes the full spectrum of human sexuality and gender.

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
Available for Remote Sessions

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-Wong

YanKau Josephine Wong Ph.D., LCSW-R
244 5th Avenue, Suite 9C
New York, NY 10001
P: 347.733.3374
E: jwong88125@gmail.com
Accepted Insurance: Aetna, Cigna
Available for Remote Sessions

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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