Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS) offers free, non-judgmental, and confidential assistance to NYU students who have concerns related to their use of alcohol or other drugs. Services include crisis intervention, individual psychotherapy, group counseling, medication management with an addictions psychiatrist, and referrals for treatment programs and support groups outside of CWS.

In addition to these services, CWS also offers resources for students in recovery from alcohol or substance abuse/dependence. Students are able to talk about what recovery means to them, identify and manage stressors/triggers that may hinder recovery, as well as share protective factors in a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment. Students also have the opportunity to openly discuss the potential challenges, consequences, and benefits related to being in recovery.

To make an appointment, call (212) 998-4780.

The Wellness Exchange is available 24/7/365 to address any concerns or questions regarding alcohol or substance use. Call the hotline at (212) 443-9999 or cha via the app anytime.

Virtual Services

You can work with Counseling and Wellness Services during remote learning. Our services are offered virtually (via Zoom or phone). If you have any questions, please contact CWS at (212) 998-4780. All students who need counseling services will be seen.


SAFE Program

The SAFE Program (Substance Assessment, Feedback, and Evaluation) helps students examine their own substance-related behaviors in a safe, judgment-free environment. The SAFE program helps students reduce high-risk behaviors and harmful consequences related to their use of alcohol or other drugs, identify motivations/triggers, and build skills to help promote change. The SAFE program offers a range of services, including individual and group counseling, psychiatric evaluations and medication management by an addictions psychiatrist, and referrals for outside treatment (e.g., detox, rehab, long-term therapy). Informal clinical consultation around addressing substance use issues within patients is also offered between the treating therapist and any CWS SAFE Team member.

To make a virtual appointment (via Zoom or phone), call (212) 998-4780. For additional information about the SAFE program please contact Genny Cuocci LCSW, CASAC at (212) 992-5678 or


Choices and Change

A harm-reduction group that provides a opportunity for students to discuss concerns about their substance use, identify motivations/triggers, and consider making changes in their behavior.

Students' Recovery Group

A group for students who are sober and seeking to bolster and maintain their recovery from substance abuse/dependence in a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment.

Conversations about Cannabis

Designed to help students explore their cannabis (marijuana) use in a supportive, nonjudgmental environment using a harm-reduction approach.

Breaking the Loop: Mindfulness for Problematic Behaviors

A twice monthly workshop designed to build awareness and give individuals options to replace unhelpful behaviors such as social media habits, binge watching TV, avoidance, and abusing substances. It will expand your ability to cope and respond creatively to everyday stress by teaching mindfulness practices and other DBT skills. 

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BASICS is an alcohol skills training program conducted over the course of two 45-minute sessions by SAFE Team clinicians providing in-depth alcohol/substance assessments, personalized feedback on myths about alcohol/substance effects, facts on alcohol/substance norms, ways to reduce future risks associated with alcohol/substance use, and options to assist in making changes.

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