Counseling and Wellness Services offers free, non-judgmental, and confidential assistance to NYU students who have concerns related to their use of alcohol or other drugs through a range of services, including the The SAFE Program (Substance Assessment, Feedback and Evaluation). In addition, students can contact the Wellness Exchange at (212) 443-9999 or chat via the app anytime to be connected to a specialized substance abuse counselor to discuss any concerns or questions regarding alcohol or substance use.

The SAFE program helps students examine their own substance-related behaviors in a safe, judgment-free environment. The focus of the SAFE program is to help students reduce high-risk behaviors and harmful consequences related to their use of alcohol or other drugs, identify motivations and triggers related to their use, and build skills to help promote change. Services are provided by a multi-disciplinary clinical team within CWS, and are non-judgmental, non-labeling and confidential.

Students interested in the SAFE Program will first need to schedule a brief 15-minute phone screening with a counselor. The counselor will ask you a few questions to make sure you are being connected to the right resource.To schedule a phone screening, log in to the SHC Portal, click Appointments, and select Counseling Phone Triage — or call (212) 998-4780.

For additional information about the SAFE program please contact Genny Cuocci LCSW, CASAC at (212) 992-5678 or


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.


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.

Breaking the Loop: Mindfulness for Habit Change

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

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.