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What is Wellness?

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.

At Guttman, Wellness focuses on your mental and emotional wellbeing.

We provide short-term, mental health counseling (aka therapy) to help unclutter and remove obstacles that may be holding you back. It’s a safe and open place where you can express yourself and learn effective tools to help you now and in the future!

We assist with any adjustment issues or matters of personal concern such as, depression, anxiety, stress, procrastination, relationships, and sexuality. All Wellness services are specifically for Guttman students. Counseling is free, confidential, and voluntary. Additionally, Wellness facilitates several workshops and events throughout the year to support your wellbeing.

To schedule an appointment, email wellness@guttman.cuny.edu, stop by, or complete the Counseling Appointment Request Form and drop it in the secure box located outside the office. We are open Monday-Friday on the 5th floor. See below for a complete list of hours.

Counseling Appointment Request Form

After Hours Emergency and Crisis Contacts

  • Guttman Public Safety: (646) 313-8101
  • Police/Ambulance: 911
  • After Hours and Crisis Hotline: 888-NYC-WELL (888.692-9355)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1.800.273.8255)
  • Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-621-HOPE (1.800.621.4673)

For additional resources and hotlines, click the “Resources” drop down box.

Wellness Staff

Courtney Stevenson, LMHC
Associate Director of Counseling Services and Wellness Clinician

Nikita Sachdev

Nitika Sachdev, MHC graduate student intern
Wellness Intern

The mission of Wellness is to support and aid students in reaching their academic and personal goals by promoting their interpersonal and psychological well-being. We are committed to assist students in addressing any stress, conflicts, and other psycho-social factors that may be a hindrance. Wellness seeks to provide a non-judgmental space, work collaboratively, and equip students with effective strategies to use now and in the future.

A Wellness Clinician is available in either Room 507 or 506A at the following times during Fall 1:

Monday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-5:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-5:30pm
Thursday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-5:30pm

Please note, Wellness will be closed on special days and holidays that the college is closed.

STI testing dates and information


Breaking Free (a WoW event)

Get to know the Wellness staff and services offered.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week
Engage in activities to break the stigma surrounding mental health.

Anxiety and Depression Screening
Monday, October 7, 2019

World Mental Health Day
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Mental Health First Aid
Learn skills to support people with mental illness in this all day training facilitated by NYC Thrive.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Rm. 508

Guttman’s Annual Blood Drive
Give blood and save a life!
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Rm. 401

Talk-O Tuesday
Real talk about real issues… and yes, there’s tacos too.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Rm. 505

The S Word
A film on suicide survivors and prevention followed by a discussion.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

World AIDS Day
End stigma. End isolation. End HIV transmission. Learn about AIDS, HIV, and PrEP – a daily pill that can prevent HIV before exposure.
Monday, December 2, 2019



Memorial Meal
Celebrate the lives of those you have loved and lost over a shared meal.
January 2020

Talk-O Tuesday
Real talk about real issues… and yes, there’s tacos too.
February 2020



World Happiness Day
Discover the findings of the recent World Happiness Report and learn ways of increasing your own happiness!
Friday, March 20, 2020

Under the Influence (an alcohol awareness event)
Put on beer goggles and try to perform simple tasks to understand the effects of alcohol.
April 2020

Talk-O Tuesday
Real talk about real issues… and yes, there’s tacos too.
May 2020 

Wellness Fair
Your day to access an array of health services from acupressure to dental exams!
May 2020

Let’s Talk about Sex
Questions about sex, consent, intimacy, protection? Have your questions answered at this interactive panel.
May 2020



Nutrition Workshop
Enjoy healthy eats and learn nutrition basics from a certified nutritionist.
June 2020

Talk-O Tuesday
Real talk about real issues… and yes, there’s tacos too.
June 2020

When you think of counseling or therapy what comes to mind? A couch? Someone nodding politely as you talk about your dreams? Ink blots? Strait jackets and padded rooms? Someone asking you how you are feeling? We all have ideas about what counseling is and who it’s for. Many people are wary of counseling, thinking they “should” handle their problems by themselves, they don’t “need” it, or they are worried what it might be like.

So what is counseling?

Here at Wellness, we view counseling as a safe, non-judgmental space where we can work together on areas in your life you want to see change. While you will experience an openness to talk about what you are thinking and feeling, –and yes, there might even be some nodding– we don’t just stop there. Most people come to counseling because they are experiencing emotions they don’t know how to handle and/or not getting the results in life they are wanting. In counseling you will identify any beliefs, behaviors, and patterns that may be holding you back or leaving your feeling stuck. Together we will explore the interactions between your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and change any unhealthy patterns that may be at the core of your problems. It is our goal to give you tools to help you overcome life’s challenges, both now and in the future!

During our first session, we will get to know each other. You will share what has been going on, answer some questions, learn about the counseling process, and set goals for our work together. The following sessions will simply be working towards those goals.

Counseling at Wellness is short-term, confidential, and voluntary.

People come to counseling to have a safe space to talk about what they are thinking and feeling. People deal with all types of challenges in their daily life; counseling provides an outlet to talk, as well as, learn skills to understand, manage, and cope with these challenges. Common issues that students seek counseling for are:

  • Relationship issues
  • Issues with body image
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Academic stress
  • Grief

The first session of counseling is called the intake session. During this initial session, you will be able to talk about what brings you in. A main focus, however, will be on us (the counselor) asking you questions to get background information that will allow us to put your current situation into context. The purpose of this session is for us to get a full picture and for both of us to work collaboratively to set goals for treatment. The sessions following the intake session will focus more on your presenting problem and work towards your goals.


  • Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (2433) – Can use in US, U.K., Canada and Singapore
  • Suicide Crisis Line: 1-800-999-9999
  • National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1-800-273-TALK (8245)
  • National Adolescent Suicide Helpline: 1-800-621-4000
  • Postpartum Depression: 1-800-PPD-MOMS
  • NDMDA Depression Hotline – Support Group: 1-800-826-3632
  • Veterans: 1-877-VET2VET
  • Crisis Help Line – For Any Kind of Crisis: 1-800-233-4357
  • Suicide & Depression Crisis Line – Covenant House: 1-800-999-9999

Domestic Abuse:

  • National Child Abuse Helpline: 1-800-422-4453
  • National Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline (TDD): 1-800-787-32324
  • Center for the Prevention of School Violence: 1-800-299-6504
  • Child Abuse Helpline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
  • Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-800-548-2722
  • Healing Woman Foundation (Abuse): 1-800-477-4111
  • Child Abuse Hotline Support & Information: 1-800-792-5200
  • RAINN (Rape and Incest Survivors National Network): 800-656-HOPE or Rainn.org

Alcohol & Drug Abuse:

  • National Association for Children of Alcoholics: 1-888-55-4COAS (1-888-554-2627)
  • National Drug Abuse: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • Al-Anon/Alateen Hope & Help for young people who are the relatives & friends of a problem drinker): 1-800-344-2666
  • Alcohol/Drug Abuse Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • Be Sober Hotline: 1-800-BE-SOBER (1-800-237-6237)
  • Cocaine Help Line: 1-800-COCAINE (1-800-262-2463)
  • 24 Hour Cocaine Support Line: 1-800-992-9239
  • Ecstasy Addiction: 1-800-468-6933
  • Marijuana Anonymous: 1-800-766-6779

Youth & Teen Hotlines:

  • National Youth Crisis Support: 1-800-448-4663
  • Youth America Hotline: 1-877-YOUTHLINE (1-877-968-8454)
  • Covenant House Nine-Line (Teens): 1-800-999-9999
  • Boys Town National: 1-800-448-3000
  • Teen Helpline: 1-800-400-0900
  • TeenLine: 1-800-522-8336
  • Youth Crisis Support: 1-800-448-4663 or 1-800-422-0009
  • National Runaway Hotline: (US only) 800-231-6946
  • National Youth Crisis Hotline:(US only) 800-442-442-4673

Pregnancy Hotlines:

  • Pregnancy Support: 1-800-4-OPTIONS (1-800-467-8466)
  • Pregnancy National Helpline: 1-800-356-5761
  • Young Pregnant Support: 1-800 550-4900

LGBTQ Hotlines:

  • The Trevor Helpline (For homosexuality questions or problems): 1-800-850-8078
  • Gay & Lesbian National Support: 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Youth Support Line: 1-800-850-8078
  • TransLifeline: 877-565-8860

Other Hotlines:

  • Self-Injury Support: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
  • Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention: 1-800-931-2237 (Hours: 8am-noon daily, PST)
  • Eating Disorders Center: 1-888-236-1188
  • Help Finding a Therapist: 1-800-THERAPIST (1-800-843-7274)
  • Panic Disorder Information and Support: 1-800-64-PANIC (1-800-647-2642)
  • TalkZone (Peer Counselors): 1-800-475-TALK (1-800-475-2855)
  • Parental Stress Hotline: 1-800-632-8188

People who have anxiety or struggle with talking on the phone can use a text-based app called ImAlive.org to check in with mental health experts and receive help via text message

The Wellness office at Guttman Community College serves as a training facility for graduate students completing their internship requirement for a master’s degree in mental health counseling. Supervision is provided by Courtney Stevenson, LMHC.

Internships typically run for a full academic year, starting in late August and ending in early June for a total of 600 internship hours. Exact start and end dates are determined by the intern and supervisor and based on the both Guttman’s academic calendar and the academic calendar of the intern’s university.

To apply, email Courtney.stevenson@guttman.cuny.edu and include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript

If available, include a letter of readiness from your college. You may also attach any letters of recommendation although it is not required.

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