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    At the Wellness Center,
    we know that a vital part of your academic success is your emotional well-being. It can be extremely difficult to focus on your goals, even simple tasks or activities, when you are feeling stressed, anxious, angry or depressed.

    What is Wellness?

    Wellness is how healthy you feel and how well you are able to meet your daily obligations. The road to wellness begins with becoming more aware of your present condition, and then making the conscious decision to change the way you live.

    How we can help you 

    We want to provide you with the guidance, information, resources and support needed to make college life more manageable and successful. Our counselors are available to help you overcome personal, social and academic issues in a safe and confidential environment.

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                                           Counseling services are provided by licensed professional counselors.

    Issues and Concerns How to Reach Us

    Whatever your circumstances, let’s talk! We are here to help and support you. If you are experiencing any issues or want to speak with someone, we encourage you to visit The Wellness Center. 

    To schedule an appointment, or for more information about our services, please contact our office: 

    The Wellness Center

    Location: Room C-249
    Phone: 718-482-5471

    Office Hours: Monday thru Thursday from 9 AM to 7 PM 
    Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM

    *If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, including having thoughts of harming yourself, 
    please call Public Safety at ext.5555, 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. 
    If you need non-emergency assistance, please contact The Wellness Center at ext. 5471.

    Learn more about the Wellness Center. Download the Wellness Center student brochure 

  •  Wellness Lounge

    Get your dose of Wellness with the following tools and resources. 

    Sound Therapy

    Sound and music has the therapeutic power to transform consciousness and improve well-being. Take some time to relax and enjoy these calming melodies.

    Guided Imagery  Concentration


    Sleep Aid   

    Healthy Living

    Healthy living is more than simple daily habits, it's a lifestyle. Learn how to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

    • The New York Open Center offers holistic learning, personal development, professional advancement and enrichment services.
    • Omega provides tools for the art of living, and motivation to cultivate greater health, joy, and peace at home and in the world. 
    • The Huffington Post Healthy Living provides health and fitness articles to help you live a healthier, happier and more active lifestyle.
    • Well blog by Tara Parker-Pope gives health reports on medical science, nutrition, fitness and family health.

    Suggested Reading:

    • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle 
    • A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

    Yoga and Meditation

    A relaxed and clear mind can help you manage anxiety and react to stressful situations more peaceably. Learn how to use mindfulness exercises to take charge of your thoughts, emotions and the way you deal with problems. 

    • Yoga Journal shares yoga exercises how-tos, practice videos, meditation tricks, healthy lifestyle tips and more.
    • Psychology Today provides information on relationships, mental health education, and work related issues from top experts in the field. 
    • Insight Meditation Society offers a range of silent meditation techniques and courses to develop freedom of the mind and heart.
    • Mindful Awareness Podcasts are in introduction to mindful meditation techniques that you can practice on your own.
    • Meditation Oasis provides simple guided meditations with music to help you relax into the natural flow of life.

    Suggested reading: 

    • Yoga and Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
    • 10% Happier by Dan Harris
    • Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • Insight Meditation: A Step By Step Course on How to Meditate by Joseph Goldstein
    • The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson

    Coping with Anxiety

    Everyone has feelings of anxiety, nervousness, tension, and stress from time to time. Learn healthy ways to cope with anxiety.

    Suggested reading:

    • The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D

    Coping with Depression

    While sadness is a normal human emotion that comes and goes and is usually caused by certain events, depression is a constant feeling of sadness and hopelessness. Explore different techniques to offset depression and increase your happiness. 

     Personal Wellness: Campus Resources

    8 dimensions of wellness

    The way to achieve wellness is through making proactive, healthy choices. The key component to wellness is how you balance your emotional, academic, physical, financial, professional, social, environmental and spiritual lives. All of these work together to help you achieve success as a student. The following resources will help you develop your personal wellness.


    Emotional wellness is the ability to cope effectively with life experiences and appreciate both positive and negative feelings. This includes promoting self-care, a positive attitude, high self-esteem, a strong self-image, and creating satisfying relationships. 

    Intellectual (Academic)

    Intellectual (Academic) wellness is engaging in creative and stimulating mental activities that promote lifelong learning. Using the resources available to expand your knowledge, improve skills, and increase your potential.


    Physical wellness is the ability to apply knowledge, motivation, commitment, behavior, self-management, attitude, and skills toward achieving personal fitness and health goals. This includes recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods and sleep.


    Financial wellness is having a clear understanding of your financial situation and having the ability to manage money and live within your financial means.


    Occupational wellness is personal satisfaction and professional enrichment through work. This includes choosing a role that is both stimulating and inherently rewarding, as well as one that is consistent with your beliefs, goals, lifestyle, personality and values. 


    Social wellness is the ability to develop a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system. A socially well person has a network of friends and family to they can turn to for support, validation and to share life experiences. These relationships are based on interdependence (rather than codependence), mutual trust and respect, equity of power and cultural competence.


    Environmental wellness is the ability to develop healthy relationships, the ability to interact with others effectively, the ability to adapt to various social situations, and life challenges in your educational, personal, and professional environment. This includes good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support your well-being.


    Spiritual wellness is developing a sense of purpose and meaning to life.  This is accomplished by learning to experience healthy relationships that incorporate love, joy, and fulfillment.


     Crisis Help: Community Resources

    Listed below are useful online and community resources that offer mental health and wellness services. Visit the Wellness Center (Room C249) for referrals and additional information. 

    • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, call 311

    • Lifenet 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, (800) 543-3638 (800-LIFENET)
      LifeNet is New York City's free, confidential crisis, information and referral hotline for anyone seeking help for mental health and/or substance abuse issues, available 24 hours a day/7 days a week LifeNet is staffed by trained mental health professionals who can help assess your situation and provide you with appropriate referrals.
    • National Suicide Prevention- ULifeline, (800) 273-TALK (8255)
      The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. 

    • Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline, (800) 621-HOPE (4673)
      Safe Horizon’s hotlines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The calls are free, and counselors are able to help you no matter what language you speak. Counselors provide crisis counseling, safety planning, assistance with finding shelter, referrals to Safe Horizon programs or other organizations, advocacy with the police, and other crucial services.

    • Adult Protective Services (APS) Referral Hotline, (212) 630-1853
      APS is a program that arranges for services and support for physically and/or mentally impaired adults who are at risk of harm. Prospective clients may be referred by anyone. When making a referral to the APS Central Intake Unit, be prepared with the following information, which will enable APS to determine eligibility.    

    • Name, address and phone number of person referred
    • Names of family or other contact persons
    • Identification of the risk factor(s) that are present

     Wellness Staff

    Frank LaTerra-Bellino
    Frank LaTerra-Bellino 
    ELA Advising Council
    Jean Buckley-Lockhart
    Jean Buckley-Lockhart
    Allied Health Advising Council
    LuAnn Butironi
    LuAnn Butironi
    Social Science Advising Council
    Stacy Chen
    Stacy Chen
    Liberal Arts/English Advising Council
    Shanté Colston
    Shanté Colston
    Psychologist for the Humanities Council
    (718) 730-7593
    David Croft
    David Croft-Ogawa
    Business Advising Council
    Naziat Hassan
    Naziat Hassan
    Intake Coordinator
    Matthew S. Joffe
    Matthew S. Joffe 
    Outreach and Education 
    Ana Mora
    Ana Mora
    STEM Advising Council
    Regina Varin-Mignano
    Regina Varin-Mignano
    Health & Wellness Education and
    Grant Development Manager
    Principal investigator of the
    LaGuardia A.S.S.I.S.T. Program
    Marissa Tolero
    Marissa Tolero
    Intake Coordinator

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