• The Wellness Center

    The Wellness Center provides counseling and wellness services that support and assist you in your intellectual, emotional, psychological, and social development while coping with the challenges of college and life stressors. The Wellness Center offers free and confidential counseling in a safe environment where individual and cultural differences are valued and respected. Our services include: short-term individual counseling, crisis intervention, workshops, outreach and referrals to college community resources.

  • Services

    Short-term Individual Counseling: Discuss personal concerns with a licensed mental health professional in a safe, confidential setting. Gain emotional support and learn coping skills and strategies to overcome specific challenges.

    Group Counseling: Share experiences, learn perspectives and practice new behaviors in a safe and supportive environment. Counseling groups are facilitated by one or more licensed mental health counselors in a small group setting.

    Alternative Wellness Classes: Participate in these free classes to improve your mental, physical and spiritual health. Check the campus calendar for more details.

    Stress Less Yoga 1
    Every other Monday (starting 9/17)
    Every Wednesday (starting 10/4)
    10:30-11:30 a.m.
    Room MB-10
    Tai Chi
    Tuesdays (9/25-12/11), 3-4 p.m.
    Room C-401
    Brain Breaks
    Tuesdays (9/25-12/6)
    Thursdays (9/27-12/11)
    12:15-12:45 p.m.
    Room C-249
    Expression Through Art
    Thursdays (9/20-12/6)
    2:30-4 p.m.
    Room C-249
    Walking Meditation
    Wednesdays (9/26-12/12)
    12:30-2 p.m.
    Room C-401
    Game Break
    Thursdays (9/20–12/6), 1-2 p.m.
    Room C-249

  • Counseling Groups

    We facilitate counseling groups to help you explore your feelings, process your struggles and find support.

    LGBTQIA Support Group
    New to American College Student Group
    Race Out Loud
    Talk It Out
    Wednesdays, 1–2 p.m.
    Closed group (intake required)
    October 24–December 5
    Tuesdays, 4–5 pm.
    Open group
    September 25–December 4
    Wednesdays, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
    Open group
    October 3–November 21
    Wednesdays, 4:35–5:35 pm.
    Closed group (intake required)
    September 25–December 4
    A support-focused group for students to talk and process daily struggles associated with being LGBTQIA.
    New American students often face many struggles while adjusting to life in America, and they often do it alone. This group will tackle homesickness, financial issues, injustices, fear and language barriers, all while talking about the American college experience. We are much stronger together!
    A processing group for students to explore their thoughts and feelings on race and racism. Students will increase their level of self-awareness, learn from different perspectives, and support and encourage one another.
    Come discuss the stresses of everyday life (relationships, school, home, etc.), and get feedback from people who get it!

  • Reasons To Visit

    We are here to help you address the following concerns:

    • Adjusting to college life
    • Depression
    • Diversity and cultural differences
    • Family difficulties
    • Grief and loss
    • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQIA) concerns
    • Recovering from trauma
    • Relationship problems
    • Stress and anxiety

  • How To Reach Us

    To schedule an appointment, please contact our office:

    Room C-249

    Office Hours:
    Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.–6:15 p.m.
    Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

    If you need to speak with someone outside of office hours, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355), text WELL to 65173 or visit NYC Well to chat with a counselor.

    If you are in danger, in need of immediate medical attention or having thoughts of harming yourself, please call 911.

  • Resources

  • Unsure if you or someone you know should see a mental health professional? These online questionnaires can give you a better understanding.

    Depression is a condition that can affect anyone. Here are the signs:
    • Feeling sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless or generally pessimistic
    • Focusing on death or suicide
    • Withdrawing from friends and hobbies/activities
    • Experiencing anxiety, stress and/or irritability
    • Feeling fatigued or lacking energy
    • Giving away possessions and/or making out a will
    • Experiencing changes in sleep and/or appetite
    • Having difficulty concentrating, making decisions or remembering things
    • Saying things like “I don’t deserve to be here” or “I want to die”
    • Increased use of alcohol and/or other drugs
    • Engaging in reckless behavior

    Suicide Prevention Tips

    If someone you know is thinking about suicide, there are a few ways you can help.
    1. If they are in immediate danger, call 911.
    2. Reach out if you think someone is suffering in silence and could be reluctant to seek assistance.
    3. Listen to the person and accept their feelings. Try not to judge or argue.
    4. Remind them that support is available on campus and in the community.
    5. Offer to go with the person to seek help from their parents, a wellness counselor or another source of support.

    Learn more about helping students in distress.
  • Stress Relief

    Everyone experiences stress while in college, but there are ways to manage it. The following apps are available to help you reduce stress and improve your mood.

    Breath2Relax is an app that teaches a deep type of breathing, called diaphragmatic breathing or belly breathing. This type of breathing has been shown to help reduce stress and improve mood stabilization.

    Happify embraces “the science of happiness to offer exercises, games and activities for reducing negative thoughts and improving relationships.

    Headspace features guided meditation, using a daily training format that you can try for free.

    MindShift is an app specifically designed for teens and young adults. It addresses such things as social and performance anxiety, perfectionism, worry, panic and conflict. Rather than avoid anxiety, it helps users change how they think about it.

    Pacifica offers daily tools to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Record and track moods, set goals, and connect with a supportive community.

    Panic Relief is made specifically for managing panic attacks, helping users understand causes and overcome fears.

    Insight Timer is a free meditation app featuring content from meditation teachers, including guided meditations, meditation music, talks and podcasts.

    Self-help for Anxiety Management (SAM) helps with self-monitoring of anxiety through a graphic display, a closed social network for social support, anxiety education and guidance on how to use the app in daily life.

    The Now is a free mindfulness app that sends inspirational quotes throughout the day to help you pause, reflect and refocus on the present moment.

    Smiling Mind is a free, customizable mediation app that offers guided mediation exercises based on age. It’s ideal for everyone, from children to adults.

    Wunderlist productivity app allows you to make to-do lists, label them, set deadlines and collaborate with others. It’s easy to use, and it can help make life seem more manageable.

  • Everyone experiences stress while in college, but there are ways to manage it.

  • We offer various health and wellness grants to help students succeed in college and beyond.
  • Programs

    We offer various health and wellness programs to help students succeed in college and beyond.

    Designed for students with autism spectrum disorders, Asperger’s, social anxiety or isolation and stigmatization, LaGuardia’s ASSIST program is a grant that consists of trained peer coaches who specialize in working with students on social interactions and self-esteem issues. Gain personalized strategies, receive holistic counseling and improve your college experience. If this interests you, contact Mark Pierce at 718-349-4023.

    Project Weekly Wellness is a holistic program that aims to improve the overall health and wellbeing of LGBTQIA students through psychoeducational workshops and discussion groups. The workshops cover topics related to the experience of LGBTQIA identity, such as gender and sexual identity, coming out and more. Participants have the opportunity to debrief with one another in a group discussion following the workshop.

  • Graduate Internship Program (GIP)

    The Wellness Center offers a special opportunity for graduate students who are enrolled in an approved mental health counseling or social work master’s program. Through the GIP, you can gain experience in a clinical setting under the direct supervision of licensed professionals on LaGuardia’s campus. Interested? Apply today!

    Application Deadlines:
    • Social Work Application – May 18, 2018
    • Mental Health Counseling Application – 2019 deadline TBD

    To apply, mail or email your cover letter and curriculum vitae/resume to: 

    Dr. Shanté Colston 

    Director, Graduate Internship Program


    LaGuardia Community College Wellness Center  

    29-10 Thomson Avenue, C-249  

    Long Island City, NY 11101  

    To be considered, you must be enrolled in an approved master’s program, and you must be able to complete a minimum of 21 hours or the minimum hours required by your school’s program.

    When will I know if I’ve been offered an internship? Internship offers will be extended to Mental Health Counseling applicants in March and to Social Work applicants in June. Orientation will be held in early September.

    How long is the internship? The Wellness Center internship placements are a one academic year commitment. We are not offering one-semester placements at this time.

    What kind of supervision will I receive as an intern at LaGuardia? Interns receive approximately 1.5 hours of individual supervision, 2 hours of group supervision and 0.5 hours of task supervision weekly. If an intern is involved in any additional projects or tasks, those assignments may require additional supervision.

    What will I be doing as an intern? Interns spend half their time working with a limited caseload of clients. The rest of their time is spent on training, case management, outreach/education efforts and developing projects like workshops, social media initiatives. monthly newsletters and grants.

    What will my schedule be like? The number of hours that you are interning in the Wellness Center depends on the requirement of your program. Most often, interns are able to set their weekly schedule based on what works best for them, but in certain instances interns will be asked to adjust their proposed schedules if some days are more heavily covered than others.

  • gain experience in a clinical setting under the direct supervision of licensed professionals.

  • Meet Our Staff

    Frank LaTerra headshot
    Frank LaTerra-Bellino 
    ELA Advising Team  
    Jean Buckley-Lockhart headshot
    Jean Buckley-Lockhart
    Allied Health Advising Team  
    LuAnn Butroroni Headshot
    LuAnn Butironi
    Social Science Advising Team  
    Stacey Chen headshot
    Stacy Chen  
    Liberal Arts/English Advising Team  
    Shante Colston headshot
    Shanté Colston
    Humanities Advising Team  
    Matthew S. Joffe headshot
    Matthew S. Joffe
    Outreach and Education   
    Ann Mora headshot
    Ana Mora  
    STEM Advising Team  
    Regina Varin-Mignano headshot
    Regina Varin-Mignano
    Health & Wellness Education and  
    Grant Development Manager  
    Principal investigator of the LaGuardia A.S.S.I.S.T. Program  
    Marisa-Tolero Headshot
    Marissa Tolero  
    Shirley Chen headshot
    Shirley Chen  
    Jennifer Cintron Headshot
    Jennifer Cintron
    ESL Counselor
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    Choden Tenzin