Check in with the Counseling Center

Social anxiety, addiction, self-perception, balancing college and life, and more—the Counseling Center in Westchester invites you to join a fall group!

The Westchester Counseling Center is forming a series of fall groups, a great way to develop yourself and maximize your success in school and all other areas of your life.

Social Skills Group, Mondays 12:20 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
This group is for students who are looking to improve their communication skills, feel that they have trouble fitting in, or feel anxious in social situations. The group provides a confidential, safe place for students to learn about themselves and others, while improving their social skills and interpersonal relationships.
Group Co-leaders: Elisse Geberth and Elana Light, PsyD

Due Process: A Law Student’s Group, Tuesdays 4:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
This group is for law students struggling with managing the Law School-Life balance. The group provides a safe place to discuss personal concerns and receive support.
Group Leader: Amanda Michael, PsyD

Harm-Less, Wednesdays 12:20 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
“Harm-less” is a weekly support group for students who are interested in making healthier decisions around their alcohol and/or drug use in order to minimize the negative effects on their health, relationships, and school. This group offers a safe space for students to share their experiences and provide and receive support. Abstinence is not a requirement.
Group Leader: JR Lombardo, LCSW

Groundwork, Wednesdays 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
This is a support group for students who have a significant person in their life who struggles with addiction to alcohol or another drug. Students will have an opportunity to share feelings and coping strategies in a safe and confidential space.
Group Co-Leaders: Marissa Alexander, PhD, and Susan Becker, LCSW, MPA

Understanding Self and Others, Thursdays 3:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
This group addresses a variety of concerns related to relationships with others (including family, friends and partners) and with oneself. The group explores themes related to identity and self-perception and provides an environment in which members can practice new ways of expressing themselves as well as share support, encouragement, and feedback in a safe and confidential environment.
Group Co-Leaders: Elana Light, PsyD, and Amanda Michael, PsyD

Call the Westchester Counseling Center at (914) 773-3710 for more information. And make sure to check out the Westchester Counseling Center on Facebook.

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Well Done!

On March 4-7, check out the morning, daytime, and primetime lineup as the Counseling Center and cosponsors take you through food, travel, sex, and more via your favorite TV shows with the most entertaining edition of Wellness Week to-date. >>Read More

Who Wants to be a Well-ionaire?
Monday, March 4, 12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
Move over, Meredith—we’re saving our lifeline for March 4, as the Counseling Center hosts their own rendition of the popular TV quiz show, addressing a variety of wellness-related topics that’ll help you take care of your mind and body. Prizes will be given.

Safer Sex in the City
Monday, March 4, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
Whether you’re a Samantha or a Charlotte, it’s time to have safer sex in the city. Join the LGBTQA Center and Counseling Center for a talk on safe sex, with a focus on the queer community. Celiany Rivera and Zaneta Rago, the women who created the dynamic safe sex program 69 Ways to Use Saran Wrap, will answer the questions you’re afraid to ask your doctors and discuss what’s really happening in intimate spaces. Open to all.

True Life: The Clothesline Project
Tuesday, March 5, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
This week, True Life tackles an issue that affects most of us—one in every two women will be in a violent relationship. In addition, every single minute of every day more than one woman is raped in America. Whether you’re a survivor or someone who cares about one, stop by the Multipurpose Room to decorate t-shirts with themes related to stopping domestic violence, relational violence, and violence against women to be displayed in the MPR on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Top Chef: College Edition
Tuesday, March 5, 9:00 p .m.-11:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
Please pack your knives and go to the Multipurpose Room to compete for culinary domination. Chefs must be either a Maria’s Tower resident or 55 John Street Foodies resident—advance sign up is required. Chefs will pick up ingredients in the MPR at 7:00 p.m. on March 4 and present their dishes to the judges at 8:30 p.m. on March 5. Whole Foods gift cards will be given to the top three dishes. Stop by and see who’s crowned Top Chef! 

Law and Order-Self Defense Unit with Brian Evans
Wednesday, March 6, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
Benson and Stabler have nothing on Brian Evans, who does 1,000 one-handed push-ups daily. Inspired by the Clothesline Project: Bearing Witness to Violence Against Women, Housing’s own self-defense guru, School of Education Professor and Faculty-in-Residence Brian Evans, EdD, will teach you how to stay safe and defend yourself.                                                               

No Reservations with Brian Evans
Wednesday, March 6, 9:00 p.m.
E302, One Pace Plaza
In addition to being a martial artist, Brian Evans is also a world traveler, having done everything from helping teachers develop their mathematical problem solving abilities in Uganda to hiking the Himalayas. Find out how you can travel on the cheap and keep a tab on your finances. Refreshments will be served.

HBO Special: Flight
Thursday, March 7, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
An airline captain rolls a plane upside down to save it from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals the condition in which the pilot was flying. See the Academy Award-nominated film Flight starring Denzel Washington, followed up by a discussion on the impact of alcohol and drug use on one’s life and society. Pizza, popcorn, and soda will be served!

Beauty and Body

Time Magazine reports that 80% of all children have been on a diet by the time that they have reached the fourth grade. As the country raises awareness around eating disorders, Pace is proud to present Inside the Modeling Industry: A Conversation About Health and Beauty In Fashion on the NYC Campus.

The average woman is 5’4” and weighs 140 pounds and the average model is 5’11” and weighs 117 pounds. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women, calling into question the “perfect body” we see in catalogs and magazines. That’s why NEDA and the Model Alliance are teaming up to host Inside the Modeling Industry: A Conversation About Health and Beauty in Fashion, a National Eating Disorders Awareness Week event, on February 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room on the NYC Campus.

Co-sponsored by Pace University and the Pace Counseling Counseling Center, speakers include:

Amy Lemons, fashion model and advocate
Chris Gay, president of Marilyn Models
Crystal Renn, fashion model, author, and advocate
Ashley Mears, assistant professor of sociology at Boston University
Evelyn Attia, medical doctor and eating disorders specialist at Columbia University
Katharine Schuette, fashion model and advocate

The conversation will be moderated by Sara Ziff, founder and director of the Model Alliance, a not-for-profit labor group for models, and hosted by Emme, the world’s first full-figured supermodel, national women’s advocate, and NEDA ambassador.

There will be a pre-panel meet and greet from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion exploring the relationships between body image and eating disorder issues, labor concerns for young models, and cultural standards of beauty. Panelists will discuss challenges for creating change, and current efforts to address these issues within the industry and among consumers.

Refreshments will be served. Seating is very limited, so visit the NEDA website to RSVP now!

<3 Your Student Body

The Pace Counseling Center Wellness Week is partnering with the National Eating Disorder Association to bring you Love Your Body Week, a week’s worth of events including film screenings, panels, and plays, to show you why it’s important to be comfortable in your genes. >>Read More

Love Your Body Week kicks off on Monday, February 27 with Mirrorless Monday. Residence halls across campus will have their mirrors covered to promote positive body esteem. Students and staff are encouraged to write positive affirmations on the covered mirrors as a statement of acceptance and love for their bodies. Help celebrate you!

Does America have an unhealthy obsession with beauty? At 6:30 p.m. stop by the Student Union to see America the Beautiful, a documentary filmed over a four year time period, which follows the life of a teen model, explores the cosmetic industry, and leaves the audience asking themselves important questions regarding their own obsession with beauty. View the film trailer here. A Q&A and panel discussion with eating disorder and body image pyschotherapist Aviva E. Braun, LCSW and Dyson Professor and author of Feminist, Inc. Emilie Zaslow, PhD, will follow.

Also on February 27-March 2, don’t fight your genes, change your jeans! Drop off the jeans you no longer wear at Pace Residence Halls or at the Counseling Center. All jeans will be donated to a local charity.

On Tuesday, February 28, Ask the Dietitian. Have questions regarding nutrition, eating healthy on campus, or how to properly fuel your body? Stop by the nutrition booth in the One Pace Plaza kiosk and ask licensed dietitian, Laura Moretti, RD, with Columbus Park Collaborative, and get free consultation regarding your nutritional health.

Later that evening, the Schimmel Center opens its doors to a story of an eating disorder, loss, and hope. Inspired her journal writings, Someday Melissa is a documentary about a teenager’s struggle with bulimia. Following the screening, a panel discussion will be moderated by WABC-TV Anchor Diana Williams. Panelists include: Judy Avrin, filmmaker and mother of Melissa; Danna Markson, LCSW, Eating Disorders Specialist and Co-Executive Producer; Kimberly Dennis, MD, Medical Director, Timberline Knolls; and Vic Avon, author, activist, and NEDA Spokesperson. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the film begins at 7:00 p.m. For tickets please visit the NEDA website. (suggested donation of $10, but free for Pace students)

On Wednesday, February 29, and Thursday, March 1, the Multipurpose Room transforms into a stage for phat girls by Debbie Lamedman, a full-length play depicting the struggle many women experience dealing with weight and body image concerns. The audience will be transported from childhood to adulthood, witnessing the stories of how real women survive in a body-conscious society and eventually follow their journey toward self-acceptance. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the play will begin at 7:30 p.m. A Q&A and panel discussion will follow with Director Chris Giordano, cast, and Dr. Karen Weiss on opening night.

In addition to Love Your Body Week, the Counseling Center is hosting events as part of Wellness Week. On Monday, February 27, take part in a Jeopardy-style trivia game to test your knowledge and learn some facts about gender issues, gender differences, and sexuality at Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby.

What do Kim Kardashian and Cinderella have to teach us about happily ever after? On March 1, learn about what really makes a relationship healthy at Things People in Relationships Say.

Finally, on March 2, join the Counseling Center for an evening of storytelling about addiction, cravings, and love at Drinking…A Love Story? from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the 2nd Floor Fulton Street Lounge.

For more info or sponsorship opportunities regarding Love Your Body Week, email Heather Frank at or visit Wellness Week on Facebook.

How Do We Heal?

What is an anniversary reaction? What triggers it? What reactions are normal? How do we resolve grief and build resiliency? On October 4, learn more about coping with loss or trauma.

As the University continues to mourn anniversaries including 9/11, DJ Henry, and other losses, the Psychology Department and the Counseling Center in Westchester invite all students, faculty, and staff to Anniversary Reactions Following a Loss or Trauma, a program aimed at understanding feelings and distress associated with loss, death, and/or trauma around the anniversary of the event.

Learn more about normal reactions and ways to resolve grief and build resiliency on October 4 in the Butcher Suite on the PLV Campus. Follow up drop-in groups to advance your healing process further will also be held on October 11 and 18.

You can also call the Counseling Center on the PLV Campus at (914) 773-3710.