The Wellness Center is offering counseling sessions for anyone who wants a safe space in which to talk about the Orlando shootings. They’ve also included a list of hotlines and resources that may be of help. See below for more information.

Additionally, there is a therapist in Brooklyn, Maria-Christina S Bichay, offering free counseling sessions for the same purpose. You can contact her here: or at mcbichaytherapy(at)gmail(dot)com.

The Graduate Center’s Student Counseling Service at the Wellness Center joins with the rest of the nation in mourning following this past weekend’s mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  We reject acts of hatred in all  forms and reaffirm our support and commitment to our LGBTQ, Latino/a and Muslim communities.

Directly or indirectly, many members of the college community will be affected by this unimaginable tragedy, and for those who need a safe space to talk, The Graduate Center’s Student Counseling Service at the Wellness Center will have appointments available for confidential and supportive counseling sessions. The Wellness Center is located in Room 6422 and can be contacted at 212-817-7020. You can also find information and request services on our website:

Here are some resources that may be of help:

American Psychological Association – Managing your distress in the wake of mass shooting:[]

American Psychological Association- How to talk to children about difficult news and tragedies:[]

SAMHSA – Incidents on Mass Violence:[]

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays:[]

There are also numerous hotlines you can call anonymously to talk through confused and difficult feelings:


NYC GLBT hotline: 212-989-0999

National GLBT hotline:

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10011. 212-620-7310

Audre Lorde Project (Brooklyn), 85 South Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY 11217. 718-596-0342

Audre Lorde Project (Manhattan), 147 W. 24th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011. 212-463-0342. 212-463-0344

Brooklyn Community Pride Center, 4 MetroTech, Brooklyn, NY 11201. 347-889-7719

Queens Pride House, 76-11 37th Ave., Suite 206, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. 718-429.5309

Staten Island LGBT Center, 25 Victory Blvd., 3rd Floor, Staten Island, NY 10301. 718-808-1360

Rainbow Heights Club, 25 Flatbush Ave., 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217. 718-852-2584


Arielle Shanok, PhD

Deputy Director

For Student Counseling Services

Wellness Center

Graduate Center, City University of New York