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Student Health & counseling

FREE & Confidential Short-Term Counseling Services at SVA

Free short-term therapy services are confidential and provided at our office (340 East 24th Street, 1st floor). 

Our summer office hours are 9 AM-5 PM, Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-3 PM (Friday, beginning 5/31/19). 

Students may call 212.592.2246, e-mail [email protected] or stop by our office to request an appointment.

Summer 2019 Counseling Services

Students that are returning to SVA in the Fall or are currently taking Summer courses towards their degree may inquire about an appointment (our services are not open to Continuing Education students, administrative staff or faculty).

If you’d like to speak to a non-SVA counselor during non-business hours, you can text HOME to 741-741 (www.crisistextline.org) or text WELL to 65173 (NYC WELL) or call 1-888-NYC-WELL to speak with a counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Medical services are NOT available at our office

Please review the Map of Medical Facilities to locate an Urgent Walk-In clinic or hospital.

Map of SVA buildings

Student Health Insurance - Download Card

All students are automatically enrolled and billed for the SVA-sponsored insurance plan, Cigna PPO

Community of Mental Health Resources

A list of therapists and psychiatrists outside of SVA.

Incoming Students

SVA Student Health Form

This form is required of all incoming/accepted students that want to enroll in classes at SVA. NOTE: If you attended a SVA Pre-College course and submitted a health form -or- if you are a BFA SVA Alumnus, please e-mail [email protected] to check if we have your immunization record on file.

Download PDF 

Students can complete the top half of the form and Step 1-Meningitis Response; a clinician / health care provider must complete Step 2-Measles, Mumps, Rubella*

*We will also accept a copy of a student's health records displaying proof of MMR (2) Measles, (1)  Mumps and (1)Rubella vaccinations in place of Step 2. Students who attended a SVA Pre-College cours eand previously submitted the health form or obtained a BFA from SVA do not need to re-submit this form. Contact [email protected] to inquire.

The New York State Department of Health Immunization Program has the legal authority to ensure that schools throughout the state comply with PHL Sections 2165 and 2167No institution shall permit any student to attend such institution in excess of thirty days without complying.

Please e-mail the completed form to [email protected] or fax it to 212.592.2216.

Student Health Insurance

All students are automatically enrolled and billed for the SVA-sponsored insurance plan, Cigna PPO

Students who have their own comparable health insurance plan outside of SVA need to remove the health insurance fee ($1,155 per semester) every Fall semester. This fee is located on your tuition bill, and it may only be removed online  (please note that requesting to waive the insurance over the phone or in-person does NOT remove the insurance fee).

The Spring 2019 waiver deadline has passed. The waiver appeal deadline for Spring 2019 is April 6 2019 and the Online Waiver Appeal Form is at sva.edu/uhp.

Spring 2019 Health Insurance Information

Download your 2018-2019 Cigna health insurance card

Review directions on how to download the card. Graduating students of 2019: Your insurance will end on August 24, 2019.

Download your insurance card

24/7 Emotional Support After SVA Office Hours

Free and confidential emotional support 24/7/365. Available to all.


Call: 1.888.NYC.WELL

Text: WELL to 65173 

Chat: https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/get-help-now/chat-with-a-counselor-now/

Services provided in English, Spanish and Mandarin. Interpreters are available for 200+ languages.


The Samaritans  

Call: 212.673.3000


Crisis Text Line 

Text: HOME to 741471 

Medical Leave

Physician's Verification of Medical Condition Form: Students Leaving SVA for Medical Reasons 

Students that take a Medical Leave of Absence from SVA must submit this completed form to Student Health and Counseling Services no later than 30 days from the date of withdrawal for tuition consideration. 

Certificate Of Readiness Form: Students Returning to SVA from a medical Leave  

Students that took a Medical of Absence from SVA and want to request a return must submit this completed form to Student Health and Counseling Services at least 1-2 months from the date of the anticipated semester's start.

Former Students

Immunization Record Release Form

Students may request their immunization records (the SVA Student Health Form that was sent to our office to enroll in classes) by completing this form. 

Community of Mental Health Resources

A list of therapists and psychiatrists outside of SVA.
Meet Our Staff

Christine Gilchrist, MSN, MPH, RN, NC-BC

Associate Director, works at SVA Monday-Thursday

Christine has been at SVA since 2002. She is an integrative nurse; using a whole person/whole system approach to caring for others. She was a sexual health peer educator in college; majoring in Nursing and minoring in Women's Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her graduate degrees are in Community Health Nursing and Urban Public Health with a focus on Community Health Education. Christine is a board certified nurse coach, working with SVA students on setting and achieving wellness goals. She also teaches mind/body techniques such as breathing and meditation for stress management.

Arielle Kempler, LCSW 
Therapist, works at SVA Monday-Friday

Arielle is a full-time psychotherapist who joined SVA in 2018. She specializes in trauma therapy and has previous experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She approaches therapy with a trauma perspective and integrates theories such as Internal Family Systems theory (IFS) and somatic experiencing in her work. She also uses techniques that connect the mind and body such as mindfulness and deep breathing to help target anxiety. Her practice focuses on helping clients overcome barriers in their lives that prevent them from feeling in control and achieving their goals.

Brett Sharetts, LMSW 
Therapist, works at SVA Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday (East Side), Wednesday (West Side)

Brett is a full-time psychotherapist who joined SVA in 2018. He approaches therapy with a modern psychodynamic perspective, integrating theories from psychoanalysis, CBT, and mindfulness based practices. His goal is to help clients understand their own process and unconscious motivations as they strive to live fuller, richer, more meaningful lives.

Holly Fu, LMSW

Therapist, works at SVA Monday-to-Friday

Holly is a full-time psychotherapist who joined SVA in 2019. She specializes in interpersonal therapy and has extensive experience working with clients from various social-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. She approaches therapy with a psychoanalysis perspective and focuses on personal growth. Her goal is to empower clients to be in charge of their lives and live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.  She speaks both English and Mandarin. 

Daniela Caraballo, LCSW

Therapist, works at SVA Monday-to-Friday

Daniela is a full-time psychotherapist who joined SVA in 2019.  She’s worked with children, adolescents, and adults as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in a range of mental health settings. She approaches therapy with an integrative framework of various therapeutic techniques including, Cognitive Behavioral, Relational, Psychodynamic, Family Systems, trauma focused and mindfulness based practices. She identifies as an LGBTQI affirming therapist and adopts an anti-oppression/anti-racist stance in her work. Her goal is to help clients make meaningful connections and learn tools to tackle obstacles preventing them from living a meaningful and fulfilling life. She’s a native New Yorker, fluent in English and Spanish.

Matt Lee
Coordinator, works at SVA Monday-Friday
Matt has been at SVA since 2015. He schedules appointments for SVA students, processes immunization forms and manages student health insurance requests.

Ken Varvel 
Temp Coordinator, works at SVA Monday-Friday

Health insurance resources for graduating students

SVA CLASS OF 2019: The 2018-2019 SVA sponsored student health insurance plan Cigna PPO will expire on August 24, 2019.

Other resources

The following information is not intended to be exhaustive of all health plans available, nor should it be regarded as a recommendation or endorsement of the health plans by SVA Student Health & Counseling Services. Contact the companies directly for more information.

SVA Alumni Health Insurance Exchange – affordable health insurance programs from JLBG Health:


Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center


New York State of Health Marketplace


NY State Essential Plan


Freelancers Unionavailable to independent workers/freelancers in 30 states – review the following link for more information and eligibility requirements:


International Students - OPT

• International Student Organization: http://www.isoa.org

Coverage for students living or studying abroad for longer than one year:


Students with J1 and F1 visas (even in OPT) you may review the Student Secure plan:


If you are a student with dependents there is also a plan called the Atlas Travel:


Free emotional support

Confidential emotional support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - you can text HOME to 741-741

(www.crisistextline.org) or call 1-888-NYC-WELL (or text WELL to 65173).

1095-B Information
Purpose of IRS Form 1095-B: Health Coverage
Form 1095-B is used to report certain information to the IRS and to taxpayers about individuals who are covered by minimum essential coverage and therefore are not liable for the individual shared responsibility payment. Consolidated Health Plans mailed 1095-B's to students insured under the SVA sponsored health insurance plan in January 2019. If you recently changed addresses in the past few months: You'll need to contact  [email protected] to obtain a copy.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: You only need to keep this form for your records and no action is required.

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