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Update: Mercy's COVID-19 Policies

For the latest information about Mercy’s COVID-19 policies click here.  STUDENTS: To upload your vaccination documentation, click here.  

To make an appointment call 914-888-5150 or email

Mercy College has also partnered with BetterMynd, an online therapy platform for college students, with services available 7 days a week with evening and weekend appointments available. 

Ori Shinar

Ori Shinar, PsyD

Director, Student Counseling Center
914-674-7233 /
Pronouns: he/his/him

Dr. Ori Shinar is a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology and has been the Director of the Student Counseling Center for 19 years at Mercy College.  He holds degrees from the University of California, Irvine (B.A. Psychology) and Yeshiva University’ Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology (Psy.D. Clinical Psychology).  Prior to joining Mercy in 2001, he served as a staff psychologist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Hillside Hospital and Schneider’s Children’s Hospital.

Over the past 20+ years, Dr. Shinar has specialized in cognitive behavior therapy, a time-limited, structured approach to assist people in better managing thoughts, behaviors and emotions that contribute to the issues affecting their life goals and successes.  As a New York State licensed clinical psychologist specializing in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), he has extensive training in treating anxiety disorders (i.e. social anxiety, panic and obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety, specific phobias), mood and impulse control disorders.  Dr. Shinar works with individuals who also suffer from work productivity challenges including the effects of ADHD (ADD), procrastination, and stress/time management issues.

In light of recent events, Dr. Shinar has actively modified how counseling services are delivered, such as individual solution focused treatments and virtual group therapy programming and workshops, to further the reach of counseling services to more students struggling with anxiety, depression, loneliness, and hopelessness exacerbated by the pandemic.

Karen Reed

Karen Reed, LCSW

Counselor, Bronx & Dobbs Ferry 
718-678-8486 / 
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Karen Reed is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in counseling adolescents and young adults in an educational setting. She earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology from State University of New York at Purchase College and is a Graduate of The Fordham University School of Social Work. Karen is trained in Family Systems Theory through The Ackerman Institute for the Family, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Focused Therapy. She is also a certified Yoga Instructor and Meditation Leader. Karen is committed to providing excellent service and support to those students who come to her for help. She is trained to assess students with depression and anxiety, suicidal ideation and other mental health concerns. Her preferred therapeutic modalities are engaging students in stress reduction techniques, including talk therapy, yoga and meditation. 

Counseling Center Hours & Contact Information

The Student Counseling Center will be offering appointments in-person and virtually. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Mercy College has also partnered with BetterMynd, an online therapy platform for college students, with services available 7 days a week with evening and weekend appointments available. 

Student Counseling Center Main Number (All Campuses)
To schedule a new appointment or for general inquiries: (914) 888-5150 or

Email is not a secure form of communication therefore confidentiality cannot be assured.

If you are having any thoughts of hurting yourself or dying, there is hope. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline