The mission of the Office of Counseling Services is to promote the mental health and personal growth of LIM Students through counseling, outreach, and wellness services. We also support the overall health and wellbeing of students by providing access to health resources, reviewing medical withdrawal requests, and confidential storage of immunization records.
The Office of Counseling Services is currently providing hybrid services with appointments available both in person and remotely through Zoom Healthcare. Consultation appointments are available to all enrolled students and their parents. Ongoing counseling is available only to students in person or remotely to students located in New York State.
If you urgently need to speak with one of our counselors during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm), please call (646) 218-6048 or go to the 14th floor of Maxwell hall and someone will assist you. Should you need to speak with a crisis counselor outside of regular business hours, you can access free, immediate, and confidential support by calling or texting the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988. If this is a clinical emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Staff and Contact Info.
Heather O'Leary, Ph.D.
Director of Counseling and Accessibility Services
Heather earned a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University, an MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University, and a BA in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She obtained post-graduate training in psychoanalytic theory and practice at the William Alanson White Institute. Heather is also an adjunct professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education where she supervises and teaches clinical practice. She provides psychotherapy to adolescents and adults in her private practice in Manhattan.
Prior to joining LIM, Heather had a range of clinical experiences, with a significant focus on trauma, attachment, and diversity. She has previously provided clinical services at Counseling and Psychological Services at Fordham University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and various community clinics.
Taisha Parkins, LMHC
Assistant Director of Counseling Services
Taisha earned her Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling from CUNY Hunter College and her Bachelors of Psychology, with a minor in child development from North Carolina Central University. Prior to joining LIM, Taisha worked with a wide range of non-profit organizations serving children, adolescents and families, with a focus on trauma, depression and anxiety. Taisha also worked in private practice providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples in Brooklyn.
Office Manager of Counseling and Accessibility Services
Queennett earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Pace University. Before joining LIM College, she worked in the Student Affairs Office at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) under the Associate Director. Prior to her time at SVA, she held the position of Registration Assistant in the Registrar’s Office at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).
Ilana earned a BA in International Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently a PhD student in Counseling Psychology at Fordham University. Prior to joining LIM, Ilana worked at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and Complicated Grief Program. She has also been involved in various clinical research programs related to anxiety, trauma, and intimate partner violence within Emory University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Campus Location: Maxwell Hall 216 East 45th St., 14th Floor
Phone: (646) 218-6048
Fax: (212) 750-3466
Hours: Monday thru Friday 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.