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As performing artists, maintaining high quality physical and mental health is critical for AMDA students who must meet rigorous academic and performance demands. AMDA provides complementary health and wellness services to support students' behavioral and emotional wellness, and to help students evaluate options for maintaining healthy lifestyles, through prevention, intervention, and education. AMDA's goal is to empower students to develop skills and competencies that support healthy choices and academic success as a foundation for life-long development.

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AMDA NY offers Mental Health Counseling to help meet the emotional and psychological needs of our students. Our goal is to create a campus environment that facilitates the health and well-being of all of our students and advances our academic and performance mission. Our counselor provides short-term consultations and can connect students to ongoing counseling and community resources.


Hours are Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm (additional times available with an appointment).


  • Counseling
  • Support groups
  • Referrals to community resources

To make an appointment

Additional and Ongoing Counseling Resources

Local health clinics

If you need immediate assistance please call NYC's 24/7 hotline at 888-692-9355 or visit If you are in danger or need immediate medical attention Call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

The welfare of our students is essential to our vibrant performing arts community. Per the Affordable Care Act, all enrolled students on either campus must have both mental and physical health insurance at all times while attending AMDA.

To assist students with this requirement, AMDA automatically enrolls each student in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), an affordable service that offers students access to mental and physical healthcare services throughout New York City and Los Angeles.

Whether it's a broken ankle or a psychological trauma, SHIP provides vital resources to ensure AMDA students are healthy in body and mind for continued success in their education.

You can find all plan materials at If you have questions about enrollment, please call Relation at 800-955-1991.

Waive Out Of SHIP

Students have until the Friday of Week 1 each term to waive their automatic SHIP enrollment. To waive out, you must provide proof of comparable health insurance that meets the coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act. You may waive out of SHIP if you provide proof of comparable health insurance.

Additional Information


If you have any questions or concerns about SHIP coverage on either campus, don't hesitate to contact Angela King at 800-955-1991 or

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