Counseling and Wellness

NYU Prague  has an onsite Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Desiree Gonzalo.  You will meet her upon arrival, but it is never too early to reach out.  Feel free to email her at any point:

  • While studying abroad is an incredible experience, it often takes time to adjust to a new culture, living arrangements, food, language and submersion into the unfamiliar. Some students feel overwhelmed, others homesick. Some afraid, others depressed. You may periodically feel out of sorts. The attitudes toward counseling, or therapy, vary from one country to another.
  • The NYU staff at your study abroad site can also refer you to a local counselor if you wish. Your HTH Worldwide Health Insurance should cover the cost for your mental health care needs so that you do not have to pay out of pocket for counseling services. Call the Wellness Exchange at (212) 443-9999 or write to if you need help making connections to mental health professionals abroad.

If you are presently taking prescribed psychotropic medication you must meet with your prescribing physician to discuss:

  • Receiving enough medication to last until you return. (Note: For some conditions and some medications, this is not possible)
  • Getting a referral to a psychiatrist or medical doctor abroad who will follow you and write prescription refills. Note that prescriptions from doctors outside of the Czech Republic cannot be filled abroad.
  • Having the prescription and the generic make up available and translated into the language of the country where you are studying abroad.
  • If you know you will need medication, get it before you leave, or contact NYU’s the Wellness Exchange at (212) 443-9999. Counselors will be able to put you in contact with the appropriate NYU site staff NOW to get a referral to a psychiatrist or medical doctor.
  • If you have questions or concerns, contact the Wellness Exchange at (212) 443-9999; e-mail us at or check our web page at If you find you need a therapist, counselor or doctor while you are away, ask a member of the NYU site staff.  All inquiries will be kept confidential.