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Molly Carmel, LCSW

Molly Carmel, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"The Beacon is dedicated to providing our clients with effective solutions for long term weight control using a behavioral and evidence-based approach. We p..." read more

New York, NY 10017

Molly Carmel, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 18311

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Tiziano Colibazzi, MD

Tiziano Colibazzi, MD

Verified Credentials

Psychiatry

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"Therapy is an incredibly powerful journey of self-discovery and change. I provide treatments for individuals, couples and families. Being trained in diffe..." read more

New York, NY 10010

Tiziano Colibazzi, MD Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 15750

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Erin Rivelis, Ph.D.

Erin Rivelis, Ph.D.

Verified Credentials

Psychology

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens

"Does your child have trouble expressing their feelings and thoughts? Are they struggling with behavioral, social, or academic difficulties? I offer indi..." read more

New York, NY 10011

Erin Rivelis, Ph.D. Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 07241

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John Marchini, LCSW, CSAT

John Marchini, LCSW, CSAT

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work, Psychotherapy, Counseling

Age groups I work with: Adults

"Over the past decade, my practice has gravitated toward being of service to those who practice alternative sexual lifestyles. From working with people who ..." read more

New York, NY 10003

New York, NY 10003

John Marchini, LCSW, CSAT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 22758

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Rona D. Okin LCSW

Rona D. Okin LCSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Counseling, Counseling Psychology

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"I consider myself an interactive, solution-focused psychotherapist. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help people eff..." read more

New York, NY 10075

Rona D. Okin LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 20487

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Ellen B. Luborsky, Ph.D.

Ellen B. Luborsky, Ph.D.

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, Other

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults, Elders

"Do you have dreams or intentions that "live on the shelf?" Have disappointments, stress, or life crises made your life difficult? It is all too easy to los..." read more

New York, NY 10012

Mount Kisco, NY 10549

Ellen B. Luborsky, Ph.D. Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 22935

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April Lane Benson, Ph.D.

April Lane Benson, Ph.D.

Verified Credentials

Psychology

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"I see my role as helping someone to clear away the impediments to accessing and using his or her innate wisdom. My approach is highly collaborative and I s..." read more

New York, NY 10024

April Lane Benson, Ph.D. Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 09001

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Louise Lasson, LCSW, CASAC

Louise Lasson, LCSW, CASAC

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Adults

"Feeling stuck is one of the most common reasons people come to therapy. They wonder why they continue to find themselves in unsatisfying or even toxic rel..." read more

New York, NY 10010

Louise Lasson, LCSW, CASAC Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 05416

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Michael Moran, Licensed Psychotherapist & Sex Therapist

Michael Moran, Licensed Psychotherapist & Sex Therapist

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Coaching, Mental Health Counseling

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"Anxious and/or depressed, with only a vague knowing as to why? Or perhaps you're going through a challenging situation or transition in life and you know e..." read more

New York, NY 10001

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Michael Moran, Licensed Psychotherapist & Sex Therapist Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 18618

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Claudia Arlo, LCSW-R, CGP, CASAC

Claudia Arlo, LCSW-R, CGP, CASAC

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Clinical Social Work

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

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New York, NY 10019

Claudia Arlo, LCSW-R, CGP, CASAC Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00335

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The Big Apple, known as a hub for culture, business, and the arts, is steeped in history and is home to people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. The diverse population is made up of individuals from all social classes and all levels of mental health. With over 8 million residents1, New York City strives to meet the behavioral health needs of all of its citizens by constantly monitoring and improving its services every day.

 

Mental Health Statistics
Recent statistics from the New York City Department of Mental Health found that 6% of all children in the city had one mental health issue, with 26,000 receiving diagnoses of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and 15,000 being diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder or oppositional defiance disorder in 2009. In that same year, 67% of those children between the ages of 6 and 12 with mental health diagnoses were receiving care2.

 

The top two mental health issues facing adults in the city are substance abuse and depression. According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), 16% of all adults and 14% of teens have alcohol misuse problems. Opioid and drug use is another highly treated condition among New Yorkers, with estimated prevalence ranging from 4.5% in adults to 7.5% in teens and young adults3. Nearly 8% of all NYC adults experience depression, although only one third of those with depression seek treatment, despite the best efforts of the city to educate and inform citizens about the symptoms and dangers of depression4.

 

Mental Health Programs
In recent years, the city has made great strides in mental health care. The introduction of Kendra’s Law in 19995 set the stage for monumental changes in services and protection in mental health. After a man with serious mental illness pushed Kendra Webdale in front of a subway train, the city recognized the urgent need for assisted outpatient treatment (AOT). Kendra’s Law requires that any NYC citizen with a history of violence and hospitalizations related to mental illness be monitored and overseen so that their psychological health needs can be met and serviced.

 

Additionally, the DOHMH has devised a new plan for the creation of Regional Centers of Excellence (RCE) throughout the state, with seven facilities earmarked for New York City6 and the surrounding boroughs. The RCEs will serve as networks for community-based education, prioritization, and planning, as well as staff recruitment and training and will strengthen social services at a community level.

 

Disaster Relief and Special Needs Services
New York City has been the home of several national and natural disasters in recent decades. To address the ongoing mental health needs of victims and survivors of these disasters, including the World Trade Center Disaster of 9/11, Tropical Storm Lee, Hurricane Irene, and Superstorm Sandy, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the DOHMH have implemented the New York Rising Communities Program7 for storm disaster relief, and government agencies continue to secure funding for ongoing mental health care needs resulting from the World Trade Center Disaster.

 

Crime has decreased drastically in the city in recent years, due in part to the tireless efforts of mental and social service organizations. Not only does NYC continue to grow and improve its mental health infrastructure each year, it never loses sight of those most in need, the homeless. The city offers a range of services and programs designed to offer educational training, shelter, food, and mental healthcare to the homeless population in order to increase overall quality of life for all citizens of the city.

 

1 U.S. Department of Commerce, United States Census Bureau. (2012). State & County Quick Facts. Retrieved from http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/36/3651000.html

2 Wunsch-Hitzig, R., Berger, S., White, K., and Lundy de la Cruz, N. (2013). Mental health conditions among children aged six to 12 in NYC. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Retrieved from http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/epi/databrief25.pdf

3 Aungst, S., et al. (2008). New York City Chemical Dependency Local Plan FY2008. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Retrieved from http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/basas/basas-localgovtplan-2008.pdf

4 Petit, J., Cohen, G. Lednyak, L. (2007). Detecting and treating depression in adults. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Retrieved from http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/chi/chi26-9.pdf

5 New York State Office of Mental Health. (2013). Assisted outpatient treatment reports. Retrieved from http://bi.omh.ny.gov/aot/about

6 New York State Office of Mental Health. (2013). OMH regional centers of excellence. Retrieved from http://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/excellence/rce/rceplan.pdf

7 Cuomo, A.M. (2013, July 15). Governor Cuomo to host New York rising storm recovery conference. Retrieved from http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/071513-recovery-conference