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Lana Ackaway, LCSW-R, NCPsyA, CASAC

Lana Ackaway, LCSW-R, NCPsyA, CASAC

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work, Psychotherapy, Mental Health Counseling

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"I help others manage and resolve difficulties of the heart - love, loss, and work during significant life changes/transitions; e.g., career/job change, dea..." read more

New York, NY 10016

Lana Ackaway, LCSW-R, NCPsyA, CASAC Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00995

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James Bonney

James Bonney

Verified Credentials

Mental Health Counseling, Psychotherapy, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Adults

"I meet people where they are and listen for clues to find out where they want to go. The discoveries I have made have helped me give them ways of achieving..." read more

New York, NY 10010

James Bonney Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 19689

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Susan Blum, LCSW

Susan Blum, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Clinical Social Work

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"I'm a therapist who is interested in how your inner world of feelings and thoughts and your outer world of relationships and social roles are affecting eac..." read more

New York, NY 10001

Susan Blum, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 09778

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Carrie Christensen, LCSW-R, CGP

Carrie Christensen, LCSW-R, CGP

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"My approach to helping people is to clarify and understand the blocks that impede them, prohibiting them from living their best life possible. I combine ps..." read more

New York, NY 10016

New Haven, CT 06511

Carrie Christensen, LCSW-R, CGP Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 17420

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Michael Fraser, PhD

Michael Fraser, PhD

Verified Credentials

Psychology

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults

"I am currently taking new patients who are experiencing problems with work, school and/or relationships that are due to obsessive and problematic usage of ..." read more

New York, NY 10128

Michael Fraser, PhD Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 08141

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Clara Angel, LMHC

Clara Angel, LMHC

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Counselling, Other

Age groups I work with: Adults

"I provide holistic psychotherapy drawing from an array of approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), yoga, eye movement and reprocessing the..." read more

New York, NY 10003

Clara Angel, LMHC Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 10441

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Susan Elizabeth Ulinski, LCSW

Susan Elizabeth Ulinski, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Clinical Social Work

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"My objective as a psychotherapist is to provide safe, comfortable and judgment-free environment for clients to work through issues. In addition, I provide ..." read more

New York, NY 10021

Susan Elizabeth Ulinski, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 17355

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Daniel R. Trager, MA, LMHC

Daniel R. Trager, MA, LMHC

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Counseling Psychology, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"I am an experienced New York licensed psychotherapist that specializes in working with intelligent, high functioning adults. Many people that I have worked..." read more

New York, NY 10016

Armonk, NY 10504

Daniel R. Trager, MA, LMHC Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 03211

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Claudia Arlo, LCSW, CGP, CASAC

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

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Catherine A. Boyer, MA, LCSW

Catherine A. Boyer, MA, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Social Work

Age groups I work with: Adults

"If you are thinking of coming to therapy, it's probably because you want to feel better and to solve problems with your relationships, your work, or elsewh..." read more

New York, NY 10024

Catherine A. Boyer, MA, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 02032

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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