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Justena Kavanagh, LCSW

Justena Kavanagh, LCSW

Profession(s): Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling

"Beginning therapy can be daunting but immensely rewarding. If you're feeling anxious or depressed, struggling in your relationships, or finding that your l..." read more

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Justena Kavanagh, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00907

Clara Angel, LMHC

Clara Angel, LMHC

Profession(s): Psychotherapy, Counselling, Other

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

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

 
 
Beverly Amsel, PhD

Beverly Amsel, PhD

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Counseling, Social Work

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"I see therapy as a process of discovery about you in the world which can help you create the life and relationships that really work. It is a process where..." read more

New York, NY 10023

Beverly Amsel, PhD Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00168

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Kimberly A. Davis

Kimberly A. Davis

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work, Social Work, Social Work

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"Finding a therapist can be a daunting process. I believe it is important to feel at ease in order to do the work therapy entails. I provide a comfortable, ..." read more

New York, NY 10003

Brooklyn, NY 11238

Kimberly A. Davis Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00967

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Hugh Polk, M.D.

Hugh Polk, M.D.

Verified Credentials

Psychiatry

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults

"I'm a psychiatrist with 30+ years of experience as a practitioner of an innovative, humanistic group therapeutic approach called Social Therapy. In our on..." read more

Brooklyn, NY 11217

New York, NY 10010

Hugh Polk, M.D. Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 08052

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Mary Wallach, MFA, LCSW

Mary Wallach, MFA, LCSW


Psychotherapy, Clinical Social Work, Social Work

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"I've successfully collaborated with arts and helping professionals on a variety of issues, including: finding your voice in negotiation, getting creative p..." read more

New York, NY 10128

Mary Wallach, MFA, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 01135

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Brenda M. Massie MA LCSW

Brenda M. Massie MA LCSW

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"When life throws you a curve and you find yourself dealing with unexpected health and emotional issues, deciding to seek out someone to talk to can be a go..." read more

New York, NY 10001

Brenda M. Massie MA LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 14452

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Jennifer L. Stafford, LMHC, MA, EdM

Jennifer L. Stafford, LMHC, MA, EdM

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Counseling, Other

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults

"More often than not thinking about attending therapy or consulting with someone outside of family and friends about our life struggles is uncommon. When th..." read more

New York, NY 10001

Jennifer L. Stafford, LMHC, MA, EdM Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 19009

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Melissa Kester, LMFT

Melissa Kester, LMFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy

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

"Melissa named in the beginning of her therapeutic training how she experienced and witnessed emotional healing. Emotional and mental restoration was deve..." read more

New York, NY 10016

Melissa Kester, LMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 11488

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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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Yael Bacharach

Yael Bacharach

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work

Age groups I work with: Adults

"Since you are looking at this page, chances are you want more for yourself. We all have an inner voice that guides us throughout our lives. For many of us,..." read more

New York, NY 10010

Yael Bacharach Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 02894

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Mara Fisher, LCSW, MCC

Mara Fisher, LCSW, MCC

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Therapy, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Adults

"My mission is to bring positive thinking and peace to the world one person at a time. I specialize in helping you to have healthy relationships and commun..." read more

Miami, FL 33138

New York, NY 10028

Mara Fisher, LCSW, MCC Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 09757

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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