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Allison Lefkowitz, MA, LMFT

Allison Lefkowitz, MA, LMFT

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults

"First and foremost I provide a warm, non-judgmental and supportive environment for healing. It is vital in my work that I create a safe space for my client..." read more

New York, NY 10016

New York, NY 10005

Allison Lefkowitz, MA, LMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 13875

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Robin Miner, MACP

Robin Miner, MACP


Psychotherapy, Counseling, Other

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"Since I believe that all of our answers and direction are within us, my job is to help my clients turn their attention toward their own knowing of what is ..." read more

Jim Andralis, LCAT

Jim Andralis, LCAT

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"Each person begins psychotherapy for different reasons. My approach begins with making sure clients and I are working toward the same goals. I am a ce..." read more

New York, NY 10016

Jim Andralis, LCAT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 04874

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Ruschelle Smiroldo-Khanna, LCSW

Ruschelle Smiroldo-Khanna, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"Are you looking to reduce your dependence on or stop anti anxiety medications? Are you seeking improvement in your life through reduced anxiety and improve..." read more

New York, NY 10001

Ruschelle Smiroldo-Khanna, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 18876

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Christina Marie Tobey, LCSW

Christina Marie Tobey, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Clinical Social Work

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"Psychotherapy works-- it helps to have someone to talk to, but therapy is more than just that. Therapy can help you make changes in your life, help you fee..." read more

New York, NY 10007

Christina Marie Tobey, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 22123

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Aaron Agne, LCSW, CPCC

Aaron Agne, LCSW, CPCC

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"I am a Therapist and Professional Life Coach. I work with individuals, couples, and groups, supporting their efforts to find greater happiness and fulfillm..." read more

New York, NY 10003

Aaron Agne, LCSW, CPCC Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 13205

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Kathryn Grooms, LCSW-R

Kathryn Grooms, LCSW-R

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"My skilled guidance can support and empower you to move through the exciting and often challenging process of change. I am passionate and feel honored to h..." read more

New York, NY 10010

Kathryn Grooms, LCSW-R Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 19704

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Rachel McDavid, LMFT

Rachel McDavid, LMFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling, Psychotherapy

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

"I incorporates Nonviolent Communication, empathy and somatic work to my training in family systems and solution-focused therapies. With an emphasis on bein..." read more

New York, NY 10010

Rachel McDavid, LMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 11931

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Portia Franklin, LCSW

Portia Franklin, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Counseling, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Adults

"I believe that psychotherapy must be tailored to your unique history and individual needs and must be conducted in an atmosphere of absolute care and respe..." read more

New York, NY 10010

Portia Franklin, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 13402

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Shawn Ewbank, Psy.D.

Shawn Ewbank, Psy.D.

Verified Credentials

Psychology

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

"I provide Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for adults, children and adolescents with Tic Disorders, Tourette Syndrome (TS), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder..." read more

New York, NY 10001

Shawn Ewbank, Psy.D. Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 07108

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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