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Karen Mruk, LCSW

Karen Mruk, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work, Psychotherapy, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Adults

"I believe the key to any successful therapy is a genuine connection between patient and therapist. I have an active and dynamic style that reflects my uniq..." read more

New York City, NY 10003

Karen Mruk, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00924

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Rutie Havazelet, LCSW

Rutie Havazelet, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"Over the past 18 years I have had the privilege of working with individuals from all walks of life. My approach is grounded in a deep respect for the indi..." read more

New York City, NY 10025

Rutie Havazelet, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 09897

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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 City, NY 10017

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

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Erika Hellwig, LMHC

Erika Hellwig, LMHC

Verified Credentials

Counseling Psychology, Psychotherapy, Mental Health Counseling

Age groups I work with: Adults

"I understand how to help my clients make changes. I've assisted my clients in moving forward after they've felt stuck for an extender period. I draw upon s..." read more

New York City, NY 10006

Erika Hellwig, LMHC Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 22632

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Megan Garrett, LCSW

Megan Garrett, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"With never ending to do lists and unpredictable changes, life can be stressful. My goal as a therapist is to help you develop the tools necessary to restor..." read more

New York City, NY 10019

Megan Garrett, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 24729

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Jennifer Wortham, LCSW, CT

Jennifer Wortham, LCSW, CT

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"Within each person are all the elements needed to heal oneself. My work is to help those who are grieving access these qualities. My approach is eclectic...." read more

New York City, NY 10025

Jennifer Wortham, LCSW, CT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 15094

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Adam Lukeman, LMSW

Adam Lukeman, LMSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"I help individuals and couples learn new ways to solve their problems, and overcome their most troublesome issues. My clients see noticeable improvements a..." read more

New York City, NY 10028

Adam Lukeman, LMSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 18661

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Dr. Yasanthi A. Soans

Dr. Yasanthi A. Soans

Verified Credentials

Psychology

Age groups I work with: Children, Adults

"I am a licensed clinical psychologist, offering many years of experience assisting individuals and couples lead better lives. I approach my work with an ef..." read more

New York City, NY 10011

Dr. Yasanthi A. Soans Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 23562

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Ashley Anderson, LMSW, CASAC

Ashley Anderson, LMSW, CASAC

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Clinical Social Work, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"Finding a suitable therapist is sometimes a difficult process, so kudos to you for taking the time to research! I work with people of every age who are..." read more

New York City, NY 10024

New York City, NY 10024

Ashley Anderson, LMSW, CASAC Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 16235

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Janis McAdams, Psy.D.

Janis McAdams, Psy.D.

Verified Credentials

Psychology, Psychotherapy, Mental Health Counseling

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"Have you wondered about why it seems so difficult to maintain relationships and friendships? Does your worry about what others might think get in the way o..." read more

New York City, NY 10010

Janis McAdams, Psy.D. Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00512

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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