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ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK

The NSDUH or National Survey on Drug Use and Health statistics provided in SAMHSA show through its surveys for 2005-2006 for New York show that rates for alcohol and illicit drugs use is above the country average. The New York drug admissions have especially shown a high rate for marijuana and cocaine in case of population aged above 26. Our website shows a number of facilities, both outpatient and residential care units that offer treatment programs for recovery in New York. The N-SSATS survey for 2006 showed that 118,892 patients in treatment with 5% below the age of 18. The statistics also show an increase in the number of patient admissions for marijuana and heroin treatment.

Our website offers listings of several rehabilitation centers catering to New York drug admissions New York. These centers have helped thousands of adolescents and others in the state to overcome alcohol and substance abuse and helped them lead rewarding lives. If you or someone you know and love is in need of such help, avail of the early intervention options we provide. The listings offer both residential and outpatient treatment facilities, for both adults and adolescents in the New York state treating hundreds of individuals on a daily basis. You too can help someone to find the way to recovery.
WHAT THERAPISTS IN NEW YORK HAVE TO SAY
Aaron Skinner-Spain
Aaron Skinner-Spain
New York , NY 10003

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I firmly believe that we as human beings grow in relationships where an empathic and attuned other bears witness to our struggles. My role is to provide a safe environment and a skilled ear in which one is able to become better acquainted with their thinking, behavior, and feelings so that one has more psychological freedom. My approach is integrative, collaborative, and informed by my training in depth psychology and cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression. Many have described me as gentle, empathic, and non-judgmental.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

When you have "issues" that don't seem to be going away, negative patterns that you can't seem to break, find yourself stuck in the present or in the past, anxious, depressed, angry, and ruminating. These are some reasons to speak with a professional. My experience with most folks is that we know for the most part when we are in distress - it's the decision to take the next step and get help that is challenging.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

The effort you put in will be part of what you get out of it. First, the knowledge that you have taken a step to be active in your life and do something different to help yourself--to take care of yourself.  Most people who have come to me at some point feel they have made some kind of internal change. They feel they have more agency in their lives, feel less anxious and depressed, and feel a renewed sense of hope.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I'm not sure. I'm a fit for some folks and not a fit for others--and I'm comfortable telling people that when I meet them. I let people guide me in what they want to talk about and prioritize in their life. I think above all else I have been able to help the people I see sustain hope. And when they feel there is no hope to find a way to create it in their lives.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

They go hand in hand. I have never met a person who told me they set out to be an addict or abuse substances. The people that have walked through my door and shared their stories with me usually were in some kind of distress that they were trying to avoid--much like the rest of us who over eat, gorge on television, drink a ton of coffee each day, can't seem to sit still and bite our nails. When we are in pain or distress it's natural not to want to feel that way. So we try to find something to help.

 

 

Aaron is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in his services, please contact him at (718) 938-8818 or visit www.aaronstherapynyc.com/

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Aaron Skinner-Spain
41-51 East 11th St., 4th Fl.
New York , NY 10003
Alana Carvalho
Alana Carvalho
New York , NY 10003

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize?

I utilize an eclectic approach consisting of CBT, psychodynamic therapy, art therapy, reality therapy and more. I am also trained in sandplay therapy.

 

2. What issues do you specify treatment for?

I specialize in substance abuse issues but also work with most other mental health issues, and especially relationship difficulties.

 

3. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Therapy is a difficult yet enlightening process. It may not be for everyone. To find out if it's right for you, you can meet with a therapist and discuss the process and what you may expect.

 

4. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Therapy is meant to bring light and understanding to the difficulties you are facing in your life and how you can cope more effectively with them.

 

5. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I love working with people and helping them navigate the many difficulties that life brings. I have done much of this work myself and understand how difficult it can be to feel alone with your struggles.

 

6. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

There is a tremendous connection between substance abuse and mental health. From working in the field for many years, I have seen many clients who were completely unaware of the mental health issues that existed once they got clean. These issues may have well predated the first time they picked up. It is very important to make sure both of these areas are being treated so that true recovery can exist.

 

 

Alana is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (732) 778-0107

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Alana Carvalho
41 East 11th St.
New York , NY 10003
Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C.
Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C.
New York , NY 10075

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. is a diagnostic and treatment center for a variety of mental health, developmental and educational difficulties. We offer neuropsychological, psychological, educational and speech and language evaluations and testing as well as forensic assessments. Our clinicians are experts in Learning Disabilities such as Dyslexia and Math Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD), Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Memory and processing problems, speech, language and other developmental delays. Our expert clinicians are rigorously trained to comprehensively determine functioning in both children and adults of all ages so that proper diagnoses, accommodations and future treatment can be reached. This is done through expert clinical consultations, standardized testing and therapeutic techniques. 

Our expertly trained clinicians employ efficacious, research-based approach to provide therapeutic services to our patients. All therapeutic modalities (i.e., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Remediation, Response to Intervention, etc. ) utilized are data-driven and guided by comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations conducted for each individual patient. Treatment goals are determined in consultation with patient feedback and evaluation reports. Our goal is to provide patients in need of assistance with the proper diagnoses, treatment goals and therapeutic modalities to address their concerns and perform optimally on a daily basis whether in school or at work and improve interpersonal and intrapersonal functioning.  We don’t just treat the symptoms or behaviors, we provide patients with the tools to cope with and remediate their difficulties. 

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Our center provides patients with comprehensive evaluations to determine neuropsychological, psychological and academic functioning. The results of the evaluations will assist in treatment planning as some individuals require intensive therapy focusing on developing symptom management skills, coping skills or social skills while other may require accommodations in school or at work to perform optimally. A comprehensive evaluation will help isolate the nature of the difficulties, its impacts and assist with determining remediation strategies. This is the best course as diving right into therapy without a proper diagnostic evaluation means you can be treated for the wrong disorder or be subject to treatment which may not only be less effective but also counterproductive.  

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

At Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. our goal is to do more than just treat the symptoms. Our goal is to educate about symptom manifestations, management and coping mechanisms for generalization throughout all domains of daily living. Individuals are trained to not only cope with symptoms and situations that are currently problematic, but will be able to utilize the skills in other situations and settings as well. We also advocate for support services as needed.  

 

4. What is unique about the therapists at Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C.?

Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. has highly qualified and rigorously trained clinicians on staff. Several of which, speak another language fluently and are certified bilingual clinicians in those language. Our clinicians are trained in multicultural/multilingual assessments and are able to work with the multicultural population with sensitivity and competence. Dr. Sanam Hafeez, our Clinical Director, is a neurodevelopmental and clinical psychologist with extensive training in neuro-cognitive disorders, psycho-pathology, academic disorders and an expert forensic psychologist, both perform and supervise all services at Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C.  Dr. Hafeez is also a faculty member of Columbia University’s PhD program and trains doctoral students in neuropsychological instruments. She is an expert in diagnostic tools not only for neuropathology but also psychopathology such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and the like.  

We also take several major insurances as well as accept cash and credit cards.  Our fees are reasonable and much lower than others who provide similar services.  We accept GHI/Emblem Health, Empire/BlueCross BlueShield, UnitedHealthCare (UHC), etc.  

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Mental Health issues and substance abuse are often co-morbid conditions with a causal relationship. Individuals suffering from mental health problems may engage in substance abuse as a coping mechanism. When provided with psycho-education on the nature of the disorder, the symptoms, its impacts/manifestation, and provided with tools to cope with the disorder and manage it, individuals with mental health issues can learn to accept and remediate these difficulties without resorting to substance abuse as a form of self-medication. Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. can help individuals with dual diagnoses with mental health difficulties and substance abuse by conducting a thorough and extensive evaluation to guide treatment planning.  

 
 
 
Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services is a diagnostic and treatment center for a variety of mental health, developmental and educational difficulties at the following locations:
 
84-60 123 Street
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
 
180 East 79 St. Suite # 1C
New York, NY 10075
 
626 RXR Plaza
Uniondale, NY 11556
 
If you are interested in their services, please contact 718-441-0166 
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Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C.
180 East 79 St. Suite # 1C
New York , NY 10075
Dr. Camilla Mager
Dr. Camilla Mager
New York , NY 10075

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

My primary orientation to the process of therapy is psychodynamic meaning that I take an insight-oriented approach, focusing on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. That said, I also integrate a number of different tools and techniques into the work including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Integral Psychology – an approach which utilizes the research, teachings, and wisdom from many different disciplines and practices and integrates insights from neuroscience, mind/body approaches, nutrition, spiritual/religious traditions (Western and Eastern), and alternative health practices in order to allow for a more comprehensive approach to working with clients in therapy.

While I enjoy working with a broad range or issues, my clinical specialties include the treatment of eating disorders, issues of fertility and the transition into motherhood, and addressing the dynamics of mother-daughter relationships.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

I believe that everyone can find some benefit in psychotherapy - the key is to find the modality that mosts suits you and your current issues. For example, CBT is an effective time-limited therapy in which treatment is focused on addressing a very targeted, specific problem. During the course of treatment, the patient learns how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that negatively influence their behavior. This kind of treatment is excellent for treating panic attacks, specific phobias and OCD among other disorders. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, on the other hand, is more a process of self-reflection and examination that uses the relationship between therapist and patient as both a window into problematic relationship patterns in the patient’s life and an avenue of transformation. This kind of treatment works well in helping the client both define the origins of and then change patterns of relationship that negatively impact their lives.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

The most immediate gain would be symptom relief; however, therapy can go a lot further if you are willing to commit the time. Through self-knowledge and awareness, therapy can not only alleviate the most obvious symptoms, but help individuals lead healthier, more fulfilling lives all around. In particular, relationships - both to loved ones and to one’s self - can see a marked shift that leads to greater ease in the experience of day to day living.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I believe that chemistry between client and therapist is quintessential for the therapy to be of benefit. I tend to be fairly active in therapeutic relationship, interjecting my thoughts and ideas and asking my patients a lot of questions in order to help them clarify exactly what/how they are thinking and feeling. I recognize that my style works for some but is not going to be comfortable for others. Because of this, I offer a complimentary initial consultation to anyone considering psychotherapy with me. The consultation gives the potential client the opportunity to get a sense of how I work and see whether he or she is comfortable; if not, I offer referrals to other clinicians who I believe might better provide what the client is seeking. Similarly, if the presenting problem is not within my area of expertise, I will offer referrals to someone who is better able to treat the presenting issues. I am lucky enough to have a thriving practice, so my primary goal when a potential client first meets with me is about helping him or her get the the help that he/she needs - wherever and with whomever that might be.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

There is an inextricable link between mental health and substance abuse. When one is suffering from depression, in the throws of uncontainable anxiety, displeased with one’s life circumstance but feeling trapped, it is very easy to turn to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes to escape the pain and discomfort.  When this turn becomes habitual, there is the danger that abuse or even dependence on substances can result. Psychotherapy is all about learning other ways to change one’s life circumstance and - perhaps even more importantly - to tolerate (and ultimately shift) one’s pain.

 

 

Camilla is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (212) 696-6498 

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Dr. Camilla Mager
19 East 80th Street, Suite 1D
New York , NY 10075
Dr. Danielle Sheypuk
Dr. Danielle Sheypuk
New York , NY

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

The therapy approaches that I predominately utilize are psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, relational therapy, as well as dialectical behavioral therapy.

I treat the spectrum of mental health issues including bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, adjustment problems, developmental disorders, trauma issues as well as schizophrenic disorders.  My expertise lies in dating, relationships, and sexuality especially for people with physical disabilities.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Therapy becomes essential when the individual’s problems are interfering in their daily life and causing them distress.  Therapy, however, is appropriate for anyone who wishes to improve different facets of their lives.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Gains from therapy are usually extensive and significant.  One can expect to see a reduction in symptoms, a better outlook on life, and improved interpersonal relationships. Overall, an individual can expect to gain a better quality of life.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

In addition to in-person therapy, I also conduct therapy sessions over Skype which allows the client to stay in the comforts of their own environment.  I engineered my Skype therapy practice specifically to make it easier for people with physical disabilities to attend sessions. 

Another unique angle regarding my therapy practice, is that I am a wheelchair user.  Many of my clients with physical disabilities prefer to work with a psychologist who also has a physical disability.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Mental health issues and substance abuse are frequently co-occurring. Both issues need to be treated simultaneously with equal attention for the best outcomes to occur.  

Please visit my website for further information: daniellesheypuk.com 

 
 
 
Danielle is a Licensed Psychologist with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (917) 371-1703 or at sheypuk@hotmail.com
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Dr. Danielle Sheypuk

New York , NY
Dr. Henry Grayson
Dr. Henry Grayson
New York , NY

1. What therapy approach(es) does Dr. Grayson utilize? What issues does he specify treatment for? 

Dr. Grayson has studied most of the major psychotherapies. Even while doing a 4 year certificate program in psychoanalysis, he realized that it didn't meet all problem areas people present, so he began to get training and experience in diverse forms of psychotherapy, and have continued to do so through the decades of clinical experience. He has also studied Cognitive Therapy, behavior therapy, Gestalt Therapy, bioenergetics, transactional analysis, EMDR, the new meridian based therapies called Energy Psychology (TFT, EFT, TAT, and his powerful adaption of EFT, called EFTA), hypnosis, body based therapies, couples therapy, group therapy, and others. Philosophically he draws from Quantum Physics and world wide spiritual wisdom which helps clients to embrace a limitless power to heal emotionally and physically. He works with: anxiety, depression, obsessions, compulsions, relationship issues, low self esteem, sleep problems, career issues, and emotional factors behind most physical symptoms and illnesses.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Different forms of therapeutic interventions fit different people, personalities and problem areas. The main point that is crucial is that the client really wants to find greater happiness, success and health.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

One can gain not just relief from their symptoms, but clear out the causes behind them. They can learn to embrace more of their internal power to take fuller charge of any aspect of their lives, moving out of feelings of powerlessness and feeling like things are always happening to them.

 

4. What is unique about Dr. Grayson as a therapist? 

Dr. Grayson has been trained in and has practiced and taught most of the major forms of psychotherapy, not just limited to one approach. He has the ability to engage most people personally in a helpful way. He teaches and trains therapists widely across the US and abroad in how to use a synergy of therapies, drawing from the best of each, and has published six books.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Substance abuse comes from emotional issues: uncleared traumas and painful developmental experiences which lead to self-medication. Limiting and negative beliefs about oneself also leads to substance abuse. Not learning how to cope with feelings of discomfort and other life situations may also lead to substance abuse. For some, there may be genetic factors, but now the new field of epigentics lets us know that genes can be activated or deactivated.

 

 

Dr. Grayson is a Licensed Psychologist with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in his services, please contact (212) 582-1792

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Dr. Henry Grayson

New York , NY
Dr. Jason Greenberg
Dr. Jason Greenberg
New York, NY 10011

1. What therapy approaches do you utilize?

I utilize a psychoanalytic or psychodynamic approach to therapy. In plain English, it means that I am interested in helping people figure out the ways their feelings, thinking and behavior are influenced by their unconscious motivations and reactions to these motivations. I specialize in working with individuals and couples who are having problems involving sex. More recently, I have begun to expand my specialty to working with individuals and couples where one partner has HIV and are struggling with their sex life, and individuals who are either questioning their sexuality or bisexual deal with the sexual and life issues that accompany that sexual orientation.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

One can know if therapy is right for them if they find themselves, because of the therapy, reacting to their feelings differently, thinking in different ways than they did before, and using this information to make positive changes in their lives.  

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

I think one can expect to gain a better understanding of themselves, as well as a feeling of greater control over the actions they take and reactions they have in their lives, as well as the development of more constructive ways of responding in relationships.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I'm trained as a psychoanalyst for which gives me a deep understanding about how the mind works, and I aim to listen intently and give constructive feedback to patients based on what I'm hearing in the hope that it will help them live their daily lives a little bit more effectively. I also balance the use of honesty and even bluntness with empathy, warmth and a sense of  humor.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Unfortunately, a close relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse. Frequently I see individuals who have both mental health problems and co-occurring substance abuse problems. Sometimes people who have both are said to be "self-medicating." Substance abuse can also exacerbate existing mental health problems, and in some cases cause mental health problems (e.g., substance induced psychosis).

 

 

Dr. Greenberg is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in his services, please contact him at (646) 425-4285

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Dr. Jason Greenberg
96 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1A
New York, NY 10011
Dr. Laurie Greenberg
Dr. Laurie Greenberg
New York, NY 10001

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

As a Transpersonal (spiritually-oriented) Psychologist, I combine many methods. I am certified in Gestalt Therapy (a creative/experiential approach), Somatic Experiencing (trauma-healing), TWR (hybrid of EMDR and EFT), and Imago Relationship Therapy. I teach self-help skills to relieve stress, calm intense emotions, and improve relationships. I also practice inner-child work, dreamwork, and regression hypnotherapy. I work primarily with adults, as individuals, couples and in other dyads (such as two adult family members). Some of my work is highly pragmatic; some is specifically spiritual in focus. Most often the goal is deep emotional healing.

My clients begin with a variety of issues, such as anxiety, depression, nightmares, bereavement, history of childhood neglect and abuse, problems with self-esteem, and difficulties in relationships. Many are searching for meaning and purpose in their lives.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Perhaps you experience chronic or intense feelings such as anxiety, sorrow or impatience. At times, the feelings may be submerged yet manifest in other ways, such as disturbed sleep, turbulent relationships, chaotic work performance, or addictive behaviors. If this sounds like you, you could probably benefit from working with a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and connected, and whose approach and methods are right for you.

Perhaps you think: “I can handle this myself.' Your willingness to work on yourself is a powerful asset. You are wise to be proactive and take responsibility for your own life. However, if you continually try to heal (yourself and your life) COMPLETELY on your own, you deprive yourself of the valuable - and often essential - benefits which the right therapist can offer: support; guidance; the individualized application of practical professional knowledge, skills, and experience; and a fresh perspective.

When we are embroiled in our problems, we are hampered by major blind spots (often shared by others close to us) which can keep us stuck despite our most valiant efforts. We may harbor deeply ingrained negative beliefs which are a setup for frustration until we can see the flaws in our beliefs. Traumatic events, as well as the ignorant and hurtful messages we’ve received from others, can leave imprints in many forms, including a damaged sense of self-worth, angry outbursts, and strong avoidance tendencies which can interfere with focus, concentration, and follow-through with our intended actions. Often the relationship with an understanding and trusted therapist in itself brings healing.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Over time, you will very likely feel better and function better in your life. For instance, you may recognize your true self-worth, feel much freer of anxiety and stress, and enjoy a basic sense of well-being. You’ll probably find that your relationships improve and you take better care of yourself. Attitudes such as perfectionism and hopelessness are increasingly replaced by attitudes of confidence, self-compassion (being a true friend to yourself) and realistic positive intent. Your can celebrate your right to do all the healthy things you love to do, in a balanced way. Increasingly, you take care of your true responsibilities, while shedding burdens which are not truly yours.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I recognize that our true nature is sacred, so we are all infinitely worthy. We all deserve essential love and respect exactly as we are. At the same time, we are all challenged to grow, to manifest the Divine within ourselves increasingly over time. We do this by: treating ourselves and others with kindness and, as needed, firmness; willingness to learn; genuine and creative self-expression; taking responsibility for our actions; and being who we truly are.

My methods range from concrete (practical) to experiential (often emotional and expressive) to esoteric. I bring an awareness of numerous alternative and complementary modes of self-help and treatment, and can often provide a useful referral to those who could benefit from something more.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Many people begin, or become ensnared in, substance abuse in an attempt to escape or manage difficult emotions, attitudes, beliefs, situations and perceptions. Examples include loneliness, hopelessness, sense of unworthiness, a stressful relationship or a dead-end job. Genetic predisposition often plays a role in substance abuse as well.  

Either way, overuse of psychoactive drugs or alcohol will actually create or aggravate such difficulties. When users “sober up,” “come down” or “crash,” they often feel as bad or worse than before they drank or took the drug.  Relationships, self-care, ability to function at work or school can all suffer.  Users may feel shame or guilt about the substance abuse, resulting mood swings, unfulfilled responsibilities or mistreatment of others. Therapy can be helpful in relieving the psychological “results” as well as “causes” (or, in this case, triggers) of addiction, helping build or restore emotional resilience and ability to manage one’s life, and possibly discover and create new ways to improve the outer situation as well.

 

6. Do you work with people who struggle with alcohol and/or drug addiction?

Although I can help with support, building relapse-prevention skills and holistic referrals (e.g., for reducing cravings and rebuilding health), I work primarily as a therapist to help heal underlying issues (and the aftereffects of addictive behavior - repairing one’s life) after the addiction is under control. So if you are still in need of detox, rehab, or professional drug and alcohol counseling, please take these steps first. Particularly in the early months of recovery, I also strongly recommend your continued participation in a specialized support group, such as AA.

 

 

Laurie is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at  (212) 501-4647 or DrLGreenberg@aol.com

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Dr. Laurie Greenberg
138 West 25th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues), Suite 802
New York, NY 10001
Dr. Patricia J. Mills
Dr. Patricia J. Mills
New York , NY 10003

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I am a Philosophical Counselor which means that I focus on how you think, how your thinking affects your life - and how changing the way you think can transform your life. I counsel people with a variety of difficulties and work to mitigate the suffering of clients through a conversation characterized by listening, empathy, and authenticity.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

If a person is willing to do the hard work of examining in depth the problem they are dealing with it then becomes a matter of finding a counselor or therapist who is compatible and understanding. In the first few  face-to-face sessions with a counselor it usually becomes clear whether the two (client and counselor) are a good fit.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

In Philosophical Counseling one learns to reason more clearly and gains self-understanding. When you learn to think well you also learn to live well. Thinking in a disciplined way relieves the stress and anxiety that attends a life filled with intellectual and emotional confusion, unhappiness, or dismay. One may come away from philosophical counseling feeling more alive, ready to meet the vicissitudes of life with confidence and courage.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

After a distinguished career as an educator, I decided to become a certified philosophical counselor and have been in private practice for many years now.  I am also someone who believes in the healing power of humor.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

I believe that substance abuse is often a form of 'self-medicating' which does not address a problem but covers it over. Underneath the substance abuse there is usually a disturbance of some kind that is making life difficult. Once a client commits to stopping the abuse we can move forward, first by finding the best way to achieve sobriety and then to address the issue that was causing the substance abuse. It is also important to remember that substance abuse brings with it its own set of problems: depression, anger, instability, etc.

 

 

Dr. Mills is a Certified Philisophical Counselor with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (917) 677-7614

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Dr. Patricia J. Mills
24 East 12th Street, Suite 502
New York , NY 10003
Dr. Shiphra Bakhchi of Therapy Matters
Dr. Shiphra Bakhchi of Therapy Matters
New York, NY 10016

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

The treatment approach that we utilize at Therapy Matters is Cognitive Behavioral. At our practice we see children, adolescents, and young adults. We specify treatment for all mental health issues yet we specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, relationship issues and eating disorders.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Therapy begins with making a decision that you would like to learn more about yourself and the reasons for your behavior. Therapy can also be an amazing resource for those who are going through a life-change such as a recent or upcoming marriage, a move, death of a loved one, or divorce, and would like some objective support and insight in continuing to make the correct and healthy decisions for themselves. 

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

I believe that the most unique aspect of therapy is that one can find solace and comfort in knowing that is relationship is bounds by the rule of confidentiality. One can expect to reduce their general level of anxiety as well as to label their feelings and learn how to express themselves to others in a health manner.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I believe that I am unique in that I was able to start my practice at a young age and therefore grow with many of my patients. I am an extremely patient individual and feel that I meet each and every patient where they are. I see my patients holistically and not just as people with a certain set of symptoms. I believe that it is this unique relationship that often leads to the relief of symptoms as a whole.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

There is an extremely strong relationship between mental health and substance abuse. Oftentimes when mental illness goes undiagnosed and therefore untreated with medication and or therapy, individuals will either consciously or unconsciously self medicate with alcohol and or illegal drugs. Most of the time, this will lead to substance abuse and or dependence. This means that they only enter into rehab or therapy after they have reached a state of dependence. At this point it becomes extremely hard for the practitioner to be able to tease apart the mental illness vs the reaction/withdrawal that they individual is experiencing from the substance/s.

 

 

Dr. Bakhchi is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with private practices in New York, NY and in Great Neck, NY at 10 Grace Ave, Suite 7. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (516) 225-3187 or visit www.mytherapymatters.com/

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Dr. Shiphra Bakhchi of Therapy Matters
1 West 34th St.
New York, NY 10016
Dr. Stephen Migden
Dr. Stephen Migden
New York, NY 10016

1. What is the nature of your work as an educational and therapeutic placement consultant?

I help families find, access and utilize educational and therapeutic settings for their sons and daughters. I work mainly with pre-teens, teens and young adults, especially those who have learning, developmental, emotional, behavioral or substance abuse problems. In my work I have two areas of expertise: my knowledge of schools and treatment programs across the country; and my knowledge of young people who struggle with learning, developmental, emotional, behavioral or substance abuse problems. For me, this dual expertise comes from my background as a supervisor and administrator in special education and residential treatment, as well as my background as a psychologist. Probably the most important aspect of my job is to match the young person with the appropriate school or program, taking into account the youth’s needs, problems, skills and interests. I regularly travel around the country, personally site visiting boarding schools and residential treatment programs, so that I can remain current in my knowledge of them.   

 

2. What issues do you address?

The young people I work with typically have learning, developmental, emotional, behavioral or substance abuse problems. These can range from very mild to severe.

 

3. How does one know if it’s the right time to speak with an educational and therapeutic placement consultant?

If you have tried well-regarded educational measures or therapeutic treatments in your local area, and your son or daughter still struggles, then it may be time to consult with me. When I work with a family, I try hard to fully understand the treatments and interventions that have already been tried. If I think there are other local options that might be helpful but haven’t yet been tried, then I will recommend these before going ahead with an out of home placement. 

 

4. What can one expect to gain from using your services?

Unfortunately, there’s never a guarantee of success, even when you’re using the highest quality educational or therapeutic program. (If someone pretends to give you a guarantee, you should probably walk away.) However, I do put enormous time and effort into matching the school or program to your loved one’s true needs, and I strive to guide each family to schools or treatment programs that will be helpful to them and their children. I’m certain that my clients benefit from my caring attitude and thoughtful approach, my high level of expertise, and my many years of experience. 

 

5. What is unique about you as an educational and therapeutic placement consultant?

I think my most unique qualities are how I combine a caring attitude and a thoughtful approach with enormous expertise and over 30 years of experience. Both the parents and the youth that I serve benefit from my services.

 

6. What do you see as the relationship between mental health and substance abuse?

This relationship is a complex and important one. On its own, substance abuse is a type of mental illness. However, young people who already have mental health concerns often use substances in an attempt to self-medicate, and this often combines with their mental illness to make it worse, or to leave them with both a mental health and a substance abuse problem. To my mind, mental health problems and substance abuse problems are deeply linked, and they often have to be addressed together. 

 

 

Stephen is a special needs educational consultant with a background as a psychologist and private practices in  New York, NY and in Roslyn Heights, NY at 142 Mineola Avenue. If you are interested in his services, please contact (516) 625-0824 for his New York, NY location and (516) 625-0824 for Roslyn Heights, NY. You can also visit his website  drstephenmigdenandassociates.com

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Dr. Stephen Migden
303 Fifth Ave, Suite 1003
New York, NY 10016
Emily Levin
Emily Levin
New York, NY 10001

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I have a certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, a certificate in Integrative Trauma Treatment and I am a certified EMDR therapist. I am integrative therapist and I utilize the diverse ways in which I have been trained in order to tailor my treatment to each individual patient.  I specialize in working with children, adolescents, adults and couples. I work with a range of issues including: anxiety, depression, work related issues, struggles in relationships, trauma, eating disorders and general life stress.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

If you feel like you are in a place in your life where you have been reflecting about the ways in which you would like to change but are struggling to change on your own, therapy is a great place to start. Therapy is also a wonderful place to seek support in a safe and confidential environment with a caring and empathic person. If you are suffering or looking to increase your quality life, therapy is the right place for you.  Also, a therapist can help you to determine if therapy is the right place for you and to help you establish directed goals. It makes sense to schedule a consultation and go from there.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Therapy is not about results but about transformation. One can expect to become more comfortable in her own skin and feel that she has impact in her relationships and the environment around her. One can expect for her relationships, work- life and overall quality of life to greatly improve. Therapy can take time however and it is very important to be patient with the process and oneself.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I have over seven years of post-masters education and I am trained in very diverse methods of treatment. I look at each individual and reach into my tool box of treatment modalities to tailor each treatment to the specific person. I have a very professional approach but at the same time I believe it is important to be human in the room with people and I am very warm and down to earth,

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Many mental health issues have to do with early attachment ruptures, which effects the way we regulate our nervous system. Substance abuse is often a way to soothe ourselves or regulate in order to gain comfort because we did not learn how to do this from our parents. Often when one is anxious ( a mental health issue) it is difficult to regulate and thus one will reach to substances instead  of inner resources to cope. This is the way that I think substance abuse and mental health are connected. Also, abusing substances ultimately causes one to feel more disregulated thus causing a feedback look.

 

 

Emily is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in New York, NY and an additional location at 26 Court St. Brooklyn, NY. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (646) 373-6675

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Emily Levin
286 Fifth Ave., Suite 10E
New York, NY 10001
Emily S. Rosen
Emily S. Rosen
New York, NY 10024

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for? 

I use many different therapy approaches in order to meet my clients where they are. I don't have a "one size fits all" theory. 

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Generally, people know that therapy is right for them when they find themselves struggling with a difficult issue and they need objective support (not just help from a friend or family member who cannot be objective). Therapy might also be right for someone who feels stuck. For example, someone may seek help from a therapist when she knows that in order to get a new job, she has to update her resume and send it out. Or she has to network but she lacks the confidence to take those steps. Someone seeking therapy may want to understand her behavior.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy? 

One can expect to gain a supportive person in their therapist. This can also be someone they trust and who helps them better understand themselves. 

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

What is unique about me as a therapist is my varied background. I have worked with many different kinds of people who have come to me for many different reasons and I've implemented many different kinds of treatments. At the same time, I have found that most people come to therapy in order to feel better about themselves. That's what I help all of my clients do- feel better. I am also unique because I specialize in two special areas: adoption and neurofeedback, which has been shown to help with addictions. 

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? 

The relationship that exists between mental health and substance abuse is very connected. In order to get sober and stay sober, it is helpful to understand where the substance abuse began and what triggers it. This can be illuminated by a therapist but also by a sponsor from a 12 step program and/or the support from another sober individual and/or group.

 

 

Emily is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in her services, please visit www.emilysrosenlcsw.com

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Emily S. Rosen
144 West 86th Street, Suite 1A
New York, NY 10024
Erika Hellwig
Erika Hellwig
New York, NY 10006

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I use a Psychodynamic model along with Brainspotting therapy. I work with a variety of issues, mainly focusing on depression, anxiety and relationship issues.  

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Anyone experiencing distress that they have been unable to alleviate on their own can benefit from therapy to address that issue.  
 
 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

A better understanding of their own psychology and how that impacts them in their life, career and relationships. The knowledge to become more in control of their own emotions and choices.  
 
 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I help clients to make changes quickly and teach them to understand their own psychology so they may become their own best advisor.  
 
 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Generally, people suffering from substance abuse or addiction have an underlying mental health issue that is not being addressed. 
 
 
 
Erika is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (646) 481-1560. 
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Erika Hellwig
65 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10006
Hilary Jacobs Hendel
Hilary Jacobs Hendel
New York , NY 10023

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize?

I use a variety of healing approaches including AEDP (see www.aedpinstitute.com for more information), EMDR, Somatic Experiencing and Internal Family Systems Therapy. I enjoy helping people recognize, manage and utilize their emotions to better their lives. I also use mindfulness as a way to help people feel calmer and more in control. 

 

2. What issues do you specify treatment for?

Any issues or problem that an individual believes is interfering with a better life for themselves. Active addicts I refer for treatment first so they can come to therapy sober.

 

3. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

A good indication that therapy is right is if it feels right and good and if a person is seeing change in their life for the better as a result of the therapy.

 

4. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Enhanced well-being.

 

5. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I am trained in a wide variety of modalities. People tell me I am smart, empathic and warm.

 

6. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Substance abuse can be thought of as an attempt to deal with feelings, however, it ends up causing more problems. Compromised mental health can lead to substance abuse when the substance is used to medicate painful experiences and high anxiety. Substance abuse can also lead to a decline in mental health as it wreaks havoc on a life and causes more stress than it alleviates.

 

Hilary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Psychoanalyst with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (917) 239-7006 or visit her website www.upperwestsidetherapy.com

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Hilary Jacobs Hendel
277 West End Avenue, Suite 3E
New York , NY 10023
Howard Rossen
Howard Rossen
New York , NY 10023

As a young man my parents often quoted Eleanor Roosevelt (one of their personal heroes) as they helped me traverse some of life's early challenges.

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

I think that quote sums up one of the overriding principles that guide me through my work as a Psychotherapist. The journey to self realization is a life's commitment and I am constantly honored when asked by my patients to help them traverse the path to a healthier perception of themselves.

As a compassionate therapist, I work with both men and women, gay and straight, who seek an empathic and non-judgmental practitioner. Together we try to answer our most difficult questions and then begin the task of questioning those difficult answers. I am easy to talk to and have a good sense of humor. As difficult as life can be, we all need to laugh just a little bit, don't we?

Specifically when dealing with addiction issues we need an approach which deals honestly with one’s personal journey. I often remind my patients of the oft repeated joke: “When do you not trust what an addict says?” Answer: “When he or she opens their mouth!!!!!” After an awkward laugh we begin to delve into the deep layer of protection that surrounds one’s addiction and hopefully begin the journey to truth and personal responsibility.

 

 

Howard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in the Upper West Side of New York. If you are interested in his services, please contact him at (212) 769-1942 or visit howardrossen.com/

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Howard Rossen
Upper West Side
New York , NY 10023
Jodi Taub
Jodi Taub
New York , NY 10001

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for? 

My approach to therapy is cognitively behaviorally influenced. However, as most therapists are, I was trained in multiple modalities. I have found that this approach has seemed to be most effective with my patients. I have a general practice. Specific treatment areas include but are not limited to depression and anxiety, divorce and relationship issues, substance abuse, eating disorders, and trauma.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

I believe that most people can benefit from the therapy. However, the key to a successful therapeutic experience is finding the right therapist for you. Studies have shown that this is the most important factor in a satisfactory therapeutic experiences. I have found this to be true. If you feel comfortable with your therapist, you will be more likely to fully invest in therapy.

 

3. What can one gain from therapy?

Therapy can broaden your perspective, so that you can improve your perceptions and decision making. Therapy helps to develop effective coping skills which leads to enhanced relationships. I always tell my patients that therapy is not a haircut.  You can't walk out of one session and expect to change your life. Therapy is a process and takes time. You will get out of it what you put in. Patience and commitment are essential.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?   

The feedback I have received from patients is that I make them feel, "comfortable and at ease." I have heard many first time patients say that they were intimidated by the idea of therapy. Therapy should be something you look forward to. Not all sessions are tear jerkers!  It can be enjoyable, especially when you see improvements in your day to day life.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

There is a direct correlation between mental health and substance abuse. Often mental health issues are the precursor to substance abuse. Unfortunately, in order to relieve some of the symptoms of mood instability and life stressors, people turned to alcohol drugs and alcohol. Addressing the underlying issues which led to substance abuse is vital to sobriety, in addition, to developing positive coping skills.

 
 
 
Jodi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (773) 818-3453. 
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Jodi Taub
276 Fifth Ave., Suite 507 A
New York , NY 10001
Josh Hooberman
Josh Hooberman
New York , NY 10003

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I am an integrative therapist, meaning that I draw upon various theories of therapy in my practical work, but primarily I lean towards psychodynamic theories. This means that I will primarily try to help people develop insight into their relationships and internal struggles, figuring out where these came from and how to work through them. I also integrate mindfulness based theory to help people learn to live in the current moment and reflect thoughtfully on themselves and their reactions. I will see individuals with a broad range of concerns, but specify mainly on depression, relationship problems, and trauma recovery.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

I truly believe that anyone can benefit from therapy. However, if someone is experiencing distress and does not know where it is coming from or how to deal with it effectively, than therapy is a good option

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Most people come to therapy for help working through some distress or problem, so one can expect that therapy will help provide relief from this distress. However, ultimately, therapy is a place where one can examine and be curious about all aspects of his/her life. The first part of therapy is an assessment of the persons current life and background information, and also to determine if it is a good match with the therapist and that the individual feels comfortable and supported. From then on, therapy is about gaining understanding of him/herself and make decisions that can contribute to leading a fulfilling life, whether these are relationships, work/school, or other aspects of life. 

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I truly treat therapy as a co-constructed environment, meaning that I believe in mutual dialogue to determine what goals are necessary to address and to figure out solutions together. As an integrative therapist, I draw on various school of thought to attempt to best address therapeutic material, and therefore am not bound to one way of thinking/working. This can allow for a creative, patient-focused treatment style, tailored for each individual's needs. 

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

They are issues that are intricately entwined. The effects of substance abuse can lead to various problems, including change in mood, relationship conflicts, and work difficulties. For example, alcohol is a depressant, which can cause wide changes in mood, both during the intoxication and withdrawal periods, and can greatly disrupt sleep patterns, which certainly effect mood stability. Also, substances are frequently used as "self-medication," as people who are in some distress may turn to a substance to help cope, which then has the potential to become abuse. The goal in therapy is to figure out what role substances play in the individual's life and how to help develop ways to live fully engaged in life, with less dependence on a substance. 

 

 

Josh is a Clinical Psychotherapist with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in his services, please contact him at (646) 645-9709

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Josh Hooberman
245 E 13th St, Ground Floor
New York , NY 10003
Melanie S. Francis
Melanie S. Francis
New York , NY 10011

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize?

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT); Trauma Focused; Family Systems; Relational

 

2. What issues do you specify treatment for?

Teens and young adults (13-40) experiencing: stress and anxiety; difficulty adjusting to new life events; trauma-related issues (e.g., as a result of previous abuse or neglect); grief and loss issues; depression; relationship issues (e.g., family conflict, bullying, and domestic violence); and difficulty managing anger.

 

3. How does one know if therapy is right for them? 

How does an individual decide to start therapy? And, once that individual makes the decision to start, how does that individual choose the right therapist? A good therapist must be able to establish a sense of safety and trust, start where the client is, be a good listener, be empathic and non-judgmental, and have expertise in a certain area. I have extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment model that helps individuals understand how their thoughts and feelings influence their behaviors, which I use to help my clients experience relief. Whatever issues you are currently experiencing, I am here to help guide you through the process of attaining your goals so you can live to your fullest psychological, physical, social, and academic or occupational potential.

 

4. What can one expect to gain from therapy? 

Knowledge about their current symptomotology; insight into where their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors came from; coping skills to help them manage their symptoms independently; increased assertiveness and communication skills if necessary; the space to confront thoughts and feelings they may have been avoiding and find meaning in them; a reduction in distressing symptoms; and a more developed sense of self.

 

5. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I am an Ivy-League educated clinician who utilizes short-term, evidence-based treatments to inform my practice and help my clients experience relief. I have 10+ years of experience working with teens and young adults from diverse backgrounds -from those in foster care, to high school and college students, to working professionals. Because my practice is centered around teens and young adults, I understand that flexible hours are necessary and will accommodate any schedule. I feel very strongly that teens and young adults often do not get the treatment they deserve because many clinicians don't understand the specific struggles teens and young adults face during this time of transition, don't make an effort to earn their trust by respecting their confidentiality, and don't treat them with the seriousness and respect they deserve overall.

 

6. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Substance abuse and mental health issues are often seen together. Because both often disrupt a person's thoughts, feeling, and behaviors, I believe one needs to be clean of all illicit substances before the therapist can make an accurate diagnosis and the therapist/client can work together to resolve the underlying mental health issue(s). While I, therefore, do not treat those who are actively using, I will help them obtain the substance abuse treatment they need and work with them once they are sober.

 

 

Melanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (212) 858-9101. 

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Melanie S. Francis
116 W 23rd St #500
New York , NY 10011
Mojca Branc
Mojca Branc
New York , NY 10011

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for? 

I use an eclectic range of therapeutic interventions with my clients. This means I essentially customize the treatment modality towards my client's specific set of strengths and needs. I do this because every client is not the same and I believe that what works for one person does not necessarily work for the next. My treatment approaches tend to incorporate a mix of cognitive behavioral and family systems techniques, and especially emphasize a collaborative approach between therapist and client. 

I treat issues such as: mood and depressive disorders, adjustment disorders, anxiety and trauma, substance abuse, relationship issues and family conflict, LGBTQ issues, anger management and coping skills, and social skills training and peer relationship issues in children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. 

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Although most people can benefit from some type of therapy in their lives, it is much harder to know if therapy is at this point in your life is right for you. Generally speaking, if you find that you are calling friends or family more often for advice or help or even thinking about therapy as a "good idea," it may be something you are ready for. The process of finding a therapist can feel daunting and overwhelming, but the hardest thing is taking the first step. Even calling or emailing a therapist, and then showing up to the first appointment can be difficult for most people. Don't let that stop you! Therapy is not something that should be easy. It can often be hard work, but it is almost always worth it. A good therapist should meet you where you are and take therapy at a pace where you feel comfortable. 

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

What one gains from therapy is different for every person. Contrary to popular belief, a therapist is not an "advice giver." Therapists are there to listen and help their clients understand how their behaviors or relationships are leading them to make certain decisions or end up in certain situations. A therapist should help a client become more self-aware in order to help them make different decisions in the future. The process of therapy is more about looking at what each one of us can control and change in ourselves in order to help facilitate changes in our lives.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist? 

What is unique about me as a therapist is my ability to work with people of all ages with various issues. I am just as comfortable working with children and incorporating art and play therapy into treatment as I am with adults dealing with emotional or family issues. I welcome working with couples or families who may just be going through a rough patch and need some guidance. I am honest and non-judgmental, and I work hard to make therapy comfortable and safe for all my clients. 

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? 

For a long time in the mental health field, substance abuse was treated as a separate issue. But the fact of the matter is, the two are undeniably interrelated and interconnected. In my experience working in mental health, I have found that many people use substances as a way to help them cope with mental or emotional distress. Often this happens because access to mental health is not provided or not sought. If more people had the knowledge and access to appropriate and timely mental health care and services, maybe substance use and abuse rates would decline and people could find more success is coping and managing their challenges in healthier ways. 

 

 

Mojca is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with private practices in New York, NY and in Mt. Vernon, NY. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (917) 881-5684

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Mojca Branc
26 W. 9th St. #1D
New York , NY 10011
Robert Schachter
Robert Schachter
New York, NY 10022

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I use Cognitive Therapy and Behavior Therapy that is goal focused and structured. How one feels depends on how he or she sees a situation. When depressed or anxious, people don’t see things realistically because of the symptoms, Cognitive Therapy essentially consists of teaching the patient a number of new skills to identify those thoughts. I also teach the tools to determine if the thoughts are realistic and when not, to replace them with more realistic ones. The result is that a person feels more in control of emotions. With substance abuse, in addition to changing one’s view, I also teach how to identify triggers and how to neutralize them.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?  

People often seek therapy when they are not happy with how things are going in their lives. Others feel good and want to perfect their game, and good therapy can help with that. The first question, though, is what therapy? Often people come to me having seen a therapist for several years, but that therapist  just sat and listened and didn’t help the patient learn anything. So, the first step is to find a therapist who knows a lot, who is responsive, and who will make a difference. 

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?  

If the therapy is good, a person will have a better control over emotions. If one is anxious, he or she will learn how to think in a way that will reduce that anxiety. If one is depressed, likewise the depression will be reduced. If someone has a substance abuse habit,  he or she will be in the process of deciding to give it up or will have stopped using and be actively working on reinforcing those patterns.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?  

My patients have said that I am perceptive and can figure out what is going on quickly. I am available to patients if they need to speak to me in the evening or on week-ends. I am very effective. A large number of the people I see improve in a short time.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?  

There is a significant correlation between mental health and drug abuse.  It is not uncommon for someone who is depressed to smoke marijuana to feel better, for a person with social anxiety to drink alcohol to feel more comfortable in groups, for someone with anxiety to develop a habit of taking benzodiazapines to feel less nervous, or for someone with low motivation, possibly caused by depression to take cocaine or amphetamines to perk up.

 

 

Robert is a Licensed Psychologist with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in his services, please contact him at (212) 308-1666

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Robert Schachter
136 East 57th Street #1201
New York, NY 10022
Stephanie L. Roth
Stephanie L. Roth
New York, NY 10016

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

As a solution oriented therapist I utilize several behavioral approaches to therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Applied Behavioral Analysis. I also believe in psychodynamic psychotherapy as a way to examine relational concerns, patterns and deeper thought processes. 

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Personally, I think therapy is right for everyone. Often times people spend alot of time thinking about seeking therapy before they make an appointment. It is the thought “do I need a therapist” that I believe helps people know that therapy is “right” for them or that they are seeking a new level of happiness they can’t seem to achieve on their own. I don’t believe it needs to be a time of crisis or depression for people to seek therapy. This article is also useful for determining when it’s a good time to seek therapy. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/12/8-signs-you-should-see-a_n_4718245.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

If one is coming to treat acute problems, they can expect a relief of symptoms or behaviors (including self-harming behaviors). After acute symptoms are treated one can expect to gain a better understanding of themselves, the way they interact with the world and other people in their lives. They can expect to learn to cope with emotions and understand their reactions. They can also expect a non-judgmental safe space to explore whatever is on their mind. 

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I believe I have a way of making my clients feel safe and able to express themselves without fear or worry of being judged. I can relate to my clients while maintaining and respecting the client/therapist boundaries. My style is collaborative and I believe humor is essential for healing. 

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

It is my belief that examination of one’s mental health can often bridge the gap between active substance abuse and recovery. Some people have dual diagnoses, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders and need to be treated for both substance abuse and mental health by a professional trained in dual diagnosis treatment, often called MICA (mentally ill chemically addicted). Other people who suffer from substance abuse would greatly benefit from looking at their mental health, underlying feelings, coping skills, familial relationships, and relational patterns, in order to prevent future relapses and gain an understanding of their relationship to substances. I believe that mental health is a necessary companion to 12-step programs or other alternative recovery programs. Without treatment or examination of the mental health component, recovery from substance abuse will be more difficult and painful, if not impossible. I also believe that while people can treat their relationship with substances, if they do not treat the mental health component they are more likely to replace their substance use with other addictive or unhealthy behaviors.

 

 

Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (646) 481-8371

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Stephanie L. Roth
303 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1608
New York, NY 10016
Suzanne Bien Bonet
Suzanne Bien Bonet
New York, NY 10024

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I will utilize the approach that best fits the needs of the person seeking treatment. I can easily mix and match approaches and techniques from a psychodynamically oriented focus to grief counseling, supportive therapy, trauma work, early recovery focused treatment, just to name a few.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

I believe that anyone who has an addiction or substance abuse problem can greatly benefit from therapy. These problems are multi-determined and have roots in how one has learned to cope with difficult feeling states.  There is a self medication aspect to addiction and often there are other existing problems and disorders that require treatment as well.

All of the significant others in the addict's life are also deeply affected and can greatly benefit from support for focusing on themselves and for all of the issues involved when dealing with the problems inherent in addiction and early recovery.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

I know that the gains from therapy are real and long lasting. One can develop better coping mechanisms, process and gain insight into conflictual feelings and hopefully undergo a corrective emotional experience.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

What makes me unique is my openness to understanding each person as a unique individual. I am genuinely interested in learning about each person and tuning in to the deeper layers of experience. I shape the treatment approach and direction based on a collaborative effort between the patient myself.

To find out more about me and my practice you can visit my web site at: http://sbienbonet.com

 

 

Suzanne is a Licensed Psychoanalyst and Creative Arts Therapist with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (212) 877-1764 

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Suzanne Bien Bonet
54 Riverside Drive, Suite GRB2
New York, NY 10024
Volker Schuetz PsyD
Volker Schuetz PsyD
New York, NY 10010

1. What therapy approaches do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I draw from several therapeutic models in my individual and couples therapy practices. My greatest influence for individual therapy comes from Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), a method that looks beyond psychological symptoms to help clients find out who they really are and connect with their strengths. I create a safe environment in which my clients can explore issues that have been too painful or scary for them to explore on their own. For couples, I mostly use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). EFT helps couples recognize negative patterns of interaction and transform them into positive ways of relating to each other, which rekindles feelings of love and belonging.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Anyone who is looking to raise their self-awareness and develop psychologically can benefit from psychotherapy. People who experience psychological symptoms such as excessive anxiety, worries, sadness, irritability, and obsessive/compulsive behaviors as well as people who use drugs and alcohol to regulate their feelings should consult with a therapist. 

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

The key to successful therapy lies in establishing a trusting relationship with a trained professional. Clients can expect to discuss and explore very personal issues on a much deeper level than they can with friends or family. The unique relationship between therapist and client helps patients understand the origin of their psychological symptoms, and as emotional blocks are removed, those symptoms can be greatly reduced or completely eliminated. 

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

Every therapist has his or her unique approach to treatment. I bring more than 20 years of extensive training and work experience in Europe and in the USA to my work. I strive to establish a therapeutic relationship with my clients that is very warm, open, caring, and supportive. My practice is inclusive and open to all with a special place for gay men. In addition to regular psychotherapy, I offer sex therapy to help individuals and couples overcome sexual problems of all kinds. 

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? 

Chronic substance abuse is an understandable yet maladaptive way of coping with difficult or painful feelings. Individuals who abuse substances need help and support to face their problems and develop alternative and healthier ways of dealing with them. I've seen many patients overcome substance abuse by replacing addiction with meaningful therapeutic interactions and over time effectively addressing the underlying issues they covered up with their substance use.

 

 

Volker is a Licensed Psychologist with a private practice in New York, NY. If you are interested in his services, please contact him at (212) 470-9024 or volkernyc@gmail.com or visit his website at nychangemanagement.com/

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