A Resource for Emotional Wellness
Our Mental Health Division is at the forefront of helping all community members maximize their potential to function in all aspects of their daily living through our outstanding Counseling Center and a multi-dimensional resource center.
The SBH Counseling Center is licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), and is open to all individuals regardless of financial status or whether they receive services from SBH. Every effort is made to provide our clients with a therapist that best meets their needs. Our Counseling Center offers services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, and accepts most health insurance plans including Medicaid and Medicare. Our team of 40 licensed professionals assess, diagnose and treat a variety of mental health concerns including: anxiety, depression, OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, bereavement, parenting issues, marital therapy, and more. We offer a variety of different therapies including:
- Medication management
- Art therapy
- Pet therapy
- Sand tray therapy
- Play therapy for children
The SBH Counseling Center is conveniently located in the Joseph D. Beyda Community Services Building at 1955 McDonald Avenue. Our state-of-the-art facility includes 19 private session rooms, 5 state-of-the-art child play therapy rooms, group counseling rooms, a conference room and a psychiatrist’s office. Our building features soundproof walls to ensure privacy and confidentiality.
MHR runs a mental health referral line, as well as preventative and educational programs to promote emotional well-being. MHR services the community with sensitivity, confidentiality, and the expertise to seek out the best care available.
- Crisis Intervention – MHR has responded to tragedies in our community by forming a Crisis Intervention Team. This dedicated team of Rabbis, social workers, and volunteers are professionally trained to respond during times of illness, trauma, tragedy, sudden emergency, and death. They provide comfort to all those affected by unfortunate events, from family members to school children. Their presence offers stability and comfort in times of trouble. SBH understands the need for empathy, consideration, and confidentiality during difficult times, and it is our hope that you can count on us to help carry the burden.
- Referral Service – MHR has an extensive database of hundreds of top professionals in various mental health fields. These include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and more. The network of mental health professionals has been selected to meet our standards of excellence, and is constantly being refined and improved. Many of the doctors have been personally interviewed by our staff. As a rule, MHR recommends three different professionals for the client to choose from, to best suit their preferences and needs. We also have connections with a number of mental health hospitals and facilities, and can help guide the clients in circumstances that require them.
- Knowledge Network – The goal of the Knowledge Network is to educate our community on various mental health issues relating to our lives in these ever-changing times. This is achieved through book discussions, lectures, panel events, and workshops all led by professionals in the mental health field. All of the gatherings cover a range of timely topics such as parenting, relationships, eating disorders, stress and anxiety, etc.
- Support Groups –Knowing you are not alone can be a great source of comfort through life’s difficulties. In order to enable our community members to go on with their lives while dealing with loss, trauma or grief, MHR organizes a number support groups led by a mental health professional including mothers without mothers, body image, mothers who lost a child, mothers of special needs children, parenting teens, and more. We are always open to launching new support groups upon request.
- The Susan Falack a”h Library – The MHR library was dedicated in memory of Susan Falack a”h in 2010. It features hundreds of books on topics of various mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, eating disorders, as well as parenting, spirituality and self-help. We also have a children’s section. Feel free to stop by during the library’s open hours to borrow any book of your choice, free of charge.
- Courage to Heal Abuse Helpline – MHR provides support for victims of domestic abuse, as well as sexual abuse, through our confidential and anonymous helpline. Our trained staff is here to give courage and emotional support to begin the healing process. In addition, we run private and public “Talking Matters” workshops on how to prevent sexual abuse.
“ My husband lost his job and became quite ill. The bills were piling up. In came SBH. A captain was appointed to our case. Never did she make us feel less than she. She said ‘hold your head up high’. She helped us through a very tough year, always lending an ear, a kind word, a shoulder to lean on, and at times even to cry on. ”
“ I was lost in a sea of despair. Thanks to the priceless guidance and care of my therapist, I have now started on the road of reclaiming my life back. ”
“ Thank you so much for putting on such an important event for us. The speakers did a really great job of broaching a really difficult topic and I believe everyone walked away with a new perspective and new tools for building relationships with their children. ”
“ During the darkest period of our life, you pulled us out of what seems like and endless cycle of hardships and began to make sense of it all. ”
Counseling Center: 718-787-1600
Support Groups: 718-787-1100 x315
Courage to Heal: 718-787-0009