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Behavioral Health

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OHR Behavioral Health Services at Monsey Health Center encompasses a diverse array of subspecialties to help you and your loved ones. From rough patches in life to severe mental illness and everything in between, we have the staff qualified to help support you through the emotional challenges life throws your way.

 

Marriage and Family Counseling
Marriage and Family Therapy explores the family or the marriage as a whole and engages everyone in the process of healing, and in helping to facilitate better communication for the future.

The professionals specializing in marriage counseling and family therapy at Monsey Family Medical Center have years of specialized training beyond general psychological issues. They have a unique insight into the way relationships and family systems work. They will help you and your loved ones get back  to effective communication; learn healthy boundaries; and maintain love and respect for one another.

 

Child, Adolescent and Play Therapy
The child and adolescent therapists at OHR Behavioral Health Services see girls and boys ages three through eighteen. With sub-specialties in helping children through anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse and general life events in a variety of languages, our team of professionals are well-equipped to help the children and teens in your life stay mentally and emotionally healthy!

Adolescent Therapists are trained to address the special challenges this age group faces, including peer pressure, eating disorders, challenging emotions and behaviors, and life changes. Child and Play Therapists work with young children who have experienced life transitions, loss or trauma. Through play and nonverbal interaction, the therapist helps the child work through their emotions and feel more secure in a world that for them, has become unstable.

 

Individual Counseling
If you’re here, you’re looking for help- and you’ve come to the right place! The therapists at OHR Behavioral Health Services see you privately at your convenience. We are open late on weeknights and on Sundays! Our individual therapists are trained to guide you through all of life’s challenges. Whether it’s stress related to a job change or move, depression or anxiety that just won’t go away, or more complex and deep-rooted issues such as OCD, trauma, or addiction, we are here to help YOU get back on the road to emotional wellness.

It is estimated that AT LEAST one in four Americans experience a behavioral health issue at some point in their lifetimes. These may be related to a certain situation, or rooted in genetics which could indicate that more acute and longer-term care may be needed. It could be anxiety, depression, compulsive eating or gambling, or other personality-related needs. Regardless, you should never feel ashamed or embarrassed to enter individual therapy. it can help unlock a new lease on life for you and help give you the tools to improve interactions with others on a daily basis.

MEET OUR TEAM

PSYCHIATRY

Psychiatrists at OHR Behavioral Health provide medication support  and management in conjunction with counseling. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who can prescribe medication and who are specially trained to understand the inner workings of the brain and how brain chemistry affects moods and emotional and behavioral health. Some psychiatrists are educated especially to treat children, individuals with addictions, and assist in crisis management.

Our staff of psychiatrists at OHR Behavioral Health are caring, compassionate doctors who work with children and teenagers, as well as adults. They can prescribe medicine in conjunction with counseling, to help you and your loved ones feel better and get back on track.

ZVI WEISSTUCH, MD

Zvi Weisstuch, MD works with Children, Adolescents and Adults, specializing in Individual, Couples, Family Therapy, Psychopharmacology, Pervasive Developmental Disorders / Autism, Board of Ed. Evaluations, and a variety of other mental health care related issues. Dr. Weisstuch received his undergraduate degree from New York University in 1991, and his Masters in Biological and Physical Sciences from Touro College in 1993.  He received his MD from The Technion – Bruce Rappaport School of Medicine, in Haifa, Israel, in 1996 and then went on to complete his internship at Beilinson Medical Center, in Tel-Aviv, Israel in 1997.  Dr. Weisstuch then returned to The United states for his residency in the Triple Board Program (Pediatric Medicine, Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry) at Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC, NY, which he completed in 2003. He was Board Certified in Pediatric Medicine in 2004 as well as certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Throughout his career Dr. Weisstuch has been published in various medical journals and received numerous awards, including being selected as Top Psychiatrist in Monsey, NY by the International Association of HealthCare Professionals (IAHCP) and also Teacher of The Year for Medical School Education by The Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  Dr. Weisstuch is affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center as well as the New York Center for Children as a Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist.


Languages Spoken: English and Hebrew

GLENN SCHWARCZ, MD

Dr. Glenn Schwarcz is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and general medical practitioner who joined Monsey Health Center after a rewarding career spanning over 40 years.

 

He spent his career in academic psychiatry, teaching, administrating programs, and treating patients at the prestigious medical centers at UCLA, NYU, and Columbia University. Dr. Schwarcz has published over 25 scholarly scientific publications. His expertise is in psychopharmacology. 

 

Dr. Schwarcz trained at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities. He was Medical Director at Rockland Psychiatric Center for 21 years before his retirement. Dr. Schwarcz also served as Forensic Psychiatrist there for over a year.

 

Dr. Schwarcz speaks fluent Spanish, English, and Yiddish and has a special interest in meeting the needs of the underserved local population.  He spends 3 days per week meeting with patients at Ohr Behavioral Health.

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Yiddish

SEYMOUR KUSHNIR, MD

Dr. Seymour Kushnir received his Bachelor of Science from McGill University in 1971, and his Bachelor of Medical Sciences from Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada in 1973. He continued at Memorial University for his MD, which he completed in 1975 and then went on the complete his internship at the affiliated hospitals of Memorial University, in 1976.  Dr. Kushnir then returned to McGill University for his residency in Psychiatry which he completed in 1982 and the Graduate Diploma in Psychiatry in 1983.  Throughout his career Dr. Kushnir has been published in various medical journals and publications and has given many lectures and classes.  He has been associate professor of Psychiatry at both McGill University and Mount Sinai Medical School. In 2019, Dr. Kushnir was appointed as Head of Psychiatry at Good Samaritan Hospital. He is a Fellow of both the American Psychiatric Association and the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Kushnir is licensed in New York and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, New York Academy of Sciences, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


Languages Spoken: English, Yiddish, French, and Hebrew

KATHLEEN BOYLE, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-C

Kathleen Boyle attended Dominican College in Orangeburg, NY from 1982-1986 and graduated with a B.S. in Nursing.  She then went on to the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY from 1995-1997 and graduated with a Master’s of Science, FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) and finally she attended Pace University in New York City from 2013-2016 and earned her DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice).

Kathleen has a sub-specialty in Behavioral Health and has a caring and empathetic approach to health care.

THERAPY & SOCIAL WORK

MOSHE ABRAMCZYK, LCSW-R

Living in Lakewood and working in Monsey gives Moshe Abramczyk the opportunity to experience situations in each city from a fresh perspective. When people struggle with severe life stressors or difficult relationships, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. Moshe’s passion is empowering his clients to call upon their inner strengths to effectively overcome their challenges and lead healthy, confident lives. He connects with children, adults and families. Moshe recognizes that no approach is right for everyone, so he has been trained in multiple modalities including Relational Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, CBT, ACT, Play Therapy and EMDR. Moshe received his MSW degree from Long Island University in May 2011 and is licensed to provide Clinical Social Work in New York and New Jersey.


Languages Spoken: English, Yiddish, and Hebrew

BRUCHY BRULL, LMSW

Bruchy Brull earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Suny Empire University in Nanuet and a Master’s in Social Work from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. She has been working for Project Ohr since August of 2016 and is continuously seeking to gain new skills and broaden her knowledge. Bruchy counsels a diverse clientele and provides an environment of compassion where people learn to draw their own strengths to overcome barriers to move forward in life and thrive.

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RIVKA FINK, LCSW

Mrs. Fink received her MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work and is licensed in NY state. She treats teenage girls over 16 and women of all ages and stages in life including relationship issues, loss and trauma as well as anxiety and depression. Her specialties include postpartum depression screening and treatment for women at risk in prenatal during pregnancy as well as postpartum, after delivery. She has given presentations on postpartum depression to educate, publicize and identify risk factors as well as treatments.


Languages Spoken: English, Hebrew

RABBI ARYEH FRANKEL, LCSW

Rabbi Aryeh Frankel earned a Masters of Social Work degree from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work in 2003. After graduating, he served as the school social worker at the Jewish Foundation School in Staten Island, NY before he joined CMADC in 2004. Rabbi Frankel specializes in individual counseling of children and adolescents, and couples counseling.


Languages Spoken: English and Yiddish

RACHMA FRIEDENBERG, LMSW

Rachma Friedenberg received her Masters in Social Work from NYU and is licensed in New York State.
She has worked with individuals, couples and families; helping to empower them to tackle life’s challenges in a growth filled, positive way. Building self-esteem through the recognition of one’s G-d given strengths and intrinsic worth leads to healthier, more fulfilling lives. Success is a journey… not a destination. Rachma looks forward to building a working therapeutic relationship.


Languages spoken: English

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MARIA GUILLEN, LMSW

Maria Guillen is a licensed Social Worker who earned her Master’s degree at Fordham University and has over 20 years experience in the field. She has been with the center for over 13 years and specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults and couples. Maria treats depression, anxiety, ADHD, oppositional & defiant behaviors and also provides couples therapy.


Languages Spoken:  English and Spanish

SANDRA DIAZ, LCSW

Sandra Diaz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the P –psychotherapy privilege with over 25 years’ experience in the field. She has a BA degree from Lehman College, complete a year of graduate school at Fordham University and Attained her Master’s degree at Hunter College completing an honor’s thesis majoring in Child, Family and Youth.

She is a certified field instructor from Yeshiva University and has worked in many capacities throughout her career. Her specialties include work with children of all ages, families and individuals with mood disorders. She has worked with substance abusers and individuals with chronic health conditions. Her approach is a holistic approach considering body , mind and spirit. She has been trained in case management, psychosocial rehabilitation and motivational techniques to name a few. She consulted at garnett medical center and was clinical supervisor at Bronx Lebanon hospital. She is sensitive to the issues of the LGBTQ community and has participated in training to increase her skills. She is familiar with systems such as OPWDD, DOH, OMH and CSE. 

Languages Spoken: English & Spanish

ESTEE SALCZER, LMSW

Estee Salczer, LMSW earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester NY, and a Master’s in Social Work from Yeshiva University’s Wurtzweiler School of Social Work.  She began her career at The Center for Safety and Change in New City in 2019, working with victims and survivors of Domestic violence to regain their sense of self, trust in relationships, and trauma healing.  Estee has been with Project Ohr since 2021, treating a wide range of clients struggling in relationships, anxiety and post trauma. Additionally, Estee has facilitated a support group for women survivors of DV (domestic violence) from the community.

Most recently Estee has been trained in Sand Tray Therapy which enables clients of all ages to access their deepest vulnerabilities in a gentle and safe way. 

Languages Spoken: English and Yiddish

MIREL ORLOFSKY, LCSW

Mirel Orlofsky enjoys working with people to improve their emotional health  and  create a more positive perspective on life and its challenges. Mirel Orlofsky combines over 20 years of therapeutic counseling experience with her training in a variety of treatment modalities to meet people where they are and to better match treatment method with learning style. Mrs. Orlofsky works well with teens (12+), adults, couples, and groups. She uses IFS, CBT, visualization, experiential exercises and psychodynamic therapy to treat short or long term issues of; depression, grief, stress, anxiety, panic, trauma, PTSD, relationship and marital issues, pregnancy, emotional regulation and other life challenges. Mirel builds a caring and safe therapeutic relationship in which one can learn to recognize and rely on their inner strengths and appreciate their intrinsic value. Mrs. Orlofsky earned a Masters of Social Work degree from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service and completed IFS Counselor Training at the Central University of Ct. She has been with CMADC since September of 2014.


Languages SpokenEnglish and Spanish

ESTHER ROTHBAUM, LMSW

Mrs. Rothbaum is a graduate of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and holds a LMSW license from New York State. She is a Certified Family Trauma Professional working with children, teens, adults and seniors at CMADC for more than 10 years.  Mrs. Rothbaum published her thesis on the topic of post traumatic stress, and depression in the elderly. She also co-authored the book “Times of Challenge” for Art Scroll Publications, which deals with medical challenges that people face on a daily basis. She has also written many articles on timely issues for the Advocate and presented at community workshops sponsored by CMADC.


Languages Spoken: English, Yiddish and Hebrew

JACOB (ZISHE) SALAMON, LMSW

Jacob (Zishe) Salamon graduated from Long Islands University in 2017 where he earned his degree in social work . Jacob specializes in working with kids and adolescents helping them cope with their behavioral issues and solve their internal conflicts. Although he utilizes multiple modalities, Jacob puts an emphasis on psychodynamic theory and practice when working with children and families.


Languages Spoken: Yiddish and English

PEARL SPIRA, LCSW

Pearl Spira earned her Social Work degree from NYU, and is currently working towards her RPT. Her specialty is treating  children ages 3-12. She counsels children helping them overcome challenges that they are facing. Her work centers around helping children develop healthy self-esteem in order for them to feel complete and safe. Her strength lies in using a child centered play therapy model by using a non directive approach to counseling. When necessary she incorporates a directive approach to maximize the therapeutic process. Non – Directive Play Therapy is based on the belief that children have an internal drive to achieve wellness, and are capable of directing their own process. The therapist can gain great insight into the child’s inner world by observing his or her play themes and sequences. Pearl’s passion is to gently enter the emotional world of the child to help him or her communicate his or her inner world through the use of toys and play. She incorporates sand tray, as well as other sensory experiences, to help children discover healthy perceptions of themselves while strengthening coping skills and interpersonal relationships.


Languages Spoken: Yiddish and English

TZIPORA SPIRA, LCSW

Tzipora Spira has an LCSW degree with over 15 years clinical experience, 13 years of which are at CMADC. She works with girls and women between the ages of 11 and 90. Ms. Spira’s specialties include treating for trauma, abuse, codependency, addiction, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and adjustment disorders. She uses a combination of various treatment modalities including psychodynamic approach, CBT, DBT & IFS.

MALKA HARRIS SUSSWEIN, LCSW-R

Ms. Susswein has been at CMADC for 13 years as a staff clinician and now as clinical director. She works with individuals couples and families from ages 12  and up. Ms Susswein supervises staff clinicians and teaches a skill building course to interns and new graduates as well as being part of the staff professional development process at CMADC. Her specialties include bereavement, depression, anxiety, adjustment to life issues, childhood trauma, and parenting.

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