When behavioral health issues impact an individual’s ability to live independently, hold steady employment or attend school, enjoy relationships with others or – for children - develop in age-expected ways, appropriate supports and services may help. Behavioral health conditions can be treated successfully. MHA prioritizes person-centered and recovery-oriented practice, and where available, the use of evidence-based treatments or best practices.
Finding the therapist who is right for you is vital for successful treatment and recovery. It is important to work with a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and who is experienced in assisting with the problems you are having.
Suggestions for finding a therapist can come from:
Your doctor, family members, a member of the clergy or trusted friends
MHA’s Information and Referral Service at 914-345-0700, ext. 7303 or firstname.lastname@example.org
United Ways’ Hudson Valley 2-1-1, a searchable database of services in Westchester and nearby counties
Your Medicaid, other managed care or insurance company’s list of providers
New York State does not regulate the use of the title “therapist” or “psychotherapist.” This means that people who do not have formal training and qualifications can use these titles to describe themselves. It is important to ask a potential therapist about education, training, experience and New York State licensure.
To verify if a therapist is licensed or certified, visit the New York State Education Department website or contact the department 518-747-3817.