Community Mental Health

Struggling with life transitions, relationship challenges, trauma, loss or bereavement, anxiety, depressionor just life issues?

Let us help.

Therapy and counseling services are available for children, families, couples, individuals and groups. Services are provided on a sliding-scale fee schedule and third-party insurances including Medicare, are accepted. Groups and creative arts therapy convene and meet by appointment.

We offer:

  • Screening and assessment

  • Counseling and therapy

  • Psycho-educational and support groups tailored to individual or organizational needs

  • Integrated Care Management

  • Caregiver support and assistance
  • Liaison to other service providers and family members

For more information or an appointment, please email David Donaghy, LCSWR, or call x. 227


Over 60? Feeling a bit blue? Losing interest in doing things?

Call today and get a free screening to check your eligibility for CNY PEARLS , a program for older adults who are feeling “down.”

      • Free, in-home, and evidence-based

      • 1-on-1 meetings with a PEARLS counselor over 5-9 months

      Learn to:

      • Manage unpleasant feelings such as loneliness, sadness, frustration, irritability, anxiousness and restlessness

      • Identify and solve problems that create a downward spiral in your mood

      • Become more physically and socially active to fuel an upward spiral in your mood

      • Feel better, function better, and improve your quality of life

      Email David Donaghy, LCSWR, or call x. 227 for information and a free screening.

      Upcoming Events

      Mind AerobicsTM

      Contact Ellen Somers, SJFS Assistant Director, to learn about enrolling in these weekly classes. Mind AerobicsTM classes are organized by cognitive level and participants are grouped into classes based on their cognitive function. Each level has 24 one hour sessions over the course of 12 weeks taught by trained Mind AerobicsTM instructors.

      Center for Healthy Living/OASIS classes

      Register at Syracuse OASIS
      o Thursdays, Sept 20-Nov 8, 1:00pm - 2:15pm, “Poetry as Spiritual Practice: An Intergenerational Women’s Experience” (women OASIS members and SU and LeMoyne students) with poet and poetry teacher Gloria Heffernan

      o Sundays, 9/30, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16, from 3pm - 5:30pm: “Views on Aging: Through the Movie Lens”, with SJFS Director Judith Huober

      o Tuesdays, Oct. 9-Nov. 13, from 2:30pm - 3:30pm, “Zen and the Art of Graceful Aging” with Peg Miller, LMSW

      o Tuesdays, Oct. 9-Nov. 20 (no class Oct. 16), from 10am - 11:30am, “Lifelong Brain Health” with Ellen Somers, LMHC

      M-Power U Now Enrolling for Arts and Minds Community

      M-Power U — A Learning Community for Early Memory Loss: We are now  enrolling participants for a new section called An Arts and Minds Community on Fridays starting February 16 from 11:30am to 3:30pm at Menorah Park. Contact SJFS Assistant Director Ellen Somers at x. 225 to make an appointment for screening and information!

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