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.

      Mind Aerobics: Screening and Enrolling Now

      Try Mind Aerobics, our fun, evidence-based, award winning suite of programs designed to provide older adults with comprehensive mental workouts that can help maintain or improve cognitive functioning or slow cognitive decline. These programs are developed to systematically stimulate six major cognitive areas of the brain, instead of focusing on only one or two cognitive skill areas like other programs.

      Contact Ellen Somers, SJFS Assistant Director, to learn about enrolling. Mind Aerobics classes are organized by cognitive level and participants are grouped into classes based on their cognitive function. Each level has 24 1-hour sessions over 12 weeks taught by trained Mind Aerobics instructors.

      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!

      Upcoming Events

      Center for Healthy Living/OASIS classes

      Enrolling soon through Syracuse OASIS
      o Thursdays,  Jan. 17 & Feb. 14, 1:30pm - 3pm, “Poetry as Spiritual Practice with poet and poetry teacher Gloria Heffernan

      o Sundays, 1/6; 1/27; 3/ 3; and 3/31, from 3pm - 5:30pm: “Views on Aging: Through the Movie Lens”, with SJFS Director Judith Huober

      o Tuesdays, 2/12-3/19, from 1:30pm - 3:00pm, “Zen and the Art of Graceful Aging” with Peg Miller, LMSW

      o Tuesdays, 3/26-April 16, from 1:30pm - 3:00pm, “Zen and the Art of Caregiving” with Peg Miller, LMSW

      o Mon-Weds, Feb 4-April 24, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, "Mind AerobicsTM: Mind Sharpener with Ellen Somers. Pre-screening required; contact Ellen.