Outpatient Behavioral Health Services

Adult Ambulatory Mental Health

NuHealth’s Outpatient Mental Health Center at Nassau University Medical Center is one of the largest and longest standing programs of its kind in Nassau County, with an average of 700 enrolled clients being treated in any given period. This multi-service counseling center is housed in its own three-story building (known as the J Building) on NuHealth’s East Meadow NUMC campus, and provides a variety of outpatient mental health services for adult, couples and families. The Ambulatory Mental Health Center has traditionally provided a safe haven for those making the transition from NuHealth’s inpatient psychiatric programs back into the stresses of the outside world. Today, our counselors provide essential, ongoing help for those struggling to overcome all manner of psychiatric disorders, including:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Psychosocial Disorders
  • Schizophrenia

Our patients come from many sources, including self-referrals, referrals from our inpatient units and medical professionals at NUMC and other health providers, as well as from NuHealth’s Family Health Centers and various county and non-profit agencies. The professional staff of the Ambulatory Mental Health Center at Nassau University Medical Center includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, recreational therapists, and nurses, as well as psychiatry residents, psychology interns and externs, and social work interns who make important contributions to the clinic on a daily basis.

Treatment Goals & Philosophies

At NuHealth’s Adult Ambulatory Mental Health Center, our top objective is to help our clients set and achieve personal goals that will help them enjoy a better quality of life, from improving self-esteem and overcoming personal tragedies and family problems to increasing personal productivity, establishing healthier relationships, and finding renewed joy in outside hobbies and interests.

Our treatment and operational philosophies emphasize our clients’ strengths over their weaknesses, and respects their time and personal needs. NuHealth’s therapists return patient calls with patience, and meet with families when appropriate and agreed to by the client. While we have adopted the latest and empirically validated pharmacotherapy into many of our clients’ treatment plans, we also employ a variety of supportive and psychodynamic therapy techniques to help patients to gain insight into their personality and their problems. We also offer research tested therapy protocols for specific psychiatric disorders, including:

  • Behavior Therapy for panic disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Relaxation Therapy for those struggling with generalized anxiety disorder and other stress-related problems
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy to modify the self-injurious and those with severe mood disorders

To make an appointment with NuHealth’s Adult Ambulatory Mental Health Services,
please call (516) 572-6822.

Clinical Staff
Rajvee Vora, MD Director, Ambulatory Mental Health
Joanne Tripp, RN Administrator, Ambulatory Mental Health

Child and Adolescent Outpatient Behavioral Health Services

Our newly opened, state-of-the-art NuHealth Therapy Center for Children, Adolescents & Families serves children and adolescents, ages 4-23 years, and families who are struggling with emotional, behavioral, environmental, and medical issues. We utilize a family-driven, youth-guided, culturally and linguistically competent, strength-based approach to help restore psychological, physical, social, and educational/vocational functioning.

We offer several empirically based, clinically-proven treatment interventions, including:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Childhood Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Infant Mental Health, including Parent-Child Dyadic Therapy
  • Functional Family Therapy
  • Anger-Management Group Treatment for Adolescents
  • School Phobia

To help our children and families achieve their goals, we provide the following services:

  • Individual Psychotherapy with Parent Guidance
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Social Work Support
  • Psychological/Neuropsychological Evaluations

To make an appointment at NuHealth’s Therapy Center for Children, Adolescents & Families,
please call (516) 296-2670.

Clinical Staff
Sally Ann Graham, PhD Director, NuHealth Therapy Center
Kenneth Spitalny, MD Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Marisol Caputo, Intake Coordinator
Christine Cavallaro, LCSW, Social Worker
Laura Luzi, LCSW, Social Worker
Jennifer Zodan, PhD, Psychologist