Individual Sessions by Appointment

SPOP Brings Mental Wellness, Private Psychotherapy to the CBN/RI Senior Center

SPOP Brings Mental Wellness, Private Psychotherapy to the CBN/RI Senior Center

Mental Wellness for Seniors got a kick start two years ago when the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) joined forces with the Carter Burden Network in staging a standing room only fair. 

“Twenty-one service providers and elected officials set up tables to let anyone interested know they were available to help and to offer tips on how to access assistance,” we reported at the time. But that was just the start.

Now, they’ve taken a next step, partnering with SPOP — Service Program for Older People — to bring individual, private psychotherapy sessions to Roosevelt Island. The program launched in February, and Marc Raybin, SPOP’s local clinician, says response has been strong.

Partially funded through the New York City Department for Aging (DFTA), the sessions are affordable for virtually all income levels.

The service is available for people over 55. 

SPOP is one of the few organizations devoted exclusively to this age group.

“SPOP’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of older adults and to foster their independent living through the delivery of comprehensive mental health and supportive services, advocacy and education,” they declare on their website.

Dealing with issues caused by isolation, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and the lack of meaningful activity, especially after retirement, is what they handle normally. 

What To Expect…

Individual psychotherapy sessions with Mr. Raybin allow 45 minutes of attention. CBN sets aside space inside the Senior Center, and sessions are available by appointment.

First step is when you contact them to express your interest. Call Main Office (212) 787-7120 ext 154 or speak with CBN/RI Senior Center Staff.

A 20 to 30 minute screening helps determine if you’re qualified for the program, and that’s followed by a full history. That takes up to an hour and a half.

Then, before entering therapy, you must see a psychiatrist or nurse practitioner to gauge whether this level of therapy is right for you.

SPOP accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most third-party health insurance and will help you understand your co-payments. 

Raybin’s advice: “Don’t feel intimidated. You don’t have to struggle alone.” 

There’s lots of help, but you have to ask or have someone ask for you. 

If you are struggling with loneliness, depression or other mental issues, why not make that call today. Help is there. 

Why go through it alone?



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