Disaster Relief Counseling

In the aftermath of recent disasters, it has become clear that there are gaps in the mental health services offered to those in need.

Our initiative is about the next line of mental health preparedness. Essentially, it’s a database of clinicians willing to provide short-term, free services to disaster survivors, their loved ones and relief volunteers.  This program provides short term counseling in areas such as traumatic stress, grief and loss, adjustment, and stress management.

Participating counselors will offer between up to 5 free sessions and would only continue beyond five sessions at their own discretion. All of our therapists are vounteering their time from their regular practices so time and availability may be limited. This brief treatment is not designed for those with major mental illness.

  • Services are available to anyone who has experienced a disaster and their loved ones. 
  • Services are available to any family member of someone who perished in a disaster.
  • Services are available to disaster relief workers.
  • The number of free counseling sessions is up to the individual professional.  All of our therapists are vounteering their time from their regular practices so time and availability may be limited.
  • The counselors offer privacy and confidentiality within the limits of the law.  Your counselor will discuss this with you when you meet.  You will need to sign a consent form before anyone can be told you are using the services of a counselor in this program.
  • Some clients will be referred to other professionals such as physicians when the volunteering counselor makes the determination that the client requires more extensive treatment than the counselor can provide.
  • If you are currently concerned about managing your anger or if you are having thoughts of suicide, please seek help at your local emergency room or call a suicide hotline.

If you have questions or concerns, please email us at:
NYMHCA2@optonline.net