Our Therapeutic Approach

The Center for Optimal Living offers therapy for the full range of drug and alcohol use and mental health issues. We believe that effective therapy “starts where the person is” and honors your values, personal preferences and cultural background. Our therapeutic process begins with a comprehensive evaluation to help us determine your unique needs, strengths and goals.

Our approach provides a collaborative, safe, supportive space for you to explore whether moderate, less harmful substance use, or abstinence is best suited for you. Simultaneously, we address mental health issues that may be impacting your daily life and provide individualized services for a range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, and chronic pain.

We have successfully helped our clients manage their relationships with food, sex, gambling, work, the internet, gaming, and other behaviors that may be problematic for them. Our team members have expertise in a wide array of therapeutic techniques, allowing us to provide treatment that meets a range of needs. To learn more about the change process now, read the The Positive Change Pathway, a six step guide developed by Dr. Andrew Tatarsky.

Please call 212-213-8905 x104 or email intake@cfol.org for additional information.

Our Treatment Options

Skills Classes

Mindfulness + Resilience
Thursdays, 12-1pm | October 3, 10, 17, 24

Body Integration: A Movement Workshop with Group Processing
Sunday, October 20 | 12-2:30pm



Comprehensive Evaluation

We believe the initial evaluation process should itself constitute the starting point of each client’s treatment. We evaluate each individual sensitively and respectfully, seeking to learn about their unique set of needs and perspectives. Our goal is for both client and practitioner to emerge with a framework for the journey they wish to take together, and the basis of a healing, collaborative relationship.

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Individual Psychotherapy
The majority of our clients meet regularly, one-on-one, with a member of our team. This provides the opportunity to develop a truly individualized, collaborative therapeutic relationship. Some clients also benefit from our “field coaching” services, where a therapist will meet a client outside the office to support him or her in meeting their goal. Daytime, evening, and weekend appointments are available.

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Group Therapy
We offer group therapy to support individual psychotherapy and create a more intensive level of care, if needed. Group therapy can also be utilized in conjunction with services from providers outside the Center. All of our groups include members pursuing moderate drinking/substance use and abstinence.

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Couples and Family Therapy
Relationships are a tremendously powerful vehicle for change. Problematic behaviors around substance use and other mental health issues can often directly or indirectly affect relationships, and relationships often impact problematic substance use and mental health. We provide families and couples with the chance to work together in a therapeutic, healing environment.

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Holistic Health Services
Acupuncture, yoga, and holistic health can complement traditional psychotherapy to provide a truly integrative approach to healing. We offer individual and group-based acupuncture, meditation, and holistic health services to address a wide range of issues including: anxiety, depression, cravings, withdrawal symptoms, insomnia, chronic pain, trauma, headaches, smoking cessation, reproductive and menstrual issues, and other common conditions.

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Yoga Therapy
The combination of relaxation and gentle movement in yoga therapy helps cultivate a greater capacity for emotional regulation and self-acceptance and can reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. No prior yoga experience required!

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Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program
The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program is designed to assist people who have had psychedelic experiences and are seeking support in connection with those experiences, as well as people who would like to learn more about psychedelics but may not have had personal experiences with these substances. Our overarching intention for the program is to increase awareness and reduce risks of psychedelic use.

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We value our relationships with outside providers. Clients with outside providers are welcome to work with us individually, in groups, and in couples and family therapy. Please call 212-213-8905 x2 or email intake@cfol.org to request additional information or make a referral.