New Hope Mental Health Counseling P.C., a full-service community mental health facility and wellness education center, opened at 70-01 Metropolitan Ave. in Middle Village with a ribbon-cutting ceremony this past Saturday.
The center focuses in providing comprehensive mental health treatment to individuals, children, families, couples and groups. But besides offering these vital services, staff hope the center will clear up negative stereotypes surrounding mental health and counseling.
“We want to reduce the negative stigma surrounding the counseling industry,” said Sr. Elizabeth Graham of Christ the King High School, one of the various community members who came out to show their support for the opening.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr., also attended the opening.
“There aren’t enough of these centers,” said Crowley.
Addabbo also spoke about the necessity for more counseling services in the area.
“We always have to admire those that take a step forward,” Addabbo said, acknowledging the importance of addressing mental health issues.
In conjunction with counseling services for anger, depression and grief, staff are hoping to provide new ways of treatment to help those in need.
The new building will include eight offices, a kid’s club, and conference room for group counseling.
Olga Gonithellis, a mental health counselor at the center, said she is looking to introduce creative counseling for those with self-esteem issues.
“We’re going to have a lot (at the center),” she said.