Rebuilding lives, restoring hope

The Staten Island YMCA Counseling Service offers hope to individuals and families whose lives have been turned upside-down by addiction. Since 1980, we have provided the Staten Island community with comprehensive prevention and treatment services that promote the development of spirit, mind and body. Our state-licensed outpatient program includes treatment services for adults and older teens, prevention services for at-risk youth, and counseling services for children whose lives have been affected by a family member’s addiction.

If you, a family member, or someone close to you is struggling with alcoholism or a substance abuse problem, don’t wait to call. If we don’t have a program that’s right for you, we’ll guide you to one that is.


Program Overview

Our Philosophy

The YMCA’s programs are based around several key beliefs, developed from our extensive history of treating and preventing alcoholism and substance abuse. While specific treatment plans will vary from client to client, there is a guiding principle that drives our services:

We treat families, not individuals.

We maintain open communication with every involved person who is willing and able to offer support to our clients. From children, to high-risk teens, to persons in recovery, we serve not only the client themselves, but also the people around them - their parents, siblings, children and family members.

The Family Association

The Family Association — a key component of our service — is open to the community and is a network of parents, spouses, guardians, and other family members. This group meets weekly, providing a supportive venue where family members can learn new skills for dealing with the complex issues associated with addiction. Family Association is an especially critical component of our youth services, and for clients in these programs, parental participation is mandatory.

At the same time, we provide support and counseling to co-dependents (people whose relationships with the substance abuser have prevented him or her from focusing on themselves), and for anyone who is impacted by living with a chemically dependent person.

We address each client’s unique situation.

At the YMCA we recognize that because no two individuals are the same, no single treatment method works for everyone. During our initial evaluation, we look at every aspect of a client’s life, working to better understand the unique circumstances that underlie their problems. Our counselors “meet you where you’re at,” guiding each client to the best course of treatment for their current situation.

We draw on what works.

Because we are committed to providing the right care to the right person, our services are not based around a single treatment philosophy. Instead, we draw on over 25 years of experience with a wide range of clinical methodologies to develop plans that meet the specific needs and motivations of each client. Our diverse staff includes licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselors, a psychiatrist, nursing staff, and other trained advocates, some of whom have overcome their own struggles with addiction.

Our Services Include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Crisis Intervention Services
  • Drug Screenings
  • Family therapy and family skills training
  • Vocational services and referrals
  • Positive alternative activities
  • Referrals to legal counseling
  • Referrals to alternative treatment programs
  • Intervention with the criminal justice and child welfare systems

The YMCA’s services include three programs specially tailored to address different aspects of drug and alcohol abuse.

Our Children’s and Adolescent Services are based on prevention and treatment models, and designed to help youth who, while not yet dependent on drugs or alcohol, are at high risk for future substance abuse problems due to their current negative behaviors. Our Adult Services program focuses on clients for whom chemical dependency has already taken control of their lives.

Although these programs are grouped into specific age ranges, we recognize that individual circumstances are more important than age in determining the proper course of action. Evaluation and monitoring are important aspects of our youth programs, and we work to ensure that our younger members are referred to the program that best fits their specific needs.

Community Education

Our Community Education program offers a variety of services, including visual displays, literature distribution, and our Speaker’s Bureau, which provides speakers for schools, community agencies, church groups, or any other interested community organizations. Presentation formats and topics can be tailored to meet the needs of any group.

Please contact the Administration Office (718-948-3232) to find out more about bringing the YMCA’s community education services to your school or organization.