Military Family Center Programs & Services
The healthcare professionals at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Center at NYU Langone provide free and confidential services for veterans and families in many specialty areas, including the following:
- post-traumatic stress
- traumatic brain injury
- alcohol and substance use disorder
- grief and loss
- relationship and family conflict
- military sexual trauma
- readjustment issues
- parenting concerns
- children’s behavioral or academic problems
In addition to our general clinical program, we offer the following specialty programs:
Online Doctor Visits
As part of our Telemental Health Program, our doctors provide online mental healthcare to veterans and their families in New York and Connecticut who are unable to regularly commute to in-person therapy. Online doctor visits are accessed through the NYU Langone Health app, a secure and confidential platform. The video visits take place in the privacy of your own home or wherever you feel most comfortable, allowing us to provide care and support that best meets your needs and those of your family. For more information, call 855-698-4677.
Psychiatric Medication Management
The Military Family Center provides evaluations and ongoing treatment with a psychiatrist for people experiencing a wide array of issues, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), insomnia, and problems with drugs or alcohol. Medications can be prescribed if needed, and follow-up appointments are scheduled regularly to ensure that the medicine is effective in easing your symptoms. Our team works to fine-tune treatment to achieve the best possible results.
Dual Diagnosis Program
Our Welcome Back Veterans Dual Diagnosis Program, made possible by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and Major League Baseball, offers flexible, integrative care for veterans, service members, and their family members struggling with substance abuse disorder and co-occurring mental health problems. This includes those who want to completely stop use or to reduce the problems associated with substance use. Treatment with an addiction psychiatrist and psychologist for both medications and therapy can be provided.
Traumatic Brain Injury Program
Approximately 300,000 veterans sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and 57 percent were not evaluated or treated for TBI. Our Traumatic Brain Injury Program, funded by the New York City Council, offers services to fill this gap in treatment. The program provides neuropsychological evaluations, which help to understand the relationship between brain and behavior. These evaluations offer in-depth assessment of memory, visual and verbal thinking, attention, problem solving, planning, and mood.
The Traumatic Brain Injury Program also offers cognitive training to develop strategies to work around cognitive difficulties. Training consists of 10 weekly meetings for 1 to 2 hours with a neuropsychologist to learn problem solving, organizational strategies, and memory and attention techniques. The program also provides patients with the opportunity to learn how mood, sleep, and headaches can affect cognitive functioning, and strategies to work on these domains. The individualized treatment caters to the specific challenges and strengths of each veteran, guided by the neuropsychological assessment.
Child and Family Program
Military children are faced with unique stressors related to relocation, parental separation, family reunification, and reintegration. These stressors may result in disrupted relationships, behavioral problems, and academic difficulties. Many children struggle to adjust to their parent’s combat injury, whether visible or invisible, or deal with a parent’s death.
The Child and Family Program provides individual child therapy, parent–child therapy, family therapy, social skills groups for children, and parenting support workshops. Expressive arts, games, and play are central components used to address and process concerns that impact the whole family. These services are offered to veterans and current service members and their families, as well as families of the fallen.
The Military Family Center provides support to couples experiencing relational difficulties, including conflict, sense of disconnection, and problems with communication. Although the majority of military families are strong and resilient, stress related to military service may affect intimate relationships, at times leading to problems such as domestic violence and divorce. Using emotionally focused couples therapy, our clinicians are here to help couples restore a sense of connection, safety, and intimacy between the partners. Couples do not have to be legally married to qualify for services.
We provide attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) assessments and treatment for veterans and their families. ADHD in adults affects approximately 5 percent of our nation’s veterans. It can interfere with your ability to reach your goals in academics, your job, and even your family life. To learn more, call Amanda M. Spray, PhD, at 646-754-4822.