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Welcome to Tikunim Counseling Services, PLLC


Keeping Our Community Healthy, Safe, and Accountable

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Welcome to Tikunim Counseling Services, PLLC


Keeping Our Community Healthy, Safe, and Accountable

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About Us


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About Us


Tikunim Counseling Services, PLLC (TCS) offers comprehensive and specialized therapeutic services for a wide range of mental health and spiritual issues. We believe that individuals, families, and communities are constantly creating, restructuring, and adapting to the environment as the environment is affecting them. We focus on the inter-relational transactions between systems, and stress that all existing elements within an ecosystem play an equal role in maintaining balance of the whole.  As such, issues that people are going through can be best understood as looking at individuals, families, communities, and policies and to identify and intervene upon strengths and weaknesses in the transactional processes between these systems.

Our practice specializes in the evaluation and treatment of a wide range of trauma-based and sexual issues, and the mental health, spiritual, familial, and communal impact of these issues.  Specifically, TCS has a proven track record in positively impacting individuals with confusion regarding sexual development, childhood trauma, issues with sexual attraction, various physio-sexual disorders, such as premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction, sexual abuse, and sexual boundary violations.

Our practice is dedicated to the comprehensive assessment and treatment of childhood trauma and sexual abuse.  We are trained in the sensitivities of discussing these issues across the developmental and cultural spectrum. We are trained in the proper assessment of the multi-layered impact of sexual abuse on the presenting client. We are trained in the use of several modalities that have shown scientific and experiential success in the resolution of sexual trauma.  We are trained to help you or a loved one feel whole again.

TCS further specializes in the proper assessment, treatment, and management of individuals who have sexually offended.  We offer state of the art evaluation tools that are accepted in State and federal Courts.  TCS has evaluated hundreds of individuals who have been accused of sexual misconduct, and has a very high success rate in the resolution of these cases.  We have helped individuals, families, and communities establish safety plans and policies to assure the safety of the community.

We adhere to all of the NYS mandated reporting requirements. These requirements can be found here:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/acs/downloads/pdf/childsafety_proccess_mr.pdf

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Services


Explore Our Wide Gamut of Professional Services

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Services


Explore Our Wide Gamut of Professional Services

Our Services

 

  • Individual therapy for a wide range of sexual issues, and the resulting multi-layered impact of these issues. These issues include: medical/sexual issues (ED, PE, painful intercourse), sexual abuse, sexual boundary issues, same-sex attraction, compulsive sexual behavior, and confusion regarding sexual development.
  • Individual therapy for trauma and complex trauma
  • Individual therapy for domestic violence
  • Individual therapy for anger management issues
  • Individual therapy for a host of other mental health issues, such as: anxiety, OCD, depression, and ADHD
  • Specialized premarital counseling for victims of sexual abuse and other childhood trauma
  • Specialized consultation for a wide range of mental health concerns
  • Consultation regarding parenting issues
  • Group therapy for adult male survivors of sexual abuse
  • Group therapy for adult female survivors of sexual abuse
  • Group therapy for non-offending parents of children who have been abused
  • Group therapy for trauma and complex trauma
  • Evaluations of sexual offenders
  • Treatment of sexual offenders
  • Group therapy for adult sexual offenders
  • Group therapy for spouses of sexual offenders
  • Group therapy for adolescent sexual offenders
  • Group therapy for parents of children who have sexually offended
  • Community management of sexual offenders (COSA, safety-planning, chaperones)
  • Interaction with criminal justice entities (Court, probation, parole)
  • Evaluation of allegations of sexual misconduct
  • Testimony and assessment for secular Court
  • Testimony and assessment for Beis Din
  • Expert witness testimony

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Our Staff


Expertise, Empathy, Privacy – Meet The Pillars of Our Practice

 

Check out the great new book by our very own Chaim Kolodny LCSW!
"The 5 Steps to More Peaceful Dating"

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Our Staff


Expertise, Empathy, Privacy – Meet The Pillars of Our Practice

 

Check out the great new book by our very own Chaim Kolodny LCSW!
"The 5 Steps to More Peaceful Dating"

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Gavriel Fagin, Director

Gavriel Fagin, MA, LCSW holds a degree in both Forensic Psychology and Social Work. Gavriel holds a designation as a Sexual Offender Treatment Specialist (SOTS). Additionally, he is certified as an Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC-T). Gavriel also holds a designation as a Problem Gambling Specialist. Gavriel has both taken and taught many advanced courses on the treatment of sexual abuse survivors, with particular emphasis on Orthodox Jewish male survivors.

Gavriel trained in forensic work at the Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward and subsequently at Rikers Island. While at Bellevue, Gavriel trained under Dr. Sanford Drob and Dr. Andrew Shiva. Areas of focus included the objective evaluation of risk, competency issues, criminal culpability, and the treatment of individuals with SPMI (Severe and Persistent Mental Illness) and individuals in AOT (Aggressive Outpatient Treatment). While working at Riker’s Island, Gavriel was responsible for a team of discharge planners. These responsibilities included programmatic oversight, and the evaluation and placement recommendations for both high and low risk inmates.

Gavriel is currently the Director of Tikunim Counseling Services, PLLC (TCS), a for profit organization with offices in Brooklyn, Lakewood, Monsey, and Queens. His clinical focus is the objective evaluation and scientific treatment of sexual deviance, sexual victimization, gambling, religious conflict, and domestic violence. In addition to seeing individual clients, Gavriel supervises a cadre of wonderful clinicians through TCS.

Gavriel strives to implement a holistic and evidence-based approach to his treatment plans with an emphasis on integrating his clients’ emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Individuals are treated in a manner that respects the notion that there is a dynamic interplay between the person, his family, his culture, and society at large. Managing conflicts and disappointments is a critical task addressed in the therapeutic process. The qualities that Gavriel strives for, as a therapist, are: professionalism, deep understanding, empathy, emotional support, trust-worthiness, collaboration, flexibility, attentiveness, optimism, and respect. As part of his comprehensive approach to treatment, Gavriel is also dedicated to attending continuing education courses, and staying up to date on current research and most effective treatment approaches.

Gavriel is frequently called upon to conduct extensive evaluations and risk determinations regarding allegations of sexual misconduct.

High-tech and highly effective evaluation tools, such as personality profiles, tests of sexual interest, and the Penile Plethysmograph (PPG) are utilized to assure the most objective evaluation possible. Gavriel is a certified Level I and Level II PPG provider, and trained extensively with Dr. Peter Byrne in Salt Lake City, Utah in the use of the PPG for evaluation and treatment purposes.

In addition to individual and group treatment, Gavriel also implements community-based programs, both large and small, to address social issues, mental health issues, and issues regarding community safety. Gavriel is a frequent speaker and writer regarding the prevention of sexual abuse, the treatment of male sexual abuse survivors, and the evaluation, treatment, and management of male sexual offenders. Community-based programs have included safety evaluations for synagogues, youth groups, and schools.

Additionally, Gavriel has helped to establish several COSA’s (Circles of Support and Accountability) throughout New York and New Jersey. This approach involves the training of 5-7 community volunteers to become a “circle” of people that support the identified client, or “core member.” The purpose of this circle of individuals is to offer non-judgmental advice and serve as responsible parties who fill various safety needs of the core member, under the guidance of the therapist, in order to help the core member integrate safely back into the community. These community volunteers represent the community’s interests while being aware of the individual’s needs. Research shows that this approach has dramatically reduced the rate of recidivism even in high-level offenders. In addition to his therapeutic work, Gavriel is also an Adjunct Professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Courses taught include Jewish Social Philosophy and Values and Ethics. Gavriel is proud of the many local and international students that he has been able to teach. Some of them have even become associates in TCS!

Gavriel is a Clinical and Research Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, a member of The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, a member of The National Organization of Forensic Social Workers, and a member of NEFESH.

Gavriel enjoys exercise, yoga, martial arts, scuba diving, and other outdoor activities as a way to find balance in life. He also hugely enjoys being a husband, father, son, and brother. Clementines are his favorite fruit, because they are cute and compact.

Chaim Kolodny

Chaim attended Long Island University and obtained a Masters in Social Work, with a concentration in the field of addiction. (Chaim met the requirements for a CASAC-T in New York). Chaim is a Licensed Social Worker both in the State of New York and in New Jersey. Chaim has met the requirements for a Clinical Social Work license in the state of New Jersey. Since obtaining his Masters in Social Work, Chaim has attended numerous advanced trainings to broaden his knowledge base in treatment modalities, interventions, as well as to increase his overall understanding of mental illnesses and its impact on both individuals and community. Some of the trainings include The Trauma Outcome Process Assessment (TOPA) a program that is designed to help sexually abused and sexually abusive children/youths recognize how self-destructive and/or sexually abusive behaviors connect to past sexual abuse and other traumatic experiences, in addition to CBT, ACT, DBT, psychodynamic therapy, and Integrating Behavioral Change and Acceptance in Couples trainings. Chaim trained in addictions at the Riverview Medical Center/ Addiction Recovery Services Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Unit. While at Riverview, Chaim performed clinical counseling, psychoeducation, and case management for adult alcohol and /or drug abuse patients. Additionally, Chaim facilitated group treatment sessions, collaborated with an interdisciplinary team for treatment plans and conducted evaluations from before transfer through discharge.

Chaim has also worked in both a Social Service agency setting and a Community Mental Health Outpatient Clinic where he provided case management, performed assessments and individualized treatment plans for various populations. He worked as part of an interdisciplinary team counseling individuals with various clinical disorders, drawing from numerous therapeutic modalities.

Currently, Chaim is proud to be an associate at Tikunim Counseling where he provides comprehensive clinical services for a broad range of individual mental health issues and couples. He has a unique specialty of working with victims of sexual abuse, sexual traumatization, various sexual offences, sexual deviancies, compulsive sexual behavior, and same sex attraction. Chaim also helps facilitate a safe environment for victims of domestic abuse and their families.

Previously, Chaim attended Yeshiva Zichron Melech Rabbinical Seminary and obtained an Advanced Degree of Talmudic Study. He then attended Beth Medrash Govoah Seminary (BMG) where he received a Bachelors of Talmudic Studies, conferred with Advanced Rabbinical Ordination. Chaim has used his broad range of Knowledge in both Talmudic and Rabbinical literature to lecture in various settings on numerous topics, including, Talmudic Law, philosophy, and ethics. Some of Chaim's most intriguing Talmudic lectures on Jewish philosophy as well as his favorites include, the Torah's perspective on the infinite greatness of human beings and their ability to change, and finding meaning and purpose amidst suffering. Chaim is also a dating coach, using his program of the Five Steps to More Peaceful Dating. Chaim begun his community counseling work in the field of dating in different capacities, including but not limited to matchmaking and coaching. Chaim's dating coaching/counseling focuses on assisting in navigating the dating process for individuals, providing insight about dating and relationships, overcoming personal challenges and bringing closure to unresolved issues. Chaim also helped singles transition smoothly from the engagement stage to marriage. After working extensively in the dating field, Chaim created and published the program of the Five Steps to More Peaceful Dating. This program is aimed at assisting singles of Jewish Orthodox community who struggle with their decision-making regarding whom to date, whether to continue dating a particular person, or not being able to build chemistry with most dates. Additionally, it can be used by singles who find that there is “something” that is holding them back from moving forward, either with a particular person, or perhaps generally, but they cannot pinpoint the problem.

Chaim, is often requested to provide consultations on a range of topics to educators, rabbinic figures, and community organizers, including helping singles through the dating process in a effective and sensitive manner, premarital issues, recognizing sexually deviancy and its subsequent intervention, complex trauma, compulsive sexual behaviors, and community safety. Chaim has presented on topics including, prevention of abuse, actualizing our adolescents potential, identifying childhood mental disorders, promoting childhood resilience and the value of community work. Chaim also served as a guest Visiting Professor at Touro University, where he presented on promoting childhood resilience, and identifying childhood mental disorders. Chaim commits himself to integrate a broad range of treatment modalities, such as Existential Therapy, CBT, Psychodynamic Therapy, Imago, and EFT. More importantly, Chaim does his best to predicate his treatment model on flexibility, openness, a real understanding, empathy, respect, a true appreciation of individuality, conveyance of hope and touch of humor.

I am proud to be a member of TCS, where the director, Gavriel Fagin's amazing talent and dedication influences the entire practice and a real team concept exists. Most importantly, I feel that we offer outstanding services because for us, making a difference to individuals and communities is more than a job; it's our mission.

Yehuda Mandel

Yehuda began his counseling career while learning in Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim. During those years he became secretary and assistant to one of the Mashgichim of the Yeshiva. For 7 years he counseled adolescents and young adults in the Yeshiva who were struggling with depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Additionally, he worked with young men challenged with confusion over sexual drives, deviant sexual interest, and addictive tendencies.

For the next 4 years, while learning in the Kollel in Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, he worked with young married men as a Chosson teacher. In this capacity, he counseled married men regarding relationship issues, sexual concerns, and parenting struggles. After obtaining Semicha, Yehuda went on to teach full time in Yeshiva high schools for the next 4 years and became involved in mentoring and counseling teenagers struggling with academic issues, behavior problems, substance abuse, and family dysfunction.

In his last year of teaching, Yehuda realized that he would be able to take his skills to the next level by obtaining a graduate degree in clinical social work. After graduating with honors from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yehuda became involved in a research project analyzing characteristics and personality profiles of sexual offenders as well as male sexual abuse victims in the Orthodox community. After a few months of research, Yehuda began working in Tikunim Counseling, assessing and treating individuals who had committed sexual offenses or who are struggling with a variety of sexually related issues. Additionally, Yehuda works with families and communities to develop appropriate ways to deal with individuals in their midst who have violated sexual boundaries.

Yehuda believes that when a person comes into the office due to struggles with sexual deviance or because he committed a sexual offense, there is inevitably a great deal of shame. There are often acts that the individual is embarrassed to talk about, fantasies that he is not ready to share, and urges that he is uncomfortable admitting to. It is important for the person to realize that when he enters the room there is no judgment about his character or spiritual level. The fact that he is addressing his concerns is itself a great accomplishment.

The treatment process often includes analyzing the client’s arousal pattern and clarifying what his sexual urges stem from and what factors can be addressed to enable the individual to work with them. This process includes putting together a comprehensive picture about the person’s life, struggles, and relationships, exploring how these personality features and experiences connect to his sexual interest and arousal template. The individual could then work to address the various experiences and relationships that may be pulling him down along with working directly on his sexual concerns.

Yehuda expressed how he appreciates working in Tikunim Counseling; defining it as a practice with devoted and skilled clinicians who work together as a great team. Therapists are giving and helpful to each other creating a really supportive environment. What makes working in Tikunim Counseling really special though is the guidance and support that Gavriel provides to the whole team, encouraging each clinician in the various projects that each one is involved in.

Yehuda also spends time each week teaching and counseling young men in Yeshiva Ma’ayan Hatorah and working in a mental health clinic treating children and families. As a recreational outlet, Yehuda enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking and biking together with family and friends.

Lisa Rosenblatt

Lisa is a graduate of yeshiva university's wurzweiler school of social work. Her specialty is working with survivors of sexual abuse and trauma as we'll as individuals and their families suffering with addiction including; substance abuse, alcoholism, sex and love addiction and eating disorders.

Lisa worked as a teacher prior to entering the mental health profession. Her experience working with developmentally disabled as well as at risk youth has increased her capacity for compassion, empathy and concern as well as giving her a unique edge into the mind of the adolescent.

Lisa has worked as a clinician at St. John's Community Mental Health Center, YAI, and Jewish Board of Family and Children Services. This vast array of placements has afforded Lisa the opportunity to enhance her skills with a diverse population.

Lisa takes a solution focused approach combining Twelve-Step Recovery Model along with more pragmatic techniques such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy as well as her unique Inner Child work which has been extremely affective healing trauma.

Lisa is the recipient of the National Association of Social Workers Student Award, the New York State Office of Mental Health-Deans Consortium Award as well as Wurzweiler School of Social Work Faculty Award.

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Contact Us


We have offices in Brooklyn, Monsey, Lakewood, and Queens!

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We have offices in Brooklyn, Monsey, Lakewood, and Queens!

We're here to help, so please don't hesitate to reach out to one of our professionals. 


 

Mailing Address

633 East 2nd St. 
Brooklyn, NY
11218

Fax: (718) 435-1585

Gavriel Fagin MA LCSW, Director: 

(917) 257-8626

Chaim Kolodny LCSW:

(718) 968-5684

Yehuda Mandel LMSW:

(646) 824-5967

Lisa Rosenblatt LMSW:

(516) 313-9483