Gavriel Fagin, Director
Gavriel Fagin, Ph.D, LCSW holds a degree in both Forensic Psychology and Social Work. Gavriel holds a designation as a Sexual Offender Treatment Specialist (SOTS), and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). 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, Clinical Supervisor
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, Sr. Clinician & Evaluation Specialist
Yehuda’s interest in the world of clinical psychotherapy commenced as a young man when he began mentoring adolescent boys struggling with personal, relationship, and religious issues. After working with scores of teens, Yehuda began teaching in a Yeshiva high school servicing boys of different cultural and religious backgrounds. For four years Yehuda taught and counseled 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 Yeshiva University’s 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 Services, assessing and treating individuals who had committed sexual offenses or who are struggling with a variety of sexually related issues.
Yehuda was trained in various classical models of psychotherapy including psychoanalysis, cognitive behavior therapy, and solution-focused therapy. Additionally, Yehuda was trained and obtained supervision in various trauma treatment models such as Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Yehuda incorporates all of the afore-mentioned models into his treatment approach choosing the modalities that respond best to each person’s specific set of challenges and abilities.
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.
While much of his work is with individuals, Yehuda also works with families, schools, and communities to develop appropriate ways to set up safety protocols and to deal with individuals in their midst who have violated sexual boundaries. Yehuda also provides trainings to the staff members in various sleep-away camps regarding appropriate boundaries with campers.
As a way of rounding out his schedule Yehuda spends time each week teaching and counseling young men in Yeshiva Ma’ayan Hatorah. For recreation, Yehuda enjoys spending time outdoors enjoying nature together with family and friends.
Chaim Dovid Prupas LMSW
Chaim Dovid obtained his Masters of Social Work from Long Island University with a concentration in addictions. He is licensed in New York and New Jersey, and currently divides his time between the Brooklyn and Lakewood offices. Chaim Dovid specializes in teens and adults that struggle with various problematic behaviors and are experiencing difficulties with emotional regulation. He has extensive experience with Anxiety, depression, sexual deviancy, and trauma and works with those who have been sexually victimized as well as perpetrators.
Chaim Dovid previously has worked in an intensive outpatient for teens where he provided individual and group psychotherapy services to adolescents diagnosed with attention disorders, anxiety, depression and substance abuse. He also worked in Ocean Mental Health Project Recovery where he worked with adults with co-curing disorders of Mental health and addictions. Over there, he conducted groups as well as individual therapy and received supervision in addictive behaviors as well as using the 12 steps as a tool to facilitate recovery.
Chaim Dovid takes a holistic approach when it comes to therapy. He recognizes that there isn’t one factor that contributes to a person’s mental health. Working on trauma, relationships, core beliefs and unhelpful cognitions are all part of the healing process that enables a person to reach their goals.
Chaim Dovid uses a multi integrated modalities in therapy, including Existential Therapy, CBT, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Therapy is client based and involves the client recognizing values and goals and working towards them. Chaim Dovid has additionally furthered his expertise by obtaining training and supervision in several areas. This includes Trauma Focused CBT, Trauma Narrative, Attachment theory, as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Chaim Dovid enjoys spending time with his family, learning, playing sports, skiing and the great outdoors.