Behavioral and Mental Healthcare


Life can be challenging, and everyone can feel overwhelmed occasionally. Our culturally sensitive team of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and social workers are committed to helping you navigate through any difficulties that you may be facing, including but not limited to anxiety, work-life balance, relationship issues, trauma, sadness, irritability, or problems concentrating.

The Floating Hospital welcomes individuals of all ages, from school-age children (5+) to older adults. We can treat your whole family and will take the time to tailor individual personalized treatment plans and set goals you can achieve. Our behavioral and mental health services are fully integrated with our medical and dental clinics, ensuring that all your health needs are conveniently met in one setting.

The Floating Hospital has provided care to New York City families for nearly 160 years, and we are passionate about our work. Give us a call! You will speak with a case manager, who will answer your questions and help you connect with one of our licensed providers.

The New York State Office of Mental Health licenses the Floating Hospital.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

If you’re experiencing a suicidal crisis or emotional distress, you can get free and confidential emotional support by calling 988.

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. Visit the 988 website for further information.


Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be warning signs of a problem:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Withdrawing from people and usual activities
  • Having low energy or enthusiasm
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Smoking or drinking more than usual, or using drugs
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Hearing voices or believing people are out to harm you
  • Thinking of harming yourself or others
  • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of yourself or your children
  • Inability to motivate yourself to attend work or school

What if I don’t have any behavioral health issues but just want to talk with someone about my day-to-day life challenges?

Even if there is no obvious sign of a problem, many people find therapy helps them improve their communication and coping skills, relationships, work productivity and sense of well-being. For example, therapy can help heal relationships with family members and/or friends; help you become a better parent; help you realize your potential and better manage daily stresses so that they don’t interfere with your life; and help end destructive behaviors such as smoking and/or drinking. Many people seek therapy to address a specific episode like a death in their family.

What is expected of me?

Commitment. Therapy requires a commitment of time, a willingness to make your appointments, honesty in relaying feelings and issues, and a determination to work through those issues.


If you are a current patient of The Floating Hospital, speak to your medical provider about a referral for behavioral healthcare. If not, call 718-784-2240, ext 166 or 207 to speak to a case manager about your interest in behavioral health services.

Please note that as of April 1, 2022, community behavioral health services will only be available at our main clinic in Long Island City.


Our specialties include domestic violence, mood disorders and family therapy. Specific issues we treat include:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral issues
  • Child or adolescent
  • Chronic impulsivity
  • Codependency
  • Coping skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic abuse
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Family conflict
  • Grief
  • Impulse control disorders
  • Infidelity
  • Life transitions
  • Marital and premarital
  • Medication management
  • Men’s issues
  • Oppositional defiance
  • Parenting
  • Peer relationships
  • Pregnancy, prenatal, postpartum
  • Psychosis
  • Racial identity
  • Relationship issues
  • School issues
  • Self esteem
  • Self-harming
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sleep or insomnia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Teen violence
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women’s issues
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The Floating Hospital has a family approach to healthcare

Patients of all ages—from young children to elder adults—are welcome. Our counseling and psychiatric services are provided in English, Spanish and French.

  • Acceptance and commitment (ACT)
  • Cognitive behavioral (CBT)
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Emotionally focused
  • Family/marital
  • Family systems
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Play therapy
  • Positive psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Strength-based
  • Trauma focused


The Floating Hospital remains unchanged in its commitment to provide care, regardless of ability to pay, to New York City’s most vulnerable residents, homeless families living in family shelters and domestic violence safe houses. For them we are an island of stability in their often turbulent, and ever-changing world. Your support matters and makes a difference.


Provides a healthy lunch for a family of four


Provides one tank of gas for our Good Health Shuttle that transports people to their medical appointments


$250 enables a woman to receive the screenings and physical exams needed for employment or school.

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