Whether you’re coping with stress, anxiety, depression, struggling to build healthier relationships or dealing with an unexpected crisis, our talented, experienced professionals offer compassionate support and high-quality therapeutic services for individuals, couples and families.

We provide support to anyone regardless of religion, ethnic background or economic status. Our team of experienced clinicians are currently accepting new clients. Sessions are provided remotely (phone or video) or in-person. Proof of Covid19 vaccination with booster is required. Secure face masks are optional.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call or text the 988 NYS crisis hotline. Professional help is available 24/7.

JFS uses Simple Practice, a secure platform to schedule appointments and process billing.

Sign into your client portal. Under Billing & Payments, click the green “Pay Now” button. Select or add your credit card, and click the “Pay Now” button.

Co-pays and/or co-insurance are due within 24 hours of service.


We Specialize In:

  • Grief & loss
  • Depression & anxiety
  • Attention deficit disorders 
  • Parenting stress
  • Stress management & life transitions
  • Emotional, physical & sexual trauma
  • LGBTQA+ populations
  • Mood & personality disorders

At this time, we do not offer supervised visitation services, therapeutic visits, or play therapy.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted for Counseling*

Current Plans Accepted
Plans Not Accepted at This Time
  • Aetna
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • CDPHP Medicare/Medicaid
  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Highmark/BSNENY
  • MVP, MVP Medicaid, MVP Medicare
  • Medicare
*Melanie Mahler, LMSW,  accepting MVP, Medicaid and private pay.
  • Anthem
  • Cigna
  • Emblem
  • Empire BlueCross
  • Fidelis
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • NYSHIP, Empire Plan, Carelon, Beacon
  • Optum/UHC
  • Tricare

Fees for Services

Alfred Z. Solomon Counseling Program
Thanks to the generosity of the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, JFS is able to offer limited scholarships for counseling or for groups if you do not have insurance or cannot afford a co-payment, co-insurance or deductible. Please print and complete this application to apply for assistance, and email to
For questions or concerns, please contact:
Stacey Wager, Intake Coordinator/Referral Specialist:
518-482-8856, Option 0