The Center for Optimal Living in New York, NY

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(2.8 of 5)
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370 Lexington Ave, Suite 500
New York NY 10017

The Center for Optimal Living Philosophy

The Center for Optimal Living provides innovative, personalized treatment, based on Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, for individuals and families with substance use issues, other risky or addictive behaviors, and a wide range of mental health issues.

Recognizing the complexity and multiple meanings of these issues, we promote healing and positive change through the principles of compassion, collaboration and empowerment.

We offer comprehensive evaluation, treatment and referral services to adults, adolescents, couples and families. We provide a confidential environment that fosters collaborative and supportive therapeutic relationships.

We believe that effective therapy “starts where the person is” in terms of their values, personal preferences and cultural background. Each patient receives a comprehensive initial assessment to determine their unique needs, strengths and goals; this forms the basis for a therapeutic plan that enhances motivation and positive change.

We collaborate with each patient to determine the focus of their treatment and the approach that will best meet their needs. Treatment is provided by clinical psychologists and other clinicians with expertise in substance issues, other risky and addictive behaviors, and a wide range of mental health issues. Our approach draws upon psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, motivational-enhancement, experiential and mindfulness-based traditions to identify and address patients’ issues within biological, psychological and social contexts.

Areas of Specialization

  • Individual Therapy
    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

  • Process Abuse Treatment
    Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.

Facility Highlights

Our center provides trauma-sensitive treatment to those impacted by trauma.

We empower people to make positive changes to reduce risky and problematic behaviors.

We offer personalized, integrative, and compassionate treatment for individuals and their families.

Meet the Staff

Andrew Tatarsky, PhD

Founder and Director

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Andrew Tatarsky is an internationally recognized leader in the treatment of substance misuse and other potentially risky behaviors. He has specialized in the treatment of addiction for 30 years as a counselor, psychologist, program director, trainer, advocate and author. He has devoted his career to developing a comprehensive understanding of the broad spectrum of substance use problems and an integrative harm reduction psychotherapy approach to treating this spectrum. This treatment is described in his book, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems, and several professional papers and book chapters that extend the approach.

Jenifer Talley, PhD

Assistant Director

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Dr. Jenifer Talley is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of trauma and co-occurring substance misuse. Working from an integrative harm reduction framework, Dr. Talley's approach is interactive and focuses on the development of practical skills to manage intense emotions, reduce self-judgment, and promote self-compassion. Mindfulness skills are integrated into an active exploration of the interrelationship between thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and behaviors, along with their contribution to substance misuse and relationship issues. Dr. Talley is also interested in how yoga can be used to enhance the connection with the body and support the development of emotion management skills. She is the Assistant Director of the Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling at the New School for Social Research where she participates in the training and supervision of graduate students in psychology. In addition, Dr. Talley was a Supervising Psychologist at the Women's Health Project of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital for four years. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


The Center for Optimal Living is a private treatment and training center in midtown Manhattan, N.Y. that specializes in serving individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse, other addictive behaviors, and various mental health issues.

The Center for Optimal Living is part of the 62 percent of New York State facilities with regular (non-intensive) outpatient services. Daytime, evening, and weekend appointments are available.


The treatment process at The Center for Optimal Living begins with a free 15-minute phone consultation followed by a comprehensive evaluation. The evaluation helps staff develop a personally tailored plan that’s comprised of individual, group, specialized, and holistic therapies.

The center uses Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP), a unique therapy approach founded by one of the center’s clinicians. Also called harm reduction, the approach is based in principles of self-management. According to the facility’s website, “Abstinence, moderation, and safe use practices are embraced within the umbrella of harm reduction.”

In addition to individual and group psychotherapy and holistic therapies like yoga and acupuncture, the center offers Psychedelic Therapy, a service that’s designed to help individuals seeking assistance with processing their psychedelic experiences. No drugs or referrals are provided during treatment, the focus rather being on drawing connections and reconciling a client’s life experiences.

Encouraging family involvement and the rebuilding of family relationships, the center offers both family and couples therapy, the latter of which is offered at 55.1 percent of facilities statewide. Sessions utilize a combination of cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, and mindfulness practices to promote recovery.


The treatment staff at the Center for Optimal Living consists of clinical psychologists and licensed social workers, many of whom hold advanced degrees. Staff are trained in various specialties like substance use, mental health, mindfulness, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).


Feedback provided by J.M., the singe alum polled by to date, was limited to one-star ratings for the facility’s treatment effectiveness and accommodations and a two-star rating for its meals.

On Facebook, where the facility can manage its page, the Center for Optimal Living has an overall rating of 4.8 out of five stars based on 10 opinions.[1] Two individuals recommended the harm reduction psychotherapy.

On Yelp, sole reviewer K.M. gave the facility five out of five stars and highlighted a “caring helpful staff.”[2]


The sole loved one polled by to date provided mostly positive feedback on the Center for Optimal Living. The anonymous reviewer didn't leave any feedback, but gave the facility four or five out of five stars for the staff's training and experience, holistic offerings, counseling options, and co-occurring treatment.

They also told of “excellent patient treatment therapist, good facilities, great routines to overcome addictions desarrolos.”


The Center for Optimal Living provides no information regarding its service fees or insurance coverage.


Published on September 2019

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During their stay, they are very worried about you all the time trying to understand you, your social life. because you turned your daily activities such as eating, your sex life, shopping .. in an abyss, because your life took an unexpected turn and suddenly you become addicted some substance, you develop some disorder or simply trust your loved ones and specialists who will help you, will be a difficult road but open yourself to them .. trust and faith. excellent patient treatment therapist, good facilities, great routines to overcome addictions desarrolos. I think that might be best leisure activities and exploit more free time.

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