The Center for Optimal Living in New York, NY

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(4.3 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

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

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

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

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


Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, The Center for Optimal Living is an innovative counseling center specializing in outpatient treatment for substance abuse, other addictive behaviors, and a variety of mental health issues. Detox services are not provided on-site.


Intake begins with a phone consultation and all clients receive a comprehensive evaluation upon admission. The Center for Optimal Living uses its own unique therapy approach, Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP), which is rooted in the principles of self-management and individualized treatment plans.

The facility follows the motto “start where the person is,” and IHRP aims to deliver a tailored treatment plan that blends cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, motivational-enhancement, and mindfulness traditions.

The center offers a variety of types of counseling sessions, including individual psychotherapy and couples and/or family counseling.

Group therapy is also a part of treatment and often involves clients' families. Groups focus on topics such as harm reduction, mindfulness, moderate drinking, early and stable abstinence, self-management skills and strategies, LGBT issues, trauma, and dual diagnoses.

The Center for Optimal Living also supports a holistic approach to recovery by provided referrals for medical, nutritional, exercise, acupuncture, massage, or yoga consultations on an as-needed basis.

Clients can book daytime or evening appointments at the center’s midtown headquarters.


The staff consists of clinical psychologists and licensed social workers with varying specialties in substance abuse and mental health issues, from mindfulness to dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to eating disorders.


At the time of this writing there have been no friends or family members that have been polled by On the facility’s Yelp page there is one alum review.1 Alum R.B. gave the facility four out of five stars and left a positive review. He wrote, “Seams to be working, I decided to give this place a shot for some special treatments..You should try it if you want to achieve more optimal performance.”


At the time of this writing there has been one friend or family member who has been polled by The anonymous friend or family member of a client gave the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, four stars for accommodations & amenities, and four stars for meals & nutrition. He was agreed when asked if the facility staff were experienced and well-trained; if the admissions and discharge procedures were swift, organized, and clearly explained; and if there were many counseling options to choose from depending on the client’s preference.

He strongly agreed that the facility was adequately equipped and staffed to treat co-occurring mental health problems in addition to substance use disorders; the facility offered excellent leisure, exercise, and extracurricular options; and that the facility had high quality holistic offerings.

He wrote that the facility had “excellent patient treatment therapist, good facilities, great routines to overcome addictions desarrolos.” He also wrote that it would be better if there were more leisure activities and free time. He added additional commentary writing that the facility staff try to look at your entire life to help you with your addiction. “During their stay, they are very worried about you all the time trying to understand you, your social life.”

On the facility’s Facebook page, which it has the ability to manage, the facility has received an average of 3.4 out of five stars based on five total reviews.2 No comments were provided.


The facility does not accept insurance, however, financing is available.


Updated March 2017

Published on April 2017

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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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