Mental Health Clinic

CAPE is an Outpatient Mental Health Clinic that offers individual, group and family therapy, psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring for both clinic and homebound adults.

CAPE is an article 31 Outpatient Mental Health Clinic offering individual, group and family therapy as well as psychiatric evaluation and treatment.  CAPE treats all adults over 21 but specializes in services for those over 50 years of age. During COVID-19 restrictions all services are through telehealth although we look forward to again providing treatment at our main clinic in Little Neck as well as our satellite clinics throughout Queens. 

We also recently opened up a special Adolescent Mental Health Clinic for children ages 12-18 years old. Click here for more information.

CAPE Mental Health Clinic

59-28 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, NY 11362

718 224-0566 or 718 225-6750 ext. 250

Fax 718 224-7544

EMail: [email protected]

Debra Ilberman, LCSW, Director
Tarak Patel, MD, Medical Director
Christine Ganzer, PhD, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Janet Mann, LCSW, Assistant Director
Jordana Davidson, LCSW, Program Director of Outreach and Clinical Services
Ben Weinstock, LCSW, Program Administrator, DGMH
Valerie Gelber, LCSW,  Clinical Supervisor Adolescent Clinic
Judith Hirsch, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Tamar Bezalely, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker
Colleen Dillon, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Leora Ellison, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker
Ruth Finkelstein, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker
Florence Gross, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Shelley Hoffman, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Ellen Lourie, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker
Terri Lowenstein, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Enid Miller, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Isabella Rossi, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Beth Tipperman, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Guowei Yan, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker


Claudia Hillie
Varda Rothman
Anita Swerdin

Karen Buckner
Fran Grossman

Norma Calero
Yusmely Calles


CAPE is an Article 31, New York State Certified outpatient mental health clinic, providing high quality mental health services since 1978.

CAPE’s services include individual, marital and family therapy at the clinic at Commonpoint Queens Sam Field Center as well as at Central Queens. In addition, through DFTA, we recently opened satellite clinics within senior centers providing services on site. Our team includes experienced LCSWs, a Psychiatrist, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and an RN. CAPE’s Peer Advocates offers telephone reassurance, information and referral, and assistance to CAPE consumers and community residents.

We provide all of our services to people who are homebound due to physical or psychiatric illnesses which impacts their mobility. During the COVID-19 crisis, we have been able to provide teletherapy services via various platforms, using secure video connections. We hope, as the pandemic situation improves, to be able to return to in-person therapy, while still providing teletherapy to those in need.

CAPE accepts most insurances including Medicare and Medicaid. There is a sliding scale for those who are unable to afford their co-pay or do not have insurance. We are unique in the services we provide, the quality of those services and the access to care for our constituents. Services are currently provided in English, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, German and Hebrew.  

*NEW* – MIST Program
We are proud to introduce the Maintaining Independence and Safety through Technology (MIST) Program at the CAPE Mental Health Clinic, which connects seniors to technology in order for them to be able to participate in telemental health, telemedicine, virtual social/recreational programs and to communicate with family and friends. This program provides seniors with technology based on their needs, as well as aims to assist them with technology that they already have.

For more information contact Jordana at [email protected]

Groups at CAPE
CAPE, the community based mental health clinic of Commonpoint Queens provides individual, family, group therapy and psychiatric services. CAPE is currently offering all services virtually. CAPE is developing the following therapeutic groups:

  • Support Group for People Caring for a Family Member
  • Group for Individuals Experiencing Job Related Transitions
  • COVID Stress Support Group
  • Bereavement Group

For application and referral information, please call (718) 224-0566 or e-mail CAPE at [email protected].

CAPE services are offered at:

  • CAPE Mental Health Center (Little Neck – English/ Hebrew/ Spanish)
  • HANAC Harmony ISC (Astoria – Spanish/English/Italian)
  • Peter Cardella Senior Citizens Center (Ridgewood – English/Italian)
  • Queens Community House: Rego Park Senior Center (Rego Park – Mandarin/English)
  • Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center (Bayside – English/Spanish)
  • Selfhelp Innovative Senior Center (Flushing – Mandarin/English)
  • Sunnyside Community Services (Sunnyside – Spanish/English)
  • Theodora G. Jackson Adult Center (Jamaica – Spanish/Mandarin/English)
  • Pomonok Senior Center (Flushing – Mandarin/Cantonese/English)
  • Rochdale Village Senior Center (Rochdale- English)
  • SNAP of Eastern Queens Innovative Senior Center (Queens Village- English)
  • Elmhurst Jackson Heights Senior Center (Elmhurst- Spanish/Mandarian/Cantonese/ English)
  • Selfhelp Maspeth Senior Center (Maspeth-English)

Transportation (daytime only), including a wheelchair accessible van is available on a limited basis for a small fee, for those unable to use public transportation.

Medicaid, Medicare and most other insurances are accepted. To schedule an intake or obtain further information please call 718-224-0566.

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