Counseling for the true YOU

Counseling for mental health.

Counseling, first and foremost, is the exploration of an individual’s experience with the goal of identifying what is impacting that person in the moment.  From the time we are born, we are learning.    Our five senses are the tools that collect the information from outside of us.  The information we collect comes from  different sources.  From those different sources we get the information we need to navigate the world. 

Whether it is our immediate family or the world at large, we have a lot of sources of information. And this information we receive forms the human that we eventually become.  We are the result of our experiences, our thoughts, our fears.  Within us lies the information that we carry to our marriages and our jobs.  We pass on what we learn to our children, at times without awareness.  All of that information can be overwhelming.  How you deal with that information and its results is just as overwhelming. 

We cope with the demands of life the best we can with the tools we have gained in life. The tools remain in our arsenal because they have worked previously and to a degree of success.  However, those tools that worked in our youth may not work in our adulthood.  This realization brings with it frustration, stress, and conflict.  When you find yourself at that point where it feels like nothing works, it is best to talk to someone impartial and empathetic.  

You are not alone in this struggle.  Those around you are going through it to some degree.  I’ve been there as well.  My name is Julio, and i am a mental health counselor.    

“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.”

“La lucha el al que estas hoy esta desarrollando la fuerza que necesitas para mañana.”

Counselor details

Welcome to my counselor page, friends!

My name is Julio Ginel and I am a licensed mental health counselor in New York and Georgia.  I am a proud Puerto Rican, born in Ponce and raised in the South Bronx.  Initially, i was to be an artist.  However, the goal was redirected when i was not accepted at my desired school.  I obtained my Good Enough Diploma and joined the Army.  In the army, i realized that i was good at listening and not  judging.  13-years of military service later, i pursued a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College.  After years of working different positions in the mental health field, i decided to pursue a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from NYIT in Old Westbury.  

With experience in the mental health field for over 20 years, i know two truths. First, clients find it difficult to process tough material. Secondly, a relationship built on trust makes progress more achievable.  The process of therapy will be harder and less pleasurable when the client does not trust me.  As a result, an empathetic and validating approach is important to build healthy connections with my clients.  Having a healthy connection is the start of any good relationship, including therapy.  My approach is eclectic in nature.  I utilize what i feel would be useful for the client to progress.  The options range from evidence based techniques to more cutting edge experiential methods that will touch on emotions and feelings.

Therapy is not a cure so i hope you are not expecting to be exorcised of what ails you.  It is more of a light on your path to your own truth.  You are the expert of your own experience.  I am the faithful companion, invited to be a part of that experience.  The goal is what you make it. 

Options and Resources

In these uncertain times, no one should feel like they have no options.  Thankfully, New York is blessed with numerous options for assistance.  Here I have listed my preferred programs and services.  Give them a try.

Options for FREE CRISIS SERVICES / Servicios de crisis gratis 

NYC Well (888) 692-9355 –  is your connection to free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text or chat and get access to mental health and substance misuse services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.

The Samaritans (212) 673-3000 – completely confidential 24-hour crisis response hotline.  It is staffed by professionally trained volunteers who have responded to over 1 million calls.  They provide immediately accessible ongoing emotional support to those who are in distress or suicidal. The service is available 24 hours and 7 days a week. 

Options for FREE MEDICAL CLINICS / Clínicas medicas gratis

NYC Free Clinic (917) 544-0735 16 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003

Weill Cornell Community Clinic (646) 962-9222 505 East 70th Street, 1st  Floor, New York, NY 10021  

Mt Sinai Adolescent Health Care Clinic (212) 423-3000 312 East 94th Street, New York, NY 10128

East Harlem Health Outreach Program (626) 942-6519  17 East 102nd Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10029

St. Anthony’s Free Clinic (718) 401-9705  421 East 155th Street, Bronx, NY 10455

ECHO Free Clinic (800) 836-1316  1894 Walton Ave, Bronx, NY 10453

Options for Legal Services / Servicios Legales

Brooklyn Legal Services Corp. (718) 487-2300  260 Broadway, 2nd floor, Brooklyn, NY 11211

New York Legal Assistance Group  (212) 613-5000  7 Hanover Square, New York, NY 10004

Queens Legal Services (917) 661-4500  89-00 Sutphin Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11435

Lambda Legal (LGBTQ Services) (212) 809-8585  120 Wall Street, 19th floor, New York, NY 10005


Counselor Contact

Therapy Searching, are you?

Therapy service searching can be daunting.  I believe that if you have dug this deep into my website, then you are considering seeing a therapist.  I appreciate you viewing my site and would love to work with you.  However, choosing a therapist is the most important part of the process.  You will be sharing personal information with a person you are just meeting.  You want to give your options some good thought.

When choosing a therapist, take into consideration they way you like to be spoken to, the way you learn, and the issue you want to address.  Ensure that the person you are looking at specializes in your issue.  Consider asking for a consultation before you decide just to see how the person works.  Also, look into the different types of therapy so that you can have an idea before your search.  GoodTherapy.Org has a very informative page that i highly recommend.

However, if you feel that i am the person for you then allow me to introduce myself to you all:

HI!  My name is Julio Ginel, and I an a professional counselor. My goal as a  counselor is to provide safe and compassionate  services.  Whether in-office, or online, I strive to provide a place where clients from New York and Georgia (online only, for now) can get encouragement and support as they navigate through the challenges of life. If you have experienced trauma in your life, have encountered difficulties in identity, or have a loss in your life, consider me as an option for you. You can contact me to set up a session when you are ready.

Insurances accepted: Empire BCBC, Tricare, Cigna, Emblem/GHI, Fidelis

Self-pay options: Credit cards, PayPal, VenMo

Fees: $125 a session, 20% discount for online services

E-mail:  Julio Ginel

Address/Dirección: 74-09 Metropolitan Avenue, Ste 2F, Middle Village, NY 11379

Telephone / Telefono: (646) 361-2325

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