New Beginnings: Mental Health

Riverdale Y and JASA through Thrive NYC and the NYC Department for the Aging have partnered to provide mental health services by Licensed Mental Health professionals at our New Beginnings Center for Contemporary Adults. We would like to introduce our JASA Social Worker Christina Soddano, LCSW.


Claudia “Christina” Soddano is a bilingual, Spanish-speaking Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience. Christina graduated from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services and has worked in the Bronx in the Mental Health industry in different capacities.


Christina specializes in working with adults who have experienced Complex Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, difficulty adjusting to a life-altering event and other circumstances that require a safe non-judgmental approach. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Person Centered Therapy, Mindfulness and other evidence-based practices.


Christina describes her practice as follows: “My values as a therapist are held on the belief that therapy is collaborative. In providing therapy, I consider mental, physical, cultural and spiritual factors which are important in our everyday functioning. All humans deserve the opportunity to heal and live life to their fullest.”


The Y’s Older Adult Center Social Worker, Carmen Lopez, can help you decide if therapy is the correct choice for you and facilitate the referral to the JASA Mental Health Clinic.  You can also call the JASA Help Line at (212) 273-5272 and ask to be referred to the DFTA Geriatric Mental Health Clinic at the Riverdale Y.  Presently, Christina is providing confidential individual services via Telehealth and is planning to faciliate a group in January 2022. Stay tuned!