Mindspeak moves therapy off the couch and into the community because that’s where

life happens,






Live a

good life,

Founded by Nina Ythier in 2017, Mind Speak, Inc. is a private psychotherapy practice and certified Woman Minority Owned Business Enterprise that proudly provides specialized in-person mental health treatment and advocacy services to people of all ages and stages in life that are dually diagnosed with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health conditions in New York City and Westchester County. Though we specialize in collaborating with this community, we warmly welcome anyone in need of assistance and support.

As long as you need support,

we've got your back

“¿Hablas español?”
Bilingual Therapy is available
Objective, neutral, non-judgmental, flexible, and creative
Lifelong support from your first to your final moment
Patient-Centered, Patient-First Care
Traditional to holistic methods
New York-Based, BIG UP!

Medicaid & Medicare

and the following managed care plans

Life and therapy

on your terms.

our mental health care
services are as unique as you

Are you navigaing life with dual
diagnoses of

We’re here for you if you have trouble with communicating, completing everyday tasks and judgment.

That makes you wonder if you'll ever

find a therapist that
feels like a good fit?

Si te sientes mas comodo hablando en español Mind Speak es el servicio terapeutico para usted

hear from our

Mind Speak Family

I kept on and on and on, searching and searching, and I was like, "You know what? I'm not gonna keep on doing this," and came Nina, and changed my whole life around

we've built

Remarkable Relationships

based on trust

You've searched for mental health care that saves space for your


It’s unfair to deal with healthcare hassles that make finding support as hard as what you’re facing. So we’ve replaced obstacles with open doors and treatment options that support your quality of life. Our 30+ years of experience in social work, advocacy, and psychotherapy help us do something that basic healthcare systems don’t — and that’s to empower.

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Flexible everyday mental health care for humans in need
Crisis Intervention
Collaborative treatment with existing case management & care teams
cognitive behavioral therapy
Talk Therapy, information and referrals
Support For Caregivers
Holistic Wellness Treatment
couples and Family Counseling
Advocacy Services
Professional Training and development services

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extensive training for existing

Mental Health Professionals

who want:
Advanced therapy methods
Increased competencies

Mind Speak, Inc. offers professional training and development services to human service and mental health professionals designed to enhance the knowledge base, skill set and performance that are necessary when working with the community we support. To have received professional training is considered a best practice in an informed approach to understand the most effective way to engage with our population for best interventions and outcomes.

Our professional training series was developed based on a need for specialized education experience focused on helping people living with intellectual disabilities and mental health conditions by a mental health expert of over 25 years. A combination of scholastic knowledge and practical wisdom lend themselves to the seminars, making theories come to life and lessons relevant. At Mind Speak, Inc. we encourage the exchange of ideas and are delighted to provide guidance and support to the helping community at large. Our courses include official certificates of completion and Continuing Education Units (CEU’s).

Mind Speak, Inc. is proud to lead the charge in meaningful and impactful change within the areas of mental health treatment, education, and advocacy. In this way, we provide clinical supervision, sponsor undergraduate internships and graduate school field placements as well as perform consultation services.

Join the

Mind Speak, Inc. Team!

Are you a heart on fire mental health professional who is seeking an opportunity to use your expertise and heart to make a difference while working independently? If so, we would be an excellent match for collaboration. We are always looking to partner with the most passionate and talented people of all cultures, religions, races, and gender expressions so that our team is a direct reflection of those we serve.

Perks Include

Competitive compensation

Flexible schedule

Flexibility in work location and ability to work in your community

Clinical supervision and peer support

An inclusive work environment that promotes growth, professional development and wellness

Ready to rise above society’s stigmas

and start living your best life?

Ready to rise above society’s stigmas and start living your best life?

Let us know more about you

Complete our secured form with details about you, your medical history, goals, and experiences


Talk to an advocate

We’ll match you to a passionate and experienced certified, licensed, therapist to begin your journey.


Get customized care

Get a customized and flexible treatment plan that works with your existing life plan and team with your future in mind.



Before going too therapy, my life was a mess—I was constantly losing my temper, getting into trouble at home, work and school and felt miserable without any hope. Since I started therapy, I have learned a lot about myself and have found a better way to deal with my feelings. My therapist also helped me to improve my confidence and supported my independence.

Talking to my therapist helps me feel less alone, she really understands me.

My name is Samantha and I have a 6-year-old daughter that means the world to me. My therapist has helped me change my life completely and being in therapy has made me a better woman and mother. I feel like anyone would be lucky to have a therapist like the one that I have. I say this because she truly cares about me, is patient and encouraging, consistent, respects my privacy, helps me grow and really listens to me.

I have worked with a few therapists over the years, and I have not met one that works with me the way she has—she is my favorite.
Talking with my therapist is like speaking with an old friend and I always look forward to our sessions.

Not only does she support me with my mental health, but she also helps me in other areas of my life that improves my life overall. She is a true professional and someone I can really count on because she always keeps her word—that is hard to find nowadays.


I used to be depressed all the time and even spent time in a hospital for depression a few years ago. I am so proud of myself for how far I have come in therapy—I am not depressed anymore. I have changed for the better and even my friends and family have noticed a difference in me.

I don’t know how I would have done this without the help of my therapist.

I highly recommend referring people who are looking for counseling services to Mind Speak Inc.--they respond very quickly, are very knowledgeable and helpful and are easy to work with as part of a treatment team. They are great advocates and always go above and beyond to make sure that the people that they are supporting are well taken care of.

Mind Speak Inc has always cared about improving quality of life for the individuals and families that they serve and that is why I will continue to collaborate with them and refer my clients.

You are not asking for

too much

You want a therapist that

knows how amazing you are.

You are important. We understand your identity, support your interests, needs, and hopes and help you manage your mental health.

You want support that

rolls with the punches.

Need us to meet up with you at your day treatment program to talk through what you’re experiencing? Real life happens in real time. We’ll meet you where you are

You want more

than just meds.

Your mental health care should give you options that center on how you grow, develop, and cope. We help you explore what works for you

You want independence

& fulfillment

Side by side, we explore your true passions, enabling you to find a path to genuine contentment and independence

hi i'm

Nina Ythier

it's nice to have you here
meet the

Founder & Lead Advocate

Have you had to walk through life with labels, barriers, or big feelings that made it hard to feel “normal”? You’re not alone.

As a Social Worker and Psychotherapist of 30 years, I’ve helped hundreds of people society calls chronically mentally ill, physically disabled, at-risk, developmentally delayed, and mentally ill-chemical abusers.

These labels don’t even begin to touch how loving, funny, creative, and capable my patients are.

They become stronger, healthier, and more independent in their lives, jobs, families, and communities with mental health therapy.

You should also have access to flexible, everyday mental health care that puts you first and at the center of care.

Got questions?

we’re here to
give more clarity
How can I collaborate with the team at Mind Speak?

If you are interested in joining our team or collaborating with us, you can complete an application and upload a copy of your resume and our offices will be in contact shortly. Click here to get started (insert link to application form and resume document upload here). You can also send us an email inquiry by clicking here (insert link for info email).

Is support available for legal guardians and caretakers?

Here at Mind Speak, we understand the challenges legal guardians and caretakers face when supporting their loved ones. We offer collaborative, group and family counseling for legal guardians and caretakers for persons involved in any of our active cases. You are not alone in advocating for rights and services—we’ve got your back.

Why is professional training helpful in working with individuals living with intellectual disabilities and mental health conditions?

With the many advances in research and technology surrounding intellectual disabilities, we now have more data that informs our understanding of these disorders and how they can co-exist with mental health conditions. Increased training for mental health professionals in this area directly contributes to increased competence and confidence. Therapists can learn new skills and techniques to better understand and work with people with special needs in our webinars.

What is the difference between a Social Worker, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?

Social Workers are professionals who are devoted to helping people and communities prevent and work through challenges people cope with in everyday life. Social Workers consider how biology, physical health social environment, psychological state, culture, religion/spirituality causes and affects a person’s mental health. Social workers can be found in a wide variety of settings, united in their commitment to advocating for and improving the lives of individuals, families, groups, and societies. Licensed Mental Health Counselors take a behavioral approach to counseling, focusing on how a person’s behaviors affect their everyday lives. Common counseling philosophies they use are cognitive-behavioral therapy, humanistic therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy and these professionals are trained to counsel anyone in need of services.

How are the therapists at Mind Speak different?

The therapists at Mind Speak are trained, caring mental health professionals that are experts in working with individuals and families with special needs and mental health conditions. Our therapists are dedicated, passionate advocates for the people we serve.

Is therapy available in a language other than English?

Yes, we also offer psychotherapy in Spanish.

How much does therapy cost?

Therapy sessions are at no cost to eligible individuals and families. Mind Speak receives reimbursement for services through Medicare and/or New York State Medicaid health insurances.

How can I start going to therapy?

To begin your therapy journey, you or persons helping you can upload an intake form and the required referral documents (copies of front and back of Medicaid and Medicare cards, psychosocial assessment, and psychological evaluations) to our secure and encrypted link and our office will contact you to go over your information. Once we review your health insurance, you will receive a call from a therapist to introduce themselves, answer any questions you may have and schedule a session in person or via telehealth—whichever you prefer. Click here to get started (insert link to intake form and document upload here).

What kind of therapy can I participate in at Mind Speak?

We offer individual, family, couple or group therapy sessions. We use different types of therapy considering your strengths and designed for your needs to empower you to face difficulties and win.

What is an advocate?

An advocate is a person who fights for the rights of others and works to find and negotiate resources to meet the legitimate needs and rights of members of society. At Mind Speak, our advocates are committed to and particularly concerned for those who are vulnerable or are unable to speak up for themselves.

Who can therapy help?

Everyone! We work with people from all walks of life, from children to older persons, that can benefit from counseling and advocacy. We also provide counseling, support, advocacy, resources for caretakers and legal guardians as we know that providing care for people living with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions can be challenging.

What types of challenges can therapy help with? 

Through therapy, you can manage painful feelings, change self-destructive behaviors and habits, improve your relationships, gain greater confidence and self-esteem, control anger and more. Consider therapy as a part of your tool box for healing.

How is therapy helpful?

Therapy is helpful for all sorts of life changing events. There is no issue big or small, you can speak with a nonjudgmental expert who is there just for you. During the process of therapy, we support you in learning how to deal with powerful emotions while offering a safe space to have a guided conversation with and rediscover yourself.

What makes for a good therapist?

In general, you can expect that your therapist will be someone who supports you, listens attentively, models a healthy and positive relationship experience, and gives you appropriate feedback—all with the highest integrity. The therapist’s guidance should be tailored to your needs and experiences.

What is therapy like?

Although no one can describe to you exactly what your therapy process will be like, in all styles of therapy you will work with your therapist to set goals for your therapy and decide the steps you will take to reach them. What you discuss with your therapist is confidential, except for when you are at risk of harming yourself or others. The therapeutic process--how you share your feelings and experiences--is considered to be just as important as the specific issues or concerns you share in therapy. Your journey is entirely up to you.

What is therapy?

Therapy, also called psychotherapy or counseling, is the process of speaking with a therapist to explore and resolve thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and behaviours. Some of the things talked about in therapy may be affecting your everyday life at home, work, school, relationships and even your physical health. Beginning therapy can be a big step toward being the healthiest version of yourself and living the best life possible—no matter what challenges you may be facing.

Still have questions that you may not see answered here?

Please feel free to send us your questions to our
email: info@mindspeakinc.com
We look forward to hearing from you!

You deserve a good life.

We are ready to meet you where you are

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