Vikas Malik, MD
Dr. Malik is board certified in both Child-Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. He completed residency in Adult Psychiatry followed by a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai-Elmhurst Hospital Center, NY. Upon completion, he worked for Behavioral Health Network, Inc., the largest non-profit mental health facility in Western Massachusetts. He also held teaching position at Baystate Medical Center through Tufts University, Boston as Assistant Clinical Professor. Dr. Malik was actively involved in teaching /supervising residents as well as Advance Practice Registered Nurse(APRN). Over the years, Dr. Malik has found a special niche for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and now concentrates on children, teenagers and young adults to help them and their families cope with myriad of psychiatric conditions.
Medical Education & Training
MEDICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Fellow, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Adult Psychiatry: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY (Chief Resident)
Medical School: Medical College Baroda, M.S. University, Vadodara, India
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology: General Adult Psychiatry
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Arielle Mach, LMSW
Arielle is a Licensed Master Social Worker and an alumni of New York University’s Master of Social Work Program. Arielle works with children, teens, young adults, families, and couples using a strengths-focused and person-centered approach to therapy. This means that Arielle believes in the resilience of her clients and is looking to support them throughout their journey. Arielle works with people at all different points in their lives with a wide variety of experiences and challenges. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, self harm, self esteem and self worth, substance abuse, LGBTQ issues, bullying, sexual assault and relationships. She provides weekly 60 minute psychotherapy sessions. Arielle is dedicated to providing a space that is inviting, comfortable, supportive, and built for self exploration and healing.
Palak Agrawal BDS, MHC, CASAC-T, NCC
Palak is a Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor and Tobacco Addictions Counselor and a licensed dentist in India. Her training as a medical professional helps her understand the biological processes that usually accompany the psychological disorders and helps her in providing an informed therapeutic approach to all her clients. Palak has a multicultural and multilingual background which also allows her to be increasingly aware and mindful towards the need of diverse communities and allows her to implement various psychotherapeutic interventions to help people from distinct cultures. Palak has extensive training in the various therapeutic approaches utilized in the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders, Anxiety and Mood Disorders and Identity/ Cultural acculturation for the First/ Second Generations. Palak believes in meeting the clients where they are at and providing an extremely non-judgmental and culturally sensitive environment.
Comprehensive Initial Evaluation
The initial visit takes about an hour and involves comprehensive assessment. It helps if all care providers/parents are present during initial evaluation as it provides a complete picture of the difficulties the patient is facing. Kindly bring with you to the appointment any copies of the prior psychiatric assessments including (but not limited to) neuropsychological testing, discharge summaries from hospital and recent medications. The assesment is followed by a thorough discussion of different treatment modalities available.
Sometimes parents and other treatment providers like psychiatrist, psychologists and primary care physicians want a fresh look at the diagnosis and treatment. These evaluations are as comprehensive as initial evaluations and involve about an hour. It is recommended that copies of prior assessments, psychological testing, discharge summaries from hospital and recent medications be brought with you during the appointment.
Dr. Malik provides Home visits in Manhattan, Queens and some parts of Brooklyn. These visits are for both Psychiatric Evaluation and Follow-up visits. Call us for more details.
Wonder Years provides the option of Tele-Psychiatry in the state of NY. Initial appointments must always take place in person however. A Tele-Psychiatry visit will be considered exactly the same as a regular in-person visit and so is the fees.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Wonder Years now offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy for patients suffering from depression and not responding to medications and psychotherapy. It's non-invasive and considered very safe. Learn more in our blog section.
Follow up visits
The duration and interval of follow up visits is dependent on the complexity and treatment needs of each individual patient.