My work with patients has always grounded and inspired me. There is nothing more fulfilling then helping others reach their potential. We all move at different paces and the journey may be longer for some, but having someone believe in them makes all the difference. Winston Churchill said, “Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential.” I believe if we add patience, this can further help unlock potential.
Ilise Fay, LCSW, is a Social Worker with thirty years of experience in the field of mental health. She graduated from NYU with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has had specialized training in clinical supervision and solution focused therapy.
Ms. Fay was employed as a clinical supervisor in a Mental Health Clinic for ten years while also providing psychotherapy to clients. In 1999, Ms. Fay began her career at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. She directed a Care Coordination Program for clients in the Mental Health System. She was able to verse and assure that clients received services that they were entitled to, additional support in the community, and direct training in life skills. The program grew under Ms. Fay’s supervision and was well regarded in the community. In 2015, Ms. Fay transitioned to her current role as Assistant Director of Social Work in the Behavioral Health Department at MSBI. She oversees all social workers in the department, including both inpatient and outpatient programs.
Ms. Fay also works as an adjunct faculty member at both NYU and Touro Schools of Social Work where she teaches and advises students regarding their career in social work.
She is excited to bring her expertise in life skills training and strength based treatment to her patients at the Zirinsky Center for Bipolar Disorder.