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Heritage Healthcare Center For Behavioral Health

     The Heritage HealthCare Center for Behavioral Health team understands that everyone’s path to wellness looks different as they seek informative and healthy ways to mend and restore a healthy well-balanced life.  The Heritage HealthCare Center for Behavioral Health believes in demonstrating empathy towards individuals with unique backgrounds who seek out care and works consistently with patients and their families to find their path to a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle.  Our Behavioral Health team offers individual and group counseling to support your emotional and physical well-being while working with you to determine your health and recovery goals while developing treatment plans that are tailored to your specific needs.

     At Heritage HealthCare Center, there is a concerted effort to integrate medical care with behavioral health whenever issues of grief, addiction, depression, anxiety or other personal stressors occur. This holistic approach as well as working collaboratively with our multidisciplinary team helps ensure all aspects of patient care are met.  Heritage HealthCare Center believes that a mind and body approach is pivotal for optimal health.  Having   General Medicine, Behavioral Health clinicians and a Psychiatrist on site helps to facilitate the process in which individual counseling, medical care and psychiatric care work seamlessly together.


Dr. Michael Ford

     Dr. Ford is a psychiatrist at Heritage HealthCare Center where he diagnoses and treats mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and schizophrenia in collaboration with the medical and behavioral health team.  Dr. Ford has been in practice for more than 20 years.  Dr. Ford is affiliated with Harlem Hospital Center and Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital.


     Dr. Ford has an unrelenting commitment to providing mental health services to the community that we serve and has a strong affinity and dedication to their mental health goals.

Sonya Prystajko, Behavioral Health Clinician, LCSW


Sonya Prystajko graduated from Yeshiva University New York, NY in 1997 with a Masters in Social Work and is SPIFI certified through Hunter College to supervise graduate students.


She has an extensive history working with the geriatric population including elderly Holocaust survivors providing case management, mental health outreach and supportive therapy. More recently, she began specializing in


psychotherapy with adults working both at a PROS program for the elderly as well as outpatient adult mental health clinics.  She is well versed using evidenced based practices such as DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and trauma based modalities to yield optimal treatment results.  Having over 30 years of social work experience, Ms. Prystajko brings a deep passion and commitment to her work forging a professional relationship with her clients directed at inspiring hope, personal growth and healing.

     Sonya started working at Heritage Health Care in October of 2018 as a Behavioral Health clinician where she provides individual therapy, conducts psychosocial/psychiatric assessments, psychoeducation and strives to help patients overcome mental health barriers/substance abuse disorder that interfere with their health care and personal goals.  Ms. Sonya Prystajko is also active in advocating for her patients and assisting them with case management services when necessary.  Ms. Sonya Prystajko is delighted to be part of the Heritage family and to serve the Harlem Community where she originally began as a clinician while working for Upper Manhattan Mental Health Center.


Angelica Perricone, MSW, LMSW


     Angelica Perricone, MSW, LMSW is a licensed social worker dedicated to serving our Harlemand Washington Heights communities.


     Angelica received her Master’s Degree in Social Work with honors from the New York University Silver School of Social Work, and graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Cum Laude from Marymount College.


      Angelica provides bilingual insight oriented psychotherapy for individuals, children, adolescents, adults, families, couples, and groups, utilizing a multimodal approach that is individualized for each patient. Angelica utilizes a strength based eclectic approach in her therapy. Treatment modalities include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused Therapy, Holistic Health/Wellness Based, Play Therapy, Harm Reduction and Relapse Prevention. 


     Prior to joining the Heritage Health family, Angelica’s work experience includes the Jewish Board for Family Services, Union Settlement Association, Services for the Underserved, Grand St. Settlement House, and East Harlem Health Council. Angelica is a NASW member and is a graduate of the Foundations in Family Therapy training at The Ackerman Institute of Family Therapy. Angelica is a pioneer member of the Sweet Institute and is currently receiving training in EMDR.

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