Mistaken Identity

Dear Editor,

I enjoyed reading your July 2016 issue of In Good Health. There were a number of informative articles I enjoyed. Being originally from the Central New York area myself, I was pleased to read the article, “Mistaken Identity,” by Aaron Gifford, as transgender services are greatly needed. However, while the article mentioned that this comprehensive care is unusual which seems true, I did want to point out that Evergreen Health Services in Buffalo is well-known to provide comprehensive medical and mental health services to this population as well.

Additionally, a well-kept “secret” at Erie County Medical Center is our outpatient OCD Specialty Clinic, which provides specialized treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, by specially trained psychotherapists (like myself) and psychiatrists.

The treatment of OCD is unlike other mental health disorders, in that it requires a different behavioral approach rather than a cognitive/stress-reduction approach. If you are interested in learning more about our services, we welcome inquiry. My colleague, Ellen Metzger, LCSWR, is the coordinator.

Thanks again for a great publication!

Shirley Mazourek, LCSW-R
ECMC Outpatient Behavioral Health