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Who We are

Our Practice

Our focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their  inner strengths. 

Nancy J. Rivera, LMSW - Founder, is a New York State Licensed Master Social Worker.  She holds a Master Degree from Fordham University with a Specialization in Law. She has over 13 years experience as a Psychiatric Social Worker in Queens, NY.  Ms. Rivera has dedicated her career to advocating and tending to those in her community.  She had tirelessly worked to help people obtain residency status, obtain housing, apply for entitlements and provide individual and group psychotherapy.  As a community resident, she has volunteered her time to run NAMI (National Alliance on Mentally Illness) groups in Spanish and has been a facilitator for an organization she now owns called "Nuestra Salud" (Our Health) which educates Latina women on issues that directly affect them such as: Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Mental Health issues, Medical concerns, Safe Sex practices and access to free preventative mammogram screenings in the community for the early detection of breast cancer.  Ms. Rivera has won many awards but she is the most proud of the "Woman of the Year Award" that she received in 2015 through nominations from her Elmhurst Hospital Community Clinic clients while working as an Outpatient Social Worker for the Department of Psychiatry.  She is currently focusing on obtaining funding and grants to make New Life Center NY accessible to all and is in private practice in her community.  

Ms. Guadalupe Luna, MSW - Co-founder, holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from York College.  She also earned her Master's degree from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service in May 2019 with a focus on Clinical and Macro Practice.  Her 5 years experience spans from working with the homeless, AmeriCorp's JumpStart Program, Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) and as a Disability Services provider at York College during her undergraduate studies.  Currently, she is the Program Coordinator at Life is Precious and is working with at-risk Latina adolescents in a suicide prevention program in Long Island City.  Ms. Luna is multi-talented, dynamic, Social Worker and is an advocate for her community.  She has received many accolades from her peers and colleagues including the prestigious NASW Student of the Year Award  upon her graduation.  She has demonstrated  dedication to her vocation and her community.

Our Treatment Focus

Our focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a holistic treatment plan. 

We will focus on your optimal health.

Our Promise to You

We promise to be there for you every step of your journey. Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life. 

We care about your well being and will provide you with guidance, knowledge, and tools needed to be healthy. 

We are here to help you achieve optimal wellness. 

Our Holistic Approach

Depression and Anxiety


Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and the joy that you once had in your life in abundance.

Trauma and PTSD


Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing. 



Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples and families who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection. Therapy sessions are held with both couples and families and is a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen and improve your relationships. 

LGBTQ Community

Gender Affirming Care

By working together as a team, we aim to provide a neutral safe space for of the LGBTQ community.  By listening to your concerns and customizing a treatment plan to encompass the all the aspects of your life we can work on improving areas of concern.  

We have a practice trained towards assisting LGBTQ youth, adults and their families. Our approach is supporting the coming-out process in order to help create a positive environment to thrive and maintain good physical and mental health.  

In order to thrive personally and in the community, LGBTQ individuals need to feel socially, emotionally, and physically safe and supported. A positive school climate has been associated with decreased depression, suicidal feelings, substance use, and unexcused absences among LGBTQ students.  LGBTQ adults also face a myriad of issues similar to youth including violence, homelessness, family rejection and lack of access to gender affirming healthcare.  

At New Life Center NY, we wish to bridge those gaps and create a dialogue with clients, their families, their schools and in the community to improve the areas of concern.  We are dedicated to break the barriers that are created by misinformation, hatred and intolerance of the LGBTQ population. Our aim is to eradicate the stigma associated with LGBTQ issues using effective evidence-based models.  We are also part of a network of gender affirming practitioners.  

Together, our Social Workers will work with you as a team, we will help create additional alliances already existing in our diverse community and help remove the obstacles that are holding you back from being who want to be - the VERY BEST YOU possible!

Contact Us

Your journey towards individual growth begins by calling us for a 


New Life Center NY

40-40 79th Street, Elmhurst, New York 11373

Nancy J. Rivera, LMSW Guadalupe Luna, BSW


By appointment only.  

Flexible schedules tailored to your needs.

Sliding scale available.  

Consultations available in English and Spanish.

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