Meet Our Founder
Russell Chertok, LCSW - Founder
Russell Chertok is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Mr. Chertok received his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare from Stony Brook University, and his Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a concentration in Contemporary Social Issues, from Columbia University.
Russell Chertok has dedicated the last 13 years of his life to working with the elderly, disabled adults, homeless families, the addicted, mentally ill and victims of abuse and domestic violence. Some of his experiences include working in an inpatient and drug detoxification center, providing clinical and case management services. He has also spent time working within an assisted living facility providing counseling services to residents. Russell has performed the role of Program Supervisor for a mental health housing program overseeing an Apartment Treatment Program for severely and persistently mentally ill adults. Additionally he has worked in various Emergency Family Shelters providing direct services, as well as overseeing program development.
Russell created Visiting Counselors of New York, LCSW, PLLC (VCNY) in 2014 after his work with a healthcare provider showed the lack of available in-home services offered to individuals. Russell hopes that by making affordable and quality services more accessible, more people will accept assistance, gain greater control over their lives and reach their greatest potential.