Top New York Psychologist Designs & Donates COVID Masks for Mental Health
Premier New York City psychologist, Dr. Macaluso is producing COVID-19 facemasks for mental health programs.
Former Fashion Designer Turned Therapist Rises to the Occasion
At the start of COVID-19, Marriage and Family Therapist Dr. Nadine Macaluso began witnessing the pandemic’s devastating effects on her patients’ physical and mental health. Anxiety about social distancing mandates became a common concern amongst her patients and friends. While most people scrambled to figure out their new way of life, solution-oriented Dr. Macaluso sprang into action. Nadine, who previously enjoyed a career as a fashion designer in her 30s, began producing locally sourced, washable, and antibacterial facemasks. But the selling point wasn’t the masks’ comfortability or fashionable appeal; many companies, small businesses, and individuals produced equally well-made facemasks. Instead, what set Nadine’s facemasks apart was her commitment to donating 100% of proceeds to the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) to support mental health programs. Dr. Nadine writes on her apparel website, “Our minds and bodies are wired for connection with others. When we feel bonded and supported, we thrive. This pandemic has affected all seven and a half billion people on the planet. We offer solutions so you can stay mindfully and socially connected because the pain of missing others is real. Our masks are antibacterial, washable, and fashionable, keeping you safe, and bringing us together, while 100% of proceeds benefit mental health organizations.”
Leveraging Privilege for Racial Justice
Shortly after launching her masks for mental health initiative came the Black Lives Matter movement’s resurgence and weeks of protests, following the death of George Floyd. While most people took to the streets and social media to make their voices heard, Dr. Macaluso went back to the drawing boards to design a line of BLM-focused masks. During this time, many therapists and practitioners began raising awareness around racial inequalities in the mental health industry, such as the additional barriers that people of color must overcome to access the mental and physical health support they need. Acknowledging her privilege and seeking to be an active ally to people of color, Dr. Macaluso again sprang into action. In addition to speaking out openly against racial injustice on her social media platforms, she offered to donate 100% of the BLM mask proceeds to The Loveland Foundation, a non-profit that helps black women and girls in the U.S. access mental health resources nationally and afford therapy.
Dr. Nae Returns to Home State of New York, Supports Community Safety with Masks
Since April, when Dr. Macaluso launched her donation focused COVID apparel company, she has raised over $3000 in support of mental health programs and supplied hundreds of environmentally friendly masks to people all over the country. Dr. Nadine recently moved back to her home state of New York, where she is building a new private therapy practice and working with local schools and organizations to provide school-aged kids with free masks as they return to in-person school. Dr. Macaluso has donated 100 kid’s masks to various schools and organizations on Long Island; amongst these is St. Paul’s nursery school and the YMCA nursery school in Glen Cove, New York, where Nadine now resides.
Keeping Cancer Survivors Safe & Proud
In addition to all of these efforts, Dr. Nadine’s most recent initiative was the launch of a light pink breast cancer mask in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (September). A two-time survivor herself, she offered a free mask to any breast cancer survivor, and also made the mask available for purchase, with all proceeds being donated to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The masks sold out within two days of launch.
A Passion for Philanthropy
Dr. Nadine has truly illustrated that it is possible to take a catastrophic situation like COVID-19 and turn it into an opportunity to be of service to others and support worthy causes. Her can-do attitude and passion for helping people is, in part, due to her prior marriage to the Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort. Rather than be defined by the chaotic years she endured being married to the Wolf, she not only survived, but learned to thrive and now wants to help others do the same. An intuitive and tough Brooklyn girl at heart, Dr. Nadine knows the importance of staying connected and supported through traumatic experiences, such as the pandemic we are all enduring.
If, like her, you are drawn to support mental health, racial justice efforts, or breast cancer initiatives, or you simply want a comfortable and effective COVID-facemask, visit www.drnae.com to shop. If you are in need of individual mental health support, you can reach out to Dr. Macaluso on her website. Currently, she is only conducting therapy virtually, utilizing HIPPA compliant telehealth technology, which allows her to work with patients all over the globe. Now more than ever people need easy access to mental health services, and she is ready to deliver!
Services and Specialties
- Individual Therapy
- Couples Therapy
- Pre-Marital Counseling
- Mood Disorders – Anxiety, Depression and more
- Complex PTSD/Developmental Trauma
- Personality Disorders
- Attachment Disorders
- Trauma Bonds/Pathological Love Relationships
- Dark Tetrad
- Somatic Psychotherapy
Glen Cove, New York (servicing the greater New York City area and Upstate New York)
Hermosa Beach, California (servicing the greater South Bay and Los Angeles areas)