BAY RIDEGE COUNSELING

9201 Fourth Avenue, Ground Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11209

By appointment only:
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 9pm
Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm

General Enquiries: 718 748 1234

Appointments: (718) 232 8600


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Bay Ridge Counselors

Rachel Rennie
LMSW

I am experienced in providing a safe space to explore anxiety, depression, and trauma to work toward a greater sense of self-esteem and empowerment.

It is my belief that we are all writing our own stories as we live them, and my goal is to provide gentle guidance and support in helping people author a future where they feel fulfilled and better capable of handling the challenges life throws our way. I am an LMSW, a graduate of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and member of the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality. I am adept in psychodynamic therapy, narrative therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy, but I like to provide a flexible and holistic approach to suit the unique mental health needs of the people I work with. My specialty is in working with issues related to LGBTQ identities, relationships, sexuality, and living with HIV.
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Jamali Moses
LMSW

With over 15 years of experience, I utilize a holistic (mind, body, and spirit) approach towards treatment and healing. I encourage clients to explore how interconnected the mind is to the body and spirit.

Aspects of holistic health such as diet, exercise, mindfulness, and spiritual well being can be addressed as part of the therapeutic journey. I strive to provide a space in the therapeutic process that is safe, enlightening, and empowering for all of my clients. Additionally, I utilize a tailored therapeutic process that is unique to each client’s needs and goals. My areas of expertise are Trauma, mediations, family and relational dynamics, play therapy, adolescent counseling, educational advocacy, grief, substance use and abuse, depression, PTSD, body image disorders, mindfulness
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Veronica Vargas
MHC-LP

My mission is to help my clients find the tools within themselves to cope with the hardships of life so that they may not only function, but truly flourish.

I believe that a client-therapist relationship based on trust, safety, compassion, and genuine acceptance is the most important part of the counseling process. I utilize a blend of Person-Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness-based treatment interventions in my practice. My approach is based on the idea that we all have the ability to re-write our life stories for a future that reflects who we really are and what we are truly capable of. I have experience working in the following areas: Grief, Depression, Self-esteem issues, Anxiety, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Childhood trauma.
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Katherine Ripley
LMSW

I use a strength-based approach to therapy. This means identifying what my clients are already doing well, and guiding them to use those strengths to surmount any obstacles standing in the way of them living their best life.

The expertise that I bring to the table is only one small piece of the puzzle. You have the power to overcome, to persevere and to grow. And I would be honored and humbled to bear witness to and support you on that journey. I earned my masters degree in social work from New York University, and I have been practicing therapy with my LMSW for one year. I have experience working with women and children who have survived domestic violence, as well as men who have used violence against their partners.
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Sakiyah Wright
PhD, LMHC, CASAC

I hace been a practicing psychotherapist for over ten years. I utilize evidenced based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

I have extensive experience in working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families, as well as persons with co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
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Maria Alpoyanis
LMHC

I obtained my master’s degree from Brooklyn College, and I have experience working with a diverse population. I believe therapy is a collaborative experience between the client and the counselor.

Therefore, I strive to create a welcoming environment that allows clients to express themselves, and encourage personal growth. My training is in psychodynamic, CBT, and Gestalt therapies, however I tailor my approach to the client’s individual needs. My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, trauma, interpersonal relationships, and LGBTQ issues.
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Nicole Rufo
LMSW

I am a graduate of the College of Staten Island, Masters of Social Work program with a clinical concentration. Helping others is my passion and I am dedicated to my profession.

I am a published author and have done research into multidisciplinary approaches to clinical care. I have experience working with adults, as well as children and teenagers. My approach is person-centered as well as empathic and compassionate. I will work with you to recognize patterns of distorted thinking and help to create a positive mindset.
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Melissa DiGregorio
LMHC

As a licensed mental health professional, I have extensive experience in treating individuals with anxiety, depression, and addictive behaviors.

I am passionate about working closely with clients by providing them with a multi-faceted method of care including but not limited to: cognitive behavioral, humanistic, and existential treatment. I believe that the mental and emotional well-being of an individual is improved through creating a safe, judgment-free space to express concerns while a therapist listens empathically in an effort to build a rapport necessary for healing. I have both a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. My experience as a student at New York University afforded me the opportunity to glean a deep understanding of multiple components of the psychological field; the coursework and professional lectures were an integral part in shaping my professionalism and overall comprehension of psychological counseling.
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Madeline Levy
LMSW

As a licensed social worker, I provide individualized approaches to psycho-therapy. I specialize in using Motivational Interviewing, CBT, DBT techniques to assist clients in determining goals and creating sustainable change.

I utilize mindfulness practices to help clients cope with daily stressors, and difficult emotions. The areas in which I provide treatment include but is not limited to: depression, anxiety, transitional changes, emotional dysregulation, relationship issues, and trauma. I provide therapy to children, adolescences, couples, families, and adults. I am dedicated to helping clients reach their goals and improve their general health and wellness. I view the therapeutic relationship collaboratively and holistically.
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Ashley Ginsburg
LMSW

I am a compassionate, dedicated, Licensed Master Social Worker with a vast knowledge of health and human services and an emphasis on patient advocacy and mental health.

I have experience working with both children and adults dealing with a variety of physical and mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, sexual and physical trauma, domestic violence, child neglect and abuse, criminal justice advocacy, grief and loss, PTSD, interpersonal issues, and stress. I have field experience in crisis intervention, long-term trauma-focused therapy, psychodynamic therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and play therapy. It is incredibly important to me to create a safe space to foster personal exploration and healing. My goal is to collaborate with you by providing gentle guidance and support in assisting with the identification of your individual goals and the navigating of personal challenges. I know the decision to get help may not be an easy one, and I am looking forward to taking this important step with you.
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Lisa-Marie Braxton
LMHC

I began my career with working with the substance abuse population with a focus on recovery and reintegration back into the community by providing individual and group therapy.

Since then, I have continued to focus my work within mental health counseling and currently serve as a Program Director at a non-profit mental health housing agency. I joined Brooklyn Counseling Services in December 2018 to help individuals regain control in their life with a use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I believe therapy is an opportunity to recenter the self, process ways to make powerful decisions within ones life and overall create a meaningful pathway to wellness. My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, self acceptance, substance abuse, PTSD and re-entry. I provide couples and individual therapy.
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Ian DeModna
LMHC, LPC, M.A.

My experience includes counseling work with law enforcement personnel, first responders, military personnel, and adolescents, as well as marriage and family counseling. Specialized treatment areas include trauma, PTSD, anxiety disorders, depression, and marital and relationship discord.

I’m a licensed mental health counselor with over 23 years of prior law enforcement experience. I received my master’s degree from Liberty University ’16, and bachelor’s degree from Boston University ‘92. I am trained in a variety of treatment modalities, however my preferred treatment for clients is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Clients can expect treatment to be tailored to them individually, with treatment plans designed to achieve long lasting behavioral changes.
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Brianna Moroni
MHC

I am a mental health counselor who provides an open and judgement free space for clients to express themselves and grow as they wish.

I am very much comfortable working with clients of diverse populations and in my experience thus far I have had the opportunity to work with people of diverse backgrounds and cultural differences, members of the LGBTQIA+ populations, and people with varying diagnoses and cognitive abilities. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, and have experience working with trauma. I received my Master’s in mental health counseling from Brooklyn College, CUNY and have training in psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and person-centered approaches, as well as mindfulness. I believe that working with individual client needs helps aid the approach I take to therapy, as I believe therapy is a collaborative process between counselor and client. I am happy to work with each client as they come.
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Deanna Feierman
LMHC

I enjoy working with adolescents, young adults and adults. I specialize in addiction and stress management and am trained in Crisis Intervention, Trauma Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Suicide Assessments, Skills for Psychological Recovery, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Competency and Motivational Interviewing.

I have experience with treating anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, sexual violence, phase of life issues, severe mental illness and adult children of alcoholics and substance users. Although I identify as an eclectic therapist, I use a Person-Centered therapeutic lens and adapts treatment styles to each client’s presenting problem.
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Bridget Gunn
M.A. MHC

I am a mental health counselor with experience providing warm, empathic and non-judgmental therapy for adults, children, and families. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and stress disorders and I often work with members of the LGBTQ+ community.

I have extensive experience working with children with developmental disabilities, and knowledge of early childhood development. I am trained in therapeutic modalities including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and person-centered therapy, in addition to career counseling, mindfulness, play therapy, and solution-focused therapy. I tailor my treatment approach based on the unique needs and goals of the individual. I believe each and every person can benefit from counseling at different points in their lives, and I strive to create a welcoming space for exploration, support, and personal development.
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Rebecca Soto
MHC

Through my work as a mental health counselor I have come to find that the most integral part of counseling is providing a safe and welcoming environment for my clients to explore their issues.

I identify as an eclectic therapist and utilize a psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and humanistic approach to assist clients in gaining insight and promoting change in a supportive, warm space. In addition I am a traditionally trained studio artist and always bring a creative eye to what I do. I received my Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College CUNY where I also received Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Studio Art. My area of expertise is working with adults and couples who are experiencing issues like depression, anxiety, PTSD and stressors related daily life. I also have experience providing behavioral therapy to children on the spectrum. My work is multi-cultural and LGBTQ-affirmative, and I am always interested in the unique experiences of the people I work with.
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Donna Cavaluzzi
LCSW

I have over 20+ years of experience as a therapist, with a specialty in Women and Adolescent Health. My treatment approach is based on the needs of the individual client, concentrating in psychodynamic and relational psychotherapy.

I work with adults, women and adolescents struggling with the pain and challenges of the stressors that come with life. However, going beyond technique and theory is what makes therapy work – – it’s the realm of the trusting relationship: the ongoing human-to-human connection that provides the foundation for change. I provide a safe and warm environment that allows the client to engage with me in their process of change. Without a therapeutic relationship, there is no therapy. I combine empathy with humor to help the client feel comfortable and bring a humanistic approach into the room. I have advanced clinical expertise in the areas of interpersonal violence and will work with the client to bring back their self-esteem and function in the world independently.
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Rachel Peckerman
LMSW

I work with people to identify the sources of their dissatisfaction, to learn about the patterns that are no longer serving them, and to understand the connections between these patterns and past experiences.

By forming a trusting relationship with a therapist in which you feel safe and understood, you can gain the insight to create more satisfying and meaningful relationships. I have clinical experience working with adults and adolescents who are struggling with relationship distress, past trauma, loss, difficulty reaching decisions, and career transitions. I draw on my past experiences practicing law and providing career counseling to enrich my understanding of my clients’ journeys.
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Rachel Lee
LMHC

With seven years of clinical experience working with adults and adolescents, I work with my patients to develop a combination of practical, short-term solutions and long-term insight and self awareness.

It is my By approaching individuals in a non-judgmental and constructive way, I strive to help guide you toward a life that is in line with your values and goals. My specialty areas include addictions, anxiety and depression, relationships and family dynamics. I also have an extensive background in career and vocational counseling and can assist with finding direction, working through challenges and barriers to success in current work situations, or developing goals and ventures that help to make life meaningful and fulfilling. that we are all writing our own stories as we live them, and my goal is to provide gentle guidance and support in helping people author a future where they feel fulfilled and better capable of handling the challenges life throws our way. I am an LMSW, a graduate of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and member of the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality. I am adept in psychodynamic therapy, narrative therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy, but I like to provide a flexible and holistic approach to suit the unique mental health needs of the people I work with. My specialty is in working with issues related to LGBTQ identities, relationships, sexuality, and living with HIV.
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Alicia Ferris
LMHC

I utilize an integrative approach to meet my clients where they are at in order to tailor treatment towards their unique needs and therapeutic goals.

I believe that working collaboratively in the therapy room is essential to helping clients achieve their goals and to promoting mental wellness. Through my training, I have gleaned the necessary tools and techniques to practice therapy through a combination of modalities, such as psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, experiential, and motivational interviewing. My clinical experience includes working with young adults and adults in both group and individual therapy settings. I am committed to helping clients make positive changes that enhance their mental health and build autonomy through the therapeutic alliance. Areas of Expertise:Depression, anxiety, co-occuring disorders, substance use/addiction, trauma, personality disorders, vocational/educational stress, and interpersonal issues.
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Ellen Lourie
LMSW

I provide a non-judgmental place where it’s safe to be authentic about your thoughts, experiences and beliefs. I aim to collaborate with you to augment your internal wisdom, increase self-compassion and reduce stress.

I integrate a variety of therapeutic techniques depending on your issues, goals and expectations. I’m versed in psychodynamic principles, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), mindfulness, interpersonal and relational techniques. Our work will highlight your strengths, increase your resilience and uncover new perspectives. Together we will identify solutions and create the space for you to be free to achieve your goals. Area of Expertise:   I specialize in issues related to anxiety, depression, loss, romantic relationships, parenting, children, families and older adults.
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Maryanne Barry
LCSW-R
My work with seniors, adults, couples, teens, and children.
We address various manifestations of depression and anxiety, life transitions, bereavement, sexual and other trauma, self-esteem, communication problems, and anger management. As a clinical social worker, licensed by New York State, my approach is pluralistic to accommodate different client needs, drawing mainly one person-centered, existential, and relational modalities. My training is in psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, relational cultural, existential humanistic, EMDR and Eastern psychologies, among others.
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Susan Chamberlain
LMSW

It’s been my privilege to work with individuals, couples and senior citizens using CBT, Psychodynamic and Self Realization processes, among others.

My empathic approach has been applied to PTSD, other physical and emotional traumas, bi-polar disorder, OCD, anxiety and depression. It’s my hope that with help, clients can articulate and resolve personal pain and attachment issues. I try to offer a safe place for clients to examine pain and through change, come to own their potential.
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Marjorie Goldner
LCSW

I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years’ experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings as well as in private practice. 

I work primarily with adult clients with symptoms of anxiety disorders or symptoms of depression. I also have a special interest in couples and marital therapy with expertise in this area. My therapeutic approach combines C.B.T and supportive psychotherapy techniques
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Kay Gong
LCSW-R

Kay has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years. As an Asian-American therapist, she brings a Zen-like mindfulness to her insight oriented therapy.

Kay works with adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. Kay Gong conducts sessions in English and Korean.
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Sharon Kourt
LCSW-R

I specialize in using Motivational Interviewing techniques to assist clients in determining goals which meet client needs, resulting in the ability to make lasting life changes towards optimum functioning.

As a licensed social worker, I am engaged in multi-faceted approaches to psycho-therapy.  The areas in which I provide treatment are: health and wellness, mental health depression, Bipolar Disorder- work on mood regulation in congruence with medication management where necessary. Family Discord-including couples counseling, pre-post divorce counseling, victims of sexual abuse /trauma, women’s issues, chronic pain management, family issues, and palliative care- end of life issues for patient and family.
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Christine Mindicino
LCSW

I take a client centered and collaborative approach to create a safe therapeutic space for clients. I welcome clients of all ages and I tailor my work to each client’s individual needs.

I use a wide range of modalities including trauma informed practices, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and play/art therapy interventions. My experience includes providing individual psychotherapy, supervising school based mental health services, crisis counseling for children/adolescents and home-based family services. I have a Masters Degree from New York University and I have certificates in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children, Advanced Clinical Practices for Adolescents and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Areas of focus include: chronic anxiety, children’s/adolescent mental health, trauma related disorders, self esteem, relationship issues.
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Michelle Netzler
JD, LCSW

Recognizing that creating a safe supportive therapeutic alliance is an essential element of effective treatment, I work in an open, thoughtful, and collaborative manner to help clients achieve positive change.

My treatment approach is solution focused and individualized utilizing a combination of best practice modalities to support each client. I support clients through developing insight to identify strengths, enhance one’s self-awareness, identify environmental and internal factors to create positive change. My work experience has included individual, family, couple, child, and adolescent therapy including providing trauma focused crisis counseling both center and home based, parenting workshops and training, adolescent support groups, as well as treating anxiety and depression.
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Aurora Jones-Owens
LMSW

Areas of expertise: Anxiety. Depression. Relationship issues. Transitional life changes. Building self-esteem.

My interest in psychology began years ago in the arts. As a student of drama at the Lee Strasberg Institute, I receive my bachelor degree from New York University and began to study the Stanislavsky Method, which was the integration of the outward to the inward motivational psyche. I now have a graduate degree in social work and my post graduate work includes training in suicide, trauma, depression, anxiety, drama therapy, social drama games for dementia, “stop and think” intervention, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Solution Focus and Motivational Interviewing. My approach is eclectic as I believe that each person has their own narratives, their own story or stories to tell. In providing a safe place to explore the inner parts of our true self without judgement or fear, it is my belief that healing or expression can occur.
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Suyana Handman
LMSW

I believe that change best occurs through a positive and supportive therapeutic alliance. I believe that every person has a unique experience in life that shapes who they are and how they view their existence in their environment.

This is why my approach to treatment is client-centered, strengths-based and tailored to each individual’s needs. My focus is on creating a safe space that is empathetic, compassionate, and dedicated to each individual’s self-exploration and growth. In treatment, we will we work collaboratively to identify goals and treatment modalities that are best suited to address the individual’s needs and areas of concern. This can include psychoanalysis, self-psychology, mindfulness practice, cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as trauma focused. Area of expertise: working with adults, parents, and adolescents on issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues, stress, self-esteem, grief and loss, domestic violence and substance use.
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Tziporah Eisenstein
LMSW

I applaud you for seeking psychotherapy; I know it isn’t always a simple decision to make. I’m a therapist because I’m fascinated by human resilience, our ability to find the ground when weathering a storm.

Therapy sessions are an open, honest, and safe space for you to explore and reveal the best version of yourself. I treat clients with dignity, empathy, and good humor. I believe you know yourself best; thus, we work together to figure out your goals and use evidence-based methods to work towards achieving them. The modalities I apply are Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, DBT, and Psychodynamic psychotherapy. Overall, I have a holistic and trauma-informed outlook throughout my practice. It would be my privilege to work together with you to improve the quality of your life. Certified in New York; my degree is from Long Island University. Area of Expertise: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Eating Disorders, and Self-harm
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Patrycja Szymczak
LMHC

My work is about collaborating with clients on creating a lasting change in their lives and I believe creating a safe space is the first step to self-exploration.

I use integrative approach, drawing from different therapeutic modalities to offer unique tools to each client that allow for greater self-awareness, discovering patterns where we get “stuck” and how to overcome them in order to live a more desired life. I specialize in treating anxiety and stress, depression, loss and grief, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, addictions and life transitions. I provide individual and couples therapy. I received my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College and am a licensed psychotherapist who treats clients in both English and Polish. My clinical training includes trauma-informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt and Psychodynamic Therapies, and Motivational Interviewing. 
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