Location + Contact:

(718) 232 8600

14th Floor, suite 1416
26 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11242

appointments@bcsnygroup.com

Hours: by appointment only
Monday -Thursday: 9am – 9pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Subway:
The 2 and 3 trains stop at Borough Hall and Clark Street. The 4, 5, N and R trains stop at Court Street/Borough Hall. The A, C and F trains stop at Jay Street / Borough Hall.
Bus:
The following lines stop at Borough Hall:
B25, B26, B37, B38, B41, B45, B51, B54, B61, B65, B67, B75.

We welcome clients of all religious, cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds, as well as all sexual and gendered orientations. We offer a safe, comfortable, and respectful environment.

Our mission at BCS Group is to work with our clients to explore challenges, build resilience and strengthen emotional well-being. Our vision is to help you feel empowered to build better lives, strive for your dreams and maintain emotional wellness.

Counselors:

Our Staff of Social Workers are trained professionals who are licensed by the State of New York, are led by Dr Nicoletta Pallotta.

Caitlin Cote LMSW

As a therapist I rely on my investigatory spirit to explore the unchartered material about individuals’ internal worlds, safely, without judgment, and in so doing, encourage positive shifts in self-concept.  Utilizing a holistic approach, I work with clients at their own pace to explore how their engagement with their internal and external worlds conflict and/or self-fulfill perceptions and feelings they have about themselves and others.

In my work, I hold true to the inherent strength humans have to heal oneself and heal one another.  We are designed to deal with emotion in concert, not isolation.  Attunement and compassion are the strengths I bring to each therapeutic alliance in order to safely bridge clients out of isolation, and into the protective light of self-exploration and emotional healing.

Drawing on my postgraduate training and clinical experience working with adults, children and families, I incorporate psychodynamic, analytic, cognitive behavioral, strengths-based, mind-body and emotionally-focused techniques, allowing me to tailor my work with each individual client.

My graduate and continued post-graduate training includes: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with Children and Families; Sex/Couples Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT); the Seeking Safety Model for treatment of trauma and/or substance abuse; Psychoanalytic Psychodynamic Analysis.

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Area of Expertise:

• Trauma
• Difficulty surrounding transitions
• Challenging relationships and/or relational patterns.

Laurey Dachs,  LCSW

Clinical experience providing treatment to women, children, adolescents and couples. My treatment approach is individualized to my client’s needs. I believe that change best occurs through identifying existing strengths, goals and interests as the beginning point in helping people promote positive change. Unresolved hurts, habits or hang-ups often get in the way of one’s wellbeing.

My therapeutic goal is to help clients identify, understand and change any thoughts or behaviors that may be inhibiting their full potential so that healing can occur and personal goals can be reached.

I tailor my approach to each individual’s needs and goals using a variety of modalities including psycho-dynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and solution focused therapy. I enjoy clients who are willing to work, who are open to different therapeutic modalities and who put their mental and emotional health high on their list of priorities.

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Area of Expertise:

• Mood, Depression and Anxiety
• Adolescents and Teenagers
• Insomnia
• Trauma
• Positive Change
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Jill Ceder, LMSW

I have clinical experience working children, adolescents and adults who may be facing challenges, life transitions or other stressful events. I strive to create an environment that is comfortable and safe as these are crucial for psychological growth and healing. My style is interactive, insight-oriented, collaborative and solution focused. I work flexibly to meet each individual’s needs.

My specialty areas include maternal mental health, postpartum issues, parent education & support and life transitions. Parenting presents many challenges and I provide a nurturing and supportive environment for parents to discuss concerns and frustrations and find strategies that work for their family. Many of us strive to be perfect and we hinder our ability for self-acceptance & growth. Through exploration of feelings and behaviors, we will work together to overcome struggles make positive changes.

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Area of Expertise:

• Maternal mental health,
• Postpartum issues
• Parent education & support
• Life transitions

Laura McComb-Dipesa, LCSW

It can be difficult to contact a therapist, but it’s the first step in beginning a meaningful process of change. I am a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker with years of experience working with adults of all ages. I received a master’s degree in Social Work from NYU and completed my undergraduate education at the University of Maryland. I have experience with psychodynamic therapies, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral interventions, and always tailor my approach according to each client’s needs and preferences.

I work with individuals on addressing alcohol and drug use, coping with depression and anxiety, recovering from adverse childhood experiences, forming healthy relationships, building self-esteem, and succeeding in school and work. I have deep respect for my clients’ unique viewpoints and experiences and genuine care for their well-being. Together we will explore the challenges in your life and work towards insight, healing and positive change.

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Area of Expertise:

• Alcohol and drug use
• Coping with depression and anxiety
• Recovering from adverse childhood experiences
• Forming healthy relationships
• Building self-esteem
• Succeeding in school and work

Laura Kish, LMSW

I am committed to providing an empathetic, comfortable, supportive space where you can feel unburdened and understood. My aim is to assist you in enhancing your awareness and insight, become more confident of your existing strengths, and to develop healthy coping habits.

I specialize in treatment of Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, grief, weight management, feelings of hopelessness, aimlessness, and unfulfillment, difficulties with self-esteem, self-compassion and self-sabotaging behaviors, transitional life changes, aging, care-takers stress, as well as interpersonal and relationship issues.

My approach is tailored to each individual and utilizes a variety of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and psychodynamic therapy, to create collaborative goals and reduce negative thoughts and maladaptive behaviors. I completed my Masters of Social Work at Columbia University and my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Hunter College.

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Area of Expertise:

• Anxiety and depressive disorders
• Post-traumatic stress disorder
• Grief
• Weight management
• Feelings of hopelessness, aimlessness, and un-fulfillment,
• Self-esteem
• Transitional life changes

J. Gentry Gibson, MHC

As a license-eligible mental health counselor, I provide personal counseling to young adults and adults in the areas of anxiety, mood disorders, and addictions and compulsions. I also offer career counseling, which includes explorations of meaningful work in its broadest sense, whether in market or non-market vocations.

My approach is strengths-based and trans-theoretical, meaning I frequently incorporate techniques from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness-based and compassion-focused CBT, and psychodynamic therapy.

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Area of Expertise:

• Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT),
• Dialectical behavior therapy
• Mindfulness-based and compassion-focused CBT
• Psychodynamic therapy.

Donna Cavalluzzi, 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.

Cavalluzzi

Area of Expertise:

• Coping with Depression and Anxiety
• Recovering from Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
• Handling Grief and Loss
• Maternal & Post-Partum Depression
• Adjustment to life transitions (school or work)

Ellen Lyons LMSW, SIFI

I am a licensed master social worker. I found the passion for “the work” as a second career after a focus on family and business. I am a graduate of Hunter College School of Social Work and have a certificate in Supervision in Field Instruction in Columbia University School of Social Work. Over the past 20 + years I have worked with issues of addiction with Alcohol, Drugs and Food. I have particularly focused on trauma work, grief and bereavement. I am trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I focus on building coping skills that can integrate into daily practice and reduce anxiety and depression. I use a mixed approach of strengths perspective and self-esteem building and some psychodynamic models.

I am genuinely interested in the process and “relish” the commitment of two persons to explore answers to questions that might baffle us alone. I believe humor carries a lot of weight in wellness and looking in the mirror might become an awesome sight.

Lyons

Area of Expertise:

• Alcohol Addiction
• Food Addiction
• Drug Addiction
• Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
• Anxiety
• Depression

Eden Tanenbaum, LMSW

I am a Licensed Social Worker and have clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults. I practice from a relational perspective, guided by the belief that mutually fulfilling relationships are vital for our emotional well-being. I believe in the value of meeting a person where they are, using our therapeutic relationship to foster change. I look forward to working with you to explore the past, seek meaning in the present and allow for healing in the future.

I employ a comprehensive approach to therapy, drawing from feminist, family systems, attachment based and trauma informed theories. I am highly attuned to race, class, culture and sexual orientation. I have my graduate degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and my undergraduate degree from Brown University. 

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Area of Expertise:

• Depression and Anxiety
• Grief and Loss
• Trauma
• Adolescents and young adults
• Autism spectrum disorder
• Healthy relationships

Danielle Mixon, LMSW

I believe that you have the capacity for healing within yourself and my role as a therapist is to support you in accessing that capacity by first establishing a therapeutic relationship built on respect and curiosity. In addition to my 6 years of experience providing individual, group and family therapy, I have completed post-graduate training in EMDR Levels 1 and 2 and Somatic Interventions. I am also a graduate of ICP’s 2-year Integrated Trauma Training program.

My treatment style is intentional, nonjudgmental, and empowering. My trauma-sensitive approach combines psychodynamic, mindfulness, EMDR, and somatic techniques rooted in interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theories. I have worked with individuals affected by shock and/or chronic traumatic experiences including sexual and domestic violence, family conflict, attachment and relationship issues, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, daily life instability, and behavioral issues. I obtained my Masters of Social Work at Columbia University in 2012 and completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at Emory University.

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Area of Expertise:

• Psychodynamic Individual Therapy
• Trauma
• Attachment Issues
• Somatic-Based Interventions
• EMDR

Jessica Herd, LMHC

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who enjoys helping others navigate through the various challenges that life often brings. I have experience treating anxiety, depression, trauma, and behavioral issues. I look forward to helping individuals explore issues, gain perspective, learn effective coping skills, and create solutions that will bring relief.

I utilize an eclectic approach based on the presenting need; however, my clinical background is strongly rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Together, we will examine and modify any beliefs and behaviors that are currently causing distress, in order to promote healthy changes.

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Area of Expertise:

• CBT
• Mindfulness
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Trauma
• Stress Management
• Adolescents and Young Adults

Elizabeth Liekar, LMSW

I believe that all human beings can benefit greatly from therapy. Whether you are in the midst of a crisis, or simply looking to find more meaning in your life, therapy can help. My goal as a therapist is to provide dedicated, non-judgmental space to help guide you in discovering and making sense of whatever brings you pain and difficulty in life in order to bring about meaningful change.

My treatment style utilizes an eclectic approach to create a treatment plan that is as unique as each individual. The main therapeutic modalities I draw from are psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness. I hold a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University and am in post-graduate training at the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of NYCGS.

Liekar

Area of Expertise:

• Depression and Anxiety
• Relationship Issues
• Career Changes
• Life Transitions
• Panic Attacks
• Infertility
• Trauma

Patrick Hahn, LMSW

I am committed to forming a non-judgmental, supportive and comfortable environment that fosters personal growth. Furthermore, as constructive therapy requires collaboration, I strive to empower participants to act as both advocates and pilots in their treatment.

My goal is to jointly develop a therapeutic plan that is driven by your personal experiences and goals. Together, we will explore coping skills – both positive and negative – as well as behaviors that may promote or inhibit achievement of your physical and emotional growth.

In addition to my master’s degree from Columbia University, I have training in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
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Patrick-Hahn

Area of Expertise:

• Coping with Depression and Anxiety
• Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery
• Personal Growth

Tracey O’Connell, LMSW

I have clinical experience working with adolescents, adults, families, and couples. With all of my clients, I approach therapy as a collaboration where we examine concerns and experiences with curiosity and without judgment.

I am compassionate, genuine, and warm. Drawing from a variety of modalities, I use a mix of talking, homework, humor, and mind-body techniques to help work through difficulties and live with more wellness and ease.

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Area of Expertise:

• Trauma Recovery
• Depression and Anxiety
• Family Conflict
• Relationship Issues
• Transitional Life Changes
• Self-esteem issues
• Grief and Loss

Natasha Sakil, LMSW

The first step to making a change is to be willing to accept support. Working in the school system is what led me to re-evaluate my career and focus on helping others through their transitions in life. I have gained social work experience while working with children, adolescents and adults. I would like to work as a team in a respectful environment to explore the obstacles you may face. Together, we will look at both the negative and positive outcomes and combine our thoughts to talk about the next steps.

In order to create a comfortable setting, you will be able to talk freely about your personal goals and ideas. Homework is important to the process because it will not only let me know more about your needs, but will also give you the chance to be involved with how you would like us to proceed. My goal is to build a sense of wellness, emotional well-being and strengthen resilience.

I am a licensed social worker. I obtained a Master of Social Work Degree from Adelphi University and an Undergraduate Psychology Degree from Queens College. My treatment style promotes healthy coping habits by using a strengths-based, person-centered and solution-based approach.

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Area of Expertise:

• Children and Adolescents
• Positive change
• Individual growth

Rianna Black, LMSW

As a therapist, I strive to create a safe, compassionate environment where clients feel unconditionally accepted and free to be their true selves. I believe that everyone has the power within themselves to heal emotionally and live their best lives. Through the therapeutic process, I help guide clients to build on their natural strengths and develop greater resiliency to facilitate growth.

My method is a holistic, psychodynamic approach with elements of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. Empathy, authenticity, and connection are the core tenants. What I love about this work is getting to know people from all different backgrounds, forming strong relationships, and helping clients find their voice. I know that therapy is not always easy, and I am here to support clients every step of the way.

I received my master’s in social work from Hunter College and my undergraduate degree from University of North Carolina. I am a licensed master social worker in the state of New York. In addition to my work at the counseling center, I also have extensive experience in school settings and working with families in crisis.

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Area of Expertise:

• Coping depression and anxiety
• Recovering from trauma
• Building self-esteem
• Mindfulness

Tziporah Eisenstein, LMSW

“Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way” Viktor E. Frankl

I applaud you for seeking psychotherapy, taking the reins on your own life. As a therapist, certified in New York with an LMSW, CASAC-T from Long Island University, my work experience includes a large variety of patients. In treatment, we work collaboratively to identify your personal goals and difficulties, and will create a personalized treatment plan utilizing the various modalities I am trained in, such as Motivational Interviewing, DBT, Mindfulness practice, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and overall implementing Trauma Informed Care. I have been described as empathic, and intuitive, as well as having a comfortable ability to build rapport with clients.

My work experience includes helping clients manage their symptoms of Eating Disorders, PTSD, Chronic Anxiety, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, and at-risk adolescences’/self-harm, in addition to working in a Psychiatric Emergency Room- crisis intervention, and a Substance abuse facility.

I am committed to discovering together with you how you can improve your quality of life, through encouraging insight and self-reliance, to gain ultimate autonomy.

Tziporah-Eisenstein

Area of Expertise:

• Eating Disorders
• PTSD
• Chronic Anxiety
• Depression
• Borderline Personality Disorder
• At-risk adolescences’/self-harm

Natalie Thomas, LMSW

Embarking on a new journey can be scary at times. Taking the first step in seeking Therapy can evoke a number of different feelings. However, having the appropriate support as you take this path is important to the positive outcome. As a therapist providing a safe space where you can explore your inner thoughts and feelings is vital to one’s well-being.

I am empathetic, dedicated and compassionate to the clients I work with. I have earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University and an Undergraduate degree from an accredited University. I have an extensive background, working in the social services field, mainly with women and children who have either endured or witnessed Domestic Violence.

My clinical experiences in providing therapy to women, children, and adolescents have allowed me to utilize an array of therapeutic approaches. Identifying the client’s presenting issues and establishing purposeful goals that produce positive outcomes is the key. I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Vicarious Trauma and Crisis Intervention. I look forward to establishing a rapport that would build a level of trust that is necessary as we embark on this journey collaboratively.

Natalie-Thomas

Area of Expertise:

• Trauma
• Children and Adolescents
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Dana Rizzo, LMSW

Do you ever fear waking up years from now, realizing that you are still struggling with the same problems, and oppressed by the same negative thoughts and emotions? Is acute stress causing you emotional turmoil, muscular tension and headaches, and transient hyper-arousal? Have you noticed yourself struggling to understand your mood shifts, behavior, and physiological states? What is it that most bothers you? What type of thought or emotion would you like to change?

I have helped many people with emotional disturbances, negative self-talk, confusion, doubt, fear, lack of direction or purpose, anger and stress management, resentment, shame and guilt, procrastination, lack of motivation or self-discipline, difficulty accepting and letting go, obsessions or perfectionistic tendencies and substance misuse create more balance and joy in everyday life. I practice using cognitive, behavioral, and dialectical systems of thought in understanding your suffering and guiding you to achieve optimal wellness and health.

I believe the power to overcome limiting beliefs, experience freedom from negative emotions, and develop self-mastery comes from within. Psychotherapy is the process in which you can learn about yourself, experience psychological growth, develop congruence, discover your potential, cultivate positive thinking and improve your capacity to relate and connect with others.

We all experience personal triumphs and tragedies, successes and struggles. It is our interpretation of and reaction to these events will ultimately determine our health, well-being, and ability to transcend our consciousness.

Dana-Rizzo

Area of Expertise:

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Anger
• Acute/episodic stress
• Self-esteem
• Relationship issues
• Life transitions
• Spirituality
• Health/Prophylaxis/Lifestyle changes

Zoe Malkin, LMSW

As a therapist, I hope to guide you toward a deeper understanding of your thoughts, feelings and experiences. In a safe and brave space, I am committed to engaging in a collaborative, holistic therapy process in which you can achieve peace and contentment and ultimately, heal. Together, we will utilize a combination of therapeutic techniques to cultivate adaptive coping strategies that foster change and create positive physical and emotional well being.

Areas of particular interest include mindfulness, the mind-body connection, compassion-based therapy, relationships, nutrition, health and physical health, life transitions, anxiety/worry, trauma, as well as chronic pain.

I received my Bachelor of the Arts degree in Peace Studies from Goucher College and earned my Masters in Social Work degree from New York University.

In addition to social work, I am an avid runner, yoga practitioner and recipient of my Two-Hundred Hour Yoga Teaching Certificate.

Zoe Malkin

Area of Expertise:

• Mindfulness
• Mind-body connection
• Compassion-based therapy
• Relationships
• Nutrition, health and physical health
• Life transitions
• Anxiety/worry
• Trauma
• Chronic pain

Katherine Borowitz, LMSW

My approach to therapeutic work is based on a person-centered model. I listen carefully, genuinely, and empathetically to people of all ages. I try to notice a client’s strengths so we can work together to build their resilience and to facilitate positive change

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Area of Expertise:

• End of life issues
• Grief
• Stress management
• Family conflict

Dwanna Jones, LMSW

I am a licensed master social worker specializing in children, adolescent and family mental health. My purpose as a therapist is to provide a nonjudgmental, safe and private environment along with a genuinely empathic, compassionate and supportive therapeutic approach. I assist my clients in achieving positive and effective growth. I use the word “assist” because I believe in meeting my clients where they are and building an exceptional rapport that will lead us into a trusting partnership for the life journey that I will indeed assist them on.

I am a graduate of Touro Graduate School of Social work. My areas of expertise include trauma, mindfulness, depression, anxiety, anger, cognitive behavioral therapy, families, children, adolescents and children with special needs. My treatment style promotes purposeful obtainable goals and positive outcomes.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

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Area of Expertise:

• Trauma
• Mindfulness
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Anger
• Cognitive behavioral therapy
• Families, children, adolescents
• Children with special needs.

Megan Corry,  LP-MFT

I believe we need to take care of our mental health in the same way we would our physical health. My goal as your therapist is to help you find fulfillment, and to meet your goals in all areas of your life, including your relationships and career.

I work with clients to build inner strength while lessening the anxiety and depression that can take a hold of us in our lives. Trust is crucial to the therapeutic relationship. I want you to feel safe and trust that you can talk to me and we will create a plan so you can achieve what you want and need in your life.

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Area of Expertise:

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Relationships
• Infertility
• Eating disorders
• Work related stress
• Sexuality
• Self-esteem
• Substance use / abuse disorders

Temmi Merlis, LMSW

You have decided to inquire about therapy, which is the first step towards feeling better! All people deserve to feel seen, understood and valued. Within a non-judgmental and confidential environment we will work as a team for the purpose of self-exploration, reflection, growth and change.

Although my clinical approach is multifaceted, it is strongly rooted in the psychodynamic and relational perspectives. Regardless of treatment modality, it is the relationship between the therapist and client that paves the way for healing and a more satisfying life. Each person is unique and therefore the therapy is always adapted to your individual needs.

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, and my Master’s in Social Work from New York University.

Temmi-Merlis

Area of Expertise:

• LGBTQ
• Relationship issues
• Grief and loss
• Self-esteem
• Aging

Alexandra Kariyannis, LMSW

I like to facilitate an accepting and comfortable space in order for my clients to share their feelings, thoughts and questions. At times, some may find it difficult to express their feelings and struggles to individuals in their personal life so finding a therapist who you can open up to, can be a relief. Collaborating with my clients is important; collaboration allows me to guide them into the right direction of positive change. During the therapeutic process, I aim to help my clients become aware of their strengths and resiliencies. Additionally, I encourage my clients to explore their past experiences and the development of their interpersonal relationships in order to gain self-awareness. Enhancing self-awareness and insight can help a client understand their feelings and behaviors from a different perspective.

I utilize a psychodynamic approach to learn about my client’s early- life experiences, emotions, thoughts and schemas. Depending on my client’s needs I will use methods of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Strengths-Based Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

I received my Bachelor in Psychology from Long Island University and my Master in Social Work from New York University. During my studies, my concentration was in child and human development as well as psychological disorders.

Alexandra-Kariyannis

Area of Expertise:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Aging
• Life transitions
• Adolescents
• Parenting
• Grief and Loss
• Trauma