FREE "Improve your self-esteem" Women's Workshop

Hosted by Dr Nicoletta Pallotta, join the upcoming FREE “Improve your Self-Esteem” Workshop.

The Workshop will meet once-a-month, next Workshop will be held early September. It is completely free. The workshop will be held at the Staten Island BCS Group location, 2205 Hylan Blvd. Staten Island. 10306


The Workshop:
This workshop is for women
The workshop is free to attend
2 hours long
Complimentary refreshments

Workshop Structure:
Initial 30 minute meet-and-greet with the Staten Island Counselors
1 hour Workshop, presented by Nicoletta Pallotta
30 minute informal question time with refreshments

Register for the upcoming 'FREE' Self-Esteem Workshop

Location + Contact

(718) 232 8600

2205 Hylan Blvd.
Staten Island. 10306

Hours: by appointment only
Monday 11am – 9pm
Tuesday + Thursday 12pm – 9pm
Friday 11am – 9pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm

Individual, couple and family psychotherapy, Group therapy, School-based mental health services.

Self-Esteem Group

Staten Island Counseling is now holding Self-Esteem Groups. If you are uncertain about yourself, experience a lack self-confidence, doubts your abilities, or thinks negatively of yourself on a regular basis, this program might be helpful for you. The group sessions focus on the causes and cures for problems such as low self-esteem and confidence, feeling of inferiority, perfectionism and procrastination. You will learn skills that enhance self-confidence, be more engaging and promote greater joy in daily life.

Overview of content in the 6 week program:

• Improve self-esteem and confidence.
• Identify and deal with personal emotional blocks and limitations.
• Overcome social fear, anxiety and shyness.
• Improve social/interpersonal skills.
• Take control over your life and relationships.
• Let go of patterns that pull you down.
• Set, pursue and attain your goals.
• Set healthy boundaries.

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School-based Mental Health Care

Mentally healthy children are more successful in school and life. Good mental health is critical to children’s success in school and life. Research demonstrates that students who receive social-emotional and mental health support achieve better academically. School climate, classroom behavior, on-task learning, and students’ sense of connectedness and well-being all improve as well.

Mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness but also encompasses social, emotional, and behavioral health and the ability to cope with life’s challenges. Left unmet, mental health problems are linked to costly negative outcomes such as academic and behavior problems, dropping out, and delinquency.

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

Kristi Basile MHC-LP

As a therapist, recognizing the unique needs and wants of each individual client is imperative to growth and symptom management. In my therapy room, my clients can expect a welcoming, accepting space free of judgement that facilitates discovery and accelerates fulfillment.

My experience is made up by an eclectic set of skills to help personalize treatment plans and specific goals that speak to the individuality of each client. I have worked closely with clients suffering with a multitude of disorders, including, but not limited to depression, anxiety and self-esteem.

I believe therapy is a collaborative journey, with true answers made available only through exploration. Your better self is there, and only a willingness and acceptance stands between who you are now and who you have the potential to be.


Area of Expertise:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Autism Spectrum disorder
• Self esteem
• Interpersonal relationships

Samantha Otero, LMSW

As a Licensed Social Worker, my treatment approach is individualized and empathic to meet the needs of my clients. My style of treatment is a combination of insight-orientated and person-centered approaches. I work closely with my clients to create a supportive and safe therapeutic alliance, in which a positive relationship is built and maintained. I work in an open, thoughtful, and collaborative way to help clients: explore thoughts, express feelings, and create goals.

My clinical experience is in providing treatment to; women, children, adolescents, couples, and families. I believe the best way to see change occur for clients, is through self-exploration and self-acceptance. My therapeutic goal as a clinician is to help clients gain insight, understand their needs, and build awareness. Through this exploration we will work together to overcome struggles and create positive changes in your life.


Area of Expertise:

• Trauma
• Domestic Violence
• Relationship Issues
• Life Transitions
• Depression and Anxiety
• Grief
• Peer Relationships
• Self-esteem Issues

Giacomo Lucchetti, LMSW

As a Licensed Social Worker I am committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental, supportive, and empathetic environment, which allows for a place where my clients can become unburdened of their stressors. My therapeutic goal is to assist my clients in developing healthy coping skills, improving interpersonal relationships, and finding fulfillment within themselves.

My clinical experience is working with children, adolescents, and adults. My approach is tailored to each individual client’s needs. I work closely with my clients to form realistic and appropriate goals and objectives to help make healthy life changes.  I aim to use different therapeutic modalities to help a client achieve their goals, including cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive therapy, validation, and solution focused therapy.


Area of Expertise:

• Depression and Anxiety
• Life transitions
• Interpersonal relationships
• Grief
• Trauma
• Anger Management

Nikka Dela Cruz, LMSW

As a licensed social worker, I have clinical experience providing personal counseling to young adults coping with anxiety and/or depression, academic concerns, low self-esteem, interpersonal and relationship issues, grief, and other stressful events.

I strive to provide a comfortable, therapeutic space where you can experience safety and support in a non-judgmental environment. My treatment approach draws from a strengths-based perspective, while also incorporating Psycho-dynamic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, supportive counseling, and mindfulness skills.

My warmth, empathy, and friendliness is present in every session and we will work together to create realistic goals and objectives to improve your well-being.


Area of Expertise:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Relationship issues
• Transitional life changes
• Building self-esteem
• Grief

Katie Heeke, LMSW

As a Licensed Social Worker, I am committed to creating a safe, supportive, and empathetic environment where my clients can feel comfortable expressing themselves. I use a non-judgmental approach to form a therapeutic alliance with my clients where we can safely explore their thoughts and feelings, identify goals, overcome obstacles, and ultimately, improve their lives.

My clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults, and my therapeutic style is both insight-oriented and solution-focused. I use a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Relaxation Techniques and Mindfulness, Psycho-education, and Solution-Based Therapy, all while using a strengths-based approach.

I am passionate about helping my clients achieve their personal goals and hope that they are motivated to work for the same.


Area of Expertise:

• Depression and Anxiety
• Trauma
• Self-Esteem
• Anger and Stress Management
• Bereavement
• Life Transitions
• Interpersonal Relationships

Aurora Jones-Owens, LMSW

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.

Aurora Jones pic

Area of Expertise:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Relationship issues
• Transitional life changes
• Building self-esteem

Desiree Salvaggio  MHC

As a Mental Health Counselor, I am committed to providing each of my clients with a space where they feel comfortable and safe to open up and explore their thoughts and feelings. My goal is to help each client achieve an overall state of wellness and develop their best sense of self.

My clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults, with a multitude of disorders, such as but not limited to, anxiety & depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and emotional deregulation. My treatment approach varies, because no two clients are the same, however, I utilize a cognitive behavioral and mindfulness approach.

From my experience I believe that everyone, no matter what age, has the ability to change and grow, and only in the therapy space can that exploration happen.

Desiree Picture

Area of Expertise:

• Anxiety & Depression
• Self-Esteem
• Grief & Loss
• Substance Abuse
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Anger & Stress Management
• Peer Relationships
• Transitional Life Changes

Michelle Perlongo MHC

As a Mental Health Counselor, I am committed to exploring an open, collaborative and therapeutic process; aiming towards an overall state of wellness. I utilize a humanistic approach; accenting mindfulness, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral techniques and skill set.

I believe that no two people are the same, therefore, clinical treatment is specifically tailored to the client’s specific and personal need. My therapeutic goal is to assist clients in developing healthy interpersonal skills, increase of mood, implementing positive coping strategies, and achieve a sense of purpose within their life.

My clinical experience has been working closely with children, adolescents, families, and adults. Specifically; within areas of eating/food concerns, substance abuse, grief/loss, trauma, interpersonal conflict. My tools for treatment utilize creative art, supportive therapy, Solution Focused, and Internal Family Systems.


Area of Expertise:

• Eating/Food Disorders
• Anxiety and Depression
• Transitional Life Adjustment
• Self-Esteem
• Peer/Relationship Conflict
• Bereavement

Kaisha Josephs LMHC

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with years of experience working with people of various ages to overcome behavioral and emotional issues. I approach counseling from a holistic view, utilizing various theoretical approaches that fits with the individual needs. I conduct sessions through a strength-based perspective, and utilize other modalities that apply to the clients need such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Psycho-education.

I believe in the idea of collaboration to create realistic goals and to encourage clients to develop their own sense of wellbeing and to foster a sense of fulfillment. I assist in developing appropriate coping skills, to increase the ability to problem solve, and to manage everyday stressors and past trauma. I strive to provide a safe and relaxed environment so that there is a sense of comfortability expressing any thoughts or feelings.


Area of Expertise:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Self-Esteem Issues
• Emotional Regulation and Stress management
• Peer/ Relationship Conflict
• Life Transitions
• Children/Adolescent Therapy
• Academic Concerns