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BCS Group Therapists

Online Counselors

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 in 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 or aimlessness, difficulties with self-esteem, self-compassion and self-sabotaging behaviors, transitional life changes, aging, care-taking 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-based Relaxation Techniques, and Psychodynamic Therapy, to create collaborative goals and reduce negative thoughts and maladaptive behaviors

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Sofia Ricci
LMSW

My clinical training has focused on providing therapy to individuals living with mental illness and developmental disabilities in a variety of community-based settings.

I am invested in providing holistic mental health care to encourage exploration of personal strengths. I draw upon a variety of evidenced-based modalities to facilitate increased flexibility and gentleness towards oneself. I look forward to starting where you are and joining with you.

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Heather Hansen
LMSW

I have experience working with adults and adolescents from diverse populations. I consider my clinical lens to be eclectic in nature.

Some specific treatment modalities of focus are mindfulness practices, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. As a clinician, I approach this work with the mindset that everyone has their own personal toolbox, full of ways to keep them safe and deal with life situations. My job as a professional is to help make those tools stronger and work more efficiently for the client. I received my Masters in Social Work at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. 

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Jeannine Tomaselli
LMSW

 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 in 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 or aimlessness, difficulties with self-esteem, self-compassion and self-sabotaging behaviors, transitional life changes, aging, care-taking 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-based Relaxation Techniques, and Psychodynamic Therapy, to create collaborative goals and reduce negative thoughts and maladaptive behaviors.

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Sharon Kourt
LCSW-R

I am engaged in multi-faceted approaches to psycho-therapy. 

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. 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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Jenifer Hartig
LMSW

I am a fully qualified therapist with more than 15 years’ experience and expertise. 

Educated at Columbia University, she worked in psychiatric hospitals for the majority of my career, becoming the head of department for adolescent females and the child units. I became very skilled and focused on crisis and trauma counseling for women and adolescents. My drive and passion is in assisting people to overcome their past, to be able to move forward and reach their full potential. I am a hands-on-therapist, who walks side by side with my clients until they’re ready to stand alone.

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Elaine Hernandez-Cordova
LMSW

I use a variety of approaches to guide my client’s, based on strength’s based perspective. 

I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Therapy and psycho- education. My experience includes partnering with my client’s particularly with addiction, mental health and dual diagnosis. Having worked as psychotherapist for over a decade I believe that I am qualified to assist pre-adolescents, adolescents, young adults and adults making adjustments to their mental health, addictions and/or both. Together we make a cohesive plan to sustain a lifestyle that offers a quality of life that can only be found with insight, perspective, resilience and understanding.

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Heather Kehoe
LMSW
My expertise is in trauma transformed care to assist with backgrounds of PTSD related to domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse, community violence, and racism.
I am a Licensed Mastered Social Worker from Syracuse, NY. I am passionate about my work with clients, families and service providers to formulate appropriate plans of action to ensure healing and positive qualities of life. I believe in the social justice of all humans, and strive to be a strong advocate for those whose voices have been oppressed. My background has encouraged a passion to always be open-minded, culturally competent in diversity, compassionate to those who feel hopeless, and be the change I wish to see in this world.

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Angela Roth
MA LMHC NCC

We are all shaped by our life experiences. These beliefs influence your choices and you develop patterns that have impacted your life. 

Changing your internal dialogue can support healthy change. I support and assist you in the counseling process to encourage you to grow and gain tools to help you change. I will use counseling theories and treatments that will work best for you. Some therapies I use are cognitive behavior therapy, cognitive restructuring theory, social learning theory, person centered therapy, psycho-spiritual model of counseling with a Christian worldview for faith based clients. Areas of expertise: Depression, Anxiety GAD, Grief and loss, Relationship issues, Personal growth (improve self esteem), Addiction, Eating disorders.

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Darlene Albury
LMSW

My approach to counseling is meeting the clients where they are in their lives, helping them to work through various issues, becoming productive members of society and improving their quality of life. 

Treatment modalities used are Individual/Family Counseling, CBT, Motivational Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Spirituality/Christianity models for clients in faith, Addiction, Relapse/Relapse Prevention, Family Reunification, Domestic Violence, Women’s Issues, Parenting, Emotional Support Animals, Psychodynamic Therapy. Counseling and assisting with community-based referrals/resources and entitlements (VA, STD/LTD, SSDI, etc.)

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Athena Motal
PhD, LCSW-R

My simple goal is to help you cultivate your inner strength to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. 

When life gets too difficult, as it can for anyone, it is often easy to forget how capable you are. If you find yourself struggling, it will be my privilege to help you tap into that strength and resilience you may have forgotten you have. Together, we will navigate and understand those complexities, so that we can identify the steps and solutions that will lead toward resolution.

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Shantel Johnson
LMSW

Challenges are what makes life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

Through my strengths based, solutions focused approaches, I warmly support adults, adolescents, women, LGBTQIA+ and many others in highlighting their unique qualities to enable them to overcome life’s obstacles. My intuitive nature has also been effective in providing culturally responsive and anti-oppressive approaches that helps individuals build resilience to weather life’s storms. I received my masters from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and have a multitude of experience working with individuals from immensely diverse backgrounds.

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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.

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Laura Allman
LMSW

As a psychotherapist, I am committed to providing a supportive therapeutic space where clients can feel empowered to overcome obstacles. I aim to help clients improve their mood and ability to cope effectively by highlighting existing strengths.

I specialize in treating clients struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and poor self-esteem by employing a psychodynamic approach, and utilizing CBT and motivational interviewing techniques to decrease negative thoughts. I am a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Social Work and have experience working in a variety of mental health settings.

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Patrick Hahn
LCSW

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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Rachel Manes
LMSW

As a Licensed Master Social Worker with a doctorate in Developmental Psychology and expertise in self actualization, I help those from all walks of life to grow and thrive across changing social, cultural, and environmental circumstances.

I use an array of clinical skills and evidence based practices to help children, adolescents, adults, couples, and whole families overcome adversity in pursuit of their goals. I employ strong strengths-based approaches that empower individuals while giving them the structure and support they need to reach their full potential. My clinical training includes Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and active involvement with the Ackerman Institute’s family therapy training program with a focus in Couples Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Area of focus: • Strengths-Based Approaches • Complex Trauma & Attachment Issues • Family Conflict & Healthy Relationships • Child & Adolescent Development • Navigating Difficult Life Transitions

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

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Diana Falk
LCSW

I have been a psychotherapist for over 20 years. I find it an honor and a privilege to help others move forward along their life’s path. My work has been primarily with individuals and couples in clinics and in private practice.

My approach is to provide a positive, trustworthy and comfortable environment where the client can feel safe and heard. Then we can begin to work effectively together to create desired change, and achieve the goals we set. I have also worked in a high school where I was a field instructor for graduate Social Work interns, and where I founded and was the director of a high school Student Service Center where students developed programs to meet school and community needs. I received a Bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, a Master’s in Education from Hofstra University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University.

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Bethanie Hatfield Pacheco
LMSW

Using a strengths based perspective, I am committed to working together with you to help identify and work through the barriers that stand in the way of you achieving your best self. 

 Through a warm, engaging, down to earth style, I will meet you where you are at.  In a non judgmental and supportive space we will work collaboratively to identify your personal goals and create a plan that leaves you feeling empowered and prepared to reach those goals. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families however also have experience and enjoy working with adults as well. Utilizing the lens of Systems Theory, I find it important to work together to identify solutions that acknowledge the role the environment and our interpersonal relationships play in the development of our thoughts and behaviors. I utilize and specialize in Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  I obtained my Masters in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College and I have been working as a LMSW, in a variety of mental health settings, for 12 years.  Most recently, I have been working at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY on an inpatient psychiatric unit for children and adolescents. 

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Tara Navarra-Berman
LMSW

As a therapist, my goal is to provide a safe space to promote growth, provide support, and impact change. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker with experience across a vast number of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, transitions and adjustment, and self-esteem. 

I believe everyone can benefit from therapy and a deeper understanding of our emotions and thoughts. I believe each experience in therapy should be individualized, and I work with each individual to identify goals for therapy and help in building coping skills to assist while working toward those goals. I utilize a holistic approach and a variety of therapy techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, strengths-based, mindfulness, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. I obtained my Master’s degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University.

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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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Brooklyn Heights Counselors

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.

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Ellen Lyons
LMSW, SIFI

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.

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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.

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Patrick Hahn
LCSW

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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Tracey O’Connell
LCSW

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. Area of focus: • Trauma Recovery • Depression and Anxiety • Family Conflict • Relationship Issues • Transitional Life Changes • Self-esteem issues • Grief and Loss

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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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Tziporah Eisenstein
LMSW

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.

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Natalie Thomas
LMSW

I am empathetic, dedicated and compassionate to the clients I work with. 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. Area of focus: • Trauma • Children and Adolescents • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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

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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.

Area of focus: • End of life issues • Grief • Stress management • Family conflict

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

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Megan Corry
LMFT

Trust is crucial to therapy. The trust built with my client is integral to the work we do. In therapy, we will work towards meeting your goals and finding more fulfillment in all areas of your life including relationships and career.

I work with my clients to lessen anxiety and depression while building self esteem . We will work together so you can organically and intentionally make the changes you want. I want you to feel safe and trust that you can talk to me while we create a plan to achieve what you want in your life. I work in a collaborative style utilizing psychodynamic therapy, CBT, DBT and mindful technique. I see individuals, couples and families. Area of focus: • Depression, Anxiety, Self-esteem • Relationships • Infertility • Eating disorders • Work related stress • Sexuality • Substance use / abuse disorders • Psychodynamic therapy • CBT, DBT • LBGTQ • Couples and families

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Stephanie Bertrand
LMSW

I am a licensed masters social worker with experience working with children and adolescents, and families. In addition, I have a background working with justice-involved clients, clients with chronic illnesses, and with individuals who need additional support to manage common daily stressors.

 

I first became fascinated with clinical practice, while working as a Child Advocate in South Florida where I am originally from and understanding the importance of mental health services. While completing my MSW practicum as clinical social work intern, my interest in mental health grew, as I gained first-hand knowledge on how social and political factors had a negative impact on families emotional functioning and overall health. In my role as a clinician, I strive to promote, improve and maintain the health of individuals, families, and their communities. I am bi-lingual in Haitian Creole. Area of focus: • Child Welfare • Criminal Justice • Motivational Interviewing • CBT

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Rachel Manes
LMSW

As a Licensed Master Social Worker with a doctorate in Developmental Psychology and expertise in self actualization, I help those from all walks of life to grow and thrive across changing social, cultural, and environmental circumstances.

I use an array of clinical skills and evidence based practices to help children, adolescents, adults, couples, and whole families overcome adversity in pursuit of their goals. I employ strong strengths-based approaches that empower individuals while giving them the structure and support they need to reach their full potential. My clinical training includes Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and active involvement with the Ackerman Institute’s family therapy training program with a focus in Couples Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Area of focus: • Strengths-Based Approaches • Complex Trauma & Attachment Issues • Family Conflict & Healthy Relationships • Child & Adolescent Development • Navigating Difficult Life Transitions

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Shalyni Paiyappilly
LMSW

I believe everyone has the capacity to cultivate positive change and the ability to access their own peace. In my sessions I provide a safe environment where clients feel comfortable to express themselves freely and where they can explore new ways to live a better quality life.

My approach to therapy is empathetic, mindful, insight-oriented, collaborative, and solution focused. I always maintain a non-judgemental and compassionate presence as I strive to meet the needs of each individual that I work with. I am a New York State Licensed Social Worker, Life Coach, and Yoga/ Meditation Teacher. I am experienced in working with adults of all ages. I earned my master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University, certificate in Life Coaching from NYU, and bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. I utilize psychodynamic therapies, mindfulness based approaches, and cognitive-behavioral interventions. Area of focus: • Substance abuse • Depression / Anxiety • Personal Growth • Life transitions • Low Self-esteem • Psychodynamic Therapy • Mindfulness / Spirituality • CBT

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Laura Allman
LMSW

As a psychotherapist, I am committed to providing a supportive therapeutic space where clients can feel empowered to overcome obstacles. I aim to help clients improve their mood and ability to cope effectively by highlighting existing strengths.

I specialize in treating clients struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and poor self-esteem by employing a psychodynamic approach, and utilizing CBT and motivational interviewing techniques to decrease negative thoughts. I am a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Social Work and have experience working in a variety of mental health settings.

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Carlen Rader
LMSW

I am an LMSW and have experience working with adults, adolescents, children, and families. I bring an integrative approach to therapy, incorporating psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness approaches, with a focus on each person’s unique strengths.

I believe that we all have a core of resilience and that we can build on our strengths to overcome areas of challenge. My approach comes out of my experiences working in a range of settings. I have a background in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children with developmental challenges. I have also trained in somatic psychology, yoga, and meditation and find the experiential and somatic-based approaches to be powerful tools for working with our mind-body connection and our stress response. Area of focus: • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • Applied Behavior Analysis • Mindfulness • Depression/anxiety • Stress Management • The Gut/Brain Connection • Autism Spectrum Disorder/Sensory Processing Disorder

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Rhonda Abel
LMSW

I have a holistic approach to therapy, incorporating multiple treatment modalities to best suit the individual needs of the client. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults in both individual and group settings.

My work with adults is often, but not limited to, issues around loss, grief, parenting, professional changes, depression and anxiety. While providing therapeutic services to children I coordinate with caregivers, schools, and community providers to help facilitate the best outcomes for your child. I have experience helping children with: anxiety, depression, ADHD, as well as other diagnoses. Additionally, I work to address behavioral concerns including: anger management, social skills building, coping skills, crisis intervention, and adjusting to various transitions. I have experience with TF-CBT, CPP, PST, CBT and MI. I work collaboratively with all of my clients to uncover the root causes for their current state of unhappiness, and make changes towards a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. Area of focus: • Children, Adolescents and Teenagers • Difficulty surrounding transitions • Positive Change • Child Trauma

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Yasmin Kalil
LMSW

As a therapist I provide a safe and non-judgemental space where together, issues or concerns can be unpacked. Whether the client is encountering an immediate circumstantial crisis or experiencing longer term recurrent problems, a strong therapeutic alliance can act as an incredible support and invaluable tool for personal reflection and growth.

Therapy is an individualized and collaborative process with the focus being developing solutions. The treatment plan and goals are co-created with the client with the aim to address the client’s concerns and create practical, meaningful and lasting change in their lives. My experience includes providing counseling services to children, adolescents and adults on issues including; crisis intervention, anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction issues, family and relationship breakdown, parenting struggles, forming healthy relationships, grief and loss. I am trained in a number of different modalities including cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness-based approaches and trauma-informed practices. Area of focus: • Coping with depression and anxiety • Recovering from addiction • Relationship issues • Trauma recovery • Transitional life changes • Grief and loss

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Brooke Hatfield
LMSW

As a therapist my goal is to provide a warm, non-judgmental space where together we can explore the areas in life in which you wish to improve and work towards positive change. From a person-centered lens, I draw mainly from psychodynamic, self-compassion, CBT and mindfulness approaches.

I believe that depression, anxiety and negative patterns stem from deeply held beliefs formed in childhood. Therapy should be a safe space to explore the source of these beliefs and together challenge them while forming new self-dialogue. Mindfulness can help us in increasing awareness around the beliefs that are stored in our subconscious as we begin to examine the ways in which these may be triggered in our day to day life. Through this exploration we can identify barriers and begin to implement change. Implementing and providing concrete tools is an important part of my work as it allows for alleviation of the often debilitating symptoms that accompany depression, anxiety and PTSD. My experience is primarily in working with adolescents, adults and families. I have provided support to client’s struggling with anxiety, depression, sexual trauma, bi-polar disorder, chronic pain, PTSD and life transitions. I ultimately strive to empower my clients to take charge of their lives, implement change and learn how to advocate for themselves and their needs. Area of focus: • Anxiety • Depression • Sexual trauma • Bi-polar disorder • Chronic pain • PTSD • Life transitions

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Nicole Brown
LMSW

I am passionate about creating a safe, authentic, and non-judgemental space for my clients and welcome people of all backgrounds. I believe we are all complex individuals with identities, histories, and beliefs that shape our understanding of the world and our place within it, and it is my goal to incorporate this into the work to create person-centered approach to establish genuine change.

I have experience working with adults living with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, substance use, and domestic violence. I have worked with individuals in the LGBTQI+ community and have also worked with individuals throughout their gender identity transitions. I utilize modalities such as strengths-based model, CBT, and mindfulness practices, and I make sure to tailor treatment to each person’s individual needs. Areas of focus: • Depression • Anxiety • PTSD • ADHD • Substance Abuse • Domestic Violence

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Jessica Gottlieb
MSW

Understanding that life can be tough at times, I am with my clients every step of the way. I help clients through a variety of challenges, including depression, anxiety, life transitions and substance use. I am dedicated to empowering others and helping them successfully navigate through difficult times to live happy, fulfilling lives.

By seeking support, you are already taking a significant first step towards achieving your best life. I provide a safe and supportive environment for her clients. I meet my clients where they are at by using a wide array of therapeutic modalities and evidence based practices. Using an empathic, strengths based approach, I work to build strong relationships built on trust, compassion, and collaboration. Areas of focus: • Anxiety and Depression • Substance Use • Harm reduction • Mental health • Life transitions • Mindfulness • CBT/DBT

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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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Ariel Craig
LMSW

I believe that each person has a unique perspective and life experience which influences their choices and actions. I am passionate about encouraging others to look within for answers, while I provide reflections, utilize and apply theories, and offer tools to aid in your journey and to improve quality of life. 

As a therapist, I incorporate aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and a strengths-based perspective to provide each client with a unique and tailored experience. In my career as an LMSW, I have worked with children and families in both individual and group modalities.

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Dyker Heights Counselors

Kristen Dalelio
LMSW

I work with adolescents, adults, families, and couples to assist them in achieving their full potential; mentally, emotionally and behaviorally. My goal is to create a supportive, nonjudgmental space in order to gain a deep understanding of each client’s needs.

I recognize that everyone has their own unique qualities and strengths. Therefore, I use an integrative approach that incorporates methods from an array of treatment modalities. My treatment approach derives from a Psychodynamic perspective, while incorporating Mindfulness, Solution-Focused and Cognitive-Behavioral techniques. What this essentially means, is that as your therapist, I will get to know the intricacies of your personality; your past and present feelings, motives, and decisions that make you who you are. By understanding the core of your belief systems, I will help you to learn to navigate them in order to change unwanted emotions or behavioral patterns.

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Christine Mindicino
LCSW

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 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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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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Tabisam Shamas
LMHC

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I have a very diverse background in training and experience. I specialize in the treatment of all ages with anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse and relationship issues.

Therapeutic techniques incorporated into my work include but are not limited to Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Person-centered therapy, Experiential Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy and Play Therapy. I enjoy utilizing the appropriate modality to help each client achieve their goals. My goal is to develop a strong therapeutic relationship that is based on openness and acceptance. I am down to earth, intuitive, current, and non-judgmental. I create a warm trusting environment, where my client can be his/her true self and become the best version of themselves. I find helping people succeed, transition through change and assist their families or caregivers preserve through difficult circumstances most rewarding. I provide services in the following languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu.

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Alessandra Korzh
LMSW

I understand how difficult it may be to seek help, and I believe that the first step to having a positive therapeutic outcome is the client/therapist relationship. I employ a supportive and holistic approach to help clients feel comfortable, safe, and secure in the therapeutic relationship.

As a licensed social worker, I have experience working with a wide array of populations, with a focus on children, adolescents, and families. While I commonly utilize a psychodynamic approach, I understand that therapy is not “one size fits all” and am able to work with clients based on their individual needs. I have experience with various modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Therapy. I believe that while the past may have a role in who we are today, it does not need to be indicative of who we will be in the future. My goal as a therapist is to help clients better understand themselves, and their world, in order to identify triggers and root causes of maladaptive thoughts/feelings/behaviors. Through our work together I hope to help my clients gain insight, confidence, and effective coping skills.

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Jenifer Hartig
LMSW

My drive and passion is in assisting people to overcome their past, to be able to move forward and reach their full potential. I am a hands-on-therapist, who walks side by side with my patients until they’re ready to stand alone.

A fully qualified therapist, Jenifer brings more than 15 years’ experience and unrivaled expertise to BCS Group’s Online Counseling. Educated at Columbia University, she worked in psychiatric hospitals for the majority of her career, becoming the head of department for adolescent females and the child units. Jenifer continued to provide therapy for her private patients in her own time. She became very skilled and focused on crisis and trauma counseling for women and adolescents. Area of Expertise: • Anxiety • Depression • PTSD • Parenting • Life changes • Bipolar disorder

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Jeannine Tomaselli
LMSW

I am a social worker with a combined 25 years experience in a variety of settings including hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers and mental health clinics.

My experience can accommodate a variety of age groups and life stages and I welcome couples as well! I have specialized in treating the family effects of alcoholism and can assist with healing codependency and trauma bonds.

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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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Iva Svancarova
MHC

There comes a time in life when a person realizes she or he needs support and clarification on their life challenges, their crisis, a developmental stage or with something they have been struggling for some time now.

It might be scary to reach out to a professional and I understand that. I am offering a safe, relaxed space, a real experience, where my client will be empowered to work on her/his life trials. I am prepared to give my full attention to my client’s concerns and use my CBT and DBT tools as a flashlight to find the solution. I graduated with distinction with my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. My experience includes one year of a direct training in Exposure Ritual Prevention Therapy by Dr. Steven Phillipson, a leading expert on OCD. In addition I worked in a residential substance use treatment where I received experience in crisis counseling, treating clients with trauma, personality disorders, grief counseling, working with LGBTQ individuals and postpartum depression to name few. I am also fluent in Czech and Slovak and I welcome clients from this community.

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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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Veronica Vargas
LMSW

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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32 Court Street, Downtown Brooklyn Counselors

Christine Donnellan
LMSW

As a therapist, I strongly believe in empowering client’s from a strengths-based perspective. In addition to psychotherapy, I am presently employed as a Forensic Social Worker, advocating on behalf of individuals’ with criminal justice involvement.

I have extensive experience as both an Individual and Family Therapist for a wide range of populations. I believe in incorporating a variety of modalities into my practice in order to best suit each individual’s needs. My approach is client-centered and collaborative. I have utilized motivational interviewing, psychodynamic principles, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and trauma-informed practices. I obtained my Master’s degree at Fordham University and have been a Licensed Master Social Worker since 2017.

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Jacquelyn (Jackie) Tagariello
LMHC

Jacquelyn is a New York trained psychotherapist and mental health counselor. She operates from the view point that life is full of challenges and asking for help is one of the strongest things a person can do. She works to establish a collaborative, creative partnership with clients in order to help them achieve their personal goals.

She believes in a client-focused, strengths-based and holistic approach to therapy. She works to help clients identify and reduce both the symptoms and causes of distress. She specializes in depression, anxiety, as well as interpersonal and relationship difficulties. She earned her master’s degree in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling from New York University. She has most recently completed a two-year psychodynamic training program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy where she learned the value of incorporating deep exploration of a clients’ history with her background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Jacquelyn believes in working towards creating self-acceptance and wholeness for her clients Everyone deserves a space to be seen and heard for who they truly are, even if they’re not quite sure who that person is yet. If you’re interested in working with her, you can find more information on the group practice’s website. There’s no harm in taking a look.

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Genna Sternberg
LCSW

I work from a trauma informed, person centered, and recovery oriented perspective, and provides individualized therapy based on personal goals and needs. I have worked in non-profit agencies throughout her career specializing in working with adults diagnosed with a mental illness, and looking at how social determinants of health impact individuals.

I use a variety of modalities to meet individual needs and has experience utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, and motivational interviewing. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over five years of experience in the field.

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April Barton
LMSW

I am a therapist because I find joy and meaning in the healing power of connection. I create space for people as they seek to make sense of their experiences, find perspective, experience their own power, and make positive change in their lives.

As a Licensed Social Worker, I believe fostering a warm, non-judgmental, and accepting therapeutic relationship is the foundation of good therapy. This relationship allows us to deeply explore who you are and understand what is getting in the way of you reaching your true potential. In my work, I focus not only on illuminating your strengths and needs but also examining how broader society and systemic oppression impact your experience in the world. Prior to becoming a social worker, I worked for 15 years in a variety of for-profit and non-profit settings. My previous professional experience gives me additional insight into the challenges, joys and stresses of today’s working world. I have clinical experience working with diverse populations, with a focus on the LGBTQ+ community, young adults, and those struggling with life transitions or symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. I operate from a person-centered and strengths-based perspective and am trained in psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness and trauma informed approaches. I received my MSW from Simmons College in Boston, MA. I am queer-identified and LGBTQ+ affirming.

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Blaise Prince
LMSW

As a therapist my goal is to provide you with a safe, affirming space, to process emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that are impacting your daily life, your relationships, and your sense of self.

I use a wide range of modalities to meet your needs and goals of treatment including, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, family systems approaches, and trauma informed therapy. I have experience working with a diverse population, and am LGBTQ+ affirming. I specialize in treating extreme coping such as, substance use disorders, disordered eating, and sexually acting out; I have experience treating depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Areas of focus: • LBGTQ+ • Trauma • Substance dependence • Managing symptoms of depression & anxiety

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Gwen Pelfini
MA, MHC

Gwen’s primary clinical work has been in New York City schools, representing community based organizations, as well as in public health services in the Bronx.

Gwen strongly believes in the mind-body integration, honoring the whole person through a holistic perspective. She utilizes multidisciplinary therapeutic modalities, founded in her undergraduate work at UCLA, and refined during her studies at NYU, where she earned a Master’s in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness. Gwen also has a professional background in music, as a singer, and is passionate about bringing this creativity into the way she approaches clients, meeting each person where they are, and collaboratively curating a customized approach that fits accordingly. She is extensively trained to support individuals in addressing a range of issues, including: unsatisfying relationships, self-esteem issues, life transitions, grief and bereavement, trauma, work stress and family dynamics, as well as interpersonal skills and communication, helping people to find fulfillment in their lives. Areas of focus: • Relationships • Self-esteem issues • Life transitions • Grief and bereavement • Trauma • Work stress • Family dynamics

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Charles Seidman
LMSW

I believe therapy to be a collaborative, goal-oriented process designed to foster your optimal well being. As such, my aim is to create a non-judgemental, person-focused environment tailored to you and your unique circumstances.

I’m an LMSW and graduate from Columbia University’s School of Social Work experienced in working with adults facing bereavement, anxiety, and depression. I employ several modalities, including CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness meditation. I am additionally certified in Ericksonian Hypnosis through the NLP Center of New York Prior to receiving my social work training, I worked in a number of different psychiatric research and lab settings; I bring this perspective with me to each new client, valuing evidence-based approaches as indispensable to the therapeutic process.

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Marie F Louis
LMSW

I believe changes happen when people are given the guidance they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling lives.

I provide an environment of compassion and support to help individuals and families overcome life’s obstacles to move forward and thrive. I have experience working in a variety of settings with diverse clients, including both long term and brief interventions. In my work with adolescents, adults, older adults and couples, I use an individually-tailored and collaborative approach to the unique needs of each client. I work in a skills-based and goal-oriented way using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy tools to treat a variety of beliefs, thoughts, and behavior that contribute to anxiety, depression and behavioral problems. My experience also includes working with people struggling with relationship challenges, Phase-of-life changes (grief and loss) and life stresses. Areas of focus: • Anxiety • Depression • Behavioral problems • Relationship challenges • Phase-of-life changes • Grief and loss • Life stresses

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Sarit Shoshani
LMSW

My approach as a therapist is an integrative approach, meaning I am a true believer that therapy is not a “one size fits all” model and I blend elements from different therapeutic approaches according to each of my clients needs.

Some of the approaches I use are psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and problem solving. Along with that I make sure to make the room a safe judgment free zone in order to give my clients the comfort and strength to be their authentic selves to better assist our work together. I have experience working with various populations including adolescents, adults, couples and families. Areas of focus: • Psychodynamic therapy • Cognitive behavioral therapy • Mindfulness • Problem solving

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Hannah Fleckenstein
LMSW

As a therapist, my goal is to offer my clients non-judgmental support and guidance in whatever they bring to my office. I believe the first step in effective therapy is building a collaborative relationship,

and I want to understand my client’s experiences, strengths, and values in order to help them find the best approaches for the challenges they are facing. Through all the settings I have spent time in and clients I have worked with, I have found empathy and respect to be essential in a positive therapeutic relationship, and I aim to bring these qualities to every session. I tailor my approach to my client’s needs and preferences, and incorporate aspects of CBT, DBT, and mindfulness skills into my work with my clients. I specialize in substance use, and have worked in a variety of settings treating clients struggling with addiction. I have worked with adolescents and young adults in home and community treatment and in a college counseling center addressing a wide variety of issues, including mood disorders, trauma, and LGBT issues. I earned my master’s degree from Boston College with a concentration in clinical mental health and a certificate in trauma treatment. In addition to BCS, I currently work as a substance use treatment counselor at an outpatient facility in Brooklyn. Areas of focus: • Substance Use • Trauma • Anxiety • Depression • Relationships • LGBTQ

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Laura Van Wyk
LCSW

I believe that a therapeutic relationship is a collaborative one in which I work together with my clients, using a variety of different modalities, to achieve their goals.

I believe in focusing on my clients’ strengths and building their skills to become empowered to live the life they want for themselves. I have over 10 years of experience working in forensic social work, preventative services, and outpatient mental health clinic settings with a wide range of populations. I’m experienced with integrating cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic techniques with my clients to help them address their treatment goals. Areas of focus: • Trauma • Anxiety • Eating Disorders • Mood Disorders

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Judith Leventhal
LMSW

It takes courage to enter the world of personal growth and be willing to explore your choices for a better life. Kudos for taking this step.

Within a safe and open space that is warm and welcoming, we’ll explore obstacles that stand in the way of living your best life. We’ll work on expanding your self awareness and becoming more mindful about the patterns that no longer serve you. When we free up the mind, body and spirit from the fears and lies that bind us, we are free to soar. To help facilitate a most rewarding therapeutic experience, I utilize a multi-disciplinary approach which includes: Mindfulness training, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Internal Family Systems, all within a Recovery based modality. My clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families where I bring my skills to address trauma, substance abuse, food related issues, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, Interpersonal difficulties PTSD and parenting issues. Areas of focus: • Trauma • Substance abuse • Food related issues • Relationship difficulties • Depression • Anxiety • Interpersonal difficulties • PTSD • Parenting issues

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Adonai Shabazz
LMSW

Adonai specializes in at risk youth, family reconnection, couples reunion, and life transitions. She also specializes in helping with depression, anxiety, overcoming trauma, uprooting cultural disparities and relationship challenges.

 

Adonai has an eclectic understanding of interventions including CBT, Solution Focused therapy, and Mindfulness. She ultimately believes that clients are the experts in their own lives and helps to encourage clients strengths. Adonai has a passion for being a catalyst for change with whomever she interacts with. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Adonai is a HBCU alumna of the illustrious North Carolina A&T State University where she majored in psychology. She then moved on and obtained her MSW from the University of South Carolina. She obtained her LMSW in NYC, and continued her career path working with in various Social Work arenas such as outpatient mental health clinics, adult and adolescent substance use clinics, and in prisons with incarcerated youth. Areas of focus: • At risk youth • Family reconnection • Couples reunion • Life transitions • Depression • Anxiety • Overcoming trauma • Uprooting cultural disparities • Relationship challenges

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Helen Niu
LMHC

Helen received her Masters of Arts in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. She comes from a background working with individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities, as well as with high-risk populations.

She has worked with a diverse range of clients in home, school, and office settings. Her areas of interest include depression, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, and substance use. Helen is highly compassionate and empathetic, striving to make each client feel heard regardless of circumstance. She understands that every individual is unique and thus tailors interventions and techniques to match every client’s own story. Helen believes in the power of thoughts and our ability to shift them to foster empowerment and change. She is interested in the link between the mind and body, and seeks to integrate health and wellness practices into her work to positively impact her clients’ well-being. Areas of focus: • Depression • Anxiety • Relationship issues • Eating disorders • Substance use

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Jennifer Sklar
LMSW

I work with clients with many different backgrounds, providing individualized approaches in a safe and encouraging environment. What I like to do is apply resources to my practice because I believe it helps one build better self-esteem and healthy boundaries.

My mission is to help you feel understood and connected – not isolated – as you gain awareness of how your rational mind, and core emotions are intertwined. Many times, we are unaware of how other people and experiences have impacted us. I’m hoping that together we can work on a deeper understanding of the root of the problem. Through my own therapeutic work, I was able to grow and develop skills that has helped me learn boundaries where I am able to live a more fulfilling life. From my journey with therapy, I went on to graduate school at Yeshiva University in 2013. From there, I went on and trained in Psychoanalytic, Trauma, and CBT work. Through my training I believe together we can build on strategies and skills to bring and carry out into your life. Areas of focus: • Trauma • Anxiety • Depression • Psychodynamic therapy • CBT/DBT • Problem solving • Eating Disorder • Substance abuse • Co-dependency

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Tatjana La Rocca
LMSW

Tatjana is a Licensed Master Social Worker with a decade of experience in the mental health field, spanning psychiatric hospitals, community mental health programs, and managed care organizations.

She is specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with the world-renowned Beck Institute, and in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) with the Albert Ellis Institute, from which she holds a primary certification. Tatjana helps her clients alter unhelpful thinking patterns and regain control of their lives. Tatjana has experience working with all populations, with a focus on young adults and adolescents. Tatjana holds a Masters’ degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and, aside from English, is fluent in German and Serbo-Croatian

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Vicky Barrio
LMSW

Among being a Licensed Master Social Worker, she is also a Certified Life and Relationship Coach and has advocated for vulnerable communities as an Activist. In her work as a therapeutic clinician, Vicky has worked with diverse populations. She is LGBT-Affirming and Anti-Racist as a practice.

Vicky has especially worked with Black and Spanish-speaking families who face specific oppressive pressures. She has worked with children as young as 5 years old to adults in their 50’s and 60’s, all with various clinical diagnoses and treatment needs. As a life/behavior coach, Vicky has worked with groups, couples and singles to help them map out and take action on their life goals. While some grateful singles and married couples have called Vicky, “Doctor Love”, she is emphatic that each person no matter how young or old is the expert of their own lives and she is simply a helpful partner in the process of feeling fully emotionally healthy and loved. Vicky believes every person deserves a life with adequate rest, healing, joy, and growth. Depression and anxiety often steal these from you and the therapeutic work involves building on a person’s natural resilience in order to reach a better quality of life.

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Sheila McPherson
LMSW

I have been a practicing Social Worker for 5 years. My goal is to create a safe and comfortable space where clients can be confident that I am here to listen without judgement, help them to process their feelings, and encourage them to pursue a healthier and more balanced approach to their life’s journey.

I employ a variety of modalities including CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Humanistic Therapy, and have enjoyed working with young adults, adults, and seniors with diverse backgrounds. It has been my privilege to help clients to grow in self-awareness and self-acceptance; providing them with the tools to integrate into their daily lives so they can realistically work towards their goals. I am also an American Red Cross volunteer working in the Disaster Mental Health unit and have deployed nationally to provide short term mental health counseling for victims of disasters. Areas of focus: • Depression • Anxiety • Panic disorder • Situational stress

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Judith Aiges
DSW, LCSW

The majority of my work has been delivering therapeutic services, including individual, group, and family therapy to children and adolescents with chronic emotional and physical illnesses in hospitals and community agencies.

I am a licensed clinical social worker with a doctorate in social work as well as a certificate in family therapy. My approach is strength based, and using multiple modalities, such as individual, group, and family therapy. I also incorporate crisis intervention, psychodynamic, systemic, and trauma informed care, when appropriate. I encourage clients to formulate and achieve their own successful goals in a variety of areas, including life cycle transitions, parenting, career planning, and development of creative arts.

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Diana Falk
LCSW

I have been a psychotherapist for over 20 years. I find it an honor and a privilege to help others move forward along their life’s path. My work has been primarily with individuals and couples in clinics and in private practice.

My approach is to provide a positive, trustworthy and comfortable environment where the client can feel safe and heard. Then we can begin to work effectively together to create desired change, and achieve the goals we set. I have also worked in a high school where I was a field instructor for graduate Social Work interns, and where I founded and was the director of a high school Student Service Center where students developed programs to meet school and community needs. I received a Bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, a Master’s in Education from Hofstra University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University.

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Amber Nieto
LMSW

As a therapist my goal is to provide a safe space to process emotions, thoughts and behaviors that impact your daily life.

By building a collaborative relationship, we work to understand your experiences, strengths and values to find the best approach for the challenges you are facing. I use a variety of approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution focused techniques while working from a holistic lens. As a Hispanic woman I am conscious of how culture, race and socioeconomic status create unique challenges and practice cultural humility in my work with clients. I have experience working in a variety of settings along with diverse and at-risk populations. Specializing in substance use, trauma, mood disorders, life transitions, as well as interpersonal and relationships difficulties. I am certified in New York with an LMSW, CASAC-T from Fordham University.

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Sara Garcia
LMSW

 I have extensive experience working with individuals living with HIV in supportive housing and locating and ensuring they were connected to resources and services. I also have experience working with families and children involved in the Family Court system. 

The areas of advocacy I am most passionate about are LGBTQ issues, women and children’s rights, empowering those living with debilitating illness, and community empowerment. I use a strength based therapeutic approach, as well as problem solving and skill building to ensure my clients have the tools necessary to overcome any obstacles they may be facing.

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Jordan Shapiro
LMSW

Jordan is committed to curating a safe space for her clients to speak freely and honestly. Using empathy and compassion, she strives to create a positive and trusting relationship with her clients.

The therapeutic process is one of self-reflection and discovery. In collaboration with the client, Jordan helps uncover the underlying feelings and emotions experienced by the individual to help restore confidence and a better understanding of their thoughts. She believes that a strong therapeutic alliance is essential for progress. She has a diverse background working with clients of all walks of life in various settings, utilizing a wide array of treatment modalities. She strives to meet the unique needs of each individual client. Jordan enjoys seeing her clients succeed and helping them overcome obstacles that may inhibit them from reaching their maximum potential. Her main goal is to improve her client’s quality of life and improve their well-being.

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200 Livingston Street, Downtown Brooklyn Counselors

Tinh Tran
LMSW

As your psychotherapist, I’ll work to create a safe, supportive and nonjudgmental space where you can identify your concerns and explore effective ways to address them. My interventions draw from psychodynamic theory, attachment and narrative therapy.

Together, we will examine the experiences that have made you who you are and the patterns of behaviors, relationships and self-concepts that may or may not be serving you. We will work to find compassion, healing and solutions towards more personal and relational fulfillment. I am drawn towards working with individuals, couples and families that are ready to take an in depth look at themselves. I am particularly interested in the gap between the self that we present to the outer world and the self that we often try to hide. Areas of expertise: Addiction, cultural issues, anger management, anxiety, behavioral issues, children and adolescent health, depression, family conflict, men’s issues and peer relationships

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Diane Pierre
MSW, LMSW, MA

I believe that all people are of infinite value, with personal strengths, growth and achievement potential. Through supportive therapeutic interventions, and a trauma-informed approach to care with compassion,

I help clients overcome dysfunctional emotions of anger, guilt, anxiety, fear, un-forgiveness, depression; relationship issues and generational patterns. There is great joy in partnering with my clients (adolescent, adults, families and groups) and engaging them in treatment planning. Then, implementing the treatment plans with strengths-based and empowerment strategies appropriate to their needs and circumstances. There is greater joy for me witnessing the process of positive change. I hold a Master of Social Work degree from New York University and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology/Human Relations from Brooklyn College. My treatment approach is strengths-based, psycho-education, solution-focused, cognitive behavior, acceptance and commitment, and structural family therapies, improving the quality of life for all clients served. Areas of Expertise: Spiritual Comfort. Anger Management. Anxiety, Guilt, Rejection. Un-forgiveness. Life Changes. Relationship Issues. Family Dysfunction. Generational Patterns. Criminal Justice Involvement. Support Group Facilitation.

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Yana Kofman
MHC

I strongly believe change comes from a careful examination of yourself. I use a holistic approach to support you in exploring and accepting yourself. I offer my clients a safe space, where they can look within themselves without being judged, chastised, or overwhelmed.

I hope to guide you in finding ways to navigate life’s stressors, process trauma and experiences, and thrive in relationships with others. Our work together will be collaborative, and through this, I hope to help you create long-lasting change. I use a multi-modal approach in session, catering to the needs of my clients. I have extensive training in treating individuals with anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, family, and relationship issues. By using CBT, mindfulness, reality therapy, narrative therapy, and a person-centered approach, I encourage my clients to achieve their goals, understand their symptoms, and improve their quality of life.

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Ebony Miley
LMSW

With over 13 years of experience, I am experienced in individual and group work, crisis intervention, assessment, service plan developments and case planning.

I provide individual, group and family therapy to assess the functioning and holistic wellbeing of my clients. I approach social work from a strength-based perspective and champion in my client’s right to self-determination. Collectively we will work on reaffirming your strengths, resiliency and power to thrive. Collaboratively we will work on unique and individualized goals that you identify. You are the expert on your life! It is my purpose to facilitate the healing of others. It is always an honor to be able to connect with people and support them in their life journey. My superb engagement skills allow me to develop positive relationships with the clients and assist in the healing process.

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Dwayne James
LMSW

I say seeking therapy is nothing close to a sign of weakness, it’s the biggest sign of strength you can possibly have. My name is Dwayne James and I am a black millennial social worker.

With over five years of clinical therapeutic experience, my passion for social emotional support continues to shine through with every client interaction. My overall therapeutic goal is to ensure folks get the essential tools to add to their tool kit in times of need while also providing the upmost support for their social emotional needs. I have foundational training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Person focused therapy. In addition to foundational therapy practices, I also have robust training and experience in racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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Rasheim Smith
LMSW

I provide psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and seniors from all walks of life. My specialty areas include anxiety, depression, relational therapy, psycho-dynamic perspective, and LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy.

“I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” I utilize cognitive therapies (i.e., CBT, DBT), mindfulness, and strength-based modalities to facilitate behavioral change that helps children, adolescents, and adults cope with everyday life situations/stressors. My prior professional and clinical experiences include working extensively with children, adolescents, and their families from a strength-based perspective to mitigate the social ills of poverty. He is very passionate about social justice issues that affect impoverished communities. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Lehman College and a Masters of Social Work from Fordham University with a concentration in Clinical and Macro Studies. I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. I currently reside in Brooklyn, New York.

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Flatbush Counselors

Bernadette Merizier
LMSW

As a Psychotherapist I take great pride in being authentic, genuine and transparent to my clients. My focus is to assist my clients in becoming the best version of themselves.

Seeking therapy could be very difficult for some; however, therapy is a giant step toward being the healthiest version of yourself and to live your best life possible. As a licensed Social Worker, I work with clients of all ages who are experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties and interpersonal issues. My treatment approach is client-centered in which treatment is tailored based on individual’s needs. I believe that clients and counselors could work collaboratively to explore treatment options and goals planning.

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Carlette Marie Quinto
LMSW

I believe in a collaborative therapeutic relationship using a holistic approach to support clients in achieving their goals. My work has focused on providing systems-involved youth and young adults ages 13-24 trauma-informed services, including individual counseling,

facilitating psycho-educational groups, mediation, and coordination of services. I strive to engage using restorative justice practices and anti-oppressive social work practices with a racial justice and gender equity lens. I also have experience working with adolescents and adults with co-occurring disorders including eating disorders, alcoholism, and substance abuse. Areas of expertise: body image/eating disorders, substance use, drug and alcohol addiction, mindfulness, anxiety, adolescent development, depression, life transitions, co-occuring disorders I am a Licensed Master Social Worker in New York State. I received my Masters of Social Work from NYU Silver School of Social Work, and Bachelor’s degree from Antioch University Los Angeles with a concentration in psychology and minor in urban community and the environment.

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Antoinette E. Brunache
LMSW

I am a licensed social worker with many years of experience working with children, adolescents and families with various life stressors. Through talk therapy I help my clients identify their stressors allowing them the opportunity to make changes in their lives where they see fit.

I received my Master’s Degree from Adelphi University. I currently work with individuals mandated to receive Mental Health Services. My therapeutic approach is from a strength-based perspective. Often times we focus on the negatives and never acknowledge the positive things that we have accomplished. I want my clients to know that my sessions are not only therapeutic but also a safe space where you can express yourself freely without feeling like you’re being judged.

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Tracey Les Pierre
LMSW

If you are struggling with anxiety, major depression, post-partum depression, experiencing fear/difficulty during pregnancy, loss of a pregnancy, parental doubt or low maternal wellness reach out for support.

I can also help you work through stresses that manifest from major life changes such as aging of self or loved one, job loss, grief, guilt, and career disruptions. I work from a lens of cultural competence and recognize the impact of adverse childhood experiences, previous and/or adult onset trauma on day to day life and decision making. Together we can integrate tools and skills needed to work through what is difficult so you can reclaim your voice and empowerment. We will work collaboratively to foster health, growth and healing at your pace utilizing solutions focused, psychodynamic, narrative, cognitive behavioral therapies and other evidence-based therapies. You, your story, your experiences are unique to you and we will work together to uncover the right modality for you. Take care and I look forward to working with you.

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Rasheim Smith
LMSW

I provide psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and seniors from all walks of life. My specialty areas include anxiety, depression, relational therapy, psycho-dynamic perspective, and LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy.

I also utilizes cognitive therapies (i.e., CBT, DBT), mindfulness, and strength-based modalities to facilitate behavioral change that helps children, adolescents, and adults cope with everyday life situations/stressors. My prior professional and clinical experiences include working extensively with children, adolescents, and their families from a strength-based perspective to mitigate the social ills of poverty. He is very passionate about social justice issues that affect impoverished communities. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Lehman College and a Masters of Social Work from Fordham University with a concentration in Clinical and Macro Studies. I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. I currently reside in Brooklyn, New York.

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