BROOKLYN HEIGHTS COUNSELING

14th Fl, Suite 1416, 26 Court Street, Brooklyn NY 11242


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By appointment only:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

General Enquiries: 718 504 9650

Appointments: (718) 232 8600


Brooklyn Heights Counseling

Marisa Marinelli
LMSW
Throughout life, we are faced with various challenges that may prevent us from living our full potential. The good news is that you do not have to go through them alone. I am dedicated to working with you to develop skills and strategies on how to overcome obstacles you may encounter.
I am passionate about helping people through their struggles by utilizing a collaborative approach to treatment. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I specialize in anxiety and panic disorders, depression, life transitions, trauma, and addiction misuse. In order to heal, we must first acknowledge ourselves in the present moment. Let’s work together to enhance your mental health and help you take the first step to having the life you want to live!
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Sunny Barnett
LMSW
I am skilled in individual and family counseling and have ran group therapy for dual disorders. I am trained in multi-systemic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, crisis management, trauma informed care, among many others! My favorite CBT quote, “You don’t have to control your thoughts, you just have to stop letting them control you!
I have been licensed since 2017 and I’m specialized in behavioral health from Marywood University.
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Gina Cambria
LMSW
The decision to seek counseling services is a very admirable quality. It shows the determination to better oneself emotionally, physically and mentally so that one can find peace of mind and learn how to deal with life’s challenges as they come our way. There is no better way to sort out our emotions, explore our feelings and gain better understanding of ourselves which in turn, will allow us to function peacefully in our environments.
I have over 30 years of experience working in Social Services in a multitude of areas including working with children, teens, families, and individuals and the LGBTQ population. My goal is to help people explore the effects of trauma or confusion and recognize their full-potential as productive individuals in society. I offer a supportive, non-judgmental, empathic approach to the exploration of feelings so as to create better ways in dealing with challenges and developing better coping strategies in our every day lives.
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Jeanette Fertoli
LMSW

Entering therapy can be scary but I will provide a supportive and safe environment to help you reach your goals. My clinical experience has been helping those make healthier and positive life choices and helping those with addictions, trauma, grief and loss.

My belief is that we can reach our highest potential through collaborative work while identifying barriers. My clinical training includes Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
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Jette Johnson
LMSW
I would like to welcome you to a safe, strengths-based, collaborative space. In this space your goals are yours for the taking! I will help you achieve those goals by utilizing trauma informed care, motivational interviewing,
and other behavioral modalities to disrupt cognitive distortions and negative thoughts about self – as a result, you will have the opportunity to transform unhealthy patterns of behavior into adaptive and sustainable coping mechanisms. Everyone is deserving of a space to process, explore, question, and challenge their experiences! I work with many populations including families, couples, children, and LGBTQI+ friendly. I specialize in trauma, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, low motivation, disassociation, anxiety and stress, sexual trauma, professional decision-making, and more. I greatly look forward to working with you!
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Auressa Simmons
LMSW

As individuals, we are constantly evolving and shedding past versions of self on our journey towards growth, emotional health, and well-being. As a Licensed Social Worker, it is my role to provide a safe, supportive, neutral, and non-biased space through which individuals and families work through various life struggles including, but not limited to, anxiety, trauma, adjustment, and depression. 

My goal is to create a therapeutic partnership where you feel safe enough to peel back the layers and address difficult life stressors while we work together to integrate interventions and coping mechanisms that facilitate your attainment of sound emotional health and well-being. Using a strengths-based perspective, we will co-create a therapeutic space wherein various treatment approaches from narrative therapy to cognitive behavioral therapy to motivational interviewing to mindfulness, among others, will be implemented.
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Melissa Salce
LMSW
Melissa has ample experience providing mental health services to patients stemming from diverse backgrounds. Her post graduate experience focuses on working with patients presenting a variety of issues including but no limited to anxiety, depression, substance abuse, PTSD as well as disorders such as bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and personality disorders.
Fundamentally client-focused, Melissa incorporates Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Positive Psychology while tailoring each session to the patient’s specific needs and goals. She believes every individual has the ability to reach their fullest potential; with a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental space one can be free to explore, heal and grow. Melissa Salce is a Licensed Master Social Worker who attained her degree from New York University.
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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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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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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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Zoe Malkin
LMSW

As a psychotherapist, I hope to guide you toward a deeper understanding of your thoughts, feelings and experiences. In a safe space, I am committed to engaging in a collaborative, holistic therapy process in which you can achieve balance, contentment and ultimately, heal.

Together we will utilize a combination of therapeutic approaches to cultivate coping strategies that foster insight and change, thereby creating emotional and physical 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. In addition to social work, I am an avid runner, yoga practitioner and recipient of my Two-Hundred Hour Yoga Teaching Certificate. I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University and my Bachelor of the Arts Degree from Goucher College.
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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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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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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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