Location + Contact

(718) 232 8600

9201 Fourth Avenue
Ground Floor,
Brooklyn, NY 11209

appointments@bcsnygroup.com

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

COUNSELING:

At Brooklyn Counseling Services we believe that education is an important piece of our patient’s treatment.  We hope to provide you with the tools and resources to assist you outside of your counseling session.

Mental Illness and the Family: Finding the Right Mental Health Care Professional For You

If you or someone you know may benefit from a counselor, contact us now and we’ll match you to the right Counselor for your specific issues.

Getting Here:

Parking:
Convenient discount parking is available at 9201 Fourth Avenue. The entrance is on 92nd Street between 4th and 5th Avenues.

By Car:
Brooklyn-Queens Expressway: Exit 92nd Street
Belt Parkway: Exit 2, Ft. Hamilton Parkway

By Subway:
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Train to 95th Street, 4th Avenue

By Bus:
B-37 to 92nd Street and 3rd Avenue
B-63 to 92nd Street and 5th Avenue

Counselors:

Our Staff Social Workers and Psychiatrists are trained professionals who are licensed by the State of New York and experienced in working with a diverse array of women’s emotional issues.

Annalene G. Antonio LMSW, LSW

Experience working with children, families, individuals and Veterans expressing symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Anxiety Disorders. Fully trained on Co-Occurring Disorders and Mindfulness and Contemplative Social Work Therapy. Current modality of practice is Motivational Interviewing, with potential to utilize a combination of best-practice modalities.

Current approach to working with individuals is behavioral. All expressions of symptoms are a result of environmental and internal factors. The journey involves enhancing one’s awareness; self-exploration; and implementing tools that can better enhance the achievement of one’s mental health goals.

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Maryanne Barry LCSW-R

My work with seniors, adults, couples, teens, and children addresses 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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Jill Ceder LMSW

I have clinical experience providing treatment to women, children, adolescents and families. My style is both insight-oriented and solution focused. Through exploration of feelings, behaviors and life choices, I help clients reach their goals and make positive changes in their lives.

My specialty areas include maternal mental health, parent education & support, relationship issues and life transitions. Parenting presents many challenges and I provide a nurturing and supportive environment for parents to discuss their concerns and frustrations and work through their difficulties. I help parents navigate their roles, balance their busy lives, and find strategies that work for their family.

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Susan Chamberlain LMSW

As a Licensed Mental Health counselor, 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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Laurey Dachs LCSW

Clinical experience providing treatment to women, children, adolescents and couples. My treatment approach is individualized to my client’s needs. I believe that change best occurs through identifying existing strengths, goals and interests as the beginning point in helping people promote positive change. Unresolved hurts, habits or hang-ups often get in the way of one’s wellbeing. My therapeutic goal is to help clients identify, understand and change any thoughts or behaviors that may be inhibiting their full potential so that healing can occur and personal goals can be reached.

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

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Linda Lovisi-Dwyer LCSW-R

Education: Master in Social Work from New York University School of Social Work
Client Population: Adolescents, Adults, Individuals, Couples, Families

Areas of Treatment: Depression, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, General Phobias/Social Phobias, Domestic Violence, Divorce, Anger Management, Sexual Abuse, Bereavement, Gay/Lesbian issues, Elder issues, Stress Management, Self-Esteem, Job Related Issues.

My style is warm, friendly, accepting and goal oriented. Treatment practices used are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Relaxation Techniques, Psycho-Education, and Motivational Interviewing. Collaboratively, the client and I examine obstacles and experiences to determine effective solutions with the aim of achieving their desired goals. We explore family, work and personal relationships to maximize client’s sense of well-being and enrich their relationships.

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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.

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Sharon Kourt LCSW-R, ACSW, MSW

As a licensed social worker, 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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Giacomo Lucchetti LMSW 

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

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

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Christine Mindicino LMSW

As a Licensed Social Worker, my work experience has included child and adolescent counseling, crisis counseling and home-based individual and family counseling. Currently, I am the director of a school based counseling program. My work has focused on utilizing a trauma-informed approach with my clients.

I have worked with individuals of all ages who have experienced a variety of traumatic stress and I am passionate about helping survivors work through and overcome their traumatic experiences. In sessions, I use modalities such as art therapy, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

I have a Masters Degree from New York University as well as a certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice with Adolescents from NYU

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Michelle Netzler JD, LMSW

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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Tracey O’Connell LMSW

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

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

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Samantha Otero LMSW

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

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

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Dana Puma LMHC

As a Mental Health Counselor, I utilize a client-centered approach in which treatment is tailored to each individual’s needs. I believe the best approach is a collaborative one, where clients and counselors work together to plan treatment goals and choose modalities appropriate for addressing the clients’ areas of concern.

I have experience utilizing various modalities, including art therapy, play therapy, psychodynamic therapy, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. My clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults on issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, relationship difficulties, OCD, interpersonal issues, social anxiety, school stress, and work stress.

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Amy M. Rosenthal LCSW

A clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience, I collaborate with clients to create a safe and trusting relationship within which the individual can explore and clarify difficulties, come to a deeper understanding, and make changes that lead to a more fulfilling life. I integrate aspects of psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness approaches and tailor the work to the individual needs of each client.

Trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy and Parent-Infant Psychotherapy, I also specialize in pre- and post-partum counseling and welcome pregnant women, parents, and their babies into my practice. Together, we can explore and address concerns around postpartum mood and adjustment problems, infants’ feeding, sleep, excessive crying, bonding or separation difficulties, and more.

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Ryan Selzer LCSW

As a Licensed Social Worker, I’ve had the privilege and opportunity to work in a number of diverse outpatient settings with individuals, families, adolescents and couples. I practice unconditional positive regard to every individual I see in order to focus on the therapeutic alliance, as a healing and positive relationship. I believe in self-determination and apply a psycho-dynamic approach drawing from CBT, experiential, insight-oriented, analytic, and systemic modalities.

I believe in creating a safe and non-judgemental space where client and therapist can examine and ask questions together. My training at the Ackerman Institute in New York focused on family and couples therapy using a relational and strengths-based approach.

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Caitlin Steitzer MSW

I believe deeply in everyone’s ability to change and grow. As a therapist I create a safe space for personal exploration and discovery that will allow you to heal. I understand that the decision to seek help can be a hard one, and I approach the work with an open mind and a dedication to providing each client with the unique therapeutic experience needed in order to thrive.

My approach is interactive, collaborative, supportive and draws from a range of therapeutic models including psychodynamic therapy, trauma-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness. I bring over 15 years of experience in the mental health field and have been published in The Journal Social Work with Groups. In addition to my work as a therapist, I provide professional development workshops to companies and organizations across New York specializing in group dynamics.

I graduated cum laude from Brandeis University and received my Masters of Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. I work with clients of all ages and backgrounds, and together we will work on listening to your inner wisdom and creating the life you want. I look forward to working alongside you as take this important step.

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Sakiyah Wright PhD, LMHC, CASAC 

Sakiyah has been a practicing psychotherapist for over ten years. She utilizes evidenced based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Sakiyah has 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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Aurora Jones-Owens LMSW

My interest in psychology began years ago in the arts. As a student of drama at the Lee Strasberg Institute, I receive my bachelor degree from New York University and began to study the Stanislavsky Method, which was the integration of the outward to the inward motivational psyche. I now have a graduate degree in social work and my post graduate work includes training in suicide, trauma, depression, anxiety, drama therapy, social drama games for dementia, “stop and think” intervention,

Internal Family Systems Therapy, Solution Focus and Motivational Interviewing. My approach is eclectic as I believe that each person has their own narratives, their own story or stories to tell. In providing a safe place to explore the inner parts of our true self without judgement or fear, it is my belief that healing or expression can occur.

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

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Suyana Handman

As a Licensed Social Worker, 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

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

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

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

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

Area of expertise: Eating Disorders, PTSD, Chronic Anxiety, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, At-risk adolescences’/self-harm.

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Rachel Rennie LMSW

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.

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

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Susan Abramowitz LMSW

I’m a licensed psychotherapist, a graduate of Fordham University School of Social Work, where I began my clinical studies. For the past eight years, I have been counseling adults with various mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety, as well as personality disorders.  In my work, I first create a “safe holding environment” in which clients feel comfortable talking about anything and feel understood. My modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

I also have experience with anger management, interpersonal relationships, and coping and managing strategies with all types of life stressors.  I believe in solution focused therapy and empowering clients to make the right life decisions. I have always enjoyed helping people through their life challenges, and hope to continue working as a psychotherapist in the many years to come.

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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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Marissa Costello, LMSW

“All Progress takes place outside the comfort zone”

My goal as a Licensed Master Social Worker is to learn about the events you are facing, how to help you be present in those moments and brainstorming solutions together. Working with me, we can focus on mindfulness by learning how to better understand the person that you are and the person you want to work on becoming.

About Me: I received my Master’s Degree from Columbia University School of Social Work. The interventions I’ve utilized include CBT, DBT, play therapy, psychoanalytic, motivational interviewing, and TF-CBT. I use a goal-oriented and patient-centered approach.

Overall, I understand seeking services may make you feel vulnerable/ uncertain but I believe integrating humor and honesty can help along this journey of self-discovery. I look forward to meeting you.

Areas of Expertise: Domestic Violence/Trauma, working with Adolescents, Adults, Geriatric, Individuals living within the NYC shelter system.

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Lauren Pesso, LMSW, MPA

As a licensed social worker, I am passionate about helping individuals and families build on their inherent resiliencies to work through life’s challenges. I see one of my key roles as helping my clients gain insight and tools to get unstuck from patterns — in relationships, families, or in their own thoughts and behaviors — that may no longer be helpful. I believe it is a great privilege to bear witness to my clients’ unique life experiences, and I am committed to creating a safe and supportive environment for us to work together to help you thrive. I have particular experience working with adults, children and families who have experienced trauma, including from interpersonal and political violence, as well as working with immigrants and those dealing with cross-cultural struggles.

I received my Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University, a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) focused on human rights from Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Wesleyan University. In addition to my clinical practice, I have experience as a trainer, teacher and program manager on issues related to trauma, human rights, and survivors of interpersonal violence and crime.

Areas of Expertise: Trauma, Healthy relationships, Adjustment to life transitions, Immigration-related issues, Domestic violence, sexual assault & human trafficking.

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