(718) 232 8600

Bay Ridge Counseling Services for all.

9201 Fourth Avenue, Ground Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11209

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


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:

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:
Train to 95th Street, 4th Avenue

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


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.

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.


Jill Ceder LCSW

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


Christine Mindicino LCSW

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


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.


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.


Caitlin Steitzer LMSW

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, mindfulness, and EMDR therapy. 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.


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.


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.


Suyana Handman, LMSW

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.


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.


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


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.


Alicia Ferris MHC-LP, MA

As a Mental Health Counselor, 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.


Rachel Lee LMHC

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor 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. 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.

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Jamali Moses LMSW

With over 15 years of experience as a Licensed Social Worker, 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


Ouida Malik LMSW

I work with individuals, adolescents, teenagers, families and couples who are experiencing a variety of problems ranging from behavioral problems, academic failure, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar.disorder. I am skilled in utilizing CBT, Psychodynamic therapy, insight oriented, supportive therapy, motivational interviewing and play therapy.

I have over 20 years of experience treating persons of varied cultures and my specialties are primarily focused on CBT and utilizing a strengths based perspective and getting patients to recognize their own unique resources to solve their problems in a collaborative manner. I received my education at Fordham University.

Ouida Malik conducts sessions in English and Bengali.

Ouida Malik

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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Donna Cavaluzz 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.


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.


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.


Pauline Adjami LMSW

As a licensed Social Worker, I began my tenure at Maimonides hospital. This is where I worked while earning my masters degree in Social Work at Touro. I worked with a variety of clients providing cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems theory, psychodynamic theory and mindfulness.

I provide a safe, non judgmental place to work collaboratively toward your goal. I believe in honoring the strengths of my clients and their families.

Areas of expertise: PTSD, anxiety healing, depression, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing.

Pauline Adjami
YOU CAN MAKE CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE...Counseling can help you take control of your life, your self-esteem and your confidence. Counseling will give you the tools to respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills.

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