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

General Enquiries: 718 504 9650
Appointments: (718) 232 8600

Hours: by appointment only
Monday -Thursday: 9am – 9pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Subway:
The 2 and 3 trains stop at Borough Hall and Clark Street. The 4, 5, N and R trains stop at Court Street/Borough Hall. The A, C and F trains stop at Jay Street / Borough Hall.
Bus:
The following lines stop at Borough Hall:
B25, B26, B37, B38, B41, B45, B51, B54, B61, B65, B67, B75.

We welcome clients of all religious, cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds, as well as all sexual and gendered orientations. We offer a safe, comfortable, and respectful environment.

Our mission at BCS Group is to work with our clients to explore challenges, build resilience and strengthen emotional well-being. Our vision is to help you feel empowered to build better lives, strive for your dreams and maintain emotional wellness.

Counselors:

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

Caitlin Cote LMSW

As a therapist I rely on my investigatory spirit to explore the unchartered material about individuals’ internal worlds, safely, without judgment, and in so doing, encourage positive shifts in self-concept.  Utilizing a holistic approach, I work with clients at their own pace to explore how their engagement with their internal and external worlds conflict and/or self-fulfill perceptions and feelings they have about themselves and others.

In my work, I hold true to the inherent strength humans have to heal oneself and heal one another.  We are designed to deal with emotion in concert, not isolation.  Attunement and compassion are the strengths I bring to each therapeutic alliance in order to safely bridge clients out of isolation, and into the protective light of self-exploration and emotional healing.

Drawing on my postgraduate training and clinical experience working with adults, children and families, I incorporate psychodynamic, analytic, cognitive behavioral, strengths-based, mind-body and emotionally-focused techniques, allowing me to tailor my work with each individual client.

My graduate and continued post-graduate training includes: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with Children and Families; Sex/Couples Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT); the Seeking Safety Model for treatment of trauma and/or substance abuse; Psychoanalytic Psychodynamic Analysis.

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Area of Expertise:

• Trauma
• Difficulty surrounding transitions
• Challenging relationships and/or relational patterns.

Laura McComb-Dipesa LCSW

It can be difficult to contact a therapist, but it’s the first step in beginning a meaningful process of change. I am a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker with years of experience working with adults of all ages. I received a master’s degree in Social Work from NYU and completed my undergraduate education at the University of Maryland. I have experience with psychodynamic therapies, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral interventions, and always tailor my approach according to each client’s needs and preferences.

I work with individuals on addressing alcohol and drug use, coping with depression and anxiety, recovering from adverse childhood experiences, forming healthy relationships, building self-esteem, and succeeding in school and work. I have deep respect for my clients’ unique viewpoints and experiences and genuine care for their well-being. Together we will explore the challenges in your life and work towards insight, healing and positive change.

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Area of Expertise:

• Alcohol and drug use
• Coping with depression and anxiety
• Recovering from adverse childhood experiences
• Forming healthy relationships
• Building self-esteem
• Succeeding in school and work

J. Gentry Gibson MHC

As a license-eligible mental health counselor, I provide personal counseling to young adults and adults in the areas of anxiety, mood disorders, and addictions and compulsions. I also offer career counseling, which includes explorations of meaningful work in its broadest sense, whether in market or non-market vocations.

My approach is strengths-based and trans-theoretical, meaning I frequently incorporate techniques from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness-based and compassion-focused CBT, and psychodynamic therapy.

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Area of Expertise:

• Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT),
• Dialectical behavior therapy
• Mindfulness-based and compassion-focused CBT
• Psychodynamic therapy.

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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Area of Expertise:

• Coping with Depression and Anxiety
• Recovering from Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
• Handling Grief and Loss
• Maternal & Post-Partum Depression
• Adjustment to life transitions (school or work)

Ellen Lyons LMSW, SIFI

I am a licensed master social worker. I found the passion for “the work” as a second career after a focus on family and business. I am a graduate of Hunter College School of Social Work and have a certificate in Supervision in Field Instruction in Columbia University School of Social Work. 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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Area of Expertise:

• Alcohol Addiction
• Food Addiction
• Drug Addiction
• Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
• Anxiety
• Depression

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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Area of Expertise:

• Depression and Anxiety
• Relationship Issues
• Career Changes
• Life Transitions
• Panic Attacks
• Infertility
• Trauma

Patrick Hahn LMSW

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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Area of Expertise:

• Coping with Depression and Anxiety
• Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery
• Personal Growth

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.

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Area of Expertise:

• Trauma Recovery
• Depression and Anxiety
• Family Conflict
• Relationship Issues
• Transitional Life Changes
• Self-esteem issues
• Grief and Loss

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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Area of Expertise:

• Children and Adolescents
• Positive change
• Individual growth

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.

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Area of Expertise:

• Eating Disorders
• PTSD
• Chronic Anxiety
• Depression
• Borderline Personality Disorder
• At-risk adolescences’/self-harm

Natalie Thomas LMSW

Embarking on a new journey can be scary at times. Taking the first step in seeking Therapy can evoke a number of different feelings. However, having the appropriate support as you take this path is important to the positive outcome. As a therapist providing a safe space where you can explore your inner thoughts and feelings is vital to one’s well-being.

I am empathetic, dedicated and compassionate to the clients I work with. I have earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University and an Undergraduate degree from an accredited University. 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.

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Area of Expertise:

• Trauma
• Children and Adolescents
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Dana Rizzo LMSW

Do you ever fear waking up years from now, realizing that you are still struggling with the same problems, and oppressed by the same negative thoughts and emotions? Is acute stress causing you emotional turmoil, muscular tension and headaches, and transient hyper-arousal? Have you noticed yourself struggling to understand your mood shifts, behavior, and physiological states? What is it that most bothers you? What type of thought or emotion would you like to change?

I have helped many people with emotional disturbances, negative self-talk, confusion, doubt, fear, lack of direction or purpose, anger and stress management, resentment, shame and guilt, procrastination, lack of motivation or self-discipline, difficulty accepting and letting go, obsessions or perfectionistic tendencies and substance misuse create more balance and joy in everyday life. I practice using cognitive, behavioral, and dialectical systems of thought in understanding your suffering and guiding you to achieve optimal wellness and health.

I believe the power to overcome limiting beliefs, experience freedom from negative emotions, and develop self-mastery comes from within. Psychotherapy is the process in which you can learn about yourself, experience psychological growth, develop congruence, discover your potential, cultivate positive thinking and improve your capacity to relate and connect with others.

We all experience personal triumphs and tragedies, successes and struggles. It is our interpretation of and reaction to these events will ultimately determine our health, well-being, and ability to transcend our consciousness.

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Area of Expertise:

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Anger
• Acute/episodic stress
• Self-esteem
• Relationship issues
• Life transitions
• Spirituality
• Health/Prophylaxis/Lifestyle changes

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.

I received my Bachelor of the Arts degree in Peace Studies from Goucher College and earned my Masters in Social Work degree from New York University.

In addition to social work, I am an avid runner, yoga practitioner and recipient of my Two-Hundred Hour Yoga Teaching Certificate.

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Area of Expertise:

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

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

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Area of Expertise:

• End of life issues
• Grief
• Stress management
• Family conflict

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.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

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Area of Expertise:

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

Megan Corry  LP-MFT

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.

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Area of Expertise:

• Depression, Anxiety, Self-esteem
• Relationships
• Infertility
• Eating disorders
• Work related stress
• Sexuality
• Substance use / abuse disorders
• Psychodynamic therapy
• CBT, DBT
• LBGTQ
• Couples and families

Alexandra Kariyannis LMSW

I like to facilitate an accepting and comfortable space in order for my clients to share their feelings, thoughts and questions. At times, some may find it difficult to express their feelings and struggles to individuals in their personal life so finding a therapist who you can open up to, can be a relief. Collaborating with my clients is important; collaboration allows me to guide them into the right direction of positive change. During the therapeutic process, I aim to help my clients become aware of their strengths and resiliencies. Additionally, I encourage my clients to explore their past experiences and the development of their interpersonal relationships in order to gain self-awareness. Enhancing self-awareness and insight can help a client understand their feelings and behaviors from a different perspective.

I utilize a psychodynamic approach to learn about my client’s early- life experiences, emotions, thoughts and schemas. Depending on my client’s needs I will use methods of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Strengths-Based Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

I received my Bachelor in Psychology from Long Island University and my Master in Social Work from New York University. During my studies, my concentration was in child and human development as well as psychological disorders.

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Area of Expertise:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Aging
• Life transitions
• Adolescents
• Parenting
• Grief and Loss
• Trauma

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.

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Area of Expertise:

• Child Welfare
• Criminal Justice
• Motivational Interviewing
• CBT

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).

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Area of Expertise:

• Strengths-Based Approaches
• Complex Trauma & Attachment Issues
• Family Conflict & Healthy Relationships
• Child & Adolescent Development
• Navigating Difficult Life Transitions

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.

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Area of Expertise:

• Substance abuse
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Personal Growth
• Life transitions
• Low Self-esteem
• Psychodynamic Therapy
• Mindfulness
• Spirituality
• CBT

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.

I received a BA in Philosophy and an MSW from The University of Chicago. I am also a Certified Colon Hydrotherapist. In my holistic health work, I have explored the impact of nutrition and lifestyle choices on optimizing health and mental health.

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Area of Expertise:

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
• Applied Behavior Analysis
• Mindfulness
• Depression/anxiety
• Stress Management
• The Gut/Brain Connection
• Autism Spectrum Disorder/Sensory Processing Disorder

Rhonda Abel LMSW

I am a Licensed Social Worker. I am a graduate of Silberman School of Social Work with a specialization in child trauma. 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.

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Area of Expertise:

• Children, Adolescents and Teenagers
• Difficulty surrounding transitions
• Positive Change
• Child Trauma

Clare Plunkett LMSW

I am a strengths-based, trauma-informed therapist with experience working with adults, children, groups, and families. As a licensed social worker I have worked in community-based mental health, child welfare, and with survivors of gender-based violence. I draw from these experiences to provide a supportive and non-judgmental space for clients of all backgrounds.

I incorporate elements of psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and attachment-based therapy in my work, and I join with the client to tailor each individual approach. My post graduate clinical training includes Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), and Seeking Safety Substance Use Treatment.

I can provide therapy in both English and Spanish.

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Area of Expertise:

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Stress management
• Healing after interpersonal violence
• Substance use recovery
• Complex trauma
• Attachment issues

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.

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Area of Expertise:

• Coping with depression and anxiety
• Recovering from addiction
• Relationship issues
• Trauma recovery
• Transitional life changes
• Grief and loss