2205 Hylan Blvd. Staten Island. 10306

General Questions: 718-255-9777

Appointments: (718) 232 8600

Hours: by appointment only
Monday 11am – 9pm
Tuesday  12pm – 9pm
Wednesday 4pm – 9pm
Thursday 12pm – 9pm
Friday 11am – 9pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm

Individual Counseling
Couples Counseling
Family Therapy
Group Therapy
Adolescent Counseling

Our fully trained counselors are here to help you identify and address those issues that interrupt your daily life. We go at your pace to ensure a productive and comfortable environment.

  • Women’s Trauma Program

    This group is an educational and supportive group for women who have suffered an adult or childhood trauma. Contact us now to find out when the next group sessions are scheduled.

  • 6-Week, Group Self-Esteem Program

    If you are uncertain about yourself, experiencing a lack self-confidence, doubts your abilities, or thinks negatively of yourself on a regular basis, this program might be helpful for you.



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

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.


Area of Expertise:

• Trauma
• Domestic Violence
• Relationship Issues
• Life Transitions
• Depression and Anxiety
• Grief
• Peer Relationships
• Self-esteem Issues

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.


Area of Expertise:

• Depression and Anxiety
• Life transitions
• Interpersonal relationships
• Grief
• Trauma
• Anger Management

Nikka Dela Cruz, LMSW

As a licensed social worker, I have clinical experience providing personal counseling to young adults coping with anxiety and/or depression, academic concerns, low self-esteem, interpersonal and relationship issues, grief, and other stressful events.

I strive to provide a comfortable, therapeutic space where you can experience safety and support in a non-judgmental environment. My treatment approach draws from a strengths-based perspective, while also incorporating Psycho-dynamic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, supportive counseling, and mindfulness skills.

My warmth, empathy, and friendliness is present in every session and we will work together to create realistic goals and objectives to improve your well-being.


Area of Expertise:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Relationship issues
• Transitional life changes
• Building self-esteem
• Grief

Katie Heeke, LMSW

As a Licensed Social Worker, I am committed to creating a safe, supportive, and empathetic environment where my clients can feel comfortable expressing themselves. I use a non-judgmental approach to form a therapeutic alliance with my clients where we can safely explore their thoughts and feelings, identify goals, overcome obstacles, and ultimately, improve their lives.

My clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults, and my therapeutic style is both insight-oriented and solution-focused. I use a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Relaxation Techniques and Mindfulness, Psycho-education, and Solution-Based Therapy, all while using a strengths-based approach.

I am passionate about helping my clients achieve their personal goals and hope that they are motivated to work for the same.


Area of Expertise:

• Depression and Anxiety
• Trauma
• Self-Esteem
• Anger and Stress Management
• Bereavement
• Life Transitions
• Interpersonal Relationships

Desiree Salvaggio, MHC

As a Mental Health Counselor, I am committed to providing each of my clients with a space where they feel comfortable and safe to open up and explore their thoughts and feelings. My goal is to help each client achieve an overall state of wellness and develop their best sense of self.

My clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults, with a multitude of disorders, such as but not limited to, anxiety & depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and emotional deregulation. My treatment approach varies, because no two clients are the same, however, I utilize a cognitive behavioral and mindfulness approach.

From my experience I believe that everyone, no matter what age, has the ability to change and grow, and only in the therapy space can that exploration happen.


Area of Expertise:

• Anxiety & Depression
• Self-Esteem
• Grief & Loss
• Substance Abuse
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Anger & Stress Management
• Peer Relationships
• Transitional Life Changes

Michelle Perlongo, LMHC

As a Mental Health Counselor, I am committed to exploring an open, collaborative and therapeutic process; aiming towards an overall state of wellness. I utilize a humanistic approach; accenting mindfulness, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral techniques and skill set.

I believe that no two people are the same, therefore, clinical treatment is specifically tailored to the client’s specific and personal need. My therapeutic goal is to assist clients in developing healthy interpersonal skills, increase of mood, implementing positive coping strategies, and achieve a sense of purpose within their life.

My clinical experience has been working closely with children, adolescents, families, and adults. Specifically; within areas of eating/food concerns, substance abuse, grief/loss, trauma, interpersonal conflict. My tools for treatment utilize creative art, supportive therapy, Solution Focused, and Internal Family Systems.


Area of Expertise:

• Eating/Food Disorders
• Anxiety and Depression
• Transitional Life Adjustment
• Self-Esteem
• Peer/Relationship Conflict
• Bereavement

Kaisha Josephs, LMHC

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with years of experience working with people of various ages to overcome behavioral and emotional issues. I approach counseling from a holistic view, utilizing various theoretical approaches that fits with the individual needs. I conduct sessions through a strength-based perspective, and utilize other modalities that apply to the clients need such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Psycho-education.

I believe in the idea of collaboration to create realistic goals and to encourage clients to develop their own sense of wellbeing and to foster a sense of fulfillment. I assist in developing appropriate coping skills, to increase the ability to problem solve, and to manage everyday stressors and past trauma. I strive to provide a safe and relaxed environment so that there is a sense of comfortability expressing any thoughts or feelings.


Area of Expertise:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Self-Esteem Issues
• Emotional Regulation and Stress management
• Peer/ Relationship Conflict
• Life Transitions
• Children/Adolescent Therapy
• Academic Concerns

Eileen Moclaire, LMSW

Eileen is a dedicated therapist with 10 years of clinical experience. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Science/Human Services from Ramapo College of New Jersey and her master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University of New Jersey.
Eileen has a wide variety of experience in many areas including child welfare, court cases, foster care, individual, family and group therapy. She is certified in cognitive behavioral therapy. In addition, she has extensive experience in trauma, anxiety, emotional issues, substance abuse, addiction and depression. Eileen is very dedicated to her work and is comfortable with working with all ages.

She believes in a solution based approach to solving issues and conflicts. While practicing she strives to provide a safe and comfortable therapeutic relationship as well as ongoing support that allows each client to have an active role in the process.


Area of Expertise:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Life Transitions
• Grief & Loss
• Child/Adolescent Therapy
• Trauma

Jacqueline Blake-Santiago, LMSW

As a licensed social worker, I have clinical experience providing personal counseling to young adults coping with anxiety and/or depression, academic concerns, financial stressors, self-esteem difficulties, interpersonal and relationship issues, grief/loss, life transitions and other stress management.

I strive to provide a non-judgmental, safe, supportive and confidential environment for all clients. My gentle, committed and empathic persona will be present in every session and we will work together to achieve an overall healthy wellbeing. My treatment approach draws from a strengths-based perspective, while also incorporating Psycho-dynamic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, supportive counseling, and mindfulness.

There is no “one size fits all approach” and as such, we will develop a personal treatment plan together based on your established therapeutic goals. During the course of treatment, we work on and review objectives to ultimately reach these goals. I believe that change happens when people are given the guidance, they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilled, meaningful and happy lives.

Through compassion, dedication, support, respect and guidance, I will work with you to build upon your existing strengths and develop new tools to achieve your personal goals and create positive change.


Area of Expertise:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Relationship issues
• Academic concerns
• Transitional life changes
• Building self-esteem
• Grief
• Vocational/ Employment difficulties

Ana Valerio, LMSW

I am a licensed social worker with years of experience working with adolescents and children with various life stressors. I am committed to empowering people of all ages to live their best life unburdened by the stressors life may bring. I pride myself on creating a space where my clients feel safe to explore their feelings, hopes, dreams and fears in a non-judgmental and therapeutic approach.

My therapeutic approach draws from a strength-based perspective, while also tailoring my approach to each client’s individual needs. As a clinician I believe that the client is the expert in their lives and together we can work to achieve their goals, make healthy choices and optimizing their feeling of fulfillment.


Victoria Parascandola, LMHC

Victoria Porcell is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Victoria is passionate about treating individuals who have been stigmatized and marginalized due to their behavioral health issues. She specializes in addictions and trauma. She is certified in utilizing integrative trauma treatment and trained in EMDR.

Victoria also has experience with treating anxiety, depression, phase of life issues, relational concerns, family members of those affected by severe mental illness, and adult children of alcoholics. A Staten Island native, Victoria received her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the College of Staten Island, CUNY. She received her B.A. from Macaulay Honors College at CSI.”


Area of Expertise:

• Addiction
• Trauma

Eve Vaval, LMSW

Eve Vaval has a Bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University. She is a licensed social worker who has worked in the non-profit sector and the social services field for over 20 years. Eve is a well-rounded social worker who worked in child welfare, preventive service programs, and early intervention.

Her background includes leadership positions in non-profit organizations. Eve has vast amount of experience in working with all age groups and people with various mental health conditions. Her most recent work has been working with families experiencing stress from their caregiving responsibilities.

Eve specializes in working with families.


Area of Expertise:

• Family Therapy

Stephanie Rossmy, LMHC

Stephanie is a licensed mental health counselor with a history of working in the non-profit application of therapy services. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University. Stephanie is committed to creating a safe, judgment free, and supportive environment. She has worked in the clinical field for over 10 years, treating a diverse and multicultural clientele. Along with providing direct care, Stephanie has assumed leadership roles including supervising a team of therapists. Stephanie’s primary focus is to promote self-growth and instill in her clients the tools that they need to succeed, help themselves, and no longer seek professional guidance. The same application has been applied to her leadership style as she comes from a coaching background and perspective.

“I understand and believe that peoples’ lives, relationships, and minds can heal and am a strong believer in person-centered therapy. I am trained in an evidence-based therapy model called functional family therapy where outcome success is monitored and proven. My application of this model is executed in three steps; understand where my client is presently, implement skills that can be applicable in both the now and when our professional relationship ends, and finally work on planning for upcoming roadblocks that can derail progress. I understand that every client is different and no direct application can be the same. Together, with teamwork between the client and myself, growth is possible.”


Area of Expertise:

• Family Relationships/Dysfunction
• Child Maltreatment and Neglect
• Adolescent Crisis and Peer Conflict
• Interpersonal Relationships
• Trauma
• Intimate Partner Violence
• Substance Abuse/Misuse
• Anxiety and Depression
• Communication Conflicts
• Socioeconomic and Life Stressors
• Problem Solving Skills

Laura La Bega, LMSW

Education: Master in Social Work from Touro Graduate School of Social Work
Client Population: Adolescents, Adults, Senior Adults, Individuals, Couples, and Families

Modalities used are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psycho-education, and Motivational Interviewing.

“It is a journey you will take overcoming your obstacles. The treatment process is a joint effort between client and therapist. Together we will explore solutions to help you achieve your therapeutic goals in a warm and safe environment.”


Area of Expertise:

• Anxiety
• Panic Disorder
• Depression
• Anger Management
• Sexual abuse
• Bipolar Disorder
• Grief and Loss
• Self-esteem
• Elder Issues

Samuel Newman, LMSW

As an experienced psychotherapist, my goal oriented therapeutic style can vary depending on my client. My goal is to help clients manage and reduce their symptoms in order to create a more fulfilling life. This can be actualized by utilizing several evidence-based practices specified to any difficulties or challenges that are being presented. Therapy can be difficult at time, but also very rewarding and can benefit all age ranges and difficulties.

I specialize in anxiety and depression reduction, addiction, family therapy and life coaching. As a therapist, I have had the pleasure of working as a team with individuals who have had difficulties managing their mental health. After some work with these individuals, many have gone on to lead productive, healthy and independent lives. As someone who loves people, I believe I have a unique ability to connect deeply with both children and families, which is the key to affecting positive change.

S Newman

Area of Expertise:

• Anxiety
• Depression reduction
• Addiction
• Family therapy
• Life coaching.

Josephine Pereira, LCSW

Josephine Pereira, LCSW is a bilingual psychiatric social worker who completed her Master’s degree at Hunter College. She graduated in 1987 and since then has dedicated her life to serving culturally diverse adults, young people and their families. She has conducted many individual, family, couple and group psychotherapy sessions in English and Spanish. As a native New Yorker, she is aware of the multiplicity of challenges that are faced by residents of the urban environment.

Josephine utilizes the impact of her patients’ culture, upbringing and environment in treatment. Her treatment approach is very eclectic and realistic in working with patients. She firmly believes in their ability to partner with her as their therapist to make positive changes. Josephine is influenced by theorists who practice behavior modification and cognitive behavioral therapy. Her goal is to enhance the patient’s capacity to locate the root causes of their difficulties and empower them through their strengths to problem solve and develop positive coping strategies.

Sessions in English or Spanish.

Josephine Pereira, LCSW

Casandra Skomina, LMHC

I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has experience providing individual, couples, and family counseling. I am well-versed in dealing with problems of childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, and parenting. I specialize in treating a wide range of issues including anxiety, anger, depression, grief, crisis due to major life changes, and trauma.

Therapeutic modalities I practice include Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral-Therapy, Solution-Focused, Attachment-Based and Psychodynamic.

My aim is to develop a safe and trusting relationship with each client, which I believe is the foundation needed to bring about healing and change. As a therapist, I encourage clients to develop greater self-awareness and mental wellness through an exploration of their life experiences.

Casandra Skomina

Kristi Lucchesi LMHC, NCC

Kristi Lucchesi graduated with a MSEd in Mental Health Counseling from St. John’s University. Kristi has years of experience treating the chronically mentally disturbed population providing crisis intervention, individual and group therapy in inpatient and outpatient mental health centers.

Kristi branched out to providing individual therapy to children, teens and adults struggling with behavioral and emotional concerns impacting their daily life. Treatment approaches are evidenced based on the presenting concern of the client; but main modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psycho-education, Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered, and Motivational Interviewing.

“I’m dedicated to embark on this journey to guide clients up the building blocks for improving their lives for self –satisfaction”

Kristi Lucchesi

Area of Expertise:

• Schizophrenia
• Mood Disorders
• Eating Disorders
• Trauma & PTSD
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Self-esteem
• Anger management
• Behavioral issues