(718) 232 8600

2205 Hylan Blvd.
Staten Island. 10306

appointments@bcsnygroup.com

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

If you have any questions about Staten Island Counseling, or any of our programs for Women, Family or for your Children, please contact us via the form or call (718) 232 8600. We are here to help!

UPCOMING GROUPS:

  • 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.

  • Women’s Trauma Program

    This group is an educational and supportive group for women who have suffered an adult or childhood trauma.

COUNSELORS:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Area of Expertise:

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

Michelle Perlongo, MHC

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.

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Area of Expertise:

• Eating/Food Disorders
• Anxiety and Depression
• ADHD
• 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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