No waiting rooms
No travel time
No hassle

Only you can start change in your life, but we can help you achieve it.

A personal and unique experience tailored to you.

Insurance that currently covers Online Counseling:
Aetna – some plans
Amerigroup/Empire Blue Cross
GHI
Fidelis some plans
Metroplus some plans
Optum, including UHC, Oxford and UBH
Healthfirst coming soon

OUR ONLINE COUNSELORS

Jenifer Hartig, LMSW

A fully qualified therapist, Jenifer brings more than 15 years’ experience and unrivaled expertise to BCS Group’s Online Counseling.

Educated at Columbia University, she worked in psychiatric hospitals for the majority of her career, becoming the head of department for adolescent females and the child units. Jenifer continued to provide therapy for her private patients in her own time. She became very skilled and focused on crisis and trauma counseling for women and adolescents.

Her drive and passion is in assisting people to overcome their past, to be able to move forward and reach their full potential. She is a hands-on-therapist, who walks side by side with her patients until they’re ready to stand alone.

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Area of Expertise:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• PTSD
• Parenting
• Life changes
• Bipolar disorder

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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Area of Expertise:

• Health and wellness
• Depression
• Bipolar disorder
• Mood regulation

Elaine Hernandez-Cordova, LMSW

I hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Central Florida. I use a variety of approaches to guide my client’s, based on strength’s based perspective. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Therapy and psycho- education. My experience includes partnering with my client’s particularly with addiction, mental health and dual diagnosis.

Having worked as psychotherapist for over a decade I believe that I am qualified to assist pre-adolescents, adolescents, young adults and adults making adjustments to their mental health, addictions and/or both. Together we make a cohesive plan to sustain a lifestyle that offers a quality of life that can only be found with insight, perspective, resilience and understanding.

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Heather Kehoe, LMSW

I am a Licensed Mastered Social Worker from Syracuse, NY.

I am passionate about my work with clients, families and service providers to formulate appropriate plans of action to ensure healing and positive qualities of life. I believe in the social justice of all humans, and strive to be a strong advocate for those whose voices have been oppressed. My background has encouraged a passion to always be open-minded, culturally competent in diversity, compassionate to those who feel hopeless, and be the change I wish to see in this world.

My expertise is in trauma transformed care to assist with backgrounds of PTSD related to domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse, community violence, and racism.

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Angela Roth, MA LMHC NCC

We are all shaped by our life experiences. These beliefs influence your choices and you develop patterns that have impacted your life. Changing your internal dialogue can support healthy change.

I support and assist you in the counseling process to encourage you to grow and gain tools to help you change. I will use counseling theories and treatments that will work best for you. Some therapies I use are cognitive behavior therapy, cognitive restructuring theory, social learning theory, person centered therapy, psycho-spiritual model of counseling with a Christian worldview for faith based clients.

Areas of expertise: Depression, Anxiety GAD, Grief and loss, Relationship issues, Personal growth (improve self esteem), Addiction, Eating disorders.

Angela Roth

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.

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Darlene Albury, LMSW

I am a qualified license therapist that brings more than 25 years of experience to the field of social work and BCS Group’s Online Counseling. I received my master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work, New York, NY.

Area Of Expertise: Depression. Individual/family Counseling. Anxiety. Parenting. PTSD. MICA. Relapse/Relapse Prevention. Family Reunification. Self Esteem. SUD. ESA. Advocate.

Darlene Albury

My approach to counseling is meeting the clients where they are in their lives, helping them to work through various issues, becoming productive members of society and improving their quality of life. Treatment modalities used are Individual/Family Counseling, CBT, Motivational Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Spirituality/Christianity models for clients in faith, Addiction, Relapse/Relapse Prevention, Family Reunification, Domestic Violence, Women’s Issues, Parenting, Emotional Support Animals, Psychodynamic Therapy. Counseling and assisting with community-based referrals/resources and entitlements (VA, STD/LTD, SSDI, etc.)

My altruism, Resilience, Faith, and confidence is what continues to encourage my desire and love in helping others to overcome obstacles in life; Using my life experience, a collaborative approach to problem solving and educational learning has allowed me to be compassionate, caring and understanding on the feelings, thoughts, behaviors and emotions that we as humans go through in life challenges. I was involved in a motor vehicle accident that completely changed my life; I was rendered wheelchair bound and was told I would never walk again.

The personal mental and physical challenges were completely overwhelming. However, through the love, faith, support of family, counseling, personal drive and determination allowed me to persevere. I knew that my life would never be the same, but I believed that I was able to improve my quality of life and use my life challenges and personal testimony to encourage others to never give up. Although my ability to walk has been compromised, my love for helping others has never wavered, and letting them know that you can overcome life challenges.

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.

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Athena Motal PhD, LCSW-R

My simple goal is to help you cultivate your inner strength to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. When life gets too difficult, as it can for anyone, it is often easy to forget how capable you are. If you find yourself struggling, it will be my privilege to help you tap into that strength and resilience you may have forgotten you have. Together, we will navigate and understand those complexities, so that we can identify the steps and solutions that will lead toward resolution.

My practice is guided by the National Association of Social Work’s Code of Ethics. My experience is gleaned from more than 30 years as a clinical social worker, leader and educator in healthcare, mental health and academia. I have had the great honor to help people through some of the most challenging times in their lives. I have earned my Master’s in Social Work from New York University, and my PhD in Social Welfare from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work.

My commitment to you is to provide a respectful, compassionate and person-centered experience in a safe and supportive environment. I look forward to helping you on your journey.

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Areas of Expertise:

• Coping and adaptation
• Life transitions
• Personal growth
• Self-esteem
• Career challenges
• Academic performance
• Caregiver stress
• Aging
• New diagnosis
• Chronic conditions
• Grief and bereavement

Shantel Johnson LMSW

“Challenges are what makes life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful”.

Through my strengths based, solutions focused approaches, I warmly support adults, adolescents, women, LGBTQIA+ and many others in highlighting their unique qualities to enable them to overcome life’s obstacles. My intuitive nature has also been effective in providing culturally responsive and anti-oppressive approaches that helps individuals build resilience to weather life’s storms. I received my masters from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and have a multitude of experience working with individuals from immensely diverse backgrounds.

Specialties: Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Harm Reduction, Mindfulness Practice, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psycho-dynamic perspective, LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy.

Shantel Johnson

Areas of Expertise:

• Complex PTSD related to domestic violence
• Survivors of sexual abuse
• Childhood abuse
• Multi-generational trauma
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Relationship/familal issues
• Strained parental relationships
• Monogamous/monogamous/poly, psycho-education
• Relapse prevention
• Substance use issues
• Grief and loss
• Self esteem building
• Pre & post divorce counseling
• Significant life transitions.

Heather Hansen LMSW

I received my Masters in Social Work at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. I have experience working with adults and adolescents from diverse populations. I consider my clinical lens to be eclectic in nature. Some specific treatment modalities of focus are mindfulness practices, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy.

As a clinician, I approach this work with the mindset that everyone has their own personal toolbox, full of ways to keep them safe and deal with life situations. My job as a professional is to help make those tools stronger and work more efficiently for the client.

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Areas of Expertise:

• Individual counseling
• Trauma
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Crisis intervention
• Self esteem/ personal growth

Ami Colón LMHC, NCC, NYCPS

Ami Colon began her career as a mental health counselor in 2015 as an intern for a PROS program in Nassau County and worked there for 4 years. Ami also has experience with Assertive Community Treatment in the Shelter Systems of New York City. Educated at Walden University, Ami is not only a mental health counselor, but a NYS certified Peer Specialist who has experienced (and is still experiencing) her own recovery journey. Ami’s experience as a mental health counselor began with working with clients living with severe mental health diagnosis and personality disorders as well as those living with the co-diagnosis of a mental health diagnosis and substance abuse disorder(s), along with other addictions. With this experience she is able to empathize with clients who are living with any mental health diagnosis, substance abuse issues, sex addiction, as well as those who are experiencing hardships and changes in their personal lives.

Ami’s passion comes from a personal place that has been a staple in her professional work as she is eager to guide those who want to move forward with their lives while they are experiencing their own healing and recovery journey.

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Areas of Expertise:

• Cognitive behavioral therapy
• Mindfulness therapy
• Goal therapy
• Dialectical behavioral therapy
• Couple’s counseling
• Grief counseling
• Crisis intervention
• Working with young adults in the LGBTQIA community as Ami is an ally.

Jeannine Tomaselli LMSW

I am a social worker with a combined 25 years experience in a variety of settings including hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers and mental health clinics.

My experience can accommodate a variety of age groups and life stages and I welcome couples as well! I have specialized in treating the family effects of alcoholism and can assist with healing codependency and trauma bonds.

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Areas of Expertise:

• Treating the family effects of alcoholism
• Assist with healing codependency and trauma bonds