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Dr. Matthew Mandelbaum

Dr. Matthew Mandelbaum

PhD

Dr. Matthew G. Mandelbaum is a Dialectical Behavior Therapist who has extensive experience working with adults to help them reach their goals on personal, familial, social, and professional levels. His approach is to build a strong therapeutic alliance with each client that combines support and validation with skill development, to help them become more empowered, skillful problem-solvers who are adept at transforming challenge into success. Dr. Mandelbaum is a member of the first cohort of The Linehan Institute's Behavioral Tech Comprehensive Training for Independent Practitioners with Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training, and got his PhD in Educational Psychology from Fordham University.

Malissa Allen

Malissa Allen

LMHC

Malissa is an empathic and transparent Licensed Mental Health Counselor who helps clients build self-awareness, self-confidence, and increase self-esteem. She has a person-centered approach that utilizes techniques from CBT, DBT, internal family systems, and marriage and family therapy. Her groups create a warm and non-judgmental environment where clients will begin to address and resolve past and present conflicts. Malissa focuses on helping clients achieve personalized goals by encouraging commitment, practice, and ongoing maintenance, while emphasizing a strength-based approach.

Colleen Kalman

Colleen Kalman

LCSW

Colleen Kalman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience working in a variety of settings. She has specialized working with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, grief, and chronic illness. Colleen utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help gain insight and awareness, build coping skills to manage symptoms, and utilize mindfulness concepts to increase well being. Her group setting provides a safe supportive environment to help members focus on healing, identifying strengths, and support.

Dr. Naomi Bernstein

Dr. Naomi Bernstein

PsyD

Dr. Bernstein has 12 years of experience serving patients dealing with anxiety, depression, marital and relationship issues. She specializes in insight oriented, cognitive behavioral and interpersonal therapy, as well as mindfulness based techniques. Dr. Bernstein also provides psychological services for women's wellness centers all over Nassau County and Queens, NY Previously, she was an adjunct professor in Health Psychology at Hofstra University, and worked at the Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders and the Brooklyn Veterans Affairs Hospital. Dr. Bernstein received her Doctorate and Masters from Nova Southeastern University.

Heather Yassick

Heather Yassick

LMHC

Heather Yassick is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has over a decade of experience in facilitating group therapy across various domains and clinical settings. Heather's professional orientation is eclectic and includes psychoeducation, body-based coping skills and mind-body practices. Clinical interests include self-compassion, compassion-focused therapy, and the effects of somatic practices (like deep breathing and yoga) on mental health states. Heather has led groups on Mindfulness for Mental Health, Stress Management, Depression Management and Nutrition & Exercise for Mental Health & Wellness. She has also developed innovative curricula using evidence-based programs to deliver results to specific client populations, including a 12-week Mindfulness for OCD course.

Neena Lall

Neena Lall

LCSW

Neena is an LCSW with 9 years experience. Neena works from a humanistic and trauma-informed perspective guided by the belief that everyone comes to therapy with their own resilience, strengths, and skills. She helps people articulate these strengths so that they can use them more effectively, build on them, and grow in new ways with support. Drawing from training and clinical experience in using psychodynamic, behavioral, and post-modern therapeutic techniques, Neena uses an integrative and directive approach to help clients better understand how their life experiences, the world we live in, and their identities impact them. She also helps them build concrete skills so they can cope confidently, create more satisfying relationships, and develop a greater sense of meaning in life on a daily basis.

Mary Rzeszut

Mary Rzeszut

LCSW-R

Mary Rzeszut is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has 15 years of experience working in the medical field in addition to a private practice specializing in anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship/life issues, chronic disease and professional well-being utilizing various therapeutic modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mind/Body Medicine. She obtained her Master's Degree from Fordham University and is presently obtaining her Doctoral Degree. Mary is clinical instructor of psychiatry at the NYU Long Island School of Medicine and is a member of the Dean's executive committee on professional health and wellbeing.

Adam Abraham

Adam Abraham

LMHC

Adam Abraham is a licensed mental health counselor with 10 years of experience helping people with anxiety, depression, grief, and relationships. Adam's approach is one of patience and understanding, allowing groups members to grow in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Adam received his M.S. in Mental Health Counseling at New York Institute of Technology, and he is also a board certified LMHC with the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Alexa Marnalse

Alexa Marnalse

LMSW

Alexa Marnalse is a Licensed Master Social Worker who has worked in the field for over 12 years and has experience providing counseling to individuals, couples, families, and groups. She has worked supporting clients in the mental health, drug and alcohol, and developmental disabilities fields, dealing with issues including but not limited to anxiety, stress, OCD, depression, work issues, relationship difficulties, ASD and substance abuse. Alexa is a nurturing, open, nonjudgmental therapist who is willing to push you to become the best you no matter how hard or challenging the journey can. Her groups bring people peace and understanding, along with real life strategies to work towards one emotional, physical, and mental goals.

Rana Ryan

Rana Ryan

LCSW

Rana Ryan, LCSW, is a highly skilled, compassionate, empathetic, and solution-oriented mental health professional. She has over 25 years of experience working in mental health, helping people with anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, drug and alcohol abuse. Rana is experienced in individual and group therapeutic settings, and has a unique ability to manage different types of personalities through engagement and assessment skills which foster effective communication, good listening and feedback that are essential to the therapeutic process. Her groups help her patients with building healthy relationships through trust, love, honest communication and self-awareness.

Martin Godek

Martin Godek

LMHC

Martin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years of experience working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, work issues, relationship difficulties, trauma & PTSD, and grief. He has a caring, attentive, and nonjudgmental style that helps clients attain the understanding, insight, and skills needed to respond to life's enormous challenges. As your therapist, Martin will ensure that you experience personal growth, make positive changes, and improve your overall ability to lead a happier life.

Cynthia Aronson

Cynthia Aronson

LCSW-R

Cynthia is a licensed clinical social worker with over 35 years of experience serving people struggling with grief, addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationships. She is well versed in CBT, motivational coaching, problem solving therapy, behavioral activation, and ACT, and she uses these techniques to address all avenues of health. Cynthia's focus is to provide her clients with as many skills as possible, so that they can restore their inner strength and take constructive steps towards healing.

Chava Bashary

Chava Bashary

LMHC, Master CASAC

Chava is a licensed mental health counselor and credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor with 7 years of experience serving individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, chronic pain and psychosomatic disorders. She is well versed in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy. Chava takes a holistic and person-centered approach to best address mental health concerns, assisting the client identify and process the root cause of their symptoms.

Dr. Stephanie Scott

Dr. Stephanie Scott

LMHC

Dr. Stephanie Scott is a licensed mental health counselor with over 20 years of experience in individual, group, couple, and family therapy. She specializes in trauma recovery, anxiety and mood disorders, and relationships. Dr. Scott utilizes a holistic and integrative approach to therapy, drawing heavily from CBT, DBT, psychodynamic, and systems disciplines. Her style is authentic and supportive, as she strives to facilitate each client’s efforts to become the best version of themselves.

Melissa Heusinger

Melissa Heusinger

LCSW

Melissa Heusinger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 7 years of experience in providing counseling to individuals, families and groups. She prides herself on a trauma-informed, person-centered approach to creating a warm, non-judgmental and supportive environment in order to help individuals build on their strengths and tools needed to create their life worth living.

Susana Potter

Susana Potter

LMHC, R-DMT

Susana Potter, LMHC, R-DMT, is a body-centered psychotherapist with over 14 years of experience in the mental health field. She is passionate about her work in uplifting BIPOC, queer folks and allies to feel empowered enough to create the life they want. She offers an embodied approach to counseling which goes beyond traditional talk therapy. She integrates dance/movement therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, yoga and mindfulness.

Jessica Pereira

Jessica Pereira

LCSW

Jessica Pereira is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Her passion is to help others, specifically in advocating for those who have felt stigmatized for struggling with mental health and substance use. Throughout her career, Jessica has had the opportunity to work in different settings with members from diverse populations, specializing in substance use, trauma, anxiety and depression. Jessica's groups provide for a safe environment to learn from and support others facing similar challenges.

Melissa Yost

Melissa Yost

LCSW

Melissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Yoga Instructor in private practice. With over 18 years of clinical experience, Melissa is skilled at helping people overcome past trauma and learn skills to navigate life's challenges, particularly those stemming from anxiety conditions. She enjoys working with people struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, using the industry standard Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy. Her past experience includes a clinical internship at Children's Hospital Boston, working in community mental health and educational settings. Melissa earned her MSW at Boston University and completed EMDR training at the Institute for Creative Mindfulness.

Dr. Todd Snyder

Dr. Todd Snyder

LMHC

Dr. Snyder received an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Central Florida, a graduate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of South Florida, and a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University. Dr. Snyder became licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in 1994 and works as a Board Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counseling & Family Therapy interns in the State of Florida. His approach offers an effective combination of person-centered and cognitive-behavioral therapies, which he adapts to his clients’ presenting needs and characteristics.

Karen Strober

Karen Strober

LCSW

Karen Strober is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Nutrition Counselor who has over 10 years of experience working in the mental health field. She specializes in treating anxiety, difficulty managing emotions, eating disorders and trauma. Using a holistic approach, Karen guides her clients to identify and build on their strengths and skills to overcome life’s many challenges. She provides a safe space and comforting environment for all her clients to express themselves and work toward their goals by using DBT, mindfulness strategies and stress management practices.

Stephanie Lauer

Stephanie Lauer

LMHC

Stephanie Lauer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor that works with children and adults. She believes that every person is the expert in their own lives and deserves to take an active role in their treatment. Stephanie views problems through an attachment-based lens. She utilizes various creative and trauma-informed techniques to help clients build upon their strengths while overcoming what has caused them pain. She has ample experience working with clients struggling with personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, complex PTSD, and common childhood disorders. She specializes in dialectical behavior therapy, exposure response prevention, and is certified in EMDR.

Taly Kadoch

Taly Kadoch

LMHC

Taly graduated from Florida International University with a Master’s in Psychology & Mental Health Counseling. Taly has been working for 11+ years with clients that seek help with addictions, personality and mood disorders as well as addictive disorders (substance abuse), sex addiction, and other process disorders such as co-dependency, narcissism, and shoplifting. Taly strongly believes that knowledge alone, while helpful, is not enough to make the internal shifts and transformations needed to decrease destructive behaviors. She strives instead to provide clients with new and innovative ways to address their strengths and guide their healing process.

Vernaize Coleman

Vernaize Coleman

LMHC-LP

Vernaize (Vernez) Coleman is a Licensed Mental Health psychotherapist and has experience in teaching and supervision, on top of general psychotherapy. Vernaize has experience working with individuals, couples, and families, counseling a variety of issues including relationships, divorce, anxiety, depression, anger management, self-esteem, grief and loss and a variety of other life transitional issues. As a psychotherapist, she enjoys providing authentic, compassionate, challenging, and insightful support as she journeys with her clients through a variety of challenges they face.

Carmelo Hernandez

Carmelo Hernandez

LMSW

Carmelo Hernandez is a Licensed Master Social Worker with years of experience running groups for youth, adolescents, and adults on topics such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and relationships. Carmelo's groups create an environment focused on healing, allowing people to learn therapeutic skills in a safe environment. His groups teach people the skills to think objectively, remain focused, and overcome the problems that emerge in day-to-day life.

Cheryl Jensen

Cheryl Jensen

LCSW

Cheryl Jensen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with years of experience running groups. Her groups provide a calming and welcoming space that assures people that everyone has the strength to heal and live their best life. Through support and education, group members develop insight, learn healthy skills and identify inner strengths to live a happy and fulfilling life. Cheryl takes a "here-and-now" approach to help alleviate daily struggles and improve current functioning. Throughout the therapeutic process her group members will identify distorted thought patterns that have a negative effect on current experiences, and develop healthy strategies to make positive change while learning more about themselves and their relationships.

Sandy Demopoulos

Sandy Demopoulos

LCSW-R, CASAC, SAP

Sandy has over 30 years of experience treating adults with substance abuse issues, anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as patients who suffer from chronic neurological illnesses, such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease. Sandy's approach incorporates mindfulness, interpersonal relations, motivational enhancement, and supportive therapy. Her groups offer a safe place to heal, be understood, discover your resilience, and reach your goals. Sandy received her MSW from the advanced standing program at Hunter College School of Social Work, her MS in Education from Lehman College, and she is also an active member of both the Westchester Group Psychotherapy Society and the NYS Society for Clinical Social Work.

Debbie Singer

Debbie Singer

LMHC

Debbie Singer is a licensed mental health counselor with over 10 years of experience helping clients struggling with anxiety, grief, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic illness. She utilizes both cognitive-behavioral techniques and exposure response therapy to help clients overcome even the most difficult struggles. Debbie's groups offer a warm, welcoming, and respectful environment where members can learn, explore, achieve goals, and make positive changes together in a collaborative therapeutic setting.

Maya Kaye

Maya Kaye

LMSW

Maya Kaye is a Licensed Master Social Worker, who combines a variety of psychodynamic and mind-body modalities and techniques to help individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, and difficulties adjusting to life stressors. Her groups are built on the belief that compassion and respect are the basis of positive therapy experiences. She is well versed in Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindufulness, and Mentalization-Based Therapy (MBT).

Stephanie Vanden Bos

Stephanie Vanden Bos

LCSW

Stephanie Vanden Bos is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 10 years of experience utilizing interactive, solution-focused therapy to provide psychotherapy for trauma, anxiety, depression, and relationships. Stephanie received her MSW from New York University, and received additional education at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, where she is currently a member of the Faculty and the Training Committee. She is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, the American Psychological Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

Elaine Serafini

Elaine Serafini

LCSW-R

Elaine has been providing direct counseling services to employees, individuals, couples, and groups for over 30 years, specializing in areas such as trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. She has trained over 160 staff members in Psychological First aid and currently is the clinical supervisor in a Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Program. Previously, Elaine managed an Employee Assistance Program for over 12,000 employees at St. Peter's Health Partners, a member of Trinity Health. She also is a Field Instructor for second year MSW Students in SUNY Albany's School of Social Welfare. Elaine got her Master's Degree in Social Work at the Advanced Standing Program at SUNY Albany.

Dr. Stacey Silver

Dr. Stacey Silver

PhD

Dr. Silver is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Westchester, NY. She has 25 years of experience working in a variety of settings, including medical offices, schools, hospitals, and her private practice, which she established in 2004. Dr. Silver has experience treating anxiety, depression, trauma and relationship issues in children, adolescents and adults, utilizing various Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Behavioral Therapy Techniques. Dr. Silver earned her Master's in school psychology and her Doctorate in clinical psychology from Hofstra University. She is an active member in the National Center for Crisis Management and the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

Dr. Stephen Danyko

Dr. Stephen Danyko

PhD

Over the past 25 plus years, Dr. Stephen Danyko has worked with a wide range of clients, having particular expertise in treating OCD, Depression, and Trauma. He utilizes techniques from CBT, ERP, DBT, and EMDR to help people overcome their struggles and achieve their goals. Dr. Danyko has a supportive approach that ensures each client feels comfortable and secure in his group, and creates an atmosphere of trust where it is easy to talk about even the most difficult topics.

Dr. Joel Kuppersmith

Dr. Joel Kuppersmith

PhD

Dr. Kuppersmith has more than 30 years of experience treating depression, anxiety, and PTSD. In groups, he strives to create an atmosphere of trust where it is easy to talk about even the most difficult topics. Dr. Kuppersmith earned his doctoral degree in Psychology at the University of Mississippi, and received his post-doctoral certificate in psychotherapy from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University. He worked for 11 years for the New York State Department of Mental Health at Kings Park Psychiatric Center, and he is currently an adjunct professor in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Adelphi University.

Michele Glaser

Michele Glaser

LMSW, CASAC, and M.Ed.

Michele Glaser is an LMSW, CASAC, and M.Ed. who has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. She specializes in helping people who are struggling with chronic illness and substance abuse, and she incorporates motivational interviewing and DBT skills to engage with clients. Michele’s groups provide a safe place to explore your emotions and make long-lasting changes in your life. She helps you understand the underlying cause of your challenges, and gives you insight and skills to take back control over your life.

Sharon Emerson

Sharon Emerson

LCSW

Sharon Emerson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience providing counseling to individuals, couples, and families through an eclectic approach of mindfulness, self-awareness, and integration. Sharon approaches her work from a strengths-based perspective utilizing DBT, CBT, IFS (Internal Family Systems), inner child work, 12-step modality, and nutritional support. She is committed to enhancing her client's quality of life both physically and emotionally.

Deloria Berks

Deloria Berks

LCSW-R, CASAC

Deloria has over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, with expertise in OCD, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Depression, PTSD, Trauma, and Anger Issues. Her goal is to help clients develop an internal resilience and generate a transformation where they can truly be in charge of themselves. Deloria is a graduate of Fordham University, and conducted additional post-grad clinical training with the Alanson White Institute, the National Institute for Psychotherapies, the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, and the Center for Self Leadership. Additionally, she has completed training with the University of PA Anxiety Clinic for PTSD and OCD, and is trained in ERP for OCD, exposure therapy for PTSD, and EMDR.

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