Nicholas is a marriage and family therapist who specializes in trauma and family systems and who has presented at national and state-level mental health conferences on mood and behavior problems in adolescents. He is currently affiliated with one of Florida’s highest-rated sexual abuse treatment teams in Sarasota, FL., and has presented specialized skills to therapists all over the state of Florida in the field of sexual abuse-related trauma, sponsored by the Florida Department of Health, Division of Children’s Medical Services. A life-long student of mindfulness, he lived simply at a nondenominational meditation center for eleven years before obtaining his graduate degree. Nicholas incorporates a framework influenced by Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), as well as integrating a family systems approach to Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, all of which help his clients and their families heal from trauma and realize their fullest potential. When he isn’t practicing, Nicholas also facilitates private mindfulness support groups for the last eight years
Cal, is a Licensed Independent Social Worker- Clinical Practice (LISW-CP). He has over 7 years of clinical experience. Cal gained experience through University counseling, refugee wellness, dialysis counseling, a community-based mental health clinic, and private practice. Cal’s passion is constantly learning and growing as a therapist. He has an Advanced Certification in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), a unique modality specifically geared toward optimal results healing from trauma, but also effective with other mental health concerns. He utilizes approaches such as ACT, CBT, DBT, family systems, humanistic, person-centered, and existential psychotherapy. Cal brings a unique array of life experiences to his practice, which allows him to connect with people across the lifespan.
Veronica, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over thirty years of experience. She is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Veronica has extensive experience with therapy groups as well as psycho-educational groups for individuals of all ages. She has worked with individuals and families to help to facilitate learning and healing. Veronica’s focus in counseling is CBT and DBT. Veronica has an eclectic style and focuses on meeting the group members where they are and using modalities that are conducive to resolution.
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 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.
Teri, is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified hypnotherapist. She has over 10 years of experience providing therapy to all age ranges and mental health concerns. She utilizes a variety of modalities including CBT, DBT, ACT, EMDR EFT( tapping) and Brainspotting. She enjoys teaching DBT and ACT groups while also blending them together as she has found these approaches to be very helpful for what she likes to call “the condition of being human.”
Dr. Trent Nguyen
Ph.D, LPC, NCC
Dr. Nguyen has extensive experience working with adults of all ages to help individuals identify and reach their goals. He has experience working with diverse populations struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, etc. Dr. Nguyen utilizes DBT, CBT and Solutions-Focused Therapy to address several mental health concerns. He has knowledge and training in PTSD with war veterans as well as children in the foster care system. Dr. Nguyen uses his educational and professional background to support group dynamics.
Shonna is a Licensed Professional counselor that has over 15 years of experience. Shonna is dedicated to helping clients with stress, anxiety, depression, addictions, relationships and helping individuals to become their best possible self. She utilizes several approaches to help her clients; such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Shonna is able to utilize many different approaches to help all her clients achieve their therapeutic goals. She strongly believes in creating an open and safe environment for all individuals, where their thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Shonna utilizes her capabilities to help individuals feel more fulfilling about themselves and empower them on their mental health journey.
Dr. Naomi Bernstein
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 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.
Letha Page is an LCSW who works with individuals and couples across their lifespan. Letha specializes in evidence-based therapies for treating chronic illness or pain, trauma, grief, relationship concerns or conflicts, trauma related disorders, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, compulsive behaviors, borderline personality disorders and problems related to substance use. Letha provides a warm, understanding, nonjudgemental, and compassionate environment where clients reflect; to better understand themselves, their choices, and what they want from their life. Letha takes a therapeutic and collaborative approach that focus on the whole person in which the clients are the experts on their life experiences. She utilizes techniques that are individualized to their unique needs such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and/ or Relapse Prevention (RP).
Nathalie, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). She is a bilingual, Cuban-American therapist based in Miami, FL with over 10 years clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Nathalie integrates various theories of psychotherapy. Such as Schema Therapy, DBT, multicultural feminist therapies, and ACT. These approaches help support her work with clients, and draws upon her own lived experience as a neurodivergent therapist. Nathalie practices from a multicultural, neurodiversity-affirming perspective and her specialties include: interpersonal relationships and attachment, executive functioning, emotional regulation, and issues related the intersection of identity, politics, and mental health.
Dr. Amanda Faucher
PhD, LMHC-S, LPC, ACS, MCAP, CTP
Dr. Faucher has extensive experience of providing therapeutic services to all ages. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings and utilizes CBT, reality therapy, DBT and SFBT. She has experience with couples, depression, anxiety, addictions, and family therapy. She is also certified in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), addictions, and telehealth. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to help clients become the best version of themselves while improving confidence, communication, and relationships. She is open-minded, unbiased, and welcoming to all. Her groups will offer practical approaches to begin working towards goals right away.
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 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 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 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, 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 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 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.
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.
Cassandra Murphy, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). She has practiced psychotherapy for 5+ years. Cassandra takes pride not only in her compassionate, empathetic approach with clients, but also in her ability to relate to the human experience. Her experience ranges greatly in terms of setting, format, population, age, and acuity. She has found incredible power and potential in therapeutic and psycho-educational groups. She has worked with clients of all ages and backgrounds. Cassandra’s professional background is with a Solution-Focused approach while also utilizing a combination of Person-Centered interventions, CBT, DBT, and Reality therapy. It is an innate passion of hers to address mental health in a fashion that can help all of her clients better understand their purpose; better understand the world around them; and allows them to move through life with a sense of balance while focusing overall on feeling like the best version of themselves.
Brent, a licensed mental health psychotherapist with over 9 years of experience, navigates individuals through substance use, mental health challenges, and trauma healing. Employing a trauma-informed, person-centered approach, Brent integrates various modalities including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), EMDR, Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping), Polyvagal Theory, and Gestalt therapy. Passionate about educating through psycho-educational therapy groups, he equips individuals with the tools and language necessary for a fulfilling life. Brent is also a full-time geek, seamlessly weaving the intersection of pop culture and psychology into his teaching style, offering a unique perspective that enhances his therapeutic approach.
Amber Vantze is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 10 years of experience helping individuals, couples, and families reach their goals. She specializes in solutions including emotion regulation, trauma resolution, psychedelic therapies and integration, and nervous system balancing. She utilizes evidence-based practices such as DBT and EMDR as well as cutting edge somatic modalities including Brainspotting and Psychedelic Somatic Interactional Psychotherapy. Amber provides a warm, welcoming, and accepting environment where her clients feel safe to learn and grow. She is passionate about helping her clients learn to utilize skills between sessions to increase their personal agency and resilience
Dr. Stephanie Scott
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 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, LMHC, BC-DMT, is a skilled psychotherapist with over 14 years of experience in the mental health field. She offers an embodied approach to counseling which goes beyond traditional talk therapy, by integrating unique techniques into her practice such as dance/movement therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, yoga and mindfulness.
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. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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. 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
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. 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.
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 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 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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