Team

We are a team of licensed mental health counselors offering compassionate and thoughtful individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, and group therapy. We each have unique skills and and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Supervising Counselors

Jennifer Derri, LMHC

Director of Services

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Jennifer is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. She completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at the City College of the City University of New York and bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Adelphi University. She has over a decade of experience in the field of mental health, including the development and study of therapeutic interventions at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the delivery of mental health counseling services in hospitals, primary care clinics, and substance use treatment programs. Her training and broad experience in research and clinical settings has led her to prioritize an integrated understanding of mental health, to closely monitor progress, and to accurately assess therapeutic outcomes. She enjoys helping clients better understand their emotions and get to know themselves through a lens that is validating and compassionate. At the same time, she will actively challenge and gently confront clients on thought or behavioral patterns that keep them stuck. She actively works with individuals, couples, and families to develop their relational capacity. She is known for her nurturing energy, analytical mind, off-the-cuff metaphors, and open heart.

Primary therapeutic approaches: Schema Therapy, Internal Family Systems, CBT, DBT, Narrative, Feminist

Rochelle Marshall, LMHC

Supervising Counselor

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Rochelle is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. Rochelle completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the City College of the City University of New York. She has a postgraduate certificate in psychodynamic psychotherapy from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and six years of experience working in substance use treatment, integrated healthcare, and mental health clinics. She transferred to work in private practice after serving as a senior clinician at a mental health clinic providing services to people living wtih HIV and other chronic illness. Her training and experience has developed her ability to help clients understand how family systems and systems of oppression impact their understanding of themselves and others. She enjoys helping clients figure out who they are, what gives their lives meaning and purpose, and how to cope with what it means to exist as a human being. She is known for her unconditional acceptance, non-judgmental stance, sense of curiosity, and gentle compassion with a touch of humor.

Primary therapeutic approaches: Somatic, Existential, Psychodynamic, Trauma-focused, CBT, DBT, Feminist

Meghan Barcellos, LMHC

Supervising Counselor

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Meghan is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. Meghan completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Long Island University at C.W. Post and bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Sacred Heart University. She has over five years of experience working in the mental health field. She has worked at various mental health agencies, including residential treatment, personalized recovery oriented services (PROS) programs, and private practice. She has experience working with children and adolescents showing emotional or behavioral concerns, including anxiety or depression related to ADHD, adoption, divorce, or other unique concerns. Meghan is also a Certified First Responder Counselor and has a special interest helping law enforcement officers and other first responders work through their specific traumas and experiences. Meghan has developed a personalized approach to treatment that creates an atmosphere where clients feel they can truly be themselves. She enjoys collaborating with clients to approach the deep healing work of therapy, but she also leaves room for therapy to be fun. She is known for her empathy and lightheartedness, but also for the ambition and commitment she brings to the care she provides to clients.

Primary therapeutic approaches: Person-centered, CBT, DBT Strengths-based

Staff Counselors

Marie Arlia, LMHC

Staff Counselor

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Marie is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. She completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Rider University and bachelor’s degree in Psychology at SUNY Old Westbury. Marie also holds a master’s degree in education from Hofstra University. She has over 15 years of experience working as a counselor and educator. She has worked at a number of residential and outpatient behavioral health centers where she provided individual, couples, and family counseling and continues to work as through the City University of New York as an English as a Second Language instructor. She has worked with high-risk youth, formerly incarcerated clients, and clients with substance use concerns. Her clinical expertise has centered around uprooting thought patterns contributing to anxiety and depression and helping couples to reduce conflict, improve communication, repair after infidelity, and build intimacy. Marie enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families to set goals and uncover solutions to their concerns. She understands the courage it takes to be vulnerable with a therapist and is there to support clients every step of the way, using her education background to breakdown the steps of the therapeutic process in a clear way. Marie is known for her sense of humor, honesty, clarity, and warm way of connecting.

Primary therapeutic approaches: Person-Centered, CBT

Angelina Battaglia, LMHC

Staff Counselor

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Angelina is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. Angelina completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at The College of the St. Rose and bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Le Moyne College. She has 10 years of experience in the field of mental health. She has worked in a variety of treatment settings including a residential treatment facility for adolescents, a program offering services to children in foster care, as well as two outpatient mental health and substance use clinics where she worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Angie also has experience coordinating care for insurance companies. Through this training and experience, Angie has developed a strong capacity for working with clients with a wide range of issues, including adults, adolescents, and children and a strong working knowledge of intricate family and social systems. She has a special interest in working with first responders, law enforcement officers, and their families. She enjoys helping clients achieve emotional wellness no matter their stage of life. She is known for her welcoming presence, genuine spirit, non-judgmental mindset, and ability to connect with all ages.

Primary therapeutic approaches: Person-Centered, CBT, Play Therapy

Joseph Buonfiglio, LMHC, CASAC

Staff Counselor

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Joe is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York and is a Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. He obtained his master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Long Island University at C.W. Post and bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at Queens College of the City University of New York. He has over three decades of experience in the field of mental health. He has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families affected by trauma, depression, anxiety, and substance use. He had a long career at Long Beach Medical Center, and served as a crisis counselor following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in the area. His training and experience have given him an in-depth perspective on the various stages of the life and the challenges attached with each of them. He enjoys helping clients deal with life or career obstacles and transitions. He also actively enjoys working with couples, helping them to recognize the stage of development their relationship has reached, heal from hurts such as infidelity or loss, and move their relationship to the next level. He is known for his attuned listening ear, his experienced perspective, and on-point feedback.

Primary therapeutic approaches: Person-centered, CBT, Strengths-based, Solution Focused

Randi Giebel, LMHC

Staff Counselor

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Randi is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. She completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Long Island University at C.W. Post and bachelor’s degree in Psychology at SUNY College at Old Westbury. She has nearly three decades of experience in the field of mental health, including providing services to families in crisis, individuals with severe mental illness, and at-risk college students. She served as the program supervisor at a residential treatment program and managed a county-wide community housing program for individuals with mental health and substance use concerns. In addition offering therapy privately, she works as a college counselor supporting students in the college setting. She has developed a strong skill in family assessment and treatment with a specialty in addressing the concerns and needs of adolescents and young adults. She enjoys helping clients and families develop self-awareness and skill in their relationships. She is known for her strong clinical intuition, welcoming attitude, and targeted interventions.

Primary therapeutic approaches: Person-centered, CBT, Strengths-based

Nicole Nunziata, LMHC

Staff Counselor

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Nicole is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. Nicole completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and bachelor’s degree in Psychology at SUNY Old Westbury. She has worked as a private practitioner for the past three years and has five years of experience working at a residential facility for individuals with severe mental illness where she serves as a Senior Counselor. She has developed a strong capacity to provide support to her clients wherever they are at in their process of growth and change, and she keenly knows how to support family members of loved ones with mental health concerns, including developmental disabilities, severe and persistent mental health concerns, or cognitive issues such as Alzheimer’s. She enjoys working with clients who are ready to face their challenges and overcome them. Nicole is known for her empathy, active supportive strategies, and intuitive listening.

Primary therapeutic approaches: Person-centered, CBT, Strengths-based

Colleen O’Donnell, LCAT

Staff Counselor

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Colleen is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in New York State. She has her Master’s Degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from SUNY Plattsburgh. She has additional training in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from the Institute for Expressive Analysis and a Certificate in Addictions Counseling from Molloy College. She has four decades of experience working with adults with mental health issues, chronic and severe, individually and in groups. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient programs and provided crisis support for those affected by Superstorm Sandy and has maintained a private practice working with individuals committed to their personal growth for several decades. Her experience has given her a deep understanding of the multiple levels of trauma that affect people. Colleen has an intuitive ability to facilitate the safe expression of emotion in direct and creative ways. Colleen enjoys helping individuals draw on their inner strengths to realize their full potential for themselves and in their relationships. Her belief is that therapy is a place for individuals to make deeper connections within themselves and with others through guided self-exploration. She is known for her genuine caring, acceptance, attuned listening and commitment to helping others.

Primary therapeutic approaches: Art Therapy, Person Centered, Strengths-based, Psychodynamic

Padmini Singh Jagpal, LMHC

Staff Counselor

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Bio coming soon!

Associate Counselors

Liam Amoroso, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Liam holds a limited permit license to practice as a mental health counselor in New York State. Liam completed his master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and bachelor’s degree in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Liam has five years of experience working as a mental health counselor, including individual and group counseling for LGBTQ youth, adults with chronic mental health issues, and co-occuring substance and mental health issues. Liam has worked in outpatient and residential treatment settings and has provided services on an assertive community treatment (ACT) team in the Greater New York metropolitan area. Liam has developed an integrative approach that helps clients develop introspective insights that give them a deeper understanding of themselves. Liam enjoys working with clients who may be struggling with their sense of self. He works well with individuals and couples who are seeking to resolve the early traumatic experiences that shaped the way they relate to themselves and the world. Liam is known for his patience, kindness, professionalism, and open-mindedness.

Primary therapeutic approaches: Person-centered, CBT, Psychodynamic

Cerita Asante, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Cerita holds a limited permit license to practice mental health counseling in New York state. Cerita completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Iona College and bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. Cerita built the foundation of her therapeutic approach in the college counseling setting where she assisted young adults and adolescents dealing with trauma, stress, anxiety, and depression. Cerita additionally has experience providing remote support to older adults in the community as well as working as a substitute teacher in local schools. Cerita has a specific interest in supporting teenagers and young adults who identify as first-generation immigrants. She seeks to join clients on the journey of self-discovery. Cerita is passionate about helping clients reclaim the right to feel their feelings in order to build self-esteem and trust in themselves. She connects deeply to client’s stories and uses the understanding of a client’s family constellation to help clients find clarity. Cerita is known for being authentic, personable, and engaging as well as thoughtful in all that she does.

Primary therapeutic approaches: Person-centered, CBT, Psychodynamic

Ariana Chotkowski, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Ariana holds a limited permit license to practice mental health counseling in New York state. She completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Adelphi University and bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Hofstra University. Ariana entered into the mental health field with an interest in forensic psychology and worked in several law offices as well as the Queens Misdemeanor Treatment Court before shifting her focus to providing one-on-one mental health support. Ariana worked as a crisis counselor for the national Crisis Text Line and as a mental health counselor in a private practice for the past year. Ariana has developed a strong interest in helping clients affected by trauma, including abuse, neglect, or assault, leading to chronic anxiety, depression, or other concerns. She has a specific interest in helping clients recover from sexual assault and helping couples learn how to develop sexual intimacy in relationships. Ariana works with adolescents and adults on developing a healthy internal narrative and become their own best advocates. Ariana is known for her compassion, commitment, and focus on empowerment.

Primary therapeutic orientation: Trauma-informed CBT, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness

Jatarra Ellis, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Jatarra holds a limited permit license to practice mental health counseling in New York state. She completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Springfield University and bachelor’s degree in Psychology at University of Bridgeport. Jatarra has experience working in a residential mental health treatment setting for adolescent boys and in a private practice where she treated a range of general mental health concerns in adolescents and adults. Jatarra prior provided caregiving in residences for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and senior care homes. Jatarra is a highly dedicated caring professional with a passion for developing therapeutic relationships that help clients activate their own inner resilience and strength. Jatarra has a specific interest in helping clients recover from early childhood trauma or traumatic relationship experiences. Jatarra works with adolescents and adults to understand the story arc of their lives and uncover ways of thinking that support a positive path forward. Jatarra is known for her diligence, energetic presence, and kindness.

Primary therapeutic orientations: Person-centered, CBT, Motivational Interviewing

Shuyuan Hu, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Shuyuan holds a limited permit license to practice mental health counseling in New York state. Shuyuan completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Vanderbilt University and bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Central China Normal University. Shuyuan gained her initial experience in the field of mental health counseling at a fast-paced residential substance use treatment facility, where she developed a dexterous and responsive approach to client needs. Shuyuan gained further experience in a private practice where she worked with adolescents and adults dealing with anger, grief, anxiety, and depression. Shuyuan has experience supporting college students, including international students adjusting to the college system, and Shuyuan is passionate about supporting LGBTQ+BIPOC clients. Her approach centers the belief that a strong therapeutic relationship is the key to successful treatment outcomes with the understanding that it is through nurturing connections with others that we develop new ways of understanding and more creative ways of coping. Shuyuan offers therapy in English and Mandarin. Shuyuan is known for her deeply attuned and respectful listening, welcoming connection, and dedication.

Primary therapeutic orientations: Person-Centered, Multicultural, CBT, DBT

John Mahramas, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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John holds a limited permit license to practice mental health counseling in New York state. John completed his master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Long Island University and bachelor’s degree in Psychology at SUNY Old Westbury. John developed his therapeutic skills in an outpatient substance use treatment facility where he worked with adults and adolescents on addressing concerns at the intersection of mental health and addiction – including anxiety, depression, and personality disorders. John also has a background in business and understands the nuances and pressures faced by small business owners and professionals juggling work and life balance. John enjoys working with individuals and couples who are seeking to convert stress into a sense of satisfaction with their accomplishments. He also works with adolescents who are getting to know themselves and beginning develop a sense of direction and purpose for their life. John offers keen perspectives and is known for his understanding, patience and honesty.

Primary therapeutic orientation: CBT, REBT, Motivational Interviewing

Ruth Ann Militrano, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Ruth Ann holds a limited permit license to practice as a mental health counselor in New York State. Ruth Ann completed her master’s degree in mental health counseling at Adelphi University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Adelphi University with a concentration in art therapy. Ruth Ann accrued her experience offering individual therapy, group counseling, and crisis intervention to adolescents and adults at an inpatient psychiatric hospital. She has also worked with neurodiverse college students offering tailored services to assist in their acclimation to the higher education setting. Ruth Ann developed skills to actively support clients struggling with grief, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, stress, and anger management. Ruth Ann places high importance on the therapeutic alliance and strongly believes in the importance of creating a safe space for self-exploration. Ruth Ann is known for her multicultural sensitivity, calm personable presence, active compassion, flexibility, and initiative. 

Primary therapeutic approaches: Mindfulness, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Person-Centered

Elizabeth Morrison, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Elizabeth holds a limited permit license to practice mental health counseling in New York state. Elizabeth completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Molloy College and bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the College of New Rochelle. Elizabeth has over 13 years of experience working in the field of human services and mental health. She has worked closely with adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities including providing direct support as well as medical liaison and advocacy services, and she currently serves as a residential manager overseeing support staff and ensuring health and safety of all residents. Elizabeth also has experience treating adults with serious mental illness at an intensive outpatient clinic as well as experience treating children and adolescents at Molly’s community counseling center. Elizabeth focuses on providing deep empathy and helping clients discover what their life means to them and how each part of their life serves a purpose. She has a particular interest in working with adolescents and adults who are adjusting to new stages in their lives. She is known for her consistency, transparency, dedication, and ability to provide unconditional positive regard.

Primary therapeutic orientation: Person-Centered, Existential, CBT

Robert Popp, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Robert holds a limited permit license to practice as a mental health counselor in New York State. Robert completed his master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Queens College of the City University of New York. Robert was spurred to begin a career in the field of mental health after observing the impacts of Hurricane Sandy on the mental health of community members. Robert began his experience as a psychiatric technician on the floor of an inpatient hospital unit. Robert also accrued experience working with children on the autism spectrum using applied behavioral analysis before transitioning to working with adolescents and adults in an outpatient community mental health and substance abuse clinic. Robert’s exposure to various treatment settings has informed his understanding of the way mental health concerns affect individuals and their loved ones. Robert offers valuable perspective to clients who benefit from his ability to provide empathy and constructive feedback. Robert specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples who are struggling in their relationships. He is known for his humor, ability to speak the truth with kindness, and non-judgmental warmth.

Primary therapeutic approaches: Person-centered, CBT

Brooke Postl, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Brooke holds a limited permit license to practice mental health counseling in New York state. Brooke completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Adelphi University. Brooke is passionate about working with adolescents and adults and has accrued her training experience in a private practice setting where she assisted clients struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, grief, and life transitions. Brooke also has direct experience working with children and adolescents in childcare and educational settings as well as young adults on the autism spectrum adjusting to the college setting. Brooke emphasizes the collaborative process of psychotherapy by helping client’s access self-knowledge. She believes that each client is the expert on themselves. Brooke aims to help clients find a deeper understanding of themselves by exploring how choices in their relationships impact their quality of life. She uses an integrated approach to help clients cope with current symptoms while exploring the root issues contributing to present day struggles. Brooke is known for her kindness, relatability, reflective mind, and adaptive interventions.

Primary therapeutic interventions: Psychodynamic, CBT, Integrated

Chelsea Reyes, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Chelsea holds a limited permit license to practice as a mental health counselor in New York State. Chelsea completed her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Medaille College and bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies at SUNY Purchase. Chelsea has two years of experience working as a mental health counselor, including individual as well as volunteer work for LGBTQ adolescents and adults. Chelsea has worked in private practice settings providing services in New York. Throughout Chelsea’s education and experiences she has developed an integrative approach with an emphasis on intersectionality, to address the multifaceted nature of clients, issues, and the world. Chelsea supports clients developing a deeper connection and understanding of themselves and the environment. Chelsea enjoys working with clients who identify as LGBTQ+ BIPOC as well as individuals in non-traditional relationship dynamics, specifically BDSM, sex work, kink/fetish, and polyamorous relationships. She strongly believes individuals and couples in non-traditional relationship dynamics can benefit from therapy that is open, safe, and judgment free. Chelsea is known for her open-mindedness, humor and creativity in facilitating connections and problem solving.

Primary therapeutic approaches: Person-centered, CBT, Intersectional

Monique Washington-Soodan, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Monique holds a limited permit license to practice as a mental health counselor in New York State. Monique completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Long Island University Post. She has worked in residential and outpatient treatment settings offering therapy and crisis intervention to adults and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and the lasting effects of trauma. Monique has experience working as a foster care case planner and providing support to families who have a child, adolescent, or parent experiencing mental health concerns. Monique has developed a strong interest in supporting women throughout the lifespan, including supporting pregnant and new mothers as well as women experiencing pregnancy loss or other life-altering events leading to grief. Monique has an interest in helping clients work through life’s difficult transitions and seeks to provide the space for clients to develop healthier self-concepts, stronger self-esteem, and more fulfilling relationships. Monique enjoys working with clients who may never have gotten support from someone who is willing to understand their feelings and provide a compassionate listening ear. Monique is known for her joyful and nurturing energy, calm and steady presence, and keen listening ear.

Primary therapeutic approaches: Person-Centered, Trauma-focused, CBT, Mindfulness, Strengths-based

Tatiana Wilson, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Tatiana holds a limited permit license to practice as a mental health counselor in New York State. Tatiana completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Nyack College and bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Broward College. Tatiana has three years of experience working as a trauma therapist with a non-profit organization serving victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Tatiana also has experience working as a crisis counselor for the New York City crisis hotline. Working with survivors and individuals in crisis has informed Tatiana’s understanding of how clients can resiliently respond to many life stressors, including family conflict, relationship issues, or work-related stress, and heal from past trauma. Tatiana helps clients develop a positive mindset and overcome irrational thought patterns and impulsive behaviors that may have served to protect them in the past but now can be let go. Tatiana is known for her active, forward moving approach delivered with deep empathy and compassion.

Primary therapeutic orientation: Trauma-focused CBT, REBT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness

Counseling Interns

Shivani Rambrich, MHC

Mental Health Counseling Intern

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Bio coming soon!

Primary therapeutic interventions: Person-Centered, Narrative, CBT

Administrative Staff

Amanda Galindo, BA

Administrative Assistant

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Amanda holds a B.A. in Psychology from Kent State University. Amanda has an interest growing into a more clinical role in the field of mental health counseling with specific interest in horticultural therapy, where caring for plants and gardens is centered as a therapeutic intervention. Amanda is known for the care and attention she provides to all of our indoor office plants as well as the kindness, warmth, and diligent assistance she offers to new therapy seekers as well as established clients in the practice.


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