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.

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

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 working 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

Liam Amoroso, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Liam holds a limited permit 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 three 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

Meghan Barcellos, LMHC

Staff 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

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

Deana Bologna, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Deana holds a limited permit to practice mental health counseling in New York state. Deana completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at New York University and bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice at Marist College. Deana has three years of experience working in the mental health field. She has experience working in case management as well as a domestic violence agencies where she learned the intricacies of family court proceedings and community support services. She developed crisis management skills and an ability to delve into deeper mental health issues in her work at a private practice agency in Manhattan. Deana focuses on reducing negative symptoms to enhance opportunities for growth and healing by exploring the narrative of her client’s story. She offers clients the opportunity to create a collaborative relationship that fosters trust, authenticity, and deep self-reflection. She is known for her diligence, professionalism, collaborative approach, and ability to adapt quickly.

Primary therapeutic approaches: Person-centered, CBT, Narrative

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. 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

Jhanelle Delisser, LMHC

Staff Counselor

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Jhanelle is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. Jhanelle completed her master’s degree in mental health counseling at Adelphi University and bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She has four years of experience working with an intensive community treatment team to support individuals with severe mental illness and four years of experience at a center for early childhood development and learning. In her early career, she assisted on a research project studying racial identity and the impacts of racial discrimination on physical and mental health. Her training and experience have helped to inform an approach that is forward-looking and supportive. She enjoys helping clients build confidence, shift their internal narratives, and make changes in their choices and lifestyles. She is known for her uplifting attitude, encouraging words, and unconditional positive regard.

Primary therapeutic orientations: Person-centered, Trauma-focused, CBT, Strengths-based

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

Melissa Herbe, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Melissa holds a limited permit to practice mental health counseling in New York state. She completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at bachelor’s degree in Psychology Adelphi University. Melissa has four years of experience in the field of mental health. She began her career serving as as a learning strategist supporting individuals on the autism spectrum where she learned the importance of supporting and understanding neurodiversity. She also worked for over a year in a college community counseling center delivering mental health services to adolescents and adults dealing with mental health crises and ongoing concerns including anxiety, depression, life stressors, relationship issues, and past trauma. Through Melissa’s education and training, she has developed a mindset that is attuned to diversity and nuance, with attention to the mind, body, soul connection. She is highly capable of holding space for each client’s unique background and allows clients to explore the different aspects of themselves in a safe and collaborative approach. Melissa works with past experiences that may be contributing to psychological distress in the present, while also addressing current pressing concerns. Melissa is known for her active listening, compassion, patience, strong intuition, and calming presence.

Primary therapeutic orientation: Psychodynamic, CBT, Humanistic 

Alyssa Jaffe, LMHC

Staff Counselor

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Alyssa is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. Alyssa completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at SUNY Old Westbury and bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science at Mercy College. Prior to working in private practice, Alyssa worked at a substance use treatment program treating co-occuring mental health and substance use disorders. Alyssa is a Certified Alcohol and Substand Abuse Counselor (CASAC) and is working towards a postgraduate certificate in nutrition and integrative medicine for mental health from Adelphi University. Through her education and training, she has developed an advanced skill in the assessment of mental health and substance use disorders and an active appreciation for the importance of collaboration with other healthcare providers and treatment modalities. She enjoys helping clients determine their goals and identify the first steps toward making a change. She actively supports clients on their journeys of recovery and healing and works to identify complementary strategies for supporting mental health. Alyssa is known for her resourcefulness and openness as well as her kind heart and discerning spirit.

Primary therapeutic approaches: Person-centered, CBT, Holistic

Rochelle Marshall, LMHC

Staff 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: Person-centered, Existential, Psychodynamic, Trauma-focused, CBT, DBT, Feminist

Christine Nizza, LMHC

Staff Counselor

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Christine is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. Christine completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Iona College. She has over six years of experience working with diverse populations in community mental health treatment programs and inpatient hospital settings. She has developed expertise in assessing and treating a range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, and severe persistent mental illness for adolescents and adults. Through her training and experience, Christine has developed a keen ability to help clients understand how their coping strategies and thinking patterns affect their day to day feelings, choices, and relationships. She enjoys approaching therapy with a sense of teamwork and collaboration to help clients find strategies for the present and plan for the future. She is an advocate and cheerleader for her clients. Christine known for her adaptability, reliability, creativity, lighthearted humor, and collaborative spirit.

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

Jada Pollock, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Jada holds a limited permit to practice as a mental health counselor in New York State. Jada completed her master’s degree at Queens College of the City University of New York and bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Old Westbury. She has worked on inpatient and outpatient units in the Northwell Health behavioral health department and has served as a member of an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team in the New York metropolitan area where she provided intensive home-based counseling with individuals experiencing serious mental illness. Jada has used her strong clinical intuition and inquisitive mind to develop strong assessment and intervention tools for individuals experiencing anxiety and depression and other mental health concerns. She has an interest in helping clients understand how various aspects of identity impact mental health and well being and seeks to empower clients to see and achieve their potential. Jada enjoys working with clients who can get on board with the idea of seeking help as a power move rather than a sign of failure. Jada is known for her welcoming presence, open-mindedness, dedication, and clear insights.

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

Monique Washington-Soodan, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Monique holds a limited permit 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


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