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: Person-centered, 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 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

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. 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

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

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

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 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

Deana Bologna, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Deana holds a limited permit license 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

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

Melissa Herbe, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Melissa holds a limited permit license to practice mental health counseling in New York state. She completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and bachelor’s degree in Psychology Adelphi University. Melissa 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 

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

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

Sharice Osei, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Sharice holds a limited permit license to practice as a mental health counselor in New York state. Sharice completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Touro College and bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She has worked as a counselor at a youth service center in Manhattan where she helped young people connect to needed resources. She also has served as a clinician at a mental health agency where she worked one on one with adolescents and adults addressing mental health concerns. Through Sharice’s training and experience, she has developed a comprehensive understanding of the complex needs that support mental health as well as targeted interventions to address mental health symptoms that interfere with resilience. Sharice has a specific interest in working with BIPOC clients struggling with anxiety and depression and aims to create a therapy space where the stigma around seeking mental health support can be dispelled for all individuals. Sharice prioritizes offering her clients respect and compassion, and she enjoys supporting clients who may be accessing mental health counseling services for the first time. Sharice is known for her respectful demeanor, understanding of differences, and warmth.

Primary therapeutic orientations: Person-centered, CBT, DBT

Jada Pollock, MHC-LP

Associate Counselor

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Jada holds a limited permit license to practice as a mental health counselor in New York State. Jada completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling 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

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 to practice license 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

Jennifer Yepes, MHC

Mental Health Counseling Intern

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Jennifer is a Certified School Counselor in New York state. She holds an advanced certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Alfred University and is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200). Jennifer completed her master’s degree in School Counseling at CW Post Long Island University and bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish at New York University. Jennifer has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families providing counseling services in the school setting and looks forward to working more closely with the community as a mental health counselor. She deeply understands the importance of nurturing the social and emotional development of children and adolescents as well as the impact of mental health symptoms on all members of the family. She enjoys working with adolescents and adults to mediate life’s stressors, set goals, and manage anxiety by using mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. She can help parents learn how to best support their young ones while also supporting themselves. Jennifer is known for her welcoming and calming nature as well as enthusiasm for health and wellness. Jennifer is bilingual and offers counseling in both English and Spanish.

Primary therapeutic interventions: Person, Centered, CBT, Mindfulness

Administrative Staff

Nicole Jimenez

Administrative Assistant

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Bio coming soon!


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