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David Guggenheim, PsyD

National Director of Psychotherapy

Dr. David Guggenheim is an experienced clinical psychologist and health care administrator. He has worked with patients at different stages of life, including children, adolescents, and adults, and he has treated patients living with a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use, and attention deficient hyperactivity disorder.

Dr. Guggenheim has specific training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and foundational training in dialectical behavioral therapy. Prior to joining Talkiatry, Dr. Guggenheim served as the Chief Behavioral Health Officer at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York City, specializing in LGBTQ+ health care. In that role, he oversaw teams of providers including psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers, who collectively provided care to thousands of patients in the New York metropolitan area.  While at Callen-Lorde, he also served as co-chair for the behavioral health subcommittee of the Community Health Center Association of New York State; worked as an Adjunct Professor at Post University; and performed volunteer clinical work at the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights.

Before joining Callen-Lorde, Dr. Guggenheim worked as Associate Chief Behavioral Health Officer at Community Health Center, Inc., a federally qualified health center in Connecticut.A recognized expert, Dr. Guggenheim has delivered lectures to audiences ranging from medical schools to corporate executives, and he has been quoted in national media including The Advocate, Yahoo Finance, and Teen Vogue.  Dr. Guggenheim has also been honored with an Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association in 2016.  Dr. Guggenheim received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut in 2002 and his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University/Washington, DC in 2009.

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Joseph Smith, LMHC

Staff Therapist, Clinical Lead

Joseph Smith, LMHC, earned his Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University in 2015 and has worked with patients in a clinical capacity for the past six years. While in graduate school, he was exposed to various clinical and research experiences, where he found his passion in examining the motivational factors of human behavior. Joseph's academic work strengthened his interest to work with individuals in a therapeutic capacity, which ultimately led to advanced experiential training in crisis interventions and the treatment of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Before relocating to New York City, he worked with individuals in under-served communities in the Appalachian region.

Joseph subscribes to a humanistic, motivational enhancement, and cognitive behavioral framework. Understanding the benefit of therapeutic rapport, Joseph fosters an environment of self-acceptance and self-awareness while promoting intrinsic motivation for patients to act as their own catalyst of change. In addition, Joseph has a passion for working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, the LGBTQIA+ community, women with reproductive challenges, and victims of domestic violence.

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Geoffrey Edelstein, LCSW

Staff Therapist, Clinical Lead

Geoffrey Edelstein, LCSW, is a Licensed Certified Social Worker. His practice is informed by the latest neuro-cognitive sciences, emphasizing anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health conditions. In addition to working with children, adolescents, and adults, he also works with couples and families. Geoffrey also has experience working with LGBTQ+ clients.

Geoffrey received his Master’s in Social Work from New York University Silver School of Social Work. Before that, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Drew University.

Geoffrey’s experience includes Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy, but his unique approach to therapy also integrates music, writing, drawing, and origami.

In crafting a treatment plan, Geoffrey draws on his years of clinical experience from Four Winds Hospital. There, Geoffrey served as the Coordinator of Children’s Services and facilitated care for children ages 8-13 in a Dialectical Behavior Therapy group setting. Geoffrey also worked with adults and adolescents in Four Wind’s inpatient units. Prior to this, Geoffrey worked in respite services at Family Services of Westchester and the Federally Qualified Health Center of the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association.

Geoffrey is committed to delivering quality mental health services to his patients and is passionate about helping them reach their goals.

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Maria-Anne Duncan, LCSW

Staff Therapist, Clinical Lead

Maria-Anne Duncan, LCSW-R holds the position of psychotherapist at Talkiatry. She has over twenty years experience working with individuals, families and groups addressing symptoms of anxiety, depression and trauma. Before joining Talkiarty, Ms. Duncan worked as a Director of Clinical Services for a not-for-profit in the Hudson Valley Region of New York State.  Prior to that, Ms. Duncan worked for a local hospital in the psychiatric department providing treatment to the Inpatient and Outpatient units. She has held several positions as a clinician and program director. Additionally, Ms. Duncan has taught parenting classes, Mental Health First Aid and  provides training on Trauma-Informed Care. Ms. Duncan started her career as a clinician in a Crime Victims' Assistance Program funded by New York State.  Through this experience she began to explore the effects of trauma on individuals, their families and the community.  

Ms. Duncan has been trained in both EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and SE (Somatic Experiencing).  She utilizes these body-focused therapies to help her clients be released from years of painful energies locked in their systems. Ms. Duncan received her Bachelors Degree from Marist College and her Masters from Fordham University.  She has been trained to supervise Social Work Students in their field placements.  Ms. Duncan appeared in the Vassar College student developed training video, "He said, She said" which is used to train peer sexual assault counselors.  In April of 2022, she became a trainer for LivingWorks "SafeTALK" program.  Additionally, Ms. Duncan has a trained therapy dog, Monkey, who goes with her to local hospitals and nursing homes to provide comfort and affection.

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Jessenia Aguirre, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Jessenia Aguirre earned her master’s degree in Counseling from Mercy College in 2015 and has worked as a bilingual clinician for the past 6 years. She has clinical experience in the treatment of those with anxiety, mood disorders, and trauma. Jessenia utilizes a blend of Cognitive Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused, Narrative Therapy, and Psychoeducation in her work. Jessenia has worked in variety of settings including outpatient specialty clinics, community mental health clinics, large non-profits, and private practice.  

Jessenia truly believes that individuals who have the motivation to improve and courage to seek growth through vulnerability and hard work can accomplish all of their goals.

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David Arabie, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

David Arabie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist who has extensive experience working in the mental health field. David has worked directly with clients from various demographics and in various clinical settings, from inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice, to working with the incarcerated. David has a long history of working with clients with an array of mental health conditions and challenges, from mood disorders, adjustment-related issues, addiction, family dynamics, relationship issues, emotional trauma, behavioral issues, anger management, and clinical anxiety and depression. He has a working knowledge of psychotropic medications to help with med-compliance and treatment barriers. David obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Houston Clear Lake in Houston, Texas.

David has been practicing as an LPC for 19 years but has also worked as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor before obtaining his LPC. Working with David, treatment is tailored to the individual, so the goals of therapy can be met, and the client can experience a sense of vested interest in their own emotional contentment and growth.

David uses an eclectic approach to therapy, with a strong foundation in Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. Personally, David is a musician, community theater actor, educator, coach, and swim official.

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Violetta Aranda, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Violetta Aranda, LPC is a native South Texan and second generation Mexican- American.  She is a 2011 graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas and obtained full LPC licensure in Texas in August of 2017.  Her practice focuses on cognitive behavioral modalities within a humanistic client centered approach to foster healing through self-acceptance and self-awareness. She has over a decade worth’s experience working within the mental health field and fifteen years working directly with children and adolescents in various capacities.

Before joining Talkiatry, Miss Aranda practiced exclusively within the community health sector and these experiences provided the opportunity to become fully immersed in Trauma and Crisis Management and fostered the passion for evolving research in the treatment of trauma informed care. She now aspires to utilize these allocated experiences and passion for the field to promote mental health awareness, client advocacy, and quality of care.

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Ethan Bardell, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Ethan Bardell holds the position of Psychotherapist at Talkiatry.  He completed both his undergraduate and graduate training at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Ethan obtained his BS in Rehabilitative Sciences and Human Services with a concentration in developmental disabilities. Ethan then completed his MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Ethan has a strong background in community mental health work, where he has worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups using a client centered approach that is both gentle and supportive.  In sessions, Ethan works to create a welcoming space where individuals can both process and make sense of their unique experiences, while using a combination of modalities to best fit the needs of each individual.

Ethan has a true passion and interest in treating a wide array of psychiatric  disorders including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, dual disorder and substance use issues and various personality disorders.

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Keesha Barthelemy, LMHC

Staff Therapist

Keesha Barthelemy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Level-2. She has extensive experience working in the mental health, and addictions field with adolescents, emerging adults, adults, and families.  Keesha has worked directly with clients of various demographics, living with a variety of mental health conditions. She obtained her Undergraduate degree in Psychology from Hofstra University on Long Island, NY, and graduate degree from Mercy University in Westchester, NY.


Keesha has been practicing for 3 years as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, focusing on anxiety, mood disorders, addictions and families. Treatment is tailored to the individual; with a foundation in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior-Therapy, and Mindfulness.  Furthermore, Keesha has experience working with individuals seeking Faith-based Therapy, with a focus on Christianity and Catholicism.  
Keesha’s vast clinical background has assisted in her development as a well-rounded counselor.  She prides herself on possessing great interpersonal skills, and building therapeutic relationships in an effort to assist with growth, healing, and flourishment.

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Paula Bennett, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Paula Bennett, LPC, has been in practice for over 20 years. She specializes in CBT and individual therapy. Paula strives to provide a client-centered approach based on the individual’s needs.

Paula has a specific passion for victims of trauma. As a teen and young adult, she struggled with depression. There weren’t many treatment options at that time but she found a counselor who inspired her to help other with mental health issues.

Outside of work, Paula is known to enjoy reading, swimming, animals, spending time with family and watching movies. She also loves being able to help people and watch them grow.

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Shivani Borhara, LMFT

Staff Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Shivani M. Borhara is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who has been providing therapy to individuals and couples for the past 10 years. Shivani has a background in trauma and has worked with a diverse population of clients with a variety of issues and mental health struggles.

Shivani attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY to obtain her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and Queens College in Flushing, NY for her Master’s in Psychology, where she taught as an adjunct professor for undergraduate students. Shivani has also spent time bringing mental health resources and trainings to the NYC public school system. She is very passionate about mental health and helping individuals through the tough times in life.

Shivani’s approach is collaborative and she tends to focus on Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused Interventions. She does explore childhood traumas if they are related to current issues. Shivani believes that there is no one size fits all model, and meets individuals where they are in their journey. Shivani focuses on normalizing anxiety and stress, while allowing one to move forward in life.

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Sunny Bowers, LPC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Sunny Bowers is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) based in the state of Ohio.
She holds an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
from Kent State University, complemented by a graduate degree in a Master of Arts in
Education with a focus in Clinical Counseling from Malone University.


With a rich professional background spanning over 10 years, Sunny has dedicated her expertise
to working with diverse populations, including adults, first responders, and teenagers. Her scope
of practice covers all phases of addiction, trauma and mood disorders with a particular
emphasis on addressing issues related to depression, anxiety, adjustment concerns, and
relational difficulties.


Sunny's therapeutic approach places a strong emphasis on the value of the therapeutic
relationship. Recognizing the pivotal role of comfort and trust in the therapeutic process, she
believes that lasting change is built on authentic exploration. Sunny employs several different
therapeutic approaches, tailoring her methods to individual needs. Grounded in the
development of insight and awareness, her overarching goal is to support empowerment and
personal freedom for her clients.


Sunny is enthusiastic about the prospect of working collaboratively with individuals seeking
positive change and personal growth. If you're looking for a therapist who values authenticity
and is dedicated to supporting your journey towards lasting change.

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Jacqueline Miller, LPCC

Staff Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Jacqueline Bowling began her counseling career in 2013, and for the past 7 years, she has worked in Outpatient Services, working with all ages and all mental illnesses as well. Prior to Outpatient Services, she worked with In-Home Services providing counseling services with individuals as well as their natural support system.

Jacqueline got her Undergraduate and Master's degree in Education and Human Services, completed in December 2013, at the University of Lindsey Wilson, Columbia Kentucky. In June of 2021, she became Clinic Coordinator, and in October 2021 she completed training for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor.

She is currently a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Texas and Kentucky. Her areas of professional focus are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Solution Focused, along with integrating other clinical modalities to fit the needs of clients/patients as they work towards meeting goals/objectives.

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Kaitlyn Brady, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

After receiving my bachelor’s in psychology from SUNY New Paltz in 2013, I worked as a medical assistant with individuals with developmental disabilities. From there, I recognized the need to promote mental health and a balanced way of living. I completed my master’s in clinical Mental Health Counseling through Walden University in 2021.

My goal is to guide individuals towards cultivating their own sense of independence, ability to utilize healthy coping strategies, and regain control over their lives. I work with children, adolescents, teenagers, adults, couples, and families as they begin their journey through processing adjustment changes, anxiety, depression, anger, grief, trauma, among other symptoms. Through the therapeutically proven interventions from CBT, DBT, person-centered therapy, and mindfulness, we can begin to explore triggers, symptoms, and challenges in a safe, respectful environment.

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Brittany Bridges, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Brittany Bridges received her Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as her Masters (MS) in Mental Health Counseling, from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Ms. Bridges is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) for the state of North Carolina as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Ms. Bridges utilizes an array of therapeutic modalities and techniques based on the needs of the clients including but not limited to, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Solution Focused Therapy.  

Ms. Bridges’ prior experience entails working in a clinical outpatient setting and on a North Carolina college campus where she’s treated a variety of mental health conditions. She leads with openness and empathy as she strives to provide a safe and respectful environment in which clients from various backgrounds and cultures can explore a myriad of issues. Ms. Bridges enjoys working with a broad range of clients and concerns. Her professional interests include working with young adults, women's issues, diversity and multicultural experiences

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Brittiny Brown, LPC

Staff Therapist

Brittiny is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas and has been in the mental health field since 2018. She has experience working with various demographics and mental health conditions. Brittiny enjoys helping clients reach their full potential and navigate through life, especially during difficult times. She believes in achieving high-quality work as a therapist, which means meeting an individual where they are, without judgement. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family/friends and traveling.

Brittiny attended Prairie View A&M University for her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and stayed for her Master of Arts degree in Counseling. She began working as an Academic Advisor, where she transitioned into working as a therapist in an outpatient treatment center. Brittiny has also worked in a Juvenile Detention Center, where she enjoyed helping misunderstood youth. After Covid, Brittiny transitioned into working as a Telehealth Therapist.

Brittiny’s therapeutic focus includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Holistic Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness techniques. She utilizes a collaborative and holistic approach with her clients, to meet them where they are and help them reach their goals.

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Miranda Brumber, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Miranda Brumber is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, who has extensive experience working in the mental health field. Miranda has worked directly with clients of various demographics, living with a variety of mental health conditions. Miranda attended undergraduate school in Albany, NY, graduate school in Oswego, NY, and attended an internship abroad in London, UK; she continues to travel and obtain knowledge through these experiences.  

Miranda has been practicing for 3 years as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, focusing on mood disorders and chronic challenges including health and physical ailments, which may hinder daily life. Working with Miranda, treatment is tailored to the individual, as there is great effort put into choosing the treatment modality that fits the individual's personal struggles.  

Miranda uses an eclectic approach with a foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, intertwined with mindfulness stemming from her personal practices with yoga and meditation.

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Melissa Buhler, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Melissa knows first-hand how powerful the counseling experience can be. Melissa committed herself to the hard work of deep interpersonal counseling and has a passion to help others build a life of hope, joy, and resiliency.

As an undergraduate, she studied at Toccoa Falls College in the mountains of North Georgia.  She finished her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and began working in the Crisis Stabilization Unit. Melissa assisted with the opening of a psychiatric hospital, advocating for the needs of the patient. She has served in Jerusalem and Africa and strives to be inclusive of everyone as an individual of significant value. Melissa focuses on building a strong rapport with her patients, highlighting their strengths, teaching mindfulness, boundaries, emotional regulation strategies, and often writing trauma narratives. She utilizes Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

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Ana Castro, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Ana Castro, LMHC received a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Queens College, City University of New York. She completed training at F.E.G.S and has worked in community mental health and outpatient hospital-based settings.

Ana has 7 years of experience working with individuals as well as with children and families treating anxiety, depression, family and relationship issues, and other mental health issues. Ana uses methods from psychoanalysis, CBT, DBT along with light supportive therapy in order to provide a person-centered approach. She began by working at New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center working with individuals as well as children and families in a high-risk area, providing family therapy, psychodynamic and behavioral therapy as well as assisting with coordination of care with outside agencies. Ana has worked at St. Joseph’s Outpatient
Behavioral Health Clinic treating patients with various psychiatric illnesses. She has also worked at St. Vincent’s- Westchester Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic providing intake, diagnosis, and individual therapy to a population ranging from adolescent to late adulthood. Ana continues to work towards expanding her knowledge of evidence-based approaches in order to provide the best outcomes.

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Lisa Citarella, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania.  She attended Connecticut College for her undergraduate work and College of St. Joseph for graduate school.  She has worked in the mental health field for 18 years, in a variety of settings including homes, communities, schools, and offices.  During that time, she has worked as a case manager, one-on-one supporter, family therapist, and outpatient therapist.  Lisa's clients have included people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.  She particularly enjoys working with families, adolescents and young adults, and with the LGBTQIA+ population.

Lisa's primary treatment philosophy is that people are doing the best they can with what they know.  With supportive listening, care, and education, people can grow and reach their goals.  She draws on her knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and mindfulness to deliver personalized care for each client.  Lisa is also experienced in working with trauma, and is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

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Leah Clary, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Leah E. Clary is a Licensed Professional counselor at Talkiatry. She has years of experience working with individuals of all ages from childhood to older adults.

Leah E. Clary utilizes an eclectic counseling style. She understands that each and every person is unique and has individual needs, and is willing to adapt to what would benefit the individual. Leah believes that coordinating with all providers is important to achieving successful therapeutic experiences for the length of the engagement.

After receiving her master's degree from Liberty University, Leah participated in an internship in Philadelphia working with first responders for crisis debriefing. While participating in this program, Leah also actively worked as an older adult protective services investigator within the city limits. In order to achieve her goal of becoming an LPC, Leah began working with families in a community-based program focusing on relational components. In this program, Leah worked with therapists of different backgrounds, building on her knowledge of communication techniques and team-based therapy, and even training new team members as needed.

Throughout her professional career, Leah has worked with individuals with various diagnosed and undiagnosed conditions and adapted to their individual needs. Her passion is to assist the underserved demographic of individuals working through infertility issues and processing the idea of adoption.

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Brittney Colf, LMHC

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Brittney is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New York.  She attended SUNY Buffalo where she obtained a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education with a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mental Health Counseling.  Brittney started her career as a School Counselor before making the full time transition to Mental Health Counselor.

Brittney is an empathetic and open-minded clinician, striving to meet her clients where they are, build trust, and maintain a safe, non-judgmental environment. She is experienced and passionate about working with teens and adults with various forms of trauma.  Additionally, Brittney utilizes SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) for families impacted by anxiety and OCD.

understanding of the impact these experiences have on their lives; ultimately finding the resolutions and outcomes they hope for. While EMDR therapy is her primary treatment approach for individuals, or SPACE for families, she also utilizes ACT, Parts Work, Motivational Interviewing, CBT, and others.

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Jill Collum, LCSW

Staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jill Collum, LCSW, got her MSW from the University of South Florida and has eight years as a community-based therapist. She has provided crisis response to children and families, social and emotional learning skills to students in a school-based environment, and support to elders in transitional life stages. Her specialties include trauma, coping skills, self-esteem, family systems, mindfulness, and LGBTQI+ identities. Jill is passionate about human rights and social justice and believes that mental health is a crucial element of both.

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Maria Conklin, LPC

Therapist

Maria Conklin, a licensed professional counselor, graduated with a master’s degree in counseling from Seton Hall University in 2006. With 15 years of experience in community mental health, Maria now specializes in Telehealth, offering compassionate care for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and grief. Drawing from her background as a registered nurse, she addresses both mental and physical issues, integrating CBT and DBT into her supportive psychotherapy practice. Maria is also NCC certified, ensuring quality care for her clients.

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Shannon Curry, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Shannon Curry has been providing mental health therapy since 2016.  She received  her degrees from Plattsburgh State University.  Shannon has worked in a variety of settings from mental health clinics, substance use and addictions clinics, along with providing treatment in correctional facilities. Shannon helped to establish a Medication Assisted Treatment Program for a New York State County Jail.  She also has experience in treating people with issues with gambling.

Shannon uses an eclectic approach in treatment to provide client centered care.  The most common therapeutic styles she uses are DBT, CBT, solution focused, narrative therapy, feminist therapy, and person centered therapy.  Her primary clinical focus has been in treating adults with more serious and persistent mental illness and issues of addiction.

Shannon believes in a holistic approach to therapy and supports people in identifying the more complex factors that contribute to distressing symptoms while focusing on the resiliency human beings possess. Shannon is passionate about helping people advocate and empower themselves and provides a safe place to approach any area of concern. She has the ability to provide a non judgmental space to allow anyone to feel comfortable with disclosing any issues or concerns.

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LaConyer Davis, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Dr. LaConyer Davis is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol & Other Drug Counselor. She possess a Masters Degree in Community Counseling and a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. Dr. Davis is multiculturally competent and utilizes an Integrated theoretical approach to therapy.

Dr. Davis specializes in empowering individuals to adequately handle life situations, reduce stress, experience growth, change behavior, and make well-informed decisions. Last, as a licensed clinician Dr. Davis is equipped to work with people who are experiencing any mental health disorder presented in the DSM v (I.e., Depression, Trauma, Psychosis, Substance use Disorder, Personality Disorders and more).

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Mekayla Davila, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Mekayla Davila is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) who has been in practice for 6 years. She has experience working with many diverse populations and mental health conditions. Mekayla attended graduate school at Teachers College Columbia University where she received an M.A. and M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling. Her education and experience span both psychology and criminal justice fields as she has always been interested in their intersectionality.

In previous roles, Mekayla has worked mostly with children, adolescents, and adults of minority populations, with focuses on treating anxiety, depression, trauma, and other stressor-related disorders. Mekayla strongly believes that every therapeutic interaction is unique, so she uses an eclectic approach, with foundations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy, to tailor treatment to the specific needs of each individual. Mekayla puts emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and finds importance in providing a safe and comforting environment for all.


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Catherine Derys, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Catherine is a graduate from the City University of New York (CUNY) Brooklyn College where she received her Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor experienced in working with adults that struggle with an array of different issues for the past 7 years both in outpatient and private practice settings. Coupled with her empathic and non judgmental attitude, she uses a person-centered approach when working with clients. She strives to meet the clients where they are at. Catherine has a passion for helping others reach their full potential, rebuild ther confidence, and gain a better insight into themselves through using psychodynamic and CBT interventions. She promotes and encourages "progress over perfection."

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Tami Ditkoff, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Tami is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Master’s Degree in the state of NY.  She has been a therapist for about 8 years and attended graduate school at night while raising two amazing children.  It is important for Tami to disclose this so that you know you are never too old to chase your dreams.  She loves helping people and making a difference in people’s lives. She uses various tools to help. If one tool isn’t right, we search for others, never giving up! Tami is solution focused but uses all different kinds of approaches when helping clients.  She likes to figure out which methods work best as there isn’t a one size fits all way.  She is a dedicated therapist with real world experience as well as clinical experience.  Clients can expect to have great tools and coping mechanisms moving forward.  Clients will know what steps need to be taken on their journey and will feel confident in knowing that they have Tami's support and commitment.

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Jonathan Edwards, LPC

Therapist

Jonathan Edwards is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Prevention Specialist. He has previously served as the Program Director for Hub City Outreach Center and was a Crisis Counselor for Garza County Juvenile Center. He has a passion for helping individuals to take the necessary steps forward in their personnel development. In session, Jonathan likes to create a judgement free zone in order to create a safe environment for clients to share their concerns. The approach that he uses encompasses using the skills that an individual naturally has to develop goals and solutions for their personal growth. Jonathan's approach comes from having years of experience providing drug prevention education for at-risk youth and their families in Lubbock County.

Jonathan has a Masters Degree in Counselor Education of from Texas Tech University. He also has a Bachelor of Arts from Lubbock Christian University. After receiving his Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at Texas Tech University, Jonathan began working on his doctorate at Texas Tech University in Counselor Education. Jonathan also enjoys working with foster youth at the Texas Girls and Boys Ranch. In addition to his career and academic pursuits, Jonathan serves the community of Lubbock Texas. He is currently the chairmen for the HEARD Coalition, which is an organization that provides drug education and resources for youth and families in Lubbock County.

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Nicole Estevez, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Nicole Estevez is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York and is an out-of-state telehealth provider for the state of Florida. She received her Master of Mental Health Counseling from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling (now Alliance University). Nicole has 9 years of experience providing client-centered individual and family therapy services to a wide variety of clients. Nicole has worked in a variety of settings including an outpatient community clinic, in-home family therapy, treating undocumented minors with trauma history, and telehealth.

Nicole has experience working with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, grief, post traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health concerns. Over the years in the mental health field, she believes that the best approach to therapy is a collaborative process with the client to assist in achieving their goals. Nicole has experience with modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavioral therapy.

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Sandra Estimable, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Hello! I am a licensed therapist with over 13 years of experience working with couples and individuals. I specialize in a wide variety of topics including anxiety, depression, family and marital issues, grief, and more. I take a solution-focused and person-centered approach to therapy. I help guide clients to a new level of self-understanding and acceptance, and have helped many clients overcome self-esteem concerns and relationship insecurities.

I speak with a warm, approachable tone and have a nonjudgmental stance. I help clients create specific goals and check in each week to monitor progress. Goals help us reach our highest potential and maintain positive interactions within our world. An ideal client for me is one who has an open mind and is ready to work on their concerns, not run from them.

In our first session, we’ll have a nice chat about your past, present, and the future. We’ll discuss what makes healthy relationships and effective communication. I genuinely enjoy meeting new people and supporting them to create the change they desire, and I hope you reach out if you think we might be a good fit.

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Amanda Favretto, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Amanda Favretto is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who holds certificates as a Nationally Certified Counselor as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Working with military service members as well as faith-based counseling are two of Amanda’s passions. Amanda has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings with individuals struggling with concerns such as low-self esteem, adjustment, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and relationship and communication issues, utilizing such treatment modalities as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), EMDR, as well as others.

Amanda believes in the importance of meeting each individual where they are at, focusing on all aspects of a person: heart, mind, body, and spirit. It has been Amanda’s experience that focusing on each layer leads to long-lasting, deeper healing and growth. For the convenience of those she serves, Amanda offers both 30 and 45-minute sessions. Believing that each person has it in them to heal and grow, Amanda considers it a unique privilege to assist people on that journey. At each individual’s pace, striving to promote a comfortable environment, Amanda will gently encourage deeper self-reflection, mindfulness, challenging oneself, and skill-building. She would like you to feel free to reach out to set up an appointment and answer any questions you may have.

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Dawn Feldpausch, LCSW

Staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Dawn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She has over 18 years of experience in the field of mental health including Outpatient, Community Mental Health and Assertive Community Treatment.

Dawn works with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem and PTSD using an eclectic approach to suit your individual needs. Other modalities used are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Positive Psychology. Dawn is easy to talk to and her number one priority is to help provide a safe, open, non-judgmental place to share your personal experiences. She focuses on providing the skills to help manage your symptoms while working in tandem with your psychiatrist to provide the best outcome for you.

Dawn received her Master of Social Work degree at Eastern Michigan University and is Certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional. While in Michigan, Dawn worked extensively with the Community Mental Health. Initially, she worked as an advocate working with clients who were diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness or with a duel diagnosis. She facilitated psychoeducation groups, provided crisis intervention and case management services.

At Henry Ford Allegiance Health, Dawn played an integral role in implementing the integration between physical and mental health. Combining a Psychiatric Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic with a Primary Care Practice utilizing General Medical Education Resident Psychiatrists. Moving on to Florida, Dawn worked at the Marion County Jail assessing suicidal risk of inmates and provided brief supportive therapy. Ultimately, Dawn began her own virtual private practice continuing her
passion of helping others find the skills to begin to live again regardless of their imperfections.

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Giulia Ferrero, LCSW

Staff Licensed Master Social Worker

Giulia Ferrero earned her Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and Women & Gender Studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and received her Master in Social Work from Columbia University with an emphasis in children, youth, and families. Giulia is licensed by the State of Texas as a master social worker (LMSW), and is dedicated to helping people who struggle with mental health concerns. She believes that change happens when people are given the support they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives. Giulia advocates a holistic approach when working with her clients and incorporates various treatment styles including, but not limited to, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, solution-focused, and psychodynamic.

During her graduate program, Giulia worked extensively with children, utilizing play therapy techniques alongside a trauma-focussed treatment approach. She specializes in individual therapy with an emphasis on issues such as PTSD, autism, stress, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, women’s issues, family/relationship issues, life transitions, and personal growth. Giulia especially enjoys working with young adults and is committed to working with each person in a confidential, effective manner to help the individual accomplish his/her/their goals.

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Maria Fiore, LPC

Staff Therapist

Maria Fiore is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has experience with a broad range of people and situations. Maria attended school at the University of Houston - Victoria, and practices in Texas. She continues to study and research in order to bring the best quality of care to each individual that she works with.


In the time that Maria has been a therapist, she has worked directly with clients needing intense inpatient care, clients in an educational setting, and clients in various outpatient settings. She believes that every individual is unique and the care they receive should reflect that. Maria will work with you to develop therapeutic goals so you can grow into being the best version of yourself.


She bases her treatment approach on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with elements of mindfulness and solutions focused therapy. Outside of work, Maria enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time in nature.

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Sarah Flatin, LCSW

Staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sarah Flatin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. She received her Master of Social Work degree from Simmons University. Sarah has over three years of experience providing client-centered individual and family therapy services to a wide variety of clients. Sarah has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, an outpatient clinic, and in-home therapy services.

Sarah has experience working with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, grief, family and relationship issues, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other mental health concerns. As a clinical social worker, she believes that the best approach to therapy is a collaborative process with the client to achieve their goals. Sarah has experience with modalities including psychodynamic, tri-phasic trauma therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing.

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Carly Frix-Rhyne, LPC

Therapist

Carly Frix-Rhyne is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), in both Texas and Arkansas, who has extensive experience working in the mental health field. She has worked directly with clients of various demographics, living with a variety of mental health conditions. Carly attended undergraduate and graduate school in her hometown of Texarkana, Texas at Texas A&M University - Texarkana. She completed her practicum and internship working as a therapist in therapeutic foster, with children, teens, foster parents, and biological families.

Carly has been practicing for 7 years as a LPC, focusing on individuals working to cope with trauma, stressful life events, anxiety, depression, and issues coping with and communicating their own needs. Carly has worked for community mental health agencies, non-profit agencies, and private practice organization. Much of Carly’s past work involves providing therapy services to children, teens, and adults who survived abuse/trauma.

Carly enjoys working with clients of all ages and with a variety of different presenting mental health needs. She uses different techniques including cognitive behavioral approaches and attachment-based approaches, while maintaining a person-centered theoretical orientation with all clients. Carly utilizes a range of therapeutic tools in hopes of providing clients with practical skills they can begin using immediately. She believes in meeting clients exactly where they are and helping them understand their own needs.

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Michelle Garcia, LCSW

Staff Therapist

Michelle C. Garcia, LCSW, is a dedicated and compassionate therapist with a Master of Arts Degree in Social Work degree from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in NYC. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Michelle received a Certificate in Seminar In Field Instructor from NYU.

With a passion for mental health and well-being, Michelle focuses on creating safe and supportive therapeutic environments for her clients. Her nonjudgmental and down approach, coupled with her deep understanding of human behavior, allows her to effectively support individuals facing a variety of challenges. Michelle feels honored to have the opportunity to work with individuals from all walks of life and to be a part of their journey towards greater self-awareness, resilience, and well-being.

Michelle is committed to ongoing learning and professional development, staying informed about the latest research and best practices in the field of social work. She believes in the power of therapy to promote healing and personal growth and is dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of her clients. In her practice, Michelle utilizes evidence-based therapeutic techniques to help individuals navigate and overcome obstacles, improve their mental health, and achieve their personal goals. She is known for her professionalism, integrity, and genuine care for those she serves.

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Irene Garrick, LMHC

Staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Irene R. Garrick, PhD is a mental health counselor licensed in New York, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. She is a Board Certified Counselor and has 15+ years of counseling experience. Dr. Garrick has worked with a variety of populations across the lifespan, from elementary aged children to the gerontological population, and all age groups in between. She has experience helping clients who present with a variety of issues, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, relationship and communication struggles, online dating, navigating career and school stress, surviving narcissistic abuse, womens' issues, parenting challenges, chronic health conditions, grief, eating disorders, OCD, and low self-esteem. Dr. Garrick begins therapeutic relationships with a Rogerian approach, utilizing talk therapy to help clients feel safe to discuss their thoughts and feelings in a nurturing and non-judgmental space. She then integrates psychodynamic therapy to explore how childhood experiences and trauma impact current behaviors. As clients start to heal and see improvement in their behaviors and relationships, Dr. Garrick emphasizes choice theory to help clients become empowered to make healthy decisions, reach their full potential, and achieve self-actualization.

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Lisa Gorman, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Lisa Gorman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, who has experience working with emerging adults and adults struggling with various life stressors and mental conditions. Lisa has extensive knowledge and skillsets targeting those who are suffering from a serious mental illness such as anxiety, depression, and more. Lisa received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Iona University in New Rochelle, NY; and completed pre and post master's clinical hours at St. Vincent's Psychiatric Hospital in Westchester, NY.

Lisa has been focusing on mood disorders and transitional life periods and strives to create a safe, comfortable space for individuals to process emotional hardships, while providing empathy, support, and understanding.

Lisa utilizes a person-centered and holistic approach, emphasizing the treatment of the whole person, taking into account emotional, behavioral and social factors, rather than treating just the symptoms of an illness. Depending on the individual's needs, Lisa will determine which modality of treatment will be best suitable for your success in therapy.

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Ellen Grant, LCSW

Staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ellen Grant, LCSW, CASAC-MC, Eagala Certified, brings extensive experience working with adolescents, adults and families in treating mental health and substance use disorders. Ellen is a graduate of The College of Saint Rose, where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Social Work. She is a graduate of Fordham University, where she obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work. She obtained a post graduate certification in Military Trauma from Adelphi University and is a New York State CASAC-MC.

Ellen is certified in equine assisted psychotherapy and learning through the Eagala model. She has been practicing in the field for 12 years. She believes in a person-centered approach to counseling and specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. She is also certified in Seeking Safety.

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Tracey Griffin, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Tracey Griffin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who is dedicated to helping people align with their most authentic selves over the last 11 years. This includes addressing the struggles of mental health in an open, empathetic, and non-judgmental, therapeutic relationship. She is dedicated to establishing a collaborative working relationship with individuals to help achieve their goals while living a fulfilled and balanced life. Tracey received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University following her Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology from the same institution. She has been trained in performing biopsychosocial assessments and is also a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor.

Tracey’s treatment approach is person-centered in conjunction with evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing while remaining culturally sensitive and inclusive. She is well versed in harm reduction as well as abstinence-based approaches to addiction treatment and roots her practice to focus on treating the whole self which can include exploration of spirituality and purpose. Tracey has experience working with individuals who experience co-occurring disorders, anxiety, depression, codependency, addiction, personality disorders, LGBTQ, men’s issues, and trauma.

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Nudedrose Guirand, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

LMHCNudedrose Guirand, also known as Rose Guirand, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York City who has been practicing since 2017. Rose has worked directly with clients of various demographics such as people with disabilities and neurodivergent people living with a variety of mental health conditions for 6 years.

She graduated with a Master of Science in Education, Mental Health Counseling at Hunter College of The City University of New York. During her studies, she attended an internship at Boston Road Medical Center, Psychiatry Department in Bronx, New York.

Rose’s central approach to therapy is eclectic and based on the needs of each client. She frequently uses Person-Centered, Strength Based and Collaborative therapy. Also, she enjoys using CBT, ACT and DBT which draw upon the whole person and their intrinsic qualities and talents to forge a thriving way of life.

Essentially, Rose likes to empower clients to find their passion and set their goals not only to survive but thrive in life. Rose enjoys helping people on their journey and sees the rewards of clients win themselves back. Rose’s work as a therapist comes from the heart and holistic space and being there for her clients truthfully and inspiring them to become the expert of their lives.

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Bridgette Hathaway, LCSW

Staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Bridgette K. Hathaway, LCSW holds the position of clinical therapist at Talkiatry. She is board-certified in clinical social work. She has been practicing for over 5 years. Ms. Hathaway’s practice focuses on individual psychotherapy. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with solution-focused motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy, in 60-minute visits.

She received her bachelor's degree in liberal arts with a focus in behavioral neurobiology and women's studies from Harpur College at Binghamton University, and her master's degree in social work at the College of Community and Public Affairs at Binghamton University. Additionally, Ms. Hathaway studied abroad in Blantyr, Malawi, Africa completing an Asset-Based Community Development program promoting social-emotional wellbeing for youth. After completing training, she returned and worked in her local community, Binghamton, NY, in myriad roles.  First, with adolescents at the Promise Zone Summer Zone Summer Camp as program coordinator continuing to focus on the wellbeing of youth, before becoming the MICA enhanced residential coordinator for Fairview Recovery Services, where she spent time providing addiction services to the dually diagnosed. She was then the residential treatment center social worker at the Children's Home of Wyoming Conference focused on service provision to adolescent males, before becoming a behavioral health counselor providing integrated mental health and addiction services to individuals of all ages, at Family and Children's Counseling Services.

Further, Ms. Hathaway participated in continuing education in LGBTQ, Gender Identity, Expression, and Behavioral Health; OASAS Person-Centered Care and Harm-Reduction; Integrated Mental Health Addictions Treatment; NYSED Safe Schools Against Violence in Education; Borderline Personality Disorder; Integrated Treatment-Individual Interventions; and Motivational Interviewing.  Her auxiliary certifications include Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Needs Assessments, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, ASIST-Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, and NYSDOH Opioid Overdose Naloxone Program.

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Paul Hogate, LCSW

Staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Mr. Hogate has worked in a variety of clinical settings over the past 20 years as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Professional Counselor. A key role held was Outpatient Director in a large community behavioral health center in New Jersey. In this role, Mr. Hogate clinically supervised 3 programs and 25 therapists providing behavioral health services to nearly 5,000 individuals and families annually. In addition, Mr. Hogate has maintained a private counseling practice part-time from 2001 to 2019 and full-time from 2019 to 2022.

Mr. Hogate has served as an Adjunct Professor in Psychology at Rowan University from 2013-2019. Mr. Hogate has a Master of Social Work  from Rutgers University and a Master of Psychology from LaSalle University.

Mr. Hogate's clinical style is relational and authentic. He uses practical experience and clinical knowledge in an effective, personal manner to assist individuals, couples and families to identify and attain clinical goals.

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Dorothy Hughes, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Dorothy Hughes is a graduate of Walden University and a Bronx, New York native who has been working with clients from diverse backgrounds and presenting issues, as a licensed therapist in both private and agency settings. She is non-judgmental, open minded, compassionate person and is client center focused.

Dorothy believes in a collaborative, client led therapy, largely utilizing a psychodynamic approach. She has extensive experience working with individuals from a variety of mental health issues including PTSD,  children with mental health disorder,  depression, substance misuse, anxiety disorders and much more.

Dorothy continued her education to include training in Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, including trauma focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her approach begins with meeting a client where they are currently and creating a relationship of trust and alliance to help them achieve their goals and remove barriers in their lives.

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Asha Hussein, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Asha is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas. Her goal is to inspire patients and help guide them to be their best selves.  She utilizes an integrative approach that includes person-centered therapy, CBT, DBT, and motivational interviewing based on the patient’s needs. It is her goal to create a safe space for each patient.  She aims to help them feel comfortable opening up about their struggles and making sure they feel seen, heard, and most importantly, listened to.

Asha completed her bachelor's degree at Houston Baptist University in 2010 and then completed her master's degree in counseling in 2018.  She works mostly with those dealing with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and daily life stress.

In her free time, Asha enjoys writing screenplay scripts and watching international films in addition to spending quality time with family and friends.

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Samantha Iannuzzi, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Samantha Iannuzzi is a licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in grief and bereavement. Samantha specialized in trauma and loss in her graduate program at Pace University. It was there, where she learned the importance of talking about the inevitable and the uniqueness of each bereaved individual’s experience.

Before joining Talkiatry, she was both an intern and Bereavement Counselor at Calvary Hospital, where she provided both individual and group support to bereaved members of New York’s five boroughs. Samantha is experienced working with both adults and young adults. Samantha provides a safe space for all her clients where they can be heard, validated, and supported in their individual process. Samantha also provides psychoeducation, coping strategies and explores ways to navigate life changes.

In addition to her clinical work, Samantha has presented to many community organizations, engaged in outreach for crisis intervention and lectured for informative clinical courses. Samantha’s experience and expertise with death, cumulative loss and trauma responses due to loss helps provide clients with effective treatment and a space where there experience will never be disenfranchised.

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Mariah Ide, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Mariah Ide is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has a passion for helping people see their true potential. Mariah earned her master's degree in mental health counseling from Stetson University in Deland, Florida and also graduated with a bachelor's degrees in psychology and criminology from the University of Florida located in Gainesville, Florida.

Mariah has experience with children, adolescents and adults. Mariah has worked in school, hospital, and outpatient based settings. She has clinical practice experience with mood disorders, self esteem issues, gender identity, crisis intervention, family issues and trauma, with a certification in complex trauma. In addition to counseling, Mariah has also worked in case management and has a unique perspective behind resource utilization. She has worked on countless projects in the community to promote mental health awareness. Mariah believes in advocacy for her clients as well as the mental health field, and hopes to promote acceptance and decrease stigma related to mental health and mental health treatment.

Mariah takes a person centered approach with her clients and believes in meeting the clients where they are. Mariah hopes to empower her clients by giving them a safe environment to explore and learn more about themselves without judgement. She sees the importance in looking at the whole picture when working with a client. Mariah hopes to create rounded goals to promote long term success, and help the client feel more balanced overall. She uses solution focused and cognitive behavioral interventions to help clients build a tool box of skills that can help them cope with daily life. Mariah wishes to help her clients reach their full potential, while hopefully making them laugh once in a while during the process.

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Elijah Jackson, LCSW

Staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Elijah Jackson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with years of experience working in the mental health and social work field. Elijah has worked with a variety of populations of varied backgrounds and identities. Elijah received a Bachelor of Social Work degree at CUNY Hunter College in New York, NY, and obtained a Master of Social Work degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

Elijah has been practicing as a Therapist for 3 years focusing primarily on identity-related challenges including; Gender/Sexuality exploration, Race/Ethnic identity concerns, Religious/Cultural trauma, and Sex/Intimacy issues. Elijah also has experience helping clients navigate issues related to depression, anxiety, and ADHD/Neurodivergent disorders. Clients who work with Elijah will benefit from compassion focused treatment that is rooted in Elijah’s Trauma-informed, Anti-Racist background.

Elijah uses many different therapeutic frameworks and theorems in sessions including; Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Mindfulness practice, Transtheoretical work, Sex positivity, and Queer theory. Elijah has worked with clients from all walks of life but finds that he has a particular interest in working with BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ clients. Elijah understands how important it is to be gentle, warm, and caring in session as well as to seek new resources to help meet each client's unique needs. Elijah is not a brick wall and believes true growth and healing come from collaboration and vulnerability

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Jami Jacobson, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Jami Jacobson, MA, LMHC is a psychotherapist at Talkiatry. She achieved her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of New Orleans in 2014, and her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and Wellness from New York University in 2017.

Jami has experience as both a mental health professional and as a social worker in a variety of settings in New York City. She has worked with individuals, families and the LGBTQIA+ community in hospitals, educational training centers, community outreach and housing programs, and family services.

Her specializations include treating Phobias, Trauma, and Anxiety Disorders: specifically Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety and Social Anxiety. She utilizes techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has also completed Phase One training in Brainspotting, which specializes in addressing traumas in the subconscious and unconscious mind.

Jami believes therapy should be a wholistic approach that incorporates both the body and the mind. She has a warm demeanor and seeks to create a safe, comfortable, and judgement-free zone, personalized for each client's unique needs. She seeks to educate her clients on the ties between feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, as well as how our environment and our past can have an influence on our day-to-day lives.

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Taylor Jarrett, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Taylor Jarrett is a psychotherapist who holds a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Taylor is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of New York and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Prior to her work with Talkiatry, Taylor served as a mental health clinician and supervisor with an OMH Article 31 clinic in the Bronx, providing psychotherapy and care to children, adolescents, adults and families.

Taylor’s therapeutic approach is person-centered and trauma-informed. Taylor keenly understands there is not a ‘one-size-fits’ all approach to treatment and meets each client where they are. She individualizes each client's care by utilizing a variety of evidence-based treatment interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Trauma-Focused CBT.

Taylor believes simply showing up takes courage and is honored to be a witness to her clients' growth journey. She is committed to helping each person become the best versions of themselves by guiding them to identify and utilize their strengths to persevere through and leverage the challenges of life.

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Michelle Jones, LMFT

Staff Therapist

Michelle Jones has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy/counseling from a regionally accredited university (CACREP accredited) and has systematic training as a marriage and family therapist. Michelle has been practicing since 2019. She collaborates with individuals, couples, and families and has experience working in diverse clinical settings to include inpatient (psychiatric hospitals), outpatient (private practice, mental health clinic), community agency (not for profit) providing individual and group therapy (process and psychoeducation). Michelle sees clients presenting with post-traumatic stress disorder and, trauma, mood disorders (Bipolar, cyclothymia, major depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder), anxiety disorders, and phase of life changes (grief and loss, career, retirement, empty nest).

Her diverse background afforded her the skills to tailor treatment to meet the specific needs of clients using an integrative approach drawing from psychotherapeutic approaches such as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Collaborative Language Therapy, Structural Therapy, Contextual Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Multicultural Counseling. Michelle embraces diversity and inclusion and works to provide culturally responsive treatment.

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Danielle LaBarre, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Danielle LaBarre is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor (LMHC and LPC) in New York, Virginia, and Georgia. Danielle has over 6 years of experience working with adults seeking help with anxiety, depression, stress, grief, life transitions, LGBTQ+ issues, and trauma.

Danielle received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University following receiving a Bachelor or Arts in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary College. She wholeheartedly believes in person-centered care, and focuses on meeting you where you are and taking you where you want to be. Her treatment approaches include mindfulness techniques, cognitive/ dialectical behavioral skills (CBT, DBT), psychodynamic, as well as compassion and strength-based approaches. She believes these approaches in conjunction with person-centered care will assist each unique individual in meeting their personal goals.

Danielle understands that seeking therapy can be an uncomfortable experience. But seeking therapy can also be brave, exciting, and empowering! She is dedicated to establishing a collaborative, culturally inclusive working relationship with individuals to help achieve their goals while living a fulfilled and balanced life.  

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Renee LaRock-Gary, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental health Counselor

Renee LaRock-Gary is a licensed mental health counselor in New York State.  She has extensive experience working in an array of settings from crisis to office settings; with children to adults; and with individuals to groups.  She graduated magna cum laude with a masters from SUNY Plattsburgh and has a current certification as an Integrative Sex and Couples Therapist and several past certifications in a variety of areas including anxiety, grief, and substance abuse.  Renee’s specialty is trauma and she worked for a decade exclusively with survivors of sexual trauma.  Overall, she has over 30 years of experience in the human and social services field and has held a variety of positions including LGBTQ Teen outreach worker, domestic violence counselor, manager at a halfway house, to name a few.

An eternal learner, Renee regularly participates in ongoing training in a variety of areas in order to keep abreast of the most updated knowledge in the mental health field.  Primarily she utilizes CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and/or DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) to help people reach their goals, she often brings in other modalities to fit a person’s individual needs.

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Alicia Lakin, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Alicia Lakin has been counseling for over 20 years. She possesses an LPC-MHSP license. Alicia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Tennessee. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree, with a focus on Guidance and Counseling, at Lincoln Memorial University.  Alicia has been trained in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Motivational Interviewing.  

Alicia’s professional career has provided her with the opportunity to work with individuals in a variety of settings.  She has provided treatment in residential care programs for children and adolescents, in the family home, community based mental health center, and substance abuse treatment outpatient services. In these settings, Alicia has been afforded the opportunity to treat all ages, dealing with a wide range of issues including trauma, substance abuse and recovery, and mood disorders such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  

Therapeutically, Alicia describes her approach as “person-centered”, strength-based, and collaborative.  She believes in providing a safe space for individuals to be able to express themselves openly, as well as explore any changes they desire to make in their lives. She believes in building a trusting relationship so that she and the individual can work together to help create change. Her style is reality based, and she views herself having many roles as a therapist including that of a support, teacher, advocate, facilitator, and listener in the treatment relationship.

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Brittany Manchester, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Brittany Manchester holds the position of Therapist at Talkiatry. Brittany has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from The College at Brockport and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Medaille College. After completing her Masters degree in 2017, Brittany has spent the last 6 years working with individuals looking to build recovery from substance use, eating disorders, and perinatal mental health. Brittany has a License in New York State for Mental Health Counseling (LMHC) treatment and is nationally certified to assist with perinatal mental health symptoms (PMH-C).

Her years of experience include working in outpatient substance use and mental health treatment, residential recovery centers for substance use, and intensive outpatient & partial hospitalization programs for eating disorders. Brittany has also trained new counselors to build their therapy skills and trained counselors on eating disorders and body image recovery education and techniques. Most recently, Brittany has worked with parents on perinatal (pregnancy and postpartum) mental health symptoms, eating disorder symptoms, grief counseling, and relationship counseling. She believes in using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Brittany has experience working with Borderline Personality Disorder, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Perinatal Mood Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, and Asperger’s Disorder.

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Lisa May, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Lisa May is a Licensed Professional Counselor,  Mental Health Service Provider (LPC-MHSP) who has extensive experience working in the mental health field.  Lisa has worked with clients of various demographics who are living with a variety of mental health conditions. Lisa attended Lindsey Wilson College where she attained her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Morehead State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work.  She has worked with DCS, foster care, and had a private practice in KY before deciding to move to Tennessee.

Lisa has been practicing for over 10 years and has worked in other areas of mental health since 1997. Working with Lisa, treatment is tailored for the individual, as there is great effort put into choosing the treatment modality that fits the individual’s personal struggles.  Lisa uses the three C’s (catching, checking, and changing) approach with a foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy intertwined with Mindfulness.  She also prefers the person-centered focus as to work specifically with the individual and the struggles they may be facing.

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Jenna McDonald, LMHC

Staff Therapist

Jenna McDonald is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State who has extensive experience working in the mental health field. Jenna attended undergraduate school in Amherst, NY , graduate school in Buffalo, NY, and completed internship programs during her time there at both schools. Jenna continues to obtain knowledge through regular trainings and certifications that interest her, including EMDR.

Jenna has worked directly with many different kinds of clients, who have experienced an array of mental health concerns at all levels. Jenna also has experience in working with comorbid disorders that can at times go hand-in-hand such as anxiety & depression, or homelessness & substance use. Jenna has been working in mental and behavioral health for approximately 10 years and continued after being fully licensed, which required 3000 hours of supervised experience as well. As an LMHC , Jenna likes to focus on helping those with anxiety, depression, relationship/employment concerns, and overall transitions of life ( school/work/medical issues/moving stressors etc), which may hinder daily life. Working with Jenna, treatment is tailored to the individual client in order to choose the treatment plan that fits that individual’s personal struggles.

Jenna uses a mix of different approaches typically found in Solution Focused Therapy, Person Centered Therapy , Motivational Interviewing , and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Whether the goal is talk therapy or problem solving , Jenna woud be more than happy to explore your goals with you.

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Shannon McElhone, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Shannon McElhone is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York and Massachusetts. She has over ten years’ experience working in the mental health field. Shannon has experience working with children, adolescents and adults seeking assistance in managing their experiences with depression/mood challenges, anxiety, life transitions, self-esteem, trauma, attention focus and relationship issues.

Shannon utilizes humanistic, person-centered, collaborative, strength based, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based, solution focused and emotionally focused approaches to therapy while maintaining an open, flexible, creative atmosphere to remain aware of the unique and individual needs of each client. Shannon seeks to create a non-judgmental and safe environment where a caring relationship can be built with her clients to utilize and add to their strengths. Through her practice, a collaboration can bring her clients towards achieving their goals and living the life they desire.

Shannon completed her Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations from St. Joseph's College and received her Master of Science in School Counseling and Extended Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University. Shannon’s years of experience include working as a Rehabilitation specialist/therapist at a Pros program, a psychotherapist at an outpatient clinic, a Child and Youth Behavioral Military Family Life counselor working with children and families on a Military base in New York. More recently Shannon has held a role as a psychotherapist with an online platform providing virtual therapy and continues to engage in this role at Talkiatry.

Shannon's specialties include: Depression, Anxiety, OCD- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, Trauma, Grief & Loss, Stress management, Life transitions, Self-esteem issues and Relationship issues.

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Jannise McKamey-Bruell, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Jannise McKamey-Bruell began her career working in the field of education after she completed both a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and a Master of Liberal Arts at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with an emphasis on Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Child and Family Studies.

After relocating to Georgia, Ms. McKamey-Bruell attended Argosy University where she completed an additional Master of Arts Degree, with honors, in Community Counseling in addition to receiving a Marriage and Family Therapy Certification. Ms. McKamey-Bruell is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Distance Certified Counselor (DCC), a Board Certified Tele-Mental Health Provider (BC-TMH), and holds a Crisis Worker Certification from the American Association of Suicidology. Ms. McKamey-Bruell is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Cobb County Juvenile Court.

Prior to private practice, her clinical experience included working as a therapist at the YWCA, providing domestic violence and sexual assault counseling, facilitating domestic violence support and therapy groups, working with children and families at several community mental health agencies, and working at a mental health crisis line. In addition to her private practice, Ms. McKamey-Bruell also provides online therapy to clients through a secure website and texting platform.

Ms. McKamey-Bruell believes in helping others to help themselves. She provides therapy to individuals with an emphasis on crisis intervention, skill-building, self-esteem, attachment issues, relationship problems, and communication repair. She creates a close, supportive relationship in the counseling setting to assist each person in moving forward through open discussion, developing personal insight, and offering workable suggestions. Her specialties include working with those who are experiencing anxiety or depression.

When not working, Ms. McKamey-Bruell regularly participates in professional training, enjoys volunteering and participating in community and sorority events, collecting Disney paraphernalia, traveling, sewing, attending sci-fi conventions, and spoiling her nieces and nephews.

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Tamara McKlveen, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor‍

Tamara McKlveen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor working in the mental health field for the past seven years.  

Tamara is a compassionate mental health advocate who focuses on client centered, strength based techniques to support positive life changes.  She has an eclectic style driven by client interest.  

She received her MA in Mental Health Counseling from South University in West Palm Beach, Florida.  She has worked as a counselor, Social Service Coordinator and Social Service Manager for a Florida non-profit agency servicing adolescents and their families, helping to overcome barriers to communication, education and future success.  

Tamara has focused her work on clients struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety and mood disorder.  She has also worked with teens struggling with eating disorders and issues specific to the LBGTQ population.  She has a special interest in families coping with Autism and other special needs.

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Meredith McMillan, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Meredith McMillan is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist with 9 years of experience working in mental health. She specializes in working with individuals who experienced trauma and toxic stress, as well as those with addiction issues, relationship challenges, and adjustment disorders.

Ms. McMillan's therapy practice focuses on providing person-centered encouragement and support. She utilizes a trauma-focused cognitive behavioral approach to help you to develop your understanding of yourself and your challenges and enable you to utilize your strengths to facilitate your healing.

She received a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Orlando, Florida, and established herself as a therapist working in community mental health in the Lakeland, Florida area. She spent several years working at Tri-County Human Services providing co-occurring outpatient substance abuse therapy. Later she shifted into providing services to children through Tri-County’s B-Net program and Children’s Home Society. She went on to become the Clinical Supervisor at the Children's Home Society providing care to children and adolescents impacted by trauma and the child welfare system. Before joining Talkiatry she also served as the Clinical Supervisor and therapist at The Mary Welsh Foundation providing care to individuals of all ages, and again specializing in trauma and family issues.

Ms. McMillan has worked with individuals dealing with a variety of mental health issues throughout her years of experience as a therapist. She has worked with all ages and has experience working with families and couples as well. She has had additional training to serve individuals dealing with addictions and with processing trauma. She has had extensive experience working with individuals dealing with mood disorders and anxiety, as well as relationship and parenting issues.

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Kelvin McMorris, LISW

Staff Therapist

Kelvin is an experienced Licensed Independent Social Worker who has worked in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings. Kelvin’s years of experience include work as a case manager, mental health therapist, substance use and mental health group facilitator, a lead clinician for a school-based services program and coordinator for adventure-based programming. This experience has allowed Kelvin to serve in a variety of settings, including: schools, homes, hospitals, and outpatient clinics as well as working with individuals from nearly every age range; anywhere from kindergarten-aged school children to adults in a nursing home and almost everywhere in between.


Kelvin places great importance on making treatment a unique experience for every individual, strongly believing that there is no single uniform answer to an individual’s problems and solutions should be tailored to that person’s specific life circumstances. Kelvin has a foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but utilizes practices as appropriate from a variety of treatment styles, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, Behavioral Activation, Play Therapy and many more.

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Tara Merchant, LMHC

Staff Therapist

Tara Merchant is a person-centered, nonjudgmental, relationship-based LMHC (licensed mental health counselor) who recognizes the intrinsic value of all people and holds positive regard for all her clients. Tara views counseling as a collaborative effort by providing psychoeducation and coping skills for the obstacles with which clients may be struggling, and clients provide insights as the experts on themselves. She believes that all thoughts, feelings and behaviors are interconnected, having valid underlying factors.

Tara seeks to help clients connect the dots, from both past and present, to have a greater understanding of themselves and their environments. She also fosters a safe space for clients to identify and embrace their feelings toward emotional catharsis. Tara received her Bachelor's Degree from Purchase College, State University of NY, and her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University.

She has an eclectic style that utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and psychodynamic modality. Tara aims to uphold cultural humility for ongoing learning and awareness that supports racial and social equity. She is experienced in working with relationship issues, anxiety, depression and child development. Tara is a big proponent of self-care and encourages you to find whatever it is that fills your cup. She, for example, loves to watch TV and sing in her spare time.

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Lauren Mingle, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Lauren Mingle is an outpatient therapist at Talkiatry. She is dually licensed in Colorado as a LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist).

Lauren earned her master's degree in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling/Therapy from the University of Northern Colorado. Before joining Talkiatry, Lauren held roles in a diverse array of settings including community mental health, crisis services, and outpatient therapy. Her previous specialty focuses included youth, adolescents, adults, and couples.

Lauren uses a variety of evidence-based approaches including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to meet people where they are at and work with them to best reach their personalized therapy goals.

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Lilia Mitchell, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Hello, my name is Lilia Mitchell. Welcome to Talkiatry. Let me begin by saying how glad I am you have decided to reach out for help.

My Philosophy on the Therapy Process and Relationship

I believe that therapy is a collaborative and interactive process between a client and a therapist. Effective therapy requires that the client and the therapist develop a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. I believe that each client is an individual with unique concerns, strengths, values, etc. Please know that I am a professional that is committed to your welfare.

By the end of the first or second session, I will be able to tell you how I see your case and how I think we should proceed. I view therapy as a partnership between us. You define the problems or concerns to be worked on; I use special knowledge to help you make the changes you want to make. Psychotherapy is not like visiting a medical professional. It requires your very active involvement; it requires your best efforts to change thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. For example, I want you to tell me about important experiences, what they mean to you, and what strong feelings are involved. This is one of the ways you are an active partner in therapy.

I expect us to plan our work together and figure out a treatment plan to follow. We will list the areas of concern and how they will be addressed. From time to time, we will look together at our progress and goals. If we think we need to, we can then change our treatment plan, its goals, or its methods. Participation in therapy involves listening to the therapist, being honest, discussing concerns about the process, and completing outside assignments when appropriate.

My Qualifications

I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a master’s degree in Counseling, and a Doctor of Professional Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor/Supervisor issued by the Texas State Board of Examiners for Professional Counselors and am a certified counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors. I am a member of the American Counseling Association. I have experience helping individuals dealing with issues of domestic violence, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, stress management, self-esteem, and marital issues. I am also very interested in helping in the LGBTQI+ community.

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Dina Molina, LCSW

Therapist

Dina Molina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist with 10+ years of extensive experience working within the field of mental health. Dina has worked directly with clients who have struggled with depression, anxiety, and post relationship trauma within clinical and educational settings as well as private practice. Dina has also done volunteer work within women’s shelters in Thailand and Mexico teaching English and providing counseling.

When working with Dina Molina her unique style of therapy takes a Holistic Approach with conversational sessions where she offers a warm, compassionate, and genuine approach to all of her clients. Dina combines talk therapy models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy tenets because they recognize the client as the expert in their life.  She also incorporates mindfulness practices such as mediation, oil healing, breath work and nutritional tools to encourage healing of the mind, body and spirit. Dina’s #1 goal is to always create a safe space; free of judgment to support your growth.

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Staci Newsom, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Staci Newsom is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has worked in a variety of levels of care throughout her counseling career. Staci attended undergraduate school in a suburb outside of Philadelphia and attended graduate school partially in Shelby, North Carolina and finished in Virginia. Staci has worked at a domestic violence center, community mental health, intensive in-home, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, free clinics, and with the military.

Staci’s counseling focus is around working with children and adolescents individually, in groups, and with their families. Staci is trained in EMDR and CPT therapies for trauma and enjoys using art, music, and creativity in session as much as possible. Staci has experience working with depression, anxiety, attachments, adoptees, military families, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality.

Staci uses Solution-Focused and DBT therapies to work with clients through their healing journey. Staci also uses a multicultural focus to create a more inclusive and personalized treatment experience.

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Fatima Maria Ng, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Maria Ng has a BA in Psychology and a MS in Mental Health Counseling from the University at Buffalo and is a  Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has worked with a variety of clients from different backgrounds and presenting problems. Maria has been practicing for 3 years and has worked in an extensive number of settings including inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization programs, and psychiatric emergency. She has worked extensively with clients who are struggling with Depression, Anxiety, coping with life changes, Bipolar disorder, and clients who are struggling with inter-generational issues. She has a sub specialization of working with clients who are 1st/2nd generation Americans or immigrants and struggling with issues related to acclimatizing to America and intergenerational trauma. She is also a sex positive therapist and a queer affirming therapist who provides clients a safe space to explore their gender and sexual concerns.

Maria has been trained in several different therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. She generally adopts a Gestalt and Existential approach towards all clients and incorporates different skills needed for each individual. She enjoys working with individuals who are figuring out their purpose in life and helping others develop their own identity. She enjoys working with individuals all of ages and sees clients aged 13 and up.

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Rachael Nguyen, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Rachael has been practicing as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor for about 3 years working in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient care as well as in primary care offices. She not only utilizes her education and training but her lived experience to assist individuals with creating the life they want to live and/or make positive changes in their life. Rachael has worked directly with clients of various demographics, living with a variety mental health conditions. 

Rachael utilizes an eclectic and integrative approach with a foundation in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) and Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) rooted in trauma-informed and person-centered care. She has experience working with a variety of presentations including anxiety, depression, behavioral concerns, mood disorders, trauma, and the integration of mental health and substance use concerns.  

Working with Rachael, treatment is tailored to the individual, as there is great effort put into choosing the treatment modality that fits the individual's personal struggles and concerns presented. Clients often give Rachael feedback that her approach is genuine, kind, and effective.

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Kate Niewiarowicz, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Kate Niewiarowicz is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has experience working with young adults and adults with a wide range of mental health struggles.  Kate has over 3 years’ experience working in a hospital setting treating serious mental illness (SMI), as well as private practice experience. Kate received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Iona University in New York.

Kate’s approach to therapy is working as a team with her clients to form a genuine therapeutic relationship in a supportive, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment. Kate specializes in treating anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, women’s issues, and supporting clients through various life transitions.

Kate utilizes many different treatment techniques to provide personalized treatment which include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT), strength-based therapy, solution focused therapy, and positive psychology. Kate will work alongside her clients to assist in developing coping skills, techniques, and solutions to help reach her clients goals.

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Kendrah Parker, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa in 2014, Kendrah worked at a non-profit organization that focused on substance abuse and mental health.  She worked there from 2014-2021 initially as a substance abuse counselor and later transitioned into a Clinical Director position.  Most recently, Kendrah has been serving patients in a private practice mental health therapist role.

Kendrah’s interests and specialties are Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Marriage and Family, Culture and Diversity, Dual Diagnosis, Meditation and Dating Violence/Abuse.  She also has interest in Self Image/Self-Esteem and Addictive Behaviors with Substance Use and Gambling.

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Emily Payma, LCSW

Staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Emily Payma is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has a warm, non-judgmental approach to therapy and provides person-centered and strength-based services to her clients. She has years of experience working with clients who are experiencing Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as other mental health concerns. As a licensed clinical social worker, Emily believes that therapy is most impactful when it is tailored to each person’s unique needs and concerns. She utilizes a combination of somatic therapy, motivational interviewing, and narrative therapy in her work.  

Emily’s approach is geared toward helping clients acquire the necessary skills to meet and maintain their goals. Emily earned her Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 2012 and is licensed in both Texas and Florida. She has worked in a variety of different therapy settings including home-based services, hospitals, private practice, and non-profit organizations. Through this range of experience, Emily understands how important it is to provide a safe and caring environment in which clients feel truly accepted and supported.

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Huong Phan, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Huong "Claire" Phan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions and a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Claire completed her Master's in Mental Health Counseling at Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

Claire has been practicing for 5 years as a licensed therapist providing counseling for mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, prolonged grief disorder, adjustment disorders, women's issues, and also helping clients navigate relationship difficulties and other challenges.

Claire completed her clinical internship and worked as a therapist at the Institute for Human Identity, one of the first psychotherapy centers in New York to provide LGBTQ+ affirmative psychotherapy. Claire is passionate about serving the LGBTQ+ community and providing a safe space for her clients regardless of differences in gender identity, expression, sexual orientation, race, and culture.

Claire practices with a holistic approach that incorporates cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and mindfulness-based therapy techniques to help clients gain awareness, practice acceptance, and foster resiliency. Each of these therapy modalities requires active participation from the client to connect mind with body, intent with action so that healthier patterns can emerge.


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Ian Provo, LCSW

Staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ian Provo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is also certified in Complex Trauma treatment. He has held a clinical license for 27 years where he has worked in a number of capacities as a mental health professional including, Clinical Director, Director of Treatment, private practice, direct care services and case management. Ian completed his Bachelors degree from Arizona State University and his Masters Degree from the University of Illinois. Ian is passionate about his work and believes strongly in the human potential and resilience in
overcoming life’s obstacles and barriers. His therapeutic model focuses on multidimensional modalities including, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic model, psychoeducational approaches and mindfulness techniques. Ian has vast experience in working with victims of sexual abuse and trauma in addition to treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD and providing couple’s therapy.In addition to his professional work, Ian is actively engaged in volunteer work where he helps victims of sexual human trafficking, providing clinical assessments and engaging in public awareness campaigns. He recently composed, produced and directed and anti-human trafficking music video for an organization.

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Melissa Racklin, LCSW

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Dr. Akhtar is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. She focuses on medication management for a wide range of psychiatric conditions, providing supportive therapy to help individuals navigate life's challenges and enhance their overall well-being, while emphasizing lifestyle changes and the development of coping skills.

Dr. Akhtar completed her medical degree at the American University of Antigua, gaining a profound understanding of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of mental health. Following her residency at Bergen, Newbridge Medical Center, where she was appointed Chief Resident in her fourth year, she worked for several years in both inpatient and outpatient hospital settings.

Committed to holistic wellness, Dr. Akhtar believes in empowering individuals to make positive changes in their lives and offers guidance on nutrition, exercise, sleep hygiene, and stress management techniques. She is dedicated to fostering a therapeutic alliance built on trust, empathy, and collaboration. Her approach is rooted in evidence-based practices and tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual under her care.

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Vincent Ramos, LPC

Staffed Licensed Professional Counselor

Vincent is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has earned his full licensure by the State of Texas. Vincent earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a Minor in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He earned his Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M San Antonio.

Vincent’s counseling approach is eclectic, utilizing various modalities including, but not limited to Gestalt, Reality, Narrative, and Solution focused therapy. He is devoted to empowering individuals to free themselves from the excessive burdens of life by a remorseless society. He encourages you to become genuinely free and absolutely understand that you are the master of your own destiny. Vincent’s treatment specialties and experience include working with adults, seniors and adolescents from diverse populations and cultures. Whose suffering included, but not limited to anger, depression, career dilemmas, anxiety, stress, marital problems, collegiate status, self-esteem, family issues as well as other unforeseen predicaments life unveils.

Vincent uses these modalities in a holistic approach assessing clients within their culture, environment, community, and family system to gain a better insight into your distinctive reality. This holistic approach allows us to work together and tailor therapy to your needs. Allowing our collaboration to address the root causes of your current state of wellbeing. In our sessions with my education, background, and extensive life experience it has given me a reinforced foundation to assist you face the harsh realities of the world. Vincent will inspire you to live your life to its fullest without regret and create healthy tools of positive armor that will guide you eternally. Vincent’s platform of therapy will fortify your weaknesses, enhance your strengths, and alleviate your fears where your voice is amplified and capable of surviving the vile discernment of others.

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Payton Reid, LMHC

Staff Therapist

Payton Reid is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, who received her bachelors and masters degree in West Palm Beach, Florida and has also lived in New York City.

Payton has worked in private practice, community mental health, psychiatric facilities, and substance use treatment, with a focus in crisis intervention for the past 8 years. She specializes in treating trauma/PTSD, anxiety, mood disorders, and perinatal mental health issues. Payton’s work in crisis intervention has allowed for her to treat a multitude of psychiatric disorders and feel comfortable working with all populations within the field.

Payton’s counseling approach is client-centered, strength-based, trauma-informed, and collaborative. She strives to create a compassionate and unbiased space that allows room to assist the client in reaching specific goals. She focuses on identifying healthy coping skills and positive methods of problem solving. Her theoretical orientation is primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, however, she additionally integrates Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy interventions with her clients. Payton is a self-proclaimed lifelong learner and is always excited to research new therapeutic modalities. She utilizes evidence-based practices in a creative and safe environment to allow the client to heal and grow.

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Tiffany Reilly, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Tiffany Reilly is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 8 years of experience providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and families in Seattle and New York City. She received her Master’s in Counseling from Northwest University in 2015.

Before coming to Talkiatry, Tiffany worked as a Family Therapist and Supervisor at Children’s Aid. This role gave her experience navigating the complexities of adolescence, young adulthood, marriage, and other interpersonal stressors. She was also able to pursue additional trainings in motivational interviewing, trauma systems, and LGBTQIA supportive counseling.

Tiffany focuses on treating mood and anxiety disorders, as well as the complexities of grief and loss. She has additional experience working with trauma, conduct disorder, ODD, and personality disorders. She utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychoanalytic Theory, and Person-Centered Counseling.

Tiffany approaches each therapeutic relationship with empathy and compassion, understanding the uniqueness of personal experience. She believes that all behavior maintains something for each individual and when we bravely uncover our patterns we can use our inherent strengths to work towards change.

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Cosima Robinson, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Cosima Robinson holds a distinguished profile as a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor. She earned her Master of Science in Counseling from University of Houston-Clear Lake. Presently, her licensure allows her to provide counseling services within the state of Texas.

Drawing upon her extensive experience, Cosima Robinson adeptly delivers tailored therapeutic interventions catering to individuals of all age groups. She proficiently addresses a spectrum of mental health challenges, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, and various life obstacles. Her therapeutic approach is characterized by an impartial, supportive, and uplifting environment designed to foster healing.

Cosima's professional background encompasses a diverse range of settings. She has proficiently guided individuals in contexts such as dual-diagnosis scenarios, substance abuse recovery, residential and intensive outpatient care facilities, correctional institutions, survivors of domestic violence, and at-risk youth and families.

Her counseling methodology is an incorporation of person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused modalities. Notably, she remains flexible in her application of techniques, ensuring that each intervention is meticulously tailored to suit the distinct requirements of her clients.

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Emily Romeo, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Emily Romeo, LPC holds a license as a professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. She has over 15 years of experience working with a broad range of individuals at varying levels of care and clinical severity. Emily is board-certified in clinical mental health counseling by the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Emily approaches therapy in an integrative, client-centered manner. She implements a variety of therapeutic techniques to include mindfulness, dialectical behavioral, acceptance and commitment concepts, psychoeducation, and trauma-informed care. She values the therapeutic relationship and strives to provide a safe, accepting atmosphere to ensure her clients feel heard, validated, and empowered.

Emily received her master's degree from Messiah College and her undergraduate work was completed at the Pennsylvania State University. Emily has provided clinical care to a variety of individuals ranging from those struggling with complex trauma and substance use disorders to children/adolescents/adults dealing with anxiety, depression, mood instability and adjustment difficulties related to life changes. She has expertise in a variety of counseling settings including outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and in-home. She utilizes multiple treatment modalities which include individual, group and couples/family therapy.

An area of interest for Emily includes working with young adults struggling with co-occurring disorders. As the clinical coordinator of Silvermist Recovery, a premier residential treatment facility, she has been able to expand her clinical skills. Her philosophy is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a transdiagnostic model that allows her to provide high quality care to her patients.

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Anita Rosenberg, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Anita Rosenberg is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), with over 15 years of experience as a therapist.  She graduated from Arcadia University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; followed by receiving a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Psychology from La Salle University in 2010.  Following the completion of her education, Anita, spent a decade providing direct patient care and clinical leadership in an inpatient co-occurring disorders treatment facility.  She continues to have a passion for working with those navigating struggles with substance use and recovery efforts through the use of person centered and strengths-based modalities, as well as, incorporating 12 step programming.

Anita provides care to both adolescents and adults using an eclectic approach based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and trauma informed care approaches to assist with challenging negative thoughts and beliefs that interfere with experiencing joy in daily life.  This allows her to create a safe and comforting environment to serve diverse populations, including individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community.  She is also well versed in assisting individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, grief and loss, eating disorders, chronic mental and or physical health issues, and unexpected life changes. Through treatment, Anita works along with the individual to explore personal thoughts, beliefs, and values that influence one’s reactions to their lived experiences.  Her approach allows for the exploration and building of healthy coping skills, positive thought replacements, and processing of past and current life events that lead to struggles with daily distress.  Through her warmth, compassion, and strong sense of empathy, she strives to provide her clients with an open, positive, and affirming therapeutic relationship.

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Ian Sanders, LMHC

Staff Therapist

Ian Sanders is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor who has 12 years of experience with adolescence, adults, and families.  Ian has helped clients in diverse demographics manage conditions ranging from depression, anxiety, work stress, LGBTQIA matters, family matters, and situations / adjustment concerns. Ian has worked in Inpatient, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient, and Employee/Family Assistant Program settings.

Ian earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Concordia University - Wisconsin and his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University.  As well, Ian is a National Board Certified Counselor.

Ian’s focus has been with the LGBTQIA community and with adults and teens with mood disorders. Ian’s approach to helping his client’s is resiliency based utilizing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy approaches.

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Stefan Selochan, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Stefan is a dedicated, amiable therapist who has worked in a variety of settings with a diverse clientele. His experience ranges from working with children in a school setting with a focus on topics such as anger and self-esteem, to extensive time working with the substance abuse population as well as military veterans.

Stefan has received both his undergraduate degree and graduate degree from the University of Central Florida, and has been a practicing clinician for six years. During this time Stefan has been able to work in a variety of different agencies which has helped him to sharpen his skills to better meet client needs.

Although an eclectic style is mostly what Stefan subscribes to, he has extensive experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy and Solution-focused Therapy, among others. More importantly, Stefan is able to bring a sense of peace, healing, and transformation to each session.

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Kevin Seske, LCPC

Staff Therapist

Kevin Seske is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who specializes in Sport and Health Psychology. His approach to therapy is collaborative, empowering, nonjudgmental, trauma informed, and goal-focused. He sees therapy as a method to find the individual’s strengths to help overcome any hardships.


Kevin integrates treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, Existential Therapy, and mindfulness techniques. In addition, he incorporates Sports Psychology in sessions where appropriate as he believes physical activity can empower us and teach us life skills that boost self-esteem, promote team building, and aid in relaxation. These methods are proven to show reduction in anxiety and depression.


Kevin specializes in treating PTSD among young adults, adults, and/or immigrant populations. He is also skilled in treating mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, grief, emotional abuse, and life transitions. Kevin has been told by clients and colleagues that he has a calming presence and is a good listener.


Kevin’s 10 years of experience as a counselor has included providing trauma-informed care for undocumented minors who arrived at the US border seeking refuge from their home countries; including ones experiencing Adjustment Disorder, PTSD, and ODD. Additionally, Kevin served in a FQHC on the Southwest side of Chicago, in their clinical setting and school-based health center.

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Michelle Shya, LCSW

Staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Michelle Shya, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at Talkiatry, has provided care in the field for almost a decade. Working with individuals and families, she has connected and fostered ties with a broad spectrum of clients, including adolescent, adult, and geriatric services. Michelle's practice style centers on providing a safe and understanding space for clients to share, learn, identify, and address their unique therapeutic needs. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Michelle focuses on the relationships between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors to assist the client discover their personal strengths and motivation to best realize their individual life goals.

Michelle completed her undergraduate Social Work education at Millersville University. Later at Marywood University, she earned her Master in Social Work, with a specialization in Child and Family Practice. Michelle has had a wide variety of experiences working as a Social Worker in therapeutic and social service settings. She has provided case management and therapeutic care in domestic violence shelters, treatment foster care, community organizations, and hospice in-home support. In Michelle's experience in providing therapy, she has maintained a generalist practice, working with a variety of individuals facing personal barriers and challenges. By taking a step-by-step therapeutic approach, the client is able to better understand and process their thoughts as well as feelings to drive actionable change.

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Jennifer Sobol, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Jennifer Sobol is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Forensics at John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Jennifer graduated from the program at John Jay College With Distinction; she additionally completed a Post-Master’s Certificate in Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at New York University Silver School of Social Work. Jennifer earned her Mental Health Counseling Licensure hours at Mount Sinai West Hospital, Addiction Institute. She progressed to working at EAC Brooklyn CRAN, offering services to individuals discharging from Rikers Island, and those being offered an alternative to incarceration. Jennifer additionally worked with a co-occurring population in individual and group settings at Bridge Back to Life Center; specifically, Jennifer facilitated the Dual Focus group, treating individuals with comorbidities. She ultimately transitioned to working in a Private Practice, offering individual psychotherapy to a range of populations.

Throughout her career, Jennifer has gained experience in treating clients with anxiety, depression, OCD, relationship issues, adjustment concerns, life transitions, addiction, and other mental health diagnoses/concerns. Jennifer utilizes an integrative approach, combining several modalities, such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Theory, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic techniques, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Strength-Based, Exposure techniques, and Psychoeducation. The philosophy of Jennifer’s practice is rooted in supportive psychotherapy as well as person-centered and compassion-oriented care. She creates a safe and empathetic space for clients to access tools she believes they harbor within.

Jennifer believes in the powerful connection between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors; she guides clients in challenging unhelpful thinking as a means of promoting healthier emotions and behaviors. Jennifer additionally offers the practice of exposure techniques in relation to anxiety and other relevant mental health concerns; in doing so, she assists clients in overcoming fear and regaining their sense of power and confidence. Furthermore, Jennifer offers psychoeducation on evidence-based coping techniques while taking into consideration the individualized component of treatment. Jennifer’s primary goal is to assist clients in aligning their value system and goals as a means of alleviating dissonance and fostering a sense of acceptance.

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Dana Sommers, LCSW

Staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Before graduating from NYU School of Social Work, Dana worked in international human rights and educational environments. She has 13 years of experience as a clinical social worker and prior to assuming her role as psychotherapist at Talkiatry, Dana worked with formerly homeless adults in supportive housing.

Dana views therapy as a gift to oneself and recognizes the bravery and courage it takes to be vulnerable and open oneself to the path of self-discovery. She is passionate about creating a warm, validating, culturally responsive and non-judgmental environment where she will work collaboratively with you towards your goals. Whether you are moving through a difficult transition, coping with chronic illness, experiencing work burnout and stress, anxiety, trauma, loss, or just wanting to feel “unstuck”, she will accompany you through these life circumstances and emotions and help you gain new insights about yourself, reinforce or learn new ways of thinking and coping and help you reclaim hope as you work to live your most meaningful life.

Dana draws largely from psychodynamic therapy, though her treatment is collaborative, flexible and individualized, incorporating mindfulness, cbt and other evidence based modalities when appropriate.

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Kristen Soukup, LCSW

Staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Kristen Soukup, LCSW is a mental health therapist at Talkiatry. Kristen completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester where she studied Psychology and Brain & Cognitive Science. She then went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Social Work at the State University of New York at Buffalo. After completing her Master’s degree, Kristen began working at an outpatient cancer center where she provided care coordination and therapeutic support to patients and their families enduring cancer diagnoses, treatments, and end of life. She then worked to pursue her clinical license in working with adults with significant and persistent mental illness in an outpatient setting.   Kristen functioned not only as a primary therapist, but also the crisis team leader providing supervision to other clinicians and assisted clients both in the clinic and the community.

Kristen believes in looking at the whole person in their environment when working with her patients.  She comes from a nonjudgmental and empathetic standpoint and genuinely wants to put the patient’s goals and values first. Kristen has experience in treating patients with anxiety, depression, OCD, Bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. Kristen is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and tends to utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques in treatment. She has knowledge and interest in human motivation and performance related issues, and utilizes Motivational Interviewing and mindfulness skills to assist her patients with these concerns. Kristen also has training in treating anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive disorders and uses exposure therapy to assist patients in overcoming these struggles.

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Alexandra Starmer, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Meet Alex Starmer, LMHC, your friendly mental health counselor here at Talkiatry. She's not just a counselor; she's your partner on your mental health journey. Alex earned her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Syracuse University in 2020 and has been in the field since January 2021, working closely with clients facing mental health and substance use challenges.

Alex believes in the power of the mind-body connection, and she loves to share polyvagal exercises and mindfulness techniques to help you better understand yourself. She's always learning and growing, with ongoing training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Her go-to tools for therapy are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). With her, you can expect a compassionate and comprehensive approach to your mental well-being. You're in good hands with Alex.

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TreSina Steger, LPC

Therapist

Dr. TréSina E. Steger (Dr. Tré) is a Licensed Professional Counselor, (LPC) who has practiced several years as a Mental Health Therapist. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Olive College, in NC, a Master of Science in Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, in MN and a Doctorate in Education Higher Educational Leadership from Liberty University in VA. She has worked in business, outpatient mental health, non-profits, in private practice, and with the military. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Board Certified Tele-Mental Health Provider (BC-TMH), Certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapist (CDBT), and Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (C-TFCBT). Dr. Tré uses person centered, solution focused, DBT, CPT, CBT Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness, and Psychodynamic and more approaches to assist clients. She strides in aiding clients work on attachment issues, relationship problems, ADHD, self-esteem, self-worth, gender identity, boundary issues, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Dr. Tré has worked with clients from a variety of backgrounds, populations, and identities and takes pride on being a LGBTQIA+ affirming, a gender-affirming, BIOPC therapist who has worked with clients who have experienced various types of traumas. Clients will find she has a conversational tone, direct, non-judgmental approach when addressing their therapeutic goals and provides a safe space for them to do their work.

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Leslie Sullivan, LMHC

Staff Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Leslie Sullivan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 15 years of counseling experience.  Leslie received her B. A. in Psychology from Boston University and continued her education at Fordham University where she received her M. S. Ed. in Counseling.

Leslie began her career in community mental health services helping the most vulnerable New Yorkers rebuild their lives after a diagnosis of serious mental illnesses.  Leslie’s other focus is private practice where she works with individuals in need of support for depression, anxiety, adjustments disorders, addiction and general life stressors.  Leslie’s focus of treatment is a person-centered approach utilizing Cognitive Behavioral techniques.

Leslie has trained with Dr. Christopher Shea in the "Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE Approach)".   She is also trained in SafeTalk Suicide Awareness and Commitment To Living: Understanding and Responding to Suicide Risk. Leslie is certified in Integrated Mental Health/Addictions Treatment Training (IMHATT).

Leslie believes that talk therapy in conjunction with medication therapy can have a very successful outcome for those seeking mental health counseling.

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Kimberly Taylor, LPC

Staff Therapist

Kimberly Taylor is a Licensed Professional Counselor with an eclectic background. Serving clients from a heart-centered focus. Kimberly completed her undergraduate degree in Spanish Literature and Teaching at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and her graduate degree in Counseling from Wayne State University in Detroit. She was employed for a combined 15 years as a Spanish language teacher and guidance counselor. Kimberly has counseled in a variety of settings, such as schools, substance use facilities, community mental health, refugee camps, private practice, telehealth and urban federally qualified health centers.

Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of adolescents and adults who struggle with issues related to trauma, OCD, depression, anxiety, codependency, womanhood, domestic violence, cultural identity, sexuality and post-modern work-life imbalance. Kimberly utilizes a mixture of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), ERP (Exposure Response and Prevention), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and holistic practices to create a unique healing experience for the client.

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Jessica Vassallo, LCSW

Staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jessica Vassallo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience in the area of mental health.  She has worked with patients of various demographics including World Trade Center responders, college students, patients with severe and persistent mental illness, dually diagnosed patients, patients who have or have had cancer, and patients with impoverished backgrounds.  She received her Master's Degree at Adelphi University in 2003, became certified that year and received her license in clinical social work in 2008.

Jessica has been practicing in social work for 20 years, focusing on anxiety, depression, and PTSD.  She uses an eclectic approach in therapy with a foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness therapy, and supportive psychotherapy.  She develops an individualized treatment plan for all patients to focus on their goals.  She believes that the person is impacted by all the larger systems they are in (family, workplace, community, larger society) and is committed to providing a non-judgmental, warm, and empathetic space to help clients feel understood and comfortable exploring the roots of their issues.

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Diana Veliz, LCSW

Staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Diana Veliz, LCSW, obtained her MSW from Fordham University. Diana has over 3 years experience providing client centered therapy. Her practice is sensitive to race and culture, and trauma informed. Diana has experience working with adults, and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. She has worked in outpatient/inpatient clinics and in an educational setting supporting children with social emotional learning.

Diana believes that the best approach is to work collaboratively with the client while also considering that each person's experience is individual to them. The client is an expert in their lives and as a clinician she is there meet the client where they are at and begin the healing journey through non judgment and compassion. Diana uses cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused approach and psycho-education. She also considers the clients place in society and how culture and race can contribute to challenges. Diana takes passion in working with clients to improve self-esteem, recognize schemas, regulate emotions, and develop self awareness.

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Pamela Walkiewicz, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Ms. Walkiewicz is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and Certified by the NBCC. She also has Certifications in Telehealth EMDR, and as a Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider. Her postion at Talkiatry is a Psychotherapist that works along the licensed Psychiatrist in the state of Pennsylvania and New York. In her career of over 25 years, her areas of focus are: child/adolescents/adults.Pamela offers modalities in CBT, DBT, Trauma Focused CBT, EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Problem Solving Therapy, Psychoanalytical Therapies, and Adult ADHD. Also trained in modalities for specialy groups such as LGBTQ+. Family/couples Therapy,and Personality Disorders. Also has experience with DID, and Depersonalization.Pamela received her Undergraduate and Master's degree from Gannon University in Erie, Pa. Her major's are Political Science, and Psychology, Master's in Community Counseling. She began her career at Sarah Reed Children's Center,as a therapist. She did individual therapy, family, crisis, and assessments. From there she moved to Alabama for Administrative work and Private Practice. Now back in Pa. Her work in Pennsylvania and New York focuses on Outpateint Therapy as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her most recent Certifications are within the work with Telemedicine
for mental health conditions.Her work in Pennsylvania and New York focuses on Outpateint Therapy as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her most recent Certifications are within the work with Telemedicine
for mental health conditions.

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Heather Walton, LPC

Staff Licensed Professional Counselor

Heather Walton is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience in the mental and behavioral health field. She graduated with a Bachelors in Biopsychology in Philadelphia, PA, and obtained her Masters in Mental Health Counseling in Miami, FL.  

Since then, Heather has provided counseling in various settings and has extensive experience helping individuals who struggle with mood disorders, substance use, and unresolved trauma.  Her recent focus has supported those navigating ADHD, grief and loss, interpersonal issues, and life’s transitions.

Heather uses a holistic and person-centered approach, with a foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  She empathizes with the human experience and collaborates with people as they explore their thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and values. Through this, Heather believes people can gain clarity of their opportunities and strengths and live a balanced and fulfilling life.

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Raquel Weinum, LCSW

Staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Raquel Weinum is a licensed clinical social worker. Her career in the field has spanned over 20 years and includes work with adults, adolescents, and children from diverse populations and experiences. She has treated a wide range of symptoms and challenges, including but not limited to, depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, chronic stress, trauma, difficulty with relationships, family conflicts, and loss.

Her style is warm and engaging. She considers the role of the therapist to be a collaborative one. As a therapist she aims to create a safe non-judgmental space for self-exploration, discovery, and healing. The goals in the therapeutic process may involve developing new skills to cope with emotional pain, learning to set new boundaries in relationships, or finding more meaning in life. She utilizes a wide range of approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, relational and psychodynamic approaches, as well as mindfulness and embodiment work in her practice. Regardless of the modality, her work is always trauma informed and strength-based.

Ms. Weinum received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University and her BS in
psychology from Brooklyn College. She has worked in varied settings including hospitals, community mental health/substance abuse clinics, and home- based crisis intervention services. She has provided individual and group psychotherapy, and has served in supervisory/administrative roles throughout her career.

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