Our therapists work alongside our psychiatrists to provide a variety of treatment options.
Talkiatry therapists are available exclusively to patients under the care of a Talkiatry psychiatrist.
For the past twenty three years I have been working with clients from various backgrounds and presenting issues as a licensed therapist in both private and agency settings. I am a native New Yorker, and find my background as a non-judgmental, open minded, and compassionate person has aided in the treatment I offer. I believe in collaborative, client led therapy, largely utilizing a psychodynamic approach. I have extensive experience working with the LGBTQ+ community, treating PTSD, familial/partner conflicts, depression, substance misuse, and anxiety disorders. I am a graduate of New York University School of Social Work and have continued my education to include training in Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, including trauma focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My 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.
Madeleine Ball, LPC, earned her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University in 2019 and has worked as a clinician for the past 3 years. Madeleine has been certified as a domestic violence counselor and has been trained in therapies that target and treat anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorders, and grief and loss.
Madeleine describes her therapeutic style as being warm and supportive, with a dose of reality. Madeleine strives to provide a space for those to feel comfortable in order to encourage openness and explore their emotions in session. Madeleine draws from an emotionally focused therapeutic lens while incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and person-centered therapy techniques.
Prior to graduate school, Madeleine became a certified domestic violence counselor and assisted with helping victims in Montgomery County, PA. She continued to obtain her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University and continued to work as a clinician in various health care settings. This includes a partial hospitalization program for adolescents, an educational setting, and most recently, working in a community mental health outpatient center for adults.
Madeleine has focused on treating those with anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorders, and grief and loss. Madeleine has been certified as a domestic violence counselor and has also been trained through the BECK institute to practice cognitive behavioral therapy. Madeleine received her undergraduate degree from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania and is originally from England.
Ms. Maria Baxter holds a position as psychotherapist at Talkiatry. She is a licensed clinical social worker who has licensure in New York and Georgia. Ms. Baxter is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist and Certified Anger Management Specialist. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Ms. Baxter has been practicing for 10 years. Ms. Baxter is certified in trauma therapy and anger management. She has been trained in play therapy, sand tray and activity-based mindfulness. Ms. Baxter integrates a myriad of therapies in her practice such as psychodynamic and solution focused therapy, CBT, DBT, supportive, strengths-based and mental health maintenance.
Ms. Baxter was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She received her bachelors at New York University and Master of Social Work at Fordham University. Ms. Baxter completed clinical internships at YAI, teaching pre-vocational and life skills in their work readiness program and Jacobi Medical Center, facilitating groups and individual therapy sessions in their outpatient psychiatry department. After receiving her MSW, she worked with the NY State Office of Mental Hygiene. Ms. Baxter worked at NYU Lutheran Medical Center’s inpatient behavioral health unit with the acutely mentally ill and dually diagnosed patients. She provided psychotherapy at several outpatient mental health facilities. Ms. Baxter moved to GA in 2016 and worked in a psychotherapy private practice.
Ms. Baxter is a licensed psychotherapist trained to help individuals with chronic psychiatric illnesses and behavioral issues. She worked with children (ages 5+), adolescents and adults dealing with trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, family-related issues, relationships problems, work stress, difficulty adjusting to life changes and aging, anger problems, self-harm and chronic illnesses. Growing up in a diverse community helped her see the importance of being a culturally competent therapist which enhances quality of care. Therapy is a remarkable journey towards healing. Change does happen when you open yourself to it!
Lezlee Betts is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She is dedicated to helping people struggling with mental health concerns that are seeking ways to live a full and balanced life. Her practice focuses on talk therapy that is strengths-based and client-focused.
Lezlee’s clinical approach is rooted in modalities of structural family therapy and trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy. Many find Lezlee to be good-humored and easy to talk to as she offers a warm, safe space supporting others navigating this thing we call life.
Lezlee received her Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Edinboro University. In addition to her clinical experience received while providing outpatient therapy, Lezlee has worked within utilization review departments of commercial behavioral health insurance companies providing her with a deeper understanding of how influential a person’s environment can be with an emphasis on implementing advocacy.
Lezlee specializes in a variety of issues including relationships, life transitions, depression, anxiety, and couples/family concerns. Lezlee is LGBTQIA-affirming in all aspects of practice.
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.
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
Deandria Brooks, LPC-A, has been practicing as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate for four years and will soon be fully licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas.
Deandria believes it is important to focus on building strong therapeutic rapport to create a safe space for her clients. Through a genuine CBT approach, she utilizes techniques that help clients challenge their negative thinking patterns, confront their fears, and develop healthier coping skills to achieve their treatment goals.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) in 2014. Although she was raised in Louisiana, where she grew to love her culture and appreciate her humble upbringing, Deandria always had the goal of returning to her birth state of Texas to further her education and expand her career opportunities. After completing her undergraduate degree, Deandria moved to Texas and later received her Master of Science degree in Counseling and Development in 2018 from Texas Woman’s University (TWU). Deandria has worked in various mental health environments, including managed care, a homeless shelter, and inpatient facilities/units in case management, crisis intervention, individual/group counseling, and assessment/intake roles.
Deandria strives to excel at serving diverse populations of adults and adolescents with concerns related to anxiety, ADHD, depression, and trauma. In the future, Deandria plans to increase her knowledge of maternal health and cultural issues to better connect and support individuals with these areas of concern.
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.
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.
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.
Cassandra David, LMSW is a licensed psychotherapist who has been in practice for over three years. She completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at Simmons College and received her License Master of Social Work in the state of New York. Cassandra’s therapeutic approach focuses on an eclectic use of treatment modalities that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Cassandra is dedicated to personalizing treatment and developing therapeutic alliances in order to best assist her clients with reaching their goals. She has practiced in various settings over her career including schools, outpatient clinics, and telehealth platforms. Cassandra has a strong passion for working with adults who are trying to overcome generational trauma and shed unhealthy learned behaviors, she enjoys helping people find commonality and emotional support when they feel most alone.
Shelly has been working in the mental health field for 7 years and aims to provide a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate space for those she works with. She believes people are the experts on themselves and she encourage openness, honesty, and collaboration so that she can meet each client where they are currently without compromising their autonomy in the process.
Shelly considers it a privilege to be allowed into another person's worldview. Her choice of interventions and methods are tailored to each client individually. Shelly earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Siena College. As part of this program, she interned as a Helpline Specialist at the National Alliance on Mental Illness. After graduating, she took time to work in the mental health field as a Housing Specialist for Rehabilitation Support Services in Albany. While with this agency, Shelly was asked to be a part of and help develop the Transition Support Team where she worked as a Case Coordinator and Benefits Specialist. She decided to return to school for her graduate degree and received her Master of Science in Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of Saint Rose. Her internship was completed at Pinnacle Behavioral Health in Albany where she worked with individuals, couples, and groups. During this time, she also worked as the Intake Coordinator at the practice.
Since graduating, Shelly has worked in Mobile Crisis Services through Northern Rivers, on the crisis unit at Saratoga Hospital Emergency Room, and as a Behavioral Health Consultant through Community Care Physicans. Though Shelly has worked with clients ranging from todlers to the geriatric population, her area of focus is young adult to geriatric.
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.
Karina Eugenio Vargas holds the position of Virtual Therapist at Talkiatry. She has been practicing for 4 years in teen and adult mental health.
Karina Eugenio Vargas believes the most important element of therapy is the client-therapist relationship, and so her approach is compassionate and collaborative. She seeks to provide a safe, supportive environment that fosters empowerment and self-acceptance. Karina practices from a psychodynamic framework and may integrate mindfulness and other approaches depending on the needs of each client.
Karina Eugenio Vargas received her education from St. John's University in New York.
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.
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.
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.
Ashley Fisher is a Licensed Social Worker with over 10 years of experience as a therapist. She graduated from Juniata College with her Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW) in 2011 and received her Master’s of Social Work (MSW) in 2015 from Shippensburg University. Ashley has had the opportunity to practice in various settings
throughout her career with clients of all ages, in both mental health and/or substance abuse outpatient and inpatient settings.
Ashley is a warm, genuine, accepting, and empathetic therapist. She provides a safe, nonjudgmental environment to collaborate with clients in reaching their goals. Ashley uses a person-centered and strengths-based lens integrated with a number of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Comprehensive Behavioral Therapy (ComB), Psychodynamic, Mindfulness, and Trauma-focused.
Ashley prides herself on being an LGBTQ+ affirming, a gender-affirming, and a neurodiversity-affirming therapist. She has extensive experience working with clients that have experienced trauma at some point in their lives. Ashley has a passion for working with clients that have a history of substance abuse problems or have a loved one that has a substance abuse problem. She has specialized training through the TLC Foundation to treat individuals that struggle with body-focused repetitive behaviors such as hair-pulling or skin-picking. Ashley also specializes in providing individual therapy to clients that have potential concerns such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, autism, ADHD, OCD, life transitions, family issues, medical/health issues, and more. She also enjoys working with the elderly population.
Ashley will begin therapy with each individual starting where they are at in life. She believes that each individual is the expert of their own life and she will help each individual identify and develop their own goals for treatment. Ashley believes that it is important for the client and therapist to build a therapeutic relationship based on mutual respect and trust.
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.
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.
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.
Benjamin Heisler is an adult and child clinical social worker. The primary goal of Benjamin’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis on establishing trust and building a therapeutic relationship to help patients achieve their goals.
Benjamin’s approach focuses on healing the Self and reducing physiological arousal. Benjamin will work with your care team to help receive collaborative supportive care. He received his master’s degree in social work from Touro College and is doing his post master’s degree therapy certification from New York University.
Benjamin has done internships working with veterans with substance abuse illnesses, children with a variety of mental health conditions, including trauma and complex trauma, and adults with trauma, anxiety, and depression. Benjamin takes this work seriously, using a variety of modalities. While using an anti-racist/oppressive lens, the modalities he uses include trauma-focused therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, play therapy, somatic therapy, and others. He looks forward to getting to know you more and learning more about how he can support you on your journey.
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.
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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