Our therapists collaborate with our psychiatrists to provide our patients with well-rounded care.
Our therapists only work with patients who are currently being seen by one of our psychiatrists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.After completing her undergraduate degree, she 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kimbalie Commissiong, LCSW holds the position of Staff Psychotherapist at Talkiatry. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 19 years of experience as a therapist. Kimbalie obtained her B.S. degree from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York and M.S.W. Degree from Barry University in Miami, Florida followed by a 2-year clinical internship facilitating group therapy and individual sessions with dually diagnosed adults in a substance abuse and mental health clinic in Miami.
After becoming a licensed psychotherapist, Kimbalie worked with adults, adolescents and children addressing a myriad of mental disorders. She also provided therapy and behavioral health assessments to children and families, referred by local child protective services agency, in the natural or foster home environment addressing trauma and abuse. In addition to her work as a therapist, Kimbalie has also fulfilled roles as a Behavioral Health Care Manager, Clinical Care Manager and Employee Assistance Program Counselor for Health Plans. Kimbalie specializes in assisting adults with learning tools and strategies for managing anxiety, and mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. She also has tools to assist with learning ways to effectively manage stress and improve communication skills to reduce workplace and relationship conflict.
Kimbalie’s approach is non-judgmental and supportive with a focus on raising awareness of one’s interpersonal strengths. She utilizes a variety of techniques including cognitive behavioral, Motivational, solution-focused and psychodynamic.
Dr. Ashley Cooper holds the position of full-time clinical counselor at Talkiatry. Dr. Cooper is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor in the state of Florida and holds a doctorate in Counselor Education. Dr. Cooper has been practicing in the mental health field for about ten years, and is trained in EMDR, Trauma Focused CBT, and Motivational Interviewing among other therapeutic modalities. Dr. Cooper provides individual therapy sessions for a wide variety of clients of all ages, genders and mental health presentations. Each session offered ranges from 30-60 minutes, depending upon the client's individual needs and preferences. Dr. Cooper also believes in a collaborative approach and works closely with a team of mental health professionals to ensure the best possible treatment for her clients.
She received her Ph.D. from Florida Atlantic University in the field of Counselor Education and was the recipient of the Presidential Fellowship Award. This advanced degree allows her to not only practice as a clinician, but to research in the field of mental health counseling and add to the body of literature and therapeutic practices in the field. Dr. Cooper studied Applied Psychology at Lynn University, where she obtained her Master of Science, and after two years of post graduate training, became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Finally, she completed her Bachelors Degree at the University of Miami, where she began her journey towards finding her passion in mental health.
Dr. Cooper has several published works and plans to continue researching and writing throughout the duration of her career. She splits her time as a clinician with work in academia. She currently holds appointments as an Adjunct Professor at both Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University. Dr. Cooper enjoys teaching various courses in the field of Counseling and Psychology, and hopes to continue supporting aspiring mental health counselors as they work to become licensed clinicians. With a rich background of clinical experience, Dr. Cooper enjoys working with clients of all ages, genders and presentations. She is trained in EMDR, Trauma Focused CBT, CBT, Motivational Interviewing among many other styles of therapy. She firmly believes that each client is unique, and the key to treatment is being able to not only hear their concerns- but to empathize with each client's needs and understand their goals.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Alexis Edwards is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Supervisor (LCSW-S) and Certified Doula (CD) that specializes in perinatal mental health and trauma recovery. She completed her undergraduate degree in Child & Family Studies at Louisiana State University followed by a graduate degree at University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. She is also a mother of a budding preteen, neurodivergent daughter, and dangerously curious toddler.
Alexis has specialized training in trauma and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) and utilizes a collaborative approach to therapy, offering continuous chances for consent and safe connection. In the midst of trauma, we often have our voices silenced and choices taken from us. Healing is a chance for your voice and choice to be restored.
She believes the body is a gift, a highly effective tool for safety and survival. The body can also keep us stuck in habitual pain or automatic reactions. Alexis strives to help clients activate the brain's powerful ability to mend itself and learn ways to come back to self.
Alexis uses an eclectic approach intertwining Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) with other body-based modalities including mindfulness, expressive arts, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma-Conscious Yoga Method (TCYM).
Her hope is the more clients are able to build awareness around the body sensations, impulses, and emotions they may have, the more they can harness the lived wisdom the body has lovingly held to process through the difficult experiences they have endured.
Alexis is also passionate about helping new parents adjust to parenthood and seasoned parents deal with the challenges modern parenthood brings. Her own traumatic births and journey to motherhood inspired her to become a doula and focus her work supporting parents at the intersection of trauma and parenthood. Parenthood has a way of stirring up our past experiences. Whether we are uncovering facets of our relationship to our own caregivers or concerns for our children in relation to distressing experiences. She is ready to walk through the beautiful mess this stage of life can bring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aubrey Lusignan, LMHC, earned her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College in 2018 and has worked with patients in a clinical capacity for the past three years. While in graduate school, Aubrey worked in various social justice settings such as domestic violence advocacy and feminist, trauma-informed counseling at Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.
Her therapeutic style is warm, compassionate, and direct. Leading with an intersectional-feminist, anti-oppressive, and LGBT-affirmative lens, Aubrey prides herself in creating a sense of safety within her sessions that encourages her clients to take risks and foster self-growth. Aubrey draws from humanistic theory, mindfulness, and employs a cognitive-behavioral framework to help clients challenge false beliefs and take action to lead an authentic and meaningful life. Aubrey is passionate about working with survivors of complex trauma believes in the health at every size paradigm, and thinks all individuals are deserving of healing.
Tania is a Staff Psychotherapist at Talkiatry. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and holds active licenses in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and Washington D.C. Before joining Talkiatry, Tania was a Behavioral Health Program Director at an integrated care medical practice. She’s been a clinical supervisor to other Social Workers while providing therapy to a wide variety of clients from different backgrounds and ages. Tania has worked with the Veteran population and has a heart for this community as well as active duty military and their families.
Tania completed her undergraduate and graduate education at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, FL. Tania has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology, a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), and Master of Social Work (MSW). Tania has 13 years of post-graduate experience in the Social Work and Mental Health field. Her treatment modality styles are primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Therapy. She also has training in Trauma-Focused CBT.
Tania specializes in treating a wide range of diagnostic and psychosocial concerns, including the following: depression, anxiety, traumatic stress, work related stress, spirituality, racial issues, and relationship/family stress. She is very passionate about assisting clients enhance self-esteem and healthy boundaries to promote self-care. Through her years of experience as a Clinical Social Worker, Tania has endorsed believing people need to be honored as experts in their own lives and should be free to share their life experiences without judgment or minimization.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tammy Williams graduated from Hunter College with a Master’s degree in Social Work. Tammy’s work is centered on helping her clients manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. Tammy’s work is focused on helping professionals and entrepreneurs manage the demands of their work, personal struggles, relationships and helping them achieve work/life balance.
Additionally, Tammy has experience working with a variety of individual clients dealing with an array of disorders such as PTSD, depression, self-esteem, and self-worth issues, body image insecurities, grief counseling, couple’s counseling, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Tammy’s experience has included working in clinical settings, private practice, and non-profit organizations where she has gained a plethora of experience that has informed her practice today. Tammy’s choice of therapeutic modalities include: Harm Reduction, CBT, DBT and MCBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Supportive Therapy. Currently, Tammy is a full-time psychotherapist. She enjoys assisting her clients in achieving their goals and helping them acquire the skills necessary to maintain a great quality of life.
Kathryn Zietkiewicz is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience. She has a diverse background with many different populations. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Kean University in Social Work. Kathryn obtained her Master's degree from Adelphi University in Clinical Social Work utilizing their advanced standing program to complete her degree in one year.
Kathryn has experience with children and adults. All of her experience has been in high paced and challenging locations. She is easy to work with and approachable.
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