Meet the 14th Street Team
Sara Fry, LMHC (License #4888)
Sara Fry is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor whose warm caring energy creates a safe space for a collaborative therapeutic experience. Utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness practice, psychodynamic techniques, humanistic and client-centered influences, Sara’s approach is integrative and holistic, adapting to fit each person’s unique needs. She specializes in helping individuals with mood and anxiety disorders, life transitions, sexuality, interpersonal relationships, trauma and stress-related issues, and substance-related disorders. Through emotion-focused therapy, Sara nurtures individuals to be fully present, find life balance, strengthen emotional health, and develop effective coping skills. Recognizing the light in each individual Sara helps people overcome barriers and build resilience for a healthy body and mind.
Sara Fry received her Masters’ Degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. She also studied abroad focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention and clinical treatment in London, England. Sara published scholarly articles in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies as well as the American Psychological Association. She holds a certification in Advanced Clinical Practice from the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Sara is also an adjunct instructor at Fordham University, teaching a graduate level course in Advanced Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis.
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Calli Kosch, LMHC (License #8055)
Calli Kosch is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who brings authenticity, humor, and non-judgement to her practice. She firmly believes in meeting clients where they are at, in their process toward managing life's joys and hardships. Calli infuses a blend of clinical and theoretical approaches into her work, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. Most importantly, she believes that forming a strong therapeutic relationship is the most important element in creating a challenging yet fruitful experience in therapy. Calli has experience working with adolescents and adults who are experiencing life transitions, managing depressed mood, anxiety, substance abuse, and eating disorders.
Calli is a licensed counselor in the states of New York, Massachusetts, and California. Originally from Michigan, Calli has personally experienced many life transitions, including adjustment to living in New York City. Calli received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. There is an element of tough love that she incorporates into the therapeutic relationship. Honesty and willingness to try something new are all that she asks from her clients in order to foster greater insight and effect change.
anxiety, depression, eatdisorder, substanceaddict, lifetrans, relfamtherapy, organization, selfesteem, lifecoach, cope, trauma, ptsd, cbt, dbt, relational, psychodynamic, person
Frank Ledda, LMHC (License #9538)
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Frank works at both the 14th and 38th Street locations.
Frank is a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor. He recently returned to NYC, where he was born and raised, after spending his career working as a psychotherapist and Certified Addictions Professional in Florida and Washington State. He has many years of experience and is passionate about helping individuals, couples and families who are dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD and other trauma related difficulties, substance use, grief and loss, gender and sexual identity, interpersonal relationships and life transitions. He values the mind/body connection and is grounded in a strength-based, multicultural and social justice approach to helping people. He has experience working with people of culturally diverse backgrounds. In Florida, half of Frank’s practice was dedicated to serving people in the LGBTQPIA+ community in therapy and also by providing outreach and consultation to community providers of substance abuse and mental health treatment.
Frank’s mindful presence and empathic listening skills help create an ideal space that support an opportunity for clients to increase personal awareness, cultivate compassion toward the self, gain clarity about their personal struggle and develop a plan to work toward their stated goals. He understands the importance of matching clients with theoretical approaches to therapy that resonate with them. Frank has experience and skills in the use of Gestalt Therapy, Interpersonal Process Therapy (IPT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered and Psychodynamic Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and The International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP) approach to trauma therapy.
Samantha Sudano, LMHC (License #6970)
Samantha Sudano is an intuitive and creative Licensed Mental Health Counselor who supports clients in the healing process. Applying her natural sense of connection and energy, she guides her clients to a higher state of awareness, openness, and fullness in being. Samantha meets clients where they are while making space for each individual journey toward a desired future. She is aware that each person carries unique struggles and the focus of treatment is determined by the blocks and curiosities of each individual. Samantha has experience working with people who suffer from depression; anxiety; addiction and friends/family of those who are addicted; relational issues; life transitions (such as moving), job stress and grief; transgender/gender spectrum concerns and sexuality. Trust, honesty, respect, safety, acceptance, commitment, consistency, and a dose of humor are essential elements of the therapeutic process, according to Samantha.
Samantha graduated from Purchase College with a B.A. in Sociology and Gender Studies. After moving to NYC, Samantha assisted individuals with developmental disabilities. Samantha received a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College and is a Certified Gestalt Therapist. Previously, she worked in a substance abuse outpatient program and as part of an ACT team, she made home visits to the severely mentally ill, working alongside medical professionals, and conducted individual therapy with adolescents, adults, and elders. Samantha is currently exploring body-related therapies, including reiki, cranial sacral, as part of her commitment to continued education.
anxiety, depression, substanceaddict, lifetrans, lgbtq, selfesteem, lifecoach, cope, trauma, mindfulness
Jenny Kim, LMHC (License #7570)
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Jenny Kim, a Florida native, is a culturally competent Mental Health Counselor now living in New York for 10 years. Jenny has a passion to help people reach emotional and mental well-being using a client-centered approach and an eclectic approach in counseling. She is experienced working with children, adolescents, and adults who have struggled with depression, anxiety, interpersonal struggles, self-esteem, domestic violence, and trauma. Jenny’s approach is genuine, empathetic, and perceptive. With the collaboration of the client, she hopes to provide a safe environment to build a positive experience for self-development and self-awareness for the client.
Jenny completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New York University and received a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has a New York State license in mental health counseling. She has experience in the non-profit sector and community organizations providing counseling and administrative services.
Fatema Badawy, LMHC (License #9579)
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Fatema Badawy, LMHC, is a warm and empathic client-centered psychotherapist. She is a native New Yorker, and is fluent in Arabic. She believes in meeting the client where they are as they embark on their journey of healing. For Fatema, therapy is a road to self-realization and she feels honored to guide her clients along the way. Working collaboratively with clients to reach their personal goals, Fatema is a multicultural therapist with experience in providing marriage and family therapy. Fatema has also worked extensively with clients who are on the autism spectrum and have learning/behavioral disabilities. She has extensive experiences working with individuals struggling with a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, cultural identity issues, life transitions, loss, trauma and OCD.
Fatema has earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Adelphi University and a Bachelor of Art degree in psychology from Saint Francis College. She also has extensive training in Multisystemic therapy (MST). Though Fatema works with an eclectic style that incorporates different frameworks and ideas, Fatema draws most from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing. She also received training in psychodynamic and incorporates elements of mindfulness and dialectic behavior therapy (DBT) into her practice. Fatema has a non-judgmental stance and a grounding presences.
Erin Wolfe, LMHC (License #8628)
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Erin Wolfe, a licensed mental health counselor, is a devoted and compassionate therapist committed to enhancing her clients’ lives. Whether it is processing difficult topics, navigating through a recent change, or confronting possible life barriers, she strives to create a safe and exploratory counseling relationship that fosters growth, sense of empowerment, and emotional well-being. Her work as a primary therapist in outpatient substance abuse clinics has granted her extensive knowledge and understanding of the treatment of addiction, something she recognizes as an underlying symptom of something typically much greater. She served as the primary adolescent counselor in one of such clinics. Erin has experience treating a wide range of issues, including anxiety, mood disorders, trauma/PTSD, personality disorders, and relationship and family issues.
Erin obtained her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Long Island University. She draws techniques from psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and expressive art frameworks. Previously, she was a member of the American Psychological Associations Division 35: The Society of the Psychology of Women, where she initiated and installed professional talk panels in various Universities highlighting issues related to gender studies and female empowerment.
Samantha Prestano, LMHC (License #9062)
Samantha Prestano is an intuitive and compassionate Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She is committed to helping individuals overcome life challenges in a collaborative, nonjudgmental, and safe environment. Samantha is passionate about understanding the whole being and meeting each client where they are on their journey. She strives to work together with her clients towards their desired goals and greater emotional wellbeing to live more authentic, fulfilling, joyful lives. Samantha believes in blending empirically-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness skills, with relationally-based treatments to connect with her clients in a meaningful way.
Samantha is experienced in treating eating disorders, substance use/addictive disorders, perfectionism, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, relationship difficulties, and women psychological issues. Samantha received a Master’s Degree in Counseling for Mental Health & Wellness from New York University. She is certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and is currently enrolled in a Yoga Teacher Training program. Samantha is also a Clinical Supervisor to graduate level students and continues to further her education and knowledge through trainings and conferences.
anxiety, depression, eatdisorder, womenpsych, relfamtherapy, couplescounsel, selfesteem, cope, trauma, cbt, rebt, psychodynamic
Rene Gonzalez, LMHC (License #6391)
Rene Gonzalez is a Texan turned New Yorker, drawn to the city by his passion for people watching, food, architecture, and multiculturalism. Rene cites several of Woody Allen’s most neurotic characters as inspiration for becoming a psychotherapist, and believes it was (partly) his films that planted the seeds of inspiration that compelled him to eventually move to the city. Rene’s early 20s were spent studying Spanish and teaching English in Spain and Latin America, and his encounters with people from diverse backgrounds solidified his intense curiosity about people, and prompted him to return to college to pursue a career as a psychotherapist. Today, Rene works in both private practice and the non-profit sector, and provides services to people from all walks of life.
Rene’s approach is inquisitive, empathic, and collaborative, and he draws from several theoretical frameworks, including humanistic, existential, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic. Rene is a clinician with experience treating depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, bi-polar disorder, trauma related disorders, substance abuse, personality disorders, and issues specific to members of the LGBTQ community.
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