Meet All Of Our Therapists

Natalie Buchwald, LMHC, Founder

Natalie Buchwald, LMHC (License #4643)

Online Therapy

Natalie Buchwald is the founder and clinical director of Manhattan Mental Health Counseling. As a practitioner of holistic psychotherapy, Natalie’s treatment approach places an emphasis on the mind-body relationship and is both experiential and pragmatic. Natalie specializes in the treatment of eating and mood disorders as well as culture-based identity conflict. She works with individuals and couples to help them develop deeper connections to themselves, and stronger more fulfilling relationships with others, resulting in increased vitality, liveliness and joy.

Following the completion of her undergraduate degree in psychology from Towson University, Natalie participated in research at Maquarie University in Australia before going on to complete her graduate work in mental health counseling at Brooklyn College. She is a graduate of the Center of Anorexia and Bulimia in New York City and received advanced training from the Hakomi Institute. Natalie completed a fellowship at the Karen Horney Institute. In addition to her clinical work, Natalie is also an accomplished public speaker in the field of psychotherapy. Her most recent talk, “Spirituality and Eating Disorders” was presented at the National Eating Disorder Conference.

Carol Black, LMHC

Carol Black, LMHC (License #7387)

Online Therapy

Carol Black, LMHC, sees counseling as a gentle collaboration that moves individuals along the path to their most energetic and purposeful selves. When the path is blocked by “stories” imposed by culture or influential others, retelling those stories with a compassionate counselor can illuminate one’s own passions and strengths. Carol has worked with adults of all ages, as well as families, to find and address the emotions, thoughts and behavioral patterns which block this process of discovery. Using both evidenced based practices such as CBT, DBT, REBT, and trauma-informed approaches, Carol collaborates with clients who struggle with many facets of the human experience from life transitions to anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, or a lack of connection with others.

Carol Black is a New York Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College. Carol is credentialed as a substance abuse counselor (CASAC-2) and holds a primary certificate in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy from the Albert Ellis Institute. She is fully trained in EMDR, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness interventions, and is a Smart Recovery® facilitator.

Kristie Sneckenberg, LMHC

Kristie Sneckenberg, LMHC (License #3781)

Online Therapy

Kristie Sneckenberg is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor that believes in creating an environment of trust and acceptance for her clients. By understanding the cause of maladaptive behaviors, we can work through and develop new behaviors in alignment with wellness and fulfilment. Kristie uses an empathic approach to understand her clients and helps in developing a person-centered, strength-based plan for skill development that can be utilized long after therapy is complete. Kristie's eclectic approach draws from many modalities including CBT, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing.

Kristie has been practicing for 17 years and has experience treating mood disorders (including depression and anxiety), thought disorders, and personality disorders. Many times with a co-morbid substance use disorder. She has worked with a variety of clients including individuals with life-long serious mental illness, convicted felons, cognitively impaired and the LGBTQ community. Kristie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Oswego and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Marist College.

Kristie Sneckenberg, LMHC

Chantal Amoussou, LMHC (License #12542)

Online Therapy

Chantal is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Substance Abuse Counselor. She provided individual and group therapy for many years and has experience working alongside people to facilitate positive change in their lives and communities. Chantal’s current practice focuses on supporting adults and teens navigating grief and loss, depression, trauma, anticipatory loss, substance abuse, life transitions, and relationships. Chantal’s style of therapy is informal, compassionate, and responsive to each person’s unique needs. She will guide you to explore your concerns and build a greater understanding of the different aspects of your experience, from the emotional, mental, and physical to the family, social, cultural, and spiritual dimensions.

Using various evidence-based techniques, Chantal will help you re-connect to existing strengths and cultivate additional resources that support progress toward the changes you wish to make. She has experience utilizing the person-centered, CBT, and relational-cultural theories approach and frequently uses mindfulness, body-centered, and creative interventions. Chantal considers cultural humility essential to therapeutic practice. Chantal wants you to feel safe, seen, heard, and understands and values the importance of the therapeutic relationship.

Sandra Swartwout, LMHC

Sandra Swartwout, LMHC (License #10616)

Online Therapy

Sandra Swartwout is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor that believes in creating a safe, trusting, and relaxed counseling experience. Sandy believes in a client-centered approach which allows her clients the opportunity to be empowered to make the changes in their lives that they desire. Working collaboratively together, Sandy and her clients develop goals that are meaningful to them. Sandy has been providing counseling services for over 20 years. Her experience includes working with children, adults, couples, and families. Sandy has experience working with individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries and older adults experiencing cognitive changes.

Sandy received her master’s degree in School Counseling and Community Mental Health from St. Bonaventure University. Sandy has an Advanced Certificate in Mindfulness for Engagement and Wellness from the University of Buffalo. Sandy is skilled in Positive Behavior Supports and Intervention, Mindfulness Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma Informed Care, and Solution Focused Therapy. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief. Sandy’s warm and caring personality provides a welcoming atmosphere that encourages healing and growth through her counseling services.

Kathy Neily, LCSW, MPH, MAC

Kathy Neily, LCSW, MPH, MAC (License #071770)

Online Therapy Exclusively

Warm, caring, attentive, non-judgemental, are some of the words clients use to describe Kathy. They also help to describe the feeling of safety that Kathy is dedicated to creating in the therapy environment – whether it be sitting together in an office…on the phone…or on Zoom. Kathy describes her style as “working from the inside out…working below the neck.” Helping clients who continue to work through trauma, couples who are seeking helpful tools and clarity, and clients, who, are feeling “stuck” – even after years of therapy. She sees her job as helping people to feel heard, accepted, and, understood. That means no labels and no agenda – except to be of service as a guide and providing an array of tools to help her clients achieve their goals.

Kathy has 26 years of experience, three master’s degrees, and years of additional training, including studying Internal Family Systems (Dick Schwartz), and Relational Life Therapy (Terry Real).

Mary Beth Aubry, LMHC

Mary Beth Aubry, LMHC (License #8757)

Online Therapy

Mary Beth Aubry is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor who strives to create a warm, accepting, and judgment-free atmosphere in her practice. Mary Beth believes in working collaboratively with individuals to identify desired goals and the blocks that may hold us back from living a fulfilling life. From managing daily hassles to major life transitions and processing persistent stressors, Mary Beth focuses on meeting the individual where they are on their journey. She works alongside her clients to foster curiosity and exploration towards thoughts, feelings, and actions within a safe environment to help them build a higher sense of awareness and increase empowerment. 

Mary Beth is a native New Yorker and received her degree in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College. She draws elements from the humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and gestalt frameworks in her clinical approach, and adapts to fit each individual’s needs. She has a wide range of experience with individuals coping with anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, relationship issues, life transitions, and sexuality. She is an LGBTQIA affirming ally. 

Susana Lucero, LMHC

Susana Lucero, LMHC (License #7418)

Online Therapy

Susana Lucero is a native New Yorker who embraces multicultural counseling and therapy. Susana values the courage it takes to seek therapy and works with clients to co-create a safe and supportive environment. She sees therapy as a place to discuss difficult issues and explore ways to positively reframe ones view of themselves and their relationship with others. She has experience working with individuals struggling with a broad range of issues including cultural identity, life transitions, loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar, borderline personality, and schizophrenia. Susana works through empowering clients from a strength based approach while using eclectic therapy to address the needs of the individual.

Susana is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Master’s degree in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University, Teachers College. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies from Pace University.

Alyssa Sardis, LMHC

Alyssa Sardis, LMHC (#6595)

Online Therapy

Alyssa Sardis is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Alyssa strives to create a warm and inviting counseling setting that places a strong emphasis on rapport building. Alyssa's approach to therapy revolves around a Cognitive Behavioral modality. Alyssa also uses other modalities based upon a client's needs. Alyssa has experience working with clients who are dealing with Anxiety, Depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition, Alyssa has experience working with families experiencing a multitude of issues.

Alyssa believes that therapy is not a race to the finish line, but a process that takes commitment, time, cooperation, and work. Alyssa's goal from therapy is to help her clients obtain and maintain a toolbox of coping skills that they can use at their disposal in any given situation. She holds a Master's Degree from Long Island University in Mental Health Counseling.

Frank Ledda, LMHC

Frank Ledda, LMHC (License #9538)

Online Therapy

Frank is a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor. He has spent the majority of his career working as a mental health counselor 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 takes an insight oriented eclectic approach to counseling using elements of evidenced based practices, such as, Humanistic, Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and IATP approach to trauma treatment and recovery. He understands and values the importance of the therapeutic alliance and client matching to a specific approach to counseling based on the individual.

Kadiatou Sidibe, LMSW

Kadiatou Sidibe, LMSW (License #99833)

Online Therapy

Kadiatou Sidibe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a demonstrated history with Interpersonal violence survivors with complex trauma. Her counseling is founded in the belief that people need to heal in order to grow and ultimately thrive. Integrating evidence-based psychotherapies with empowerment and life skills coaching, Kadiatou helps her clients not only manage symptoms but train mind and body to evolve.

Kadiatou works with individuals and groups in very creative and compassionate ways. She engages with the content of clients’ thoughts to help them reach clarity, understanding of themselves and peace. Kadiatou has a deep understanding of crisis and interpersonal violence situations. Additionally, she has extensive experience with dual mental health diagnoses. She is specialized in complex trauma therapies and focused on promoting human dignity as it relates to a person's wholeness.

As a certified Empowerment and Life Skills Coach, Kadiatou helps her clients identify and rebuild belief systems that no longer serve them so that they can grow and manifest their personal truths. Kadiatou earned her Masters in Social Work from Adelphi University. She was born and raised in West Africa and speaks English and French fluently.

Caitlin Maloy, LMHC

Caitlin Maloy, LMHC (License #9515)

Online Therapy

Caitlin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a master’s Degree from Columbia University. Caitlin utilizes a collaborative approach to therapy, emphasizing that each client is an expert on themselves. She believes that a strong, trusting relationship with clients is essential to understand their specific challenges and identify their goals. Caitlin uses aspects of positive psychology to emphasize each clients’ strengths and motivating factors to help them achieve their objectives. As a team, Caitlin supports each client in developing a realistic and sustainable treatment plan to support them through various life transitions and individual mental health struggles.

Caitlin has worked with a wide variety of populations from children to adults, experiencing a range of issues including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorder, family and relationship issues, low self-esteem, trauma, and schizophrenia. Caitlin utilizes various therapeutic modalities in order to fit the individual needs of each client, specifically CBT, DBT, and mindfulness techniques. Caitlin also utilizes her experience as an intensive in-home family therapist to support clients in working through relationship and family issues by identifying and overcoming their maladaptive patterns of interactions.

Gurpreet Gill, LMHC

Gurpreet Gill, LMHC (LICENSE #LH60877097)

Online Therapy

You are important. Taking the time to be in counseling may be something you have not have experienced. Gurpreet Gill strives to create a warm, nonjudgmental atmosphere to encourage individuals along the path to their most authentic self. She is an LGBTQ+ ally and understands culture, practices, and religion make up a piece of who you are. She has worked with adults, youth, and families to address emotions, thoughts, and behavioral patterns that will promote growth. Gurpreet utilizes many clinical modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy, (DBT) and mindfulness to encourage self-awareness and growth, with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, or life stressors and transitions.

Gurpreet completed her Bachelors’ Degree in Psychology from Lewis Clark State College. She then pursued a Masters’ Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Gonzaga University in Washington. She firmly believes in meeting clients where they are in their journey.

Kevin Cox, LMHC

Kevin Cox, LMHC (License #9584)

Online Therapy

Kevin Cox is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who strongly believes in the power of empathy in the therapeutic process, and utilizes a person-centered approach. As someone passionate with the field, Kevin believes that therapy is a journey in which a therapist works alongside an individual as they strive to develop a stronger sense of agency and independence. In addition to experience with working with individuals suffering from dual diagnoses, mood, and anxiety disorders, Kevin also has experience in Functional Family Therapy. Kevin utilizes elements of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral (CBT), and gestalt psychotherapy, to aid and meet clients where they are in their journey. Kevin looks forward to pursuing his professional development with a postgraduate training in gestalt psychotherapy.

Kevin is native to Brooklyn, NY and received a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Brooklyn College. In addition to his background as a psychotherapist, he is a Mental Health and Domestic Violence Consultant.

Sheila Mashack, LMHC

Sheila Mashack, LMHC (License #1396)

Online Therapy

Sheila Mashack is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. She has extensive experience helping those experiencing depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anger, substance use and relational concerns. Sheila works with individuals using a holistic approach taking into account mental and social factors as they relate to health and wellness. Counseling is person-centered; trauma informed and integrates motivational interviewing with cognitive-behavioral therapies. She received her Master of Arts from New York University in Rehabilitation Counseling with a specialty in mental health and substance use. 

Mechelle Turner, LMHC

Mechelle Turner, LMHC (License #9940)

Midtown East Location

Mechelle Turner a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, is a relationally-focused, trauma-informed therapist. She deeply appreciates the diversity of the human experience and how that shapes one’s identity. She integrates holistic care including mind-body connection, with a multifaceted approach consisting of mindfulness, insight-oriented psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

Her collaborative approach focuses on unearthing the root-cause of current emotional distress and gives a voice to the internal pain that has been unmanaged. She is passionate about helping others find their individual truths while establishing interpersonal autonomy and self-advocacy. Her clinical expertise includes utilizing a multicultural framework for treating individuals who have depression, anxiety, panic, biracial/interracial issues, cultural identity issues, complex trauma, PTSD, bereavement, self-esteem, life-transitions, work-life balance, partner-relational problems, and family conflict. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Intercultural Studies from the University of Northwestern-Saint Paul. Shortly after, she obtained her Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Wheaton College.

Christelle Sterling, LMHC

Christelle Sterling, LMHC (License #11129)

Midtown East Location

Christelle Sterling is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor that uses a person centered approach to support individuals from all walks of life. She considers each individual’s experience and tailors a collaborative treatment plan with an end goal to empower each individual she supports. Christelle has a passion to provide quality care and specializes in treating depressive and anxiety disorders. She is committed to helping individuals use their strengths to live meaningful lives.

Christelle has obtained her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University. She has worked with various populations ranging from adolescents to adults. She has specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Positive Psychology. She has worked in both clinical and residential settings providing therapeutic services. Christelle aims to build a positive rapport with her clients and feels honored to have the opportunity make a positive impacts in their lives.

 Michael Glaz, LMHC

Michael Glaz, LMHC (License #10208)

Online Therapy

Michael Glaz, LMHC is passionate about helping his clients create meaningful and lasting changes. Michael has a warm, reassuring, and genuine demeanor that promote a strong therapeutic alliance. He specializes in the treatment of addiction and related mental health issues and has experience with anxiety, depression, spirituality and self-esteem, among others. Michael takes a highly empathic and interpersonal approach to therapy and integrate many techniques from the psychodynamic, behavioral, existential, and spiritual traditions. He strives to work collaboratively with each client by tailoring treatment that is suitable to their needs. Michael is skilled at increasing positive outcomes by implementing individualized strategies culled from a variety of empirically supported treatment modalities.

Michael has been credentialed as a substance abuse counselor (CASAC-2) and holds an advanced certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from LIU Post.

Calli Kosch, LMHC

Calli Kosch Pina, LMHC (License #8055)

Online Therapy

Calli Kosch Pina 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.

Dawn Knight, LMHC

Dawn Knight, LMHC (License #11387)

Online Location

Dawn Knight is a New York state licensed mental health counselor that believes in creating a warm, non-judgmental, and genuine safe space for individuals to explore themselves as well as unpack their struggles. She believes in using a collaborative, person- centered approach as individuals are the experts of their own lives, as well as tailor treatment to each individual, making their experience unique. Dawn believes in meeting individuals where they are in their life journey, while also exploring internal struggles that may be preventing them to live their life at their full capacity. She also believes in empowering individuals by providing tools to increase their self-sufficiency. Some approaches Dawn implements in treatment are CBT, narrative therapy, and solution focused brief therapy. Dawn has extensive experience working individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, LGBTQIA+, chronic substance use, complex trauma, survivors of intimate partner violence, and history of homelessness. She also has experience working with families through the Family Functional Therapeutic model.

Dawn received her MS in Education with a concentration in School Counseling and Advanced Certificate in mental health counseling from Alfred University. She has over 8 years working in diverse settings in the community including single room occupancies (SRO) and residential treatment facilities, as well as with child welfare which has strengthened her ability to work with high-risk populations and understanding the community from a macro level.

Stecey A. Mohamed, LMHC

Stacey A. Mohamed, LMHC (License #11252)

Online Therapy

Stacey A. Mohamed is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Stacey is aware that starting therapy is often a difficult first step, as we may feel vulnerable doing so. As a result, she strives to create an environment that is safe and supportive. Therapy is not a one size fits all type of experience. A strong therapeutic relationship tailored to your individual needs is essential. Stacey sees psychotherapy as a creative, compassionate and collaborative experience. If you are searching for a voice, she will help you identify and give voice to your experiences in a non-judgmental environment. During our sessions you can freely express your emotions and understand how they impact you and how you can work towards creating a life you want to live. Overall, her goal is for you to be able to find greater satisfaction, authentic connection and engagement in your everyday life. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and Stacey is here to validate your experience and help you move towards your goals.

Stacey received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Brooklyn College. She has experience working with adults. She specializes in working with dual diagnoses and different mental health disorders such as, but not limited to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD/trauma, grief/loss, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, personality disorders, addiction. Furthermore, she has experience working with domestic violence, providing anger management coping skills, self-esteem building and overall coping skills for life stressors. She utilizes primarily a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Gestalt Therapy Modality. She also draws upon Psychoanalytic Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy and Spirituality Counseling where appropriate.

Raquel Castillo, LMHC

Raquel Castello, LMHC (License #8208)

Online Therapy

You deserve to be heard and have a voice. Your time in therapy can be a journey that you have not experienced before. Raquel focuses attention to where you are right now and creates discussion on where you would like to be. With a collaborative and strength-based approach to therapy, Raquel will assess and evaluate which treatment modalities can work best with you, in order to provide effective and time-based therapy.

Raquel is a licensed mental health counselor registered in NYS and a certified clinical trauma professional. She has completed trainings in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), trauma informed cognitive behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She also incorporates art interventions, chair yoga/mindfulness, implications on trauma in treating substance use disorders and oppositional, defiant and disruptive behaviors in children and adolescents. Raquel is a LGBTQ ally and is understanding of different cultures, religions and practices that can contribute to who you are. She is known for being present, patient and calm, which allows individuals to feel comfortable while addressing difficult topics and concerns.

She has been providing short term and long term therapy since 2012 and has worked in several settings including a residential treatment program, an intensive outpatient substance use program and in the inpatient and worked in an outpatient hospital setting with children, adolescents, families and adults. Raquel is a dog mom who enjoys yoga/tai chi/meditation, exercising, traveling to immerse into different cultures of other countries and art/music. She acknowledges the challenges you can be facing right now, in your past or projected future and provides for her clients a safe and non-judgmental space to be heard.

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