Meet the Midtown East Team

Natalie Buchwald, LMHC, Founder

Mechelle Turner, LMHC (License #9940)

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.

Jessica Steinmetz, LMHC

Jessica Steinmetz, LMHC (License #9938)

Jessica Steinmetz, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor with a Gambling Specialty Designation. She has worked with various populations, ranging from children to elders. Jessica has extensive training and experience helping individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, traumas/post-traumatic stress, substance use and gambling addictions, and other mental health challenges. Jessica strongly focuses on the biopsychosocial factors as they relate to the individual’s health and wellness. She uses modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and supportive psychotherapy.

Jessica received her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, and continued her education to obtain a certification in the substance use domain.

Jessica Steinmetz, LMHC

Michael Glaz, LMHC (License #10208)

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.

Samantha Prestano, LMHC

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.

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