Meet the Midtown West Team

Natalie Buchwald, LMHC, Founder

Natalie Buchwald, LMHC (License #4643)

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.

Debbie Merav, LMHC, CRC

Carol Black, LMHC (License #7387)

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.

Debbie Merav, LMHC, CRC

Alyssa Sardis, LMHC (#6595)

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.

Lisa Reytblat Haner, LMHC

Sylwia Misiewicz, LMHC (License #7003)

Sylwia Misiewicz is a warm and compassionate Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She is deeply committed to helping clients focus on their goals and build on existing strengths to cope with life's challenges in a safe, open and non-judgemental environment. As we all encounter hardships throughout our lives, facing them with someone you trust and who provides emotional and psychological support is essential. Sylwia’s approach to therapy is collaborative and adapts techniques from different schools of thoughts to meet individual needs. She has experience working with adults and adolescents with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorder, interpersonal issues, low self-esteem, trauma, substance use, and schizophrenia. 

Sylwia received a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Columbia University, a Master of Arts in Psychology from City College and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Baruch College. Born and raised in Poland, Sylwia speaks Polish fluently.

Mary Beth Aubry, LMHC

Mary Beth Aubry, LMHC (License #8757)

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. 

Mary Beth Aubry, LMHC

Brielle Nuzzo, LMHC (License #9889)

Brielle Nuzzo is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Brielle utilizes a client-centered approach, which encourages clients to be in the driver seat of their own experiences. She fosters an environment that helps create a strong therapeutic alliance between her and her clients, while also incorporating approaches that encompass holistic and collaborative dynamics. Brielle channels the powerful connection between mind and body to elicit change in oneself. Beyond individual experiences, Brielle has a profound understanding of the impact systems have on mental well-being, acting as both an advocate and liaison between her clients and systems they may be involved with. Brielle has experience working a diverse population of clients. She has worked with survivors of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, as well as incarcerated populations diagnosed with Schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Brielle graduated from John Jay College with a Master’s in Forensic Mental Health Counseling. Brielle’s passion continues outside the counseling room as an adjunct professor at Mercy College teaching courses in Forensic Psychology, Psychology and Child Development. She is also a certified personal trainer through Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.

Debbie Merav, LMHC, CRC

Gurpreet Gill, LMHC (LICENSE #LH60877097)

You are important. Taking care of yourself and taking the time to be in counseling can be something you may not have experienced. Gurpreet Gill strives to create a warm, nonjudgmental atmosphere to encourage individuals along the path to their most authentic self. Gurpreet is an LGBTQ+ ally and understands culture, religion, and practices make up a material part of who you are. She has worked with adults, youth, and families to address emotions, thoughts, and behavioral patterns, with the purpose of facilitating inner 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.

Debbie Merav, LMHC, CRC

Lori Alrod, LMHC (License #1278)

Lori Alrod, LMHC is a psychotherapist, life coach and consultant with over 24 years of experience in the field of mental health. Ms. Alrod’s counseling style is warm and interactive and she believes in treating clients with respect compassion and sensitivity. She takes an eclectic approach and creates an individual strategy for each and every client. Lori uses different modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness techniques to get to the core of the problem and help her clients make important and profound changes in their lives. Ms. Alrod has maintained a private practice in New York for 20 years and has worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety relationship issues, codependency, parenting problems, divorce, career challenges, grief and loss loneliness, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma and abuse. Ms. Alrod has appeared on the CBS early show as well as radio as an expert consultant.

Ms. Alrod completed a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts and went on to study and work for The Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia in New York City, where she received a certification in the treatment of eating disorders.

Candice Crawford, LMHC

Susana Lucero, LMHC (License #7418)

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.

Lisa Reytblat Haner, LMHC

Frank Ledda, LMHC (License #9538)

Frank works at both the 14th and 38th Street locations.

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.

Lisa Reytblat Haner, LMHC

Alicia Leporati, LMHC (License #5253)

Alicia Leporati, LHMC, is a thoughtful and creative client-centered psychotherapist. Seeing counseling as an endeavor where the client and therapist work collaboratively to find sources of healing, Alicia hopes that counseling can be a place for clients to learn more about themselves and discover ways to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. Adopting an eclectic style that incorporates different frameworks and ideas, Alicia grounds her work with a foundation in psychodynamic and family systems approaches. Her background in feminist theory has helped her understand gender roles and how they intersect with clients’ lives. her work as a therapist has deepened her respect for the struggles that accompany life. Alicia is a culturally competent therapist and an ally to the LBGTQ+ community.

In addition to a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College, Alicia has received advanced training in family systems therapy and eating disorders. Her areas of special interest include working with clients who feel stalled in reaching new goals or with creative endeavors, such as overcoming writer’s block, and using a feminist lens to work with clients on eating problems. During her career, she has worked extensively with clients who experience chronic illness and clients whose lives have been touched by another’s illness. Anyone who comes to Alicia for counseling will be treated with respect, understanding, and empathy.

Candice Crawford, LMHC

Sheila Mashack, LMHC (License #1396)

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. 

Emily Madris, LMHC

Steven Sabella, LMHC (License #5413)

Steven Sabella is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor with years of experience treating individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar, trauma, attachment, substance use and relationship issues, among others. His approach is person centered, and not only uses process to address current internal barriers to change, but looks at environmental factors, historic experience and connection to others in order to effectively facilitate positive change. Stylistically, Steven draws from several Theoretical orientations including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Psychodynamic Therapy. He draws from a background working with individuals managing both chronic and acute symptoms of serious mental illnesses.

Steven has a Master in Mental Health Counseling from NYU and brings extensive experience in individual, group and de-escalation in crisis situations. He has worked with patients with diversity in culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion and socio-economic status. A warm, comfortable and empathic environment is what you can expect in working with Steven. He will meet you where you are with your challenges. He will assist and guide you in your journey for improved functioning and well-being.  

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