Meet the Team

Meet the Midtown Team

Meet the 14th Street Team

Natalie Buchwald, LMHC, Founder

Natalie Buchwald, LMHC

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, 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 creative 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 has been credentialed as a substance abuse counselor (CASAC-2) and holds a primary certificate in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy from the Albert Ellis Institute. She has obtained specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness interventions and is a Smart Recovery® facilitator.

Debbie Merav, LMHC, CRC

Lisa Reytblat Haner, LMHC

Sylwia Misiewicz, LMHC

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.


Debbie Merav, LMHC, CRC

Debbie Merav is a licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Debbie incorporates a variety of counseling techniques into her work including Psychodynamic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She works with both individual clients and couples experiencing difficulties that negatively impact their lives. Debbie is experienced in treating many issues, including anxiety and depression, and specializes in addictive disorders, specifically substance abuse and eating disorders. Her approach is to treat individuals according to their needs and is not limited to a particular counseling genre. She works collaboratively with clients to discover the underlying conflicts that influence their behaviors.

Debbie received a bachelor of science in Psychology from Brooklyn College, a master in Rehabilitation Counseling from Hunter College and an advanced certificate in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Buffalo. As part of her commitment to continued education, Debbie is currently pursuing advanced training from the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education affiliated with the NYU School of Medicine.

Debbie Merav, LMHC, CRC

Lisa Reytblat Haner, LMHC

Liza Reytblat Haner, LMHC

Liza Reytblat Haner, LMHC is a compassionate, open-minded, and culturally competent therapist, who is experienced in working with children, adolescents, and adults. She takes on an eclectic approach to counseling, and utilizes various theories and techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy, strength building, and person-centered therapy. Liza has experience helping individuals cope with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, stress, grief, depression, communication, and self-esteem. Liza is passionate about helping people overcome past and present obstacles, including family and relationship issues, childhood issues, and finding a sense of identity. She believes that everyone has their strengths, and looks forward to helping people find and embrace them.

Liza is a native New Yorker, and has traveled to many areas of the world. She is fluent in both English and Russian. Liza completed her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at CUNY Hunter, and continues to further her education and knowledge by attending training programs and conferences. She is always looking to gain additional skills that will help her tailor each session to the specific needs of each individual.


Susana Lucero, LMHC

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.

Candice Crawford, LMHC

Lisa Reytblat Haner, LMHC

Alicia Leporati, LMHC

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.


Deirdre Smith, LMHC

Originally from Monticello, New York, Deirdre Smith is a licensed Mental Health Counselor with a passion for helping others to succeed and live a healthy lifestyle. Her strong desire to help others drove her to pursue a career in psychotherapy. Deirdre’s practice focuses on substance abuse issues, behavior modification, trauma, military behavior health, vocational counseling, group and individual counseling, dual diagnoses, and autism. Deirdre utilizes various theories and techniques including cognitive-behavioral therapy and person-centered therapy.

Deirdre received a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and in Psychology from Long Island University. As part of her commitment to continued education, Deirdre is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Walden University.

Candice Crawford, LMHC

Lisa Reytblat Haner, LMHC

Christine Cione, LMHC

Christine Cione is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with extensive experience helping those affected by bereavement, trauma, depression, anxiety, domestic abuse, and relationship difficulties, amongst other concerns. Christine enjoys working with individuals with various life challenges and at different stages on their life path. Christine believes that the therapeutic relationship can promote healing, and can change a person’s perspective about their life and their world. She offers an eclectic approach to counseling which is tailored to the individual and strongly leans towards cognitive behavioral and psychoanalytic approaches.

Christine received a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University and a Master of Science in Education from Hoftsra University. Christine approaches the counseling process with a zen-like philosophy. She believes in continuing to educate herself as a therapist, and is always willing to learn from her clients.


Steven Sabella, LMHC

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.  

Emily Madris, LMHC

Lisa Reytblat Haner, LMHC

Caitlin Ferrer, LMHC

Caitlin Ferrer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in helping her clients navigate life’s challenges using both mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy and relational-cultural therapy. A person-centered practitioner, Caitlin provides clients with a space in which they can openly reflect on and explore their lives.  She meets clients where they are at and helps them marshal inner resources to resolve the issues blocking them from living fully and achieving their goals. Caitlin has experience helping individuals dealing with mood and anxiety disorders, LGBT issues, women’s issues, psychosis, eating disorders, and addictive behaviors.

Caitlin received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College, followed by a primary practicum certificate in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from the Albert Ellis Institute in NYC. Caitlin has completed internships with NYU’s Upward Bound program and Mount Sinai Medical Center. Prior to joining the practice, Caitlin provided group and individual therapy to adults at the Mental Health Association of NYC, where she remains a clinical supervisor. Committed to lifelong learning, Caitlin is currently pursuing a PhD at Fordham University in Counseling Psychology.  As part of her doctoral training she is currently completing an externship at NYU’s Center for Counseling and Community Wellbeing.


Lory Jololian, LMHC

Lory Jololian is a compassionate and client-centered therapist who relies upon evidenced-based approaches to treat a variety of symptoms ranging from depression to anxiety to interpersonal challenges. Lory received specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectic behavior therapy (DBT), multisystemic family therapy (MST), and mindfulness-based therapy. She works with clients who struggle with a range of symptoms including depression, anxiety-based disorders, OCD, eating disorders, body-image based disorders, substance abuse, trauma, and self-injurious behaviors, and interpersonal struggles.

Lory completed her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Iona College and holds a NY State Mental Health Counseling license. Lory’s treatment philosophy is that the mind, in addition to external circumstances, holds the key to both joyfulness and suffering. Sitting together with a compassionate therapist can help unlock the source of suffering so one may approach their challenges mindfully, soberly, and self-compassionately.  

Emily Madris, LMHC

Samantha Sudano, LMHC

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. 

Candice Crawford, LMHC

Brittany Croley,  MA, LCAT

Brittany Croley, MA, LCAT

Brittany Croley is a NY state licensed psychotherapist with over 8 years of clinical experience working with individuals of all ages.  Brittany’s clinical approach is empathic and person-centered, as Brittany values each of her clients as unique individuals—each with his/her special brand of strengths and challenges. As a musician and visual artist, Brittany understands firsthand the value of creativity for accessing thoughts emotions and experiences that are difficult to access with words. Brittany specializes in combining a variety of evidence-based methods for her clients—Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Motivational Interviewing, as well as creative Art/Music Psychotherapy methods (including collaborative songwriting, art-making and improvisational role-play). She works with each client to realize and express his/her fullest potential as unique individuals

Brittany received her Master’s Degree from NYU with studies in Music Psychotherapy, Applied Psychology and Counseling, and has also completed advanced Post-Master’s training in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University.  She is a multi-instrumentalist and singer and plays the guitar, piano, oboe and percussion.  Brittany also holds a degree in Music Performance from Vanderbilt University and has worked as a professional musician for several years.


Rene Gonzalez, LMHC

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.

Rene Gonzalez, LMHC

Lisa Reytblat Haner, LMHC

Nirmala Bijraj, LMHC

Nirmala Bijraj is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. Nirmala’s style of therapy is eclectic drawing from different theories and modalities which centers on what works best for the client. She has a lot of experience to draw from, having worked for non-profits and private practice in the past. Nirmala has experience helping individuals cope with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, substance use, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, among others. She works with both individual clients and couples experiencing difficulties that negatively impact their lives.

Nirmala received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Queens College, and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University. Nirmala was born in South America and lived in Canada before relocating to New York. From her international experiences, she gleaned a deep respect and understanding for culture and its meaning.


Lisa Reytblat Haner, LMHC

Daniel Papandrea, LMHC

Daniel Papandrea is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Daniel’s therapeutic style is eclectic and empathetic. Daniel uses a variety of theories and techniques, in collaboration with each person, to discover what works best for them. He is committed to support and meet each individual where they are. His goal is to provide a safe and comfortable space to help others develop their strengths and increase their well-being. Daniel is experienced treating adults and adolescents affected by anxiety, substance abuse, relationship issues, family issues, depression, bipolar, among others.

Daniel was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He has a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College and has worked with individuals, families, and groups. He has experience in private and non-profit settings, working with a diverse population of people. Respect, trust, and collaboration, are a few of the things you can expect when working with Daniel.

Natalie Buchwald, LMHC, Founder

Natalie Buchwald, LMHC

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

Sylwia Misiewicz, LMHC

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.


Debbie Merav, LMHC, CRC

Carol Black, LMHC

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 creative 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 has been credentialed as a substance abuse counselor (CASAC-2) and holds a primary certificate in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy from the Albert Ellis Institute. She has obtained specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness interventions and is a Smart Recovery® facilitator.


Debbie Merav, LMHC, CRC

Debbie Merav, LMHC, CRC

Debbie Merav is a licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Debbie incorporates a variety of counseling techniques into her work including Psychodynamic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She works with both individual clients and couples experiencing difficulties that negatively impact their lives. Debbie is experienced in treating many issues, including anxiety and depression, and specializes in addictive disorders, specifically substance abuse and eating disorders. Her approach is to treat individuals according to their needs and is not limited to a particular counseling genre. She works collaboratively with clients to discover the underlying conflicts that influence their behaviors.

Debbie received a bachelor of science in Psychology from Brooklyn College, a master in Rehabilitation Counseling from Hunter College and an advanced certificate in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Buffalo. As part of her commitment to continued education, Debbie is currently pursuing advanced training from the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education affiliated with the NYU School of Medicine.


Liza Reutblat Haner, LMHC

Liza Reytblat Haner, LMHC

Liza Reytblat Haner, LMHC is a compassionate, open-minded, and culturally competent therapist, who is experienced in working with children, adolescents, and adults. She takes on an eclectic approach to counseling, and utilizes various theories and techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy, strength building, and person-centered therapy. Liza has experience helping individuals cope with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, stress, grief, depression, communication, and self-esteem. Liza is passionate about helping people overcome past and present obstacles, including family and relationship issues, childhood issues, and finding a sense of identity. She believes that everyone has their strengths, and looks forward to helping people find and embrace them.

Liza is a native New Yorker, and has traveled to many areas of the world. She is fluent in both English and Russian. Liza completed her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at CUNY Hunter, and continues to further her education and knowledge by attending training programs and conferences. She is always looking to gain additional skills that will help her tailor each session to the specific needs of each individual. 


Candice Crawford, LMHC

Deirdre Smith, LMHC

Originally from Monticello, New York, Deirdre Smith is a licensed Mental Health Counselor with a passion for helping others to succeed and live a healthy lifestyle. Her strong desire to help others drove her to pursue a career in psychotherapy. Deirdre’s practice focuses on substance abuse issues, behavior modification, trauma, military behavior health, vocational counseling, group and individual counseling, dual diagnoses, and autism. Deirdre utilizes various theories and techniques including cognitive-behavioral therapy and person-centered therapy.

Deirdre received a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and in Psychology from Long Island University. As part of her commitment to continued education, Deirdre is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Walden University.


Lory Jololian, LMHC

Lory Jololian, LMHC

Lory Jololian is a compassionate and client-centered therapist who relies upon evidenced-based approaches to treat a variety of symptoms ranging from depression to anxiety to interpersonal challenges. Lory received specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectic behavior therapy (DBT), multisystemic family therapy (MST), and mindfulness-based therapy. She works with clients who struggle with a range of symptoms including depression, anxiety-based disorders, OCD, eating disorders, body-image based disorders, substance abuse, trauma, and self-injurious behaviors, and interpersonal struggles.

Lory completed her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Iona College and holds a NY State Mental Health Counseling license. Lory’s treatment philosophy is that the mind, in addition to external circumstances, holds the key to both joyfulness and suffering. Sitting together with a compassionate therapist can help unlock the source of suffering so one may approach their challenges mindfully, soberly, and self-compassionately.


Emily Madris, LMHC

Steven Sabella, LMHC

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.  


Emily Madris, LMHC

Susana Lucero, LMHC

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.


Emily Madris, LMHC

Christine Cione, LMHC

Christine Cione is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with extensive experience helping those affected by bereavement, trauma, depression, anxiety, domestic abuse, and relationship difficulties, amongst other concerns. Christine enjoys working with individuals with various life challenges and at different stages on their life path. Christine believes that the therapeutic relationship can promote healing, and can change a person’s perspective about their life and their world. She offers an eclectic approach to counseling which is tailored to the individual and strongly leans towards cognitive behavioral and psychoanalytic approaches.

Christine received a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University and a Master of Science in Education from Hoftsra University. Christine approaches the counseling process with a zen-like philosophy. She believes in continuing to educate herself as a therapist, and is always willing to learn from her clients.


Emily Madris, LMHC

Alicia Leporati, LMHC

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.

Emily Madris, LMHC

Caitlin Ferrer, LMHC

Caitlin Ferrer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in helping her clients navigate life’s challenges using both mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy and relational-cultural therapy. A person-centered practitioner, Caitlin provides clients with a space in which they can openly reflect on and explore their lives.  She meets clients where they are at and helps them marshal inner resources to resolve the issues blocking them from living fully and achieving their goals. Caitlin has experience helping individuals dealing with mood and anxiety disorders, LGBT issues, women’s issues, psychosis, eating disorders, and addictive behaviors.

Caitlin received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College, followed by a primary practicum certificate in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from the Albert Ellis Institute in NYC. Caitlin has completed internships with NYU’s Upward Bound program and Mount Sinai Medical Center. Prior to joining the practice, Caitlin provided group and individual therapy to adults at the Mental Health Association of NYC, where she remains a clinical supervisor. Committed to lifelong learning, Caitlin is currently pursuing a PhD at Fordham University in Counseling Psychology.  As part of her doctoral training she is currently completing an externship at NYU’s Center for Counseling and Community Wellbeing.


Rene Gonzalez, LMHC

Samantha Sudano, LMHC

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. 


Brittany Croley,  MA, LCAT

Brittany Croley, MA, LCAT

Brittany Croley is a NY state licensed psychotherapist with over 8 years of clinical experience working with individuals of all ages.  Brittany’s clinical approach is empathic and person-centered, as Brittany values each of her clients as unique individuals—each with his/her special brand of strengths and challenges. As a musician and visual artist, Brittany understands firsthand the value of creativity for accessing thoughts emotions and experiences that are difficult to access with words. Brittany specializes in combining a variety of evidence-based methods for her clients—Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Motivational Interviewing, as well as creative Art/Music Psychotherapy methods (including collaborative songwriting, art-making and improvisational role-play). She works with each client to realize and express his/her fullest potential as unique individuals

Brittany received her Master’s Degree from NYU with studies in Music Psychotherapy, Applied Psychology and Counseling, and has also completed advanced Post-Master’s training in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University.  She is a multi-instrumentalist and singer and plays the guitar, piano, oboe and percussion.  Brittany also holds a degree in Music Performance from Vanderbilt University and has worked as a professional musician for several years.


Rene Gonzalez, LMHC

Rene Gonzalez, LMHC

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.


Nirmala Bijraj, LMHC

Nirmala Birjaj, LMHC

Nirmala Bijraj is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. Nirmala’s style of therapy is eclectic drawing from different theories and modalities which centers on what works best for the client. She has a lot of experience to draw from, having worked for non-profits and private practice in the past. Nirmala has experience helping individuals cope with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, substance use, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, among others. She works with both individual clients and couples experiencing difficulties that negatively impact their lives.

Nirmala received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Queens College, and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University. Nirmala was born in South America and lived in Canada before relocating to New York. From her international experiences, she gleaned a deep respect and understanding for culture and its meaning.

Nirmala Bijraj, LMHC

Daniel Papandrea, LMHC

Daniel Papandrea is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Daniel’s therapeutic style is eclectic and empathetic. Daniel uses a variety of theories and techniques, in collaboration with each person, to discover what works best for them. He is committed to support and meet each individual where they are. His goal is to provide a safe and comfortable space to help others develop their strengths and increase their well-being. Daniel is experienced treating adults and adolescents affected by anxiety, substance abuse, relationship issues, family issues, depression, bipolar, among others.

Daniel was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He has a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College and has worked with individuals, families, and groups. He has experience in private and non-profit settings, working with a diverse population of people. Respect, trust, and collaboration, are a few of the things you can expect when working with Daniel.

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