Brooklyn Offices

Brooklyn office team bios and pictures here:

 

Mike Canino, LCSW-RmikeCaninoPic

  • 18 Years in Practice
  • MSW – Fordham University 1997-1999
  • BS Psychology – Fordham University 1993 – 1997
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers

I have been coaching clients in the New York area for the past 15 years as they make positive, life-altering changes via individual, couples, family and group counseling. Through carefully guided exploration, my clients uncover behavioral patterns that keep them from the happiness they desire by learning strategies for managing stress, working through loss, creating loving, productive relationships, finding spiritual fulfillment and living more intentional, mindful lives.
I prefer to take an ecletic approach with my clients as each of them are different and will need different types of therapy. I like to challenge my clients while maintaining their trust as I provide them with honest advice.
Being a young therapist I am able to relate to young adults needs, as well as provide therapy clients can understand in a modern fashion.

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Nick Santo LCSW-R

Senior Associate

  • 10 Years in Practice
  • MSW – Fordham University 2008
  • Adjunct Professor at Fordham University
  • Doctorate of Clinical Social Work Candidate (DSW) – NYU
Deciding to take this step into self-care can be both rewarding and anxiety-provoking. Moving forward with counseling will help build confidence, reduce anxiety, and improve mood while affirming you are not alone. Seeking assistance in life struggles can be your greatest strength toward a fulfilling, and successful life.
I have had experience working with relationship issues, loss and grief, anxiety, and depression with adolescents and adults. I also work with the LGBT community working through issues of coming out and transitions. I provide a non-judgmental, comfortable and professional experience to a safe environment.

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Karen Lippitt LMSW

  • 6 Years in Practice
  • MSW – Fordham University 2012

Life can be fraught with anxiety, loss and fear, but it doesn’t have to stop us in our tracks. I invite you to live a life that is focused on what is most meaningful to you; a life that is empowered and fulfilling. It is my greatest privilege to accompany you on this journey. I strive to create a therapeutic relationship that is collaborative, open, warm and caring. I have experience working with people in all walks of life. My areas of expertise include working with those dealing with chronic health conditions, depression and anxiety, trauma, relationship challenges, self-esteem issues, and sexuality and gender issues. I have worked supporting individuals within the LGBTQ community both as a health educator and as a university professor and advisor within a women’s, gender and sexuality program. My practice is non-judgmental and seeks to help clients find their own inner wisdom and strength, and create more positive experiences. I prefer an eclectic approach, but often draw upon cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, somatic and mindfulness techniques. I look forward to working with you! ** To make an appointment with me directly  please call 347.467.0878

 


401c43a5-9e44-4996-ad79-7797df77f41bzoomMatthew Yetsko, LCSW

  • 6 Years in Practice
  • Columbia University 2012
I utilize multiple treatment approaches in my therapy work including aspects of adaptive behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, neuroscience, and mindfulness. I specialize in working with clients experiencing a wide-range of issues including social anxiety, relationship issues, performance anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, general anxiety, chronic stress, eating disorders, and depression. I work with clients to help them learn to effectively manage distress before it reaches a point of leaving you feeling overwhelmed while also helping you learn the origin and historical context of your distress. I utilize neuroscience information to help clients understand how their brain reacts and creates responses to stressors. I view anxiety symptoms not as a mental illness or something wrong with you, but rather as an adaptation developed as a reaction to stress and life experiences. Tools are individually created to change reactions to triggers and create new behaviors. Don’t just talk in therapy – do something different.

 

newpicNancy Ivry, LCSW

  • 5 Years in practice
  • MSW – Fordham University 2013
“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” (A.A. Milne).
Helping a client become or feel more empowered is a key approach I take in my practice.  I focus on helping my clients reflect on personal issues in order to better understand them and make the positive changes they desire to make. I work with children, adolescents, and adults to help them understand and better manage anxiety, depression, trauma, behavioral issues, family/relationship conflict, grief and loss, issues related to chronic health conditions, and other challenges that are part of a person’s complex journey through life.  I seek to establish a collaborative relationship with my clients in a therapeutic environment that is nurturing and safe.  I incorporate a variety of treatment modalities, including evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as techniques to manage stress and promote clarity and relaxation. ** To make an appointment with me directly  please call 516.458.3027

 

Franky Jordan, LMSW

I want you to know it is perfectly normal to feel nervous, doubtful or even both if this is your first time seeking therapy.  It’s my responsibility as the therapist to set you at ease.  Empathy and my ability to connect with others are my strongest qualities, and they serve as a firm foundation for the work I engage in with clients.  My goal is to problem solve, increase self-awareness, address negative thinking habits and behaviors, and aid in whatever other ways my clients hope to improve their mental well-being.  You can be assured that I will work hard to help you manage whatever stress has brought you into our office.  There are a variety of modalities that therapists can choose to work within, and I will be drawing from all of them to find the strategies which are the best fit in your life.  Regarding experience, I have worked with adults, adolescents and families.  Issues including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationship troubles and personal unfulfillment are all topics I am confident guiding a client through.

 

Saul Zalta, MHC-LP

Masters in Mental Health Counseling Touro College 2018

BS in Psychology Brooklyn College 2011-2014

Member of American Counseling Association

My inherent ability to be empathetic and client centered has been something which has helped me throughout my counseling experience, specifically when working with individuals struggling with a history of substance abuse.

My goal as a clinician is to help bring my clients clarity so that they can better manage their stressors, relationships, and create new perspectives. This will be done by using an eclectic approach of therapy with my clients as each person is different and requires a form therapy suited for who they are.

The area of expertise I wish to focus on include individuals with anxiety or depression as well as individuals who have a history of substance abuse.

 

Vernell Lewis, LMSW

There are no two humans that are exactly alike, we are all different and unique. Therefore, I am a firm believer that each individual require different approaches in their treatment. With my clients I utilize the eclectic approach. This approach allows me to pull from various theories and techniques to best suit the needs of my clients as individuals. I incorporate strength-based perspectives with each client, as this approach provides a sense of empowerment while we acknowledge and build on the client’s strengths. I also utilize cognitive behavioral therapy as needed, as it has shown to be highly effective in various challenges. Each encounter with my clients are built on a compassionate, nonjudgmental, and trusting foundation. My goal is to be a listening ear, a change agent, working collaboratively with my clients in fulfilling their need(s).


Vernell Lewis, LMSW

 

Kelly Scolaro, LMSWKelly Scolaro, LMSW

MSW- Columbia University 2017

In therapy, I aim to provide a supportive, nonjudgmental space for clients to explore personal strengths and difficulties getting in the way of optimal living. I work collaboratively with clients to help them build skills to cope with whatever mental health challenges they and their loved ones may be grappling with, from anxiety and depression to grief, OCD, body image and relationship issues-among many others. I specialize in working with children and adolescents but have experience working with individuals and families of all ages. I utilize an eclectic approach, largely drawing from evidenced-based practices such as cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness and play therapy. Every client is unique and our treatment plan is tailored to reflect what best suits you.

 

Moriah Kreppein, LMSW, CASAC-T

I believe a strong sense of self awareness and acceptance is achievable and are important to enacting change. I work collaboratively with each client to establish and attain goals and I support each individual in gaining greater insight. I use different perspectives and methods to ensure that each client’s’ experience in therapy is tailored to their needs and personality. I work on an emotional level, and invite every feeling my clients have into the room. This provides a safe space in which clients can work through their struggles in a manner that allows full expression of their experience. My work is psychodynamic, relational, and insight-oriented. I also include elements of mindfulness and spirituality as well as cognitive behavioral therapy and relational therapy. I have experience doing therapy with adults, families, children, and teenagers. I have a certification in treating substance use disorders as well as treating adolescents with PTSD, ADHD, ODD, depression and anxiety. I look forward to working with you.

 

Monte Fishoff LMSW

Columbia University 2015

Life can be complicated. We go down the paths less travelled, our reality isn’t always the picture perfect dreams we envisioned, relationships and roles pull us in different directions, and we are constantly evolving and trying to find and embrace our identity in a world that doesn’t always embrace us back. In lesser words life can be messy, exhausting, overwhelming, and most of all anxiety ridden; but it can be beautiful as well. It is my passion to work with clients and empower them to find what makes their life beautiful, meaningful and content. My practice is non- judgmental, and I aim to create a conducive therapeutic environment that focuses on reflection, guided exploration, understanding, empowerment, and positive change. No two clients are alike and therefore I use a client focused eclectic approach drawing upon different modalities such as strength based, CBT, and mindfulness practices. My areas of focus include managing stress and anxiety, depression, familial and personal relationships, self-esteem issues, chronic health conditions, and grief and loss. I feel privileged to be able to work with you and commend you for reaching out and taking the first step to making a positive change in your life.

Melisa Celikoyar, LMSW
 
“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.”
– Carl Rogers

  • MSW – Hunter College 2012-2014
  • BA Psychology – Stony Brook University 2011
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers

Making the decision to seek the guidance and support you need in achieving your optimal happiness is a big step! It is a privilege to join you on this journey, and I look forward to being an active participant in the process of change.

As a Licensed Psychotherapist, I have worked in various settings, which include school, medical, community, and nonprofit based. I have worked with children, youth, and families of all ages experiencing different life stressors, distorted thought patterns, and emotional dysregulation.

Areas of Expertise: I specialize in issues related to anxiety, depression, loss, chronic medical diagnosis, relationships, parenting, children, families, and young adults.

My style is warm, friendly, accepting and goal oriented. I thrive at creating a safe and nonjudgmental space, one where you can feel comfortable and at ease. I draw upon different therapy modality styles; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Psycho-Education, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and overall, implementing Trauma Informed Care.

My career has been driven by an enormous curiosity about human behavior, a profound interest in helping people, and a deep well of compassion and empathy.My passion is my inspiration, and hopefully yours as well.

Chris Lane, LMSW

  • MSW- Columbia University 2017
  • BA Human Development – California State University, Long Beach 2013

Life can be very hard at times. I enjoy working with people to help ease and manage those hard times. In therapy, I aim to provide a space that is warm, non-judgmental, collaborative, and a space that can be trusted. I am trained in different types of therapies which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Problem-Solving Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Play Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Informed Treatment. However, I believe that each person is different and therefore I tend to use an eclectic approach to therapy and pull from a wide range of modalities that can support you. My work has given me the opportunity to help children, adolescents, couples, and adults better manage and cope with anxiety, depression, trauma related conflict, love and loss, substance use and misuse, relationship issues, and other areas that have made life hard at times. In addition, I have worked alongside many cultures and communities that are often underserved and underrepresented such as the LGBTQ+ community. I look forward to working alongside you.


 

Staten Island Offices

Statin Island team bios and pictures here:

 

Mike Canino, LCSW-RmikeCaninoPic

  • 18 Years in Practice
  • MSW – Fordham University 1997-1999
  • BS Psychology – Fordham University 1993 – 1997
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers

I have been coaching clients in the New York area for the past 12 years as they make positive, life-altering changes via individual, couples, family and group counseling. Through carefully guided exploration, my clients uncover behavioral patterns that keep them from the happiness they desire by learning strategies for managing stress, working through loss, creating loving, productive relationships, finding spiritual fulfillment and living more intentional, mindful lives.
I prefer to take an ecletic approach with my clients as each of them are different and will need different types of therapy. I like to challenge my clients while maintaining their trust as I provide them with honest advice.
Being a young therapist I am able to relate to young adults needs, as well as provide therapy clients can understand in a modern fashion.

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  • 13 Years in Practice
  • New York University 2005
Tired of being angry, anxious, and, depressed? Then let me help you change those negative thoughts and feelings and to live a positive and fulfilling life.
I specialize in being in touch with my client’s needs and take an approach that the client’s individual expriences are unique.
My maturity and experience in life assists me to better understand my clients and their needs.” My preferred method of contact is a phone. I find emails to be very impersonal and would rather speak directly with you.

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Screenshot 2014-12-08 16.46.13Gladys Morrar LCSW
  • New York University, Master’s in Social Work
  • Pace University, New York (Bachelor’s)

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Through carefully guided exploration, our clients uncover behavioral patterns that keep them from the happiness they desire by learning strategies for managing stress, working through loss, creating loving, productive relationships, finding spiritual fulfillment and living more intentional, mindful lives. We prefer to take an eclectic approach with our clients as each of them are different and will need different types of therapy. We like to challenge our clients while maintaining their trust as we provide them with honest advice.

 

paulinePauline Ahrens, LMSW
MSW Fordham University 1994
I am a Licensed Master of Social Work as well as a Licensed School Social Worker.  My experience for the past 29 years has been working predominantly with adolescents and families.  I employ a problem solving approach to all my work.  Being in the education field has taught me that there are many solutions to difficult situations.  Working together, we can effectively find your path to change and wellness.

 

 

unnamed (1)Dan Kolber LCSW

I try to help clients empower themselves and achieve greater happiness in their lives. I will aid clients in reaching their life goals. I like to utilize a cognitive behavioral oriented style of therapy. I will also take a psychoanalytic approach as needed in terms of aiding the client w/specific areas of problem solving in their lives.

 

 

dlkfsjAnita Aasen LCSW

26 years in Practice

MSW – Fordham University 1986

I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years experience.  My style is person centered and easy going.  Every person walks a unique path with unique challenges.  I approach therapy as a chance to find lessons in difficulties and hidden strengths to be discovered and acknowledged.  I’ve been trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and in mindfulness.  Specialities include low self esteem, depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress.  I have worked with adults, children and teenagers.