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Partner | Senior Therapist
Leonard is fantastic - kind, thoughtful, and supportive. His impact has been life-changing.
Leonard is approachable, knowledgeable, empathetic and has helped me craft a completely new mindset when it comes to blocks I've had for years.
Leonard will inspire you to be the better person you know you want to be, but can't seem to figure out how, and then he will help you take the steps to actually becoming that person.
Following a career in finance, Leonard was trained at CPPD Counseling School, one of the UK’s leading humanistic integrative counseling institutions. He graduated New York University with a Master’s degree in Counseling for Mental Health. He is a fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute and a fellow and executive committee member at the award winning Institute for Human Identity.
Leonard has given guest lectures at various universities and professional associations, including the Eastern Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.
He is a member of the British Association of Counseling and Psychotherapy, the New York Mental Health Counselors Association, the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, NY CBT and the American Psychological Association.
Leonard is extensively trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and holds certifications in LGBTQ issues, anxiety and depression treatment. Areas of interest include Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Reality Therapy and stress reduction in the workplace.
MA, EdM, LMHC
Partner | Senior Therapist
Benet is the best therapist I've ever worked with! I'm so happy I found him.
I was recommenced to Ben by a close friend. She said he was the only therapist that had helped her work through her issues. Now I can say the same!
A true English gent. He offers the best of all worlds. Not too tough, not too soft, and is very practical in his approach.
Born in London, Benet was formerly the president of an international art company based in London and New York, and a member of the Institute of Directors. He is Director Emeritus of the award winning IHI Therapy Center.
Benet graduated Columbia University with a Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling (M.A.) and a Master of Education in Psychology (Ed.M.). He holds an Advanced Certificate in Clinical Practice from New York University, Postgraduate Certificate in Counseling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology and Certificate in Counseling from City College, London.
Benet is an Adjunct Professor at New York University and Brooklyn College.
He is a member of the American Psychological Association, New York Mental Health Counselors Association & the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Benet is very experienced in the major psychological modalities and extensively trained in Multicultural Counseling, LGBTQ issues, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), together with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He holds numerous certifications including the Primary Practicum from the Albert Ellis Institute.
Oftentimes the things we struggle with feel out of our control, making the conjuring of motivation to change or even seeing the options that much harder. However, through the therapeutic process we can find a sense of empowerment and agency, reclaiming the idea of how we want to feel about ourselves in relation to the world around us. In order to achieve therapeutic interests and goals, an engaged and collaborative process is necessary, as well as a safe and warm environment.
As a trauma-informed, queer, wellness practitioner and therapist, my primary goal is to create a space in which we can work together to identify any areas of your life that you would like to change and create a plan to work towards those changes being realized and sustained. Through therapeutic modalities such as Reality Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) among others, we will work together to manifest the positive changes you want for your life. I work through an eclectic lens that incorporates trauma-informed care, existentialism, cognitive theory, queer theory, choice theory, meaning-making, and alternative holistic wellness practices and somatic healing, with a focus on unpacking the relationship one has with the self as well as strengthening interpersonal skills. If desired by the client, I can also incorporate my work as a Yoga Teacher with specializations in Trauma-Informed Yoga, Meridian Yoga Therapy, and mindfulness.
I pride myself on taking a sensitive, thoughtful, and passionate approach with every case I work with. I am excited to work with children, individuals, families, groups, couples, and non-traditional intimate and domestic partnerships or collections of all identities and backgrounds. I am comfortable working with a myriad of presenting concerns including trauma, anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD/ADHD, disordered eating and dysmorphia, gender identity and dysphoria, sexual concerns, intimacy concerns, psychedelic integration, etc. As a non-binary, queer therapist, I am an ally to any and all identities and professions including members of the LGBTQIA+ communities, sex workers, BIPOC clients, and marginalized and underserved populations.
In my spare time I enjoy playing with my cat Mischief, listening to true crime podcasts, reading, spending quality time with loved ones, and being in nature.
Before studying to become a therapist, Jaquelyn worked as a Resident Director at a University and then in Human Resources. A common thread in her work in both the collegiate and corporate environments was what pulled her towards working as a therapist – the drive to understand others and help support their growth. Her experience in both these environments taught her the importance of having the tools to support mental health and wellness in a demanding work environment.
Her affinity to psychology and mental health care spans the length of her educational career as well. She has completed a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Biological Psychology from Wagner College. She then went on to complete her Masters of Art (M.A.) in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Clinical Related Services from Rider University. After a brief stint working in Higher Education and Human Resources, she is now pursuing an M.A. in Mental Health and Wellness from New York University.
Jaquelyn is committed to creating a safe therapeutic environment where her clients feel validated and empowered to create positive change. Ascribing to a Humanistic, Multicultural, and Feminist lens, she feels the most successful outcomes are rooted in a therapeutic alliance built on mutual respect and trust. Additionally, she believes therapy is best served when clients and counselors work collaboratively to support the client’s goals. Above all, Jaquelyn looks to provide individualized treatment to create an environment where her clients feel supported to thrive.
In her spare time, Jaquelyn likes to keep active with aerial yoga, relax with some fresh air in a park, or get creative with watercolor painting.
EdM, MA, MHC-LP
Having previously earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Psychology from the University of Delaware, Elena has always had a drive for working with others, a curiosity about why people do what they do, and a passion for normalizing mental health treatment as part of taking care of one’s overall well-being.
Originally from the island of Bermuda, Elena grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA where she attended an international school that shaped her perspective to be one informed through a global community approach. A caregiver by nature, she feels fulfilled from helping others to achieve their goals and believes therapy is about building upon the skills one already has to better navigate life’s challenges. She has Master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology and Mental Health Counseling from Columbia University, her schoolwork has a social justice and multicultural focus that aligns with her goal of creating a therapeutic space that is open and accessible to all.
Elena aims to build a welcoming rapport with her clients, integrating various aspects of different theoretical techniques for a unique and collaborative relationship that has a foundation of person-centered, strengths-based values while working to create lasting and sustainable solutions.
In her free time Elena can usually be found walking around exploring different parts of the city, reading in the park, or trying to get tickets to the newest Broadway show.
Advanced Clinical Trainee
I am a millennial, a creative, and a recovering perfectionist. I believe in the power of self-discovery as a path to change. After being a part of self-improvement communities that didn’t resonate with me, I developed a core belief that radical change starts with radical acceptance. Often, the cognitive framework through which we experience our lives is, in some way, designed to protect ourselves. Sometimes, this framework can cause more harm than good. So rather than examine standalone actions, events, or thoughts, I look at what it is that they do for you. I take an integrative, person-centered approach that focuses on uncovering the “why” so that you can be in control again. Together, we will navigate what life throws your way.
In 2017, I earned a B.A. in Comparative Religion and Sociology from Barnard College of Columbia University. After graduating, I worked in creative fields including publishing, art and media consulting, and documentary film. After working on a film that explored the relationship between stress, mental health, and physical health, I was driven to complete an M.S.Ed in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College.
My hobbies include visiting museums and galleries, catching up on mystery fiction at my local library, and spending time with friends.
I am so excited to go on this journey with you.
Advanced Clinical Trainee
Everyone deserves a space to be heard without judgment or fear. Through my passion for empathetic listening and mental health advocacy, I approach the counseling space with an attitude of exploration and mutual respect. Together, we will process the past, address unhelpful thought patterns in the present, and clarify goals for the future. Let’s collaborate on your therapeutic journey today.
I specialize in working with clients to manage life transitions, stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, and a variety of other challenging life situations. My approach to therapy is multifaceted and grounded in evidence-based practice, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Positive Psychology. Every individual is a unique blend of personality and life experiences, so therapeutic interventions will be tailored to your specific needs, cultural background, and intersecting identities.
I earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University. Currently, I’m completing my Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Mental Health Counseling at Fordham University.
In my free time, I enjoy playing recreational softball, listening to podcasts, and watching “When Harry Met Sally” on repeat!
Sanchana’s roots as an artist and mental health advocate have led to her becoming a social justice-fuelled mental health counselor. She graduated from New York University with a dual Master of Arts degree in Mental Health and LGBTQ* Affirmative counseling. She also has a certification in Expressive Arts-Based therapy, which includes visual art, dance and movement. New York City is the fourth city in the third country that Sanchana has lived in. She channels her multicultural lived experience and creative energies into therapy to create an authentic space where client and counselor meet as equals and collaborators.
A two-time TEDx speaker, Sanchana was invited to participate in the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit for her community mental health work, which she later had the honor to present to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Kate and Will!).
Sanchana recognizes the unique complexity that makes us human and takes an integrative approach to therapy based on the client’s personality, needs and goals towards healing. These include, but are not limited to AEDP (accelerated emotional dynamic psychotherapy), ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), REBT (rational emotive behavioral therapy), narrative therapy and emotion-focused therapy (EFT). She practices through a multicultural feminist social justice lens. Sanchana has deep hope in the human processes of growth and transformation, and works to create a therapeutic experience that is as fun and empowering as it is insightful and emotionally cathartic.
Sanchana is a member of the American Psychological Association and is also engaged in advancing the scientific strategy of HBGI (Healthy Brains Global Initiative), which seeks to further global mental health research. You can find her buried in a book or amidst a plethora of art supplies in her spare time, ceaselessly engaging in the magic of imagination.
MA, EdM, MHC-LP
After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in both Environmental Science and Hispanic Studies from Trinity College, Hadley began her professional career as a middle school teacher in New Canaan, Connecticut, while leading wilderness backpacking trips for high school students in the U.S. and abroad during the summer months. Having enjoyed the interpersonal aspects of teaching and the ability to connect with her students and campers, Hadley decided to shift gears and pursue a career in counseling and earned her MA and Ed.M. in Mental Health Counseling from Columbia University.
As a clinician, Hadley’s approach is multiculturally informed. She utilizes REBT and CBT approaches within a safe and nonjudgmental space to provide the necessary resources and tools that assist her clients in developing self-confidence and self-efficacy so they may create positive change in their own lives.
Originally from Belgium, Marine earned her BA in Psychology and Communication from Ramapo College of New Jersey and has an MA and an Ed.M in Mental Health Counseling from Columbia University. At Ramapo College, she also earned a minor in Neuroscience. A former college-level athlete, she understands first-hand the stressful, pressured demands surrounding attainment and performance.
Marine’s goal in therapy is to build a safe environment free of judgment where her clients feel heard and validated. She is committed to creating a space that encourages and challenges her clients to discover themselves, to explore and embrace the unacknowledged, and embark on a growing process, leading to a healthy, more fulfilled life. Marine is highly interested in working with clients from all backgrounds and is particularly interested in working with people struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and multicultural issues (assimilation and acculturation challenges).
Marine is bi-lingual and offers therapy in both French and English. When not in the office she spends her time fostering rescue dogs and volunteering for a dog rescue organization.
Trading the Big Easy for the Big Apple, Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology from Tulane University and also has a Master of Arts (MA) in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling from New York University. During her time at Tulane, Sarah gained specialized experience in eating disorders and LGBTQ+ affirmative counseling, as well as anxiety and depression research.
Sarah’s goal in therapy is to create an environment in which her client feels safe and heard. She is committed to creating a validating and non-judgmental space that encourages clients to explore and celebrate their needs and differences. She believes that therapy is most successful when the client and therapist work together on establishing goals. Sarah views clients from a humanistic and multicultural lens and takes an eclectic approach in creating a treatment plan that’s specifically tailored to each client. Her primary areas of theoretical focus are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Existential Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
After completing his undergraduate degree in theatre at Florida State University (BFA), Ian decided to make a career shift. In his time as an actor and director, Ian felt drawn to find ways of benefiting people’s wellbeing more directly and consistently. Upon moving to NYC, this desire, combined with a longstanding interest in meditation, led him to the world of mindfulness education. Through his work as a mindfulness educator (primarily with adolescents and young adults), Ian further realized the change promoting power of interpersonal relationships and now has a Masters of Science in Education at Hunter College in Mental Health Counseling.
Ian has led classes at MNDFL Meditation Studio as a community teacher (where he received his 500-hour teacher training) and served as the mindfulness programs coordinator at Amal Alliance (Amal is an organization focused on offering social-emotional resources to displaced children and refugees in Lebanon and Greece). He completed past fieldwork at Aristotle’s Psychological, a private practice in Queens. As a therapist, Ian is passionate about incorporating mindfulness-based approaches as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), and Person-Centered interventions to best meet the client’s needs. Ian has a particular interest in working with individuals experiencing anxiety and panic disorders and those who identify as LGBTQ+.
Outside of clinical and educational settings, Ian enjoys reading, making music, listening to music, hiking, running and spending time with family (chosen and otherwise).
Alessandra received her honors degree in Cognitive Science with a minor in Psychology from McGill University and has a Master’s Degree in Counseling for Mental Health & Wellness from New York University. Through her previous experience at Humber River Hospital (Toronto, Canada) in the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Program, as well as being trained as an active listener at the telephone listening service, Tel-Aide, Alessandra has developed experience in understanding individuals needs and caring for others. Through these experiences Alessandra has experienced how therapy not only has the influence to change the way individuals live their lives, but also give their lives meaning.
Alessandra’s ambition is to provide clients with the support they need. In creating a non-judgmental and open environment, she strives to form a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients where they feel heard and validated. The trust and support formed between her and her clients is at the forefront of her work, as it helps foster mutual appreciation and respect for the process of therapy and for one another. While focusing mainly on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Behavioral Therapy (REBT) techniques, Alessandra understands the importance of using an integrative approach to her psychotherapy that is tailored to the needs of her clients. To this end, Alessandra’s goal is to provide her clients with a safe place for self-exploration, growth, and development, so they can lead healthier and happier lives.
Before becoming a therapist, Johnson practiced corporate litigation and owned and operated a restaurant / catering business. In both roles, he was motivated by building meaningful relationships and helping clients solve complex issues. From these experiences, he learned the importance of mental wellness to address burnout, stagnation, and isolation. That insight led him to shift his focus to therapy. He completed his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Hunter College. He is a member of the Asian American Psychological Association.
Johnson’s therapeutic style focuses on creating a collaborative relationship that is affirmative and non-judgmental. He views psychotherapy as an opportunity to build self-awareness, process difficult emotions, develop healthy coping strategies, and find meaning in our day-to-day experiences. His approach is grounded in the belief that every individual has the innate power to grow and heal when they open themselves to self-exploration and receive compassionate, empathetic support while doing so. Johnson is committed to helping clients seek personal development and feel connected to their bodies and their communities.
In his spare time, Johnson enjoys playing volleyball, practicing Muay Thai, and training his pandemic puppy Maya.
MA, EdM, LMHC
Alicia was fabulous. SO easy to talk to and made me feel immediately comfortable.
As a mental health clinician, Alicia aims to cultivate a confidential healing space in which client and therapist can collaborate on a plan of treatment that provides the greatest therapeutic benefit for the individual’s specified needs.
After earning her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Alicia furthered her studies at Teachers College Columbia University and received the advanced degree titles of a Master of Arts (MA) in Mental Health Counseling and a Master of Education (Ed.M.) in Mental Health Counseling.
Alicia completed a clinical internship at the Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai West where she provided intensive and non-intensive outpatient therapeutic services to diverse teenage, adult, and geriatric populations of metropolitan New York. In her general practice, she has experience working with issues regarding mood and personality disorders, bereavement, eating disorders, physical and cognitive limitations, and intersectional identities. Areas of clinical specialization include addiction and substance use, depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, and trauma/crisis intervention.
Within her academic and professional training, Alicia has found that utilizing goal focused evidence-based practices such as ACT, CBT, and Motivational Interviewing (MI), underscored by Multicultural Counseling, have helped her clients strengthen their coping skills and promoted personal and professional self-development.
Alicia is a member of the American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counseling Association, and Psi Chi: International Honor Society in Psychology.
Alyssa has received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and her Masters of Science in Education (MSEd) at Fordham University in Mental Health Counseling. Through her work as a mental health technician at Westchester Behavioral Health Center, she learned the importance of lending a kind and listening ear to those who feel unheard, which ultimately led her to pursue a career in counseling.
Alyssa aims to create a collaborative therapeutic alliance between her and her clients where they feel supported and cared for no matter their background or identity. She utilizes a person-centered and cognitive-behavioral approach and strongly believes in tailoring therapy to each unique individual she works with through an integrative approach.
Alyssa strives to help clients meet their goals by creating a warm, welcoming, and non-judgmental therapeutic environment where clients can actively work towards personal growth and healing. She has experience in helping individuals who are experiencing anxiety and depression. In addition, she has an interest in treating young adults, those going through life transitions, as well as those experiencing stressors related to work and school.
In her free time, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her friends, family and exploring the great outdoors with her dog, Thor.
Life doesn’t come with a manual. It is hard to navigate and we can consciously and unconsciously create many maladaptive patterns that serve us for a short while but become problematic later on. I believe that self-awareness, insight, and pattern recognition are key to well-being. Thankfully, you don’t have to do this alone. Together through acceptance, compassion, and trust we will explore the different aspects of your life that you find difficult. Collaboratively we will identify and change your unhelpful patterns and develop those that serve you and your goals.
Growing up in Egypt I got the chance to understand the importance of family, community, religion and society. I understand how all these aspects play a big role in positively or negatively affecting our mental health. It is through my investigation of my relationship with the world around me that I became interested in the mind-body connection, consciousness, and mindfulness. My curiosity led to me getting my B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College. My desire to help led me to New York University (NYU) where I am finishing my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
We shape our environment, and our environment shapes us. As an immigrant myself I approach my therapeutic relationships from a culturally sensitive perspective. We can’t control many aspects of life but we can control our reaction to them. That’s why I have an eclectic orientation that pulls from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Brief Psychodynamic Therapy, and Mindfulness.
Some of my hobbies include playing Basketball, meditating and learning about eastern philosophies. I am always trying new food with friends and I am always excited about trying new things.
The stories we tell about ourselves and the stories we are told live within us and inform our identity. As a therapist, I aim to cultivate with you a space for your stories to be shared in a welcoming and supportive manner. Often our moments of adversity and crisis inspire the deeper voices within.
We are born as cultural beings. Influences from the past, present, and those experiences awaiting us, inform our identity and supply the impressions that constitute core elements of our psyche. Employing a relational cultural approach, we can explore the ingredients that comprise your unique identity. Through the cultivation of mutual understanding, acceptance, and trust, our therapeutic partnership can harness your resources and strengths and create a foundation for transformation.
I employ an empirically based therapeutic approach rooted in cognitive neuroscience, a cognitive-behavioral framework, mindfulness, and compassion. In this manner, the therapeutic encounter can become a crucible through which your potential can shine, and the artistry of therapy and self-healing take form.
Originally from New York, I grew up in an immigrant household living with multiple cultural identities. I have lived in London, Greece, and spent considerable time in India, where I studied mindfulness extensively.
At New York University, I acquired a BA with honors in psychology, which later evolved into a psychiatry research profession. My quest for understanding led me to investigate mindfulness practices informed by western and eastern traditions, often embedding myself in the teaching and practice communities. Finally, my journey brought me back to the NYU graduate counseling program and Citron Hennessey Therapy, where those experiences and practices can be rooted in a contemporary counseling context and more fully and precisely applied.Ultimately, I view mental health from a systems perspective that considers our various lived spheres of interaction – from our significant relationships to our community connections and even our global and ecological interconnectedness. Human connection and a holistic appreciation of our multidimensionality are the vital ingredients through which our therapeutic journey can foster dignity and continued well-being.
I enjoy hiking long journeys, including the 500-mile El Camino de Santiago and the E4 path from northern Greece to the Southern tip. I love art and have been an avid Metropolitan Museum of Art visitor and dreamer since my youth. Reading and essential works of literature have been my allies throughout my life. Also, I love the beach.
The way we perceive our experiences greatly influences the ways in which we move through the world and live life. Perception is characterized by how we organize and interpret the world around us, however, we rarely organize and interpret our experiences objectively. Through therapy, we can process these experiences and explore how our perceptions inform our thought patterns, emotions and behavior. Through insight, we are able to acknowledge and address these patterns and work towards positive change. In doing so, we open ourselves up to living life with more satisfaction.
I aim to provide a safe space for self exploration, acceptance and personal development. I believe that successful therapeutic experiences are rooted within the alliance between client and therapist, which centers around trust, transparency and compassion. Through our collaboration, we will identify your goals and tailor treatment to meet each of your unique needs.
My own personal experiences and struggles with my mental health have led me to understand the importance of adequate support during difficult life challenges. My therapeutic style is integrative, drawing primarily from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) and Psychodynamic Theory. The combination of these above theories allow for further exploration into the psychological and emotional components which drive human behavior. I received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology from Mercy College and am currently completing my Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness at NYU Steinhardt. I have clinical experience in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy, which has demonstrated the benefits of using an evidence-based practice within my theoretical orientation.
What do you want your therapy experience to be? Let’s collaborate on a treatment plan that works best for you.
In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading and spending time with my friends and family.
I have had a passion for mental health counseling for as long as I can remember and a strong capacity to absorb other people’s life experiences with unconditional positive regard. To me, all humans are beautiful, especially in the most chaotic form of existence, and I love to hear their stories. I spent a large part of my emerging adulthood in the determined pursuit of my own personal growth, and now I wish to take part in the growth of others who seek it.
I have lived in several different cities around the world and I come from a very multicultural background. I graduated high school in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and finished my BA in Psychology at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. After completing my undergraduate studies I excelled as an Applied Behavioral Analyst at a Learning Difficulties Clinic in Dubai for three years. During this experience, I learned to develop the skills I need to survive in a high-stakes and fast-learning environment. Currently, I am working on completing my MA degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness at New York University. It has been an honor studying what I love the most and a privilege to be able to apply what I have learned by leaving a real impact on the lives of those I cross paths with.
When working with my clients, I believe that the relationship we create in the room is of utmost importance to achieving personal goals and making true progress. Throughout our work together, I always make sure to check in with my clients to see how satisfied they are with the therapeutic process, and redefine any goals if necessary. I view my clients as the heroes in their own lives and myself as merely the facilitator.
In my free time I enjoy taking long quiet walks alone in Central Park, or catching up with my friends and family back home.
I have always had a passion to help others and I strive to normalize mental health care. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience with a cognitive/clinical concentration and a minor in Italian Language Studies from Trinity College. I am currently completing my Master’s Degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness at New York University. After working as a teacher’s assistant at St. Joseph’s School in Bronxville, NY, I have developed a great deal of patience and a deeper passion for guiding and supporting others. My experience as an intern at a suicide prevention non-profit organization has taught me crucial problem-solving skills.
I strive to build trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationships where my clients can feel validated and comfortable. I foster a safe and nonjudgmental therapeutic space. While focusing on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, I prioritize the uniqueness of my clients and I understand the importance of integrating different tools and techniques that are tailored to my clients’ needs. My approach is multiculturally informed, understanding the importance of my client’s multiple identities. I strive for my clients to develop self-confidence and I am determined to provide my clients with the support that they need. I am particularly interested in helping individuals who struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, and depression.
When not in the office, I enjoy long walks in central park with my dog Luca!
I believe that the trust and rapport developed in the therapeutic relationship is the foundation of effective therapy. I strive to be an authentic, engaged, and emotionally aware therapist, utilizing an eclectic and evidence-based therapeutic approach tailored to each client’s unique needs and goals. Together with the client I aim to work collaboratively to create lasting change.
Noticing that relationships and emotion are a core part of the human experience, I chose to pursue counseling to help individuals cultivate the most positive version of themselves. I had the opportunity to contribute to research on varying studies of stress, mindfulness, and couple relationship dynamics at the Emotion, Health, and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of California San Francisco. Through my research involvement I gained exposure to mindfulness techniques and worked with women dealing with depression and anxiety.
I received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology from the University of Oregon and am currently completing a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness at New York University. I have always had an interest in human behavior and consider myself an empath, as well as someone who wants to listen to an individual’s struggles and celebrate their triumphs.
When I’m not in the office, I love exploring New York and getting lost in a good book.
In receiving my B.A. in Sociology and Health & Wellness from Tulane University in New Orleans, I was encouraged to enmesh my initial interest in nutrition with a more holistic approach to wellness. I am a firm believer that physical health is reliant on mental health.
Initially beginning my career path in the beauty industry, I made a point to work for a corporation that emphasizes doing good for others. I was drawn to their eco-friendly initiatives, philanthropic contributions, and practices to promote employee wellness from a physical and mental perspective. Ultimately, I began to crave a more personal connection and wanted to help people on an individual level. I have always been fascinated with human behavior and am now pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness at New York University.
I hope to combine my compassionate, non-judgmental demeanor with honesty and authenticity. My goal is to create a collaborative relationship where we can work together to define goals, uncover obstacles, and find sustainable solutions.
In my free time, I enjoy walking around and exploring New York City, finding new restaurants and activities to partake in. Additionally, I love to carve out time during the week to spend time with family and friends to help me relax and recharge.
After completing an exchange program at 15, Amy moved across the globe indefinitely from her country of origin, Taiwan, where her family still resides. Her immigration journey as an adolescent and leadership experiences in school planted the seed for her passion in helping people overcome hardships. When earning her B.A in Communications at Northeastern University, Amy was especially drawn to the interpersonal aspect of her studies. Interviewing women who suffered emotional abuse from romantic partners made Amy want to explore mental health counseling. This led her to venture down under as a college senior to Gold Coast, Australia, where she took courses in Counseling and realized it is her life’s calling. Subsequently, she attended New York University where she earned her Master’s in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness.
Amy has worked with college students, individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, relationship and family issues, developmental trauma, school trauma and chronic illness. Amy believes there is no one-size-fits-all in therapy, so she strives to be sensitive and authentically connects with each client. Her experiences with multicultural issues and involvement in social justice activism serve as a foundational lens in her work. She utilizes an eclectic approach with evidence-based techniques to support and guide her clients in their transformative journey. Amy strives to create a collaborative therapeutic alliance where her clients feel genuinely cared for, challenged in positive ways, and empowered to make the changes they want for themselves.
Amy offers therapy in both Mandarin and English. She is a member of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association, the New York Coalition for Asian Mental Health, and the Mental Health Foundation in Taiwan.
In her spare time, Amy enjoys all that Mother Nature gifts us, getting lost in historical fictions, painting, and messing around on her ukulele.
EdM, JD, MHC-LP
A former professional ballet dancer, Anne has shifted her passion and dedication to the field of mental health counseling. She holds a BA in Psychology from Duke University, a JD from Charleston School of Law, and an MA and EdM in Mental Health Counseling from Teachers College at Columbia University. It was during her time mediating civil conflicts that Anne decided to move into the field of counseling in order to garner a stronger relationship with her clients. Through counseling, she hopes to more directly help people make meaningful and lasting changes in their lives.
Anne believes in the importance of a supportive, collaborative, and warm therapeutic environment as she helps her clients reflect on their experiences and work towards their goals for the future. Her approach is multiculturally informed and integrative, drawing on her training in modalities such as Rogerian therapy and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). She has experience working with depression, anxiety, relational issues, identity development, trauma-related issues, and crisis intervention, among others.
In helping to understand the injustices in our society, Paula is dedicated to being a part of social change. A bilingual, Spanish-speaking, cisgender clinician, her integrative therapeutic approach is based on a holistic, strength-based approach including person-centered, CBT and REBT modalities, allowing the client to feel supported and safe. Paula has worked with individuals who suffer with anxiety, depression, trauma-related symptoms, and personality disorders, utilizing therapeutic techniques that include therapeutic creative arts, meditative practice, and ecotherapy. She also enjoys couples work.
Paula acquired a B.S. in Early Childhood Education in the Republic of Colombia and was the leader of a research group dedicated to understanding how environmental issues affect the developing mind. Shortly after, Paula earned a Master of Arts in Family and Child Studies at Montclair State University, while also conducting research on female experiences with internet infidelity. She later earned a second Masters in Mental Health Counseling at New York University. Her research and training provided experience in working with women affected by relational traumatic circumstances.
At Citron Hennessey Therapy, Paula seeks to create a space in which her clients feel validated and empowered to explore themselves and their identities without judgement.
Often the thought and behavioral patterns we seek to replace are responses to deep-seated family wounds, scars from trauma, or routines borne of narratives relied on for a long time. I can help you rewrite your narrative, identify your needs and work towards your goals.
I believe the therapist-client relationship relies on mutual trust which is earned, not given. This is crucial in supporting clients in attaining their goals, which they set themselves. Logically and systematically, I will help you build bridges between the unrealistic ideal self and the authentic self. Together we will explore and challenge ‘automatic’ routines and responses, develop discomfort tolerance and practice self-compassion. I offer radical acceptance, self-efficacy, compassion, empathy, trust, pushback, and validation.
I am a member of the gay community from North Carolina. I am familiar with the complexities of intersecting identities and cultures. My hobbies include chess, skiing, and binge-watching The West Wing.
I have experience working with relationships and intimacy, masculinity, family dysfunction, workplace success and discipline, attachment needs, substance use, and self-compassion. I received a B.A. in Sociology from Hamilton College and completed my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Hunter College.
I take a multifaceted theoretical approach, using techniques and interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Adlerian Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Logotherapy.
Sophie was born and raised in Manhattan, New York. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Operations Management, Sophie went on to earn a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nyack College where she was trained to counsel through a multicultural and holistic perspective that encompasses ones biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual needs.
Sophie has experience providing individual and group therapy to adults, children, and families. Her areas of specialization include grief & loss, depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, and conflict resolution. She is trained in several modalities including but not limited to Person-Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Sophie believes that for successful therapy, a safe and supportive client-therapist relationship is necessary. It’s through this environment that change occurs. She is passionate about helping others process their emotions, gain insight, and strengthen their coping skills.
Other areas of interest include Mindfulness-Based practices and discussing nuances of being 2nd-generation Asian American.
Perri always knew she wanted to be in a field where she could give back and help others. She spent her high school summers volunteering at a day camp for children with special needs and in a hospital working alongside a physician who led group therapy for children on the autism spectrum. These experiences solidified her desire for helping others and sparked her interest in the field of psychology.
Perri received her B.A. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. During that time, she spent a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia where she was a psychology intern at a dual inpatient/outpatient mental health facility for adolescents. Perri has over six years of experience working in a hospital setting as a patient liaison in a Lymphoma clinic and the chemotherapy unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She completed her year-long internship in graduate school at Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, providing both individual and group therapy for adult cancer patients, survivors, and their family members. Perri has experience working with diverse adult populations with a range of mental health concerns, including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, grief, bereavement, substance use disorders, bipolar disorder, and trauma. She attended Hunter College where she earned her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and is a member of the American Counseling Association.
Perri’s clients would describe her style as collaborative, empathic, and focused on a client-centered approach. She takes the time to understand client’s goals and needs, strengths and challenges, and what they need to feel comfortable, supported and understood. She prioritizes providing a safe, exploratory environment and is passionate about the power her clients have to become their own agent of change.
When not in the office, you can find Perri on long walks exploring the city, reading or baking!
MA, M.Ed, LMHC
Anna’s professional career began as an innovation consultant at a leading global human resources firm. Ultimately, her true passion for human behavior and interpersonal dynamics led Anna to pursue a Master of Arts and Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Columbia University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and neuroscience from Wake Forest University.
Having grown up in two multicultural cities: London and New York, and in a Hispanic-American household, Anna understands the importance of intersecting identities in shaping who we are and who we would like to be. She is dedicated to utilizing evidence-based strategies and techniques to support clients towards fulfillment, connection, and happiness. Anna incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and relational approaches to help clients reflect on their interpersonal dynamics and tendencies. Anna fosters a safe environment where individuals are encouraged to reflect on maladaptive patterns and behaviors and implement lasting change. Anna is committed to embarking on the journey of self-exploration with clients in pursuance of fulfillment and self-actualization.
MD, MA, MHC-LP
She's a compassionate, kind, yet frank and thorough individual
Cynthia received her Medical Degree from Medical University of the Americas where she was clinically trained in hospitals within the United Kingdom, the Philippines, the West Indies and the United States. From Hertfordshire, England to Birmingham, Alabama, Cynthia provided essential care to patients with diverse cultural contexts and economic strata.
She developed an interest in translational research as a clinical observer at the Medical Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health. She was later hired as a Research Fellow for the Crystal Research Laboratory in the Department of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. In this capacity, she co-authored cutting edge research articles published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Her research was presented at the Annual International Conference of the American Thoracic Society.
Her work with immigrant families and Afro-Caribbean youth with suicidal ideation, launched her career path on a new trajectory. Cynthia received her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from New York University and a Primary Certificate in REBT from the Albert Ellis Institute. Her inquiring mind and clinical acumen serve her well in this domain as she utilizes an eclectic blend of modalities across disciplines, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Strengths-Based Therapy and Brief Psychodynamic Therapy. As a clinician, Cynthia offers unconditional positive regard to create a safe space for clients to share their innermost thoughts and feelings. Cynthia believes that therapy, at its core, is the philosophy of perception. What a client thinks, will impact every corner of their being— here is where the work begins.
She is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, and the New York Mental Health Counseling Association. Her favorite pastimes include cycling, horseback riding and endless days at the beach.
MA, EdM, LMHC
Knowledgeable and consistent in her approach while making me feel at ease. She empowers me to make my own decisions to improve my mental health without judgement. I couldn’t appreciate her more.
Oonagh is always a very witty and enjoyable person to talk to, which made the entire experience from the beginning that much easier with opening up to her and therapy, as this is my first experience.
She has an excellent ability to nurture but also give me the advice that I need to hear to make better emotional choices in my day to day life. She holds me accountable, but does it with a tenderness that's needed.
Oonagh has always had a passion for working with people. Starting out as a journalist, working primarily in the corporate and then the education sector, she later gained a Bachelor of Science in Professional Social Work, which led to an incredibly rewarding 10-year career in child welfare and fostering in London, UK.
Keen to further develop her therapeutic skills, Oonagh moved to New York and graduated with a Master of Arts and Master of Education in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University. She also holds the Advanced Certificate in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) from The Albert Ellis Institute and a certificate in Prolonged Exposure Therapy.
Oonagh has experience in working with clients who are dealing with depression, anxiety, shame, relationship issues, attachment and identity difficulties and those who have experienced significant trauma.
Oonagh is a member of the American Counseling Association.
I enjoy and value our sessions and she always leaves me thinking about and processing things in new ways. I have seen strong progress on the issues I came to therapy to work out, and I would highly recommend her.
Alyson is such a great listener and you can tell she genuinely cares. wonderful bedside manner and always gives you something to think about after each session. She makes you feel comfortable and safe, and never judgmental.
She's super attentive and you can tell she listens to everything you say. She challenges me to look at my life from different points of view. She backs up her responses through different studies and research and it's apparent she has a passion for helping others.
After earning her Bachelors degree in both Film and Psychology, Alyson went on to earn her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Prior to joining Citron Hennessey, Alyson was with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Wellness Center providing therapy to a diverse population of clientele. While there, she received trauma, veteran, and LGBTQ safe zone trainings with emphasis on cultural sensitivity in the therapeutic space.
Alyson has experience working with a broad range of issues including: depression, general and social anxiety, bereavement, self-esteem, and life transitions. Primarily, her strengths and focus are on treating romantic relational issues, eating disorders, and working with new parents post-partum. Alyson believes in creating a strong client-therapist relationship built on openness and understanding. She approaches treatment with an integrative style encompassing Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral and Relational techniques to treat issues from multiple angles. Her goal-oriented approach and compassionate demeanor help to facilitate the desired outcomes and transformation clients seek.
Following a rewarding career in the corporate world, Tracey returned to school to pursue a graduate degree in mental health counseling. In doing so, she combined her life experience and interest in psychology with her innate capacity for counseling others. In addition to a BA in Psychology, she received a Master of Arts in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from NYU.
With an approach that is empathic, respectful and collaborative, Tracey actively engages with her clients, providing a safe and supportive environment in which they can be themselves and feel heard. It is Tracey’s belief, firmly supported by her experience, that building a strong and trusting relationship between client and therapist is the most essential component to providing effective therapy.
Tracey utilizes an integrative approach to treatment, tailoring her work to address the unique needs of each client. She strives to help clients recognize where they are stuck and to make constructive changes toward achieving more satisfying and balanced lives. She is trained in (CBT) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) as well as in Psychodynamic and Mindfulness Based therapies.
Tracey’s areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, relational issues, life transitions, grief and loss. Additional areas of interest are animal-assisted therapy and music therapy. Tracey is a member of the American Counseling Association and the New York Mental Health Counselors Association.
I am so thankful for Scott's approach, he is empathetic, patient, and a great facilitator.
Therapy with Scott has changed my life for the better! He has given me the tools and mindset to get out of a long self-sabotaging rut.
He was a major source of improvement in the way we communicate. I cannot recommend him as a practitioner enough.
Before earning his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College, Scott Percelay completed his B.A. at The New School where he studied film and psychology. Scott believes stories are powerful tools that can lead to healing, growth, and discovery. In therapeutic practice, Scott works to empower all of his clients by meeting them with a deep sense of empathy and non-judgment. From a place of understanding, we can begin to write, rewrite, or change our stories and in turn find comfort and transformation.
Scott takes an integrative approach to therapy utilizing Person-Centered, Narrative, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy techniques. Scott has experience helping clients with a range of topics including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, grief, addiction, self-esteem, and maintaining healthy relationships.
Scott is also passionate about social justice work engaging in continued learning around issues impacting LGBTQ+ communities. He currently sits on the panel of facilitators for (Re)Defining Power: Exploring the White Male Voice in Diversity Work, an annual conference with the goal of providing young white men with language and understanding to work with their communities in the fight for racial and gender equity and justice.
Melissa has a background in Philosophy, Ethics and Counseling Psychology. She completed her B.A. in Philosophy with a focus on Psychology and Gender Studies at Wagner College and went on to pursue her Masters in Ethics at Fordham University. She continued her studies at Columbia University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Masters of Arts and Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling.
Over the years Melissa has gained a variety of experience in both individual and group therapy, working on a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, sexually based violence, and addiction. Her main focus has been on identity development and she served as a director of the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Project at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Melissa strives to create a safe space for her clients and believes that therapy is most effective in a collaborative setting, with mutually agreed upon goals. She brings a holistic approach to therapy, utilizing different techniques to best suit the individual client.
Incorporating both Eastern and Western philosophies, she is able to cultivate a universal perspective that honors the mind, body, and spiritual aspects of her clients. She utilizes a variety of techniques and modalities, including Mindfulness Techniques, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as Feminist and Multicultural Therapies.
Being a first generation American born to West-Indian parents, Jeika Identifies as a third-culture individual. This intersectionality allows her to see the importance of viewing people in their entirety. Jeika developed experience in the mental health field as an Assistant Behavior Intervention Specialist, an Article 81 Case Manager, and a Crisis Counselor. Jeika received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychopathology from CUNY School of Professional Studies and a Master of Arts Degree (MA) in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling from New York University.
Jeika has experience working with personality disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, codependency, and a variety of other concerns. She practices through a multicultural trauma lens and customizes her approach to therapy to the unique needs of each client. These approaches include rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical and behavioral therapy (DBT), emotion focused therapy (EFT), humanistic therapy, and existential therapy. It is her goal to create a welcoming environment to foster healthy development in her clients’ lives.
Jeika is a member of the National Association of Black Counselors (NABC), American Counseling Association (ACA), and American Psychological Association (APA). In her spare time Jeika is a bibliophile and further engages in the creative world through art, crochet, sewing, and playing her alto saxophone. She also enjoys kickboxing, hiking, yoga, and meditation.