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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.
Fantastic, fantastic therapist. I'm the type of person who needs actual tools given to me and actions I can take to help my depression/anxiety, not just someone who sits there and lets you vent, and that's actually what Jody does.
Jody is warm, nurturing, and inviting. She has a certain presence in the room that always makes me feel safe and cared for. She is incredibly talented at what she does and is invested in her work and patients.
Jody is a true gem of a therapist... just that perfect amount of patient and nurturing while also very engaged and challenging in the right moments. She is very intelligent while also super down-to-earth and relatable.
After a successful career on Broadway as a dancer and choreographer, Jody redirected her creativity and passion into the field of counseling psychology, with particular interest in mindfulness-based approaches. Drawing upon her training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Jody works with individuals and couples to help them develop the resources and skills to make positive changes in their lives. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Gender Studies from State University of New York Empire State College, and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) from City University of New York, Brooklyn College.
Jody is trained and experienced in several modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion-focused Therapy for couples (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and EMDR. Jody uses the practical application of interpersonal neuropsychology and “embodied immediacy” to successfully address chronic symptoms of developmental trauma and loss. She is certified in LGBTQ Clinical Foundations from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and IHI Therapy Center, and has received trainings on Adult Attachment in Psychotherapy with David Wallin, Ph.D., and sexuality and couples’ clinical issues at the Ackerman Institute.
Jody is an adjunct professor in the psychology department at Brooklyn College where she teaches Master level Mental Health Counseling students. She is a member of the American Counseling Association.
Areas of clinical expertise include stress management, anxiety, depression, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, parenting, and gender and LGBTQ issues.
MA, PhD, LMHC
Damien is an extremely knowledgeable and kind therapist - and has added-value to my life through therapy from our first appointment.
Damien is great. He helped me work through some anxiety and depression issues I had been dealing with for years before deciding to talk to someone about them.
Damien is an extremely knowledgeable and kind therapist - and has added value to my life through therapy from our first appointment. I appreciate his ability to talk through grief, anxiety and life questions with both psychological and philosophical insights.
Damien earned a BA (Vanderbilt) and PhD (CUNY Graduate Center) in Philosophy, and his MA in Applied Psychology (Mental Health Counseling) from NYU Steinhardt. In nearly 20 years in New York City he has moved from teaching Philosophy in colleges to to research, writing, training, and management in the corporate world, to being a psychotherapist.
In treatment, Damien applies his varied background along with his expertise in Philosophy to his experience and training with Adlerian, Existentialist, CBT, REBT, and Rogerian therapy methods. Damien believes that the core of successful therapy is a therapeutic alliance based on mutual respect and trust, and uses the alliance to help patients flourish via improving critical thinking, goal setting, and problem solving, as well in developing a better understanding of the nature and usefulness of emotions. He has particular interest in issues surrounding anxiety, depression, identity, stress, trauma, medical conditions, and disability.
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.
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!
MD, MA, MHC-LP
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.
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.
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.
Advanced Clinical Trainee
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychopathology from CUNY School of Professional Studies, Jeika developed experience in the field as an Assistant Behavior Intervention Specialist, an Article 81 Case Manager, and a Crisis Counselor. Jeika is currently pursuing her Master of Arts Degree (MA) in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling from New York University. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS).
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 has experience working with personality disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, codependency, and a variety of other concerns. It is her goal to create a welcoming environment to foster healthy development in her clients’ lives.
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 Raleigh, NC, Benjamin received a B.A. in Sociology from Hamilton College and recently completed his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Hunter College. Benjamin has previously worked as a clinical intern in a Greenwich House Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program, working with clients experiencing substance use disorder.
Benjamin is enthusiastic about creating space for marginalized voices, understanding the complexities of intersecting identities, and cultivating relationships based on his clients’ attachment needs. He collaboratively builds his therapeutic relationships by helping his clients identify their needs, while working towards goals. Benjamin uses a multifaceted theoretical approach, using techniques and interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Adlerian Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Logotherapy.
Advanced Clinical Trainee
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 legal and business issues. From these experiences, he learned the importance of mental wellness to address burnout, stagnation, and isolation in our personal and professional lives. That insight led him to shift his focus to therapy, and he is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Hunter College. Johnson previously earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from New York University. He has worked as a clinical intern at Insight and Action Therapy, treating primarily LGBTQ+ and BIPOC clients dealing with anxiety and depression.
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.
Advanced Clinical Trainee
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. Currently pursuing dual 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
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 began to pursue 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).
Advanced Clinical Trainee
Marine earned her Bachelor of Art (BA) in Psychology and Communication from Ramapo College of New Jersey and is pursuing an MA and an Ed.M in Mental Health Counseling from Teacher College at Columbia University. At Ramapo College, she also earned a minor in Neuroscience.
Marine was a college-level athlete during her bachelor period which has helped her understand first-hand the stressful pressured demands surrounding collegiate sports.
Marine’s goal in therapy is to build a safe environment free of judgment where her client always feels heard and validated. She is committed to creating a space that encourages and challenges her clients to discover themselves, to explore and embrace their inner-self, in their growing process to lead a healthier more fulfilled life. Marine is highly interested in working with clients from all background’s identities and 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.
Alessandra received her honors degree in Cognitive Science with a minor in Psychology from McGill University and is now completing her Master’s Degree in Counseling for Mental Health & Wellness at 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, Kate worked within the philanthropy, advocacy, and marketing fields. However, a long-held curiosity about human behavior and a desire to work more directly with people motivated her to shift her focus to counseling. She is currently completing her Master of Arts (MA) degree in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling at New York University.
Integrating behavioral, psychodynamic, and relational-cultural approaches in her practice, Kate works to identify unhelpful, well-worn thought patterns causing current discomfort while also exploring past experiences that may influence present feelings. Her approach to therapy is collaborative, strengths-based, and solutions-focused, navigating challenges in lockstep with her clients.
Equal parts warm and direct, Kate is intentional about creating a therapeutic space free from judgment where her clients will be both supported and challenged on their path to living a healthier, more balanced life. She welcomes clients from all backgrounds and identities, and she is particularly interested in working with clients who are navigating issues around anxiety, depression, relationships, personal and professional motivation, and life transitions.
Outside of work, you can find Kate trying her hand at a new recipe in the kitchen, creating far too many dishes to clean in the process.
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.
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.
Born and raised in China, Jie has always been interested in how people become who they are in relationship to other people and their environment. Jie completed her Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Honours Cognitive Science at McGill University in Canada. She then moved to New York to continue her studies at Columbia University and received her Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees in Mental Health Counseling. Jie incorporates both Western and Eastern philosophies and is open to new ideas and various approaches.
Jie has been trained in several modalities including Person-Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) and Multicultural Counseling. Jie utilizes techniques from different approaches to help clients in need. Jie is also an actor at New York Mandarin Playback, where she integrates psychology and acting to provide a different approach for emotion expression and understanding.
Jie provides psychotherapy in both English and Mandarin. Areas of clinical experiences include anxiety, depression, identity issues, relationship difficulties, self-esteem and family distress. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and New York Mental Health Counselors Association.
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.
MA, M.Ed, MHC-LP
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 fulfilment and self-actualization.
At a young age, Janet knew she wanted to be in a field that would bring about social change and make a difference. At the age of 15, she interned with the Queens District Attorney’s office where she worked in the Special Prosecutions Division. This exposure ultimately inspired her to graduate high school early and attend St. John’s University as a Criminal Justice Major. There she received her B.S. in Criminal Justice and embarked on a career in the criminal justice field. After gaining some experience, Janet decided to explore new ways of bringing about meaningful and substantial long-term change which led her to the Mental Health Counseling field. She attended New York University where she earned her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Wellness.
Janet has now worked with diverse populations dealing with issues included but not limited to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, complex trauma, anxiety, depression, mood and personality disorders, attachment issues as well as grief, loss, chronic pain, racial discrimination, and coping with the aftermath of having a loved one incarcerated. Janet is committed to creating a safe place where clients can address all aspects of their life. She believes therapy is most effective when clients have a collaborative therapeutic experience and feel empowered to reflect and self-explore. As a mental health clinician, Janet is dedicated to using evidence-based modalities and supportive techniques that best meet the needs of clients. Janet’s hope is to help her clients establish a mind-body-connection and utilize therapeutic techniques to live their best and most authentic lives.
Janet is a member of the American Counseling Association, Military and Government Counseling Association and the Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development. In her spare time, Janet enjoys hiking, and exploring the great outdoors with her 2 dogs – Scooby and Kobe.
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.
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.
Trading the Big Easy for the Big Apple, Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology from Tulane University and is now pursuing 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).
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.