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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.
MA, M.S.Ed, MHC-LP
I believe therapy is, at heart, a commitment to improving our most important relationship—our relationship with ourselves. Truly, this is the only relationship we’re guaranteed to have our entire lives. To me, therapy is where we can give this relationship the time and attention it deserves. Of course, this is easier said than done, especially when we’re struggling, but through therapy, we can learn to turn towards ourselves, even in our most challenging moments, with the same nonjudgmental compassion and kind encouragement we would offer a dear friend.
As a therapist, I love seeing the healing that happens as clients learn how to show up for themselves in this important way. I am warm, gentle, and endlessly curious, leading with self-acceptance to create a foundation for lasting change. To accelerate the healing process, I may incorporate techniques and teach you how to use tools from a number of modalities, but I will always consult with you and learn your goals and values before I dip into any particular toolbox. I am also an out queer therapist, and I have experience providing affirming care to LGBTQ+ clients.
I hold a BA in English from the University of Texas, an MA in English Education from Columbia Teachers College, and an MSEd in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College. I grew up in West Texas (think the TV show Friday Night Lights), escaped to Austin for college, then taught and studied in Shanghai and Beijing before settling in NYC and teaching in our city’s public schools for over a decade.
Providing acceptance and support to students who chose me as their confidant became my favorite part of the job, and ultimately, I followed this passion into a new career. As a therapist, I draw on many years of work with gloriously diverse populations, and I feel lucky to have found another job where I get to hear people’s stories and help them learn and grow.
In my free time, I enjoy training with kettlebells, fiddling around with yarn (I’ve got crochet down, but knitting is still quite the journey), and reading fiction and poetry.
From a young age, I possessed the ability to connect with people and help them open up about their lives. After embarking on a long journey as a lawyer, I realized that my true passion lies in the counseling room, where I can establish a safe, empathetic space where individuals can feel heard and understood.
In my home country Ecuador, I have been practicing therapy for over four years, and it has been incredibly rewarding to witness my clients make progress and achieve their goals. Currently, I am completing a Master of Arts in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling from New York University and offer therapy in both English and Spanish.
Therapy is akin to holding up an imaginary mirror to your thoughts and behaviors. As your therapist, my aim is to reflect back to you what I see, so you can gain a new perspective and insight into yourself. Together, we can explore the underlying issues that may be holding you back and find practical solutions to help you move forward.
Much of our thinking and behavior is shaped by our upbringing, culture, and experiences. However, just as we learn these patterns, we can unlearn them and create new, healthier ways of thinking and behaving that align with our values and the life we want to lead.
I firmly believe that a connection between therapist and client is essential for effective therapy. It is not about being liked or always agreeing with each other, but rather about building a solid, honest relationship.
My ultimate goal is to empower my clients to become their own therapists and not rely on me. I want to provide them with the tools and skills they need to tackle life’s challenges.
Outside of work, I enjoy traveling and trying new restaurants, but don’t find time to read as much as I would like to. I am a fan of Latin America and its culture.
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.
BA, M.S.Ed, MHC-LP
Life often throws us twists and turns that we cannot predict. Through the cultivation of a solid therapeutic alliance and an integrative person-centered and cognitive-behavioral approach, we can begin to examine the connection between your thoughts, emotions, and behavior and upgrade this cognitive structure into something that is more supportive and flexible for use in your everyday life.
I received my Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and completed my Masters of Science (M.S.Ed) in Mental Health Counseling at Fordham University. I have experience working with underserved populations as a mental health technician at Westchester Behavioral Health Center. Through my studies and my therapeutic work, I learned the importance of lending a kind and listening ear to those who feel unheard. Saying what has gone unsaid for so long and putting thought into action can be extremely intimidating. Through our work together, we’ll create an internal framework of support and accountability that will help you drive forward in life.
I am experienced in supporting individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, work-life balance, and need help managing interpersonal relationships. Helping my clients work towards personal growth and healing in a warm, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment is what I strive for every day. I look forward to embarking on this path of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and positive self-change, with you.
Some of my hobbies include reading non-fiction, going to MSG to enjoy a fun pop concert, and searching for the best restaurants for brunch in the city. I also enjoy spending time with friends, family and exploring the great outdoors with my dog, Thor.
I was born and raised in India, where I completed my undergraduate studies in psychology and biology and worked with several hospitals, mental health clinics, and non-profit organizations as an intern and observer. Through these experiences, I recognized that people’s perceptions and interpretations of events are influenced by their social and cultural context, and in order to work effectively with clients, it’s important to keep an open and non-judgmental stance. I believe multicultural competence is valuable in ensuring that my clients (from any background) don’t feel overlooked or misunderstood.
I believe in providing a safe space for clients to share their journeys, experiences, and struggles, and hope to act as a catalyst for invoking change by helping clients delve deeper into their thinking patterns, tendencies, and goals.
Working with South Asian clients, I recognized that many cultures struggle to find appropriate therapeutic interventions and models that value their collectivistic needs, family structures, and social responsibilities and I desire to make space for that whilst utilizing evidence-based modalities. My ultimate goal for my clients is to make them self-sufficient so that they can use the tools and techniques learned in therapy to tackle any challenges.
Outside of work, I enjoy reading, playing badminton, and spending time with my friends and family! I am also a huge fan of board games and competitive sports.
Every individual is unique, and while our distinct experiences might sometimes make us feel isolated, we have a shared human desire to connect, to be understood, and to be loved. In a world that often feels too competitive and overwhelming, feelings of anxiety and depression can surface. Know that it’s okay to seek support, and when you do, I’ll be here, ready to listen and walk alongside you as you embark on a journey towards greater well-being, confidence, and achievement.
A bit about my background: Originally from China, I came to the U.S. at the age of 15. I studied Business Administration at Boston University, minoring in French. During college, I studied abroad in the enchanting cities of Paris and Kyoto and these immersive experiences enriched my multicultural perspectives. After my undergrad, I returned to Shanghai to guide teenagers on their own overseas education journeys and it was during this time that the profound impact of mental health on people’s overall happiness and success became evident to me. This realization steered me towards pursuing a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Fordham University.
My core belief in therapy is that it’s centered around you, the client. I strive to adapt to what you need, embracing an evidence-based approach paired with genuine compassion, understanding, and unconditional positive regard. My services are available in both Mandarin and English. Drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), and Existential Therapy, my integrative approach is designed with your needs in mind.
When I’m not in session, I enjoy traveling, practicing yoga, diving into sci-fi novels, and, of course, spending joy-filled moments watching my adorable British shorthair, Tangyuan, scratching the carpet.
Let’s embark on this therapeutic journey together!
I believe that we each have the power to be our best selves, and much of harnessing that power can come from taking the time to engage in self-discovery and in practicing self care. I utilize an empathic and personalized approach to help you in your journey to explore barriers that might be holding you back from living your most fulfilling, balanced, and authentic life.
Having grown up in a multicultural environment and in international schooling in Beijing, I have a profound appreciation for diversity and individuality. Through this, I’ve come to understand that we all have a story worth sharing and a distinct path that can be challenging to navigate. Every person is unique, and I recognize and honor this individuality in my approach. My focus is on building a strong therapeutic relationship with you, tailored to your specific circumstances. My own journey of self-discovery through psychotherapy has given me valuable insights into the power of embracing one’s identity and the comfort that comes from recognizing it.
I have always been fascinated by how our experiences and cultures shape us and dictate how we navigate the world, and therefore I have always been interested in human behavior. I completed my BS in Psychology from Northeastern University, with a minor in Health Science. Thus, I am also interested in how health and wellness intersect with our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I am currently completing an MA and Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University.
In my free time, I love to run (half-marathons), read mystery thrillers, cook (pasta being my favorite), and going out to eat with my friends and family.
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 completed 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.
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.
I believe therapy is most effective and impactful when a strong foundation of trust, non-judgement, and unconditional positive regard has been built between the client and therapist. This foundation allows clients to feel both safely supported as well as challenged – an environment that can be difficult to find in everyday life.
My path to becoming a therapist is less traditional than most. I have spent over a decade of my career as a college wrestling coach and many years as an athlete. My career as a coach has given me practice helping individuals identify their values, set goals, overcome setbacks and continue to move forward. Throughout my time as a coach and athlete, I have also been immersed in areas of high-performance, competitive environments, men’s health, masculinity and the cultural underpinnings that exist in these spaces.
In my work with clients, I draw on a number of theoretical orientations including Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Client Centered Therapy and Mindfulness. I believe that understanding the relationship between our emotions, thoughts and actions will help us see the way we habitually relate to ourselves and others. With this knowledge comes the capacity to make the internal and external changes necessary to reach our goals.
I received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Gardner-Webb University. I am currently completing my Masters of Education (Ed. M.) in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time in New York City’s parks and riding the subway to local beaches. Tough workouts bring me a lot of satisfaction. I am usually reading something from a rotation of genres including classic fiction, personal psychology, Jungian psychology and mindfulness. I enjoy journaling my recent thoughts on personal psychology, sports psychology, nutrition and fitness.
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.
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 and I completed 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!
MA, B.S, MHC-LP
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.
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, LMHC
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.
Hadley has also started working with her rescue dog, *Meadow, as a certified, professional therapy team. Research shows that incorporating animals in treatment can improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and assist clients coping with trauma. Additionally, animal assisted therapy can help therapist and client develop a strong therapeutic alliance that serves as the foundation for facilitating improved self-acceptance and interpersonal relationship skills.
*Meadow will be joining Hadley in sessions at the start of 2023.
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.
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 completed 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.
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. I completed 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!
As mental health awareness continues to grow, it does not necessarily erase the internalized stigma of seeking therapy in many of us, and it is not uncommon for people who are new to therapy to judge themselves for “not figuring it out on their own”. Human beings are not meant to exist in isolation – our ancestors strived because of the relationships and communities they built. It is normal to have fears when doing something new, but I would argue life begins at the end of your comfort zone and I want to help you make the changes you need in order to be able to receive and maximize everything life has to offer.
I am from a quiet suburban city in Taiwan and since the age of 15 have lived in several different cities and countries on my own. I received my B.A in Communications at Northeastern University where my interest in interpersonal relationships and psychology blossomed. It led me to New York University where I completed my M.A. in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness and my career path of healing through talk therapy.
I aim to create a compassionate, genuine and supportive therapeutic environment that is full of curiosity about all aspects of ourselves without value judgments and believe my relationship with you is the most important element to a successful therapy experience. I will challenge you in positive ways, and empower you to make the changes you want. It is my privilege to be a part of your journey and I cannot wait to begin it with you.
Being bi-lingual, I offer therapy in Mandarin and English. I have experience working with self-confidence, childhood wounds, family dysfunctions, intergenerational or cross-cultural barriers, relationship intimacy, attachment needs, and self-actualization. I have an integrative approach in my work drawing techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Internal Family System (IFS).
In my spare time, I enjoy being in nature, anything artistic, getting lost in a good book (more often a TV show nowadays to be totally honest!), and exploring the endless restaurant scene in the Big Apple.
I've been seeing Paula for a year and she is still one of my favorite parts of the week.
Easy, warm, friendly and non-judgmental. Best therapist I've ever had PERIOD.
Her empathy and directness have helped me see a light at the end of the tunnel. Highly recommend her to anyone looking for help.
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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.
Have you ever found yourself feeling stuck between your thoughts and feelings that seem to be at odds with each other? Often, this is an obstacle to feeling free and at ease. I can help you find clarity with what’s happening between your thoughts and feelings that may be making it challenging for you to reach your mental and emotional health goals. I believe that a safe and supportive client-therapist relationship is necessary for healing, especially if you’ve had any sort of traumatic experiences. It’s through this environment that any change can occur. I’m passionate about helping my clients process their emotions, gain insight, strengthen their coping skills, and heal from the effects of trauma. My clinical approach is guided by REBT, Inner-Child Work, and trauma-informed care. Additionally, I am trained in EMDR, a therapy modality for trauma recovery.
I was born and raised in Manhattan, New York. After earning my Bachelor’s degree in Operations Management, I pursued a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Alliance University where I was trained to counsel through a multicultural and holistic perspective that takes into consideration the client’s biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual needs. As a 2nd generation Asian American I understand the difficulties with being a part of two cultures while simultaneously trying to navigate difficult family dynamics.
When I’m not exploring new patterns of thinking and behaving, my time is spent cooking, baking, organizing and decorating my home, and spending quality time with my friends.
I believe that everyone can benefit from therapy! Whether you are returning to therapy, new to the process, or considering if it is right for you, I am committed to creating a space where you feel safe, seen, and deeply understood. People often feel stuck in their conditioned ways of thinking and behaving and helpless in their ability to create new pathways forward. I work with my clients to reflect on how past experiences have shaped the present moment through a less judgmental and more compassionate lens to foster insight and lead to positive growth. I am passionate about the power my clients have to become their own agent of change.
My therapeutic style has been described as warm, collaborative, interactive, and goal oriented. I take the time to understand your needs, strengths and challenges, and what you need to feel comfortable, supported and understood. I draw on concepts from evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT.) Utilizing these frameworks, we will work together to “challenge” old ways of thinking and/or behaviors that are impacting your present goals and connection with others. I have experience working with anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, grief and adjusting to life changes.
I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and my Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College.
When I’m not in the office, I love to read, practice yoga, snowboard and explore the city with my dog, Charlie!
MA, M.Ed, LMHC
Genuine and thoughtful, she creates a very safe space.
She has helpful insights each visit!
I searched for a therapist for years, I'm so grateful I found Anna.
Anna is an excellent listener and the empathy she exudes in all of our sessions provides me with so much.
Often the way we talk to ourselves informs how we feel and what we do. I am here to guide you through the process of harnessing your internal power to help free you from suffering and lead you towards self-acceptance, compassion, and relief.
I can help you develop skills and strategies to reach your goals and cultivate meaning and purpose in life. I am committed to offering a space where you are seen and heard, a space where you feel comfortable to explore challenges and struggles, and a space that contains your fears, worries, goals, and dreams. You are your agent of change and I can help you create the life you want to live.
I view the therapeutic space and relationship between therapist and client as a microcosm of how you interact with yourself and others. Therapy sessions can then become a working space to gain insight and create a bridge between where you are and where you would like to be.
Growing up in London and New York in a Hispanic-American household, I came to recognize the power in acknowledging and exploring our intersecting identities and various life roles we inhabit. My therapeutic style integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commit Therapy (ACT), two evidence based practices that are effective in treating anxiety and depression by focusing on how our thoughts impact our feelings and behaviors.
I have a dual Master’s degree from Columbia University in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. I specialize in anxiety, depression, relationship issues, codependency, family conflict, self-esteem, family conflict, and life transitions.
In my free time, I enjoy walking my rescue pup, Daisy, playing cards, and exploring different neighborhoods in NYC.
MD, MA, LMHC
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.