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Jessica C. Sullivan Founder & CEO

BIO

After obtaining her Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University, Jessica went on to provide counseling and psychotherapy services within the Hudson Valley area, specializing in treating anxiety and depression. Through her clinical work and her own experience, she began to recognize the immense connection between mental health and nutrition. Curious to expand her knowledge and share this with others, Jessica completed two different nutrition certifications with a unique approach to health – Nutritional Therapy and Eating Psychology.

The combination of mental health and nutrition expertise allows Jessica to offer a well-rounded, integrative approach to helping her clients meet their individual goals. Jessica is also a certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist and incorporates these evidence-based skills regularly into her sessions. Jessica constantly seeks to expand her knowledge and attends continuing education seminars frequently in order to provide the most influential and up-to-date information to her clients.

Jessica established Nourish Your Mind with the hopes of sharing her knowledge, passion and experience with others. For Jessica, the journey into the field began as a personal one when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition at age 16. Jessica had suffered with chronic pain, digestive issues, depression and anxiety in connection with her condition and has used the techniques that she shares with her clients to heal her body. Jessica has found balance within her physical and emotional health – despite her diagnosis. Nourish Your Mind is derived from the belief that with the proper support, knowledge and determination, YOU can do the same.

Jessica resides in Monroe, New York with her husband, Move Physio’s Dr. Justin Sullivan and her two step-sons. Outside of Nourish Your Mind, she enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, traveling, reading, and experimenting in the kitchen.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Nutritional Therapy Association
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • New York State Society for Clinical Social Work

LOCATIONS

  • Monroe Office
  • Warwick Office
  • Middletown Office

Jeanette Rivera Director of Operations / Psychotherapist

BIO

Jeanette was born and raised in Orange County and is thrilled to return and be able to provide support to her community. Jeanette received her Master of Social Work from New York University, with a concentration in Clinical Practice. Through her own life experiences and growing clinical expertise, she has formed a strong understanding of the intersectionality of family systems, trauma history, maladaptive coping, and mental health.

Jeanette practices with an eclectic approach incorporating humor and authenticity. She is a strong believer in meeting the client where they are and not forcing the therapeutic process. Jeanette began her career as a school social worker in a Special Education setting where she worked with adolescents who suffered from anxiety, depression, and school phobia. Being in a Special Education setting taught Jeanette the importance of seeing every person as an individual, not by their disability or trauma history. She enhanced her engagement skills by maintaining flexibility in her approach with students who had a variety of different needs. Her biggest takeaway through this work experience was understanding the perplexity of mental health and how all too often, people can be misunderstood and misrepresented when we don’t take the time to listen.

Jeanette has created a foundation of knowledge on trauma to best support children, adolescents, and their families. Jeanette utilizes her ability to connect with children and adolescents to further help families improve communication and support towards each other.

While working within the county, Jeanette realized the lack of resources for several disorders which motivated her to continue learning and growing as a clinician. One community in particular that she realized is all too often misunderstood and incredibly serious is eating disorders. In hopes to help fulfill the need within the community, she furthered her training in eating disorder treatment and co-occurring diagnoses. She is an advocate in education and raising awareness to best support someone with an eating disorder and their families.

Jeanette enjoys academia and takes pride in continuing her education to remain relevant with techniques. She recently completed a post-graduate advanced degree in Trauma and Disaster Mental Health. Jeanette believes there is always more to learn and improve as a clinician and human.

Jeanette resides in the Hudson Valley area with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family visiting the beach and going to the movies.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of New York
  • R – Psychotherapy Privilege
  • Master of Social Work, New York University
  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy Trained, Rosenzweig Center for Rapid Recovery
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Certified, Evergreen Institute
  • Post-Graduate Advanced Certificate in Trauma and Disaster Mental Health, SUNY New Paltz
  • The National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training for Mental Health Professionals
  • Certified Grief Informed Professional, Evergreen Institute
  • Seminar Training in Field Instruction (SIFI) Certified, Adelphi University

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • National Association of Social Workers

LOCATIONS

  • Monroe Office
  • Warwick Office
  • Middletown Office
  • Goshen Office

Ashley Crover Director of Group Therapy / Psychotherapist

BIO

Ashley received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from SUNY New Paltz. While attending her graduate program, Ashley worked as a supervisor at a Crisis Intervention Program and interned at an Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program, gaining valuable skills in crisis management and group therapy. Before joining Nourish Your Mind, she spent several years working in a long-term outpatient care clinic specializing in children, adolescents and their families. Ashley has expertise in partnering with those suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, family conflict, and personality disorders.

Ashley believes that each client is their own expert. She provides an integrative approach that focuses on both the thoughts and behaviors her clients may be struggling with in order to help them find balance and build resiliency. She works with clients in a person-centered and skill building approach to help determine and reach their own individual goals.  Following a Dialectical Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach, she encourages and supports clients to reach their full potential.

Ashley lives in Middletown, NY with her boyfriend and a very loved dog.  She enjoys family time, cooking, and trying new things whenever possible.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of New York
  • Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, SUNY New Paltz
  • Bachelors of Science in Psychology, State University of New York at Albany
  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy Trained, Rosenzweig Center for Rapid Recovery
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Certified

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Counseling Association

LOCATIONS

  • Goshen Office
  • Middletown Office
  • Warwick Office

Gabrielle Fassman Assistant Clinical Director / Psychotherapist

BIO

Gabrielle earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Women’s Studies from Muhlenberg College. During her time there, she was selected to study The Psychology of Culture, Gender, and Sexuality at Goldsmith’s University in London, UK. This provided her a unique opportunity to further her understanding of gender specific mental health issues and how they impact women, men, and gender diverse individuals uniquely. Gabrielle earned her Masters of Social Work from Yeshiva University with a focus in clinical practice.

Gabrielle primarily specializes in eating disorders, body image and identity issues. Utilizing feminist and psychodynamic principles, Gabrielle empowers her clients to develop a healthy relationship with themselves to restore their self image, confidence, and well being. She helps clients to not only change the way that they relate to food, but ultimately helps them change the way they relate to themselves. 

In addition to this, Gabrielle has extensive clinical experience working within the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals with co-occurring substance and mood disorders, and survivors of abuse.

Greatly valuing the process of continuing education and growth, Gabrielle has achieved  certifications as a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider, to connect the power of Nutrition and Integrative Medicine, and also the evidence-based therapeutic modality of Accelerated Resolution Therapy.

Outside the office, Gabrielle is an avid hiker along with her king charles cavalier spaniel, Beaux. She is also a member of NASW, and various Women’s Empowerment Groups in NYC, where she promotes social awareness and equality for all.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Master Social Worker, State of New York
  • Master of Social Work, Yeshiva University
  • Bachelor’s of Psychology & Women’s Studies, Muhlenberg College
  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy Trained, Rosenzweig Center for Rapid Recovery
  • Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • National Association of Social Workers

LOCATION

  • Warwick Office

Jennifer Cardine Assistant Clinical Director / Psychotherapist

BIO

Jennifer studied at William Paterson University, where she earned her Master’s degree in Clinical & Counseling Psychology. 

Jennifer’s approach to therapy is based on holistic practices, self-compassion, and the importance of processing trauma in order to move on. She considers the impact of sleep, movement, and nutrition on mental health and refining these habits is an integral part of the work. Additionally, she integrates Accelerated Resolution Therapy into her practice with the goal to reduce stress and heal from trauma. She makes an effort to balance healing from the past, while improving current functioning through new skills and mindset changes.

Over her career, Jennifer has specialized in family relationships, including parenting and marriage. Jennifer has experience working with children, adults, and teens. She is aware of the tremendous responsibility of parenting, and looks to support parents in their role. She believes in balancing the need to process one’s own childhood in order to be the calm, strong leader that children need. The transition to parenting is significant, and Jennifer especially enjoys supporting and working with new moms and dads. 

Jennifer has a personal and professional interest in adoption related topics and studied with the Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development and is a Trust Based Relational Intervention Practitioner. 

She has obtained advanced training in treating ADHD and provides supportive education and insight for adults and children who have this diagnosis.

Jennifer lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, children, dog and cats. She enjoys her children’s sport events, paddleboarding, and catching up with friends.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of New York
  • Master’s Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, William Patterson University
  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) Trained Therapist, Rosenzweig Center for Rapid Recovery
  • Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP)
  • TBRI Practitioner (Trust Based Relational Intervention), Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development
  • The National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training for Mental Health Professionals
  • ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider, The Evergreen Institute

LOCATIONS

  • Warwick Office
  • Middletown Office

Melissa Quinn Assistant Clinical Director / Psychotherapist

BIO

Melissa earned her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College. She spent one year working with survivors of trauma and violence both individual and in a support group setting. She has spent the last four years working with individuals struggling with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occuring disorders in both group and individual therapy formats. She is passionate about support individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma, grief and other life challenges such as building or maintaining relationships, communication, and adjustment to major life changes. She is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment in which to learn to navigate and overcome challenges in pursuit of life fulfillment.

Melissa is a Certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapist (CDBT) and has received training in cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, trauma informed care, and assessing/managing suicide risk. She is committed to a person-centered approach and integrating evidence-based practices to meet each individuals needs. Melissa is passionate about assisting clients with building skills, self-compassion and a feeling of competence that extends beyond their time in therapy.

When not working with clients, Melissa enjoys reading, hiking, painting, spending time with loved ones and checking out the newest movies on Netflix with her dog Tigger.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of New York, License No. 010106
  • Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling, John Jay College
  • Certified Dialectical Behavioral therapist (CDBT) Evergreen Certifications, Behavioral Tech – Linehan Institute Training Company
  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy Trained, Rosenzweig Center for Rapid Recovery
  • Certificate in Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Certificate in Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR)

LOCATION

  • Goshen Office

Erica Schneider Psychotherapist

BIO

Erica is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, and trauma. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a concentration in Children and Families, from Fordham University.

Prior to joining Nourish Your Mind, Erica worked with adolescents, adults, and their families in a residential eating disorder treatment setting, and has extensive experience working with a variety of populations, including children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances, adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use issues, and LGBTQIA+ adolescents and adults.

Erica utilizes a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and mindfulness and meditation, to help clients develop insight into their maladaptive behaviors, challenge unhelpful and distorted thoughts, learn coping strategies to decrease anxiety, improve self esteem, heal relationships to food and body image, and move beyond past traumatic events. Erica understands the courage that it takes to begin the recovery process, and uses her extensive experience to help clients consider their values, goals, passions and strengths as catalysts for change and personal growth.

Erica resides in Rockland County, NY, where she enjoys spending time with family, friends and her beloved cat. Often, you can find her in nature, hiking and camping, amateur rockhounding, traveling, and exploring.

 

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Master’s in Social Work, Concentration in Children and Families, Fordham University
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • ASIST and SAFE Talk Trainings for Suicide Prevention
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy Training, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • National Association of Social Workers

LOCATION

  • Monroe Office

Elizabeth Driscoll Director of Accelerated Resolution Therapy Services / Psychotherapist

BIO

Elizabeth received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She has experience providing both individual and group therapy, focusing on topics such as anger management, depression, self-esteem building, and interpersonal relationships. Elizabeth’s experience also extends as a school-based counselor, working with adolescent students to help manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, substance use/abuse and trauma.

In addition to her graduate work and experience, Elizabeth has attended professional trainings on the topics of, trauma, substance use/abuse/addiction of individuals and within a family unit, play therapy, suicide prevention and intervention, and teen dating violence. She plans on attending even more trainings as she is passionate about learning new methods and interventions that can help her clients in this forever evolving field.

Elizabeth utilizes CBT, DBT and Solution Focused models, and always takes a Trauma-Informed and Strength-Based approach. She tailors each session to fit the client’s needs at that given time and believes they should guide the treatment. She whole-heartedly believes in the concept of “Feel then Heal.” In the therapeutic relationship, Elizabeth helps clients to explore what is preventing them from living the life they want to live, and to cultivate solutions that realistically fit their life and circumstances.

Elizabeth currently resides in Orange County with her husband, two children and cat. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, binge watching The Golden Girls, reading and planning Disney vacations. 

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • MS in Mental Health Counseling, Capella University- Minneapolis, MN
  • NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor, License No. 010191
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) Trained Therapist, Rosenzweig Center for Rapid Recovery

LOCATIONS

  • Monroe Office
  • Middletown Office

Alyssa Gau Psychotherapist

BIO

Alyssa received her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the State University of New York at New Paltz.  Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents and adults who have struggled with anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders, self-esteem, family conflict, interpersonal challenges, and the emotional difficulties of managing physical ailments. Alyssa primarily utilizes DBT and CBT as treatment approaches and maintains a Strengths-Based perspective in her work. Over the years, she has continued her education by attending several trainings including Mindfulness Based Approaches in Counseling and Disaster and Crisis Intervention.
Alyssa’s approach is based around the belief that individuals find balance when therapy is a safe and supportive place where the therapeutic relationship is prioritized. She believes that change occurs when people are taught skills to gently observe their mental, emotional, and physical states, non-judgmentally. Alyssa’s passion for integrative healing was ignited when she worked as Research Assistant Manager in Dr. Karen Wolford’s trauma lab researching the effects of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Learning about the numerous mental and physical benefits of mindfulness interventions and psychotherapy has not only influenced her career as a professional counselor, but her personal life, as well.
Alyssa emphasizes the importance of taking care of her own mental and physical well being so that she may truly help the individuals who trust her to join them on their journey of healing. Alyssa balances her own well being through mediation, paddle boarding (with her two dogs and fiancé), pasta, and binge watching cheesy sitcoms on the couch.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), State of New York
  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, State University of New York at New Paltz.
  • Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, State University of New York at Oswego.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Counseling Association

LOCATION

  • Middletown Office

Alexandra Paino Psychotherapist

BIO

Alexandra (Aly) earned her Bachelor’s of Science in psychology from East Stroudsburg University and her Master’s of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah University. During her time in school, Aly also received extended training in faith-based counseling with Lifeline to Hope. For several years Aly worked in behavioral health with families and children dealing with neurodevelopmental disorders, mood disorders, and life changes.

Aly provides individual counseling for families and adults dealing with a range of challenges including trauma, life changes, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Aly utilizes a client centered approach to therapy to encourage clients to be in charge of their own healing. She uses Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and solution-focused therapy models and interventions. Aly also provides faith-based counseling as requested. She includes creative interventions, such as art or play, to encourage an open and expressive atmosphere. She believes that growth is possible for every client and encourages a holistic view of growing and healing.

In her personal time, Aly enjoys engaging in her faith practices, spending time with her family and friends, and being outside with her dog Zeek.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor – State of New York
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah University
  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy Trained, Rosenzweig Center for Rapid Recovery, LLC

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling

LOCATION

  • Middletown Office

Amanda K. Barley Psychotherapist

BIO

Amanda received her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Binghamton University following the completion of her Bachelor’s in Psychology. After graduate school, she gained experience on a global level. Amanda spent two months living with a Social Worker in rural Malawi, Africa. Amanda provided trauma informed care to children who lost one or both of their parents due to HIV/AIDS or other life circumstances. She also gained her certification (RYT) to teach yoga on the Island of Koh Phangan, Thailand, and continues to integrate Meditation, mindfulness, and yoga into her personal and professional life.

After returning to the States, Amanda relocated to Baltimore, Maryland where she worked first as a Medical Social Worker in a hospital setting. She then transitioned to Residential Foster Care serving at risk youth in the role of Intensive Therapist for Survivors of Suspected Trafficking. Amanda became a Certified Trauma Professional, and gained practical experience working with victims and survivors of sex trafficking, domestic violence, sexual violence, and various other forms of trauma.

Amanda enjoys integrating her skills of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga into her generalist clinical training, and traditional therapies such as: Solution-Focused Psychotherapy, Somatic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Harm Reduction/Psychoeducation. Amanda is dedicated to creating a safe and open environment for her clients to explore treatment options that fit their clinical needs.  

After several years away from home, Amanda is excited to return to the Hudson Valley and settle in her hometown. She is looking forward to serving the community through her role as a clinician at Nourish!

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), State of New York
  • Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance Certified RYT, License Number: 280236
  • Masters of Social Work, State University of New York at Binghamton
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, State University of New York at Binghamton
  • Anahata Yoga Shala, Koh Phangan, Thailand: 200hr Yoga Teacher Training
  • Certified Trauma Professional (CTP) | Certified 2020 | Certified through Evergreen

LOCATIONS

  • Monroe Office
  • Goshen Office
  • Middletown Office

Amanda N. Karam Psychotherapist / Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

BIO

Amanda earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and Biology from Dominican College and her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Neuropsychology from Long Island University with a focus in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. During her education, she received invaluable guidance and mentorship training under Dr. Thomas Nardi, a student of Albert Ellis’s who helped birth Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. As an undergrad, she developed a love for movement and nutrition as she recognized the benefits of incorporating it into her life daily. It was through this experience that she began to self-educate and learn more about the power of health. Continuing her education and following her passion, Amanda graduated as a Nutritional therapy practitioner from the Nutritional Therapy Association, providing her with a foundational holistic approach to nutrition that honors the bio-individuality of our bodies. She has developed specific tools for managing and assessing the body’s nutritional deficiencies that often impact our natural homeostasis and interferes with daily mood and stress management. Amanda has also received a certification in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the University of Massachusetts. She addresses the body’s innate intelligence, while providing education on properly prepared whole foods and seamlessly integrating her additional credentials and licensure to explore lifestyle factors and promote wellness, giving clients concrete coping skills during each session and further enriching the lives of her clients.

Amanda’s primary specialty has been working with college-aged students and adults. She began her career at SUNY Purchase and worked closely with depression and anxiety symptomatology, then traveled north to SUNY Potsdam to partner with the Health and Wellness department. Amanda has been humbled by the opportunity to engage with her clients. She loves the opportunity to teach daily life skills, problem solving strategies and interpersonal relations to those in need. She has found great joy in helping clients recognize unhealthy behavior patterns related to multiple branches of wellness and work on cognitive shifts in order to help guide them to develop their full potential.

Amanda currently lives in Rockland County where she is in close proximity to kayaking, hiking, ethnic food, culture and live music. She enjoys traveling with family and friends and evening walks. She enjoys nights spent cooking and watching movies with family and friends. She continues to practice meditation regularly and enjoys an active lifestyle.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of New York
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling & Neuropsychology
  • Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) – Nutritional Therapy Association
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), UMASS Medical School
  • Fitness Nutrition Specialization (FNS), National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Suicide Prevention Training, National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices – QPR Institute

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • New York State Mental Health Counselors Association – NYMHCA

LOCATION

  • Warwick Office

Angelica Castaldo Psychotherapist

BIO

Angelica has completed her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Pace University. She specializes in treatment with anxiety, depression, self-esteem/self-love, and mindfulness meditation. Although she specializes in certain criteria, that does not mean she stops there. Angelica is passionate about helping others with any concerns, and disorders that people may have. Not only did she receive her MS in Mental Health Counseling, but while she was completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Purchase College, she was given the opportunity to enlist in their Early Childhood Development Program where she also worked at their campus daycare. After the completion of the program, she had received her certification in Early Childhood Development.

Prior to joining Nourish your Mind, Angelica worked with adults in a PROS program (Personalized Recovery Oriented Services) in a non-profit setting, and has gained experience working with a variety of disorders in both group and individual therapy settings. She was also the co-creator of the Dating with Mental Health Workshop in the PROS program, where they held multiple successful sessions.

Angelica utilizes a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) as well as Humanistic Therapy, to help clients improve their self-esteem, self-love, improve their coping skills as well as help them with goal setting. Angelica understands that it is not easy to seek help, which is why she does not treat people like clients, but as an equal. Her techniques grant her the benefits of creating a great rapport with her clients, while she provides a safe haven for her clients during the hardships of opening up to her. Angelica not only listens to people but she hears them, which is essential when it comes to working with a client.

Angelica resides in Bergen County, NJ where she enjoys spending time with her family, and friends. You can find her out in nature on hikes as this is one of her favorite ways to mindfully meditate, as well as capturing the beauty of nature through photography. Not only does she prioritize her mental health, you can also find her prioritizing her physical health at the gym. Angelica believes mental health works best when you physically feel healthy, which is why she is here to help you feel the same.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Mental Health Counselor, State of New York (Limited Permit)
  • Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Pace University

LOCATION

  • Warwick Office

Brianna Edwards Psychotherapist

BIO

Brianna earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from Siena College and Master’s of Social Work degree from Adelphi University. Throughout her education, Brianna worked with at risk adolescents with trauma and maladaptive coping as a clinician and crisis interventionist. She spent several years working in emergency services specializing in trauma informed care for adolescents and adults. She has expertise with those suffering from mood dysregulation, depression, anxiety, trauma, connection and relationships.

Brianna uses a strength-based perspective and integrative approach to aid and empower clients in finding their own key to self-acceptance. She is dedicated to helping people develop coping skills, find resources, and discover supportive tools to thrive beyond their trauma. Brianna believes healing is not only a journey of the mind but full body experience meant to be had as one. Brianna is dedicated to creating a safe and open environment to support clients to reach their truest self.

Brianna resides in Orange County with her husband and two rescue huskies. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature, hiking, painting, and doing yoga. She can often be found cooking, surrounded by music and the laughter of her friends and family.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of New York
  • Master’s of Social Work,  Adelphi University

LOCATION

  • Middletown Office

Carina Scivolette Psychotherapist

BIO

Carina earned her bachelor’s degree in Integrative Neuroscience from Binghamton University and her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from SUNY New Paltz. Prior to joining NYM, she worked with high-risk adolescents and their families at a partial hospitalization program. 

She incorporates CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, family systems therapy, and feminist theory into her practice. She is passionate about helping individuals who deal with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, grief, disordered eating, as well as neurodivergent populations. Additionally, she has received training in substance use treatment. 

Carina uses a strengths-based, person-centered approach, helping clients gain insight into harmful thoughts and behaviors, learning coping skills to help individuals heal from trauma, somatic and cognitive symptoms of depression and anxiety, build self-esteem, improve their relationships with food and body image, and create and achieve their personal goals. 

She is originally from Poughkeepsie, New York, and currently lives in the Hudson Valley with her fiancé, 3 dogs, and 2 cats. She enjoys hiking, reading, crafting, and playing music.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Mental Health Counseling, State of New York (Limited Permit)
  • Master of Mental Health Counseling, SUNY New Paltz
  • Bachelor of Science in Integrative Neuroscience, Binghamton University
  • Integrated Mental Health Addictions Treatment Training

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Counseling Association
  • New York Mental Health Counselors Association

LOCATION

  • Monroe Office

Christie-Lynn Malitz Psychotherapist

BIO

Christie-Lynn received her master’s in social work from Capella University with a concentration in Clinical Practice and a certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). She has clinical experience in forensics psychology, the intellectually and developmentally disabled, eating disorders, and adolescents & adults. She utilizes an eclectic approach, finding treatment styles that are best suited to the client. However, her most prominent therapeutic techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and cognitive processing therapy.

Christie-Lynn has also completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training through The Body Art Barn to help deepen her holistic practice. This certification has allowed her to incorporate a variety of different therapeutic yoga practices, meditation, and mindfulness into her treatment.

Christie-Lynn’s own life experience has enabled her passion to work with individuals struggling to become their best authentic selves. She brings vibrant energy and a soft approach that sets the tone for clients to let go of the stigma of being emotionally unwell and ’just be’ without judgment. Working through is the goal of treatment. While the process can be very difficult, she believes that when a clinician is able to hold space for her clients’ wounds, they can begin to heal.

This quote from Brene Brown resides in her practice as a clinician, “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weaknesses.”

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • License Master of Social Work, State of New York
  • Masters of Social Work, Capella University
  • Bachelors in Science, Kinesiology, University of Rhode Island
  • Certified Yoga Instructor, The Body Art Barn

LOCATION

  • Monroe Office

Danielle Mejias Psychotherapist

BIO

Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University, a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from Arizona State University, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University to help people in need. While working closely with law enforcement, Danielle realized the significance of mental health services in that community. Although her initial primary goal was to assist law enforcement/first responders, she broadened her outreach to provide support to individuals of all ages who are dealing with various mental health issues in different settings. 

Danielle is committed to creating a secure and comfortable environment for her clients during therapy sessions. She believes that therapy is a process that should not be rushed, as each individual has their unique timeline. It’s essential to meet the client where they are in their journey towards healing. Danielle takes a client-centered approach to therapy, valuing each client’s autonomy and self-determination. She understands that each client has different experiences, challenges, and goals in therapy. Therefore, Danielle customizes her approach to meet the individual needs of each client.

Danielle lives in the Hudson Valley with her family. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, working out, and reading.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology, Arizona State University
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Fordham University
  • Master of Social Work, New York State (Limited Permit)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Southern New Hampshire University

LOCATIONS

  • Monroe Office
  • Goshen Office

Emily Mortelliti Psychotherapist

BIO

Emily earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from Cairn University and her Masters of Social Work degree from Adelphi University. She began her career providing psychotherapy to adults with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders in both individual and group therapy formats. Emily embodies warmth, compassion and dedication as a therapist. She currently specializes in a variety of mental health concerns such as eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, and PTSD.

She believes in empowering individuals to lead their own healing journeys, adopting a client-centered therapy approach. Certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Emily incorporates this method along with Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and other evidence-based models to tailor treatment to each individual’s needs. Moreover, Emily extends an invitation to faith-based counseling, honoring and integrating clients’ beliefs and values into the therapeutic process. Whether you’re seeking relief from overwhelming emotions, healing from past traumas, or striving to overcome mental health challenges, Emily offers a safe space for growth, transformation, and renewed hope.

Nestled in the serene Hudson Valley with her family, Emily finds joy in reading, painting, leisurely walks, and cherishing moments with loved ones.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of New York
  • Master’s of Social Work,  Adelphi University
  • Certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapist (CDBT) Evergreen Certifications
  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy Trained, Rosenzweig Center for Rapid Recovery

LOCATION

  • Monroe Office

Giuliana Battista Psychotherapist

BIO

Giuliana received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from SUNY New Paltz. Before joining Nourish Your Mind, Giuliana spent several years working as a bi-lingual family educator with a preventive agency. During her time in this unique setting, she was able to gain valuable experience on understanding family dynamics, goal setting, self-care, crisis management, building positive behavioral skills, working with children, parents, and their extended family. Giuliana also gained experience at an outpatient substance use facility where she learned a great deal about the complexities involved in understanding and helping treat/manage the symptoms of substance use disorders both one-on-one, and through group settings.

Giuliana believes in the importance of partnering with her clients and she strives to provide a space that allows them to feel comfortable and safe. Giuliana provides an integrative approach that include various skills and concepts rooted in humanistic and cognitive based therapies, while always keeping in mind a client’s unique needs. She finds there is great strength and change that comes about due to the therapeutic relationship she and her clients build together. She enjoys helping clients develop skills to enrich their lives positively, and feels that through incorporating all aspects of the self in the healing journey, people can create a well-balanced life. Giuliana is passionate about encouraging clients to trust themselves and their ability to handle anything life may throw. 

Giuliana lives in Montgomery, NY. Outside of working with clients, she enjoys strength training, watching stand-up, and spending time with loved ones. 

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Mental Health Counselor, State of New York (Limited Permit)
  • Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, SUNY New Paltz
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, SUNY New Paltz

LOCATIONS

  • Monroe Office
  • Middletown Office

Haleigh Espada Psychotherapist

BIO

Haleigh earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from Virginia Wesleyan University and Master’s of Social Work degree from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service. Haleigh is passionate about providing evidence-based practices and advocacy so that individuals are able to maximize their potential. Throughout her career, Haleigh specialized in providing trauma-informed and strengths-based care to children, young adults, and their family members to assist them in navigating their mental health needs and life challenges. Haleigh has extensive experience working with a variety of populations such as the LGBTQIA+ communities, intellectual and developmental disabilities, co-occurring substance use and mood disorders, children, adolescents, and adults.

Before joining Nourish Your Mind, Haleigh worked on multidisciplinary teams providing support, crisis management, and clinical interventions to youth and their families who are affected by significant psychiatric needs, serious emotional disturbances, and traumatic experiences. She has clinical experience in treating anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviors, suicidal ideation, hyperactivity, impulsivity, emotional dysregulation, school refusal/phobia, physical and sexual abuse as well as other trauma-based disorders. She utilizes a variety of models and interventions such as Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Therapy. Haleigh works from a person-centered approach and provides interventions that are highly individualized and developmentally appropriate.

She enjoys using creative, artistic, and eclectic methods that are adaptive to the changing needs of the individuals she works with. Haleigh acknowledges the uniqueness of each individual and their circumstances, which is why she believes that the client is the expert in their situations. She understands the importance of creating a safe and non-judgmental environment in order to foster a therapeutic relationship and promote her clients’ success. Haleigh is a longtime resident of Orange County and enjoys painting, reading, hiking, and live music.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Master Social Worker, State of New York
  • Master’s in Social Work, Fordham University
  • Bachelor’s in Social Work, Virginia Wesleyan University

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • National Association of Social Workers

LOCATIONS

  • Warwick Office
  • Goshen Office

Hailey Randell Psychotherapist

BIO

Hailey earned her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Saint Bonaventure University after earning a bachelor’s degree in the arts and realizing that her true passion was working to help others.

Hailey began her career as a mental health counselor at a non-profit community facility where she was able to gain experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds who ranged widely in age, culture, and diagnoses. One of Hailey’s core beliefs is the importance of treating each client as an individual and using a multicultural lens to provide care that is tailored to their unique needs. She is trained in a range of therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Gestalt, and Play Therapy. Hailey believes in working collaboratively with clients to set personalized, achievable, and flexible goals that take into account their specific developmental stage and preferences.

Hailey’s approach to therapy is rooted in meeting her clients where they are and creating a safe, judgment-free space where they feel comfortable opening up. She recognizes the importance of building rapport with clients and takes the time to establish a strong therapeutic alliance that is grounded in mutual respect and trust. Hailey is committed to providing the highest quality of care possible and believes that everyone deserves to feel heard, seen, and understood.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Mental Health Counselor, Limited Permit – State of New York
  • Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Saint Bonaventure University

LOCATION

  • Monroe Office

Holland Troeger Psychotherapist

BIO

Holland is a Licensed Mental Health counselor who received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at SUNY New Paltz. During her time in the graduate program, she learned the foundations of psychotherapy by counseling at the Arc of Ulster-Greene and the Institute for Family Health. More recently, Holland has had several years of experience at a substance use clinic and has formed a speciality of treating those with substance use disorders. Through these different settings, Holland has gained valuable experience in supporting adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health struggles.

Holland believes that clients are the experts of their lives and have the capability and power to identify goals and incite positive change. She hones her skills utilizing person-centered approaches to treat a variety of mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. While Holland primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing techniques, she is currently nurturing a strong interest in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Holland lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband spending her free time reading and drinking coffee.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of New York, License # 012467
  • Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, SUNY New Paltz
  • Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology, SUNY Cortland

LOCATIONS

  • Goshen Office
  • Middletown Office

Jasmine Carmelitano Psychotherapist

BIO

Jasmine earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from SUNY New Paltz specializing in integrative therapy.

Prior to joining Nourish Your Mind, Jasmine worked with adults and their families in a virtual trauma agency setting and has extensive experience working with a variety of populations, including adults,  young adults, and seniors with serious emotional disturbances, co-occurring mental health and substance use issues, LGBTQIA+, PTSD, and familial dysfunction.

Jasmine works with clients from an Existential foundation that emphasizes the exploration of the fundamental questions and concerns that arise from the human condition, such as “what is the meaning and purpose of life, how to have interpersonal relationships, accept freedom, recognize choice, take and give responsibility, and accept mortality.” while drawing from various therapeutic modalities and philosophies such as Gestalt, Somatic CBT, and EMDR, , to recognize and honor the unique experiences and perspectives of each individual. Jasmine believes that by engaging in an honest and reflective dialogue, she can help clients develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their place in the world, and their power over their own lives.

Jasmine resides in Orange County, NY, where she enjoys spending time with family, friends her two cats, and two dogs. Often, you can find her with her nose in a book, with a paintbrush in hand, and every so often out in nature, hiking and planting.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, SUNY New Paltz 
  • Mental Health Counselor, State of New York (Limited Permit)
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology, SUNY New Paltz
  • Associates in Liberal Arts and Psychology, Dutchess College
  • Helping a Transgender Youth Find Safety and Belonging, National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
  • AF-CBT Fundamentals, National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
  • Helping Immigrant Families Struggling with Acculturation and Developmental Trauma, National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

LOCATION

  • Middletown Office

Jason Stefano Psychotherapist

BIO

Jason earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University at Buffalo and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. Jason’s passion for helping others and serving his community blossomed at a young age when witnessing his family care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Jason has had the opportunity to work with clients from all stages and walks of life. From a background in case management, community integration, crisis interventions, and clinical experience, Jason prioritizes a client centered approach and empowers others to reach their full potential. He utilizes a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), solution-focused therapy models, and a strengths-based perspective, with an emphasis on mindfulness and meditation. This approach helps clients challenge their troubling and negative thoughts by building effective coping skills to help manage their symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma. Jason also has extensive experience in working with teens and adults with a varying array of developmental disabilities, neurodiversity, and maladaptive behavioral patterns.

In his free time, Jason enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends, including his dog Floyd and cat Simba. Jason has a secondary passion for music and loves going to see concerts, playing guitar and drums, and encourages his clients to utilize music and other art forms as a method of expression.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Master Social Worker, State of New York, License #123084-01
  • Master’s of Social Work, Adelphi University
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University at Buffalo

LOCATION

  • Warwick Office

Jenn Ortiz Psychotherapist

BIO

Jenn earned her Master’s degree from New York University – Steinhardt, with a concentration in Mental Health & Wellness. Before joining Nourish Your Mind, Jenn worked in an outpatient clinic facilitating group sessions, focusing on harm reduction, self-care practices, and building healthy relationships. She worked closely with individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, utilizing a collaborative approach to empower clients in making healthy lifestyle changes. Jenn also worked within residential psychiatric care, where she provided emotional support and crisis intervention for adults with developmental disabilities and mental health disorders.

Jenn primarily specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety, depression, attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and other related disorders. From her life experience and professional knowledge, she applies an integrative approach when working with clients– emphasizing the connection between mind and body in treatment. Sharing her own yoga and meditation practice as a reference, Jenn imparts to clients how to build awareness of the relationship between physical and mental health symptoms. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), solution-focused, and mindfulness strategies, Jenn works with her clients to build positive coping skills and effectively manage negative mental health symptoms.

When she is not at Nourish Your Mind, Jenn can be found hiking with her husband and two Siberian Huskies. She is also an avid traveler and is always planning her next adventure with her family.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of New York
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, New York University

LOCATIONS

  • Monroe Office
  • Middletown Office
  • Goshen Office

Jennifer Passanisi Psychotherapist / Licensed Creative Arts Therapist

BIO

Jennifer received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Caldwell University, with a specialization in Art Therapy. Prior to joining Nourish Your Mind, Jennifer had been providing group and individual therapy in an outpatient psychiatric program. She applies a client-centered approach that highlights a person’s life experience, age, gender, culture, language, beliefs, and identity.  Jennifer embraces a strength-based approach that focuses on acknowledging the individual as the expert in their own life, thus emphasizing their individuality. While she has experience in and enjoys working with all ages, Jennifer has a special interest in sharing her Creative Arts Therapy with children.

Jennifer has always been interested in the arts from an early age. When she was studying at Community College, Jennifer learned about Art Therapy and how it bridged the gap between her love for art and helping others. Bringing an eclectic approach to her work, Jennifer’s specialty is in Creative Arts Therapy. She loves that she can incorporate art into a therapy session, welcoming creativity, understanding, and meaning in a nonthreatening way. She utilizes the “third hand” to support individuals through their art process/experience. The “third hand” is Art Therapy’s version of mindfulness, empathy and insight and a way for the therapist to incorporate their creativity and imagination into the session.

Jennifer currently resides in Rockland County with her family. She enjoys creating her own art in her spare time. On the weekends, you can find Jennifer spending time with her family and friends. Jennifer is an aunt to six nieces and nephews (not including two more on the way!). She enjoys keeping up with the latest fashion trends and relaxing with her three Yorkies, Leroy, Bear and Ollie!

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, New York
  • Registered Art Therapist, Art Therapy Credentials Board 
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, New York
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling & Art Therapy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy

LOCATION

  • Warwick Office

Katherine M. Harvey Psychotherapist

BIO

After obtaining a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University, Katherine started her career by working at a residential center in Westchester County, providing clinical therapy services, including trauma focused CBT to at-risk adolescents in the foster care system. In 2015, Katherine began working at Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, NY, providing group, individual and family therapy for adolescents and adults, in the partial hospitalization program. Katherine was promoted to clinical coordinator of the adolescent partial program and continued to acquire leadership responsibilities while managing the adolesecent program for five years.

Practicing for over 10 years, Katherine specializes in treating anxiety and depression through use of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) and is psychodynamically trained from NYU, using an eclectic approach to treatment. In addition, Katherine has experience providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children and adolescents on the autistic spectrum, in a number of different settings including, at home, school and clinic based intervention.

Katherine is engaging, empathically attuned, and warm, with the goal of building a strong therapeutic alliance and a passion for helping others to improve quality of life and well-being!

Katherine is from New Jersey, however, currently resides in Westchester County. On her free time she enjoys an active lifestyle including exercise, spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and listening to live music. Katherine also practices mindfulness and meditation and loves good food and healthy eating.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Clinical Social Work, State of New York (License # 085871)
  • Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work, New York University
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology; Minor in Psychology, Ithaca College

LOCATION

  • Monroe Office

Lara Demberg Voloto Psychotherapist / Therapeutic Yoga Instructor

BIO

Lara earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from SUNY New Paltz, with a focus on trauma and PTSD. During her education, Lara has also studied with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, today’s leader in trauma therapy and the author of “The Body Keeps The Score.” Lara offers Accelerated Resolution Therapy and a variety of evidence-based practices to help clients process and heal from traumas and stresses that may interfere with their present-day lives. Lara works to process traumas of all types, with the belief that survivors of trauma can thrive in the wake of adversity.

Lara works with adults and adolescents who struggle with trauma disorders, dissociation, anxiety, depression, shame, eating disorders, body image, parenting, attachment issues, as well as issues connected to adoption. With a collaborative, dynamic approach, Lara believes in her client’s inherent wisdom and uses compassion, humor, and creative treatments tailored to a client’s individual needs and goals.

In addition, she also specializes in the field of eating disorders, which has offered her the opportunity to meet with clients individually and in groups to face challenges such as body image, perfectionism, and shame. 

Through more than 18 years of teaching yoga, and most recently Trauma-Focused Yoga, Lara has developed myriad skills in caring for individuals and groups. Creating a safe and supportive environment for clients to explore, process, and strengthen skills for managing their lives has become a passion for her.

Raised in the Hudson Valley, Lara now lives with her family, dog, and four cats. Lara is passionate about education and attends many training opportunities to continually provide the best care for her clients.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of New York
  • Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, SUNY New Paltz 
  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) Trained Therapist, Rosenzweig Center for Rapid Recovery
  • Trauma-Focused CBT Certification, SUNY New Paltz
  • The National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training for Mental Health Professionals
  • Certified Yoga Instructor, RYT-200, Yoga Mandali, NYC
  • E-RYT-500, Yoga Alliance

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • New York State Mental Health Counselors Association – NYMHCA

LOCATIONS

  • Monroe Office
  • Middletown Office

Lauren Miranda Psychotherapist

BIO

Lauren received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health and Wellness at New York University following the completion of her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a focus in Criminal Justice at SUNY Oneonta. While attending her graduate program, Lauren worked as an Intake Specialist conducting home visits and connecting families with local resources throughout Orange County. Lauren also interned at both an outpatient facility providing group therapy for adults with dual diagnosis and an eating disorder residential where she continued to work as a Primary Therapist. There, Lauren provided individual therapy and facilitated group therapy for those struggling with eating disorders, body image, anxiety, depression, trauma, family conflict, and major life changes. Lauren has experience working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

Lauren prioritizes the creation of a safe, warm, and non-judgmental environment to help with building a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients. She believes everyone has their own story that should be heard without judgement. Through a strength-based and an integrative approach, Lauren assists her clients through the journey of self-growth, empowerment, and self-acceptance. Lauren enjoys integrating mindfulness skills, meditation, and journaling into therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy [CBT], Dialectical Behavioral Therapy [DBT], Acceptance and Commitment Therapy [ACT], and Cognitive Processing Therapy [CPT].

Lauren currently lives in Orange County with her partner and their kitty Phoebe. Lauren is a Libra and is often described as vibrant, open-minded, and quirky. Lauren’s priorities consist of family, constant growth within the mental health field, and self care. Lauren finds herself at peace when engaging in outdoor activities, reading, yoga, traveling, meditating, and restaurant hopping. 

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • BS in Psychology with a concentration in Criminal Justice, SUNY Oneonta
  • Masters in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling, New York University

LOCATIONS

  • Middletown Office
  • Monroe Office
  • Goshen Office

Mara Kent-Licardi Psychotherapist

BIO

Mara earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and her Master’s of Social Work from the University at Albany.  Mara has worked in a variety of social service organizations, as well as in the private practice setting to provide support and assistance to those struggling with emotional and social regulation.  In addition to her role here, she currently works with teens in a school setting to assist them with navigating social expectations, ambiguities as well as mood dysregulation and thought perseveration by assisting them with the development of strategies and skills that would allow them to reach their goals and requirements.  She is grateful for all of the opportunities she has had to work with children, teens and their families to assist them with developing a more clear and positive mindset that would allow them to insight into the strengths and wonderful qualities that they possess.

Mara uses a client-centered approach, working to connect individuals to resources and assisting them to develop insight and understanding in an open and supportive environment.  She uses a variety of approaches including solution focused and CBT therapy to support clients on their journey of healing and personal growth.  We do not have to navigate our lives by following a script.  Each journey is unique in how we interpret and interact with others and our environment.  There are many ways to reach our goals and there is never only one solution.  We are all unique and our journeys often need to be tailored to support our individuality.

Mara lives in Orange County New York with her family.  She enjoys spending time with family and is busy with her children’s activities and interests.  Being outdoors is a must where she enjoys landscaping and any type of physical activity.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Master of Social Work, State University at Albany
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of New York
  • Certified School Social Worker – State of New York
  • Seminar Training in Field Instruction (SIFI) Certified, Adelphi University

Maureen E. Lewis Psychotherapist

BIO

After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Mount Saint Mary College in 2015, Maureen went on to achieve her Master’s in Social Work from New York University. Prior to graduate school, Maureen worked as a Care Manager for many different organizations throughout Westchester and Rockland County, as well as in assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Orange County. She has a history of working in therapeutic private practice with teens and adults, and works specifically with Family Systems and Strength Based Perspectives.

Maureen has experience working with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma coping skills, and a background with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Dialectal Behavioral Therapy modalities. Maureen focuses on life change, as things can happen at any age, especially Post-COVID changes and “the return to normal versus the new normal”.  Maureen has many years’ experience working with adults as well as elderly populations, and enjoys working with teenagers and adolescents. 

Maureen has worked in the Goshen/Middletown community in private practice since 2021 and has been working with Cornerstone Family Health Care as a Behavioral Health Counselor for the last year. In her personal time, Maureen enjoys Harry Potter marathons, hiking and kayaking in the summer, spending colder months snuggled up with her two fur-children (Tonks and Gilderoy), visiting local coffee and bookshops, as well as watching and attending live music performances. Maureen has lived in Orange County most of her life and was excited to be able to give back and serve her community. Maureen resides in Middletown with her husband, two rambunctious cats, and is growing her family, expecting another member this summer!

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Master Social Worker, State of New York
  • Master of Social Work, New York University
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Mount Saint Mary College

LOCATION

  • Middletown Office

Megan Quinn Psychotherapist

BIO

Megan earned her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from the University of South Florida and her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University. Throughout her schooling, Megan worked as a behavioral therapist for children and teens on the Autism Spectrum, providing therapy within schools, homes, and clinical settings. She has experience facilitating therapy groups for grief and young women who have experienced sexual assault. Megan provides individual psychotherapy for a range of clients, including those struggling with eating disorders, body image issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, and dating/relationship struggles.

Megan approaches therapy with a strength-based mindset, encouraging her clients to empower themselves throughout their therapy journey. She believes strongly in the therapeutic benefits of a strong rapport, making sure her clients receive unconditional positive regard and feel heard and understood. Megan uses various therapeutic approaches including Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Intuitive Eating, and Existential Philosophy.

Megan currently resided in the Hudson Valley with her cat Snickers and is an avid Food Network binge-watcher and Horror movie fan. She enjoys cooking Thai food and solo traveling whenever she can.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor – State of New York
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University
  • Bachelor of Arts in psychology from University of South Florida
  • Certificate of Completion for Emotional Eating, Chronic Dieting, Binging and Body Image (PESI Inc)

LOCATIONS

  • Warwick Office
  • Goshen Office

Nicole Tondreau Psychotherapist

BIO

Nicole received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY Albany and earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University. She has worked with both adolescents and adults in an inpatient psychiatric hospital on acute stabilization units providing both group therapy and individual therapy to patients with a wide scope of difficulties including depression, personality disorders, trauma, anxiety, substance abuse, mood disorders, and other life challenges.

From her time working inpatient, Nicole became passionate about helping those with complex struggles. She feels that individuals cannot be compartmentalized, and a person must be looked at as a whole in therapy. Nicole takes an integrative approach to therapy, and relies strongly on utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Nicole feels that the therapeutic relationship is at the core of all meaningful work in therapy and works hard to provide a safe space where any client can be their authentic self.

Nicole works with clients to teach and utilize coping skills, challenge maladaptive behaviors and thinking styles, and promote positive and long-lasting change. She acknowledges the decision to start therapy can be a challenging one and will meet the client where they are in a space free of judgment.

When Nicole is not in session, she is spending time with friends and family, doing yoga, reading, and cooking.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Mental Health Counselor, State of New York (Limited Permit)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Pace University

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • New York State Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMCHA)

LOCATIONS

  • Goshen Office
  • Middletown Office

Perryn Maresca Psychotherapist

BIO

Perryn earned her Bachelor’s degree from Purchase College and her Master’s of Social Work from Hunter College. Much of Perryn’s life, both personally and professionally, has been devoted to the exploration of holistic and integrative methods of transformation, as well as a spiritual orientation and mind-body approach toward healing.

Perryn’s background includes experience providing supportive services for individuals and groups in a variety of fields including Inpatient Psychiatric care, Domestic Violence, Community School-based program, and a Recovery Support Center. In addition, Perryn has worked in mental health systems transformation, training staff at organizations across New York State to transform program culture through the lens of recovery-oriented and trauma-informed care. For over a decade, Perryn served as a community speaker, presenting for various audiences to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and promote hope and recovery. Perryn has also enjoyed facilitating meditation circles, creating a space for others to gather for connection.

Perryn is passionate about her work with those struggling with issues related to stress, anxiety, depression, life transitions, and relationship struggles to find greater self-compassion and create a more fulfilling life. She embraces therapy as a deeply relational journey, honoring a person’s own innate wisdom and utilizing the therapeutic relationship as a vehicle for guiding others toward finding their own truth. She is also formally trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Accelerated Resolution Therapy. 

As a whole-hearted nature lover, Perryn loves spending time hiking, camping, and relaxing in the mountains, forests, and beaches. Her passion is traveling, discovering new cafes, and spending time connecting with her loved ones.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, New York
  • Licensed Social Worker, New Jersey
  • Master of Social Work, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology, Purchase College

LOCATION

  • Virtual Office

Rachel Formale Psychotherapist

BIO

Rachel received her Bachelor’s degree from DeSales University and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from The College of New Rochelle. Her diverse experience includes providing supportive one on one therapy and group counseling to individuals of all ages in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care. She also has experience in the field of community school based services, providing preventative substance use, violence, and bullying education to children and adolescents from kindergarten to high school.

Rachel has always been devoted to providing a safe and healing space for those around her. She is passionate about using a person-centered approach to therapy, integrating evidence-based interventions including CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness practices to create a therapeutic environment that is specific to each individuals needs. She specializes in working with those who are struggling with anxiety and mood disorders and is working towards receiving her certification in Alcohol and Substance Use Counseling. Rachel is passionate about creating a positive environment where individuals can feel free to explore themselves and learn to thrive despite their struggles.

Rachel currently lives in Putnam County, where she enjoys spending days on Lake Mahopac. She has a long history in the musical theatre world, and enjoys participating in community theatre productions. In her free time she can be found reading, listening to show tunes, or watching Survivor or Big Brother with her cats, Dexter and Lily.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of New York
  • National Certified Counselor, National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling, The College of New Rochelle
  • Bachelors of Science in Psychology, DeSales University
  • Masters Level CASAC Training Program, The Outreach Training Institute

 

LOCATIONS

  • Monroe Office
  • Middletown Office

Rebecca Holzhauer Psychotherapist

BIO

Rebecca received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. Prior to joining Nourish Your Mind, Rebecca worked for Montefiore Medical Group where she provides short-term psychotherapy to adults who struggling with severe mental illness, chronic health issues, and various socioeconomic stressors such as poverty. Her experience working in this setting has allowed her to develop a passion for offering support to individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, and traumatic life experiences.

In addition to this, Rebecca spent time providing counseling to students in an elementary school setting. She utilized mindfulness with her students and engaged them in a social-emotional learning curriculum that focused on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

Rebecca’s goal as a therapist is to always create a safe, comforting, and non-judgmental space for clients that allows them to feel heard and supported. She is dedicated to helping those who suffer from depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, and adjustment disorders due to challenging life events/circumstances. With training in cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-informed care, and assessing/managing suicidal risk, she utilizes a person-centered approach that highlights the strengths an individual already possess before beginning their journey in therapy.

Rebecca resides in Orange County. When she is not at Nourish Your Mind, she is exploring new coffee shops and cafes, reading, journaling, traveling, watching reality shows on TLC, or spending time with her friends and family.

 

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Clinical Social Work, New York
  • Master of Social Work, Adelphi University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, State University of New York College at Cortland

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • National Association of Social Workers

LOCATIONS

  • Warwick Office
  • Goshen Office

Sara Pitcher Psychotherapist / Nutritional Therapy Practitioner / Therapeutic Yoga Practitioner

BIO

Sara received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University with concentrations in trauma and loss. Since beginning to work in private practice Sara has completed certifications in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mental Health Integrative Medicine, and Guiding Women Through Postpartum Depression, Perinatal Loss & Grief, and PMDD. She has also completed the Nutritional Therapy Association’s program as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. This allows Sara to integrate her passions of the mind-body connection in therapeutic sessions by integrating therapeutic support with holistic modalities of nutrition, yoga, and mindfulness. Even when it is difficult to express emotions verbally Sara is able to reconnect a client to their mind, body, and voice. Sara finds a way to connect each client to their own thoughts and emotions that grants deeper self-realization and healing. 

Currently, Sara works virtually with young adults and adults of all stages of life seeking support for grief and loss, anxiety, and those seeking to improve overall wellness with nutritional support. During sessions, Sara focuses on the power of making positive changes for empowerment, managing symptoms, increasing energy and self-commitment, and enforcing positive coping skills. She is client-focused allowing the client to take the lead during sessions while providing guidance and structure. 

Sara resides in Dutchess County with her family and with access to her favorite outdoor hobbies of mountain biking, disc golf, camping, and skiing. She enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Master of Science, Mental Health Counseling, Pace University
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of New York
  • Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), Nutritional Therapy Association
  • Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Kundalini Research Institute
  • Bachelor’s of Cultural Anthropology and an Interdisciplinary Minor in Disaster Studies, SUNY New Paltz

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Member of American Counseling Association

LOCATION

  • Virtual Office

Savannah Babych Psychotherapist

BIO

Savannah received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany and her Masters degree in Social work from Fordham University. Savannah is dedicated to working with couples, children and individuals with  a variety of challenges. Savannah began her career working with children in both education and social work settings. Since then, her experience includes working with Veterans and their loved ones and practicing in a clinical role with a variety of individuals and diagnoses and issues including: maternal mental health, ADHD, depression, anxiety, ASD, PTSD, self esteem, relationship conflict, adoption, foster care, alternative lifestyles etc. Savannah’s passion for this work is derived from the desire to support and encourage those who find difficulty advocating for themselves. 
Savannah takes a strength- based, person centered approach in her work. She values exploring the “whys” and also emphasizes the “what nows” by providing psychoeducation, coping skills and other techniques necessary for progress. She believes in using evidenced-based practices that have been proven successful through research. She is experienced in Conflict Resolution, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness training, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), Trauma Informed Care, and Motivational Interviewing. 
When she is not practicing therapy, Savannah enjoys having a good laugh, spending time with her family, binge watching television and snacking. 

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Master Social Worker, State of New York
  • Masters in Social Work, Fordham University, Advanced Standing
  •  Bachelors in Science and Social Welfare, SUNY Albany

LOCATION

  • Warwick Office

Shannon Hahn Psychotherapist

BIO

Shannon earned her Master’s degree in Social Work, with a concentration in Children and Families, from The University of Texas at Arlington. She is a dually licensed social worker in the states of New York and Texas. Prior to social work, Shannon had practiced pediatric nursing for several years. With her combined social work and nursing experience she has been given the opportunity to work in community and private practice settings with children as well as adults of various ages and diverse backgrounds.

While Shannon partners with clients throughout all stages of life, she holds a strong interest in maternal and adolescent mental health. Her focus is providing grief and trauma support in addition to helping identify positive coping strategies for individuals who are living with anxiety, stress, compassion fatigue, and work-related/life burnout. She also provides support during life transitions, assists with goal setting, and encourages healthy self-care routines. Shannon is committed to continuously expanding her knowledge base to become well-versed in the most current research and developments in mental health and overall wellness in order to provide her clients with the best care possible.

Shannon has experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness, conflict resolution, and crisis intervention. She uses a strengths-based, integrative approach, while creating a safe space for her clients to discover their inner resources that will help them to achieve their goals and allow them to lead their most authentic lives. She believes that everyone deserves to feel good, and to have peace and joy in their lives. Shannon is dedicated to ensuring that her clients go at their own pace and learn what tools they need in order to thrive, she is looking forward to building a strong rapport and collaborating with individuals who are on their therapeutic journey toward healing and wellness.

Shannon lives in the Hudson Valley area and enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as being crafty, dabbling in interior design, baking/cooking, exercising, practicing yoga, and the fall season in the Northeast.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Master Social Worker, State of New York & State of Texas
  • Master of Social Work, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Bachelor of Social Work, Texas Woman’s University
  • Practical Nursing, Holy Name Hospital School of Nursing
  • Certified Grief Informed Professional, Evergreen Institute

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • National Association of Social Workers

LOCATIONS

  • Goshen Office
  • Monroe Office

Sharon Nistico Psychotherapist

BIO

Sharon earned her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.  Prior to that, she trained and worked as a Certified Professional Coach and became certified to facilitate The Daring Way™.  Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, The Daring Way™ explores topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness.  As a transformative life coach and therapist, Sharon has worked in private practice, residential, and intensive outpatient treatment settings.  She has experience helping adults and adolescents with a wide range of struggles including anxiety, depression, life transitions, childhood trauma, addictions, relationship problems, and issues of self-worth, confidence, and purpose.  Sharon is committed to helping all people access their inner strength and courage, embrace their process, develop meaningful mutual relationships, and let their authentic human spirit shine. She is passionate about promoting mental wellness and reducing the social stigma of seeking therapy through warm, humorous, and collaborative partnership.

Sharon has spent her life in the company of animals, and she believes some of the best healing comes from these kindred spirits.  Sharon’s experience working as a horse trainer and horsemanship instructor, and her time spent rehabilitating shelter dogs also informs her work as a therapist.  Options to include Sharon’s therapy dog, Bodhi, in office sessions or walk and talk sessions can potentially be arranged.

Sharon’s approach to therapy is grown from and informed by theories of mindfulness, self-compassion, shame-resilience, neuroplasticity, and mind-body connection.  She utilizes a holistic wellness model, as well as strengths based and trauma informed counseling methods including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Narrative Therapy.  Sharon uses these techniques to move your therapeutic gains from the head to the heart with animal therapy, walk and talk therapy, meditation, and artistic expression.

Sharon lives in the Hudson Valley and enjoys CrossFit, hikes and walks in nature, finding new easy and nutritious recipes for meal prep, and spending quality time with loved ones.  As an incessantly curious and lifelong learner, Sharon regularly attends trainings and devotes herself to continually developing her counseling skills so that she can best serve her clients.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Limited Permit, State of New York
  • Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Walden University
  • Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF), The Daring Way™, www.thedaringway.com
  • Certified Professional Coach (CPC), Invite Change, www.invitechange.com
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC), International Coach Federation, www.coachfederation.org
  • Compassion Fatigue Specialist Training, Traumatology Institute
  • The National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training for Mental Health Professionals

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Counseling Association
  • International Coach Federation

LOCATIONS

  • Goshen Office
  • Warwick Office
  • Monroe Office

Shawn Cammarota Psychotherapist

BIO

Shawn earned her Master’s in Science Degree (MSED) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Bonaventure University, New York.  Throughout her clinical practice, she specializes in the treatment of clients with anxiety, depression, anger management, grief, existential concerns, career decisions, personality disorders, co-dependency, and relationship issues.  Shawn tailors her treatment to meet the individual needs of her clients through a combination of evidence-based treatments including DBT, CBT and SFT approaches.  She works closely with adults, young people, and groups teaching positive coping skills within the areas of distress tolerance, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation to help clients in need.  Shawn approaches therapy as a collaborative partnership with her clients to help increase their wellness, resilience, and regain control of their lives.  Shawn’s therapeutic process has been influenced by her previous career experience focused on the improvement of communications in the business sector, which she decided to enhance by combining her passion for mental health and communications improvement.  

Everyone gets stuck in life sometimes. No one has to stay there.  There is help.  Shawn firmly believes in the power of counseling and her person-centered philosophy can be described by this quote by Dr. Leo Buscaglia, “Too often we underestimate the power of a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”  For Shawn, this quote relates to her connection with her clients and her faith in healing for everyone pursuing an improved well-being.

Shawn has lived in Orange County for over 15 years and when not at Nourish Your Mind, enjoys time with her family, walking and hiking with her rescue dog, exploring the Hudson Valley (and beyond!), kayaking, paddle boarding, reading (usually with a cat on her lap), and yoga.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor,  State of New York
  • Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, St. Bonaventure University, NY
  • Bachelor of Arts, Communications, Rowan University, NJ
  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy Trained, Rosenzweig Center for Rapid Recovery

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member of American Counseling Association (ACA) 
  • Member of New York State Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA)

LOCATION

  • Warwick Office

Taryn Lisa Psychotherapist

BIO

Taryn received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at SUNY Oswego, specializing in Child-Centered Play Therapy and the Person-Centered Approach. Prior to joining Nourish Your Mind, Tayrn worked in a private practice setting with a variety of clients, specializing in children and adolescents. During her journey, Taryn found a passion in combining her creative interests with therapy. She has studied and applied various forms of art and play therapy in her own practice. This allowed her to understand how creativity can benefit the therapeutic process. She also developed an interest in working with life transitions. While at SUNY Oswego, Taryn worked within their counseling facility with a diverse group of students, guiding them toward adjustment and comfort.

Taryn believes that everyone deserves to be heard and accepted. Through her counseling modalities, Taryn strives to work with her clients. She believes that each of her clients are the experts on their own life. This mindset allows Taryn to provide a space of compassion, empathy, and understanding for the individuals she serves. Her goal is to give her clients the opportunity to reflect and learn more about themselves as they grow. She works with her clients to provide support and advocacy during times of struggle and hardship. Asking for help is no small feat. It is difficult to be vulnerable and share parts of yourself to others. Taryn understands this and allows her clients the ability to set their own pace in the therapeutic process.

Taryn lives in Washingtonville, NY. When she is not counseling at Nourish Your Mind, Taryn spends her time immersing herself in various hobbies and activities. She enjoys singing, running, cooking, playing board games, and traveling.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Mental Health Counselor, Limited Permit – State of NY
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at SUNY Oswego CAMS Suicidal Risk Assessment Certified
  • BA in Psychology at University at Albany
  • Cultural Competency Development Trained
  • Social & Behavioral Research Certified

LOCATIONS

  • Warwick Office
  • Monroe Office

Victoria DiRubba Psychotherapist

BIO

Victoria received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Purchase and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University. Victoria has diverse experience working in the counseling profession with adolescence, teens and adults who endure a variety of challenges. Some of which include anxiety, depression, self-esteem, PTSD, trauma, LGBTQ+, relationship conflicts, assessing/ managing suicidal risk and various life adjustments. Victoria’s clinical treatment modalities focus on encouraging a client-centered approach through supportive reflection psychoeducation and challenging automatic thought processes. Victoria utilizes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, mindfulness practices and a reality-based approach to guide her clients to feel empowered and practice autonomy.

Victoria’s goal is to create a safe and supportive environment that allows each client to explore and challenge their thoughts and feelings. Victoria believes that fostering the therapeutic relationship is crucial for clients to feel comfortable practicing vulnerability. Victoria emphasizes the importance of self-awareness and self-reflection in order to effectively manage life’s many challenges.

When Victoria is not practicing psychotherapy, Victoria enjoys weightlifting, traveling, spending time with family and her hamster and all things food! Victoria believes that incorporating physical activity and intentional movement to your life can aid in your mental health journey.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Mental Health Counselor, State of New York (Limited Permit)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Long Island University
  • Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certified

LOCATION

  • Middletown Office