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
  • Warwick
  • Middletown

Lillian Dugan

Clinical Director / Psychotherapist

Bio

Lillian received her Master’s Degree in Social Work, specializing in Interpersonal Practice & Health, from the University of Michigan (go blue!). During her graduate education, she received the honorary designation as an Integrated Health Scholar in addition to a certificate in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her devotion to this work began when she accepted a position at Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s pediatric oncology unit. From there, it was clear that her life’s purpose was to connect with and support individuals with chronic health issues. Working with chronic illness has shown Lillian the powerful connection between physical and emotional health and she honors this connection in each and every client journey.

While Lillian’s primary experience has been providing counseling to those struggling with chronic illness, she developed powerful skills to utilize in supporting her clients through anxiety, depression, grief and other powerful emotions that follow traumatic life experiences. Helping individuals and families gain strength, support, and motivation is what Lillian enjoys the most about partnering with her client’s on their journey. Lillian utilizes values such as the dignity and worth of a person and the importance of human relationships, and greatly appreciates the hard work that her clients put into coming to therapy. She recognizes the process and commitment that therapy can be and how much courage and resilience it takes for an individual to come into the office. Although her work has been with both adults and children, she specializes in researching and providing counseling to adolescents and young adults, as she believes there is a gap in resources, research, and specialized help to this population.

Lillian recently received her Eagala training, which is the global certification for Equine Assisted Therapy. This is an experiential intervention involving clients working alongside horses as partners to empower life changing outcomes. This certification allows her to offer equine assisted therapy services to clients at Nourish, creating a safe and healing environment for her clients, as well as combining her passion of horses and therapy.

Lillian’s role has continually expanded at Nourish Your Mind and she currently enjoys her other responsibilities, such as running a Kids Supervision Group, providing supervision for clinicians and interns working with kids and teenagers, and taking on additional leadership roles as the clinical director. Although working with clients is her favorite part of her day, supporting clinicians as they grow and work with their clients has been incredibly rewarding. She is grateful to be a part of a team with such incredibly smart and kind clinicians.

Lillian recently moved back to the area after living in Ann Arbor for graduate school and her work as an oncology social worker. When she is not at Nourish Your Mind, she is riding her horse at her barn in Orange County or spending time with her family. She is passionate about her work as a therapist and clinical director and is excited to help others reach their full potential!

Education and Certifications

  • Licensed Master of Social Work, New York
  • Masters of Social Work, University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Endicott
  • EGALA Certified Mental Health & Equine Therapy Specialist
  • Trauma-Focused CBT Certification, University of Michigan

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers

Locations

  • Warwick
  • Goshen
  • Middletown

Jeanette Rivera

Psychotherapist

Bio

Jeanette received her Masters of Social Work from New York University, with a concentration in Clinical Practice. Jeanette has created a foundation of knowledge on supporting traumatized children, adolescents, and teenagers. She has a passion for working with the LGBTQ+ population and at-risk youth. Through her own life experiences and clinical practice, she has formed a strong understanding of the intersectionality of family systems, trauma history, substance abuse, and mental health.

Jeanette practices with an eclectic approach. She is strong believer in meeting the client where they are and not forcing the therapeutic process. Jeanette takes pride in keeping up to date with Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) techniques and post-trauma aftermath on the mind and body. Jeanette is currently enjoying her work as a school social worker, where she provides counseling to adolescents who suffer from anxiety, depression and school phobia in a Special Education setting.

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

Education and Certifications

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

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers

Location

  • Monroe

Kristen LoBianco

Psychotherapist / Therapeutic Yoga Practitioner

Bio

Kristen received her Masters of Social Work from Fordham University, with a concentration in Clinical Practice and a certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Kristen began her career providing individual therapy to adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, trauma and eating disorders. Throughout her career, she has expanded her knowledge by attending trainings on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has received certifications specializing in eating disorders.

Kristen has also completed training through Eat Breathe Thrive, a non-profit organization that aims to prevent and help individuals overcome food and body image challenges through integrative mind-body programs. Incorporating a blend of yoga-based practices, meditation and mindfulness with therapy has proven successful for Kristen’s clients.

Kristen’s gift as a therapist is her passion for working with eating disorders. Her own life experience includes anxiety, body image struggles and defining one’s self are now realized and conquered every day. Kristen is dedicated in supporting your journey as you rebuild a pathway back into your body while restoring self confidence in who you are. Together we will work towards creating a positive and strong relationship between mind and body.

Kristen resides in Monroe NY with her husband and 2 children. She enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, interior decorating and traveling.

Education and Certifications

  • Licensed Social Worker, State of New York
  • Master of Social Work, Fordham University
  • Eat Breathe Thrive Facilitator Training (Module 1), Eat Breathe Thrive
  • Trauma-Focused CBT Certification, Fordham University
  • Certified Yoga Instructor, RYT-200, Sol Full Yoga

Locations

  • Monroe
  • Middletown

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

Gabrielle Fassman

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 both men, women, and trans 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 individuals in the field of addiction, mood disorders, and survivors of abuse.

Greatly valuing the process of continuing education and growth, Gabrielle is currently working towards achieving 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 Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Outside the office, Gabrielle is an avid hiker along with her two king charles cavalier spaniels. 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
  • Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP)

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers

Locations

  • Monroe
  • Warwick

Perryn Elizabeth Dutiger

Psychotherapist

Bio

Perryn received her Bachelor’s degree from Purchase College and her Master’s of Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Her varied experience includes providing supportive services for individuals and groups in the fields of Inpatient Psychiatric care, Domestic Violence, Recovery Support Center, and Community School-based services.

Much of Perryn’s life has been devoted to the exploration of holistic and integrative methods of transformation, as well as mind-body approaches to coping with stress and healing from trauma. Her passion for mindfulness practices brought her to participate in a two-month yoga residency program in the Bahamas. She is dedicated to bringing these aspects of healing into her therapeutic practice to enhance others’ well-being. Additionally, she facilitates women’s meditation circles, creating a space to gather for connection and support.

Bringing an eclectic approach to her work, Perryn applies a person-centered approach that emphasizes each person’s unique strengths and needs. She utilizes mindfulness-based techniques to help those struggling with a range of issues related to stress, anxiety, and depression to find greater self-compassion to create a more harmonious, fulfilling life. Perryn embraces a relational approach to therapy, incorporates Motivational Interviewing methods, and is formally trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Additionally, Perryn has worked in the field of mental health systems transformation, training staff at organizations across New York State, in order to transform program culture by promoting recovery-oriented, person-centered, culturally-competent, and trauma-informed care. For over a decade, she has been a community speaker, presenting for various audiences including high school and college classrooms, in efforts to reduce stigma and shame surrounding mental health issues, and promote hope and the reality of recovery. Earlier on her journey, she was granted the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s (NAMI) “Young Leader of Tomorrow” award, and has since been invited to co-present for a county-wide “Breaking the Silence” Annual Public Forum on Anxiety Disorders. 

Perryn is a nature enthusiast who loves to spend time hiking, camping, and relaxing in the mountains, forests, and beaches! She also loves traveling and spending time with her loved ones.

Education and Certifications

  • Licensed Master of Social Work, 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

Locations

  • Monroe
  • Middletown

Sara Pitcher

Psychotherapist / Therapeutic Yoga Practitioner

Bio

Sara received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University with concentrations in trauma and loss. Sara began her professional career at Achieve Alternative High School in Hawthorne, NY where she provided emotional support and crisis intervention for students struggling with emotional, psychiatric, and behavioral cases. At the high school she led group sessions focusing on improving studying habits, safe choices, and life skills for post graduation. Sara also provided individual support that often dealt with crisis intervention, crisis processing, reduction of self harm and suicidal ideation, and emotional management. Sara continued to expand at Connecticut Counseling Centers, Inc as a Methadone Maintenance Counselor where she provided individual and group support for clients using methadone and addicted to opioids.

Since then, Sara has been working at a private practice in Irvington, NY where is able to practice her passion of yoga therapy, provide group therapy, and individual therapy. Sara’s passion for using yoga as a therapeutic tool when she witnessed her own emotional progression as a devoted Kundalini yoga student. She uses Kundalini kriyas, breath, movement, and meditation as way to connect the mind and body so that therapy does not have to be all about talking. The understanding of the difficulties of communication allows Sara to intuitively reconnect a client with their mind, body, and voice. Sara finds a way to connect each client to their own subconscious that grants deeper self-realization and healing. Sara has worked with adolescents individually and in a group setting to increase self image, positive life choices, and stress management. Working with children Sara enjoys allowing the client to choose the activity of a session while tying a therapeutic agenda of behavioral management. While working with adults, Sara focuses on the power of positive choices, managing depression and anxiety, enforcing positive coping skills, and empowerment. Sara has training and supervision in the modalities of CBT, DBT, Choice Theory, and Solution Focused Therapy. When dealing with grief, trauma, and loss Sara extends her practice to focus on relationship attachment styles and existential philosophies.

Sara resides in Westchester County with access to her favorite outdoor hobbies of mountain biking, disc golf, camping, and yoga. Sara also enjoys traveling to Vermont, reading, gardening, and cooking.

Education and Certifications

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

  • Middletown

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”; she is also certified in Trauma Focused CBT. In addition, she has worked in eating disorders, which offered her the opportunity to meet with clients individually and in groups to face challenges such as body image, perfectionism, shame, and anxiety. Lara now works in a variety of evidenced-based practices to process trauma of all sorts, with the belief that survivors of trauma can thrive in the wake of adversity.

Lara specializes in adults and adolescents who struggle with trauma disorders, anxiety, depression, shame, eating disorders, body-image, parenting, and attachment issues. With a collaborative approach, Lara believes in her client’s inherent wisdom and uses creative treatments tailored to their individual needs and goals.

Through her 17 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 in Putnam County with her family, dog, and three cats. Lara attends many training opportunities to continually provide the best care for her clients.

Education and Certifications

  • Mental Health Counselor (LP), 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
  • Certified Yoga Instructor, RYT-200, Yoga Mandali, NYC
  • E-RYT-500, Yoga Alliance

Professional Memberships

  • New York State Mental Health Counselors Association – NYMHCA

Location

  • Monroe

Danielle Medina

Psychotherapist

Bio

Danielle earned her Masters of Social Work degree from New York University Silver School of Social Work with a concentration in Clinical Practice. She has since been providing psychotherapy with adults and adolescents in both one-on-one and group therapy formats. She is dedicated to helping those who struggle with depression, bipolar, addiction, anxiety and trauma-related problems, not only to survive mental illness but to thrive in spite of it. 

Danielle uses an eclectic approach as a therapist and has experience using CBT, DBT, and Gestalt interventions. Danielle also received training in EMDR and is working towards her certification using this very powerful trauma recovery technique. She is also a strong proponent of holistic healthcare and will work with her clients to find which lifestyle changes can be made beyond the therapy office to achieve peace and healing.

Danielle lives in the beautiful Rockland County where she was born and raised. When she is not at Nourish Your Mind, she spends time hiking in the Hudson Valley, doing yoga, playing music and being with her loved ones... 

Education and Certifications

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of New York

Masters of Social Work in Clinical Practice, New York University

EMDR Trained, Level 1, EMDR International Association

Location

  • Monroe

Lauren Mariotti

Psychotherapist

Bio

Lauren earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Boston University and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Lauren has developed her counseling skills through experience in a variety of settings over the course of the past 10 years. She has worked with clients of all ages ranging from older adults to children. Most recently, Lauren has worked in hospital settings providing emotional support to people diagnosed with chronic illnesses and finding ways to incorporate complementary and alternative mindfulness-based treatments for managing pain, depression and anxiety.

Lauren focuses treatment on restoring hope by using a strengths-based approach to building self esteem and instituting concrete coping skills to rewire neural pathways that have been hardwired to perpetuate depression, anxiety and unhealthy behaviors. Lauren has observed the connection between trauma and mental health symptoms and is in the process of completing her Certified Clinical Trauma Professional training. In addition to these expertise, Lauren has substantial experience in providing treatment for addiction and substance misuse and working with family members of those suffering from substance use disorders.

Lauren has a strong commitment to cultivating self awareness and personal goal achievement by finding natural balance and rhythm. Lauren helps clients achieve lifestyle balance by focusing on integrative nutrition and holistic wellness.  She is currently pursuing her Horticultural Therapy certification with the New York Botanical Garden and incorporates plant life into her practice to promote psychological well-being, exploring themes for wellness that have been embedded in nature since the beginning of time.

Lauren resides in Orange County and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, cultivating her market garden, exploring new cultures, and crafting.

Education and Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of New York
  • Master of Social Work, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

Location

  • Warwick

Elizabeth Driscoll

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
  • Middletown

Melissa Quinn

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
  • Certificate in Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Certificate in Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR)

Location

  • Goshen

Sharon Mohan

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

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • International Coach Federation

Locations

  • Goshen
  • Warwick
  • Monroe

Rosa Ortiz

Psychotherapist

Bio

Rosa received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Social Work from Herbert H. Lehman College. Her social and clinical experience is complimented by her background in dance and mindful meditation. Having worked in the helping field for over ten years, Rosa developed a passion for integrative therapy, where she has been able to successfully bring her love for mindful meditation and movement into her sessions. Rosa has extensive experience with implementing creative and innovative interventions as a channel to help individuals connect with themselves and begin healing from past trauma. Rosa also has experience in the structured therapeutic approaches of Functional Family Therapy (FFT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), allowing her to choose from a plethora of evidenced-based interventions that best match her client’s needs. Rosa regularly attends clinical workshops to ensure she is up to date with the services she provides to her clients.

Rosa believes the mind and the body are interconnected and it is especially important to maintain a healthy life balance by nurturing your whole self which includes your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. Rosa lives in the town of Montgomery where she has been feeding her own life balance through journaling, spending time in nature, meditating, dancing and spending quality time with loved ones.

Education and Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of New York (License # 089726)
  • Master of Social Work, Herbert H. Lehman College
  • Functional Family Therapy Training, FFT LLC
  • The Happiness Mindfulness Meditation Training, The Art of Living Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers

Locations

  • Monroe
  • Middletown

Elena Beharry

Psychologist / Psychotherapist

Bio

Elena earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Manhattan College and later earned a Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in Psychology from St. John’s University.  She has experience spanning school-age children from preschool through college and has extensive experience working college-age students “at -risk.”  Her work with college-age students motivated her to purse a speciality in trauma as she realized that many individuals she worked with had a history of traumatic experiences in their background.  She most recently attended a two-year post-graduated program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in NYC to become a Certified Trauma Therapist.  In addition to trauma and PTSD, her specialities include anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life transitions and parenting issues. Elena also teaches courses in psychology and counseling to undergraduate and graduate students and provides supervision to Masters and Doctoral level mental health practitioners in training. Understanding that the importance of continuing education is key to providing the very best care to her clients; she continues to hone her skills regularly and is currently pursing certification in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).

Through her various trainings, Elena has developed an orientation that is an integration of CBT, DBT, and Psychodynamic approaches with an emphasis on the mind and body connection. Treatment focuses on exploring the many facets of a person’s life while also providing effective interventions that to help to pave the way for personal growth and healing.  Passionate about the work she does, she strives to provide a supportive, safe space for individuals so that together, solutions can be discovered to enable living life to the fullest.

When not working, Elena is very close to her family and spends as much time as she can with her 2 daughters, parents and family dog (Sammi). 

Education and Certifications

  • NYS Licensed Psychologist #020539
  • Doctorate in Psychology from St. John’s University
  • Master of Science in Psychology from St. John’s University
  • Master of Arts in Counseling from Manhattan College
  • Certified Trauma Therapist, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy
  • EMDR Trained, Level 1 & Level 2

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • New York State Psychological Association

Location

  • Monroe

Jennifer Cardine

Psychotherapist

Bio

Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree from Wilmington University and her Master’s degree from William Paterson University. During her Master’s program she completed an internship that gave her experience in group and addiction counseling. Over the next several years, Jennifer gained clinical experience with children, adolescents, adults, couples, adults with disabilities, and families.

Jennifer specializes in anxiety, depression, family relationships, parenting, and challenging childhood behaviors. Jennifer is a TBRI Practitioner, and uses this holistic trauma competent approach in her work with children and families.

She has a personal and professional interest in integrative nutrition, using her own family as test subjects for new and healthy recipes all the time! She enjoys helping her clients find effective nutritional changes to improve their mental health. She is a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider.

As an education enthusiast, Jennifer teaches psychology courses in higher education. She enjoys helping adults pursue their ideal careers and loves to share her passion for mental health.

Jennifer lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, children, dog and cats. She enjoys hiking with her family, paddleboarding, volunteering in her faith community, and catching up with friends.

Education and Certifications

  • Master’s Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, William Patterson University
  • Mental Health Counselor LP, State of New York
  • Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP)
  • TBRI Practitioner (Trust Based Relational Intervention), Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development

Locations

  • Warwick
  • Middletown

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
  • Middletown

Jenn Ortiz

Psychotherapist

Bio

Jenn earned her Master’s degree from New York University – Steinhardt, with a concentration in Mental Health & Wellness. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with individuals with co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders. 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. In addition, she worked with individuals, 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 disabilities.

Jenn primarily specializes in working with adolescents and young adults with anxiety, depression, addiction, behavior disorders, and mood disorders. Utilizing her life experience and professional knowledge, she applies an integrative approach when working with clients– emphasizing the connection between mind and body in treatment. Using her own yoga and meditation practice as reference, Jenn imparts to clients how to build awareness of the relationship between physical and mental health symptoms. Utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), 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 two Siberian Huskies. She is also an avid traveler, and enjoys learning new cultures and trying new cuisines.

Education and Certifications

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

Locations

  • Monroe
  • Middletown
  • Goshen

Sara Olivia Dallendorfer

Psychotherapist

Bio

Sara Olivia earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Southeastern University. Since then, Sara Olivia continued to follow her passion of helping others through experience as a School-Based Clinician, and now in a private practice setting at Nourish Your Mind. She has provided counseling for diverse needs including grief and loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, and behavior issues. While experienced in working with a varied population, she has a special interest and love for working with youth and young adults. 

Sara Olivia is dedicated to continually refining her skills and learning new counseling techniques within her social work career. With clients, she focuses on a person-centered approach and has experience using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy, while always taking a trauma-informed and strengths-based perspective. She promotes a safe and peaceful atmosphere for her clients to feel heard, work towards healing, and discover their hope. Sara Olivia is committed to walking alongside her clients to support them in their journey to becoming the best versions of themselves.

Sara Olivia resides in the Hudson Valley and when not at work she enjoys spending time with loved ones, getting outside to hike or garden, going on long runs with her pup Titus, and creating. 

Education and Certifications

  • Licensed Master Social Worker, State of New York, License # 111662
  • Master’s of Social Work, Southeastern University
  • Bachelor’s of Social Work, Southeastern University 

 

Locations

  • Middletown
  • Goshen
  • Warwick

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 has been providing psychotherapy to adults with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders in both individual and group therapy formats. She is dedicated to helping those who struggle with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar, personality disorders, and trauma-related disorders, overcome their challenges in order to live life to the fullest.

Emily uses a person centered approach and has experience using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) models and interventions. Emily is working toward her Certified Clinical Trauma Professional certification and DBT certification. She brings an eclectic approach to her practice using art and music as a component to healing.  Emily believes that healing is a whole body experience and is dedicated to helping others find the resources and tools to support them on their journey toward recovery.

Emily currently lives in Orange County with her husband and their golden retriever, Obi. When she is not working, she spends time taking pictures on hikes, doing yoga, painting, and being with her friends & family.

Education and Certifications

  • Licensed Master Social Worker, State of New York, License #104171
  • Master’s of Social Work,  Adelphi University

Locations

  • Middletown
  • Goshen

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

  • Mental Health Counselor, Limited Permit – 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
  • Goshen

Ashley Crover

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

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association

Locations

  • Goshen
  • Middletown
  • Warwick

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 Master of Social Work (LMSW), State of New York, License Number: 104582
  • 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
  • Goshen
  • Middletown

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

Locations

  • Goshen
  • Middletown

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

Alexandra Paino

Psychotherapist

Bio

Alexandra 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. Throughout her schooling, she worked in behavioral health with children with special needs. She has experience working with families, groups, and individuals in a clinical setting. Alexandra provides individual counseling for children, teens, and adults dealing with a range of challenges including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, bipolar, trauma, and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Alexandra utilizes a client centered approach to therapy to encourage clients to be in charge of their own healing. She uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and solution-focused therapy models and interventions. 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.
Alexandra lives in the Poconos with her schnauzer, Zeek. She enjoys going to church and spending time with family and friends. She loves outdoor activities, watching netflix, gardening, or decorating.

Education and Certifications

  • Mental Health Counselor, Limited Permit – State of New York
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah University

Location

  • Middletown

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 Master of 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
  • Goshen

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

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

  • Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LP, State of New York
  • Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, St. Bonaventure University, NY
  • Bachelor of Arts, Communications, Rowan University, NJ

Professional Memberships

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

Location

  • Warwick

Margarita Kushner

Psychotherapist

Bio

Margarita earned her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Studies from Montclair State University. She then earned her Master of Social Work Degree from Adelphi University. During her time there, she was selected to study abroad in Mumbai, India at T.I.S.S. University. The experience offered an essential perspective on the importance of cultural norms and values brining a social cultural approach when working with clients and communities. While at Adelphi University, Margarita also volunteered as a peer mentor supporting incoming students during their graduate experiences. She also received the “Leadership Award” for her engagement and support to the Adelphi community. 

Margarita’s specialty is working with adult clients of different cultural backgrounds diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety, substance use disorder, and depression. Margarita has also worked with clients facilitating grief support and dual diagnosis support groups. She is a Certified Grief Counselor Specialist (C.G.C.S,) supporting clients in their unique grief journey and life transitions related to loss. Using her training of CBT Modalities and Motivational interviewing, along with her experience of working with clients, Margarita believes in a collaborative approach to promote healing and overall happiness. In addition, Margarita emphasizes in understanding client’s unique sociocultural identities and how they inform and affect client’s life. This helps her determine what interventions and techniques will be most appropriate for her clients.

During her free time, Margarita enjoys hiking with her Weimaraner named “Lobo”, running, reading, cooking cultural foods, and yard work. Margarita also enjoys traveling with her family. 

Education and Certifications

  • Licensed Master Social Worker, State of New York #107696
  • Adelphi University, Master Degree in Social Work
  • Montclair State University Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Child Studies
  • Certified Grief Counselor Specialist, Evergreen Certification Institute 
  • SBIRT Training, UMKC

Location

  • Middletown

Ethan Shafran

Nutritional Counselor

Bio

Ethan was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. He completed his undergraduate degree in dietetics up in beautiful Burlington, VT at The University of Vermont and holds a graduate degree in Public Health from Touro University.

Ethan is interested in helping others navigate the complexity of the food system and provide guidance to make food and decisions around eating emotionally equivalent. Ethan is motivated by an appreciation of food and a passion for flavor driven agriculture to inspire others to view food differently and make peace with food.

Ethan has worked in community-based settings teaching nutrition to a diverse population where he focused on creating programs in collaboration with local schools to build an environment that promotes a positive relationship to food and models the relationship between food and health.

He has a background in cooking professionally and teaching cooking, which allows him to bring the knowledge of a chef to the role of a dietitian to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the ever-changing world of food and nutritional science.

Ethan loves to cook and bake and is the owner of a bread subscription business that offers naturally fermented whole grain bread to the community using sustainably produced flavor-driven grains. In his free time, Ethan likes to be outdoors and see live music.

Education and Certifications

  • Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN), NYS Licensed
  • Master of Public Health, Touro University
  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, University of Vermont
  • Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor (Expected completion 2021)

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Location

  • Goshen