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About Jessica C. Sullivan

Owner / Psychotherapist / Integrative Nutritionist

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.

    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of New York
    • Master of Social Work, New York University
    • Nutritional Therapy Association
    • Weston A. Price Foundation
    • National Association of Social Workers
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association

About 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.

  • 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

About Kara Bucci

Psychotherapist

Bio

Kara received her Masters Degree from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work with a clinical focus in adolescents and families. At the start of her career, Kara gained invaluable training as an FFT Therapist at the New York Foundling while providing Functional Family Therapy (FFT), an evidence-based therapy model, to families in New York City. Helping build a family’s resilience throughout the course of treatment became the foundation for Kara’s desire to continue training in strengths-based therapy.

Kara moved to Connecticut with the opportunity to become a Senior Residential Counselor at Silver Hill Hospital, a psychiatric hospital dedicated to patient care and recovery. Kara received intensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), including the DBT Foundations Training, DBT Skills for Adolescents, and Mindfulness Practice from the Linehan Institute. Kara provided therapeutic services to adults in recovery from addiction, adults with severe and persistent mental health disorders, and adolescents with co-occurring disorders.

Before becoming a full-time private practitioner, Kara was a consultant in Westchester County as a Student Assistance Counselor, providing confidential clinical services to at-risk adolescents and their families.

As a psychotherapist at Nourish Your Mind,  Kara works with individuals and families. In addition, Kara leads teen and young adult groups and annual workshops tailored to the needs of the community . Kara is humbled and motivated by the opportunity to help others find meaning in their life, work through difficult experiences, and feel connected in their relationships.

Kara lives in the Hudson Valley where she is able to nurture her lifestyle as an active hiker, creative arts supporter, and local tourist.

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Hawaii
  • Licensed Master Social Worker, New York
  • Masters of Social Work, New York University

About Amanda N. Karam

Psychotherapist

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 fitness, nutrition and competition physique shows. It was through this experience that she began to self-educate and learn more about the power of movement. Continuing her education and following her passion, Amanda earned a Fitness and Nutrition Specialization through the National Academy of Sports Medicine giving her a strong foundation of how nutrition impacts mental health and disordered eating behaviors. She also received a certification in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the University of Massachusetts. This allows Amanda to share concrete coping skills during each session and further enrich 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 symptomology, 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 and work on cognitive shifts in order to help guide them to develop their full potential. In addition to anxiety and depression, she has worked closely with trauma ranging from physical, emotional and sexual abuse to individuals that struggle with PTSD symptoms impacting their daily life. Amanda is also well-versed in the areas of eating disorders, dialectical behavior therapy and life transitions.

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 in with her cat, Tuna.  She continues to practice meditation regularly and enjoys an active lifestyle including weight training and calisthenics.

 

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of New York

  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling & Neuropsychology

  • Nutritional Therapy Consultant (NTC) – Nutritional Therapy Association (anticipated 2020)
  • 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
    • New York State Mental Health Counselors Association – NYMHCA

About 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 been working in a hospital setting 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 has struggled with her own body image and health issues in the past and has found that lifestyle balance, nutrition and holistic wellness have helped her to achieve a sense of calm and personal contentment. 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 recently moved to Warwick, NY with her husband and daughter. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, exploring new cultures, and crafting. Lauren is excited to be in the process of starting a market garden with her husband at their home.

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

About 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.

  • 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 (October 2019)

National Association of Social Workers

About 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, relationship issues, parenting, and trauma-related issues, specifically issues related to developmental trauma and adoption. She is a student of the work of Karyn Purvis, and attends related trainings to stay up to date on effective methodology.

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 works in higher education, teaching psychology and sociology. 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 cat. She enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering in her faith community, and catching up with friends.

  • Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, William Patterson University
  • Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider

About 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.

  • Licensed Master of Social Work, New York
  • Master of Social Work, New York University
  • Seminar Training in Field Instruction (SIFI) Certified, Adelphi University
  • National Association of Social Workers

About 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.

  • Licensed Master Social Worker, State of New York
  • Master of Social Work, Herbert H. Lehman College
  • Functional Family Therapy Training, FFT LLC
  • The Happiness Mindfulness Meditation Training, The Art of Living Foundation
  • National Association of Social Workers

About Gina Pellrine

Psychotherapist

Bio

After receiving her Masters of Social Work from New York University, Gina became a licensed social worker for New York State and New Jersey. Although she has worked with individuals aged five to nearly one hundred, she has a special niche for working with children and adolescents, having provided mental health services within a school environment and nonprofit organization. Gina has seen both personally and professionally how stress and trauma experienced at a young age can impact development, and as a result, strives to help kids and teens manage the negative effects of adversity and develop effective coping skills.

Gina often practices from strengths-based, person-centered, psychodynamic models of treatment, but is flexible in her approach. She incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness techniques and expressive arts such as creative writing and art therapy in her work with clients when thought to be useful. Since becoming a social worker, Gina has learned however, not to underestimate the value in being present in the moment with clients, to listen and be someone clients can share their narratives with.

Gina also specializes in grief and bereavement, as well as oncology social work. She has worked in outpatient oncology treatment settings and a nonprofit organization, providing socioemotional support for cancer patients, those in remission, caregivers and family members of all ages.

Gina recently moved to the Orange County area. She enjoys writing (especially for Nourish Your Mind’s blog), coffee and exploring Orange County’s charm.

  • Licensed Social Worker in New York and New Jersey
  • Masters of Social Work, New York University
  • Bachelor of Arts in English with focus in Journalism, Binghamton University
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • New York State Society for Clinical Social Workers

About Jessica Mills

Psychotherapist

Bio

Jessica Mills received her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Syracuse University after receiving her bachelors degree in Human Development and the Lifespan from SUNY Oswego. Jessica has been in the helping profession for more than 10 years and has loved every minute. Jessica’s career focus has been around physical and emotional development and growth.

Beginning her career, Jessica worked in non-profit organizations which built the foundation of her approach to working with people, especially children. She always had a love for learning and decided to dedicate her passions towards education. She served as the Assistant Director of Health and Wellness at Mitchell College and the Director of Counseling and Disability Services at the University of Bridgeport. Jessica left Connecticut to move back to the Hudson Valley and start a family. Jessica has been working in the K-12 educational system for the past 5 years, while also partnering with private clients on their journey to find balance.

Jessica’s clinical approach is dedicated to educate, empower and inspire individuals to live their best lives by finding a place of peace, balance and continued growth. Through compassionate listening and a genuine passion for helping others, her aim is to support clients in making the changes necessary to achieve success and work through their “stuckness” together.

Jessica lives in Beacon with her growing family. She enjoys reading, puzzles, finding new gluten free restaurants, traveling, and being active!

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, New York
  • Master of Social Work, Syracuse University
  • New York State School Certified Social Worker
  • Child Centered Play Therapy Certified
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PTSD) Certified
  • Certified QPR Trainer (Question, Persuade, Refer)
  • Certified Safe Zones Trainer (LGBT)
  • Certified Critical Incident Stress Management Responder

About Lillian Dugan

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 as 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. 

In addition to her psychotherapy experience, Lillian has a passion for clinical research regarding adolescent and young adults. She has worked as a Research Assistant and Independent Researcher in the areas of college transition, the psychosocial needs of teenage oncology patients, as well as the parental, socio-environmental, and policy factors that influence health and mental health outcomes. She has presented her findings at several events including the New England Psychological Association Conference and the Eastern Psychological Association Conference. Her knowledge of research and policy allows her to be a strong advocate to clients who require additional services outside of Nourish Your Mind or a collaborative treatment team. 

Lillian recently moved back to the area after living in Ann Arbor for a few years. 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 is excited to help others reach their full potential. 

  • Licensed Master of Social Work, New York
  • Masters of Social Work, University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Endicott
  • Trauma-Focused CBT Certification, University of Michigan
  • National Association of Social Workers

About Kristi Brown

Nutritional Therapy Practitioner / Integrative Nutritionist

Bio

Kristi became a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association in 2011. She went into the program thinking it would be a great way to help others and support her pilates clients further. Little did she know how much it would dramatically change her own life and her own perspective of healthy eating. Through eating a truly nutrient-dense diet she was able to significantly reduce her own chronic pain, heal her acne-prone skin, balance her hormones and heal her digestion.

Kristi has continued her education with a focus on functional nutrition with some of the top experts in the field today in such areas as digestion, blood chemistry, hormones, cancer and environmental toxins.

Kristi practices with a focus on the bio-individuality of each person and uses a variety of tools to help find solutions, not just band-aids, for each of her clients. In addition to a nourishing diet, she works with her clients to bring awareness to their own mindset around food while also supporting her clients’ core organ systems to help them heal from the inside out.

Kristi lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and two high-energy kids. She’s a sucker for a good veggie soup and loves spending time hiking and exploring trails throughout the Hudson Valley.

  • Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Nutritional Therapy Association
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