Meet Our Team

Introducing our well established and respected multidisciplinary Team of Mental Health Providers, Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists, and Psychiatric Clinicians offering Psychological Evaluations, Medication Management, Therapeutic and Dietary Counseling under one umbrella.

PSYCHIATRIC CLINICIANS

Therapist

Life is so busy and stressful sometimes that we often put our mental health on the back burner. It is so important to make sure we are well mentally so that we can function physically. I am a Psychiatric Nurse practitioner, focused on treating each person individually. Each client is an individual with different needs...

Life is so busy and stressful sometimes that we often put our mental health on the back burner. It is so important to make sure we are well mentally so that we can function physically. I am a Psychiatric Nurse practitioner, focused on treating each person individually. Each client is an individual with different needs and treatment plans. I take every aspect of your life into consideration before making a decision about treatment. I believe each person is deserving of feeling their best and functioning at their optimum abilities and I will work with you to meet this goal.

I am ANCC board certified and I am able to treat a variety of illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and Postpartum depression. I am Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner board certified, which means I am able to treat children, adolescents and adults.

I am always available to you if need be by phone, email or text. For quicker response time feel free to email me at jdesettonp@gmail.com.

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REGISTERED DIETITIANS / NUTRITIONISTS

Therapist
TRICIA COOKE, MS, CDN, CNS, CBC
Certified Dietitian Nutritionist/Certified Bariatric Counselor
Health Profs Profile

Ms. Tricia Cooke obtained her Master’s in Clinical Nutrition from the New York Institute of Technology and her BS in Nutrition from Queens College. She is a NYS Licensed Certified Dietician Nutritionist, Certified in Adult Weight Management by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and a Certified Bariatric Counselor.....

Ms. Tricia Cooke obtained her Master’s in Clinical Nutrition from the New York Institute of Technology and her BS in Nutrition from Queens College. She is a NYS Licensed Certified Dietician Nutritionist, Certified in Adult Weight Management by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and a Certified Bariatric Counselor.

Ms. Cooke is Trained and Certified in Bariatric Surgery where she incorporates a multidimensional approach to treatment. She will take time to delineate the specific changes in dietary habits necessary to achieve ones goals in addition to addressing the myriad of issues that may be present with an individual struggling with weight loss, obesity, and poor body image.

Tricia is an accomplished woman with over a decade of experience counseling clients with a variety of health concerns and chronic diseases with a concentration in clinical Weight Loss, Weight Management, and Bariatric Surgery. She has worked extensively with all age groups in achieving the Healthiest Body/Mind relationship byway of educating clients about the advantages of incorporating a Healthier Lifestyle and embracing a positive attitude toward Physical Wellbeing and Nutritious Food.

Her goal as a Nutritionist is to help people attain the Healthiest Body/Mind they can with the resources available to them. Being Healthy and eating Nutritious foods should be Exciting and Empowering. Being conscious of the foods we digest can play a vital role in alleviating medical conditions and in some cases help treat the conditions themselves. Never Underestimate The Power Of Nutrition!

Tricia is a civic-minded woman with a profound respect for animals and all living creatures. She takes pride in her lineage and is a devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.

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ADDICTION SPECIALIST

Therapist

Carol McKinney obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Boston University and her BA in Human Development Psychology from the State University of New York. Ms. McKinney is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Psychological Studies in Addiction from Regent University. She is an active member in good standing with...

Carol McKinney obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Boston University and her BA in Human Development Psychology from the State University of New York. Ms. McKinney is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Psychological Studies in Addiction from Regent University. She is an active member in good standing with NASW, ASWB, and APA (American Psych Association).

Ms. McKinney is a New York State Licensed Social Worker as well as holds a CASAC license through New York State OASAS (Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services). Ms. McKinney brings to the table a diversified Curriculum Vitae which includes, but is not limited to, working with couples, families, and individuals experiencing relationship issues, depression, anxiety, PTSD, with a particular interest in working with families who are impacted by addiction. She is skilled in various therapeutic modalities including CBT, Behavior Modification, and Crisis Intervention, and each approach is tailored to her clients needs.

Ms. McKinney is a consummate professional who is passionate about serving Clients with family members who struggle with Addiction. Carol has specialized training in the Family Disease Model of Addiction and Recovery and understands the impact of addiction on your family and your relationships. She can help you and your family navigate the chaotic and frightening world of addiction and show you how to help your family member with addiction to launch into “adulthood” with the necessary tools, motivation and support to achieve and manage long-term responsibility, accountability, and self-reliance.

In her spare time, Carol enjoys spending time with her large and extended family, including her four-legged and loving companion.

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MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIANS

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Kara Holisher obtained her Masters of Social Work from NYU, and a BA from Tulane University.  She is an active member of NASW, is ACSW accredited, a verified participant on Psychology Today and Healthgrades. Ms. Holisher has been with First Step Therapy Group since it was founded 10 years ago.  She has been providing adults, children...

Kara Holisher obtained her Masters of Social Work from NYU, and a BA from Tulane University. She is an active member of NASW, is ACSW accredited, a verified participant on Psychology Today and Healthgrades.

Ms. Holisher has been with First Step Therapy Group since it was founded 10 years ago. She has been providing adults, children and adolescents with individual, family and couple’s psychotherapy, utilizing cognitive behavioral, solution focused and psychodynamic treatment approaches. Ms. Holisher patiently works with, and advocates for, children diagnosed with autism spectrum and Asperger’s disorders.

Ms. Holisher rightfully earned the deepest respect of her colleagues and clients by way of her loyalty and devotion. Her longstanding commitment to the community is unprecedented and her unwavering dedication to her clients is unparalleled. Kara Holisher’s solid sense of stability creates a safe and secure environment, which is an essential ingredient of treatment, especially when working with children.

Ms. Holisher collaborates with Psychiatrists, Neurologists, school officials and Attorneys to coordinate care and to ensure that each client receives the most effective and appropriate treatment. Her philosophy is to treat the whole person and tailor therapy to meet the individual’s needs and desired goals. Her focus is to assist clients in developing the tools and strategies to help them live more fulfilling and productive lives.

Kara Holisher enjoys giving back to the community where she is a supporter of the North Shore Animal League and facilitates/coordinates support group and serves as a liaison for neurodegenerative diseases/movement disorders for the NY Metro area.

Please contact Ms. Holisher directly to schedule an appointment/consultation at 516-884-2601.

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Therapist
Bärbel Paredes, LMHC
Psychotherapist   Fluent in English & Spanish
Psychology Today Profile

Ms. Bärbel Paredes obtained her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Mercy College, a BA in Psychology from Queens College, and an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts in Math & Science from LaGuardia Community College. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Ms. Bärbel Paredes obtained her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Mercy College, a BA in Psychology from Queens College, and an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts in Math & Science from LaGuardia Community College. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Bärbel brings to the table a diversified Curriculum Vitae which includes, but is not limited to, working with Couples, Families, and Individuals experiencing Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Domestic Violence, Crisis, ADHD, Minor Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Ms. Paredes has experience working with adolescence struggling with Truancy, Self Harm, and other early Adult Issues. She has counseled adults to assist with the necessary Skills to improve ones parenting abilities and collaborates with ACS to help reunite families. Ms. Paredes employs various Treatment Modalities including, but not limited to, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral, Person-Centered, Solution Focused, Reality Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Mindfulness Techniques, and Psychotherapy.

Previously, Ms. Paredes worked and responded to 911 Emergency calls as an EMT. Bärbel has the ability to maintain her composure under severe pressure. She believes that this opportunity to service her community in this capacity gave her a unique perspective on humanity that she found deeply humbling and rewarding.

Bärbel’s believes that Psychotherapy helps to empower and meet specific goals set by the client and where hope is achievable. She will provide a safe place where her Client’s can speak freely about their life’s experiences. Bärbel will listen with curiosity and is intrigued by each person’s unique life story and ability to overcome adversity.

Bärbel likes challenging herself by engaging in new adventures that draw her out of her comfort zone so that she can learn and expand her knowledge base. She enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her family.

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Ms. Karen Kieser obtained her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University CW Post where she maintained a 4.0 GPA, graduated with Honors, and was a member of the Counseling Academic and Professional Honors Society International. She graduated Cum Laude from Queens College with...

Ms. Karen Kieser obtained her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University CW Post where she maintained a 4.0 GPA, graduated with Honors, and was a member of the Counseling Academic and Professional Honors Society International. She graduated Cum Laude from Queens College with a BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Ms. Kieser is a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC) and holds memberships both with the Mental Health Association and American Counseling Association. She is Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Mindfulness Instruction, and Yoga.

Karen Kieser’s Expansive Dossier has equipped her with the tools necessary to assist individuals who are struggling with Anxiety and Phobias that could adversely impact a person’s ability to function. Karen will work with her Clients to develop specific strategies to manage Behavioral Issues resulting from a host of Disorders including, but not limited to Depression, Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem, Grief, and Life Transitions. Karen is passionate about teaching and utilizing skills/tools that one can apply in order to maintain a sense of clarity which will aid in managing Stress more effectively.

Studies indicate that CBT, Mindfulness Training, and Biofeedback can lower Stress and Anxiety while increasing one’s ability to function optimally. These Evidence-Based Therapeutic approaches along with Karen’s extensive Training as a Yoga/Mindfulness Practitioner and Teacher, supports her Holistic view of Health and Well-being.

Ms. Kieser is a well-established Clinician who maintains a Private Practice in both Nassau and Suffolk County (Hicksville and Huntington New York). She is respected by her colleagues’ for her humanitarianism on behalf of North Shore University Hospital After Care Unit, Literacy Nassau, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society First Connection Program, and Moonjumpers Charitable Foundation Inc., where she was a Founding Member and served on the Board of Directors.

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Jacqueline Zambito obtained her Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. John’s University, a CACREP Accredited Program and graduated Cum Laude Honors with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology from Molloy College. At Molloy she received the Deans List Award each year, was the...

Jacqueline Zambito obtained her Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. John’s University, a CACREP Accredited Program and graduated Cum Laude Honors with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology from Molloy College. At Molloy she received the Deans List Award each year, was the President of the Psychology Club (where she received Outstanding Leadership awards), granted a Lifetime Membership in Psi Chi-International Honor Society in Psychology, and presented with the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Recognition Award. Ms. Zambito is Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Certified and American Heart Association Heart Saver CPR/AED for adult/children Certified.

Throughout Ms. Zambito’s pre and postgraduate years she was a Recreation Therapist at a Northwell Health Facility. There she assisted Clients who presented with complex histories, multiple diagnoses, Alzheimer’s, and Developmental Delays. Jacqueline coordinated therapeutic events for over 100 individuals. She encouraged her team and Client base byway of teamwork and self-empowerment while utilizing her therapeutic skills in a creative manner reaching out to a multifaceted population. Throughout her career, Jacqueline assisted with the Art Expressions Program where she received a Certificate Of Appreciation through the Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center.

Currently, Ms. Zambito holds a position at a Northwell Health Psychiatric Hospital working with an adult population in meeting Treatment Goals, discharge planning, maintaining stability, and reintegration back into the community. Jacqueline also provides her patients’ with both psycho-education and psychotherapy regarding symptom management, diagnosis, and coping techniques to manage symptomatology. At Northwell, Jacqueline received a Certificate of Completion for the American Association of Suicidology CAMS Role Play Training and was the recipient of multiple My Recognition Awards for Patient/Customer Focus and Teamwork. In addition, Ms. Zambito treats children and parents in a clinic setting; she provides outreach to families and children ages 5-17. She facilitates groups for children/parents assisting in Behavior Management and Parenting Skills.

In her private practice, she takes a Client Centered, Solution-Focused Approach incorporating techniques such as CBT and DBT. Ms. Zambito provides therapeutic services including, but not limited to, Crisis Management, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Psychosis, Coping Skills, Emotion Regulation, Anger Management, Impulse Control, and Frustration Tolerance. Furthermore, Jacqueline enjoys Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Therapy where she explores the benefits of sustaining focus and concentration in the here and now. Ms. Zambito will advocate for her Clients creating a passageway for individuals to improve overall health and wellness through the use of Meditation, Grounding Techniques, Guided Imagery, and Progressive Muscle Relaxation.

Jacqueline is a deeply humane woman who enjoys giving back to the community through servicing the disenfranchised and Volunteering for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society-Long Island Chapter. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counseling Association, and New York Mental Health Counseling Association-Long Island Chapter.

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Ms. Danielle Lovece obtained her MS in Mental Health Counseling from Manhattan College and her BA in Psychology from Marist College. She is a verified provider on Psychology today and Healthgrades. At Manhattan College, Ms. Lovece was a graduate assistant to the Director of Assessment for the College’s academic...

Ms. Danielle Lovece obtained her MS in Mental Health Counseling from Manhattan College and her BA in Psychology from Marist College. She is a verified provider on Psychology today and Healthgrades.

At Manhattan College, Ms. Lovece was a graduate assistant to the Director of Assessment for the College’s academic standards. While under the director, Danielle collected and organized research that was used to study the College’s academic strengths and weaknesses. This role inspired an interest in what motivates students in the academic setting, and more importantly, what causes stress and anxiety.

Ms. Lovece went on to intern at Queens College Counseling Center where she counseled a caseload of students with both personal and academic concerns. Having done academic counseling alongside psychotherapy, the link between personal stress and how it is exhibited in academic performance (and vice versa) was more apparent. This inspired her thesis which focused on learning disorders and its relationship to anxiety disorders.

In her Private Practice, Danielle Lovece works with individuals ages 12 and up with a primary focus on stress and anxiety reduction, utilizing CBT, mindfulness and existential elements in therapy. She has continued her education in the biological sciences to better understand the somatic element of the psychological symptoms. In practice, Ms. Lovece introduced the management of symptoms through biofeedback as she trained with supervisors via Biofeedback and Counseling in Lynbrook NY. Being able to utilize the treatment modalities of counseling and body awareness together is her main goal for the psychological well being of her clients.

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Ms. Megan Brennan obtained her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Master of Science in School Counseling from Long Island University CW Post and her BS in Psychology from Towson University. During her studies at Long Island University, Ms. Brennan was a member of the Chi Sigma Lota Academic Professional...

Ms. Megan Brennan obtained her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Master of Science in School Counseling from Long Island University CW Post and her BS in Psychology from Towson University. During her studies at Long Island University, Ms. Brennan was a member of the Chi Sigma Lota Academic Professional Honor Society. In addition, Megan is certified by New York State Provisional as a School Counselor K-12 and provides supervision to Mental Health Counseling Limited Permit Holders.

Ms. Brennan brings to the table a diversified Curriculum Vitae including, but not limited to, working with the Forensic Population, Psychotic Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. She employs various treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Group Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Supportive therapy, and Family Therapy. Megan provides therapy to Adolescents, Adults, Families, and Couples utilizing a Psychodynamic Treatment Approach and when necessary will collaborate with Psychiatrists/School Officials to coordinate care and formulate an effective Treatment Plan. Megan’s philosophy, forging a positive, trusting therapeutic relationship is crucial to driving the treatment.

Currently, Ms. Brennan is a Clinical Therapist at Northwell Health, The Zucker Hillside Hospital. Megan is part of the Early Treatment Program (ETP) which is a program that works exclusively with the First Episode Psychosis (FEP) population. As a Clinician at ETP, she treats individuals’ ages 15-35 that are experiencing the first signs/symptoms of Psychosis with onset of illness between 1 week and 2 years. Ms. Brennan provides her Clients with support and assistance assimilating back into the workforce and Educational System, as well as help manage their symptoms. In addition, Megan is a member of a committee that focuses on improving Discharge Planning to decrease the rate of re-hospitalization.

Megan’s peers and colleagues’ hold her in high esteem for her humanitarianism on behalf of NAMI, Wounded Warriors, and Multiple Sclerosis.

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MANISHA GANDHI, LCSW
Psychotherapist   Fluent in Gujarati
Psychology Today Profile

Ms. Manisha Gandhi obtained her Master’s of Social Work and her BA in Psychology, with a Minor in Business Administration, from the University of Nevada-Reno. Ms. Gandhi holds Licenses in both New York State and Nevada. Ms. Gandhi is trained in EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, and Tele Practice Improvement Series...

Ms. Manisha Gandhi obtained her Master’s of Social Work and her BA in Psychology, with a Minor in Business Administration, from the University of Nevada-Reno. Ms. Gandhi holds Licenses in both New York State and Nevada. Ms. Gandhi is trained in EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, and Tele Practice Improvement Series: Skill-Based Videoconferencing and is a Certified Financial Social Worker.

Manisha brings to the table a diversified Curriculum Vitae which includes, but is not limited to, working with Couples, Families, and Individuals experiencing Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD. Ms. Gandhi has a particular interest working with mother’s suffering from Postpartum Mood Difficulties and she is well versed and trained in Maternal Mental Health.

Manisha is knowledgeable in Psychological Trauma and how it impacts the individuals Developing Brain Functioning and Nervous System. She works with clients to resolve emergency issues in crisis situations. She employs a collaborative approach to treatment coupled by creating a warm, empathetic, and secure environment for her clients to safely explore their feelings.

Ms. Gandhi’s goal is to guide her clients towards a healthier self-perception, strengthen interrelationships, and to assist in achieving one’s fullest potential.

In her spare time, Manisha enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, and hanging with her four-legged companion.

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TERESA A. MILANO, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Psychology Today Profile

Ms. Teresa Milano obtained her Master’s Degree from Hofstra University and her BA in Psychology from Molloy College where she received a scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She completed her internships at Hillside Hospital and Family and Children’s Association. Ms. Milano is a Clinical Fellow for the...

Ms. Teresa Milano obtained her Master’s Degree from Hofstra University and her BA in Psychology from Molloy College where she received a scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She completed her internships at Hillside Hospital and Family and Children’s Association. Ms. Milano is a Clinical Fellow for the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT) and a verified provider on Psychology Today.

Teresa has been a long-standing staple in the community where she was a dedicated Therapist and Clinical Director at On Course Psychological Counseling, P.C. In addition, Ms. Milano worked at Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Center where she planned and coordinated services which supported the rendering of treatment to patients, functioned as an administrator of the clinical team, coordinated discharge planning, referrals, and public health educational programs.

Ms. Milano brings to the table a wealth of experience and treats individuals, couples, and families by incorporating a holistic, solution-focused approach to treating various psychological issues. Her background and training in family systems affords her a unique perspective into understanding how individuals come to develop and maintain certain patterns, behaviors, and thought processes. These factors can often impact ones daily functioning with regards to their personal and professional relationships. Upon meeting with Teresa, clients’ will work to gain awareness of these patterns and develop goals to assist them in problem solving the various issues presented during session. Clients are discharged with effective skills that allow them to lead more productive lives and enjoy healthier relationships.

Teresa is a civic minded and compassionate therapist who is held in high regard by her peers and deeply respected within the mental health community. Ms. Milano is a proud supporter of the Lupus foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Veterans organizations.

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Ms. Fei Kwan Li obtained her Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling and Master of Education in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University with a BA in Psychology from SUNY College at Old Westbury. Ms. Li is fluent in English and Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin) and is a member of....

Ms. Fei Kwan Li obtained her Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling and Master of Education in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University with a BA in Psychology from SUNY College at Old Westbury. Ms. Li is fluent in English and Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin) and is a member of the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA).

Ms. Li is held in high regard by her colleagues and clients. She has established Private Practices in Hicksville and Flushing, New York where she provides individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy to Chinese speaking clients of all ages. She also conducts psycho-educational workshops in community, schools, and church fellowships.

Fei Kwan Li is a global woman who brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and experience. She treats clients coping with a broad spectrum of issues including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, parenting concerns, and mental illness. She has an eclectic approach incorporating various modalities that include CBT and DBT.

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Ms. Caryn Lindner obtained her Master’s in Social Work and her BA in Psychology from the University at Albany.  Ms. Lindner received her Certification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the New York Center for Psychoanalytic Training. She is a member of NASW and the N.Y.S Society of Clinical Social Workers. She is...

Ms. Caryn Lindner obtained her Master’s in Social Work and her BA in Psychology from the University at Albany. Ms. Lindner received her Certification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the New York Center for Psychoanalytic Training. She is a member of NASW and the N.Y.S Society of Clinical Social Workers. She is a verified provider on Psychology today and Healthgrades.

Caryn Lindner specializes in treating Clients with a broad spectrum of issues including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, marital discord, infidelity, divorce, grief, work related matters, stress management, women’s issues, low self-esteem, and young adult concerns. She provides individual therapy to children, adolescents, and adults where her approach is tailored to each Client’s particular needs.

Ms. Lindner has experience and an extensive resume working on an in-patient psychiatric unit and in several Community Mental Health Clinics, in the New York area, serving a diverse Client population.

Caryn Lindner is a staple within the community with a well-established Private Practice who is dedicated and highly respected by her Colleagues and Clients. Her Long-standing presence provides her clients with a sense of safety and security whereby the Clients symptoms can become more manageable and clarity can begin.

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Mr. Randy Lee Braff obtained his Master’s in Social Work from Adelphi University with a BS in Social Science and minor in Psychology from Pace University. He is a verified participant on Psychology Today and Heathgrades. Mr. Braff has assisted many individuals with a multitude of issues including, but not limited to...

Mr. Randy Lee Braff obtained his Master’s in Social Work from Adelphi University with a BS in Social Science and minor in Psychology from Pace University. He is a verified participant on Psychology Today and Heathgrades.

Mr. Braff has assisted many individuals with a multitude of issues including, but not limited to, mental illness, grief, loss, addiction, and sexual orientation.

Randy Braff hold’s the philosophy; that if an individual desires change, recovery is possible. He believes that every person deserves to live and experience a productive and fulfilling life. When an individual seeks therapy they are taking the courageous step toward a deeper understanding of themselves that will lead them on a path of growth and change.

He adopts an eclectic approach which values the therapeutic relationship between individual and therapist. He offers counseling for adults and adolescents in a supportive and safe environment. Mr. Braff’s goal is to assist you to work through your issues both past and present as well as develop new strategies that will foster healthier coping mechanisms.

Mr. Randy Braff has made an invaluable mark, not only as a therapist servicing the community, but also as a man of great character who is held in high esteem by his colleagues and clients. Mr. Braff enjoys giving back and is an active supporter of The Humane Society, ASPCA, and The Diabetes Association.

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Ms. Hillary Lagnado obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Hunter College and with a BA in Psychology from SUNY Albany. Ms. Lagnado is a member of NASW; ACSW accredited, and is Certified by NYS Board Of Education. In addition, she is a field liaison for the graduate program at Adelphi University School of Social Work...

Ms. Hillary Lagnado obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Hunter College and with a BA in Psychology from SUNY Albany. Ms. Lagnado is a member of NASW; ACSW accredited, and is Certified by NYS Board Of Education. In addition, she is a field liaison for the graduate program at Adelphi University School of Social Work. Ms. Lagnado is a verified provider on Psychology Today and Healthgrades.

Ms. Lagnado has an established Private Practice in Hicksville, Long Island were she provides therapeutic services to children, adolescence, adults, and couples dealing with a broad spectrum of issues including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, marital discord, divorce, parenting concerns, and bereavement.

It should be noted, that for 11 years Hillary Lagnado was committed to serving her local community as Coordinator of support groups at the Mid Island Y JCC. During that time, she facilitated and supervised support groups for bereavement, separation/divorce and parenting. When the tragedy of September 11th occurred, Ms. Lagnado made it a point to actively organize and partake in support groups that were primarily focused on families coping with the loss of their loved one.

Ms. Lagnado is highly regarded by her clients, colleagues, and within the community. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, ASPCA, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Associations.

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Ms. Kathleen Kane- Coletta obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Adelphi University with a 4.0 GPA and her BS in Marketing Management from Baruch College, where she was on the Deans list and was a member National Business Honor Society. Ms. Coletta is a Board Member and Program Chairperson for the New York State Society of...

Ms. Kathleen Kane-Coletta obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Adelphi University with a 4.0 GPA and her BS in Marketing Management from Baruch College, where she was on the Deans list and was a member National Business Honor Society. Ms. Coletta is a Board Member and Program Chairperson for the New York State Society of Clinical Social Workers and is a verified provider on Psychology Today.

Ms. Coletta maintains a well established Private Practice In Hicksville, New York where she provides therapeutic services to children, adolescence, adults, and couples dealing with a broad spectrum of issues including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, marital discord, divorce, parenting concerns, and bereavement. Kathleen Coletta is Certified to perform Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Kathleen is also a trained facilitator for Active Parenting Programs for parents with children in elementary school and parents of teens.

She currently works at a Community Counseling Center and has worked with families and individuals for over 10 years in various settings including, schools and community based organizations providing both counseling and case management services.

Kathleen Coletta is a civic focused therapist who is highly regarded within the community and holds the respect of her colleagues and clients. Ms. Coletta is on the Board of the SIDS Association of New York and finds solace supporting families who have been impacted by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

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Ms. Tracey Gecewicz obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University with a BS in Social Work from Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus, where she was on the Dean's List at both Universities. Ms. Gecewicz is a verified provider on Psychology Today. Tracey maintains a well established Private Practice where she provides...

Ms. Tracey Gecewicz obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University with a BS in Social Work from Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus, where she was on the Dean's List at both Universities. Ms. Gecewicz is a verified provider on Psychology Today.

Tracey maintains a well established Private Practice where she provides therapeutic services to individuals (18 years and up), couples, and families dealing with a wide ranges of issues including, but not limited to anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, divorce and marital discord. Ms. Gecewicz is EMDR trained and employs psychotherapy, CBT, and Behavioral Modification when indicated. In addition, Tracey provides Adoptive Home-Study Analysis in order for the prospective parent(s) to meet the pre-adoption requirements for New York State and the Interstate Compact.

Tracey Gecewicz has 15 years experience in child welfare throughout Long Island, New York City and Westchester County. She was the Director for both an innovative foster care program for Hard to Place Teens and a prominent Mental Health Clinic in NYC.

Tracey is a civic-minded therapist who is highly regarded within the community and maintains the utmost respect of her colleagues and clients. Ms. Gecewicz supports charitable organizations such as Bide-A-Wee, Wounded Warriors, Marty Lyons Foundation, and the National Down Syndrome Society.

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Ms. Kelley Spada obtained her MS in Mental Health Counseling from Adelphi University and her BA from SUNY Oswego with a double major in Psychology & Criminal Justice . She is NY OASAS approved to administer DWI Assessments and she performs Licensure Prep Workshops for the NY Mental Health Counseling Association...

Ms. Kelley Spada obtained her MS in Mental Health Counseling from Adelphi University and her BA from SUNY Oswego with a double major in Psychology & Criminal Justice . She is NY OASAS approved to administer DWI Assessments and she performs Licensure Prep Workshops for the NY Mental Health Counseling Association.

Ms. Spada is a successful independent woman in her own right who has an established Private Practice in Hicksville N.Y. and another office in Long Beach. She provides individual, couples, group counseling, and is trained to treat behaviors associated with OCD and hoarding. Her specialties include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, addiction, families of addicts/alcoholics, veterans, and law enforcement clients. She does not treat children. Prior to making her mark in Private Practice, Ms. Spada worked in a community setting servicing private and mandated clients.

Ms. Kelley Spada is a trusted confidant who is highly respected by her Clients and Colleagues. She is committed to the community and has dedicated her work, servicing our loyal veterans, by making it her mission to treat those who cannot access Tricare for free.

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Ms. Sue Teich obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Hunter College where she graduated with honors and received her BS in Sociology with a concentration in Human Services from SUNY Binghamton. She is a verified participant on Psychology Today and Healthgrades. Ms. Teich is a well-respected knowledgeable clinician...

Ms. Sue Teich obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Hunter College where she graduated with honors and received her BS in Sociology with a concentration in Human Services from SUNY Binghamton. She is a verified participant on Psychology Today and Healthgrades.

Ms. Teich is a well-respected knowledgeable clinician who brings to the table a wealth of experience working with adolescents, young adults, families, and couples. She has a wide range of Specialties including substance abuse, use, and dependence. Ms. Teich is a Solution Based Therapist who employs various modalities depending on the needs of her Client. For over 11 years, Sue Teich has been a School Social Worker at the Valley Stream Central High School District. There, and in her Private Practice, she interacts with students of various grade levels addressing issues which include, but are not limited to, bullying/victim issues, social skills, interpersonal relationships, and decisions pertaining to career and college.

Ms. Sue Teich is a staple within the community and she is committed to giving back and raising awareness for breast cancer. She is affiliated with Stacy’s Warriors and partakes in fundraisers to raise money for breast cancer research, children with autism, and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).

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