With you in mind.

Our staff of Social Workers, Counselors and Psychiatrists are trained professionals who are licensed by New York State.

Experienced in working with a diverse population experiencing challenging mental health and emotional issues. We provide individual therapy for women and men, art and play therapy for children, as well as adolescent and family therapy.

Our Psychiatrists

Moataz El Refaie  MD
Doug Luce  MD
Maurice Masse  MD
Renata Slowik  MD
Kevin Siewers  NPP

Administrative Team

Nicole Montesani  CFO
Dennis Scimone  Director & Chief Compliance Officer
Lorraine Galbo  Director of Administrative Services
Rita Trapani  Assistant to Director of Administrative Services
Eileen Cioffi  Director of Billing
Carol Cusumano  Practice Manager
Ana Ejaz  Intake Coordinator
Katie Donnarumma Intake Coordinator
Mary Ann DeMartino  Operations Assistant

Our Therapists

Jenni Carosone Cieselski

Jenni Carosone Cieselski

LMSW

Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional through the Institute of Certified Anxiety Treatment Professionals (ICATP) Area of expertise: Specializing in anxiety, depression, and relationship issues

Kaitlyn Romeo

Kaitlyn Romeo

LMFT

My specialties include working with couples, individuals, and families to cope with struggles including, but not limited to anxiety, depression, addiction, marital/relationship issues, parenting, trauma, life transitions and loss along with experience in treatment and support for a wide range of mental health diagnoses.

Lisa Taubenblat

Lisa Taubenblat

LMSW

Lisa provides therapy to individuals, couples and families. Focusing on challenges such as depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, work issues, aging/caregiving concerns and multigenerational conflicts.

Tyra Smith

Tyra Smith

LMSW

Area of expertise: Anxiety, Depression, Play Therapy, Trauma

Jessica Newman

Jessica Newman

LMSW

I provide individualized therapy to adolescents and adults with compassion and care. I work collaboratively with my clients to cultivate positive change in their lives. I strive to create a welcoming and warm environment for clients to promote a safe space for healing and personal growth. My areas of expertise include but are not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, and intimate partner violence.

Sydne Puk Silverstein

Sydne Puk Silverstein

LMSW

Therapy can be a vital instrument in becoming the best version of oneself, whether that looks like healing and processing your past, becoming comfortable in the present moment, or growing into your future. My approach is tailored to clients’ specific needs while ensuring the ability to collaborate without judgement. I practice with warmth, understanding, and authenticity in order to have you feel respected, supported, and heard.

Marianthi Kougentakis

Marianthi Kougentakis

LMSW

As a licensed therapist who specializes in goal setting, I utilize psychotherapy to build my clients’ confidence and manifest real, positive changes in their lives using a variety of treatment methods. I provide a warm, empathic, interactive, and down to earth style that I believe helps an individual feel comfortable, supported, and understood.

Laura Khait

Laura Khait

MHC

Laura works with a wide range of clients spanning children, adolescents and adults. She works diligently with individuals to cultivate self-awareness, identify personal challenges, and take proactive steps towards change. With a warm and empathic approach, Laura guides clients to identify their goals for therapy. Clients can move safely towards their goals and have greater fulfillment in their lives when they allow vulnerability in a safe and supportive therapeutic environment.

Verolene Chapman

Verolene Chapman

LMSW

Focus: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Anger Management

Fatme Elhage

Fatme Elhage

LMSW

While therapy can be a daunting new experience, I offer a safe space to explore intimate issues and implement change, in order to promote healing and personal growth. I work with both children and adults on a number of issues, including depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Mandy Goldstein

Mandy Goldstein

MHC

Area of expertise: Advanced certification in Grief Therapy/Thantonology

Peter Boutros

Peter Boutros

PhD. LMHC, CASAC

Area of expertise: Self-esteem, Family Conflicts, Depression, Substance Use Disorders, and Traumatic Experiences

Danielle Miller

Danielle Miller

LMSW

I provide therapy to children, adolescents and adults. I have experience helping individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, grief and loss, relationship issues, behavioral issues, parenting difficulties, work burn-out and life transitions.

Carrie L. Jabinsky

Carrie L. Jabinsky

LMSW, JD

Areas of expertise: Anxiety, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Complex Trauma and Attachment, Adolescents, Couples & Families, Substance Use, Life & Career Transitions

Tina Zug

Tina Zug

LCSW-R

Using a psychodynamic approach, I strive to collaborate with my clients in understanding the complex web of factors contributing to dysfunction in their lives and how together we can develop new ways of thinking and feeling about themselves and the world, as well as relating to others in a more fruitful way.

Judy Jacoby

Judy Jacoby

LMSW

SVA as Art Therapist. Trauma Specialist-trained at Safe Horizon.

Joseph Bailey

Joseph Bailey

LCSW

Completed the Four Year Training for License in Psychoanalysis at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, New York.

Cynthia Malek

Cynthia Malek

LMFT

A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years experience providing psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Depression, anxiety, trauma, major life transitions, bereavement, suicide risk, self-harm, blended families...

Ada Gamez

Ada Gamez

LCSW

Pre-teens, adolescents, adults, and families. I specialize in treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem issues, and life transitions. An integrative approach: Attachment-based, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, Play Therapy, Person-Centered, and Strength-Based.

Nama Taub

Nama Taub

LCSW-R

Nama works with adults only with specialty in middle age and geriatric individuals. Areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, grief, loss issues, trauma, family issues, aging and caregiving issues

David Herbert

David Herbert

LCSW

Areas of expertise: Depression, Grief and Bereavement, Interpersonal Relationships, Life Transitions

Chantell G Watson

Chantell G Watson

LMSW

working with individuals, children and families. I provide a collaborative approach in addressing client symptoms and creating an individualize treatment plan to address a variety of mental health disorders such as Family conflict, Depression, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Transitions, Grief, Self- image, Stress and Peer relationships, Substance use.

Jana Brass

Jana Brass

LCSW

I practice from an eclectic approach with various mental health issues. My focus is on the relationship with the client, seeing everyone and every issue as individual and unique in an effort to help gain insight, understand maladaptive patterns and build healthier stress responses.

Danielle Justiniano

Danielle Justiniano

MHC

My specialties include addiction services and adult counseling. As a clinician I offer a safe space for clients to identify and treat any issues by utilizing evidence-based practices that tailor your services to meet each client’s unique needs. My practice comes from an integrated approach using practical and effective forms of treatment to support client’s achievement of goals.

Dennis Boyle

Dennis Boyle

LMSW

As a therapist formally educated and trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, I specialize in helping clients to recognize how their past influences thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in the activities of their current daily life, and may underlie and maintain their symptomatology; together we work to resolve the issues that trouble them. But psychodynamic psychotherapy is not right for every client, and I can offer an eclectic approach to therapy. You’ll find that I am a caring, supportive, and empathic therapist.

 Kelly Contreras

Kelly Contreras

LMSW

My area of interest and focus is grief, trauma and loss. I believe if there is a strong therapeutic connection in which clients are provided with a safe and supportive space to truly be seen and heard, that is when the healing process can begin.

Masha Kiskina

Masha Kiskina

MHC

I love that I finally get the opportunity to fulfill my dream of helping people. Working with all types of individuals, especially children and adolescents, to reach their goals and improve their lives in a warm, understanding, supportive, matter of fact and open environment is my vision for success.

Samantha Seligman

Samantha Seligman

LMSW, CASAC-T

I provide psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, and children. I have experience working with issues including Schizophrenia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Dual Diagnosis, and more. I have a background working with clients with substance use disorders, and addressing the correlation between mental health and substance use. I also utilize evidence-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

 Shayleen Ortiz

Shayleen Ortiz

LMHC

My goal as a therapist is to help create an awareness of patterns that are holding you back and find ways of moving forward through a collaborative treatment plan. Specializing in individuals of all ages and different cultural backgrounds, working to address issues related to; PTSD, trauma, anxiety and depression. I know the idea of coming to therapy might be intimidating, but give yourself credit for taking that first step! We can reach your goals together.

Kathy Klein

Kathy Klein

LCSW

Kathy has worked successfully with children, families and adults facing issues such as depression, anxiety, loss and trauma. She has a long history of supporting families and vulnerable young children, and has extensive clinical training in treating trauma, abuse and neglect.

Elizabeth Kenney

Elizabeth Kenney

LMSW

Elizabeth believes in a collaborative, holistic approach for discovering each individual’s unique story and innate strengths. Her passion lies in empowering clients who have experienced childhood and adult trauma with forming a meaningful and healing narrative around their experiences. She has worked with infants, children, adolescents and their families, as well as adults of all ages. Specialties include ADHD and Developmental Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Grief & Loss, Domestic Violence, Family Work.

Ashley Brennan

Ashley Brennan

LCSW

I offer a safe and nurturing space to work together with clients to open up and gain insight to concerns, such as: trauma, depression, anxiety, crisis, loss, relationship struggles, dysfunctional behavioral patterns/ coping skills, low self esteem, anxiety, loss, negative thinking. I will work with you to find the solutions and strategies to overcome these concerns, and empower you to recognize their strengths. I am certified in Italian language and can provide services in Italian.

Emily Rose Cannon

Emily Rose Cannon

LMSW

I aim to create collaborative, holistic, and dynamic therapeutic spaces, and relationships. I believe deepening our self-awareness and our understanding of our histories can hugely impact our capacity to lead fulfilling, nourishing lives. I believe deeply in the power of therapeutic spaces and relationships, and it is truly a joy and honor to work in this capacity.

DeNeal Lawson

DeNeal Lawson

LMFT

Adolescents, children and families, couples, men and women and people with addiction. Experience serving survivors of trauma, specifically in the areas of domestic violence, grief and loss and physical and mental abuse.

Michelle Pyrka

Michelle Pyrka

MHC

Specializing in anxiety, depression, stress, life and career transitions, grief, marriage and relationship conflicts.

Pamela Lepore

Pamela Lepore

LMSW

I am a graduate of the Silver School of Social Work at New York University where I studied psychodynamic and analytic therapeutic traditions. I am a believer in the human capacity for insight and corresponding change. The journey though, is never easy, simple or convenient. Securing therapeutic support allows for a greater chance of success and opens up the space needed to explore and grow.

Briana Cretella

Briana Cretella

LMSW

Using a strengths-based approach to therapy, I acknowledge and emphasize the strengths of each individual I am working with. Even in times where it may feel difficult for a client to recognize strengths, my goal is to help each individual identify their resilience. In doing so, the ultimate objective is to set the foundation for my clients to create and reach goals associated with depression, anxiety, working through trauma, self-esteem, and major life transitions.

Charlotte Yarboro

Charlotte Yarboro

LMSW

I have experience in helping with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Leading with empathy and active listening allows me to work together with clients to manage emotional upheaval, relationship troubles, and problematic coping. My time in trauma and supportive counseling have given me a truly Trauma-Informed Practice, with specialization in domestic violence and victim services.

Lauren Shampan

Lauren Shampan

LMSW

I take both a Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral approach to my work with adults and adolescents. The focus of my practice is to help others overcome a sense of disconnection, lack of confidence, difficulties with career, and relationship issues. Therapy is a deeply personal experience, and I became a therapist because I believe in the healing and growth that can result from having a trusting environment in which to process emotions.

Mark Bernstein

Mark Bernstein

ACSW, LCSW

Over 25 years at NCC, providing psychotherapy and clinical supervision. Experienced in the treatment of severe psychiatric disorders as well as mood and anxiety disorders; including but not limited to: Depression, PTSD & Bereavement

Kimberly Wizior

Kimberly Wizior

LMHC, PhD

I provide mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. I bring positive energy to my approach and utilize a strengths-based style to allow clients to work through daily challenges and life adjustments.

Stephanie Rivera

Stephanie Rivera

LMSW

I provide Holistic Trauma Informed Psychotherapy. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Strengths Based approaches with clients to address a variety of challenges including anxiety, depression, grief/loss, self-esteem and extreme stress. I have experience in helping individuals get through life challenges by assisting them in noticing thoughts and/or environmental cues that trigger their symptoms. I also assist clients with identifying mindfulness and positive coping techniques to enhance their lifestyle.

Michael Maffai

LMSW

Depression, Anxiety, Survivors of Trauma and ADHD