Staff

Our Dedicated Staff

Dr. DeSantis had a long standing career as an emergency and trauma registered nurse until attaining a doctorate in clinical psychology from Adelphi University in 2004. She established the practice in 2006 to focus on both clinical and forensic areas. In the clinical realm she specializes in mood disorders, relationship problems, couples counseling, post-traumatic stress, personality disorders, stressors unique to law enforcement personnel, addictions of all types, and sexual issues. On the forensic side, her specialty is in all types of criminal behavior, profiling, psychological assessments, holds certifications in various testing and risk assessment measures, and conducts psychosexual evaluations. The treatment she provides is eclectic based where various approaches are used that are solely dependent on the client's individual needs and ability to achieve a positive outcome. Dr. DeSantis selects the staff carefully and they all believe that people deserve to be treated without judgment no matter what their past or current issues are. "People are not neatly fit into textbook theory or neatly into pre-constructed boxes. Every person is unique and one person's needs and issues are not the same as someone else's."

Theresa DeSantis, Ph.D. - Director

Dr. DeSantis had a long standing career as an emergency and trauma registered nurse until attaining a doctorate in clinical psychology from Adelphi University in 2004. She established the practice in 2006 to focus on both clinical and forensic areas. In the clinical realm she specializes in mood disorders, relationship problems, couples counseling, post-traumatic stress, personality disorders, stressors unique to law enforcement personnel, addictions of all types, and sexual issues. On the forensic side, her specialty is in all types of criminal behavior, profiling, psychological assessments, holds certifications in various testing and risk assessment measures, and conducts psychosexual evaluations. The treatment she provides is eclectic based where various approaches are used that are solely dependent on the client’s individual needs and ability to achieve a positive outcome. Dr. DeSantis selects the staff carefully and they all believe that people deserve to be treated without judgment no matter what their past or current issues are. “People are not neatly fit into textbook theory or neatly into pre-constructed boxes. Every person is unique and one person’s needs and issues are not the same as someone else’s.”
Michael joined the practice in 2016 as a clinical intern, clinician's assistant, and an administrative assistant to the Director. His outstanding administrative and clinical abilities led to the appointment of Assistant Director. Michael achieved degrees in Forensic Psychology and Forensic Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Victimology Studies. From his years of training with the practice, Michael specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, all types of addictions, and sexual issues. Michael creates a non-judgmental therapeutic relationship and uses evidence-based approaches during sessions to help his clients gain insight toward their negative thought and behavior patterns. In addition, this approach promotes positive change to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle for his clients.

Michael Loguercio, MHC - Assistant Director

Michael joined the practice in 2016 as a clinical intern, clinician’s assistant, and an administrative assistant to the Director. His outstanding administrative and clinical abilities led to the appointment of Assistant Director. Michael achieved degrees in Forensic Psychology and Forensic Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Victimology Studies. From his years of training with the practice, Michael specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, all types of addictions, and sexual issues. Michael creates a non-judgmental therapeutic relationship and uses evidence-based approaches during sessions to help his clients gain insight toward their negative thought and behavior patterns. In addition, this approach promotes positive change to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle for his clients.
Tiffany is a member of our support staff in our Farmingdale office.

Tiffany Carpio

Tiffany is a member of our support staff in our Farmingdale office.
John is a member of our support staff in our Queens office.

John Ratonel

John is a member of our support staff in our Queens office.

Therapists – Farmingdale Location

John received his Mental Health Counseling Degree from Adelphi University and he is also a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). John joined the practice part-time in 2011. He has many years of experience working with all aspects of psychological distress, mood disorders, anxiety, relationships, domestic violence, addictions, and the criminal and sex offender population. He assists clients to gain insight toward how stressors interact with the environment, personality, and behavior. Through achieving this understanding, clients are able to implement the necessary tools to minimize symptoms and/or addictive behaviors. John believes that effective therapy stems from a trusting relationship between the therapist and client, and the clinical approach taken is dictated by each individual’s need.

John Marino, LMHC, CASAC

John received his Mental Health Counseling Degree from Adelphi University and he is also a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). John joined the practice part-time in 2011. He has many years of experience working with all aspects of psychological distress, mood disorders, anxiety, relationships, domestic violence, addictions, and the criminal and sex offender population. He assists clients to gain insight toward how stressors interact with the environment, personality, and behavior. Through achieving this understanding, clients are able to implement the necessary tools to minimize symptoms and/or addictive behaviors. John believes that effective therapy stems from a trusting relationship between the therapist and client, and the clinical approach taken is dictated by each individual’s need.
Christina received her Mental Health Counseling Degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Some of her specialties include anxiety, mood disorders, depression, relationship issues, trauma, personality disorders, addictions, and sexual problems. Christina’s approach to treatment is using research based Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques to assist clients who are motivated to reach goals for positive change. She believes that, when a client enters treatment, they are functioning at the highest level possible at that moment and, through effective therapy, the client will make consistent positive progress until their ultimate goals are achieved.

Christina Minervini-Bertin, LMHC, CCHP

Christina received her Mental Health Counseling Degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Some of her specialties include anxiety, mood disorders, depression, relationship issues, trauma, personality disorders, addictions, and sexual problems. Christina’s approach to treatment is using research based Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques to assist clients who are motivated to reach goals for positive change. She believes that, when a client enters treatment, they are functioning at the highest level possible at that moment and, through effective therapy, the client will make consistent positive progress until their ultimate goals are achieved.
Valerie received her degree in Forensic Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She specializes and has experience working with personality disorders, mood disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, sexual problems, family and relationship problems, crisis intervention, developmental and intellectual disabilities, the LGBTQ population, and treatment and rehabilitation of forensic populations. Valerie uses a biopsychosocial approach that is supplemented with psychoeducational information. She assists clients to build awareness and enhance their social, behavioral, and emotional well-being. Services include individual, couples, family, and group counseling.

Valerie Gelo, LMHC

Valerie received her degree in Forensic Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She specializes and has experience working with personality disorders, mood disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, sexual problems, family and relationship problems, crisis intervention, developmental and intellectual disabilities, the LGBTQ population, and treatment and rehabilitation of forensic populations. Valerie uses a biopsychosocial approach that is supplemented with psychoeducational information. She assists clients to build awareness and enhance their social, behavioral, and emotional well-being. Services include individual, couples, family, and group counseling.
Kayla received her Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Adelphi University. Some of her specialties include addictions, intellectual disabilities, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and personality disorders. Kayla’s approach is client-centered and consists of a variety of treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Psychodynamic Therapy. She believes in tailoring therapy to each client’s needs and goals in order to make sure that the client is the key in their treatment. Kayla’s goal is to assist clients with exploring their life challenges, as well as gaining more insight into the connection between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in order to create positive lifestyle changes.

Kayla Moffitt, MHC

Kayla received her Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Adelphi University. Some of her specialties include addictions, intellectual disabilities, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and personality disorders. Kayla’s approach is client-centered and consists of a variety of treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Psychodynamic Therapy. She believes in tailoring therapy to each client’s needs and goals in order to make sure that the client is the key in their treatment. Kayla’s goal is to assist clients with exploring their life challenges, as well as gaining more insight into the connection between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in order to create positive lifestyle changes.
Emily is a graduate of Stony Brook University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She approaches every individual from a holistic perspective and blends a unique combination of evidence-based theories and practices which is dependent on each client’s specific goals. Emily specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, unresolved trauma, interpersonal/relationship conflicts, psychological/emotional abuse, communication skills, decision-making, behavioral concerns, limiting beliefs, or issues of intimacy. She strongly believes in offering a non-judgmental and trusting therapeutic environment that helps clients to identify, express, and understand their most intimate thoughts and feelings. Emily provides psycho-education, mindfulness techniques, and insightful feedback to promote lifelong positive growth and living a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Emily Garcia, LMSW

Emily is a graduate of Stony Brook University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She approaches every individual from a holistic perspective and blends a unique combination of evidence-based theories and practices which is dependent on each client’s specific goals. Emily specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, unresolved trauma, interpersonal/relationship conflicts, psychological/emotional abuse, communication skills, decision-making, behavioral concerns, limiting beliefs, or issues of intimacy. She strongly believes in offering a non-judgmental and trusting therapeutic environment that helps clients to identify, express, and understand their most intimate thoughts and feelings. Emily provides psycho-education, mindfulness techniques, and insightful feedback to promote lifelong positive growth and living a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Therapists – Queens Location

Garret received a Master's in Social Work from Stony Brook University and has been practicing in the clinical mental health field for several years. Some areas of expertise are anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, addictions, personality disorders, and assisting the LGBTQ community in addressing the social and psychological challenges they face. Garret is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Mind-Body Medicine with a focus in Integrative Mental Health. He creates a non-judgmental and trusting environment and uses cognitive behavioral and mindfulness based practices to assist individuals to change negative thought patterns, reduce symptoms, gain insight, and work toward promoting a balanced and healthy lifestyle. His unique world view and positive nature lends itself to anyone wishing to work with him.

Garret Zeidner, LMSW

Garret received a Master’s in Social Work from Stony Brook University and has been practicing in the clinical mental health field for several years. Some areas of expertise are anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, addictions, personality disorders, and assisting the LGBTQ community in addressing the social and psychological challenges they face. Garret is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Mind-Body Medicine with a focus in Integrative Mental Health. He creates a non-judgmental and trusting environment and uses cognitive behavioral and mindfulness based practices to assist individuals to change negative thought patterns, reduce symptoms, gain insight, and work toward promoting a balanced and healthy lifestyle. His unique world view and positive nature lends itself to anyone wishing to work with him.
Catherine received her Mental Health Counseling Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her specialties include addiction, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, communication skills, and sexual issues. Catherine uses an eclectic approach of evidence-based treatment modalities to tailor treatment to meet her client's individual needs and help them attain their goals. Through a non-judgmental and collaborative atmosphere, she strongly believes in identifying, exploring, and understanding problematic patterns in the client’s life. This helps the client to gain insight to thought and behavior patterns and work toward positive change to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Catherine Hackett, MHC

Catherine received her Mental Health Counseling Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her specialties include addiction, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, communication skills, and sexual issues. Catherine uses an eclectic approach of evidence-based treatment modalities to tailor treatment to meet her client’s individual needs and help them attain their goals. Through a non-judgmental and collaborative atmosphere, she strongly believes in identifying, exploring, and understanding problematic patterns in the client’s life. This helps the client to gain insight to thought and behavior patterns and work toward positive change to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Lindsey received her Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Adelphi University. Some of her specialties include anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma, addictions, mood disorders, personality disorders, and the autism spectrum. In her treatment session she uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic theory, and psychoeducation. Through a non-judgmental and supportive approach, Lindsey helps clients gain insight into their thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors. Each approach taken is specifically geared toward each client’s specific needs because she believes that there is no "one size fits all" treatment modality. Through unconditional positive regard, consistency, and obtainable goals, each client will achieve a fulfilling and balanced lifestyle.

Lindsey Rosenberg, MHC

Lindsey received her Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Adelphi University. Some of her specialties include anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma, addictions, mood disorders, personality disorders, and the autism spectrum. In her treatment session she uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic theory, and psychoeducation. Through a non-judgmental and supportive approach, Lindsey helps clients gain insight into their thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors. Each approach taken is specifically geared toward each client’s specific needs because she believes that there is no “one size fits all” treatment modality. Through unconditional positive regard, consistency, and obtainable goals, each client will achieve a fulfilling and balanced lifestyle.
I received my mental health counseling degree in 2004 from Long Island University - C.W. Post. I have a tremendous amount of experience in various outpatient and residential settings. My counseling style is collaborative, supportive, and transparent. I believe in challenging and encouraging you to help yourself. This is accomplished by creating a trusting and non-judgmental therapeutic environment. My approach is eclectic, versatile, and tailored for each client's personal needs and goals. I can also incorporate aspects of biblio-therapy for clients who desire that foundation. During my free time I enjoy writing. Let’s build and grow together.

Akili Carter, MHC

I received my mental health counseling degree in 2004 from Long Island University – C.W. Post. I have a tremendous amount of experience in various outpatient and residential settings. My counseling style is collaborative, supportive, and transparent. I believe in challenging and encouraging you to help yourself. This is accomplished by creating a trusting and non-judgmental therapeutic environment. My approach is eclectic, versatile, and tailored for each client’s personal needs and goals. I can also incorporate aspects of biblio-therapy for clients who desire that foundation. During my free time I enjoy writing. Let’s build and grow together.
Gordon received his social work degree from Adelphi University. He specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, couples counseling, character development, and extensive training and experience with organic neurological disorders. He believes that each of us develops from a unique set of biological, psychological, and social factors. His treatment sessions use a client-centered multidimensional approach that is specific for each client. Gordon is non-judgmental and produces a trusting treatment environment where sessions are insight-oriented, dynamic, and supportive.

Gordon Shearer, LMSW

Gordon received his social work degree from Adelphi University. He specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, couples counseling, character development, and extensive training and experience with organic neurological disorders. He believes that each of us develops from a unique set of biological, psychological, and social factors. His treatment sessions use a client-centered multidimensional approach that is specific for each client. Gordon is non-judgmental and produces a trusting treatment environment where sessions are insight-oriented, dynamic, and supportive.
Saudia received her Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. She specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, and relationship issues. Saudia uses evidence-based treatment modalities that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. She provides a solution-focused approach and believes that everyone deserves a space where they feel safe, not judged, supported, and understood.

Saudia Garnette, LMSW

Saudia received her Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. She specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, and relationship issues. Saudia uses evidence-based treatment modalities that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. She provides a solution-focused approach and believes that everyone deserves a space where they feel safe, not judged, supported, and understood.
Theresa DeSantis, Ph.D.

Theresa DeSantis, Ph.D.

Director

Dr. DeSantis had a long standing career as an emergency and trauma registered nurse until attaining a doctorate in clinical psychology from Adelphi University in 2004. She established the practice in 2006 to focus on both clinical and forensic areas. In the clinical realm she specializes in mood disorders, relationship problems, couples counseling, post-traumatic stress, personality disorders, stressors unique to law enforcement personnel, addictions of all types, and sexual issues. On the forensic side, her specialty is in all types of criminal behavior, profiling, psychological assessments, holds certifications in various testing and risk assessment measures, and conducts psychosexual evaluations. The treatment she provides is eclectic based where various approaches are used that are solely dependent on the client’s individual needs and ability to achieve a positive outcome. Dr. DeSantis selects the staff carefully and they all believe that people deserve to be treated without judgment no matter what their past or current issues are. “People are not neatly fit into textbook theory or neatly into pre-constructed boxes. Every person is unique and one person’s needs and issues are not the same as someone else’s.”
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Michael Loguercio. MHC

Assistant Director

Michael joined the practice in 2016 as a clinical intern, clinician’s assistant, and an administrative assistant to the Director. His outstanding administrative and clinical abilities led to the appointment of Assistant Director. Michael achieved degrees in Forensic Psychology and Forensic Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Victimology Studies. From his years of training with the practice, Michael specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, all types of addictions, and sexual issues. Michael creates a non-judgmental therapeutic relationship and uses evidence-based approaches during sessions to help his clients gain insight toward their negative thought and behavior patterns. In addition, this approach promotes positive change to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle for his clients.
Tiffany is a member of our support staff in our Farmingdale office.

Tiffany Carpio

Tiffany is a member of our support staff in our Farmingdale office.
John is a member of our support staff in our Queens office.

John Ratonel

John is a member of our support staff in our Queens office.

Therapists – Farmingdale Location

John received his Mental Health Counseling Degree from Adelphi University and he is also a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). John joined the practice part-time in 2011. He has many years of experience working with all aspects of psychological distress, mood disorders, anxiety, relationships, domestic violence, addictions, and the criminal and sex offender population. He assists clients to gain insight toward how stressors interact with the environment, personality, and behavior. Through achieving this understanding, clients are able to implement the necessary tools to minimize symptoms and/or addictive behaviors. John believes that effective therapy stems from a trusting relationship between the therapist and client, and the clinical approach taken is dictated by each individual’s need.

John Marino, LMHC, CASAC

John received his Mental Health Counseling Degree from Adelphi University and he is also a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). John joined the practice part-time in 2011. He has many years of experience working with all aspects of psychological distress, mood disorders, anxiety, relationships, domestic violence, addictions, and the criminal and sex offender population. He assists clients to gain insight toward how stressors interact with the environment, personality, and behavior. Through achieving this understanding, clients are able to implement the necessary tools to minimize symptoms and/or addictive behaviors. John believes that effective therapy stems from a trusting relationship between the therapist and client, and the clinical approach taken is dictated by each individual’s need.
Christina received her Mental Health Counseling Degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Some of her specialties include anxiety, mood disorders, depression, relationship issues, trauma, personality disorders, addictions, and sexual problems. Christina’s approach to treatment is using research based Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques to assist clients who are motivated to reach goals for positive change. She believes that, when a client enters treatment, they are functioning at the highest level possible at that moment and, through effective therapy, the client will make consistent positive progress until their ultimate goals are achieved.

Christina Minervini-Bertin, LMHC

Christina received her Mental Health Counseling Degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Some of her specialties include anxiety, mood disorders, depression, relationship issues, trauma, personality disorders, addictions, and sexual problems. Christina’s approach to treatment is using research based Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques to assist clients who are motivated to reach goals for positive change. She believes that, when a client enters treatment, they are functioning at the highest level possible at that moment and, through effective therapy, the client will make consistent positive progress until their ultimate goals are achieved.
Valerie received her degree in Forensic Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She specializes and has experience working with personality disorders, mood disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, sexual problems, family and relationship problems, crisis intervention, developmental and intellectual disabilities, the LGBTQ population, and treatment and rehabilitation of forensic populations. Valerie uses a biopsychosocial approach that is supplemented with psychoeducational information. She assists clients to build awareness and enhance their social, behavioral, and emotional well-being. Services include individual, couples, family, and group counseling.

Valerie Gelo, LMHC

Valerie received her degree in Forensic Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She specializes and has experience working with personality disorders, mood disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, sexual problems, family and relationship problems, crisis intervention, developmental and intellectual disabilities, the LGBTQ population, and treatment and rehabilitation of forensic populations. Valerie uses a biopsychosocial approach that is supplemented with psychoeducational information. She assists clients to build awareness and enhance their social, behavioral, and emotional well-being. Services include individual, couples, family, and group counseling.
Kayla received her Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Adelphi University. Some of her specialties include addictions, intellectual disabilities, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and personality disorders. Kayla’s approach is client-centered and consists of a variety of treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Psychodynamic Therapy. She believes in tailoring therapy to each client’s needs and goals in order to make sure that the client is the key in their treatment. Kayla’s goal is to assist clients with exploring their life challenges, as well as gaining more insight into the connection between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in order to create positive lifestyle changes.

Kayla Moffitt, MHC

Kayla received her Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Adelphi University. Some of her specialties include addictions, intellectual disabilities, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and personality disorders. Kayla’s approach is client-centered and consists of a variety of treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Psychodynamic Therapy. She believes in tailoring therapy to each client’s needs and goals in order to make sure that the client is the key in their treatment. Kayla’s goal is to assist clients with exploring their life challenges, as well as gaining more insight into the connection between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in order to create positive lifestyle changes.
Emily is a graduate of Stony Brook University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She approaches every individual from a holistic perspective and blends a unique combination of evidence-based theories and practices which is dependent on each client’s specific goals. Emily specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, unresolved trauma, interpersonal/relationship conflicts, psychological/emotional abuse, communication skills, decision-making, behavioral concerns, limiting beliefs, or issues of intimacy. She strongly believes in offering a non-judgmental and trusting therapeutic environment that helps clients to identify, express, and understand their most intimate thoughts and feelings. Emily provides psycho-education, mindfulness techniques, and insightful feedback to promote lifelong positive growth and living a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Emily Garcia, LMSW

Emily is a graduate of Stony Brook University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She approaches every individual from a holistic perspective and blends a unique combination of evidence-based theories and practices which is dependent on each client’s specific goals. Emily specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, unresolved trauma, interpersonal/relationship conflicts, psychological/emotional abuse, communication skills, decision-making, behavioral concerns, limiting beliefs, or issues of intimacy. She strongly believes in offering a non-judgmental and trusting therapeutic environment that helps clients to identify, express, and understand their most intimate thoughts and feelings. Emily provides psycho-education, mindfulness techniques, and insightful feedback to promote lifelong positive growth and living a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Therapists – Queens Location

Garret received a Master's in Social Work from Stony Brook University and has been practicing in the clinical mental health field for several years. Some areas of expertise are anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, addictions, personality disorders, and assisting the LGBTQ community in addressing the social and psychological challenges they face. Garret is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Mind-Body Medicine with a focus in Integrative Mental Health. He creates a non-judgmental and trusting environment and uses cognitive behavioral and mindfulness based practices to assist individuals to change negative thought patterns, reduce symptoms, gain insight, and work toward promoting a balanced and healthy lifestyle. His unique world view and positive nature lends itself to anyone wishing to work with him.

Garret Zeidner, LMSW

Garret received a Master’s in Social Work from Stony Brook University and has been practicing in the clinical mental health field for several years. Some areas of expertise are anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, addictions, personality disorders, and assisting the LGBTQ community in addressing the social and psychological challenges they face. Garret is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Mind-Body Medicine with a focus in Integrative Mental Health. He creates a non-judgmental and trusting environment and uses cognitive behavioral and mindfulness based practices to assist individuals to change negative thought patterns, reduce symptoms, gain insight, and work toward promoting a balanced and healthy lifestyle. His unique world view and positive nature lends itself to anyone wishing to work with him.
Catherine received her Mental Health Counseling Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her specialties include addiction, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, communication skills, and sexual issues. Catherine uses an eclectic approach of evidence-based treatment modalities to tailor treatment to meet her client's individual needs and help them attain their goals. Through a non-judgmental and collaborative atmosphere, she strongly believes in identifying, exploring, and understanding problematic patterns in the client’s life. This helps the client to gain insight to thought and behavior patterns and work toward positive change to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Catherine Hackett, MHC

Catherine received her Mental Health Counseling Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her specialties include addiction, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, communication skills, and sexual issues. Catherine uses an eclectic approach of evidence-based treatment modalities to tailor treatment to meet her client’s individual needs and help them attain their goals. Through a non-judgmental and collaborative atmosphere, she strongly believes in identifying, exploring, and understanding problematic patterns in the client’s life. This helps the client to gain insight to thought and behavior patterns and work toward positive change to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Lindsey received her Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Adelphi University. Some of her specialties include anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma, addictions, mood disorders, personality disorders, and the autism spectrum. In her treatment session she uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic theory, and psychoeducation. Through a non-judgmental and supportive approach, Lindsey helps clients gain insight into their thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors. Each approach taken is specifically geared toward each client’s specific needs because she believes that there is no "one size fits all" treatment modality. Through unconditional positive regard, consistency, and obtainable goals, each client will achieve a fulfilling and balanced lifestyle.

Lindsey Rosenberg, MHC

Lindsey received her Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Adelphi University. Some of her specialties include anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma, addictions, mood disorders, personality disorders, and the autism spectrum. In her treatment session she uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic theory, and psychoeducation. Through a non-judgmental and supportive approach, Lindsey helps clients gain insight into their thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors. Each approach taken is specifically geared toward each client’s specific needs because she believes that there is no “one size fits all” treatment modality. Through unconditional positive regard, consistency, and obtainable goals, each client will achieve a fulfilling and balanced lifestyle.
I received my mental health counseling degree in 2004 from Long Island University - C.W. Post. I have a tremendous amount of experience in various outpatient and residential settings. My counseling style is collaborative, supportive, and transparent. I believe in challenging and encouraging you to help yourself. This is accomplished by creating a trusting and non-judgmental therapeutic environment. My approach is eclectic, versatile, and tailored for each client's personal needs and goals. I can also incorporate aspects of biblio-therapy for clients who desire that foundation. During my free time I enjoy writing. Let’s build and grow together.

Akili Carter, MHC

I received my mental health counseling degree in 2004 from Long Island University – C.W. Post. I have a tremendous amount of experience in various outpatient and residential settings. My counseling style is collaborative, supportive, and transparent. I believe in challenging and encouraging you to help yourself. This is accomplished by creating a trusting and non-judgmental therapeutic environment. My approach is eclectic, versatile, and tailored for each client’s personal needs and goals. I can also incorporate aspects of biblio-therapy for clients who desire that foundation. During my free time I enjoy writing. Let’s build and grow together.
Gordon received his social work degree from Adelphi University. He specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, couples counseling, character development, and extensive training and experience with organic neurological disorders. He believes that each of us develops from a unique set of biological, psychological, and social factors. His treatment sessions use a client-centered multidimensional approach that is specific for each client. Gordon is non-judgmental and produces a trusting treatment environment where sessions are insight-oriented, dynamic, and supportive.

Gordon Shearer, LMSW

Gordon received his social work degree from Adelphi University. He specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, couples counseling, character development, and extensive training and experience with organic neurological disorders. He believes that each of us develops from a unique set of biological, psychological, and social factors. His treatment sessions use a client-centered multidimensional approach that is specific for each client. Gordon is non-judgmental and produces a trusting treatment environment where sessions are insight-oriented, dynamic, and supportive.
Saudia received her Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. She specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, and relationship issues. Saudia uses evidence-based treatment modalities that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. She provides a solution-focused approach and believes that everyone deserves a space where they feel safe, not judged, supported, and understood.

Saudia Garnette, LMSW

Saudia received her Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. She specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, and relationship issues. Saudia uses evidence-based treatment modalities that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. She provides a solution-focused approach and believes that everyone deserves a space where they feel safe, not judged, supported, and understood.

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