COUNSELING & PSYCHOTHERAPY
All practitioners are licensed by New York state.
Services offered by our therapists may be covered by your insurance.
All practitioners can provide a receipt to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement.
Kevin O’Donoghue, LMHC
Life is difficult when you don't know who you are and where you want to go. I know how to help you answer both of these questions. Are you ready to know yourself on the deepest levels? I'm ready to help you. I like clients to be " curious" rather than judgmental of their issues/problems. It is only through a spirit of " curiosity" -- rather than anger or blaming -- that a client can learn to step back from their problems and learn to resolve them. Specializing in couples, young adults, group therapy, Enneagram personality typing, Gregorc thinking styles, primal therapy and meditation.
Alan White, MA, LMHC, Senior Associate
Alan combines his many years of formal studies with a very real, practical common sense approach. He specializes in helping professional and personal caregivers, counseling for creative people as well as people with strong religious commitment.
Insurance Accepted: BC/BS, United Healthcare/Oxford
Stephanie D’Ambra, LCSW, Senior Associate
Stephanie is an individual and couples counselor specializing in short term problem resolution especially in the areas of communication and sexuality. She specializes in addictions, compulsive behaviors and habits that interfere in leading a satisfying fulfilling life.
Lisa Arnone, LCSW, Senior Associate
Lisa synthesizes Cognitive/Behavioral, Relational, and deep emotional therapeutic approaches. Lisa uses her exquisite intuitive sense and her well-honed clinical skills to empower people to their highest potential.
Linda Vanella LCSW, Senior Associate
Linda currently specializes in working with veterans suffering PTSD. She has extensive experience treating trauma, addiction and relationship dynamics. Linda also is a certified yoga instructor.
Insurance Accepted: Cigna, Medicaid, Medicare
Marti Resnick, LCSW
Marti is a long-time friend of The Positive Mind Center and WBAI. She has worked many years with Armand DiMele and rejoined us this year to continue her practice. Trained in psychoanalysis, Marti is able to meet the needs of many different clients including adolescents and couples struggling with Anxiety, Phobias, Depression and OCD. She also offers low cost treatment for those in need.
Kate Kalin, LMHC
Kate’s experience as a psychotherapist includes chaplaincy from a Buddhist perspective in hospital, hospice, and palliative care, Social Orgonomy, a modality of education that addresses interpersonal dynamics and problems with social structures including work with individuals, families and work organizations.
Contact: 212-729-8187 (text ok)
Julia Colangelo, LCSW
Julia has a special interest in working with young adults, couples, children, and families with a focus in brief solution-focused treatment that combines CBT and mindfulness. Julia integrates percussion, visual art, and music into therapy treatment depending on her clients’ needs. Julia conducts sessions in both English and Spanish.
Jim Singlar, LCSW
Jim has extensive experience working with the LGBTQ communities helping people cope with HIV+, grief and loss, death and dying, as well as navigating life when one has an ongoing disease. He also focuses on drug and alcohol use and abuse using both abstinence and moderation management modalities.
Insurance Accepted: 1199, BC/BS-Empire, Beacon, Cigna, Emblem Health,HIP, GHI
Effi Shaked LCSW
Effi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a graduate degree from Columbia University and MSW from NYU. She holds a post graduate certification as a Couples and Family therapist from the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Effi is a passionate therapist who offers a safe and warm environment to her clients. Her specialties include relationships, life cycle transitions, adjustment to aging, mood disorders and addictions. With her many life’s experiences, Effi combines emphatic and personal approach with a variety of therapeutic tools and modalities to create a strength-based, client focused treatment.
Insurance Accepted: Medicare
Tara Cuskley Psy D
Dr. Tara Cuskley is a licensed psychologist, providing cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy for children, teens, and adults with a variety of psychological diagnoses and emotional concerns. She earned her Psy. D. from St. John's University, has taught graduate level courses in Neuropsychology, Child Psychopathology, and Cognitive Assessment, and works part-time at a therapeutic day school in Manhattan. She is also trained in mindfulness techniques and Reiki energy healing as a supplement to traditional psychological treatment modalities for her clients.
Barbara Stelzer LCSW
Barbara has been in practice 35 years plus. She graduated from NYU and is certified by the NY Psychoanalytic Psychology Institute. She specializes in the treatment of trauma, eating disorders and addictions. Her therapeutic approach is a combination of psychodynamic and behavioral work depending on the issues presented. She is certified in EMDR and welcomes working with recent graduates and young professionals.
Dr. Fabiana Franco PhD
Dr. Franco received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology and is a professor of clinical psychology at George Washington University. She has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings including clinics, medical hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, and forensic settings. In addition to working with adults, adolescents, children, couples and families with various clinical presentations, Dr. Franco specializes in trauma and abuse issues, C-PTSD, multicultural issues, and forensics. She has extensive experience in individual, couples, and family psychotherapy as well as in diagnostic evaluations of adults and children with various diagnoses.
Frankie McLaurin, LCSW
Frankie is a licensed psychotherapist with many years of experience in working with teenagers and adults who suffer from Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant, Depression and Anxiety. His practice has recently expanded to treating couples who may be experiencing challenges with adapting to changes within their relationships. Frankie believes in using a psychodynamic approach in his sessions to meet the needs of his clients. Also, he accepts several different insurance plans which you can find listed on his website.
Alexandra Poolt, LCSW
Alexandra's specialty is assisting couples and individuals cope with the divorce process, blending families/parenting and emotional support for adult children of divorce. Additionally, she is trained as a community and civil court mediator. While working her day job affords her to tap into the pulse of NYC’s health and mental health issues; Alexandra puts special focus on a growing private practice to provide guidance and therapy for individuals wanting to move towards change.
ISABEL M ADON, LCSW
Isabel works with individuals, children and families. Trained in family system, focusing oriented therapy, solution focused therapy and aboriginal/indigenous/cultural centered therapy. Isabel works with the client to support them in discovering their own inner strengths and tools to transform life’s challenges into opportunities and possibilities for growth. Isabel is a meditator in the Vipassana (mindfulness) lineage and is in training to be a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher. Fluent in English and Spanish.
Phone Number: 917-214-7895
Marianne Gunther Mps, atr-bc, lcat
Marianne is a New York State licensed creative art psychotherapist dedicated to waking folks up to their inherent creativity and ability to heal. Marianne has served families and individuals in a variety of settings; pediatric and adult medical settings, outpatient family services, inpatient detoxification and most notably as bereavement specialist for MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care. Marianne is currently completing post graduate training in contemplative science and psychotherapy with the Nalanda Institute.
Lori metz, lcsw, CCM, BC-TMH
Lori works with individuals, couples and families. She finds that positive psychology in conjunction with an eclectic approach that includes cognitive behavioral health, mindfulness, behavior modification, self-exploration and a reality-based decision making approach aids people in moving forward. Lori assists her clients through life's challenges that can potentially lead to depression, anxiety, low self-image, decreased self-confidence, loneliness or other behaviors they would like to change. She specializes in relationships and fertility.
Megan Gewitz, lcsw
Megan specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and has over 7 years experience working in the mental health and substance abuse field. She is a graduate of Fordham University School of Social Work and her private practice serves a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are borderline personality disorder, addictions, eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety disorders.
christina nolan, lcsw
Christina earned her master’s degree in social work from Columbia University School of Social Work, with a concentration in health, mental health, and disabilities. Her postgraduate training includes the Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Christina has worked in multiple hospital and non-profit settings, all in New York City. She has interest and experience in working with individuals struggling with adjustment, life transitions, depression, and trauma histories. She has experience working with individuals having diverse backgrounds and experiences.