Jason Ducos, LCSW-R, CASAC-Master
Clinical Director and Founder

Specialty: Clinical Social Work and Substance Abuse Counseling

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in crisis intervention and substance abuse counseling. I work with adults and couples who are seeking relief from trauma, grief, anxiety and depression, relationships issues, and life adjustment. I believe recovery and healing is not a one size fits all. Every individual and couple has a unique set of internal and external strengths. I use a holistic and creative, solutions focused based approach that is influenced by trauma therapy, attachment theory, psychodrama and theory of intersectionality. I believe that no matter what point you are in life that there is room to heal, room to grow, and room to thrive as your most authentic self.

I tell anyone I meet who is seeking out counseling, it’s crucial to find a therapist who is the right fit and makes us feel safe and comfortable.  If you are interested in working with me, I approach psychotherapy as an alliance. We are partners in your journey of self discovery, reframing obstacles into lessons that help you live the most authentic life you can.  It takes courage to admit that life’s burdens are sometimes too hard to bear alone. Opening up in therapy is an act of courage, strength and self love.

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Brittany Drayton, LMSW Associate Clinician

Specialty: Clinical Social Work

Do you often feel weighed down with feelings of anxiety and sadness? Do you believe to be stuck with the same negative and lasting thoughts? Together, we will work on strategies that allow you to address the root causes of your difficulties and build meaningful paths towards you growing into the best version of yourself. My intuitive and empathic abilities allow me to listen closely and offer you different perspectives. I believe that having person-centered and holistic therapeutic approaches are important in helping your concerns. I am a New York State Licensed Social Worker with an education from Fordham University.

I am also a part of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work where I’m able to network and gain knowledge from an abundance of resources. I have experience in assisting those who have dealt with self-esteem matters, life transitions, trauma, anxiety, depression, and substance use across different cultures and communities. The key components in my therapeutic alliance with you is patience and creating a safe environment during our sessions. Let’s take this next chapter in your life together.

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Annebell Shea, MFT-LP Associate Clinician

Specialty: Marriage and Family Therapy

Annebell Shea is a Native Jamaican striving to be the best clinician, listener, and supporter of self-empowerment starting from the first phone call.  Annebell Shea studied at The City College of New York where she earned her BA in Psychology. Ms. Shea has also earned her Master’s Degree of Science from Mercy College in Marriage and Family Therapy.   

Annebell has worked with a diverse population in New York City Public schools as a one-on-one paraprofessional with children with varying diagnoses ranging from BED (Behavior Emotional Disturbed) and SED (Severe Emotional Disturbed) and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis. Ms. Shea has also worked with Children on the Autism Spectrum with modalities such as ABA Applied Behavior Analysis supplying positive reinforcement to enhance and promote effective ways to perform self-regulated behaviors.  Ms. Shea has experience working for a Teen Pregnancy Prevention program where she facilitated individual and group sessions, covering topics such as self-esteem, and effective communication skills, amongst other related workshops of the teens choosing. Ms. Shea has worked in the Foster Care system for over 17 years helping families engage in strength based interventions, supervising family visits  and advocating for reunification during court proceedings.

Ms. Shea is versed in using trauma-focused and strengths-based modalities to help encourage and empower families to change their narratives through coaching, taking responsibility for positive outcomes, and advocacy. Ms. Shea engages in modalities such as Solution Focus, Narrative, Music, and Art Therapy to engage couples, school-aged individuals, and families. Ms. Shea believes that healing should begin from the inner self which can help to transcend one’s outward appearance. Ms. Shea believes that everyone should experience real love, be heard and understood and have meaningful long-lasting relationships. Everyone has stuff, her role as a clinician is to show up and help individuals unpack, re-learn and re-connect. 

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Marie Magloire, MFT-LP Associate Clinician

Specialty: Marriage and Family Therapy

Reaching out for help can be difficult, whether related to adjusting to life events, stressful situations, dealing with intense emotions, relationship problems. I hope to help you feel comfortable in developing a trusting relationship in an atmosphere where you feel acknowledged and understood, and to work with you in gaining skills to cope with difficulties you are experiencing. My goal is to help you realize your strengths and positive attributes, to gain the power to make changes you need or to cope with the things you cannot change, and to find ways to bring hope and contentment to your life.

Choosing a therapist that you feel comfortable with is a very important part of the process in beginning therapy. I hope to make that process easier by developing a positive therapeutic relationship to help you begin your journey in dealing with the difficulties you may be experiencing. I hope to explore your story with you through a narrative approach and help you gain the power you need to make the change. 

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Maryan Nasr, MFT-LP Associate Clinician

Specialty: Marriage and Family Therapy

Reaching out for help can be difficult, whether related to adjusting to life events, stressful situations, dealing with intense emotions, relationship problems. I hope to help you feel comfortable in developing a trusting relationship in an atmosphere where you feel acknowledged and understood, and to work with you in gaining skills to cope with difficulties you are experiencing. My goal is to help you realize your strengths and positive attributes, to gain the power to make changes you need or to cope with the things you cannot change, and to find ways to bring hope and contentment to your life.

Choosing a therapist that you feel comfortable with is a very important part of the process in beginning therapy. I hope to make that process easier by developing a positive therapeutic relationship to help you begin your journey in dealing with the difficulties you may be experiencing. I hope to explore your story with you through a narrative approach and help you gain the power you need to make the change.

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Crystal Angerville, LMHC Clinical Supervisor

Specialty: Mental Health Counseling

I have a background in treating individuals, with serious mental illness, substance use disorders, domestic violence issues and other mental health concerns like anxiety and depression.

As a clinician, my philosophy has always been to meet my patients wherever they are at. If you are not sure where to begin that is perfectly OK we can figure it out together and take things one session at a time! I believe in working collaboratively while using a CBT for my treatment approach. I like to focus on thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

My goal is to accomplish what it is you want to get out of therapy with me so if that is to process trauma, cope with anxiety or depression or mend relationships I want to be that support to help you achieve those goals.

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Joey Suk Hyun Hahm, MHC-LP Associate Clinician

Specialty: Mental Health Counseling

Life throws us more than a few curveballs amid all the twisting and turning in our journey. Because we are all human, we can feel discouraged at some point, but there is no shame in feeling that way. In my volunteering mission excursions to Delmas, Haiti; Monterey; Mexico; San Jose, Costa Rica; and other countries, I have encouraged many with trauma, anxiety, and depression, among other conditions.

We’ll take a deep dive at the past and present thinking patterns to find the trauma and decide where you want to direct your life. I am confident that we can forge a path unique for you through a fusion of cognitive behavioral and Adlerian approach.

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Linda Edwards, MHC-LP Associate Clinician

Specialty: Mental Health Counseling

Hi! I am Linda Edwards and I am a Mental Health Counselor on a limited permit (MHC-LP) with a Master of Science in Education.  I work with adults and couples with various challenges such as: addiction recovery, depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma. I prioritize creating a safe environment, where clients are encouraged to express themselves freely; and in a practical way. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Psychodynamic Therapy and Brief Solution Focused Therapy to assist the client with these challenges, identify triggers, and explore the potential for solutions. My approach varies depending what the client is facing, however extremely transparent as to expressing intentions towards our treatment plan. I aspire to build awareness towards improvement in overall mental health. I look forward to working together as a team!

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Keshia Francis, LCAT, ATR-BC Clinician and Creative Arts Supervisor

Specialty: Creative Arts Therapy

I am a licensed and board-certified creative arts therapist with over a decade of experience providing individual and group therapy to those most in need. In addition, I have provided clinical supervision to creative arts therapy students in practicum and internship placements.

Taking the steps to find the right therapist can be a journey. Although it can be intimidating, you have taken the courageous step to put yourself first and focus on what’s best for you. I have experience working with those who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction and many other life challenges. Therapy takes work and accountability. We will use that time to develop insight, identify positive coping skills and build understanding and awareness. My theoretical approach is person-centered and holistic allowing you to take the lead in your wellness.

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right words to express what we’re going through. Art therapy may be beneficial. Through the creative process you are able to utilize a variety of materials to express internal thoughts. Don’t worry, no prior art skills are required. I believe in creating a safe and supportive environment where we will work together to expand on self-exploration and expression. Whether you choose traditional verbal/talk therapy, art therapy or a combination of both, each session is tailored to your preference and goals. This is your time to be heard, improve self-awareness and build empowerment

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Najah Abdul-Qawiyy, CAT-LP Associate Clinician

Specialty: Creative Arts Therapy

I am Black muslim women from New York. I have my limited I have my Bachelors in Psychology with Minors in East Asian Studies, Chinese and Studio Art from CUNY – College of Staten Island. Along with my Masters in Creative Arts Therapy Counseling from Hofstra University. I have done research on the impact of art therapy on Black American Muslims along with other research topics.

Additional I have worked with populations such as in patient psych, geriatrics, families in homeless shelters, rehab patients and individuals who are victims of domestic violence. I have gained these experiences with various populations through my work as crisis counselor, mental health worker and case manager in my past career. I currently work with families recommended by the ACS system as a Child Parent Psychotherapist.

I practice around a person centered and child parent psychotherapy approach by incorporating my patients needs and concerns around their desire goals and outcomes. Along with trauma focused worked and engagement with mindfulness.I specialize in art therapy and providing mental health support and healing through art and creativity.

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Stephanie Davidar MHC-LP Associate Clinician

Specialty: Mental Health Counseling

I am a mental health counselor who specializes in working with young adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, tough transitions, and trauma. While my overall approach to therapy is person-centered, I tend to integrate into sessions CBT, IPT, psychodynamic, and a touch of Adlerian, ACT, and narrative. While some problems have easy solutions, some do not. I tend to adapt my therapeutic modality based on that. I am also  neurodiversity-affirming and incorporate intersectionality into my work.

My philosophy is that clients are collaborative in their treatment. While I have a major role and will not be passive in treatment, I acknowledge that clients have expertise in their own right. I know that for a lot of people, starting to attend therapy is tough. There is a lot of power in having a space to open up and I hope I can provide that space.

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Marisa Zarczynski CAT-LP Associate Clinician

Specialty: Creative Arts Therapy

I earned my Bachelors in Sociology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. and her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy & Creativity Development from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. I have multiple academic and art publications. My approach to Psychotherapy and Art Therapy is means to explore the connection between mind and body that can be verbal and non-verbal. Being an individual born and raised in New York City, I understand how stressful city life can be on top of additional stressors in one’s personal life. 

 My personal approaches to therapy are flexible to the needs of my clients. I utilize art therapy, psychotherapy, and motivational interviewing techniques, always with client-centered and trauma informed care in mind. My therapy approach is informed by ten years of therapeutic related work experience in hospitals and major non-profits in New York City. Patients and clients have included all age ranges with dynamic, diverse backgrounds, and widely varied diagnoses.

 I describe my approach to therapy as meeting with a client to initiate a path towards setting healthy goals and creating a safe space to explore problematic behaviors or diagnoses. I firmly believe it is possible to progress with clients towards their needs in the moment. I understand how our past can affect our present in the mind and the body, so it can be beneficial working towards active changes in behavior or ways of thinking. These active changes are intended to meet the client’s short and long-term goals. The choosen goals reflect the client’s idea of how they define their ‘best self’, not the therapists. My goal is to provide complete empathetic support to discover positive life changes for a client.

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Adrian Kwiatkowski, MFT-LP Associate Clinician

Specialty: Marriage and Family Therapy

Pursuing your full potential is a noble goal, and sometimes it can feel overwhelming, unrealistic, and frustrating. Getting motivated to overcome obstacles, whether it’s on your own or with those closest to you, can be challenging when you find yourself taking action that doesn’t feel meaningful. Does this pursuit have to be a meandering and unproductive process? I believe this pursuit can be an adventure, one where a strong foundation for your values can be built to propel you towards your goals. I specialize in providing support to adults and young adults struggling with anxiety, low self-esteem, ADHD, and relationship issues. As a son of immigrant parents, I am also familiar with the pressures that can come from fulfilling a specific role and expectations for one’s family. My approach to treatment involves collaboration and creating a tangible plan for how to make continuous progress. I believe in creating an inclusive space that encourages curiosity, insight, and self-development. I strive to help my clients make meaningful choices and positive changes in their lives. I utilize a combination of evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and the Gottman Method.
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Daniel Neil, MHC-LP Associate Clinician

Specialty: Mental Health Counseling

As humans we all experience our own individual wellness. My goal is to enlighten, empower, and motivate all individuals I work with to move towards their own optimal level of wellness. Through collaborative efforts in understanding the connection between different areas of wellness, we are able to explore which area of your wellness is most compromised. In doing so, we will have the opportunity to explore coping skills that are effective in maintaining an appropriate level of wellness in all areas of life. I value the therapeutic relationship we will build along the way, and instill a high level of trust within our sessions. 

I am a compassionate, empathetic, and charismatic therapist who utilizes the wellness model based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness in order to tailor each session towards your needs. My unique style of therapy allows me to work with nearly any individual that is motivated to take the necessary steps needed to live their best lives to its maximum capacity, as all individuals are affected by their own individual wellness. I have a wide range of experience working with individuals of varying ages and disabilities including autism and other behavioral disabilities, mood disorders, anxiety, couples and family interventions, and substance abuse. 

I am excited to learn the stories of those I am privileged to work with, and even more excited to explore wellness with you! 

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Brittin Milenkovic, MHC-LP Associate Clinician

Specialty: Mental Health Counseling

I am a Mental Health Counselor-Limited Permit with experience in bipolar disorder, crisis intervention and substance abuse counseling. I work with adults and children who are seeking to make a change for positive outcomes whether big or small.  I believe that the clients I serve deserve to feel good and by taking the necessary steps for that change to occur. 

It isn’t easy to admit our flaws and the fact you are reaching out to seek assistance is brave in itself. It tells me that you are seeking change. I’d like to work with you in partnership to help process your healing and to produce positive outcomes. Nothing changes if nothing changes and you contacting me is the first step!! 

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Rhea Porter, PhD, MFT-LP Associate Clinician

Specialty: Marriage and Family Therapy

My name is Dr. Rhea Porter and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist with a background in childhood trauma and victim-survivor advocacy. I have a passion for helping individuals, couples, and families succeed through therapeutic interventions that enhance emotional and mental wellness. 

The areas in which I specialize include depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship conflict. Examining the effects of existing and past relationships with parents, siblings, partners, friends, etc. will help to gain the insight needed to get to the root of emotional imbalance. As a victim services advocate, I have had the experience of helping clients to navigate the various challenges precipitated by traumas that can impact mental health. 

I see therapy as a partnership between the client and the therapist. If you or someone you love is looking for a safe space to speak openly about challenging situations without judgment, then we would make a great partnership. My therapeutic approach is tailored to the client’s specific needs and integrates several approaches including psychodynamic, humanistic, family systems, strengths-based, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). 

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Michaela Laird, CAT-LP, R-DMT Associate Clinician

Specialty: Dance and Movement Therapy

Hi! I am Michaela Laird and I am a certified dance/movement therapist. I received my masters in 2021 from Sarah Lawrence College and have since worked with a diverse population of people with varying diagnoses i.e. substance use disorder, anxiety, depression, bipolar, personality disorders, schizophrenia and more within a rehabilitation facility and an inpatient psychaitric center. I use a person-centered, strengths-based approach that integrates dance/movement therapy techniques rooted in psychotherapy.

Within my practice I aim to provide a non-judgemental space for clients to explore ways to navigate through the day to day struggles, to rediscover themselves, process held trauma, and develop deeper connections. Together we can find a path to healing through not just our minds but our bodies as well. Do you find yourself constantly overwhelmed? Are you struggling with back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain or other physical pain from all the stress you’re going through? You’re not alone. Reach out and let me be there to support you. Let me act as your compass as you set out on your journey to healing.

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Ericka Stanley, LMSW Associate Clinician

Specialty: Clinical Social Work

I want to extend a hearty, hello! I also want to commend you for taking this courageous, first step towards a better version of yourself. My name is Ericka. I’m a Licensed Master Social Worker. My previous experience working at the Staten Island Justice Center has provided me with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with mandated clients, who struggle with mental health disorder and substance misuse concerns and display a sense of resistance. I also have a history of working in the Foster Care system, giving me hands-on experience working with adults, adolescents, children, individuals, and families.  

I’m committed to creating a safe therapeutic space that is customized to the client’s current needs. My therapy approach is versatile and therefore, can be used with various ethnicities, cultural groups, and populations. I believe that providing a safe space for clients to exercise autonomy over their lives creates a healthy client and therapist relationship. My therapeutic style predominantly focuses on talk therapy, using theories and interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in all treatment modalities. I believe that CBT can promote self-confidence, help with identifying and changing unhealthy habits of thinking, and assist individuals to foster healthier relationships.  

Together I want us to develop a therapeutic space that is full of humor and laughter, and appropriate sharing of relatable experiences. As a team, we will utilize various skills and techniques to dive deep into past and current trauma that keeps you stagnate, identify triggers, and then work through these triggers, and discover or reestablish confidence and self-awareness to get you back on track to what you consider to be the best version of yourself. The work we do together will be challenging at times, but I want you to know that I’m fully committed to encouraging and supporting you through this process. I believe you can take the steps to progress and thrive. I ask that you allow me the opportunity to assist you in taking these next steps.  

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Juliana Trujillo, LCAT Associate Clinician

Specialty: Creative Arts Therapy

I’m an open-minded and compassionate therapist. I believe in the power of authentic communication as a tool to help us live fulfilling and free lives. In our therapeutic alliance, we will be working together to meet your goals.
I am trained to provide verbal and creative arts psychotherapy. We can explore the creative part based on your comfort level, without any pressure. The idea is that creativity and expression exist as tools to support our process in therapy. When we feel called or it feels right.
A big part of my work has been to help my clients navigate their life experiences and relationship issues through expressive and ancestral healing practices. I am also passionate about working with people who feel called to explore their healing through indigenous plant ceremonies.
It is my desire to provide you with an environment where you can be exactly who you are. So we can explore and grow together. May we get to know each other based on that intuitive spark you felt to reach out to me. This space is where the ancient meets the modern with lots of love and curiosity.
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Nathaniel Troupe, MHC-LP Associate Clinician

Specialty: Mental Health Counseling

Suffering alone should never be an option. My purpose is to help improve your quality of life. I provide a safe judgment-free space, where support is provided, where you can achieve the life, you desire. I utilize different theoretical approaches to meet the needs of clients that are evidence-based. Respect, validation, and empathy are some of the things that I provide, when assisting clients to feel self-empowered to make the changes necessary to live a happy, successful, and meaningful life. My experience includes working with children and families, at-risk youth, and the substance abuse and geriatric populations. I look forward to working with those that want to navigate the challenges in their lives. 
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