Alexis is a mental health counselor (MHC-LP) with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marist College, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. John’s University. She has experience providing individual counseling to those of all ages with issues such as anxiety, depression, career and life transitions, and substance abuse and recovery. However, she also enjoys facilitating group counseling, where members have the opportunity to give and receive support to one another. She personalizes her therapeutic interventions to each individual’s needs, with emphasis on cognitive-behavioral techniques. Alexis offers an empathic, nonjudgemental, collaborative, and safe environment, as she believes a strong therapeutic alliance is the foundation for a successful working relationship. Alexis’s goal is to support and empower individuals to foster positive, healthy, and meaningful changes. In her free time, Alexis enjoys reading, listening to music, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.
Beth Patane MS, LCAT, ATR-BC, NCC is a Licensed Creative Art Therapist, a Registered and Board Certified Creative Art Therapist and a National Certified Counselor, with more than 20 years of experience. She is a member of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association and does Auricular Acupuncture. She grew up locally and obtained her Master's Degree from The College of New Rochelle. She offers Holistic, Psychotherapy rooted in Art Therapy. She does CBT, CCT and evidence-based verbal therapy and mindfulness.
Beth specializes in increasing self-esteem, confidence and self-awareness in children, teens and adults. She also specializes in grounding and coping skills for the management of anxiety. She helps clients “decode” nonverbal messages, symbols and metaphors in their artwork, leading to cognitive understanding and recognition of feelings and behaviors. Beth offers a judgment free zone and believes collaboration between therapists and parents is essential to ensure the emotional, mental and psychological well-being of the child. Even in her free time, Beth enjoys supporting and empowering the youth, on their journeys towards physical, social and spiritual well-being, volunteering as an Assistant Scoutmaster and a Religious Educator in her local church.
Camila (she/her/hers) is a licensed creative arts therapist (LCAT) with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults both in English and in Spanish. She has worked with people dealing with grief/loss, anxiety, depression, substance use, and acculturation. She has worked in schools, in-patient psychiatry, and private practice, working in collaboration to cultivate a therapeutic relationship to facilitate exploration of challenges and expanding on strengths. Working from a trauma focused, and social justice lens, she uses various methods such as CBT, mindfulness and creative expression to create a deeper understanding, and greater self-awareness.
Jaclyn is a Mental Health Counselor (MHC-LP) who received a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Iona University and obtained her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University. She has experience working with young adults and adults in individual and group settings with mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship and interpersonal struggles, stress, trauma, self-esteem, and substance use. Jaclyn utilizes a client-centered approach and incorporates several therapeutic modalities into her treatment, including dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Still, she believes in personalizing interventions to fit each client she works with. Jaclyn aims to provide her clients with a safe, supportive environment to identify and overcome the challenges that bring them to therapy. When she is not working, Jaclyn can be found cooking her favorite gluten-free and dairy-free recipes and spending time with her family.
Jessica Cervini (she/her/hers) is a licensed clinical social worker and a Level II Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She has extensive clinical experience treating complex trauma, PTSD, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. Jessica fosters a therapeutic environment that invites individuals to explore all facets of themselves with compassionate curiosity. Her approach is grounded in the belief that healing initiates when an individual feels seen and heard. Jessica is EMDR trained and guides the therapeutic process through an Internal Family Systems lens, in addition to applying an array of treatment modalities based on each person’s unique needs. She is also a registered yoga instructor and utilizes yoga in sessions when deemed clinically appropriate. In her free time, Jessica can be found browsing local bookstores, playing scrabble, practicing yoga, and hiking.
Over 15 years experience as a clinical art therapist (LCAT) and a yoga instructor. Clients include children and adolescents managing a range of needs such as depression, anxiety, adhd and oppositional defiance, children and teens recovering from traumatic brain injuries and other medical issues, families experiencing acute and long term medical crisis, as well as adults needing support during life’s transitional stages. Common themes addressed in therapy sessions are: depression, anxiety, working though traumas, managing stress before, during and through the Covid-19 pandemic, relationships, grief, and the general search for life’s meaning.
Into the art making process, I weave elements of my regular yoga practice, supplementing the Art Therapy experience with relaxation techniques, visualization, meditation, breath work and gentle, accessible movement when desired, applicable and useful.
Jodi Wattel (she/her/hers) is a licensed (LCAT) and board certified (ATR-BC) creative arts therapist in New York. She has been practicing for 13+ years. For the past 11 years she began and supervised the art therapy program in a private school for autism located on Long Island. Her students ranged from ages 3-21. Jodi previously spent time on the executive board of the New York Art Therapy Association (NYATA) serving as both president elect and president. In addition, she also enjoys presenting professional trainings for therapists and caregiver/family support. She uses a combination holistic and mindful practices to assist her clients in areas such as caregiver burnout; chronic illness; anxiety and depression; mental illness; peri-natal and post-natal mental health and PDDs.
Kayla is a mental health counselor (MHC-LP) with over 5 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, mood disorders and more. Kayla’s approach is guided by cognitive behavioral therapy and involves collaboration, authenticity, empathy, and humor to build a genuine therapeutic relationship. She believes in providing you with a supportive space where you can be your true self without judgment. Kayla’s goal is to help you find the empowerment to reach meaningful growth and change. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her husband and son.
Kat Sayegh (MS, MPS, LP-CAT) is an art therapist who works with children, adolescents
and adults. She specializes in sport and exercise psychology, mental performance, athletic
injuries, physical and medical trauma, chronic illness and anxiety reduction.
Kat received her MPS in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute,
and an MS in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Lock Haven University. She is experienced in
providing support to children survivors and witnesses of domestic violence, adolescents in
school settings, young adults coping with academic and pandemic stressors, adult oncology
patients, children and adults with chronic illness and medical trauma, as well as athletes and
Her care is individualized to meet the needs of her clients in a safe, supportive, and
judgement-free space. Kat utilizes a variety of tools such as art making, creative expression,
board games, mindfulness, and CBT techniques.
Mingshu Sun (she/her/hers) is a Mental Health Counselor (MHC-LP) with a passion for working
with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. She completed her Master’s in
mental health counseling at Fordham University. She has experience providing compassionate care to a diverse range of patients representing the entire lifespan (children, adolescents, adults, and elderly), who struggle with various psychological challenges, including adjustment difficulties, grief, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Her therapeutic approach is person-centered and humanistic. She integrates various modalities to engage and support her clients, including cognitive behavioral, acceptance and commitment, and dialectical behavior therapy approaches. Mingshu works collaboratively with clients, tailoring her interventions to meet the client’s unique challenges and needs. She aims to create a safe and supportive environment where clients feel heard, understood, and validated.
Rene Taylor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 20 years of experience providing therapy to clients struggling with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, career and life transitions. She believes that building a strong therapeutic alliance is essential to working successfully with clients and utilizes an integrated approach to uncovering unhealthy patterns of behavior while focusing on solutions to achieve mutually agreed upon goals. In her spare time, Rene enjoys reading, listening to music, dancing, cheering on her favorite sports teams, traveling, and spending time with her husband, three children and dog.
Sheliza has years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 9-26 in a school, home, and agency settings. She has experience utilizing de-escalation techniques specific to each individual she works with to best help them regulate their emotions. Sheliza focuses on behavior analysis to create interventions that better help her clients. Her areas of interest include grief and loss, coping with adversity, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and ADHD.
Sheliza’s goals are to empower her clients to embrace their full potential and to give hope and peace for their futures. Sheliza enjoys spending time with animals, making art, going to the gym, traveling, and reading a good book.
Valeria Koutmina, MPS, ART-BC, LCAT is a Creative Arts Therapist with over ten years of practice. Her career began working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. Val has since honed a multimodal and culturally sensitive approach to working with a wide variety of clients. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts Art Therapy Master's Program. Sensory integration, metaphor, narrative, humor and play have significant roles in the approach she brings to working with clients to improve self-awareness and trust, promote resiliency, and empower working toward well-being.