Meet our Staff

Samantha Maresca, LMHC

Life can be difficult and overwhelming at times; however, you do not have to experience it or work through it alone. Taking the first step in asking for help is a courageous one and I will meet you where you are in your process. I believe in creating a safe and nonjudgmental space to collaboratively help you develop an understanding of your challenges and identify action steps in working toward desired change and enhancing overall quality of life. I utilize an integrative approach tailored upon your individualized needs through evidenced-based practices. I have worked with a wide range of age groups in both inpatient and outpatient settings presenting with various challenges including mood and anxiety disorders, life transitions, trauma, perinatal and parenting issues, and interpersonal conflicts. In addition, I have received intensive training in and specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and EMDR.

Brittany Hagemann, LMHC

I believe therapy is a place where one can facilitate their growth. I am an integrative therapist that uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, which are personalized and tailored to each client. I offer a relaxed, supportive, non-judgmental environment where you will be able to express yourself, explore coping skills and receive positive feedback. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. I maintain a supportive yet direct approach, in which clients and I jointly identify problems, create goals, and develop a treatment plan to reach those goals.  Myareas of specialization include anxiety, depression, anger management, vocational related stress, relationship issues, and adjustment issues.  Together we can help you make the changes you desire.

Stephanie LaPenta, LMHC
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 6 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families with various behavioral, mental health and relational issues. I provide services in both English and Spanish. I treat a multitude of disorders, but specialize in treating anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, ADHD/behavioral issues, mood disorders, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders. In my clinical work, I will utilize Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, Dialectical Behavioral Techniques, and Mindfulness Skills to best suit my client. Many of the clients I have worked with have benefited from these approaches and have learned how to lead happier and more productive lives.

*Provides Services in Spanish and English

Heather Quinn, LMHC

With any concern, I work with the client and at times, their family, to develop an individualized plan for treatment. I work with clients facing a variety of mental health concerns including, but not limited to ADHD, ODD, anxiety, OCD, depression, trauma, and behavioral dysregulation. I also specialize in working with individuals/families experiencing serious illness or medical issues. I work with my clients to develop and implement coping strategies to improve their emotional and behavioral wellbeing.

In addition, I have experience guiding parents through the process of having their child evaluated to receive an Individualized Education Program (IEP) as well as providing them with the tools necessary to improve child and parent communication.  Together, we can overcome challenges so that you can create the life you want to live.  I look forward to working with you!

Patricia Ramjohn, LMHC
I am passionate about my work as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor; because it allows me the opportunity to help many incredible, resilient people reach their fullest potential. I graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and an Advanced Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Manhattan College. My experience includes individual and group counseling with adults, children, and adolescents. I believe that compassion, understanding, and trust are important to the therapeutic process. I utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities, according to the client's individual needs.

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Danielle Berger, LMHC, Clinical Supervisor

I understand how difficult it can be to take that step in pursuing therapy. If you are feeling stuck and would like to make a change in your life, I am here to help. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who will provide a warm, supportive and safe environment to allow you to feel heard. I use an eclectic approach which will be tailored to fit your needs since every individual is unique. I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults of all backgrounds, as well as couples. I will remain supportive and empathetic, to allow you to navigate life’s transitions and overcome interpersonal challenges. Some of my specialties include working with people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship issues, and self esteem.

Kim Miller, LMHC

I am an experienced Licensed Mental Health Counselor who believes everyone deserves happiness and personal peace. This is not always easy to come by, but therapy can help. I work with teens and adults, and provide a safe place for my clients to examine their past, understand their personal responsibilities, and uncover possibilities for their future. My counseling approach is person-centered - I meet you where you are, and together, we navigate your way to a better future. I use empathy, humor and directness to help you along your journey. My clients have described me as "warm", "down to earth", "helpful", and "easy to talk to". I believe I can help you. Let's get started!

Christina Colon, LMHC

Making the leap to find the right therapist, setting goals to improve your life and letting yourself be vulnerable to make those changes are brave tasks. As a therapist, I prioritize creating a supportive and nonjudgmental space to help you to explore emotions, gain insights, learn coping strategies, and to work towards improving overall quality of life.

I believe in utilizing an integrative and client-centered approach in an effort to best meet your needs.  I have worked with clients in both inpatient and outpatient settings with various diagnoses and goals. I have completed intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy training through Behavioral Tech LLC, level one and two EMDR training, as well as advanced training in the treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders through Postpartum Support International.

Ana Velasquez, LMHC

I am a bilingual counselor with clinical experience working with adolescent and adults with both addiction and mental health disorders. My goal is to provide the most effective treatment possible for men, women and adolescents through the use of person centered techniques including motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy. I pride myself in being innovative, creative and flexible to help my clients attain their personal treatment goals and set a strong foundation for future success.

*Provides Services in Spanish and English

Liz Carino, LMHC

My motivation to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor was to give people the opportunity to have support and a judgement free space as they begin to explore the challenges they are facing. My goal is to provide an environment for my clients to share and work through challenging times so that I can help make a difference in their lives. My background includes working in both a school and clinical setting. As a professional, I use a variety of approaches to ensure my clients learn and utilize skills they can take with them throughout the therapeutic process. My areas of focus have included working on anxiety, depression, and self-esteem. I look forward to the opportunity to help you navigate our world and to give you the tools you will need to be successful.

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with five years of counseling experience in schools, hospitals and agencies. I help children, adolescents, adults, and their families find the treatment they need so they can thrive. I use an eclectic, person-centered, strength based approach. I tailor the treatment process to fit each unique individual. As your therapist, I'll support you as you break down your barriers and grow to your fullest potential. Consider me a partner on your path to empowerment--listening to you, holding space for you, and encouraging you along the way. Whatever the obstacle, I'm here for you.

Marianne Castellana, LMHC

Samantha Potapchuk, MS

Taking the first step to begin therapy and find the right therapist can feel challenging and overwhelming. I am here to help ease those feelings and work with you to get you on the path to being happier and more successful in your life and relationships. I became a therapist because I believe that everyone deserves to have a full and meaningful life. I use a solution-focused, person centered, and strength based approach that can be modified and personalized to each individual client. I believe in building a strong therapeutic relationship and creating a completely safe, supportive, and accepting space to share, grow, and better process and understand your feelings and experiences. Whether you are going through a challenging time in your life, having difficulty in your relationships, at home, or at work, or feeling like you are stuck in a negative spot, I am here to help. We will work together to overcome challenges and set meaningful goals that will get you on the path to future success.

Melissa Ryan, LMHC

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. My expertise is working with adolescents and adults to manage and overcome their difficulties with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief/bereavement, life transitions, and interpersonal relationships. I’m a person-centered therapist. I have experience working with individuals who struggle with chronic and acute illnesses. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), solution-focused strategies, and mindfulness techniques to help my clients reach their goals. I believe that each experience in therapy is unique.My goal is to help my clients feel supported and understood. I prioritize making a safe space for my clients, as I understand this is an important first step in empowering clients to overcome their obstacles.

It can seem scary to talk to someone about your struggles in mental health. My goal is to create a safe, comfortable, and judgement-free environment for you to express your concerns. A space where we can work together to facilitate growth. I aim to build an empathic relationship for you to know that you are seen and heard. My experience working with children, adolescents, and adults from different cultural backgrounds has taught me that each of our cultures and experiences are unique and personal. As an Asian American myself, I value different cultural backgrounds and strive to work with your culture. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and strength-based approach to help you achieve your goals and find the best potential in yourself. Whatever challenging time you are going through, you’ve come to the right place. You are not alone; let’s work through it together!

*Provides Services in Korean & English

Jenny Park, MS

Raquel Fernandes, MS

I am a graduate of Long Island University - CW Post with my Masters in Mental Health Counseling. I have experience working with substance abuse and a variety of mental health disorders. I typically utilize different therapeutic techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and person-centered therapy to assist in guiding individuals throughout their therapeutic journey.

I believe that clients benefit from exploring their personal experiences and challenging their views to become more aware of how their inner world affects their daily lives. I am committed to creating a safe space for all individuals to feel heard.