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Prescribers

CLICK TO MEET: Dr. Kingsley NwokejiMD
CLICK TO MEET: Reagan AnusionwuDNP, PMHNP-BC
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CLICK TO MEET: Dr. Amina HanifMD
CLICK TO MEET / BOOK: Vivetter Fletcher-Harriott PMHNP-BC, NP
CLICK TO MEET/BOOK: Justina A. Momah PMHNP-BC, CRNP-BC, DNP-c
CLICK TO MEET/BOOK: Aneela NazPMHNP-BC
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Therapists

CLICK TO MEET: Paul Triggs LCSW
CLICK TO MEET/BOOK: Samantha McGrew LCSW
CLICK TO MEET: Lauren Giwa LCSW
CLICK TO MEET: Coleman Pettway LMSW
CLICK TO MEET/BOOK: Sarah McKnight LMSW
CLICK TO MEET/BOOK: Tara Merchant LMHC
CLICK TO MEET/BOOK: Theodore Klein LMSW
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Dr. Kingsley Nwokeji

MD

Meet Dr. Kingsley

Dr. Kingsley Nwokeji is an Adult Psychiatrist. He is a member of the (i) American Association of Psychiatric Medicine and (ii) Royal College of Physicians, London, U.K. Dr. Nwokeji received his medical training from the University of Lagos Medical School, along with a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. He is also an Attending Psychiatrist at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center.

Dr. Nwokeji has vast experience working in a multitude of settings including inpatient, outpatient, and emergency rooms. His areas of interest are in treating Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as the chronic effects of trauma. Dr. Nwokeji offers both medication management and psychotherapy.

Reagan Anusionwu

DNP, PMHNP-BC

Meet Reagan

Reagan is a licensed, Board Certified Advanced Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 9+years’ experience in psychiatry. His areas of expertise include Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Psychosis, Bipolar Disorder, Impulsivity/aggression, and ADHD. Reagan provides psychotropic medication management in combination with a wide variety of psychotherapy techniques to help clients (Children to Adult) achieve and maintain optimal health.

In his 11 years in psychiatry, Reagan has come to a convincing understanding that in order to achieve optimal mental health state, feeling better is a treatment failure; rather FEELING WELL is the goal. The practice at SouthEnd Psychiatry & treatment modalities are guided by this very principle as Reagan utilizes the newest and safest guided evidence based-techniques.

Trudy-Ann Curate

PMHNP-BC

Meet Trudy-Ann

Trudy-Anne Curate is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner PMHNP-BC with six years of experience in psychiatry in settings such as inpatient and psychiatric emergency rooms. Trudy-Anne specializes in Mood disorders, Anxiety, Psychosis, and Post- traumatic Stress disorder PTSD. Trudy-Anne received her bachelor's Degree from Molloy College and master's from Hunter College.

Trudy-Anne's goal is to provide treatments to patients in a collaborative team-based approach to promote adherence. Trudy-Anne believes that patients will benefit not only from treatment reduction of symptoms but also from managing life stressors, which promotes resilience.

 

Vivette Fletcher-Harriott

PMHNP-BC, NP

Meet Vivette

Vivette Fletcher-Harriott is a board-certified advance family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC, NP). Vivette’s areas of expertise include Depressive Disorders, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder / Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD / ADD) and Mood
Disorders. Vivette received her Bachelor’s Degree from Molly College and her Master’s Degree from Hunter College. Vivette has over 9 years of experience in Psychiatry working in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings.

Vivette’s primary goal is to make a diagnosis and work with her patients to develop a management plan for their treatment and recovery. The treatment and modalities are guided by the principle of an overall wellness. Vivette works on the premise that “Mental illness is not a choice, but recovery is”. She brings empathy and passion to taking care of her patients and is constant and confident in her abilities.

Rukisha Hodge

M.S.N., PMHNP-BC

Meet Rukisha

Rukisha Hodge is a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to supporting her client’s efforts towards improving their mental health and wellness. It is my fundamental belief that in a supportive therapeutic environment, every client has the capacity to create the life they desire. Beginning with a comprehensive psychiatric assessment, including a psychodynamic analysis of a patient’s life experiences, Rukisha works with her clients to establish treatment goals. Rukisha utilizes medication management and evidence-based therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Humanistic-Existential Psychotherapy.

Rukisha earned a Master of Science from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The College of New Rochelle. She treats clients across the lifespan experiencing difficulties with major life transitions, adverse trauma responses, mood and anxiety disorders, and attentional problems. For almost a decade as a nurse, Ruskisha had the honor to work with clients from a variety of ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds in acute inpatient, residential, and community settings. Rukisha is committed to providing an empathetic, open-minded, and collaborative experience that fosters her clients’ sovereignty over their psychiatric care.

Talia Spruill

PMHNP-BC

Meet Talia

Talia Spruill began her professional career working as a psychiatric nurse at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Following completion of her master’s degree in Nursing with specialization in Psychiatry in 2016, Talia worked at St. Joseph’s Health Center at CPEP, then subsequently in outpatient mental settings. Talia is highly- experienced and board-certified with competencies in psychiatric evaluation, medication management, substance abuse treatment, assessments and treatments of acute psychiatric crises, and collaborations with the interdisciplinary team and community. Further, Talia assesses patients’ need for higher levels of care in considerations of potential discharges back into the communities. Talia is committed to providing an empathetic, open-minded, and collaborative experience that fosters her clients’ sovereignty over their psychiatric care.

Justina A Momah

DNP-S, PMHNP-BC, CRNP-BC

MEET JUSTINA

Justina A Momah is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and is currently enrolled at Wilkes University’s board certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and Doctoral Nursing degree. She attained a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the College of New Rochelle.  Justina Momah as a nurse practitioner is well experienced in both chronic and medical and surgical disease management. She has numerous clinical experiences with diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric mental disease including Depression, Anxiety Disorders, and ADHD.

In her 10 years of practice as a nurse practitioner, Justina has developed a mindset of holistic approach to render care to her patients. She believes that mental health care and awareness that is presented in mainstream media should focus on improving access and quality of care to the economically underserved patient population. Her primary goal during each patient encounter is to develop a trusting therapeutic relationship hence allowing both patient and provider to create a functional treatment and recovery plan.

In her spare time Justina is a personal lifestyle health and wellness fitness coach. She enjoys teaching high intensity cardio and strength fitness exercises as well as restorative yoga and meditation. She enjoys shopping at local organic farms and finds new paleo recipes to cook for her husband and kids.

Nnachi Mba

PMHNP-BC

MEET NNACHI

Nnachi Mba is a board certified psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner with over 3 years of experience working in various psychiatric settings and across adolescent, adult and geriatric age groups. He graduated from College of New Rochelle, NY, with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. He received his Masters’ Degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) from Hunter College (City University of New York), NY.  He has extensive work experience with patients coping with major depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, PTSD as well as a host of child-onset disorders such as ADHD, autism and other mental health issues. He is dedicated and patient-focused, and employs evidence-based practice coupled with good clinical judgement to promote the health recovery process of his patients in all psychiatric settings.  Nnachi believes that understanding patients’ needs requires proper assessment, active listening and effective collaborative effort.  As an attentive individual who likes to keep the pieces together, a career in mental health becomes a perfect fit for Nnachi’s personality. It allows him to use his empathy and compassion in a non-judgmental way to help his patient learn and manage their health conditions and live healthy lives.

Cordelia Ozigboh-Lee

DNP, PMHNP-BC

MEET CORDELIA

“Compassion starts with putting the person in front of the diagnosis”

Cordelia Ozigboh-Lee (Delia) is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse Practitioner with over 18 years of experience working in various psychiatric settings and across adolescent, adult, and geriatric age groups She graduated from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix with Bachelor’s in nursing. She received her 1st Masters’ degrees in Health systems administration from Brookline College of Nursing, Phoenix and later proceeded to National University, San Diego, to obtain her 2nd Masters in Mental Health. She later obtained her doctorate degree in nursing from Touro university. 

An extensive work experience in special areas such as substance abuse, Trauma, psychiatric ICU, active military groups, has prepared Delia to perform mental health evaluations for patients with major depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, PTSD, as well as a host of child-onset disorders such as ADHD, autism, Tourette, and a broader range of mental health issues. She is a dedicated and patient-focused PMHNP positioned to excel within any type of psychiatric setting.

She believes that understanding patients’ needs starts with active listening. As an attentive  individual who likes to keep the pieces together, a career in mental health becomes a perfect fit for her personality. It allows her to use her empathy and compassion in a non-judgmental way, to help people to learn to manage their condition and live a healthy life.

Emma Otieno

PMHNP-BC

MEET Emma

Emma Otieno (PMHNP-BC) is a Board -certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who is compassionate, detail-oriented and professionally driven to assist individuals and families overcome personal obstacles and achieving mental wellness. Emma is capable of assessing conditions and implementing appropriate interventions. She works well as part of a multi-disciplinary health care team, providing quality patient care while easily adapting to change. Emma is effective in providing health care independently and/or as part of a group. She is highly trustworthy, discreet, and ethical. She is equally skilled in therapeutic communication techniques, high-stress situations, and mental health services for under-privileged population. Emma works well with other professionals and specialists to intervene and stabilize patients while providing support.

Ony Momah

PA-C

MEET Ony

Ony is a compassionate and personable board-certified Physician Assistant with a wealth of experience spanning over 10 years. Throughout his career, Ony has worked in diverse medical healthcare settings, including inpatient and outpatient facilities.

Ony’s expertise lies in providing comprehensive care for medication management and psychotherapy. His wide-ranging knowledge extends to the treatment of various psychiatric illnesses, such as anxiety disorder, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Focusing on personalized care, Ony works with individuals aged 6 years and above. Collaborating closely with his clients and their families, he crafts tailored treatment plans to enhance the quality of life for each individual. Ony’s dedication to his patients is evident through his commitment to ongoing education and professional growth.

Ony earned his Physician Assistant Degree from SUNY DownState Health Center. His academic achievements reflect his commitment to delivering the highest standards of care.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Ony enjoys watching the sport he played professionally, football. He cherishes spending quality time with his loved ones. He loves participating in mentorship programs for aspiring future healthcare providers and novice student Physician Assistants. In addition, Ony enjoys exploring new destinations or indulging in the excitement that life has to offer. Additionally, Ony actively contributes to local charities, utilizing his time and resources to support the community’s well-being. He is a passionate advocate for mental health, striving to reduce stigma and promote awareness.

Aneela Naz

PMHNP-BC

Meet Aneela

Born with a passion for helping others, Aneela Naz pursued a career in healthcare and became a psychiatric nurse practitioner. With over 10 years of experience of working with patients, as a nurse practitioner she has treated a wide range of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD, among many others. Her patients have always been her top priority, and she approaches each case with compassion and care. She understands that every patient is unique and requires individualized treatment, and she takes the time to listen to their concerns and needs.

Justina A Momah

DNP-S, PMHNP-BC, CRNP-BC

Meet Justina

Justina A Momah is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and is currently enrolled at Wilkes University’s board certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and Doctoral Nursing degree. She attained a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the College of New Rochelle.  Justina Momah as a nurse practitioner is well experienced in both chronic and medical and surgical disease management. She has numerous clinical experiences with diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric mental disease including Depression, Anxiety Disorders, and ADHD.

In her 10 years of practice as a nurse practitioner, Justina has developed a mindset of holistic approach to render care to her patients. She believes that mental health care and awareness that is presented in mainstream media should focus on improving access and quality of care to the economically underserved patient population. Her primary goal during each patient encounter is to develop a trusting therapeutic relationship hence allowing both patient and provider to create a functional treatment and recovery plan.

In her spare time Justina is a personal lifestyle health and wellness fitness coach. She enjoys teaching high intensity cardio and strength fitness exercises as well as restorative yoga and meditation. She enjoys shopping at local organic farms and finds new paleo recipes to cook for her husband and kids.

Lauren Giwa

LCSW

Meet Lauren

Lauren believes that everyone faces difficulties throughout different stages in their life. And she believes that by beginning treatment that she and the client can develop the most appropriate plan of action to start them on the path of finding peace and solutions.

Lauren offers a strength based approach to assist clients in recognizing the skills and abilities that they already possess. Her practice seeks to provide services to individuals and families that request assistance. Lauren also takes a holistic approach to healing, which emphasizes the importance of a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Lauren specializes in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child-Parent Psychotherapy, with families, individuals and couples.

Lauren has supervisory and leadership experience in the non-profit sector as well as an extensive history in providing individual and group therapy, crisis interventions, and providing assessments for children and adults in an outpatient community mental health clinic to individuals with a variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Education

Lauren obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Buffalo State College, State University of New York and her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Lehman College, City University of New York.

Paul Triggs

LCSW

Meet Paul

Emerging Adulthood/Veterans Therapist

Paul Triggs is a Licensed Master Social Worker as well as an Emerging Adulthood & Veteran Therapist. Paul is a graduate of Hunter College with a master’s degree in social work. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and the creation of a work-life balance. Paul’s goal as a therapist is to help people realize their inner strengths and to discover their true power. Paul has worked with multiple different age groups from high school students to older adults. Furthermore, Paul is a 15-year U.S Air Force Veteran and is very involved in the Veterans community. Paul strives to assist Veterans and Young Adults alike to deal with challenges while exploring what makes them happy. We are currently in an unprecedented time and you deserve to treat your mental wellness as a priority – which Paul strives to help with.

Samantha McGrew

LCSW

Meet Samantha

Samantha is a high energy advocate and licensed clinician with substantial experience in behavioral and mental health therapy. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and helping to improve mental and emotional well-being. She has worked with people from various cultures, abilities and lived experiences. Samantha aims to meet you where you are, being sensitive to the diversity of the world we live in. Her counseling is person-centered and focused on maximizing self-determination in her clients. Moreover, Samantha’s goal is to engage and empower you to effect the kind of change that enhances quality of life.

Samantha has an extensive background in supporting those experiencing mental health crises, including safety assessment, psychosocial support and intervention, and linking to available resources. She has worked with those struggling with depression, anxiety, suicidal thinking, self-harm, and psychosis related diagnoses, with a goal to help improve their ability to live freely while thriving in their own communities.

With your permission, Samantha will work alongside you to gain a better understanding of the foundations underlying any psychiatric distress and offer support in developing goals to improve your ability to manage it. Samantha is compassionate and strives to create a safe, judgement-free space where you can speak openly about the challenges you face.

Coleman Pettway

LMSW

Meet Coleman

Coleman empowers families and individuals to overcome obstacles in life, to strengthen relationships and to improve personal communications. Coleman, equipped with a Master’s Degree in Social Work along with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, has over seven years of experience working with youths and families of varying demographics, especially in minority communities, to cope with trauma. Coleman sits on multiple committees focused on addressing trauma in urban communities, and Coleman is also a certified trauma trainer. As research has unequivocally demonstrated that trauma can have a significant impact on relationships and personal behavior, Coleman utilizes a trauma-focused approach to address challenges which individuals and families encounter in their quest for a healthy balance in life. Similarly, Coleman employs numerous therapeutic modalities in his practice, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Reality Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Essentially, Coleman’s approach is to pursue a person-centered trauma approach.

Sarah McKnight

LMSW

Meet Sarah

Sarah is an extremely passionate and caring individual who has always known that she wanted to embark on a career in a helping profession. She believes that each person is unique and tries to meet them where they are at. She believes in authenticity and transparency which aids in building a positive therapeutic relationship with her clients; as well as a holistic approach to treatment.

Sarah specializes in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Her experience includes, but is not limited to, working with individuals with developmental disabilities, borderline personality disorder, autism, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thinking. In her practice she has worked with adolescents, transition-aged youth, adults, and families, in both out-patient and school settings. She has facilitated connections with community-based resources, collaborated with interdisciplinary teams, navigating systems, and crisis management.

Sarah obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and continued on to receive a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California, where she majored in both mental health and military and families.

Tara Merchant

LMHC

Meet Tara

Tara is a person-centered, non-judgmental, relationship-based LMHC (licensed mental health counselor) who recognizes the intrinsic value of all people and holds positive regard for all her clients. Tara views counseling as a collaborative effort by providing psychoeducation and coping skills for the obstacles with which clients may be struggling, and clients provide insights as the experts on themselves. She believes that all thoughts, feelings and behaviors are interconnected, having valid underlying factors. Tara seeks to help clients connect the dots, from both past and present, to have a greater understanding of themselves and their environments. She also fosters a safe space for clients to identify and embrace their feelings toward emotional catharsis.

Tara received her Bachelor’s Degree from Purchase College, State University of NY, and her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University. She has an eclectic style that utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and psychodynamic modality. Tara aims to uphold cultural humility for ongoing learning and awareness that supports racial and social equity. She is experienced in working with relationship issues, anxiety, depression and child development.

Tara is a big proponent of self-care and encourages you to find whatever it is that fills your cup. She, for example, loves to watch TV and sing in her spare time.

Kristina Coleman

LMSW

Meet Kristina

Kristina is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) specializing in inter-generational trauma, anxiety, self-esteem, depression, life coaching, community reintegration, and family/relationship therapy. She is an influential leader within Child Welfare with over 12 years of experience in Foster Care, Juvenile Justice and Crisis Intervention. She has dedicated her career to helping children and families reunify and grow stronger together.

In her private practice, Kristina works with African Americans using an Inter-generational Trauma Treatment Model (ITTM) to address unhealthy cycles that have had a direct impact on self-esteem and goal achievement. She works with all populations but has an expertise in providing clinical and group therapy to older adolescents, LGBTQ and Teen Parents dealing with depression, co-parenting, self-esteem, anxiety and other behavioral issues.

Kristina uses a Patient Center Approach that uniquely combines both therapy and coaching together to help achieve maximum treatment success. She completed her SIFI (New York University) and obtained a certification in Children and Families services (Hunter College). She was recognized by Westchester County in 2021 as a nominee for the WOW award for her dedication and community service. Kristina continues to serve as a community advocate helping to address the disparities and stigma around mental health for people of color.

Education

Licensed Masters Social Worker – Hunter College Silberman School of Social Worker

Masters of Public Administration -Mercy College

Bachelors of Social Work -Mercy College

Theodore Klein

LMSW

Meet Theodore

Theodore, (you can call him Ted), is a person-centered and non-judgmental therapist who will work with your strengths to help you towards achieving your goals. Ted will assist you towards meeting your goals, and alleviating symptoms related to your mental health struggles and identifying and processing trauma. Ted utilizes an eclectic blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychoeducation, and other types of therapy, to create a two-way atmosphere for healing.

A graduate of The New School for his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences Touro College for his Master’s in social work, Ted is a Licensed Master’s of Social Work. He has worked with multiple populations, including substance use dependency, parole and probation, disabilities, and clinics. He can work with people who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Substance Use Disorders, Disabilities and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

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Vanessa Bruce-Miller

LMSW

Meet Vanessa

Vanessa Bruce-Miller is a Jamaican-born Queer woman. Vanessa’s pronouns are She and They.

Vanessa (Vee) is a skilled Metalsmith and Clinician with formal training in working with LGBTQ communities. She holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from CUNY Hunter College. Vanessa lives and works in New York, NY out of their studio apartment that they share with their 30+ plant children.

As a Therapist, Vanessa addresses an array of concerns including: racial distress, anxiety, spirituality, work distress, multicultural issues, trauma, and LGBTQ affirming care. She has two interests: (1) Somatic and mindfulness-based work within communities with complex identities (2) Utilizing the power of creativity and art making within sessions.

Vanessa’s identities have shaped their clinical interests; she knows first-hand the effects of oppression and the subsequent resilience that it takes to survive. The intersections of their identity have been integral in shaping their clinical interests in mindfulness, relational work, art therapy, spirituality, and somatic based interventions. As a result, Vee is deeply invested in seeing folks with intersecting identities thrive.

Johnice Gordon

LMSW

Meet Johnice

Johnice K. Gordon is a licensed master social worker with over 10 years of experience in social services. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La and later earned a Master of Social Work degree from Southern University at New Orleans. She has been assisting individuals and families address an array of concerns including anxiety, ADHD, depression, trauma, and other related issues. She works with adults, adolescents, and families. Her approach draws upon a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities that will be most helpful for each client.

Amarinder Bains

LMHC

Meet Amarinder

Amarinder graduated from Adelphi University with an undergraduate concentration in advanced psychological studies. She obtained a master’s degree through the University of Rochester’s Warner program for Mental Health Counseling. Amarinder has had various professional experiences which have expanded her knowledge and skills about working with individuals and their families. Amarinder’s experiences further have shaped her view that strength, courage, professionalism, and authenticity, along with knowledge and compassion, can play a huge role in building meaningful relationships with clients. These relationships instill trust within the family, and that is when great work is accomplished. Amarinder has also trained in both TF-CBT and DBT which she utilizes in sessions with clients as needed.

Evan Baker

LCSW

Meet Evan

Overcoming mental health issues is fundamental for the success of all human beings. However, we often equate mental health services as something that is unusual and necessary only in extreme
circumstances. In fact, ignoring daily triggers that cause mental health issues is what leads to unusual circumstances. It is Evan Baker’s goal to help you to address the daily stressors caused by present, past or future events in a way that empowers you to overcome stressors. Evan has a strong record of success
not just working with incarcerated people at Rikers Island, but also with many other people with varied issues as well. Evan has helped all his clients to overcome some of the harshest circumstances society
has thrown at them. Regardless of economic status or any other social status, your stressors are real and overcoming them is not only possible, but it will happen with help from Evan.

Racheal Ilgner

LCSW

Meet Racheal

Racheal Ilgner is an American-Guyanese queer-identifying woman.

Racheal is a Licensed Master Social Worker who has dedicated her life to helping individuals meet their fullest potential. Racheal utilizes a strengths-based perspective, as she is passionate about helping individuals unveil their greatness and apply it to everyday life. Racheal specializes in solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, crisis intervention and psychotherapy while incorporating artistic/narrative expression across modalities.

Racheal has worked with clients suffering from post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia and substance abuse. Racheal also extends her care to homeless youth and adults, LGBTQI community, geriatric, and ASD populations.

Racheal obtained her Bachelors in Sociology at York College, City University of New York and her Masters in Social Work at Touro University.






Christine Friday

LMSW

Meet Christine

Christine is a Licensed Social Worker who has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has prior experience in ABA/Early Intervention, school-based Social Work, Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Anxiety, and Depression. She specializes in person-centered therapy, strengths-based approach, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Tashawna Moore

LMSW

Meet Tashawna

Tashawna demonstrates compassion, empathy, a non-judgmental atmosphere, and a safe space. She believes guidance and support will assist with navigating life stressors and complex issues. Tashawna offers strength-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy, stress management & mindfulness techniques, and motivational interviewing.

Tashawna has a vast set of experience working in non-profit sectors. She has led a supervisory role and line staff positions. She has experience working with severe mentally-ill adults, juveniles, intellectually disabled adults, and families dealing with episodic homelessness. She has worked in various settings such as residential treatment and outpatient treatment.

Tashawna has worked with diverse populations that have current and past trauma histories, suffering from depression, anxiety, and co-occurring disorders. She has provided individual counseling, group work, and training staff for professional development. She offers supportive services and optimal care.

Kimar Clarke

LMSW

Meet Kimar

Kimar is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who has worked with individuals and groups in substance abuse, conflict resolution, anxiety and depression. He has worked extensively with incarcerated individuals of all ages and genders for over 14 years.  Kimar has also worked in clinical teams to create behavioral and treatment plans for individuals on the autism spectrum.  Kimar volunteers with non-profit agencies to prevent violence in urban neighborhoods. He has a patient inclusive approach to therapy.

Kimar received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from LeMoyne College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University.  Kimar has been a Licensed Master Social Worker since 2017.

Patricia Florvil

LMSW

Meet Patricia

Patricia is a Queer identifying person of Haitian descendent. Educational training includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston and a Master of Social Work from Fordham University. Direct Practice training in crisis environments with concentration on accessible care for marginalized communities. Patricia curates healing spaces that empowers an authentic sense of self. Her clinical approach is collaborative in nature using wholistic theories. The foundation of her work focuses on affirming in every moment and reframing realities with your chosen energy. Helping you harness and transform to heal from hurt. Patricia specializes in Breathing and Mindfulness, Intersectionality of oppressive identities, complex trauma, Anxiety, Depression and Restorative Justice

Kenyan Thornell

LMSW

Meet Kenyan

Kenyan Thornell is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) with several years of clinical experience. He graduated from Hunter College and specializes in individual counseling, parenting, and family therapy. He has worked with children and young adults, along with their parents and families for more than twenty years.

Kenyan knows that life can be hard and overwhelming at times and it helps to talk with someone in a safe and private space. He also believes that it helps when you are not judged and the listener helps you mindfully to find ways to makechange and improve your life—which summarizes his approach to patient care.

The strength and evidence-based practices he uses include Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Collaborative Problem Solving, as well as Client-centered Trauma Care.

In his words: “I am here for you. We will work together to identify your strengths, concerns, and challenges. We will find solutions that are practical and realistic, one step at a time.”

April Eldridge

LMSW

Meet April

April Eldridge is Licensed Master Social worker with a Master’s degree from Salisbury University. As a Psychotherapist, April has expertise in Cognitive behavioral therapy, Dialectical behavior therapy, Solution Focused, Person-Centered, and Strengths-Based Therapy. April equally has experience treating a range of mental health issues, including Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment, Family Relationships, Stress, Work/Life Balance, Anger, Significant trauma and Grief. She is certified in trauma therapy with a focus on childhood trauma. Most importantly, April is committed to helping her clients heal. With April’s support, you’ll receive an honest, therapeutic relationship built on trust, respect and a personalized plan to help you achieve your goals.

April works with people of all ages and provides a safe, non-judgmental space where you can develop healthier habits and live a happier, healthier life. April will understand that you may be going through a difficult time and are seeking support. April wants to assure you that you’re not alone & that she is here to listen and support you. April is committed to showing you compassion and understanding as she works with you on your journey to healing & personal growth.

Kemesha Shorter

LCSW

Meet Kemesha

Kemesha is a licensed clinician with experience in behavioral and mental health therapy in outpatient and correctional settings. She has over eight years of experience working with various ages from young adults to seniors. Kemesha has worked with individuals with dual diagnoses (mental health and substance use disorders), psychosis, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, family issues, and self-esteem issues. Kemesha utilizes a strength-based perspective with therapy pulling from Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive
Behavior Therapy, and Narrative Therapy (role play). She has experience conducting mental groups, individual therapy, discharge planning, and behavioral and treatment plans. Kemesha received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of South Florida in Social Work. She is looking forward to helping you work towards achieving your treatment goals.

Rupert Pearson

LMSW

Meet Rupert

Dr. Pearson’s extensive skillset includes counseling, consulting, relationship management, and process improvement. He excels in interpersonal communication, active listening, and rapport building, ensuring detailed and compassionate care. With a strong technical proficiency in tools such as Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, and Teams, Dr. Pearson combines his clinical expertise with technological acumen. Educationally, Dr. Pearson holds a Doctor of Social Work from the University of Southern California, a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University, and additional degrees in Business Administration and Psychology. Licensed as a Master Social Worker in New York, Dr. Pearson is also a certified CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor and holds various certifications in crisis intervention, incident investigation, and quality leadership. As a member of prestigious organizations such as the International Federation of Social Workers and the National Association of Social Workers, Dr. Pearson embodies a commitment to excellence in social work and therapeutic practice. His impressive career reflects a tireless dedication to improving the well-being of individuals through compassionate care, leadership, and a steadfast commitment to therapeutic excellence.

Vanessa Newchurch

LCSW

Meet Vanessa

Vanessa brings her knowledge, wisdom, & experience in working with families on a holistic level. She believes in treating the entire family system by providing psychoeducation on mental health & generational trauma particularly in black and brown communities via Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused & Psychodynamic Therapies.

She is also passionate about working with fatherless daughters in helping them to increase their self-esteem, self-worth, and heal from rejection & abandonment. Vanessa loves hosting community-based workshops to foster healthy relationships between fathers and daughters. She has been also successful in implementing this approach during family therapy.
Her overall approach is strength-based as she believes you can always find the positive in a person and situation and use those attributes to overcome and move forward.

Vanessa has been a Licensed Masters Social Worker who has worked in the field for over 15 years. She obtained her Master’s Degree from Fordham University in New York City. She studied Social Work with a specialization in Social Work & The Law as her passion has always been to work with the juvenile population.

Sarah Lefry

LMSW

Meet Sarah

Sarah Lefry is a trauma informed licensed professional counselor who has her MSW from Adelphi University. Sarah has experience providing trauma-informed CBT counseling services to a variety of individuals in patient care settings. Sarah has training in particular in trauma-
informed care and utilizes a collaborative and compassionate approach to counseling in an effort to foster hope, healing, and resilience in the community. Sarah enjoys helping others using a strength-based approach’s and integrating various treatment therapies to best meet the
needs and goals of her clients. She aims to empower her clients to create space, balance, time , and strength to process their needs and flourish in their communities.

Sophia Bianca

LMSW

Meet Sophia

Sophia (she/her) received her Master’s degree in Social Work
from Widener University. Her professional interests include working with children, adolescents, families, adults and members of the LGBTQIA community to build resiliency, safety, and a sense of peace within themselves. Sophia specializes in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma. Sophia utilizes a combination of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Affirmative CBT and Solution-Focused therapy depending on the needs of the individual. Additionally, Sophia specializes in working with the LGBTQIA children, adults and their families. Sophia did her post-graduate
work at the University of Toronto learning the first Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for LGBTQIA youth (Affirmative CBT)

Alayna Mitchell

LMSW

Meet Alayna

Alayna Mitchell is a Licensed Master Social Worker with over eight years of experience in the field of human services. She enjoys working with clientele of all ages. Specializing in the areas of mood and anxiety disorders. Alayna utilizes her experience to help the client reach their treatment goals. Treatment modalities include talk therapy, play therapy and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT),

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Melissa Isaac

NP

Meet Melissa

Melissa Isaac is a highly skilled and compassionate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) with a strong commitment to providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals in need. With her extensive knowledge and clinical expertise, Melissa has made a significant impact in the field of psychiatry, helping patients overcome various mental health challenges and achieve optimal well-being.  Melissa places great emphasis on establishing a strong therapeutic relationship with her patients, fostering trust, and creating a safe and supportive environment for open communication.

Gloria Sanchez

LMSW

Meet Gloria

My name is Gloria Sanchez and I am a bilingual Licensed Social Worker.  I am committed to providing support to people living with challenges.  I have experience working with adults and teenagers struggling to overcome addiction to alcohol, living with a substance-use disorder, depression and anxiety, history of sexual abuse, and other trauma along with life stressors.  I am passionate in working with my clients to build a rapport, create a sense of safety and trust while helping them in their daily lives.  It is my priority to help my clients find balance and equilibrium in order to thrive and flourish in their lives.  I work with each client to assist them to identify and work towards their goals, shed light on their fears to help them live their best lives.  As a therapist, I bring kindness, compassion, a sense of open-mindedness and open-heartedness to my interactions with each client.  Since I am bilingual, I am comfortable holding a session in either English or Spanish.

Laura DeVore

LMSW

Meet Laura

Laura DeVore, pronouns she/her/hers, has dedicated herself to improving the quality of life for others. As a black woman who has suffered her own intergenerational traumas, Laura recognizes the importance of combatting and healing from mental health conditions while embracing her own journey. Throughout Laura’s lifetime and career, she has created safe spaces for individuals who face diverse complexities and needs; with ages varying from young children to geriatric individuals, individuals living with mental health diagnoses, infectious diseases, addictions, and so on. She has created safe spaces in person and using tele-health and attends various workshops, empowerment movements, and developmental courses to create change not only on the client level, but at a community level as well. Laura's work focuses on a person-centered approach while incorporating therapeutic modalities such as motivational interviewing, CBT and DBT, strengths based model, and play therapy. Laura earned her Master of Social Work degree from CUNY Hunter Silberman School of Social Work. Laura balances her career by enjoying time with her loved ones, cooking, and traveling.

Lukas Westbrook

LMSW

Meet Lukas

Lukas is passionate about creating a collaborative relationship with clients to foster positive changes throughout all stages of life. Lukas specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ community and has experience working with people on the autism spectrum but is welcoming to any individual who is going through hardships. Whether you are going through interpersonal relationship struggles, a life transition, coming to terms with a painful past, or just want to develop more self-awareness, Lukas will work alongside you to sensitively explore these issues. Lukas therapeutic approach varies based on individual client needs. Some of his most utilized approaches include trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, insight-oriented therapy, solution- focused therapy, and inner child healing. Lukas will take his time getting to know you to foster a safe and nonjudgmental space for you to fully be yourself. In time, you will develop a deeper understanding of what makes you, you – and where to go from there. Education: Lukas earned his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from SUNY New Paltz, and then went on to get his Masters Degree in Social Work at Hunter College.

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Vanessa Daramola

LMSW

Meet Vanessa

Vanessa was born and raised in Brooklyn and has spent much of her career providing trauma-informed and solution-based support to diverse populations. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Social Work with a focus on Advanced Generalist Practice & Programming. Currently, Vanessa works as a Clinical Supervisor for NYC Well and other local and national crisis hotlines. Vanessa has experience providing crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, facilitating support groups, providing vocational and clinical support, conducting intakes, and devising treatment and discharge plans. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys traveling, dancing and eating out.

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Sujeiry A. Pena

FNP

Meet Sujeiry

My name is Sujeiry Pena and I am a Nurse Practitioner (NP) with a background in Family Health. I have Twelve years of experience treating families and hold a master’s degree from Lehman College. My work is centered on caring for clients with extensive trauma histories and I am always looking for new ways to help make a difference leading toward optimal health and goal achievement. I also have a passion for education and hold an Adjunct Faculty Professor position at Lehman College City University of New York. I am the NP Manager of Personnel and Operations under the First Deputy Commissioner for the Administration for Children Services. This role has enabled me to provide hands-on trauma center care for the pediatric population and their families during their most difficult times. Further, in this role I establish leadership guidelines for my interdisciplinary team and incorporate holistic care plan approaches to manage our clients and families. I hope that together here at SouthEnd Psychiatry we can work to develop achievable goals for your mental health and overall wellness.

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