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Dr. Kingsley Nwokeji
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.
Dr. Fligelman is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist. He graduated from one of the top medical schools in the country-Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He then completed his residency at Montefiore Hospital, where he was trained to help people from all backgrounds and with various mental health conditions ranging from more severe psychotic illnesses to anxiety and mood disorders. In his training and work, Dr. Fligelman has provided care in various settings including inpatient, outpatient and emergency room.
Dr. Fligelman is committed to helping people work towards relief from emotional difficulties and towards reaching their best potentials. To do so, he pays attention to the person as an individual, rather than focusing on one or two symptoms in isolation. In every encounter, his goal is to understand where people are coming from by carefully listening and gaining empathic understanding. When that understanding is gained, he finds the most accurate and effective way to help, using evidence-based modalities.
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.
Chika Christie Ndukwe
Chika Ndukwe DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP (c) has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and is a dual certified nurse practitioner. She attained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in Public Health, then went on and completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southwestern Adventist University. After working as a Registered Nurse for a few years, she decided to attain an advanced degree in nursing. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Loyola University. She started her career as a nurse practitioner in neuropsychiatry. In neuropsychiatry, she learned how to diagnose and manage various complex neurological and psychiatric conditions in the adult and geriatric population. She grew to love psychiatry and decided to return to school and complete her post-doctorate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Texas Tech University.
Dr. Chika Ndukwe continued to expand her knowledge and delved into integrative pediatrics. While working in integrative pediatrics, she became knowledgeable about medicine’s holistic sector, also known as; integrative medicine or functional medicine. This specialized form of psychiatric medicine takes a deeper look into the underlying cause of diseases, takes more consideration into the whole person, and attempts to facilitate the body’s innate healing response. Although she is versed in the traditional treatment methods, she also has a specialized set of knowledge about alternative forms of psychiatric treatment for individuals with a holistic approach.
Dr. Chika Ndukwe has experience with the pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations. She understands the barriers to accessing quality mental health care and understands the need for quality care that is easily accessible. Dr. Chika Ndukwe is excited to join Southend Psychiatry telemedicine platform to increase access to care and deliver quality mental health services.
In her free time, you can find her with her family (husband, two young daughters, and a set of boy/girl twins J ), at church, watching movies, and being outdoors. She also enjoys exercising, specifically cross-fit, using the Peloton, and having a night out with her girlfriends.
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.
Bryan Burroughs PMHNP-BC is originally from Rochester, NY where he attended St John Fisher College for his undergraduate degree in Nursing. In his senior year, he spent a semester abroad in Jamaica working with various populations including geriatric, persistent mentally ill individuals, adults, young adults, and children, thus solidifying his decision to focus on individuals with mental health needs.
Bryan later attended the University of Rochester’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program while he continued working on the adult, child and adolescent inpatient units at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he has worked closely with a multitude of Psychiatrists, Residents, Psychologists, and Clinical Social Workers. After graduating with his Masters’ degree, Bryan participated in a pilot program in the URMC Emergency Department where he played a crucial role in suicide prevention, identifying resources and services for the homeless, and working to secure shelter for battered women.
In his spare time Bryan enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and two children. He is an avid reader and a volunteer at the Spiritus Christi Church providing meals for homeless and working with young men with legal issues. He is very excited to share ideas with Clinicians, Psychiatrists, and other fantastic team members.
Tido is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 9 years of experience working in various mental health care settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care facilities. His expertise is in providing medication management and psychotherapy for a wide spectrum of psychiatric illnesses including anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), alcohol use disorder, opioid use disorder, schizophrenia, sleep disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychosis, and dementia.
Tido specializes in providing services to individuals ages 10 years and above. He works together with his clients/family to come up with individualized treatment plan to help improve the quality of life of his clients. Tido holds a Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from University of Texas in Arlington.
In his spare time, Tido enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, watching basketball and football. He also dedicates time to support local charities in the community and is a strong advocate for mental health.
Rukisha Hodge (M.S.N., PMHNP-BC) 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, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Elizabeth provides a comfortable and caring space for individuals to explore and express their thoughts and feelings. Her approach is holistic and client-centered. She strives to enhance clients’ strengths to increase self-awareness and implement positive change. The modalities for treatment Elizabeth uses include cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoeducation, occasional role-play and solution focused therapy.
Elizabeth obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Adelphi University, and she attended Molloy College for CASAC-T training. She has worked with clients in various settings, including mental health clinics, assisted living facilities, therapeutic communities for substance abuse treatment, developmental disability residences and family homeless shelters.
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.
Clients describe Misty as easy to talk to, a problem solver, and very empathetic. Misty specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She has worked with clients with substance abuse disorders, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, homicidal and suicidal tendencies, and with histories of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Reach out and Misty is happy to work with you on the goals you would like to achieve.
Lillian is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) with over ten years of experience working in a variety of different mental health settings, including outpatient, inpatient and addiction. She utilizes a strength-based perspective offering a holistic approach that includes a traditional therapeutic process, anti-oppressive/liberation, meditation/mindfulness and self-care practices to promote healing and attainment of maximum potential. Lillian received her bachelor’s degree from Herbert Lehman College, City University of New York, in Social Work. She also earned a master’s degree from the Adelphi University School of Social Work. As an ally who stands in solidarity with refugees and immigrants of any status, Lillian incorporates cultural sensitivity into her work to accommodate different values and attitudes of various cultures and diverse populations.
Lillian empowers, motivates and encourages individuals, couples and families by providing strategies to assist them in working through life changes utilizing Structured Problem-Solving, Cognitive Behavioral and Trauma-focused therapy. Lillian also uses psychoanalytical and psychodynamic approaches, mindfulness and motivational interviewing techniques. Her therapeutic focus includes, but is not limited to, interpersonal difficulties, anxiety, depression, bereavement, cultural and diversity issues, anger management, domestic violence, sexual, and childhood trauma, life transitions, LGBTQ issues, and substance abuse. Lillian is a down-to-earth therapist who believes in providing a safe and supportive space where individuals can be authentic while overcoming their barriers. Further, Lillian believes that no one is exempt from needing assistance in remembering true greatness from within.
“No one is you and that is your biggest power.” – Dave Grohl
Lynette admires individuality and is inspired by the courage and resilience of those engaged in the healing process of therapy.
Lynette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with sixteen years of experience working with youth and adults. Lynette has a warm, gentle, reliable approach as she listens to what’s important to you, learns about your unique experiences, taps into and cultivates your strengths, and collaborates with you to find effective strategies to improve your mood and successfully navigate life’s challenges.
Lynette specializes in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, communication, and self-esteem issues. Her work has included, providing psychotherapy, crisis management, conflict resolution, advocacy, supervision, and training. Lynette is a leader who is committed to coaching and developing others. She has supervised teams in an outpatient mental health clinic and a legal setting where she advocated through an anti-racist lens for criminal justice reform.
Lynette obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Hofstra University and her master’s degree in Social Work at New York University. She utilizes various treatment modalities including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psychodynamic oriented therapies, as well as holistic approaches. Lynette tailors treatment according to each client’s needs.
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 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.
Licensed Masters Social Worker – Hunter College Silberman School of Social Worker
Masters of Public Administration -Mercy College
Bachelors of Social Work -Mercy College
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.
Ricardo believes that most people have the answers to their life issues, but sometimes they need support in exploring such challenges. Quality of care is always the top priority for Ricardo, He uses a non- judgmental person-centered approach incorporating psychodynamic, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy, youth development model to support the process. He works with people who are living with mood disorders, thought disorders, stress disorders, personality disorder, conduct disorders, anger management issues, and substance use disorders. Ricardo can work with children, adolescents, and adults. He has specializations in mental health, criminal justice system, supportive housing, stress with school, child welfare system, LGBT issues, cultural & racial diversity issues, and substance use disorders.
Ricardo went to the College of New Rochelle for his undergraduate studies and received a BA with a focus on psychology. In 2016, he received his Master of Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and is licensed in New York State as a Licensed Master Social Worker. Once receiving his master’s degree Ricardo joined the College of New Rochelle as an instructional staff. He developed and taught social work classes for three years. Ricardo also has experience in program management in a non-profit setting.
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.
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