New York City + Surrounding Areas, including New Jersey & Connecticut
Lilliam Rodriguez is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from Carlos Albizu University. Lilliam has experience and knowledge in working with a diverse population of individuals and families. Her wide range of experience includes helping clients with substance abuse issues, family dysfunction, co-occurring disorders, and trauma. Lilliam uses Cognitive-Behavioral and Motivational Interviewing techniques and interventions to support teens, young adults and their families in overcoming hardships. She has a true passion for working with families and seeing the growth and transformation that occurs when we work together. In her spare time, Lilliam enjoys spending time with her young daughter and husband, going to the movies, and traveling.
Marisa Keller, LMSW
Marisa Keller is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of New York and has her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. Her past work experiences have given her the opportunity to provide therapeutic support to families in a variety of different settings, such as mental health clinics and schools. Marisa is passionate about creating nurturing spaces, where adolescents struggling with mental health issues can learn to respect themselves and function at their highest potential. She has spent the past five years working as a therapist and a supervisor in programs that serve families in the child welfare system.
As a therapist in these home-based programs, Marisa has offered behavioral interventions to adolescents placed in foster care, addressing issues regarding chronic truancy, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and trauma. In conjunction with providing individual support to the youth, Marisa has also facilitated family counseling sessions with the youth and their caregivers. Marisa uses a strengths-based approach often incorporating art therapy, CBT, humor and mindfulness techniques to engage with her clients. She strongly believes that every individual possesses the capacity to make positive life changes and that these changes can occur when individuals feel understood, safe and challenged to explore new ways of thinking about their experiences. Currently, Marisa works at the Jewish Board Family Children Services Agency as a supervisor of social workers serving families in Brooklyn, NY. Outside of work, Marisa enjoys yoga, reading, exploring the city with friends and hanging out with her awesome nieces and nephews.
Kristy Fitzgerald, LMFT
Kristy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 7 years of experience working with adolescents, young adults, and their families. Kristy earned a BA from Florida State and an MS from Mercy College before beginning her career specializing in family systems/relationship issues, addiction, trauma, as well as anxiety and depression. Kristy has spent the last 7 years developing a diverse, multifaceted counseling philosophy, integrating elements of Bowenian theory, narrative and structural therapies, CBT/DBT skills and seeking safety techniques. Kristy applies an integrative approach to all of these skills when working with clients and their families. Kristy thinks that is it most important to meet the client, and the family, where they are, while collaborating towards healthy, constructive goals, enhanced insight, and indispensable coping skills to aid adolescents/young adults, and their families, for the next chapter of their lives.
Fun fact—Kristy's BA is in creative writing, which serves her well, as everyone has a story to tell.
Nigel Young, MSW
Nigel Young received his master's degree in social work from Adelphi University. He has extensive background ranging from foster care, therapeutic foster care, to working with special needs adolescents and their parents. Nigel has experience in child development due to his experience in the NYC Early Intervention program, working with a multidisciplinary team of therapists. He has always been dedicated to the well being of children and family and worked as a child protective investigator in children’s services. Although trained in Play therapy, Nigel has experience in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Family Systems Theory, and also employs an eclectic therapeutic approach depending on the needs of the client(s). Nigel cherishes spending time with his wife Jasmine and three children, making silly videos, taking silly pictures watching movies and Anime. He is also an avid video gamer, who LOVES all types of music from Hip-hop, Jazz, electronic and folk music. He also likes to “get lost” in music production as an outlet of expression. Nigel has a profound love and appreciation for nature and the little things (especially his dog CeeCee). He also puts great value on artistic expression and visiting, as well as learning about various cultures.
Nicole Yazdi, MA
Nicole Yazdi earned a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts
Therapies, and is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist limited permit holder as well as a
Registered Dance Movement Therapist. Nicole has extensive experience with children,
adolescents, young adults, and families in various capacities. Most recently, she treated
individuals with a range of emotional, behavioral, social, and neurological needs at
therapeutic school. Nicole has an integrative, holistic approach and believes strongly in
the human ability to heal and grow in connection to others. Utilizing a range of
theoretical perspectives and techniques, she supports and guides clients to enhance
their relationships with themselves, others, and their environments. In addition, Nicole
incorporates creative arts therapies and mind-body methods as a means of
engagement, attunement, assessment, and intervention. In her spare time, Nicole
enjoys being outside; traveling; attending dance, theater, and music performances;
exploring museums; trying new restaurants; and eating lots of sweets.
Elaine Dolan, LCSW
Elaine Dolan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. Elaine has years of experience in working with adolescents and young adults along with their families, in a variety of settings including outpatient treatment programs, school based programs and in her private practice. Elaine specializes in working with adolescents, young adults and their families helping them optimize their abilities. She believes that all persons and families have the ability to heal and grow. The time when adolescents and young adults are emerging into adulthood is a curtail time for all members of the family. Supporting and helping families to navigate these experiences is an area that Elaine truly enjoys. She has rich experience in working with a variety clinical issues including anxiety, social anxiety, depression, addiction, codependency, trauma, self esteem, academic struggles and many more. She also holds an Addiction Specialist Certificate from Adelphi University and has taught classes in a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor training program. Her approach is one that takes into account and understands the family system utilizing insight-oriented and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy approaches. Elaine is aware of the impact of stress on families and individuals and also incorporates mindfulness and stress reduction into her work. In her spare time Elaine enjoys spending quality time with her family, gardening and reading a good book.
Arianna Kafka, MA
Arianna Kafka is a Masters Level Clinician, that received her Masters Degree in Art Therapy, from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
She practices from a Humanistic, client-centered approach, and is passionate about the creative process. She is positive, open, and believes every person possesses strengths that provide us with the ability to create an environment to flourish in. Arianna is passionate about working with clients of all ages, especially adolescents, young adults, and their families.
Her experience has been in a variety of settings that include, long term adult psychiatric care, adolescents in a residential treatment center, and currently works with special needs adolescents and their families within their school and community setting.
Arianna is a practitioner of taco tuesdays and loves spending time with her husband, family, and two dogs, Desi and Blue.Ariana
David Diaz, MA
A New York State Mental Health Counselor, David Diaz has worked with many populations and specializes in working with adolescents and young adults with co-occurring disorders and exploration of client’s gender identity and sexual orientation (LGBTQ).
David uses evidenced-based practices to pave a path in providing therapy towards achieving client-oriented goals. Modalities include, but are not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Gestalt Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care (Seeking Safety), Feminist Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Multicultural Therapy, and Art Therapy. David has assisted clients in overcoming sexual abuse/intimate partner violence through the use of the Power and Control Model and other evidenced-based practices.
David focuses on guiding the client in identifying their needs, strengths and goals while in therapy in order to work towards the positive outcome they desire and enable the change from within.
David enjoys swimming, soccer, and reading.
Rebecca Levy, LCAT
Rebecca Levy is a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with a Masters of Professional Studies in Creatives Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute. Rebecca has experience working with teenagers and young adults in a day treatment unit and residential programs that focused on anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and other psychological diagnoses. In addition, she runs support groups for siblings of special needs individuals. Rebecca, also, has experience working with parents and children groups using Psychoeducation and Art Therapy to work on communication through play.
Rebecca has experience working in schools as well as after school programs with the goal to improve behavioral and social skills. In addition, she has extensive experience working with the developmental/intellectual disabilities community. Rebecca also has vast experience working for inpatient and outpatient settings, including an inpatient forensic unit. She has contributed to a psychoeducation art therapy manual for teachers, produced by Caring at Columbia, and has a certificate of course completion in Psychological First Aid.
Rebecca incorporates Psychoeducation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Humanistic approaches to Art Therapy into her practice. Rebecca has a passion for using art as a tool for therapy and uses many forms of creative media to support the clients and their needs (lyrical writing, slam poetry/rapping, graffiti art, collage, painting, drawing, clay, altered books, hand drumming etc). Rebecca believes using art as a tool for therapy can allow for a deeper understanding and self- awareness. In addition, she believes art and music are tools to break down barriers and help improve communication.
In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys traveling, painting, listening to music, playing the drums, and hiking.
Jennifer Friede, LCAT
Jennifer Friede is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, with an M.P.S. in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute. Jennifer’s work has focused primarily working with children, adolescents and families in crisis, specifically in the context of trauma, and trans-generational trauma. This has been in community-based settings, school settings, and at home therapy. She believes in the power of connection, trust, and expression to transform. Her approach is relational, incorporating narrative therapy, humanism, gestalt, focusing, meditation, somatic therapy, and play. At the core, she feels it essential to see people beyond their diagnosis, recognizing what makes them unique, and also what connect them. She also sees the power of families in coming together for one another, healing everyone in the process.
In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys making art, cooking, biking, swimming in the ocean, and hanging out with her husband and two cats.