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Lilliam Rodriguez Vive Family Support Program

Lilliam Rodriguez, PhD
Regional Director
lrodriguez@vivenow.com

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, Director of the New York area for Vive Family support program

Marisa Keller, LMSW
Family Coach

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.

Lia Camion

Lia Camion, MPS, LCAT
Family Coach

Lia Camion is a creative arts therapist who earned her master's degree from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.  She has worked in a number of capacities in her professional life from marketing to hospitality to development to therapy, but always from a focal point of creative solutions and human connection.  In addition to her work at Vive, she works as a recreation therapist in a health care setting with children and young adults with developmental disabilities, providing a range of activities and psychosocial support for her clients and families.  Graduate work at Riker's Island with adolescents and in a day treatment program with at-risk children greatly shaped her perspective on therapeutic intervention. She follows a humanistic, strength-based approach, positioning herself as a guide on the path to self-healing.  Empathy, structure and an outlet for genuine self-expression are the building blocks of her approach. Art making is her outlet of choice, ranging from collage to glass blowing, and is always encouraged with clients when appropriate. She is originally from the southwest and is a lover of big skies, lightening storms, and green chile.

Kristy Fitzgerald

Kristy Fitzgerald, LMFT
Family Coach

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.

Kyle McEvoy

Kyle McEvoy, MHC
Family Coach

Kyle McEvoy received his Master’s of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. He is pursuing his License in Mental Health Counseling (LMHC). Kyle started his endeavor in mental health during high school, which grew in his undergraduate degree at Ball State University working with adolescents and families, at an in-patient residential/community based treatment facility. During this time Kyle developed a strong clinical insight to adolescent development and connection within therapy. Kyle continued his family work when he moved back to New York at a nonprofit organization in Brooklyn. He has helped those overcome substance abuse issues, explore individual identity (LGBTQ), cope with psychological/cognitive/developmental disorders, accept medical diagnoses, overcome sexual abuse/intimate partner violence, and a variety of maladaptive behaviors.

Kyle utilizes a client-centered base to approach mental health counseling, adapting to individual needs. He utilizes modalities such as: Art/Play Therapy, Talk Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy, Multicultural Therapy, and Vocational Counseling to support the client’s needs. Kyle focuses on the needs of the individual to support the family system in a healthy and clear manner to reach overarching goals. Kyle believes everyone has the capacity to change if they’re willing. During Kyle’s free time, he loves spending times with his friends, experiencing new things, embarking on adventures, traveling, relaxing with his dog Otis, laying on the beach, listening to music, watching movies, cooking, snowboarding, yoga, blogging, meditating, drawing, and planting.

Nigel Young

Nigel Young, MSW
Family Coach

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.

Jackie Tassiello

Jackie Tassiello, LCAT
Family Coach

Jackie is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist who received her Master's Degree of Professional Studies in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  Her focus was in Addictions studies, which examines the role of attachment and trauma in the capacity for self-regulation in substance and process addictions.  Jackie has provided art therapy in a plethora of diverse settings, including an acute psychiatric emergency department, an inpatient psychiatric unit, an intensive outpatient program, a skilled nursing facility for older adults, and a partial hospital program for at-risk adolescents.  She has worked with many adolescents and young adults struggling with issues related to trauma, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Jackie utilizes a Humanistic perspective, which expands on clients' strengths; a nonjudgmental and accepting approach to support clients’ growth and healing.  Since emotions can be difficult to express, she often encourages visual expression as a means of exploring the unconscious. In her free time, she enjoys trying new things, traveling, and engaging in self-exploration through an intuitive and spontaneous approach to making art.

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Nicole Yazdi, MA
Family Coach

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.

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Elaine Dolan, LCSW
Family Coach

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.

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