Our Team of Experts
A St. John’s University Graduate of the Masters in Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, Stephanie is our Bilingual Clinical Director. Prior to obtaining her License in Mental Health Counseling and her master’s degree, Stephanie received her BA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and has obtained experience in both Non & For Profit Organizations. Stephanie’s eclectic therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic & Solution Focused Therapy & has experience in treating children, adolescents, adults, couples & families dealing with various disorders & life stressors.
Mario graduated from John Jay College in 2015 with a Masters in Forensic Mental Health Counseling. He became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in 2018. He is a Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor and trained in conducting DWI assessments. He provides services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Mario specializes in working with individuals with co-occurring disorders. He uses a variety of therapeutic approaches including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Therapy. Mario believes in a strength based approach that is holistic and guided by the individual needs of the client.
Nely Vasquez-Garcia received her BA in Psychology at Rutgers University, and obtained her Master’s in Education at St. John’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in 2019. Nely is a bilingual licensed mental health clinician with experience providing treatment in residential and out-patient facilities, primarily with children, adolescents, and adults. Nely’s eclectic approach includes: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Psychoeducational components, as well as an emphasis on the individual’s strengths to build on and improve existing qualities and skills.
In practice for over a quarter century as a social worker, Ted began in the area of medicine, working in hospitals, medical day care and finally home care. He has focused in the most recent stage on psychotherapy with individuals, families and couples. Ted utilizes a strong proponent of cognitive and behavioral based approaches interwoven with a more psychodynamic approach.
Bilingual Clinician obtaining his Master of Social Work Degree from Fordham University; Post-Grad Certificate in Non/For Profit Organizational Leadership and Master’s in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University; and a BS and AAS in Aviation Studies from Excelsior College. Dario is a retired US Army OEF veteran and retired law enforcement officer/pilot. Dario utilizes an eclectic approach incorporating best practices from DBT, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Psychoeducation with a wide range of counseling experience across a variety of treatment settings that include: Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, private group practice, non-profit community based services, and the VA-VetCenter. Dario serves adolescents, adults, children, couples, families, and groups.
Laura is a Spanish/English Bilingual Clinical Social Worker, obtained her Masters Degree in 2017 from CUNY Lehman College in Bronx, NY. Laura has over 7 years of experience within Behavioral Health and Care Management throughout the Healthcare System. Laura has provided services to children, adolescents, adults, and families; with a special focus on supporting seniors living with chronic and co-occurring conditions in NYC. Laura utilizes therapeutic approaches including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Therapy.
Claudio Morel is a Latino clinical social worker graduate of
Fordham University School of Social Work. For the past eight
years Claudio has provided clinical services in English and
Spanish in various community-based agencies. Claudio specializes
in working with children, adolescents, adults and couples. His
approach to psychotherapy combines elements of psychodynamic,
CBT, and Solution-Focused models. Claudio has substantial
experience helping clients deal with depression, anxiety, loss-
bereavement, and domestic violence and immigration-acculturation
issues. He also has a special interest in individual and family
Prior work experience includes Inwood Community Services,
Riverdale Mental Health Association.