Megan Murphy, LMHC
I have practiced many forms of partnership. From the dance variety (working with Eliot Feld, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp among others) to long standing relationships as both a straight and queer identified person. I am passionate about connecting deeply with others. I’m a dedicated meditation practitioner, and I regularly nurture my spiritual growth, and continue my own journey of understanding self.
I integrate psychoanalytic theory, feminist theory, postmodern and Buddhist perspectives into my work. I have worked extensively with the Queer and Normative populations.
I received my Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from NYU, as well as being certified in both Coaching (NYU) and Positive Psychology (Wholebeing Institute).
Nick Fager, LMHC
I am a licensed mental health counselor in New York state and the cofounder of Expansive Therapy. I graduated from the counseling psychology program at Columbia University and started my career at the LGBT Center of Manhattan before running the LGBTQ division at the Kull Initiative for Psychotherapy.
I am trained in a cutting edge, emotion focused theory known as Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. I believe that mental health issues are caused by having to endure overwhelming emotions in isolation, so my goal is to undo aloneness in session and to help my clients process their emotions through to completion. My practice is rooted in the belief that we all have the potential to transform ourselves and feel whole, no matter what we have been through. We simply need to get in touch with the innate healing energy within us and give it permission to expand.
Kristina Ohring, LCSW
Entering into the therapeutic process is the best investment we can make in ourselves. I have rich and varied experience working with clients in crisis - experiencing challenges with relationships, self-image, depression, anxiety, uncontrolled mood changes, and past trauma. I work primarily with individuals, couples and families seeking to enhance their quality of life through the guided process of self-exploration, reflection and growth. I have a natural penchant for building relationships and a practical action-oriented approach. Our work will implement a tailored treatment plan utilizing psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal methods that best suit you. I received my Masters in Social Work from Columbia University.
My specialties include (though not limited to) the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Trauma (PTSD), Bipolar Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). My clients address a wide range of presenting issues related to stress management,
relationship issues, self image, life transitions, grief/loss, health, and substance abuse.
Alan Vanell, LMHC
It is my goal to create a safe relationship that relies on trust, respect, and patience; to compose a pathway that allows for us to insightfully explore your inner thoughts and feelings to bring transformative changes and meaning to your present life. I practice from an interpersonal, experiential, and dynamic approach to encourage all feelings and thoughts to be seen, heard, and processed to completion (AEDP). I am also trained in EMDR, which is used for processing trauma. In conjunction, I utilize various DBT, CBT, and mindfulness skills to help you build your inner resources to cope with daily life stressors, anxiety, depression, and other concerns.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York and earned my Master's from George Washington University. I have a passion for diversity and inclusiveness for all the many people who exist within this world, and to all the inner parts we hold within ourselves waiting to expand and transform.
Alison Desir, MHC-LP
I believe in a holistic approach to mental health. As an endurance athlete, I believe deeply in the positive connection between mental and physical health. My clinical interests include working with marginalized/minority populations, women's concerns, and addiction.
I approach my personal and professional life from a feminist and social justice framework and enjoy building communities centered on wellness.
I am a recent graduate of the counseling program at Columbia University currently pursuing my license in mental health counseling. I also have a Masters from Columbia University in Latin American and Caribbean Regional Studies. I have completed over 50 races, ranging from 1 mile to ultramarathons and run regularly in my free time.
Abbie Ruth, LCSW
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York State. I have worked in various settings and capacities helping individuals with depression, anxiety, stress, medical illness, addictions, career concerns, and relationship challenges. In my work I find it useful to draw on a variety of clinical perspectives as each client brings to the process a unique set of needs, strengths, and goals. I love helping clients get unstuck from the patterns they live and relive over and over, whether it be in their jobs, families, relationships, or even inside their own heads.
I am passionate about offering a non-judgmental, open, and empathic environment so that clients feel safe in exploring their concerns. My approach is collaborative, interactive, and strength-based. I work from a belief that my role is not to “fix” clients but to support them in creating shifts in their lives from a place of choice and awareness.
I received my Master’s degree in Social Work from NYU Silver School of Social Work. I also have a wide range of interests that influence who I am as clinician, including mindfulness meditation, social justice, and the arts.
Nadav Antebi-Gruszka, PhD, MHC-LP
I have experience working with diverse communities including LGBTQ+, HIV+, gender non-conforming, non-binary, sex workers, poly, kink, and other people from diverse sexual and gender experiences. I am equally passionate about working with fat individuals using a fat-affirming approach to therapy.
I received my MA in Mental Health Counseling from City College, my PhD in Socio-medical Sciences from Columbia University, and my MA in Human Development from Cornell University. My education and previous training offer me the skills to be a resource to individuals and couples that face various challenges and issues such as identity, body image, self-esteem, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and relationship struggles.
I believe that successful therapy is about creating a unique space of unconditional support, respect, and acceptance. As a provider and client of psychotherapy, I know it takes a lot of courage to engage in therapy, so I am excited about getting to know you and co-creating a meaningful experience with you. I invite you to take this step, and together, we will uncover the best solutions to your concerns and challenges.
Julia Grassl, LMHC, CASAC
My aim is to create a safe and supportive space, where individuals and couples can open up and work through troubling issues. I am known to be an empathetic, insightful, and caring individual. Through attentive sessions, I assist my clients in making sense of their life experiences and identifying their strengths. I utilize integrative therapy, which includes incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness into therapy sessions. I also have significant experience working with individuals impacted by trauma.
I received a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College in 2013 and 2 years later, became licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York. I’ve worked in the substance abuse field for over 5 years, and am a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. My personal passions include cycling, cooking, traveling and spending time with my niece. I truly enjoy my profession and am passionate about helping individuals find peace and enhance their overall well-being.
Hopeton Shaw, UKCP, MHC-LP
Having trained and practiced in the United Kingdom (UK) and now the United States, I have substantive experience helping individuals and couples improve their emotional well-being. Much of my work in the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, centered around providing psychotherapy and counseling support to individuals and couples on issues relating to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV, compulsive sexual behavior, sexual assault, gender/sexual identity, relationships, and psychosexual difficulties. I have also co-authored articles for the International Journal of STD and AIDS and for Healthcare Counseling and Psychotherapy journal on the topic of sexual health.
I completed my post-grad psychotherapy training at Regent’s University in London and later earned an MA from University of East London and the Tavistock Relationships Center. I am a fully accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Since moving to the US, I re-entered training and am currently a final year candidate in the licensure qualifying psychoanalytic training program at the William Allison White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology (WAWI). My clinical practice is geared towards helping individuals and/or couples become unstuck - to awaken the full potential of their (un)lived lives and to help them be better related in the world.
Alexandra Young, MHC-LP
I am a Columbia University trained Psychotherapist specializing in anxiety, depression, relationship issues and work stress. My approach is collaborative. I believe you are the expert on your own life, and that your feelings of empowerment are critical to success in therapy. I strive to create an open and warm environment for you to feel safe enough to explore challenging topics.
In my work I draw from Psychodynamic, Existential, Feminist, and Person-Centered (Rogerian) theories. I also bring elements of CBT, DBT, Mindfulness-based practices and Expressive Arts Therapies when it's beneficial. Additionally, I have specific experience working with artist populations.
I invite clients to explore their possible resistance towards therapy, or feelings of discomfort, with the goal of creating an exceptionally strong therapeutic bond. I believe that we are all imperfect beings, and that existential concerns can cause us to question our self-worth and purpose. I am dedicated to the exploration of this phenomenon with individuals, couples, and in groups. As a practitioner, I am deeply committed to creating an environment which enables my clients to feel seen and heard, while gaining practical skills to deal with conflict, anxiety, depression, anger, relationship and work stressors.
Susan Leahy, LMHC
In life, each of us encounters challenges that can sometimes seem impossible to overcome. Our thoughts and experiences can leave us feeling isolated, making it difficult to speak with others. I am here to offer you support in your journey. I believe every person can benefit from therapy and deserves to be heard in a judgment-free atmosphere of unconditional support, regardless of race, gender identity, ethnicity, religious or sexual orientation.
I offer empathetic, supportive and collaborative psychotherapy from a holistic and client-centered perspective. My goal is to create a space for my clients to safely and freely explore their thoughts, feelings, strengths and vulnerabilities. With a strong emphasis on individualized treatment, I will work alongside you to ensure our sessions promote personal growth and help you on your path to embracing your authentic self.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York and received my Master’s from Fordham University. I have experience supporting individuals with a wide range of concerns including: anxiety, depression, body image, trauma, relationship issues, substance abuse, and life transitions.
Marleah Noonan, LMHC
I became a therapist because I believe that everyone deserves to feel unconditionally accepted, heard, and supported as they move towards their full potential for happiness. I view the therapeutic space as a collaborative process where we can work together towards increased momentary awareness, self-compassion, and insight.
My work is grounded in a relational-cultural framework, which causes me to think frequently about the way societal messages have shaped how we view ourselves and our potential. I also have post-graduate training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness practices.
I enjoy working with clients from wide and diverse backgrounds including those facing challenging emotions (ex. depression, anxiety), past experiences of trauma, as well as women’s wellness concerns (including hopeful, expectant, and postpartum parents). I completed my graduate studies at Boston College and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State.
Nicholas Moran LMHC-LP
I graduated from the counseling psychology program at Columbia University and started my career at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx treating co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. I have skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Group Therapy, both process and psycho-educational.
My personal style of therapy is holistic: by means of utilizing, person-centered, multicultural, feminist, and behavioral therapeutic techniques, because I do not believe any one specific modality works for all people. I utilize Motivational Interviewing techniques in order to meet my patient where they are and develop individualized, measurable, and attainable goals. I also place great importance on understanding my client within their cultural context.
My specialties include but are not limited to the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Trauma (physical and sexual abuse), Bipolar Disorder, Bereavement, Personality Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I have experience working with diverse communities including LGBTQ+, HIV+/HEP C, gender non-conforming/non-binary folks, sex workers, veterans, people of color, women, homeless folks, undocumented immigrants, and people who suffer from substance use. I am a confident gay gender-queer individual, who is passionate about supporting others on their individual journey towards recovery and growth.
Lilibeth Chauca, LMHC
As a clinician I strive to create a safe and accepting environment for my clients. My goal is to empower my clients and allow the space for them to reflect on their struggles and strengths. Learning how the intersectionality of culture and identity shape perspectives has informed my practice and helped me to understand the needs of my clients.
I have experience working with families, adolescents and adults in diverse settings, who have a history of trauma. Working with families in the child welfare system has strengthened and focused my practice in understanding how intergenerational trauma effects family relationships and individual growth. I have worked with adults and adolescents who have histories of substance use, self-harming behaviors and histories of abuse.
I received my degree in Mental Health Counseling from New York University.
Alison Duffey, MHC-LP
I was led to the path of psychology by my younger sister who was born with special needs. Through her, I learned the importance of patience and how vital it is to be heard. Once I began studying mental health counseling I developed a deep desire to help people unpack their traumas and roadblocks to healthier living through therapy. I believe therapy begins with a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship. In my work, I shape each session to meet an individual or couple’s needs and work with them on their defined objectives. I strive to create generative safe spaces through wholehearted listening and to be fully present with a compassionate heart without judgement.
I earned my MA in Mental Health Counseling from Baruch College. My experience includes working with individuals with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I have worked with both adolescents and adults through individual and family sessions. I utilize an integrative approach that includes psychodynamic therapy, CBT and mindfulness-based practices. My interests include working with couples and individuals who have experienced trauma, sex-related issues, anxiety and depression.
Daniel Clavin, Advanced Clinical Intern
My firm belief is that people deserve not only to be listened to, but to be heard as well. I strive to provide my clients with a safe, affirming, and empowering space where together we can process life’s hardships and work towards positive change and greater self-love and acceptance. I believe in using a diverse theoretical approach to the therapeutic setting, incorporating aspects of psycho-dynamic, cognitive, humanistic, and relational theories as well as narrative therapy. I enjoy collaborating with individuals to find and embrace their genuine selves in a supportive and judgement-free space.
I have experience working with inter-generational trauma and substance use issues. I am currently working towards my master’s degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness with an Advanced Certificate in LGBT Health, Education, and Social Services at New York University.
Jordanne Davidson, Advanced Clinical Intern
I operate from a holistic, integrative approach to counseling, creating collaborative and personalized treatment to meet the specific needs and goals of the individual client or couple. I view psychotherapy as a relational learning experience; one that facilitates emotional and behavioral growth and supports a deep, connected relationship between therapist and client. I strive to help my clients to develop coping skills and realize their resilience in order to achieve their desired goals in therapy.
I am passionate about working with couples, sex-related issues, relationships, commitment, trauma, anxiety and depression. I have experience working with individuals on their social and emotional growth and have pursued extensive coursework in Marriage and Family Counseling, Emotional Development and Theory. I am currently earning my Master’s in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling at NYU.
James Moore, Advanced Clinical Intern
I strive to create a gender-affirming and sexuality-affirming space where people of any identity may feel safe and welcome to share their experiences. I believe that crafting a mutually respectful and beneficial therapeutic relationship is at the core of therapy. I have extensive experience working with LGB & TGNC-identified individuals in the fields of crisis management, substance use, anxiety, depression, and trauma. I gravitate towards an eclectic modality pulling from psycho-dynamics, CBT, REBT, Feminist, and Relational Theories. I believe that everyone writes their own story, and I work to create a clinical space where people may feel comfortable and liberated to share theirs.
I am currently earning my MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness with a Dual Degree in LGBT Health, Education, and Social Services at NYU. I received two Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Feminist Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz where I had the privilege of working with queer-identified adults in personal and professional settings.
Katherine Pettick-Perez, Advanced Clinical Intern
To be present with ourselves and to practice awareness of our thoughts and feelings can be transformative work. This means exploring our past, gaining insight on our present, and understanding our core beliefs and values. I believe strongly in approaching therapy from a social justice perspective, recognizing the ways that social structures and inequalities can impact us. I am also passionate about the mind-body connection and my approach reflects an interest in holistic forms of healing.
I am currently completing a Master’s in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling at NYU, where I have pursued classes in women’s mental health, trauma, depression, anxiety, and dealing with distressing emotions. I take an integrative approach to treatment, utilizing psycho-dynamic, CBT, mindfulness, and narrative therapy techniques. My goal is for therapy to feel authentic, collaborative, non-judgmental, and empowering.
Ruby Smith, Advanced Clinical Intern
I am truly passionate about the power of human connection and I am committed to the creation of an authentic, accepting and affirmative environment from which a genuine therapeutic relationship can develop. I have personal and working experience within the LGBTQ community as well as working with those experiencing anxiety, depression, substance use, grief and debilitating illness.
My aim is to provide individualized, holistic care to individuals and couples who may be experiencing challenging emotions, are looking to gain a greater understanding of themselves and their past experiences or are searching to develop practical skills that allow them to balance and cope with life’s stressors. I believe strongly in an integrative approach to therapy, drawing from psychodynamic, relational-cultural, feminist and humanistic theory and utilizing aspects of CBT, narrative therapy and mindfulness techniques in session when beneficial.
Through my education and my own journey of self-exploration, I believe it can be empowering to gain insight into our own mind-body connection and how the two interact. Ultimately, I believe in a collaborative process that is client-led, strengths-based and characterized by mutual respect and genuine compassion. I am currently completing my Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at NYU, having previously obtained a BSc in Psychology from Newcastle University in the UK.