Our Team

Olga Rothschild, LMHC

Executive Director

Olga Rothschild is the Executive Director of Rothschild Mental Health Counseling. Olga utilizes an eclectic therapeutical approach including Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, Gestalt, Motivational Interviewing, Family Dynamic Techniques and other approaches.
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She is a certified EMDR practitioner. Her focus is on the client, their issues and concerns as they're gently guided toward recovery and healing. She works with clients on their most immediate issues of concern at the beginning of the therapeutic process, and then focuses on identifying client's long term goals to help them achieve their goals, and pursue their dreams. She believes that being able to reach one's goals is one of the fundamental ingredients of success, and can help clients identify, and move toward their goals (whether it may be to decrease their suffering, depression, anxiety, improve relationships, pursue vocational goals, or other goals). Olga is a fluent bi-lingual Russian speaker.

Valerie Bull, LMHC

Senior Therapist

Valerie is a non-judgmental, understanding, and easy going therapist who provides a safe space to express your thoughts and feelings. She provides support and insight that will help you learn about yourself and how to effectively solve your relationship and behavioral problems.
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Depression, anxiety, loneliness, feeling stuck and unable to move forward in life can be relieved with solution-focused therapy. Understanding how, among other things, your childhood experiences may produce self-defeating behaviors and low self-esteem can help you make the positive changes that you want in your life. You may also have more specific issues such as: gender identity, OCD and relationship issues, etc. Together with the client she explores any obstacles that might be holding them back from the happiness and love that they deserve. Valerie enjoys working with adults and couples.

Michelle Meyerovich, LMHC, NCC

Therapist

Michelle is a culturally competent psychodynamic psychotherapist at Rothschild Counseling. She utilizes various cognitive-behavioral techniques and solution-focused strategies.
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Having experience working with age groups ranging from adolescents to adults, she can support individuals struggling with various transitions surrounding identity, relationships, and career. She works with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and bereavement. In utilizing evidence based practices that address many issues, she works with the client to create an in-depth comprehensive treatment. Michelle is a certified provider in EMDR and maternal mental health.

Shelly Gill, LMHC

Therapist

Shelly is a compassionate, warm, and experienced therapist skilled at creating a nurturing and therapeutic environment in which you can move toward reaching your wellness goals. She views therapy as a partnership and believes that building a collaborative safe space for you to express your thoughts and feelings is essential to grow and become the best version of yourself.
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Shelly works with adolescents and adults struggling with a variety of concerns, including relationship issues, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trauma, and intimate partner violence. She uses cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and client-centered therapy, incorporating a variety of techniques to meet your needs.

Vito Prainito, LMHC

Therapist

Vito is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor whose perspective on therapy emphasizes building an effective rapport with the patient through unconditional compassion, support, validation and trust. He is a graduate of New York University's Mental Health and Wellness program. Vito has been in the field of mental health for approximately 5 years where he has provided therapeutic services to a wide variety of patients with both acute and chronic mental health conditons.
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Vito's scope of competence includes adult patients with severe and persistent mental illness, adults and adolescents with Autsim or developmental delays, adolescents who suffer severe difficulties ranging from behavioral (Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder), emotional (Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder), psychiatric (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia) and academic (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).

Vito is also well versed in a number of treatment modalities including Psychodynamic, where the goal is to help the patient bridge the connection between the conscious and unconscious minds, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which focuses on managing contradicting thoughts and feelings in an effort to promote positive action, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, where the patient receives psychoeducation about trauma, the opportunity to develop individually devised anxiety management tools and compose a trauma narrative in a well-paced and sensitve manner, and Collaborative Problem Solving approach, where the parent and child solve a situation together, emphaizing the child’s lagging skills and the parents’ expectation. Each of these modalities has shown success with many of my past patients and will continue to be effective for future patients.

Joshua Levitt, LMHC

Therapist

Joshua is an enthusiastic and empathic Licensed Mental Health Counselor with experiences ranging from mental health clinics and foster care agencies to public schools, and the department of education. He has worked extensively with children, adolescents, families and adults covering topics such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, life transitions, self-esteem, and reaching both short and long term life goals.
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He provides a safe and nurturing environment, building strong rapport, to allow clients to both express themselves freely as well as develop and practice life, organizational, and coping skills. He engages in an eclectic approach synthesizing techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic approaches, family systems theory, and mindfulness and more.

Teresa Shekerjian, LMHC

Therapist

Teresa's philosophy is that the goal of therapy is to really understand who you are and who you want to be, which will ultimately increase your self-esteem and confidence. She also believes that the most important relationship is the one you have with yourself. To live a happy and fulfilled life is to live an authentic life, expressing yourself both honestly and assertively. Read more...

Teresa has worked with individuals for 8 years in multiple capacities providing the space for clients to develop a trusting relationship with themselves. Teresa utilizes an integrative therapeutic approach using psychodynamic techniques, CBT, and play therapy, among others. She is very empathetic and will listen to your perspective without judgment and with an empathic ear, providing the guidance to improve your self-esteem, and your relationship with yourself and others.

Danny Sanchez, LMHC

Therapist

Danny Sanchez is a bi-lingual Spanish speaking therapist who has been providing mental health services in Spanish and English for over 7 years working with individuals and families to improve their mental health. Danny's philosophy aligns with a humanistic approach. In practice he is eclectic and implements a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, Dialectical Behavioral Techniques, Mindfulness techniques, among other approaches. Danny believes the therapeutic relationship is essential for a successful outcome.

Akua Genfi, LMHC

Therapist

Akua is a person-centered, strength based, emotion focused, interpersonal psychotherapist. She views therapy as a partnership and her style of therapy is friendly, collaborative, conversational, and adaptive. She contends that every person deserves to feel safe, heard, and seen. She strives to provide a safe, nonjudgmental space that allows you to be open, honest and transparent while exploring your experiences and cultivating the good that already exists within you. Read more...

Akua uses an eclectic approach; synthesizing and customizing various evidenced based treatment modalities, approaches, and techniques for each individual client to become the best version of themselves. She holds valuable experience working with clients undergoing life transitions, identity or self-esteem issues, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, anger and more. She works with all age ranges from 5-99 years old and specializes in clients from communities of marginalized identities (ie LGBTQIA+ community, people of immigrant or transient experience, geriatric/elders, and others).

Kency Legg, LMHC

Therapist

Kency is a bilingual (English and Spanish) Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a passion for providing the utmost quality of services to individuals seeking to improve their lives. She brings over 5 years of experience working in the mental health field with a culturally diverse population. She enjoys working with adults and their families. Her interests and specialties include serving clients with: grief and loss, trauma, women’s issues, acculturation/immigrant issues, stress, relationship issues, anxiety, and depression. Read more...

Kency’s clinical vision is to ensure an atmosphere of safety and compassion for clients and their families to experience their vulnerabilities while sharing their stories. To meet an individual’s unique presenting needs, Kency implements an eclectic therapeutic approach including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Person-Centered, Gestalt, Motivational Interviewing, Emotionally Focused and Trauma Focused interventions.

Annabel Amir, LMSW

Therapist

Annabel is a compassionate, caring and experienced therapist who believes that psychotherapy is a wonderfull tool for change. She's analytical and posseses great knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic techniques.
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She's culturally sensitive and speaks fluent Russian, Kyrgyz and Uzbek. Her personality is warm and she is diligent in helping people improve their lives. She is sensitive to acculturation issues and provides psychological support to recent immigrants.

Victoria Goldenberg, LCSW

Therapist

Victoria will provide you with support and compassion as you begin your journey of transformation. She will help you learn new and effective ways to deal with current and past challenges in your life.
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Her method to helping you is based on her experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in mental health facilities, clinics, schools, and private practice settings. Victoria’s challenging and direct, yet empathetic and considerate approach will allow you to reach your highest potential. Victoria’s therapeutic style is collaborative, flexible, and integrative. As your therapist, she will adapt her approach to meet your needs. She uses the training she received in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, psychodynamic psychotherapy, EMDR and client-centered therapy to help you achieve your goals.

Yaron Peer, LCSW

Therapist

Yaron believes the more you learn about yourself, the better you can live a full and happy life. Yaron is a culturally competent psychotherapist who provides space to express what the person is dealing with, judgment aside.
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He comes from a psychodynamic approach to therapy and believes that the way to understand a person’s problem starts with a better understanding of his/her past experiences. He also uses cognitive behavioral therapy, and incorporates relaxation skills and guided imagery techniques in his sessions. Yaron sees great importance in the words a person uses in session, and builds most of his work around revealing the unconscious content and how it is relevant to the person’s everyday life. Yaron has extensive experience working with individuals from the LGBT community. He also works with individuals, both teenagers and adults, who deal with depression, anxiety, HIV, trauma, relationship issues, addiction and immigration. As an immigrant he understands the complexity of moving to another place and dealing with the cultural differences that sometimes can be very traumatic. Yaron is fluent in English and Hebrew.

Doug Blackburn, LCSW

Clinical Social Work Supervisor/Therapist

Doug is clinical supervisor and therapist who is a licensed clinical social worker in New York as well as other states. Doug has over 20 years experience working with a variety of populations, addressing a multitude of emotional and mental health issues.
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He is active in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), serving on the Board of Directors. Doug is a Certified Substance Abuse Therapist and trainer for the Association of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Doug has worked with children, adolescents, families and groups in a number of therapeutic settings. Doug's focus is always first and foremost on the strengths based perspective, with the belief that all persons have the capacity to change and improve their lives. Doug utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused therapy and Motivational Interviewing, as well as always encouraging mindfulness. Doug believes that the most important part of his job as a therapist is to be present with the client at all times and to constantly strive to grow his empathic skills, in an effort to help as many people as possible. Doug strongly believes it is important for each client to leave his or her therapy sessions with a sense of validation and hope.

Karen Formisano, LMSW

Therapist

Karen is a compassionate, genuine, and culturally competent therapist that is passionate about helping individuals develop a healthy and nurturing relationship with themselves, as well as those in their lives. She is experienced in working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.
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Karen utilizes various treatment modalities and styles best suited for each individual client which includes: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing to name a few. She has also found utilizing creative arts strategies such as Art and Music therapies to be extremely helpful when working with children and adolescents. Karen has helped clients work through challenges pertaining to relationships, depression, anxiety, self-esteem/self-worth, grief/loss, domestic violence, trauma, and addiction. It is Karen's belief that through the therapeutic relationship, clients can develop self-awareness and coping strategies to improve their overall wellness.

Danielle Hibbard, LCSW

Therapist

Danielle is a warm and nonjudgmental therapist who creates a safe setting so that you feel comfortable discussing your thoughts and feelings. She utilizes a psychodynamic approach believing that our past plays an important role in who we become.
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Danielle has experience working with children, teens, adults and families and has extensive experience working with people with a history of trauma. She uses a variety of modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, play therapy, and art therapy to help clients attain their goals and become the best versions of themselves.

Megan Wakeley, LMSW

Therapist

Megan is an empathetic, caring and a non-judgmental therapist. She believes in offering a space where you feel safe, heard and seen. She utilizes an eclectic approach incorporating psychodynamic, attachment based, EMDR, cognitive behavioral and family systems to name a few.
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She holds extensive experience working within the LGBTQ population, adolescents and young adults. Megan works with individuals and couples on relationship problems, life transitions, identity, self-esteem/self-worth, anxiety and depression.

Steven Jacob, LMSW

Therapist

Steven is an empathetic and supportive therapist that is passionate about helping people to feel their absolute best. His style of therapy is one that is collaborative, conversational, and adaptive.
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Steven's treatment modalities include cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness to help clients develop insight so that they can feel empowered to solve problems. He has experience working with adolescents, adults, and couples in diverse settings. Steven helps those who are dealing with behavioral health issues, relationship issues, and difficult life-transitions to develop positive coping strategies. He believes that the journey to mental wellness begins by establishing a healthy therapeutic relationship in an environment that is safe and non-judgmental.

Katherine Kuprenas, LMSW

Therapist

Katherine is an open-minded and caring clinician, who has experience working with adults, teens, children, families, and couples. She believes in offering unconditional respect and warmth, to help build a positive therapeutic relationship where healing and growth can occur.
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Katherine works with multiple modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, play therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. However, she is always open to input from clients on where they want to see their therapy go.