Our Team

Olga Rothschild

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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Olga is a trained 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. Olga 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.

Joshua Levitt

Joshua Levitt, LMHC

Supervising 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.

Justine Brathwaite

Justine Brathwaite, LMHC

Supervising Therapist

Justine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who strongly believes in the power of connection to forge the path towards healing, growth, and discovery. She believes that the therapeutic alliance should be a safe, enriching, supportive and collaborative environment that nurtures self-efficacy and self-awareness. Using a person-centered, non-judgmental, strength-based approach, Justine has worked with clients from diverse populations and backgrounds in recognizing that everything they need is already within them and the therapeutic process is a way to understand and piece together their unique tapestry through authenticity and self-compassion. Read more...

Justine's approach to therapy is eclectic and integrative, largely shaped by and tailored to meet each client's individual and unique needs and strengths. She embraces and utilizes various psychotherapeutic modalities and techniques through a person-centered, trauma-focused, and culturally aware lens, including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt theory, Psychodynamic approaches, mindfulness techniques, and solution-focused therapy. Justine has experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults who have been impacted by loss and bereavement; interpersonal and relationship concerns; separation and divorce; anxiety; and depression.

Kylie Valent

Kylie Valent, LMHC

Supervising Therapist

Kylie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has experience working with children, adolescents, families, and adults. Kylie specializes in depression, anxiety, relationship and communication issues, trauma, and parenting difficulties. Kylie treats her clients with respect and compassion and believes everybody deserves an unbiased, non-judgmental listener to promote positive change. Read more...

Kylie works from a client-centered, values-based modality with an approach that combines psychodynamic, rational-emotive and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Kylie draws from different schools of thought in order to best fit the needs of her clients. She also incorporates different aspects of mindfulness into her practice.

Michelle Lev

Michelle Lev, LMHC

Supervising Therapist

Michelle is a licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State. She has experience providing therapy to children, adolescents and adults and helping them through all types of mental health issues such as ADHD/ADD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, selective mutism, life transitions, interpersonal challenges, and family conflict. Michelle also has experience working with families in the justice system to help resolve family conflict and create a change for the better. Read more...

Michelle believes in the effectiveness of Psychodynamic talk therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, and mindfulness techniques to help clients work through the challenges in their lives. To make the most of therapy, Michelle believes a client must feel safe, not judged, and related to in a professional and personable way. Michelle's therapy will be specific to your goals, and collaborative in nature. She looks forward to working with you.

Salihah Hughson

Salihah Hughson, LMHC

Supervising Therapist

Salihah is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who is passionate about the power of therapy to provide self-insight, catharsis, and coping mechanisms as clients work through the challenges of present day and process the traumas of the past. She brings experiences working with children, teens, adults, and families in child welfare, educational, and outpatient settings. Areas of interests and specialties include supporting clients struggling with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, family/interpersonal conflict, trauma, and grief and loss. Read more...

Salihah approaches therapy in a collaborative and strength-based way, meeting clients where they’re at and supporting them through an individualized and authentic process of healing. In working with Salihah, you can expect transparency, humor, and compassion as you work towards your goals. In her clinical practice, Salihah utilizes a range of relevant therapeutic approaches to meet the needs of clients including cognitive behavioral therapy, functional family therapy, mindfulness, and more.

“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.” – Helen Keller

Igor Kulishov

Igor Kulishov, LMHC

Supervising Therapist

Igor is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a person-centered approach that fosters autonomy and encourages individuals to take control of their lives. He believes that each treatment is unique for the individual and by reflecting on the past and present that the path to the future becomes far less intimidating. His philosophy is that every individual is an expert in themselves and through insight and self-analysis this expertise can be leveraged for positive physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual change. Igor fosters a safe and warm environment so that every individual is able to grow and flourish at their own pace, building on their strengths and gathering skills to tackle any difficulty presenting itself.

Elizabeth Friedman

Elizabeth Friedman, LMHC

Therapist

Elizabeth is a warm, positive therapist that emphasizes empathy, humor, and deep meaningful questions as key components in a successful therapy session. She views therapy as a non-judgemental place where you can feel safe to express your whole truth while learning how to build self awareness. Understand the effect you have on the world to understand how the world is affecting you. Elizabeth believes you can fit in and be unique, you can learn to build the life you want, and you can learn how to break toxic cycles within your relationships. Elizabeth is set out to help you learn person-centered, relatable techniques that can bring the change you want to see in your life. Read more...

Elizabeth specializes in working with families and focuses on helping families create a strong unit in order to help improve self efficacy, communication skills, and setting boundaries and more. Elizabeth also specializes in all things relating to anxiety especially OCD picking disorders. She uses an eclectic approach which includes but is not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Empathy, motivational interviewing, with a high emphasis on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Jacqueline Collazo

Jacqueline Collazo, LMHC

Therapist

Jacqueline is an empathic therapist who walks with her clients on their healing journeys. She believes therapy should be supportive, collaborative, and direct. Jacqueline’s focus is on providing a compassionate, safe, and non-judgmental environment for all the clients she serves. She helps clients recognize thoughts, behaviors, and patterns rooted in the past, which may be affecting the present. Jacqueline will work with clients to develop effective coping strategies and achieve goals for healthier behaviors, choices, and relationships. Jacqueline is trained in EMDR. She works with individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents providing therapy in English or Spanish. Read more...

Jacqueline has experience working with individuals, couples, families, children, and teens in outpatient, private practice, and hospital settings. She recognizes the ability to heal is within every person. Jacqueline uses a psychodynamic approach with additional treatment modalities as appropriate to help clients achieve growth and change with a variety of issues, including communication issues, relationship conflict, family issues, anxiety, depression, PTSD, anger issues, and addictive behaviors. Jacqueline is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years of experience. She received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Russell Sage College.

Dinara Kuatova

Dinara Kuatova, LMHC

Therapist

Dinara is a bilingual Russian-speaking Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Dinara is an empathic counselor who builds a trustful and respectful environment when helping people to overcome life's challenges and to find effective solutions. She believes that mental health is closely connected to physical health, and together with her clients she helps to recognize, explore, and mitigate causes of distress that prevent her clients from achieving their goals. Read more...

Dinara has experience working with children, families and adults from diverse cultures. Her therapeutic specialties include social anxiety, parenting issues, challenging life transitions, low self-esteem and depression, among others. While working with clients, Dinara implements a full variety of psychotherapeutic approaches and modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Play Therapy for children.

Kelly Yu

Kelly Yu, LLMHC

Therapist

Kelly is a Limited License Mental Health Counselor supervised by Justine Brathwaite, LMHC. Kelly’s life philosophy and approach to therapy are one in the same – finding personal meaning to all of life’s experiences. She utilizes an eclectic therapeutic modality to personalize therapy for each individual by implementing cognitive behavioral techniques with psychodynamic and humanistic approaches. Her experience includes working with adults with depression, anxiety, stress, life transition concerns, trauma, grief and bereavement, relationship and career issues, and identity development difficulties. Read more...

Whether you are seeking therapy to address a concrete issue, such as difficulty within your relationship or career, or an abstract issue, such as finding meaning and fulfilment to your life, Kelly views therapy as a collaborative partnership between you and herself. She believes exploring the answers hidden within you in a safe and supportive environment can help you achieve your highest potential. Kelly is here with you along your journey on taking new, exciting, and bold steps in your life.

Yulia McClamrock

Yulia McClamrock, LLMHC

Therapist

Yulia is a bi-lingual Russian speaking Limited License Mental Health Counselor supervised by Joshua Levitt, LMHC. Yulia works with a humanistic and empathetic approach aimed to help families, adolescents and adults to navigate through the unpredictability of life, while also building confidence, resiliency, and self-efficacy. She believes in implementation of gentle and integrative therapeutic approaches such Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-centered approach, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, and Behavioral Therapy. Read more...

Developing coping and stress management skills, becoming aware of thoughts, feelings and behaviors to fully take control over life are important goals when dealing with depression, trauma, anxiety and stress. In order to build such skills effectively, Yulia is focused on building therapeutic alliances and collaborative relationships with individuals.

Alina Bondareva

Alina Bondareva, LLMHC

Therapist

Alina Bondareva is a Mental Health Counselor with a Limited License under supervision of Justine Brathwaite, LMHC. She holds a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College. As a mental health counselor, Alina's goal is to create a compassionate and validating atmosphere for the client to feel safe to explore themselves, their emotional world and to share their findings. Alina enjoys working collaboratively with the clients to help them heal by discovering and enhancing their personal strengths and striving towards an improved and healthier life. Read more...

Alina utilizes a combination of psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused therapeutic modalities to help the clients embrace themselves and reduce the stress and suffering in daily life. Alina has experience working with young adult and adult clients struggling with various emotional disturbance and life challenges, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. She also works with the clients to address grief, loss, sibling relationships, career challenges and opportunities, and marital and relationship issues. With a non-judgmental and supportive approach, Alina provides clients with knowledge about the diagnosis, tools to achieve the goals, and skills to improve the quality of life.

Juliya Serebryanskaya

Juliya Serebryanskaya, LLMHC

Therapist

Juliya is a bilingual (English and Russian) Limited License Mental Health Counselor. Juliya is supervised by Justine Brathwaite, LMHC. She strives to provide an empathetic, accepting, and non-judgmental environment that allows you to be an authentic version of yourself. Juliya views therapy as a collaborative therapeutic relationship that builds a safe space for healing and growth. Juliya's studies have focused on trauma-informed care, and she has a special interest in working with the LGBTQIA+ populations.

Tia Ricketts

Tia Ricketts, LLMHC

Therapist

Tia is an empathetic, patient, and caring therapist whose main priority is to provide a safe space to ensure a productive and beneficial experience for clients. Tia is supervised by Igor Kulishov, LMHC. Tia utilizes a combination of Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Client-centered Therapy. She has experience working with young adults dealing with depression, anxiety, and interpersonal conflicts. The stigma placed on mental health, especially among minorities became her main inspiration for pursuing a career in mental health counseling. She seeks to become a positive representative to help combat racial disparities within the healthcare field and its negative impact on people of color and other marginalized groups.

Mat Bibik

Mat Bibik, LLMHC

Therapist

Mat utilizes a warm, curious, and nonjudgmental person-centered approach where therapy is viewed as a collaborative and eclectic process. They believe in implementing any number of tools to affect change and bring solutions, with special attention given to mindfulness, narrative, cognitive-behavioral, existential, and motivational interviewing techniques. Mat is a Limited Licensed Mental Health Counselor supervised by Joshua Levitt, LMHC. Mat has experience working with children and adults of all ages, addressing struggles such as depression, anxiety, school and work stress, and interpersonal conflict. In therapy, they maintain a strong awareness of the various systemic challenges in navigating today’s world and how they interact with mental health and functioning. By fostering a positive working alliance, the therapeutic relationship and environment serve as a secure base from which the client can begin to address these challenges and heal.

Christie Brake

Christie Brake, LLMHC

Therapist

Christie is a Limited License Mental Health Counselor supervised by Kylie Valent, LMHC who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults and helping them through mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, familial issues, communication issues, and interpersonal challenges. Christie is an empathetic, patient, and caring therapist who believes in the importance of building trusting therapeutic alliances. She provides a safe space free of judgment for clients to explore themselves freely and to grow. Christie utilizes a client-centered therapy with other Psychodynamic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness techniques.

Ted Kolsby

Ted Kolsby, LLMHC

Therapist

Ted Kolsby is a Limited License Mental Health Counselor supervised by Kylie Valent, LMHC. Ted completed his graduate studies at Brooklyn College. His approach to therapy is eclectic, pulling techniques from psychodynamic psychotherapy, CBT, and client centered treatments. Ted completed his clinical internship at Coney Island Hospital (CIH) where he worked in the inpatient unit. At CIH, he worked with patients experiencing psychotic episodes, mood and personality disorders and substance abuse disorders. At Brooklyn College’s counseling center, he worked with students struggling primarily with depression, anxiety and interpersonal issues. He is a strong believer in the importance of a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship. Additionally, he believes that humor, when used appropriately, can be a powerful healing agent.

Maike Dockendorf

Maike Dockendorf, LLMHC

Therapist

Maike is a bilingual German-speaking Limited License Mental Health Counselor supervised by Kylie Valent, LMHC. Maike was born in Germany to a multinational family, has lived in three countries, and graduated with her master’s degree from Minnesota State University Mankato. She approaches counseling through a multicultural lens, helping clients identify, process, and improve concerns they bring in with their own unique backgrounds. Maike likes to incorporate cognitive behavioral and narrative practices, and places importance on fostering a therapeutic relationship in which her clients can be themselves and feel safe. She also achieves this by using an empowering approach that highlights clients’ strengths, finding creative interventions, and using humor. She has experience working with individuals, couples, and families from the ages of five and up, and enjoys the diversity these different groups bring to her work.

Christine Scannapieco

Christine Scannapieco, LLMHC

Therapist

Christine is a Limited License Mental Health Counselor supervised by Kylie Valent, LMHC. Christine’s empathetic, supportive, positive, and accepting approach creates an environment where her clients feel safe to express their deepest concerns and emotions. Christine’s therapeutic approach is eclectic and incorporates different techniques ranging from psychodynamic therapy, CBT, DBT, ACT, mindfulness practices, attachment theory, motivational interviewing, solution-focused, and trauma informed. Christine views the therapeutic process as a collaborative relationship in which she works alongside her clients towards a more meaningful and fulfilling life. Read more...

Christine’s eclectic therapeutic approach allows her to meet each client where they are at and to attune to their specific needs and wants from their therapy experience. Christine’s experience as a therapist includes individuals with a range of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, racial/ethnic/cultural identity, bipolar disorder, sex & sexuality, gender identity, relationship and career issues, family issues, grief and bereavement, intergenerational trauma, and body image.

Lucy German

Lucy German, LLMHC

Therapist

Lucy is a Limited License Mental Health Counselor supervised by Joshua Levitt, LMHC. Lucy obtained her Master’s degree from New York University in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness. She has experience working with children and adolescents as well as utilizing trauma focused therapy, CBT, and Mindfulness techniques. Lucy believes in using a Person-centered approach as everyone has different needs and unique experiences. She is passionate about creating a safe space for clients to feel comfortable in sharing their truths as well as building the therapeutic relationship.

Michelle Zak

Michelle Zak, LLMHC

Therapist

Michelle Zak is a Limited License Mental Health Counselor who completed her M.A. in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. Michelle is supervised by Igor Kulishov, LMHC. Taking a holistic, exploratory, and empowering approach to therapy, Michelle utilizes aspects of Psychodynamic Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Mindfulness. Michelle also focuses on the mind and body connection. She believes that one’s wellbeing encompasses not only thoughts and emotions, but also one's mind, body, and environment. Michelle creates a warm and safe space for clients to work collaboratively to help clients find happiness and their truest self.

Lud Bazar

Lud Bazar, LLMHC

Therapist

Lud is a bilingual, Limited License Mental Health Counselor supervised by Salihah Hughson, LMHC. Lud is fluent in English and Haitian-Creole. Lud is devoted to creating a safe, non-judgmental environment where clients feel seen, heard, accepted, and understood. She believes that as a client your feelings and experiences are valid. Life is full of challenges. Lud's goal is to help clients discover how they came to this place and equip them with the proper coping mechanisms to overcome these challenges. Lud has experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with low-self esteem, depression, anxiety, stress, and trauma. She incorporates various evidence-based therapeutic techniques into the treatment process tailored to meet each client’s unique and specific needs. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Person-Centered therapy to help clients achieve their goals and grow into their most authentic selves.