Who We Are At Eclectic Counseling Brooklyn

 

Anne Petraro

LMHC

I have a client-centered and blended approach to therapy which allows me to best meet the needs and goals with my clients. My approach includes various aspects of multiple therapeutic orientations, allowing for the optimal counseling experience. All therapeutic approaches I utilize are well-documented, proven effective modalities approved by the American Psychological Association.

These include, but are not limited to, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness-Based CBT, Trauma-Focused CBT, Positive Psychology, & Psychodynamic Therapy. My goal is to assist you in living your best life. I specialize in anxiety/depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, PTSD, panic disorders, and couples counseling. I work with all age groups, including children and teenagers.

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and National Certified Intervention Professional. I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Hofstra University. I also attended Molloy College for Drug and Alcohol Certification and have been practicing since 2000.

Alexandra Tesnakis

LMHC

I am a licensed mental health counselor with over 5 years of experience working with individuals, groups, and families. I pride myself on showing up for each client as my authentic self and working to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for clients. I believe in the importance of building trust in the therapeutic relationship in order to access healing. It is within this safe space that clients are able to be vulnerable and begin to process difficult feelings, thoughts, or experiences.

I work from a client-centered eclectic approach that is trauma-informed, queer-positive, and anti-oppressive. I acknowledge the effect psychological oppression and systematic injustice have on my client’s mental health and well-being. Each client is the expert in their own lives and requires skills and support carefully tailored to their unique experiences. I utilize a variety of evidence-based approaches such as DBT, CBT, Mindfulness, and Relational Therapy. This helps clients build coping skills and insight into their relational patterns and unhelpful thoughts or behaviors.

Throughout my career, I have worked with adults, children and have worked extensively with teenagers and young adults. I have supported individuals through various life transitions and concerns including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, emotional dysregulation, self-esteem and self-worth, relational trauma, post-traumatic stress, and substance misuse. I believe a strong, empathic, and trusting therapeutic relationship can create the right conditions for my clients to access their strengths and begin healing at their own pace.

Ishanie Sanchez

LMHC

My journey as a mental health advocate began over a decade ago. I have continually worked to advance my skills and better serve those in need. I have had the privilege of providing mental health services to individuals from all walks of life, including families in crisis, at-risk teens, and bilingual youth- as I am fluent in Spanish. Additionally, I am well-versed in administering couples, marriage, and family counseling meant to improve interpersonal dynamics.

Through my professional and educational experiences, I have harnessed the specialized skills required to effectively treat depression and anxiety, as well as common comorbid personality, interpersonal, and mood disorders. I utilize a variety of evidence-based approaches, including CBT, DBT, and IPT related treatment with my clients to formulate beneficial treatment plans for each unique mental health journey. I strongly believe that we are much more than the labels imposed upon us and that we all have the potential to healthily navigate intense mental health challenges faced along the way. 

I continually dedicate myself to connecting with patients on a genuine, compassionate level, building quality rapport and facilitating successful mental health journeys forward. I have received my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Psychology, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mental Health Counseling. I am now a Licensed Mental Health Counselor based in New York and have been in practice since 2011. My aim is to provide a safe space for clients so that they may better understand thoughts and behaviors, navigate intense emotions, and develop healthier skills meant to further their quality of life. 

Ashley Gentil

LMHC

Ashley Gentil is a warm and empathic Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has experience providing therapy to individuals ages 6 and up. She is well-versed in working with patients struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, marital/relationship issues, family issues, life transitions, grief and loss, ADHD, behavioral issues, and substance abuse.

Ashley believes that a strong therapeutic relationship should be at the forefront of the work that is done in therapy. Her goal is to work with you — to help guide you to see your full potential as an individual or couple so you can achieve your initial goals.

She believes that therapy should be a safe space to share and process through internal struggles or relational conflicts in a collaborative and supportive environment. Ashley uses an eclectic approach that includes evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Strengths-Based approach, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) with a focus on Mindfulness.

She believes that each individual is unique and thrives when treatment is tailored to their own specific needs and preferences. The end goal is to feel empowered and equipped with the skills needed in order to be able to navigate through any struggles or hardships independently.

Marina Krugolets

LMHC, CDP

My journey to practicing psychotherapy started over 20 years ago. I have over 15 years of experience practicing psychotherapy to individuals of all ages. The sum of my experience has shaped me and provided me with an insight into human suffering. It has taught me great patience, compassion, empathy and understanding of our unique situations. I look forward to helping you overcome the difficulties you face so that you can live an open, happy and fulfilling life.

I specialize in depression, anxiety, relationship/marital issues, as well as adolescent/teen issues. I face these issues daily in my clinical work. I utilize an approach that is eclectic, combining techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness/meditation, person centered and psychoanalytic work. Relaxation techniques and exploration of inner struggles help my clients better understand themselves and their path to newfound joy.

I provide individual, couples and family psychotherapy as well as parenting consults in person and online. Online therapy has shown to be very effective for clients as it offers a convenient medium to face-to-face therapy. My experience also offers in-school counseling to school aged children as well as over 6 years of geriatric/elderly psychotherapy.

Madeleine VanCeylon

MHC-LP

Hi there! My name is Madeleine VanCeylon. I have a masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling acquired from a private university in Springfield, MO, and am certified in Telehealth services. I have always been pulled to private practice work and I am thankful for the deep connections made through a core team with the same vision. I chose this profession in hopes of being a vessel, available for anyone looking for an open, safe space to grow and develop a healthy way of living. I believe I cultivate an environment of transparency in my practice that values vulnerability and security within the therapeutic relationship.

My experience mainly lies with a client base of children, young adults, adults, couples,
and families. I have an excellent retention rate and am able to carry clients to a place
where they feel steady within themselves and equipped with the right tools to better
their own mental health. My preferred modality could be described as a mixture of
cognitive behavioral work, psychodynamic theory, person-centered and experiential
therapy (with hints of feminist therapy as well). I am interested in helping clients develop creative coping skills designed specifically for them. I am majorly influenced by the work of Virginia Satir and her principles of congruence, as well as John Bowlby and his workings in attachment theory. I use the core principles of these teachings to form an eclectic style of therapy, one that can be altered to fit each individual personality I come across. I work to provide the resources necessary for my clients to understand themselves in a deeper and more profound way.

I am proficient in guiding others in the realm of anxiety, depression, complex trauma, PTSD, and adjustment disorders. My main mission as a therapist is to create authentic, trusting relationships with my clients where there is an honest effort, accountability, and openness to change.

Brittany Bergersen

MHC-LP

Welcome to a safe space! Ever since volunteering as a crisis counselor over four years ago, I have had a growing desire to help others. I focused on dual majors in college and received a BA in both psychology and sociology. This further encouraged me to obtain a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. For over 2 years I have been able to do what I love – assisting those suffering from a variety of mental health issues. Some of the issues I have helped people work on and even overcome include anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, poor time-management, eating disorders, low self-esteem, and more. I have worked with people of all ages, ranging from pre-teens to adults and have treated both men and women from a plethora of different cultures. Doing so has allowed me to broaden my horizons and helped me become a more seasoned counselor.

With an immense amount of hands-on experience, research, and training, I have developed the ability to assess and diagnose clients, create personalized treatment plans, and maintain an environment in which my client’s feel comfortable to open up and introduce their concerns and stressors. I found that treatments vary depending on the client; with that knowledge, I am able to mold my treatment modality in order to create a more effective experience for each client that I come across. I have experience utilizing multiple types of approaches including, but not limited to, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy, positive psychology, humanistic, and person-centered therapy. Therapy is not an interview, so I find it important to be myself by using a conversational tone during sessions. I walk with my client’s on their journey towards mental and emotional wellbeing to optimize their experience and show them that they are not alone!

Irene Sherif

MHC-LP

Taking a moment to think about yourself is the first step towards greater insight, so congratulations on taking your first major step towards your self-understanding journey! In life, we all face personal challenges and difficult experiences that can lead to overwhelming feelings, especially when we struggle with them alone.

As your multicultural competent therapist, I create a supportive, confidential environment where I assist in guiding you as you take steps towards positive life changes, healing, and a healthy mind. Through this empathetic space, you (the client) will feel safe to explore your thoughts and feelings at your own pace. I believe that you are the expert in your life, and I am here to guide you in the process of self-discovery, growth, and understanding with compassion, directness, and empathy. My style is one of openness and non-judgmental acceptance. I utilize an eclectic therapy approach, which draws upon multiple theories and styles such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and various other tools to address your unique needs and to assist you in reaching your goals and finding balance in life. 

I believe in collaborating with my clients in sessions to help them with their areas of need while empowering them to use their strengths and learned tools to overcome difficulties. I work with individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds in both English and Arabic. Some of my areas of specialization include Addiction, Depression, Anxiety, Stress-Related Concerns, Trauma, Grief, Parenting, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders, OCD, Sexual/Emotional/Physical Abuse, Codependency, Women’s Issues, and Relationship Issues. I graduated with a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida.  I look forward to meeting you and supporting you on this journey!

Brianna Maldonado

MHC-LP

I graduated with my Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Mercy College and soon began my career in the field of Behavioral Health in a non-profit organization, Phoenix House, focusing on the treatment of substance use and misuse. I have taken on roles in the organization to include LGBTQIA+ Liaison, where I advocate for the community by networking to build connections and resources for present and future clientele.

I also teach self-defense for women, utilizing my background in the Marine Corps, to help increase self-esteem and confidence to those who have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse and/or trauma.  I have extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder I and II, Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, substance abuse, ADHD, and have treated clients from teenagers to over 65+ across the spectrum of gender identity.

My multi-disciplinary approach allows me to personalize the treatment I provide to my clients, but I specialize in DBT and CBT therapy, and often use the Motivational Interviewing approach to help foster change. Every client I have the pleasure of working with will experience unconditional positive regard and a safe place to be their true selves. 

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