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KEISHA J. SANDO, MA, LMHC, FOUNDER
Keisha J. Sando, founder MA, LMHC is a New York-based Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 18+ years in the mental health field. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Eastern University and her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University. Keisha has been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has been trained in Trauma Systems Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is a Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional. Keisha enjoys sharing her knowledge of ways to incorporate alternative medicine like vitamins, yoga, and healthy eating to help reduce unwanted mental health symptoms. Keisha also connects well with women who find themselves getting stuck in negative thinking patterns and the cycle of unhealthy relationship patterns. Keisha has helped reunify children and families by teaching them how to focus on the wellness of the individual, helping them learn skills to manage anger, reduce stress, build self-confidence, and cope with a variety of mental health concerns. Her mission is to help you recognize the root of the issue and coach you through your journey back to wellness and wholeness.
DEBRA A. FADER, MS, LMHC
Debra A. Fader, MS, LMHC is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Rehabilitation Counselor, with over 25 years of experience providing individual evaluation and counseling for youths through adults. Debra received her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Scranton in 2002. Shortly after, she began teaching for the counseling department as an Adjunct Professor. She also completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical/Health Education from East Stroudsburg University in 1984. She is passionate about helping individuals discover their career and personal aspirations and strengths, through an individualized empowering process. She believes the process of discovering these inner strengths/gifts empowers individuals to make the necessary adjustments and decisions toward reaching their life goals. She has counseled individuals with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Depression and Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Personality Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Physical disabilities and those adjusting to newly acquired disabilities, Alcohol and Substance abuse, PTSD, and stress-related issues. Debra is holistic in her approach, understanding the whole person while providing a genuine empathetic, and trusting environment. She utilizes therapy approaches such as Person-Centered, Motivational, Solution-Focused, Narrative, and Cognitive-Behavioral towards promoting positive options and outcomes.
DIANNE LAURENT, LMHC
Dianne is a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor who is passionate about supporting the mental and emotional well-being of others. Dianne attained a B.A. in Psychology from CUNY Medgar Evers College (2007) and M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus (2012). She has over 10 years of counseling experience, helping youths and adults manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, anger, trauma and other psychiatric disorders. Dianne has experience in providing individual, couples, family and group therapies to culturally diverse populations. Her approach is person-centered, but she adapts other evidence-based therapeutic techniques to help you cope and reach your personal goals. Dianne’s duty it to provide a safe, confidential and genuine space that will aid in your journey towards self-discovery and healing.
JOYANN REID, LMHC
Joyann Reid has worked in the helping professions for the past 20 years. She began her career as a social worker, whose goal was to reunite families and help remove barriers to functioning by identifying resources to support families. Her further experience in the field includes 16 years as a school counselor and almost 5 years as a Mental Health Therapist. Joyann earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Education at St. Johns University followed by a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Alfred University. She works closely with children and adolescents to support their functioning and behavior in multiple environments, including home and school. She has been successful at helping children manage ADHD, conduct disorders, anxiety and PTSD. Joyann provides psycho-education and utilizes proven therapeutic intervention to help clients become familiar with their diagnoses, address current maladaptive ways of thinking or being, and focus on the here and now.
LORIANNE STRACHAN, MHC-LP
Lorianne Strachan, MS. ED, MHC-LP has worked in the helping profession for the past 30 years. She began her career as a Case Worker for New York City Department of Social Services, and then transitioned to the New York City Department of Education as a School Counselor. Lorianne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology specializing in Education, Master’s in Special Education, Master’s in School Counseling, Master’s in School Administration and an Advance Certification in Mental Health Counseling. Lorianne enjoys working with adolescent and adult clients using Trauma Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Talk Therapy, Play Therapy and Mindfulness Exercises. It is Lorianne’s wish to work with the Geriatric Client population, their families, and Caretakers.
Michele Bostic is a mental health counselor who provides individual therapy for adolescents and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, anger management, self-esteem concerns and everyday life stressors. Michele completed her Master’s Degree in School Counseling at Alfred University. Michele is educated in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which she uses to explore the relationship between a person’s behavior, thoughts and feelings. Michele also utilizes Psychodynamic, Psychoeducation and Play Therapy depending on the individual needs of the person. She has experience working in a variety of settings including: schools, foster care agencies, non-profit organizations and private practice.
In Michele’s free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, traveling and enjoying life to the fullest.
Tiara currently works as a School Counselor in an elementary school where she helps to mold the minds of the little ones. Tiara is passionate about working with children and instilling them with skills that will be useful throughout their lifetime. She received her Bachelors in Psychology in 2014 and her Masters in Education – School Counseling in 2018. She is also a Graduate Level Student Therapist, in the process of obtaining her LMHC.
Tiara’s approach to counseling is solution-based and person-centered, which allows her to provide a safe space for the individual to share their inner thoughts and concerns. She believes in partnering with her clients to make connections and discover patterns that may be debilitating.
Ashley received her Bachelor’s degree of Science in Psychology at Brooklyn College and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Education with an Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling at Alfred University. Since 2016, she has been a paraprofessional for the Department of Education, working with students with disabilities in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade. She has always had a passion for helping others, and am looking forward to working with adolescents, couples, and families to develop better ways to communicate, build self-confidence, and manage mental illness by providing a safe and comfortable setting and building a trusting relationship.
Deija McCalla is currently being trained in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Northwestern University Family Institute. Her primary focus is treating women of color who struggle with depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, grief, and microaggressions. She plans on specializing in psychodynamic counseling while integrating evidence-based theoretical approaches, such as psychoeducation, CBT, and DBT. She is also interested in neuroeducation and is the community engagement coordinator in the Neuroscience Integration Lab at her school. She has the goal of pursuing research catered to women of color and the development of evidence-based approaches that best cater to them.
Stephanie Tang is a clinical intern and currently pursuing her MA in Mental Health Counseling at Northwestern University. She believes in a holistic, person-centered and strength-based approach and her goal is to approach therapy from an integrative lens by bringing in techniques from relational and psychodynamic theories. She fosters a warm, open, and empathetic healing environment that invites clients to explore their most authentic selves. She focuses on collaboration of therapeutic goals and has worked with children, teens and adults who struggle with symptoms related to anxiety and depression. Her hope is for clients to feel some relief after their first few sessions by bringing in mindfulness or coping skills, while working in insight-based approaches to help support their longer-term wellness goals.