The Midtown MFT Staff
Ellen's theoretical approach is an integration of psychodynamic, humanistic, holistic, and systemic theories. Through long term, in-depth psychotherapy, Ellen creates safety within the room so couples can drop their defense structures and protections, speak authentically about what they feel, and really be heard, sometimes for the first time.
Ellen believes that given the safety of the therapeutic process, clients will emerge, and show their authentic selves’. It is this process where couples learn to validate the others experience and become responsive to one another’s needs. Restored connection comes from accepting each other’s experiences and healing the emotional wounds that have prevented them from truly hearing one another. Once clients can connect in this way, they use their own inherent strengths to make the changes they need. They become compassionate and responsive to the other.
In working with individuals, Ellen uses the same approach and framework so clients can clearly see through their defenses and find their lost ‘self’. By creating a safe space for clients to process their history and heal their wounds, they discover who they are, and use their own strengths to ‘appear’ in relationships.
Ellen has focused the majority of her clinical career on anger management NYC. Ellen works with individuals, couples, families, and groups, to break the destructive, reactionary patterns of anger, to provide relief, and hope for growth and change. Ellen shows her clients healthy ways to voice their needs and wants and how to heal from past pain.
Ellen specializes in anger management NYC within relationships, working with her staff in multiple modalities to deeply heal both the individual and the couple/family system.
Ellen is a New York State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and a Member of the Board for the New York Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Ellen received a Bachelor of Science
degree in both Psychology and the Administration of Justice, from the
University of Pittsburgh and her
Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Hofstra University.
Elena’s personal and professional paths have led her to combine creativity and healing towards a life well lived. Elena offers individual in-depth psychotherapy, couples therapy, brief solution-focused therapy, and group therapy at Midtown MFT. Elena comes to us with extensive training in the healing arts and works with deep appreciation for the rare opportunity the therapeutic relationship offers clients to revision and enhance their lives.
Elena’s clinical approach is engaged, creative, practical, and compassionate. She acknowledges self-expression as a tremendous resource for healing, understanding that it offers us a place beyond anxiety and depression. Elena considers therapy an experience of reunion: reunion with our whole selves, our latent possibilities, our bodies, our intuition, and our purpose within community. She has experience counseling individuals, and couples through life transitions, repetition in relationship, trauma recovery (specifically sexual assault and abuse), anger, depression, and anxiety. Her directive approach is guided by the goals of personal transformation, self-awareness, spiritual connection, empowerment, and living a deeply fulfilling life.
She currently provides in-depth psychotherapy to individuals and couples at Midtown MFT, and in her private practice located in Greenwich Village, New York.
Elena keeps artistic expression a part of her life through painting and writing. As a Creative Arts Therapist, Elena combines her passion for creative expression with her therapeutic work, creating a safe space for deep healing and recovery of sexual abuse and assault.
Elena has shown her dedication to survivors by working as a Retreat Specialist and Clinical Consultant for The Joyful Heart Foundation. The foundation, in association with world-renowned rape crisis centers, takes groups to Kona, Hawaii to experience the therapeutic and healing experience of swimming with dolphins, and engaging in art, writing, and movement.
Elena is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of New York, a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, and a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Elena has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art and Art History from the Honors program at Boston College and her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
Christina has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)in California since 1998, and in New York State in 2008. She holds a Masters degree in Counseling/Psychology from The University of San Francisco and a second Masters degree in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Christina is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator, helping couples prepare emotionally for the challenges of marriage.
Much of her early counseling work was in the areas of bereavement and crisis. Through experiences with bereaved clients she was drawn toward being with others where there was potential for spiritual renewal. In addition to counseling and psychotherapy she has a background as a poet, essayist and instructor of literature. The same experience of getting on a "roll" creatively when practicing an artistic craft, the attunement to an energy stream beyond the words also happens in the therapy room between therapist and client. This current moves beneath the words, or "the story". A skilled therapist can listen to twenty minutes of talk and know instinctively what the core point of it is--the theme--and what can be expanded upon. This is very important for clients: much of the work is helping people clarify what is most essential for them, where to begin and where to go deeper. The best work in therapy is a deeply creative partnership, using metaphor, fantasy and felt truth to come to agreement on what needs to change. However, it is largely the therapist's job to maintain an organizing principle and an eye on structure in order to move the goals forward. Christina likes working with artists and also utilizing her creative background to help all kinds of clients come into a new awareness.
Though Christina has deep respect for language and its ability to bring therapist and client together, She's also aware of how language also can separate us from our experience. The use of intuition and teaching clients how to attune to the body's own responses, to the feeling tone beneath the words is an important adjunct to the ongoing conversation.
In addition to her work with young couples and with creative types, her experiences as a parent also inform her work. She's interested in work with parents of young children, with helping women "come back to themselves" as they try to balance family life with individual identity.
People can change. Healing happens through relationship. Human beings are wired to discover to learn what they need to learn through their relationships with others. So that's the place to begin.
Christina works best with couples transitioning to marriage and to parenthood, mothers concerned with balancing the demands of parenthood with individual growth, with their lives as artists or with spousal relationships, writers and artists, individuals in crisis, and individuals struggling with life stage challenges.(top page)
Ami strives to create a safe space for her clients to share, explore, heal, and grow. Her style of working with clients is systemic, holistic, collaborative, and creative. She deeply believes in a client-centered and strengths-based approach. Her counseling technique is a combination of insight oriented and solution focused therapy with the goal of bringing about both paradigm shifts and behavior change.
As someone who grew up in America as part of a tight-knit Indian family, Ami is particularly sensitive to the impact clients’ family of origin, culture, and/or religion have on shaping their beliefs and informing their day-to-day choices. In addition, as a result of her own personal experiences, she is keenly aware of the unique challenges facing intercultural and/or interfaith couples and families. Given her multicultural background, professional experience in the HIV/AIDS field, and non-judgmental and warm nature, Ami is able to connect with others regardless of their age, gender, race, sexual orientation, culture, and/or life experiences. She has a genuine desire to help people improve the quality of their lives and is able to recognize and bring to light the best in them.
Ami is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New York State and earned her Master's Degree from Iona College.
Ami earned her first Master’s in Public Heath from Emory University and worked in the field of HIV/AIDS for ten years as a counselor, researcher and program director. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in South Asian Languages and Cultures and Pre-medical Studies from Columbia College. In addition, Ami graduated from the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in June of 2003 as an ordained Interfaith Minister. She is a member of the faculty at the seminary, offers premarital and spiritual counseling, and performs wedding ceremonies.
Ami is a certified PREPARE (premarital) counselor, PREP (relationship) facilitator, and Bringing Baby Home (parenting) educator. She is able to offer all of these programs either in a one-on-one format or group workshop. She also has a strong background and interest in the use of spirituality as a healing and change agent in marriage counseling NYC.(top page)
Central to Genna's therapeutic view is the use of long-term, in-depth therapy to challenge emotional and behavioral responses to our lives and environment. By discovering alternate meanings and hidden strengths, we are given the opportunity to develop understanding and compassion for our life experiences, accept those experiences as a part of who we are, and learn to live as whole beings. Within the secure therapeutic environment, patterns of interaction and outdated coping mechanisms, which may no longer serve our best interest, can be uncovered, and new ways of approaching our lives examined.
Genna's clinical approach is client-centered, emotionally-focused, collaborative and compassionate. She creates a trusting, professional client-therapist relationship wherein the ways we relate to self and others can be safely explored. Genna's primary focus is working with individuals, couples and families to improve relationships and life-balance, develop new, healthy coping mechanisms, break old patterns of behavior and lead fuller, richer lives.
Genna earned her Master of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iona College.(top page)
Allison’s believes our earliest relationships with our families have had great influence on the way we experience relationships today. She provides a warm, non-judgmental and supportive environment for healing.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Allison has a special interest in life transitions, anger management, trauma recovery, and anxiety and panic disorders. She provides a warm, non-judgmental and supportive environment for healing. Her clinical approach is psychodynamic, client centered, holistic and relational. Allison also specializes in working with clients going through the "Quarter Life Crisis" or the "Saturn Returns." She believes this is a period of life that is seldom discussed in our society but would benefit greatly from additional emotional support.
Allison also is passionate about assisting individuals dealing with co-dependency and loved ones suffering from addiction. Finding oneself in a co-dependent relationship can be extremely challenging, confusing, and heartbreaking. By bringing clarity and consciousness to the situation, relief and recovery can be become a possibility.
Allison earned her Masters Degree in Marriage in Family therapy from Hofstra University.(top page)
Natalie's fundamental goal is building strong rapport with her clients to ensure she provides a safe and nurturing environment for her clients' most vulnerable issues. She seeks to facilitate a mindfully based, client-centered approach, with unconditional positive regard, to her clients meeting them where they are and helping them to know and grow themselves holistically. As a native New Yorker with academic training in Eastern practices, Natalie's style of practice incorporates a balance of eastern and western approaches.
Natalie employs an eclectic use of therapeutic approaches including existential, emotion-focused, mindfulness-based, narrative, and psychodynamic theory to meet clients' individual needs and goals.
In a supportive environment, Natalie collaboratively explores the realities of the past and its presence in here-and-now situations with individuals and couples to develop a greater understanding of how inner wounding of the past or family of origin dynamics may be influencing struggles of the present to cultivate insight and connection to true Self, as well as, compassion and empathy building.
Natalie is passionate about working with individuals and couples having difficulty moving forward from trauma, inner child wounding, shame and guilt, families of origin struggles, difficulties with communication in relationships, or are dealing with life cycle transitions coping with the challenges of change and fear of the unknown.
Natalie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of New York. She earned her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Argosy University, Hawaii Campus and is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).(top page)
Jennifer is passionate about empowering people to live their fullest lives. This dedication has been lived out through a number of her personal and professional experiences. Jennifer brings with her a wealth of life experience. Along with her marriage and family therapy practice, Jennifer serves part-time as co-pastor of the Greenpoint Reformed Church. She has also worked as a chaplain in both hospital and hospice settings. These experiences have taught her that life can be a journey toward greater awareness and spiritual growth, and that such awareness can bring about deep joy and fulfillment. Jennifer most enjoys partnering with clients to help them author an authentic life for themselves by examining their most challenging historic experiences. By creating a warm, safe, non-judgmental environment, she encourages clients to access those elements that are limiting them. Through the use of both short-term solution-focused therapy and deeper relational techniques, Jennifer guides clients to find the relationships they long for. Jennifer is experienced in working with a wide variety of people, and regardless of religions, genders, cultures, life circumstances and sexual orientations.
Jennifer has completed her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Hofstra University. She received a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University. After working for several years as a technology specialist for a number of investment banks, Jennifer attended Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University where she received a Masters of Divinity Degree. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Jennifer is also in the process of becoming a certified alcoholism and substance abuse counselor.
Jennifer is a certified Prepare-Enrich premarital counselor with eight years experience helping couples prepare for greater levels of commitment. She is available for group work, and both individual and couple therapy.
Daniella believes in an integrated approach to healing combining awareness and tools to access the mind, body and spirit. She uses various therapeutic approaches including relational focusing on the interpersonal relationship between the therapist and the client which can inform other relationships in the client's life, existential/humanistic focusing on awareness of the present moment, and transpersonal, holding space for what is universal and spiritual.
Daniella practices in a client centered way having faith that each client has an inner knowing that leads to wholeness combining body awareness, mindfulness and deep knowing through ancient practices including the enneagram and meditation. Whether working with individuals or couples, Daniella believes that the process of sitting together in awareness and being with what ever is present can allow the client to access their true wants and needs.
Daniella graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies with a Masters in Integral Counseling Psychology. She also has a Master's degree in Urban Education and was a New York City public school teacher before pursuing her counseling degree. She is originally from New York City.
The Group/Workshop facilitators
Rachel’s passion in the last several years has been learning, teaching and working with people using Nonviolent Communication (NVC) or Compassionate Communication as it is sometimes called, a modality founded by Marshall Rosenberg, which focuses on understanding feelings and needs through connecting with what is most alive in ourselves and others. Rachel leads anger management groups and workshops in which she teaches NVC skills to support people in learning how to manage their anger more effectively. In using NVC with her clients, Rachel offers tools, which allow clients to resolve issues on their own.
Rachel is also currently in a certificate program in Somatic Experiencing (SE) based on the work of Peter Levine. SE focuses on healing trauma through body awareness. Her interest in this topic is both to have greater understanding and tools for working with people who experience trauma and to incorporate a more holistic approach to healing by having more awareness of the body’s process as we experience pain and change.
In her theoretical approach, Rachel incorporates NVC, empathy and somatic work to her training in family systems and solution-focused therapies. With an emphasis on being a collaborator in the client’s process, she supports clients on their journey toward feeling more self empowered, understood and connected.
Rachel works with clients in identifying and changing the stories that are no longer serving them; in order to support them in shifting from the areas in which they feel stuck to having a greater sense of freedom and choice.
Rachel is a New York State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Master’s degree from Antioch New England Graduate School. She also has an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, and is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).(top page)
Larry has studied personal growth and development over the course of the last 20 years. This path lead him to the Helix training program, a rigorous four year personal and professional training program for counselors.
As a holistic therapist Larry sees the client as a complete person; mind, body and spirit. His education at the Helix Training program coupled with his graduate work in Marriage and Family Therapy affords him the ability to work in many different disciplines and practices to effectively engage clients from diverse experiences and belief systems. Working from this blended and inclusive therapeutic model, Larry seeks to bring his clients closer to wholeness through psychological understanding, spiritual awareness and mindfulness practice, while looking at how these factors play in the body.
Larry has earned his Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Mercy College. He received a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College. Larry continued his studies in counseling at the Helix Training program, where he became certified as a Non-denominational Pastoral Counselor. Larry is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Mary teaches our Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy one-day workshops and 8-week group, assisting people in finding ways to prepare for and avoid depression relapse, and deepening their capacity to be proactive in their own mental health. Mary integrates mindfulness practices into her healing work with clients, drawing on over 10 years of practicing and leading meditation as a Peace Circle leader and with the Community of Mindfulness, founded by Thich Nhat Hanh, her primary teacher. Mary works with clients individually, in couples, and in groups in her private practice at East Village Holistic Therapy.
Mary received psychotherapeutic training through the Helix Healing Ministry and is an ordained Pastoral Counselor. She has been invited to present workshops at prestigious institutions including the Kripalu Center, the Omega Institute, and the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art. Mary co-presents the Storms Can't Hurt the Sky workshop with Gabriel Cohen.