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Since we​ established in Garden City, NY in 2014 our ambitious 

goal has been to develop a therapy practice of excellence.

Meet our passionate team of practitioners who strive to excel in 

their counseling specialties.

Elaine Zerakhto Therapist

Elaine Zerakhto

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, NCC

All of us have the "tools" within us to help ourselves. As a psychotherapist, I will help you find those inner "tools" and we will use them to guide you through emotional difficulties, relationship issues and many of the other challenges we face in life.

I have worked with varied clients from ages 12 to 65, providing psychotherapy for a variety of reasons. I have experience in working with clients who may be suffering from depression, anxiety, or dealing with loss and grief, or family conflicts. By working together we will be able to overcome the obstacles you are facing 

Emily Errera Therapist

Emily Errera

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Mental health counseling demands a level of professionalism and a great deal of dedication. Integrity, genuineness, and a passion for the field of mental health are some of the assets I posses which will allow me to help you achieve your therapeutic goals. I am dedicated to understanding your concerns and identifying a safe way to navigate through them. You will be validated and heard and together we will establish an individualized and collaborative plan that suits your needs. I utilize a person centered, cognitive-behavioral, and eclectic approach to therapy.

Irene Tzivras Counselor

Irene Tzivras

Licensed Mental health Counselor, CRC

I enjoy working with all types of individuals at different stages of readiness for therapy. Each client is an individual who comes with a specific set of needs and would benefit from a holistic approach. During sessions, the client and I focus on achieving their stated goals. I believe in developing these goals with the client and agreeing on the means to obtain them. I enjoy working with a wide range of populations such as children, adolescents, adults, couples and parents. "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." - Socrates.

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Dhara Shah

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, CASAC, NCC

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with an expertise in working with adults, children, adolescents, and families.

By building therapeutic rapport and using a person centered approach I assist individuals achieve their goals, and overcome day to day challenges. I have several years of experience helping with issues associated with mental health disorders, grief and loss, ODD, ADHD, substance abuse, trauma, stress management, anger management, relationship issues and self-esteem.

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Christine DeRiso

Licensed Social Worker

You deserve to live best quality of life you envision for yourself. However, circumstances/stressors may have you struggling right now. We can work together using my person centered and collaborative approach to help you on your journey towards achieving personal growth/change. In my practice, I provide a safe, emphatic, and non-judgmental environment to express yourself freely.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with years of experience working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. 

Christine Fuchs Therapist

Christine Fuchs

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

My clients come to me because they have struggled with depression, anxiety, and fear for as long as they can remember. They doubt themselves and often feel like they are worthless and a burden to others. They have struggled with feeling numb and empty, self-judgment, isolation, and loneliness. They have been consistently mistreated and have experienced things that most people can't even imagine.

My approach is specifically tailored to help you move past depression and anxiety and the debilitating effects of trauma and abuse. I will be by your side as you take back control of your life and heal the wounds of the past.

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Kristen Belevich

Licensed Social Worker

Everyone goes through difficult periods in life which can be weathered with the aid of an empathetic listener. I believe the job of a therapist is to help their client understand his/her tendencies and how they foster problems or supply strength. My method is based in positive psychology, informed by cognitive behavioral theory, and designed to guide people to discover their natural skills for coping and self-empowerment.

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Larry Epstein

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, CASAC

I specialize in work with individuals, couples, adults, and teens. I assist those contending with substance abuse, current and former military/veterans, trauma victims, and people looking for more effective ways of expressing anger.

I strive to help people focus on the solutions people carry within themselves. I help people unlock their own potential through gaining a clearer understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Meredith Olster Therapy

Meredith Olster

Licensed Social Worker

Life is messy, complicated and confusing. It's even harder when you feel that you don't have someone to talk to. I'd like to be that person for you. With years of experience behind me working and collaborating with clients just like you, I've successfully helped people to uncomplicate their lives. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression or issues within your personal relationships, a caring and empathetic ear may be what you need to start to feel like yourself again. Let me be the person who can guide you down the path towards a more peaceful life.

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Megan Quinn

Licensed Social Worker

I have a client-centered approach to therapy. I offer a compassionate listening ear, experience in evidence-based treatment approaches, and a commitment to helping you or your child meet your goals. I aim to make therapy an enjoyable, comfortable experience for my clients.

I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults & parents. I am passionate about helping children find approachable ways to manage their fears, reduce symptoms of anxiety, and live happier lives. I aim to help parents find effective ways to support their children in managing challenging behaviors in order to maintain a happy, healthy family life.

Tracey Gecewicz Therapy

Tracey Gecewicz

Licensed Social Worker

I provide therapeutic services to individuals, couples, and families dealing with a wide ranges of issues including, but not limited to anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, divorce and marital discord. I am an experienced clinician and am EMDR trained and employ psychotherapy, CBT, and Behavioral Modification when indicated. I also have over 15 years experience in child welfare throughout Long Island, NYC and Westchester. 

Eshika Kalam

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, NCC

As a therapist it is my job to provide my clients with a safe and non-judgmental environment, which will facilitate self-expression. Through self-disclosure clients will be able to learn more about themselves and the tools they have within themselves to cope with life adversities. By providing empathetic listening, I will help my clients to explore issues that are preventing them from living a successful life and guide them towards self-acceptance.

Melissa Klepper Substance Abuse Therapist

Melissa Klepper

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

I utilize motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral strategies to assist my clients in overcoming the ambivalence that prevents them from reaching their goals. I utilize evidence based practices such as Seeking Safety, for PTSD and substance use disorders, as well as coping skills, relapse prevention, and DBT. 

I provide clinical group and individual services. I am passionate about my work.  

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Thao Nguyen

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP

I work closely with our therapists to help our clients with medication management. I also enjoy building a rapport with my clients, to truly understand how they feel both physically and mentally, throughout the healing process. I will help manage your care and guide you through your journey to mental wellness. Remember, healing is absolutely possible. I work with all populations and specialize in psychiatric assessments and medication monitoring and management for anxiety and depression. 

I also work with additional issues such as ADHD, Bi-polar, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Trauma and PTSD.

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Lucia Castellano

Receptionist & Final Year     LMHC Student

I am in my second year at Hunter College studying Mental Health Counseling and have spent 3 semesters interning in New York City's Lower Eastside. I am an avid soccer supporter and still reeling from the US Men's Soccer team not qualifying for 2018 world cup! As well as an NYCFC fan my loyalties also lie with Napoli.

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Samantha Verdecchia

Receptionist & 1st Year    School Counseling Student

I enjoy helping people and I have always wanted to work in the mental health field. I am currently finishing my first year studying for my Masters in School Counseling at LIU Post. In my spare time when not studying you will find me crocheting and knitting! 

Jessica Corea

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, CASAC-T & NY State DWI/DUI Assessor

You deserve to live a happier and healthier life. Together, we can begin to understand your situation, and then create a plan that will address the issues that are causing you stress. Do you feel overwhelmed? Are you unsure about how to achieve your goals? Therapy is a powerful tool utilized to help resolve the problems you are experiencing. It strengthens our coping tools and our sense of self.

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Gerry Ryan


I am a 20 year veteran of the hospitality industry, ending in 2009 after 3 years at Hilton and making several life long friends along the way.

With a goal to help people, I went back to college in 2009 to get a degree in human services and followed it up with more specific certifications and credentials. I spent the next 4 years as case manager in my dream job at  Seafield where on a daily basis the mission is to help others. 

In the field of mental health that is our mission here at JcoreaCounseling!