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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.

Gerry Ryan Substance Abuse

Meagan Miraldi

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

I am a firm believer that everyone can benefit from therapy. My goal is to make each of my client’s therapeutic experience as comfortable and safe as possible. I have worked with clients of all ages, including children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and seniors. Using a client-centered approach, I work with my clients to develop positive coping skills in order to tackle life’s stressors. I have experience working with clients with a variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. I treat each client as an individual and tailor my approach to their needs.

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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. 

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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.

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Nicole Weyer

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Having someone you can be open and honest with can make a difference during the most difficult days. I am a licensed mental health counselor with experience in helping adults, young adults, and adolescents navigate life’s ups and downs. I provide a compassionate and goal oriented approach where you will feel safe to explore feelings, interpersonal relationships, and areas for growth.

Together, we will explore your feelings surrounding some of those stressors and explore a healthier way to live. By utilizing cognitive behavioral techniques, solution focused therapy, and person centered therapy styles, we will be able to achieve your goals for a happy and healthy life. 

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 

Gerry Ryan Substance Abuse

Stephanie Philip

Licensed Mental Health Counselor 

Navigating life can be overwhelming especially with all of its up and downs. Oftentimes, you can become lost along the way, begin to feel numb or even feel a loss of control. I work with my clients to safely navigate through those difficult paths to where they want to be. By lending an empathetic ear, I can gain a better understanding and help you to unlock coping strategies to utilize in the real world. Together we can walk through gaining a better understanding of yourself, your feelings or what you may be battling with. With guidance, you can regain control and slowly re-frame negative thoughts and limiting beliefs resulting in inner clarity and peace.

Weather it is stress, dealing with mental illness, grief, relationship issues or maybe you are simply unsure, together we can make a start on positive pathway. I approach your therapeutic growth with compassion. My clients are all provided with that outside support that is free from judgement and full of empowerment.

Gerry Ryan Substance Abuse

Silvia Kaunas

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

I am a Bilingual (English/Spanish) NYS Board certified Licensed Mental Health Counselor who can provide direct care psychological counseling services. I have vast experience in providing psychological assessment and treatment services to children, adolescents, adults and families both in the Unites States and Guayaquil Ecuador. In my years of clinical practice I've acquired valuable skills to help individuals lead more prosperous and fulfilling lives. I have a unique patient-centered approach and have training in psycho-dynamic psychotherapy as well as evidenced based approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Being bilingual and bicultural gives me the opportunity to reach numerous individuals in need of psychological help.

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Mona Wakeley Fishman

Licensed Social Worker

Life can get overwhelming with managing responsibilities, relationships, and work.

As a licensed clinical social worker, who has worked with children, adolescents, adults and the elderly, I combine my extensive experience with highly individualized psychotherapy services to address a variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, grief/loss, family conflict, relationship issues, and life transitions.

Whether you are currently dealing with a challenging situation or want to explore past trauma, my training in several different therapeutic modalities will help guide you to your desired outcome. Together, we will explore your concerns, increase your self-awareness, and help you achieve personal growth.

Gerry Ryan Substance Abuse

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.

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.

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.

Gerry Ryan Substance Abuse

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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Jessica Ostad

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Jessica has worked as a therapist in various capacities around Long Island with experience in Health Home Care Management programs,  Assertive Community Treatment Teams, and serving as a Clinical Supervisor and Administrator for non profit organizations. Jessica has experience working with the chronically and severely mentally ill population, often with co-occurring substance abuse disorders. Additionally, Jessica has a strong knowledge base of facilitating therapeutic groups, and providing both individual counseling and family counseling to clients of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. One of her areas of specialization is working with clients' diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Depression. Her theoretical approaches are based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. She uses these approaches to help clients re-frame maladaptive thought processes, while also constructing a concrete vision of a preferred future.

Gerry Ryan Substance Abuse

Tricia Ann Singh

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

The best way to predict your future is to create it”. Abraham Lincoln

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” Maya Angelou

My name is Tricia Singh and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 15 years in the mental health field and 11 years of clinical experience working in a community based mental health clinic. I treat anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, ADHD/behavioral issues, mood disorders, PTSD and co-occurring disorders.

My experience is with adolescents, adults, couples and families with various behavioral, mental health, substance abuse and relational issues. My treatment approach is primarily cognitive behavioral therapy, however I consider myself to be an eclectic clinician by utilizing various theoretical approached to tailor treatment to the needs of each client. You deserve to live a happier and healthier life. Together we can begin the exploration of understanding where you are and where you want to be. 

Gerry Ryan Substance Abuse

Michael Dodge

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

My passion is helping others find purpose and fulfillment in their lives. The goal of therapy is freedom. I will work with you to free yourself of thoughts and behaviors that no longer serve you. We can discuss your concerns and I will not judge you. I hope to help you discover ways of living your life that will be meaningful and will bring you enjoyment. Together we can expand your experience to include peace, joy, and happiness. I look forward to working with you.

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.

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.

Gerry Ryan Substance Abuse

Stephanie Hernandez

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

My passion has always been to help others, in any way possible. By assisting individuals in improving self awareness we can learn to identify circumstances that hinder us from meeting our goals and living our full life potential. I strongly believe we can strive for the best with the assistance and support of those around us. I am here to provide that support for those that are having difficulties pushing through challenges that we face in life. With a person-centered approach along with cognitive behavioral therapy I work to help clients identify their beliefs that may be effecting how they cope with life stressors. Furthermore, I work to help individuals recognize patterns that act as barriers in their life. Most importantly, I am here to help clients find healthy coping skills that will allow them to create positive changes and grow as an individual.

“For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.”

- F. Scott Fitzgerald

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.  

Gerry Ryan Substance Abuse

Alicia Portuondo-Smith

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who treats children, adolescents and Adults with a wide range of behavioral and emotional difficulties. Specializing in anxiety disorders, mood disorders, childhood behavior disorders/difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Psychotic disorders. It is my belief that it is essential to initiate treatment with a thorough psychiatric evaluation and a collaborative plan that engages the patient and family (when applicable) to participate in the overall treatment plan. Improving the functioning of each individual is the optimal goal. To this end, a combination of lifestyle modification, one on one therapy and/or pharmacologic interventions are utilized.

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Thao Nguyen

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

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.

Jessica Corea

LMHC, 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.

Gerry Ryan Substance Abuse

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!