Know the Team
Rebecca Gillespie, MA, LMFT
My goal is to create a safe space where everyone can feel heard and validated.
As a systemically trained therapist, I have experience treating depression, anxiety, grief, relationship problems, and transitional issues with individuals, couples, and families. My extensive knowledge in family therapy allows me to treat not only the individual, but also the entire family of origin, where appropriate.
I have training, extensive professional experience, and a strong passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community. Challenges for these individuals & families can be far reaching, and it is my goal to offer a space to explore and navigate them.
I have also worked a great deal with adolescents, both individually and with their families. Adolescence can be a challenging time for families and I believe in creating an open environment for encouraging both communication and the acceptance of needed privacy.
Additionally, I have a colorful history within the world of the performing arts. I know first-hand the unique demands of a creative career and the impact that it can have on people and their interpersonal relationships. I hope to be able to offer an understanding and educated perspective.
Roxanne Ruiz-Adams, DSW, LCSW
I firmly believe that life is easier lived when lived in relationship. In relationship, we can receive support, understanding, growth, and acceptance, making difficult life experiences much more bearable. We find and make relationships in so many domains; at home, with friends, in communities, and even with a therapist. That is why I think finding a therapist you feel safe with is so important.
In my years of experience, both in private practice and medical oncology, I have worked with individuals, couples, and families as they face change.
Everyone experiences change in so many categories, a growing family,
unmet expectations, a surprise medical condition, emigrating from a different country, the loss of a loved one, and the list goes on.
With individuals, I work on helping you develop healthy coping tools to help you face and feel difficult emotions needed for personal growth. My trauma-informed approach lets you go at your own pace with steady support and understanding. Together we identify the challenges that stand in your way of a happier life.
With couples and families, I work on helping you all identify the patterns and culprits of your unhappiness, and build the necessary communication tools to understand each other while developing new ways of interacting with one another. In this kind of therapy, the focus of the therapy is strengthening the already existing relationships built, by fortifying your bonds to endure individual change and growth.
It is an honor to provide a space for you, and your loved ones, to explore your feelings, fears, challenges and best of all--build a relationship.
Carla Vitola, MA, LMFT
As a therapist, I believe you are the expert of your own life and I offer a safe and nonjudgmental environment to help you explore it. I also believe the hardest step can be acknowledging that we all need a little help sometimes to express our feelings and develop more productive behaviors. I can help you identify the patterns that keep you stuck in negative opinions of yourself and unsatisfactory relationships.
Therapy is not "one size fits all”. I combine various techniques and listen to specific needs to inform my work with individuals, couples, and families. I also believe relationships are essential to mental health and often encourage family involvement to promote healing and change.
I work with individuals, couples and families struggling with various stages of life, adjustment related issues, LGBTQ+ related issues, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual assault, addiction, and relationship problems. It is a privilege to be in a profession that provides positive change and transformation. It is a personal goal of mine to always meet my clients with a balance of empathy, challenge, and honesty. It would be a pleasure to work alongside you, your relationship, or your family.
Jacqueline Paul Okyere Benya, LMHC, LCADC
I am a black therapist, and founder of my own therapy center in New York City, NY. As a licensed mental health counselor, I am passionate about serving the Black, Indigenous, Person of Color (BIPOC) community. Often in these communities people have suffered through systemic oppression, and have had their voice stifled or overlooked in spaces where they make the most impact. I create a space that provides validation, advocacy, safety and empowerment to help individuals and families find their voice and power toward being their most unapologetic self.
I obtained my BA and MA from CUNY- City College. For the past 7 years, I have supported and facilitated change in outpatient, inpatient, and hospital settings . Through the use of evidence based practices such as Multi-systemic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, Integrative and Multicultural approaches, I have effectively been able to build meaningful relationships in which I advocate, empower and promote healing for families, youth and individuals dealing with loss, depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, and life changes.
Temporary NJ LCADC License- Full NY License
Tara Benigno, MSW, LSW
Therapy can be a truly transformative process. I feel passionate about connecting people with their needs, and I meet my clients where they are with warmth, empathy and understanding. We are all deeply affected by how we experience our surroundings, and how we create our individual narratives. I take a systems approach to identify those stories, and help my clients to reshape the way they view situations to gain alternative perspectives. I am structurally trained and observe each individual as part of a greater whole, whether it be a couple, a family, or in society.
I have a therapeutic background with adult individuals, couples, families and adolescents. Integrating different approaches, I meet with my clients to process challenges such as anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual assault, addiction, LGBTQ related issues, domestic violence and various life transitions.
I am so grateful to be a part of this exploratory work. Together, I promise to honor your past, focus on your present, and connect you to your truest intentions.
Practicing under LCSW Supervision
Barbara Hanna, MS, LAMFT
One of my goals as a therapist is to help people overcome the stigma of mental health. Maybe you need a little help reaching your full potential or finding a life that makes you happy. Maybe you’re struggling to communicate with your partner, are overwhelmed with parenting your children or need help sustaining emotional connections. We’ve all probably needed help once or twice. Or many times! And that is my main goal - to help you help yourself.
I work from a systemic perspective, so I believe that our relationships with those around us affect us greatly, and vice versa. As a family therapist, I work with individuals, couples and families using various different techniques to help break cycles of pain and trauma. I do my best to create a safe, non-judgmental space to explore, not only your pain, but also your strengths and how you can use these strengths to start your journey of healing.
I have experience working with individuals, couples and families presenting with a variety of different challenges, such as: anxiety, depression, domestic violence, sexual assault, family life cycle issues, and relationship problems. A special interest of mine is working with immigrants, people of color, and marginalized populations.
I agree with those who say therapists should not be called shrinks, because my goal in working with you will not be to shrink your mind, but to expand your awareness, widen your perspective and, essentially, help you live a fuller life.
Practicing under LMFT Supervision
Stephanie Koeller, MS, LAMFT
Human relationships are an essential part of life, so I see family therapy as more than just a theory of therapy. I believe that people are more fulfilled, supported, motivated, and likely to grow when they are in relation to others and his, her, or their self. Relationships are at the crux of almost all human interactions, whether it be in the workplace, between friends and family members, or developing a deeper sense of self. Therefore, I believe it is crucial to feel a sense of safety in each relationship.
My goal in therapy is to help individuals, couples, and families feel safe in their interpersonal and introspective relationships. I aim to creative an inclusive environment that allows for the safe exploration of intimacy and overall well-being of these relationships. I like to help identify patterns that have been maladaptive to the individual, couple, or family, in favor of creating new patterns and boundaries that feel safer and productive for these individuals.
I have a passion for working with a wide array of presenting problems, with the understanding that the therapeutic process is different for each person I see. I consider myself a creative person, and often allow my creativity to come to light in session because it is my responsibility to tailor treatment to the individual, couple, or family. I am grateful for the opportunity to create a new narrative with you in session.
Practicing under LMFT Supervision
Michelle Cerro, MA, LAMFT
My goal as a therapist is to provide a warm, honest, compassionate, and safe environment to meet each individual where they are and empower them to be the best version of themselves.
In my work with teens, I like to create a safe and comforting space where they can begin to understand how their emotional body works, how to express what they feel, need, and want, and how to distinguish between overwhelming feelings that need to be worked through (coping skills) and problems that need action to be taken. I help teens with relationships at home, with friends, and the school system and support a growth environment where feelings are signals that may need to be tended to. When problems need to be solved, I help teens voice these to their parents, and through some family sessions we can support and empower teens to grow through challenges.
For adults and couples, I work with them in developing healthy boundaries in relationships and improving skills that are needed to find balance in daily routines. I help them as they face obstacles while moving through their various life stages, and effectively deal with issues and unique factors that pertain to each person. Thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are explored in a judgement free environment to help alter patterns that keep us stuck. With couples, communication skills are always a goal to work towards. By gaining a deeper understanding of oneself, and your partner, needs and wants can be effectively communicated and incorporated into daily life.