Kerrie Thompson Mohr, LCSW
Founder, Therapist, Consultant
Since graduate school at Columbia University School of Social Work, I have focused my career on seeking out solutions to individual, family and community problems through policy reform, community organizing, managing teams and building nonprofit social service programs.
My interest and passion for the "bigger picture" is what drove me to pursue studies at Columbia and a steady, progressive climb in nonprofit administration & leadership allowed me the chance to service communities on multi-levels as well as grow my career through seizing opportunities in very exciting ways, from the corporate nonprofit structures of NYC to the authentic and mission-driven grassroots culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. My path led me from the Midwest of my origins, to the East Coast then West Coast and back, on a spiritual leadership pilgrimage to France and even through the completion of a Columbia Business School certificate program. It is a nonstop and ever-evolving journey.
“A Good Place is where my passion for working with individuals towards sustainable change and promoting healthy, thriving teams and organizations comes together.”
Throughout the last 15 years of my career, I supervised and coached clinical social workers and oversaw all aspects of quality of care for children, youth, families and individuals served, as well as training and fidelity to our various models of service delivery. I also always maintained a 1:1 psychotherapy practice with a small group of individuals and facilitated clinical, support and psycho-education groups to stay connected to my passion & purpose and ensure continued growth of my own clinical skills.
A Good Place is where my passion for working with individuals towards sustainable change and promoting healthy, thriving teams and organizations comes together. It stems from a fundamental belief that emotionally and psychologically safe communities and individuals have a reciprocal relationship. The individual nurtures the community and the community sustains the individual.
Credentials and Training
- New York LCSW, #078457, Present
- California LCSW #26766, Present
- Beck Institute, training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Core 1, Depression and Suicidality, Core 3, Personality Disorders, and a Speciality 2-day workshop in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, 2015-2018
- Dr. Deborah Melamed, Soho Cognitive, training and consultation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, 2015-2017
- Dr. Shelley Milestone, consultation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, 2017
- Gottman Method, Levels I & II, 2017
- Certificate, Executive Education-School of Social Enterprise-Senior Leader Program for Non-Profit Professionals, Columbia Business School
- Certificate, Supervision and Administration, Hunter College School of Social Work
- Certificate, Supervision and Field Instruction (SIFI), Columbia University School of Social Work
- MSW, Columbia University School of Social Work
- BA, The University of Saint Thomas, Summa Cum Laude
- The International OCD Foundation, Professional Member, 2018
- The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, October 2016–Present
- New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association, September 2015–Present
- The National Association of Social Workers, 1999–Present
Fernando Quigua, LMSW
Every generation or so feels like the sky is falling, and in some ways it is. One day you think the earth is flat, the next day it's round. One day you're living in a liberal democracy, and the next day, you're not so sure. Yes, the times are a'changin,' always. Sometimes for the better, for love and for justice, thank goodness. And these days, well, the saga continues. The struggle continues. The times may seem weirder and warmer and meaner, and yet they're so full of promise, invention, and beauty (just like you?), and some say it's all perfect, just the way it is.
Anyway, how are you holding up?
I ask because I'm curious. I ask because I care. Why do I care? I don't know, it's a mystery! Psychotherapy is not a little mysterious, and when taken up with a playful kind of seriousness, I find that it's full of surprises. I like surprises, most of all when people surprise themselves with insights and new energy to slough off stale habits of thinking and relationship patterns, whatever it is that's holding them back. I like to assist with this, bear witness to an empowering process, psychotherapy as imagining one's life and possibilities anew. To me, it's as creative and gratifying as it gets, and if you're reading this, maybe it appeals to you too.
I treat melancholia, jitters and chronic unease, isolation, obsession, and aimless disaffection, in short, public problems in our private lives. I try to help people align themselves with their sense of vitality and purpose while deepening their relationships and solidarity with others. Much of this work is poetic. The rest draws upon the ancient art of conversation, that of kvetching, belly-aching complaint, and maybe a laugh. Most of all, I open an intimate space, a good place, where you can be yourself and hear yourself think. I also work with dreams. And if you "don't dream" or "don't remember" your dreams, then you will.
- CITY UNIVERSITY of NEW YORK, THE GRADUATE CENTER, New York, NY
- Ph.D., Psychology (Critical Social/Personality program); Expected date of graduation, December 2018
- Presidential MAGNET Fellow, Mellon Science Studies Fellow, Dean K. Harrison Fellow
- NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, SILVER SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, New York, NY
- M.S.W., Master of Social Work
- COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL of INTERNATIONAL and PUBLIC AFFAIRS, New York, NY
- M.I.A., Master of International Affairs: International Media and Communication
- McGILL UNIVERSITY, Montreal, Canada
- Bachelor of Arts degree, Political Science and International Development Studies
LMSW, New York #083969
Ladi Agahiu, LMSW
Specializes in treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Trauma from Child Abuse, Relationship Stressors, Career Decisions, and Life struggles connected to cultural identity.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with life, because of stressors at work, or at home, or with your children, or your significant other, or even your pas?. That is normal. I am here to listen and help you work through those stressors and those difficult times, especially when you can't turn to friends or your family.
I have helped many individuals and families, and have been doing so for about 17 years. I have worked in various supportive roles, and most recently as a Psychotherapist. I have worked with individuals working through Depression, heal from various trauma, some from domestic violence, sexual abuse or assault, or those remembering child abuse, and various mental health ailments. All of these things can be overwhelming, but with support, you don’t have to continue to handle things alone.
I strive to create a supportive, warm, and safe space for older children, teenagers, adults, couples, and families to come and work through their issues. I primarily utilize the psychodynamic psychotherapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches, amongst other treatment modalities. I look forward to meeting you as you are and working with you.
As a woman of color, who was born in Nigeria, I am passionate and work with an acute awareness of cultural identity. I work with an understanding as to what impact it has on how we live our lives. I have helped many people struggling with life challenges that connect to their cultural identity.
Masters of Social Work, Columbia University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, SUNY Purchase
Trainings and Certificates
Competency on LGBTQ persons – Human Rights Campaign
Solution Based Brief Therapy (Certificate course) – School of Social Work the University at Buffalo
Working on Transference – Institute for Psychoanalytic Education
National Association of Social Workers
New York State Licensed Master Social Worker #0867571
Kara Lissy, LCSW
Specializes in treatment of anxiety, depression and relationship stressors
“I need help.” As human beings, we all share this commonality: each one of us will likely say this phrase at some point in our lives. Acknowledging a need for help can be uncomfortable, painful or scary. Perhaps you’ve discovered that something is keeping you from becoming the best self you can be. Or maybe your relationships, career or family life is leaving you feeling depleted. The good news is that these struggles do not have to define who you are; change is possible and it can be a beautiful thing.
Recognizing and building upon the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity and challenges has become a refined skill and passion of mine. During my outpatient therapy and emergency room experience, I have worked with people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and ages. I have helped people improve the quality of their relationships, facilitate more effective communication, work through stressful life transitions and crises and create happier, more fulfilling lifestyles.
I can provide a safe, encouraging environment in which we will quickly build rapport, establish goals and develop a healthy means of meeting them. We will work collaboratively to utilize and build upon your unique set of strengths to empower you to take more control over your emotions, behavior and a path to happiness and wellness. I will draw upon different approaches tailored to your individuality and your particular reason for seeking help. I have seen success incorporating cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused and strengths-based approaches for depression and anxiety.
I am also a firm believer in healing mental and emotional distress by way of physical activity, meditation and humor; as such, I am an avid runner, yoga enthusiast, bookworm and huge fan of stand-up comedy :)
Asking for help is not easy, but you don’t have to do it alone. I look forward to speaking with you so we can begin to discover your resiliency, strengthen your commitment to yourself and renew your hope for a more fulfilling life!
Please click here for my LinkedIn profile if you would like to see more information about my experience.
Master of Social Work, New York University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Roanoke College
Trainings and Certifications
Beck Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Essentials of CBT 4-Week Online Training, 2017
National Association of Social Workers
International Association of Trauma Professionals
New York State License Number 085345
NPI Number 1679904031
Laura Goldstein, LMSW
Specializing in relationships, stress, anxiety, parenting, divorce, and issues unique to blended families.
When faced with one of life’s many obstacles, I believe the first important step is to reach out for support. We may need help to move through a transitional time in our lives, to work through a rough patch, or to build skills to better manage a crisis. Examining issues through a CBT lens allows us to identity thoughts and ideas that can cause us distress. Once negative thoughts are identified, CBT enables us to challenge ingrained thought patterns and make adjustments to achieve an improved outlook on life. I believe all individuals have strengths. Through therapy, we will work together to capitalize on these strengths and develop a healthier sense of self.
I have held a variety of roles that allowed me to support individuals with a wide range of issues. Working as a teacher for almost a decade, I worked extensively with students, parents, and families. I often helped them work through everything from academic and behavioral issues to transitions within families including death, health issues, job loss, relocation, expanding families, divorce, and remarriage.
I also spent time counseling adolescents and young adults in both a college counseling center and a fifty-five and better community center, where I worked on issues such as:
Marriages, remarriages, and divorce
Peer-pressure and academic pressure
Through my work, clients can identify rough patches, work through issues, and resolve them so that they can gain strength and lead a healthier lifestyle. I am also able to assist individuals and couples to begin the next step of their lives, which may involve a new relationship, remarriage, or blending families.
My goal as your therapist is to help you navigate challenging moments and/or periods of transition in the healthiest and most supportive way possible. Together, we can identify your strengths and work towards improving the quality of your life.
Education and Credentials:
New York State LMSW: License #099981-1
Columbia University: Master’s in Social Work
Columbia University, Teachers College: Master’s in Curriculum and Teaching
University of Michigan: Bachelor’s in Psychology
Level One Training, The Gottman Method Couples Therapy, 2018
Addiction Policy and Interventions, Columbia University School of Social Work, 2018
Treating Anxiety with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Deborah Melamed, PhD, Soho Cognitive, 2018
Essentials of CBT, Beck Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: 4-Week Online Training, 2017
Prepare/Enrich Premarital Facilitator Online Training, 2017
For more information on my professional background, please feel free to check out my LinkedIn profile here.
Alysha Perlman, LCSW
Specializing in grief and loss, medical crises, anxiety, and work and relationship stressors
Everyday we are confronted with stressful situations in this hungry city we love and call home. The fast pace can get to be too much at times especially when we are dealing with personal issues. The loss of a loved one, starting a new job, a break up, these can all make the day to day tasks feel overwhelming. “This job is too hard”, “I will never find someone”, these negative thoughts can create a cloud that can effect the day to day happiness we should feel. When we are able to identify our negative thoughts and behavior patterns we are then able to self regulate and change those behaviors.
We often do not feel comfortable to burden those around us with what is going on and we need to seek help elsewhere. Having someone you can be open and honest with can make a difference during the more difficult days. My experience with patients and families dealing with crises, as well as anxiety around the unknown in some of the most difficult times of their lives has showed me how resilient people can be. Developing new ways of coping, and changing the negative thinking, to more positive thinking, will help build your skills to handle the difficult days. You do not need to be in crisis to seek therapy and it can be helpful to have someone to discuss the day to day stressors as well to build your tools for when life throws that curveball.
I strive to maintain an empathic and safe, environment where you will feel comfortable to express yourself. I tailor my sessions to meet your specific needs and I want the therapeutic process to provide the most effective and gratifying experience for you. Whether you are faced with an unexpected life event or the everyday stressors in a busy city it is important to know you are capable of overcoming whatever life confronts you with. I look forward to speaking with you!
Master of Social Work, Columbia University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
NY LCSW License Number: 085949
Trainings and Certifications
Training, Seeking Safety, evidence based approach for substance use and PTSD comorbidities
Certificate, Supervision and Field Instruction (SIFI), Columbia University School of Social Work
Certificate, Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Champion Program, New York Presbyterian Hospital
For more information on my professional background, please check out my LinkedIn profile here
Douglas Brown, LMSW, CASAC-T
Specializing in Cognitive Behavioral therapy, mind-body approaches, men's issues, substance abuse, anxiety, and grief and end of life support
From Freudian slips to Woody Allen scripts—therapy is often seen, especially by men, as a sign of weakness or the butt of a joke. Much to the contrary, I believe seeking therapy is the sign of great strength and that there is no better investment than our own well-being. To create healthy, happy relationships with ourselves and others, we sometimes need help moving past our limitations to share our hopes, color our dreams, figure out what we want and grow. As I like to say, if you want your life to change, you have to change your life.
My approach reflects connection, empathy, understanding, listening and finding joy as we open up to possibility. From there, I find life is about choices and decisions and, with a guiding hand or a hopeful push, believe we can overtake the old, examine the new and become who we are.
After struggling with dissatisfaction and boredom in the advertising industry, I decided to leave a safe, lucrative career to pursue a more fulfilling one. I love to help others find their professional, romantic and personal way. As a certified running coach, I integrate mind-body approaches to wellness when indicated.
Master of Social Work, New York University
Master of Arts, Humanities: Critical studies and Critical Theories, University of Texas at Arlington
Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas at Arlington
New York State Licensed Master Social Worker #098740
NPI # 1891228375
Julia Lawrence, LMSW
While we cannot control the world around us, we all have the power to change how we process and respond to this next moment's experience. Therapy is a good place to begin to feel understood and gain self-acceptance while also learning effective coping skills to manage your thoughts and feelings.
Though I utilize many modalities, my background is in Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused therapies, which inform my overall treatment approach. I begin therapy with a conversation with each person by inquiring as to how they would conceive of their ideal life. I work collaboratively with clients to explore their thoughts and behaviors and help them find ways to change those that are counterproductive, while strengthening and retaining those which support their desired life changes. Furthermore, I listen actively, offering practical solutions, insight, and techniques to better cope, all punctuated with a sense of humor.
In previous positions, I provided assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy, and crisis intervention for a diverse population at an acute psychiatric hospital. In addition, I provided both individual and group therapy at Temple University’s college counseling center. These experiences helped me learn to create well-honed dialogues that allow for addressing negative thoughts, behaviors, and other barriers that keep people stuck in maladaptive patterns.
Many clients come to see me for difficulties related to academic or work performance, panic attacks, depression, anxiety, self-harm and personality variables. I also address a broader range of issues such as romantic and family relationships, as well as parenting.
When feeling stuck and hopeless it is hard to imagine how anything might be able to make a difference in your life. If you’re feeling unsure as to if therapy might be helpful, I invite you to reach out to schedule a consultation. While change is difficult and does not happen overnight, as we begin to work together I believe you will soon begin to notice a change in your thoughts and feelings. Together we will focus on not only your challenges, but also your strengths and create a plan to as to how to unlock your potential for happiness and fulfillment.
- University of Pennsylvania, Master of Social Work
- The New School University, Bachelor of Arts: Sociology and Political Science
- NY LMSW License Number 102181
Trainings and Certifications
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 35-Hour Certification Program, University of Pennsylvania
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy 35 Hour Training Course, University of Pennsylvania
- Treating Anxiety with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Deborah Melamed, PhD, Soho Cognitive, 2018
- National Association of Social Workers
Sally Scheidlinger, LMSW
Specializes in LGBTQ specific issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem issues, social anxiety, and interpersonal issues.
Whether you are coping with serious mental health vulnerabilities or managing daily stress and interpersonal difficulties, negative self-talk can be pervasive. We will work together to repave those well-worn narratives, developing a more self-affirming outlook. Seeking help with your struggles takes so much courage, and I will provide a nonjudgmental, comfortable environment to explore these issues and help you find resolve. I believe that providing a warm relationship in which each person can feel open and honest is an optimal form of therapy.
Through my experience with individuals, families, and couples, I have developed a passion for working with those struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, break-ups, self-esteem, and/or LGBTQ specific issues. I have had a lifelong commitment to working with LGBTQ organizations and assisting individuals confronting issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity. I can provide a space for you to freely explore these issues with an affirming presence. Mental health difficulties are not developed in a vacuum— culture, history, family, race, sexual orientation, and gender identity all play a part, and it would be my privilege to work with you to uncover how these systems can both impact and empower you.
My approach is both trauma-informed and individualistic, drawing from principles of CBT, motivational interviewing, humanistic therapy, psychodynamic theory, DBT, solutions-focused therapy, and mindfulness based stress reduction. I am also completing my training as an EMDR therapist and can provide this evidence-based PTSD treatment. Together we will use these tools to help you build more effective coping skills, a stronger support system, and resilience. It is possible to feel better, I have witnessed it in the most skeptical of individuals. I would be honored to be there with you on your journey toward building a life you feel good in.
Please see my LinkedIn for more information about my background. I look forward to hearing from you!
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Psychodynamic theory
- Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Master of Social Work, Columbia University
- Bachelor of Arts, Business Management Economics & History, University of California, Santa Cruz
- New York State Licensed Master Social Worker #104387
- NPI #1154808905
Sonya Veytsman, LCSW
"Everything can be taken from us but one thing [...] the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way." —Viktor Frankl
It is my firm belief that we free ourselves to think and act in new ways when we are willing to embrace the exploration of the self and develop insights into the motivations behind our behavior. We will work together to build a shared understanding of the obstacles that you are facing, whether that means improving your interpersonal relationships, exploring your identity/sexuality/spirituality, strengthening your self esteem, finding motivation and success in your career, navigating overwhelming and traumatic experiences, or identifying maladaptive patterns that may be acting as barriers to the life you want.
I offer both short and long term psychotherapy to adolescents and adults seeking assistance with anxiety, mood disorders, mood dysregulation, obsessive thinking, compulsive behavior, ADHD, substance abuse, anger, impulsivity, highly sensitive temperament, and psychoeducation related to psychiatric medication management.
I draw from a combination of evidence-based treatment approaches including CBT, interpersonal, motivational interviewing, psychodynamic, strengths-based, solution-focused, and mindfulness based stress reduction. In my practice, a combination of training, clinical judgement, and intuition is used to assist you in developing strategies tailored to meeting concrete, measurable goals.
My approach is unconditionally supportive, patient, understanding, empathetic and warm. We will work collaboratively to identify solutions and tools for addressing problems to allow for an overall increase in life-satisfaction and symptom reduction.
I am able to conduct sessions in both English and Russian and have experience utilizing a culturally competent and sensitive framework with diverse populations.
My hope is that the therapeutic process allows you to discover purpose and meaning, and to develop insight on how to harness your unique strengths to actualize your highest potential. I truly care and am invested in each individual's journey towards healing & growth and am honored to be a witness to this remarkable process.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Master of Social Work, Columbia University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Fordham University
Languages: English and Russian
License: LCSW, NY State. License number: 086733
Michael Mantell, LMSW
We're sorry but Michael is not currently taking new clients.
It is my belief, and the main force behind my work, that what we can label and understand can help us better manage the stressors and concerns that we are confronted with.
If you are struggling with concerns pertaining to anger, behavioral management, ADHD, impulsivity, stress, anxiety, depression, family and relationship dynamics, parenting, life changes and transitions, self-esteem, or LGBTQ-specific issues, then I am confident I can help. I've worked with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings and professional capacities, including schools, an outpatient mental health clinic, a crisis center within child welfare, and an LGBTQ youth center. These experiences have helped solidify my understanding and skill set in meeting the myriad of needs of individuals and families of various backgrounds and life stages.
I personalize my work to best address and treat each individual's specific needs and concerns, combining elements from several different evidence-based modalities, including psychodynamic therapies, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solutions-Focused, Parent-Child Interactional, Family, and Narrative Therapies.
I create a judgment-free, safe space to allow for free exploration of your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. I seek to assist you in increasing insights and awareness, strengthen your coping strategies, and maximize your potential to effectively and efficiently function and thrive in your day to day life. Often the work will include the development and strengthening of concrete skills, such as communication, interpersonal, parenting, anger management, and mindfulness.
I don't believe you have to be in crisis to be in therapy. I believe therapy can be beneficial for almost anyone and that it can just be like going to the gym or doctor. We seek out these services to maintain optimal health and well-being and prevent things from getting too much out of our control. Therapy won't make all of your anxieties, worries, or sadness magically disappear, but it can help you find the right tools and insights to cope with your concerns and thrive, regardless of the difficulties you face.
Read more about Michael on the blog: Therapist Spotlight: Michael Mantell, LMSW
For more information on Michael's professional background, please feel free to check out his LinkedIn Profile here.
Heather Sutter, LCSW
Everyone has a story to tell and I'm here to listen to yours. I provide a safe and caring place to reflect and make positive changes in your life. Whether you are looking for support to help cope with a major life transition, manage your mental health or seeking a non-judgmental listener, together we can take positive steps forward. My goal is to help you process your own experiences and implement new behaviors and thoughts that will help you regain control of your life in a healthy way.
With over twelve years of experience providing psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults and families, my extensive training in the trauma field will help you to understand how your experiences, behaviors, and needs are all connected. Family work can play a powerful role in understanding a child’s emotional, psychological, learning or behavioral strengths and challenges. The use of Relational Family Counseling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will allow us to work together and remedy problematic behaviors while improving your family relationships and dynamics. Individual and family sessions are held in conjunction with our agreed upon treatment goals. Seeking treatment can be intimidating, but it shouldn't be.
I am available for private office hours and in-home family counseling services upon request. Please call me for a free consultation to discuss your needs and goals so that we can get started on your path towards a brighter future!
Blog Posts by Heather:
- 7 Things To Consider When Marrying Outside Your Culture
- You Got the Ring, Now What?
- The Table in the Middle of the Room
- Clinical Practice with Adolescents; New York University Post-Master’s Certificate Program
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
- Relational Family Counseling
- Columbia University: Master’s in Social Work
- Syracuse University: Bachelor’s in Social Work
- New York State LCSW: License Number # 078497