Our dedicated team

Our Staff Social Workers and Psychiatrists are trained professionals who are licensed by the State of New York and experienced in working with a diverse array of women’s emotional issues.

Nicoletta Pallotta, MD, LCSW
CEO & Founder

Amy Serra  aserra@bcsnygroup.com
Assistant to Dr. Nicoletta Pallotta

Psychiatrists:

David Marsh MD
Maurice Massie MD

Therapists:

Annalene G. Antonio LMSW, LSW
Experience working with children, families, individuals and Veterans expressing symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Anxiety Disorders. Fully trained on Co-Occurring Disorders and Mindfulness and Contemplative Social Work Therapy.  Current modality of practice is Motivational Interviewing, with potential to utilize a combination of best-practice modalities.

Current approach to working with individuals is behavioral.  All expressions of symptoms are a result of environmental and internal factors.  The journey involves enhancing one’s awareness; self-exploration; and implementing tools that can better enhance the achievement of one’s mental health goals.


Maryanne Barry LCSW-R
My work with seniors, adults, couples, teens, and children addresses various manifestations of depression and anxiety, life transitions, bereavement, sexual and other trauma, self-esteem, communication problems, and anger management.

As a clinical social worker, licensed by New York State, my approach is pluralistic to accommodate different client needs, drawing mainly one person-centered, existential, and relational modalities. My training is in psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, relational cultural, existential humanistic, EMDR and Eastern psychologies, among others.


Jill Ceder LMSW
I have clinical experience providing treatment to women, children, adolescents and families. My style is both insight-oriented and solution focused. Through exploration of feelings, behaviors and life choices, I help clients reach their goals and make positive changes in their lives.

My specialty areas include maternal mental health, parent education & support, relationship issues and life transitions. Parenting presents many challenges and I provide a nurturing and supportive environment for parents to discuss their concerns and frustrations and work through their difficulties. I help parents navigate their roles, balance their busy lives, and find strategies that work for their family.


Susan Chamberlain LMSW
As a Licensed Mental Health counselor, it’s been my privilege to work with individuals, couples and senior citizens using CBT, Psychodynamic and Self Realization processes, among others.

My empathic approach has been applied to PTSD, other physical and emotional traumas, bi-polar disorder, OCD, anxiety and depression. It’s my hope that with help, clients can articulate and resolve personal pain and attachment issues. I try to offer a safe place for clients to examine pain and through change, come to own their potential.


Laurey Dachs LMSW
Clinical experience providing treatment to women, children, adolescents and couples. My treatment approach is individualized to my client’s needs. I believe that change best occurs through identifying existing strengths, goals and interests as the beginning point in helping people promote positive change. Unresolved hurts, habits or hang-ups often get in the way of one’s wellbeing. My therapeutic goal is to help clients identify, understand and change any thoughts or behaviors that may be inhibiting their full potential so that healing can occur and personal goals can be reached. I tailor my approach to each individual’s needs and goals using a variety of modalities including psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and solution focused therapy. I enjoy clients who are willing to work, who are open to different therapeutic modalities and who put their mental and emotional health high on their list of priorities.


Linda Lovisi-Dwyer LCSW
Education: Master in Social Work from New York University School of Social Work
Client Population: Adolescents, Adults, Individuals, Couples, Families

Areas of Treatment: Depression, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, General Phobias/Social Phobias, Domestic Violence, Divorce, Anger Management, Sexual Abuse, Bereavement, Gay/Lesbian issues, Elder issues, Stress Management, Self-Esteem, Job Related Issues.

My style is warm, friendly, accepting and goal oriented. Treatment practices used are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Relaxation Techniques, Psycho-Education, and Motivational Interviewing. Collaboratively, the client and I examine obstacles and experiences to determine effective solutions with the aim of achieving their desired goals. We explore family, work and personal relationships to maximize client’s sense of well-being and enrich their relationships.


Gentry Gibson MHC
As a license-eligible mental health counselor, I provide personal counseling to young adults and adults in the areas of anxiety, mood disorders, and addictions and compulsions. I also offer career counseling, which includes explorations of meaningful work in its broadest sense, whether in market or non-market vocations. My approach is strengths-based and trans-theoretical, meaning I frequently incorporate techniques from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness-based and compassion-focused CBT, and psychodynamic therapy.


Marjorie Goldner LCSW


Kay Gong LCSW-R
Kay has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years. As an Asian-American therapist, she brings a Zen-like mindfulness to her insight oriented therapy.
Kay works with adults who are experiencing depression,  anxiety,  and relationship issues.


Prescilla John LMSW

A great Chinese philosopher by the name of Confucius once said “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This quote is the epitome of Prescilla’s dedication to the field of mental health care. She is a clinically focused social worker, who is most passionate about working with children, adolescents and families who have been exposed to some form of trauma and are dealing with mental health vulnerabilities such as Posttraumtic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Prescilla has a wealth of experience in conducting individual and group psychotherapy, treatment planning, psychosocial assessments, mental health consultation, crisis intervention and conducting peer reviewed research to inform her clinical practice. She strives to improve the social, emotional, psychological and behavioral functioning in as many lives as she possibly can. Prescilla is also a Medical Service Corps Officer in the United States Army Reserve where she specializes in Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Prevention (SHARP) Victim Advocacy and facilitates mandatory sexual assault training for Soldiers across the nation in an effort to help eradicate the sexual assault epidemic. Due to her desire to continuously nurture and expand upon her therapeutic repertoire, she enjoys honing in on opportunities that can foster her need for research and academic growth, clinical competence, quality teaching and community service. Prescilla strives to accomplish great things and most of all make a difference in the field, be it be big or small.


Sharon Kourt LCSW-R, ACSW, MSW
As a licensed social worker, I am engaged in multi-faceted approaches to psycho-therapy. I specialize in using Motivational Interviewing techniques to assist clients in determining goals which meet client needs, resulting in the ability to make lasting life changes towards optimum functioning.
The areas in which I provide treatment are: health and wellness, mental health depression, Bipolar Disorder- work on mood regulation in congruence with medication management where necessary.
Family Discord-including couples counseling, pre-post divorce counseling, victims of sexual abuse /trauma, women’s issues, chronic pain management, family issues, and palliative care- end of life issues for patient and family.


Terry Horvitz LMSW
I work closely with clients to create a supportive therapeutic space where we can safely explore your thoughts and feelings, overcome obstacles, and build a path towards a much happier life for you. I am a licensed clinical social worker with postgraduate psychoanalytic training. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults and seniors on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual identity issues, self-esteem issues, relationship difficulties, self-sabotaging behavior, career struggles, as well as life transitions.


Elizabeth McGowan LCSW
She is the director of Clinical Services at Urban Justice Center’s Domestic Violence Project.  She was also the Clinical Coordinator for the Center for Women and Families prior to her tenure at Urban Justice.  Elizabeth has 12 years of experience providing therapy with specialties in working with domestic violence, complex trauma, adult survivors of incest and childhood sexual abuse, depression and anxiety disorders.  Elizabeth has her master’s degree from Fordham University.


Brenda S. Mevorah LCSW
As a licensed social worker, I provide individual, family and couples therapy using cognitive behavioral therapy. I have many years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in the areas of anxiety, mood disorders, anger management and self-esteem issues. I treat each client with respect and, using empathy, humor and homework, my goal is to have clients feel safe and comfortable where we can work together to obtain their goals.


Christine Mindicino. LMSW
As a Licensed Social Worker, my work experience has included child and adolescent counseling, crisis counseling and home-based individual and family counseling. Currently, I am the director of a school based counseling program. My work has focused on utilizing a trauma-informed approach with my clients. I have worked with individuals of all ages who have experienced a variety of traumatic stress and I am passionate about helping survivors work through and overcome their traumatic experiences. In sessions, I use modalities such as art therapy, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy. I have a Masters Degree from New York University as well as a certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice with Adolescents from NYU.


Michelle Netzler LMSW


Samantha Otero MSW
As a Licensed Social Worker, my treatment approach is individualized and empathic to meet the needs of my clients. My style of treatment is a combination of insight-orientated and person-centered approaches. I work closely with my clients to create a supportive and safe therapeutic alliance, in which a positive relationship is built and maintained. I work in an open, thoughtful, and collaborative way to help clients: explore thoughts, express feelings, and create goals.

My clinical experience is in providing treatment to; women, children, adolescents, couples, and families. I believe the best way to see change occur for clients, is through self-exploration and self-acceptance. My therapeutic goal as a clinician is to help clients gain insight, understand their needs, and build awareness. Through this exploration we will work together to overcome struggles and create positive changes in your life.


Jessica Reinhardt LMSW, CASAC-T
As a licensed social worker, my approach to treatment is warm and empathetic so as to assist each client in feeling comfortable in the mutual exchange of treatment to achieve their goals. Additionally, I aim to utilize a holistic and multi-dynamic approach to individualize each person’s specific needs in treatment. In my clinical work I utilize evidenced based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I have experience working with adolescents, adults, families, couples and homeless populations as well as those with co-occurring disorders, PTSD, depression and anxiety.


Amy M. Rosenthal LCSW
A clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience, I collaborate with clients to create a safe and trusting relationship within which the individual can explore and clarify difficulties, come to a deeper understanding, and make changes that lead to a more fulfilling life. I integrate aspects of psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness approaches and tailor the work to the individual needs of each client.
Trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy and Parent-Infant Psychotherapy, I also specialize in pre- and post-partum counseling and welcome pregnant women, parents, and their babies into my practice. Together, we can explore and address concerns around postpartum mood and adjustment problems, infants’ feeding, sleep, excessive crying, bonding or separation difficulties, and more.


Ryan Selzer LCSW
As a Licensed Social Worker, I’ve had the privilege and opportunity to work in a number of diverse outpatient settings with individuals, families, adolescents and couples. I practice unconditional positive regard to every individual I see in order to focus on the therapeutic alliance, as a healing and positive relationship. I believe in self-determination and apply a psycho-dynamic approach drawing from CBT, experiential, insight-oriented, analytic, and systemic modalities. I believe in creating a safe and non-judgemental space where client and therapist can examine and ask questions together. My training at the Ackerman Institute in New York focused on family and couples therapy using a relational and strengths-based approach.


Deborah Serkin LMSW

I obtained a Master of Social Work degree from Hunter College. I have experience in working with adults with mental illness, as well as individuals dually diagnosed with co-occurring disorders. I also have extensive training in working with individuals with diverse backgrounds and am adept at utilizing a variety of social work modalities to assist clients in meeting their identified goals. My approach is person centered and I strive to create a therapeutic environment that is comfortable, non-judgmental and empathic. My passion lies in helping people not only find relief from their symptoms, but to become empowered so they can live life to the fullest. I work with my client’s collaboratively and tailor my approach to each client’s needs and goals. I use a variety of treatment modalities including Psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused therapy. My specialties include mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, relationship issues, life transitions, trauma, and low self-esteem.


Sakiyah Wright PhD, LMHC, CASAC

Sakiyah has been a practicing psychotherapist for over ten years.  She utilizes evidenced based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Sakiyah has extensive experience in working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families, as well as persons with co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, PTSD, anxiety, and depression.