ALLY NEKTALOV, 
LCSW, MASTER CASAC

Director of Mind Therapy

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Ally is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist with an MSW (Master’s of Social Work) from New York University and holds a certificate from New York State as an Master CASAC (Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor). She also completed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy training at the Alanson J. White Institute; which uses an interpersonal psychoanalytic model.


Ally is an Adjunct Professor at New York University and Touro College teaching Clinical Practice for social work graduate students. 


Prior to Mind Therapy Ally was the Director and Clinical Supervisor of an outpatient clinic treating substance use operating under a Federal Grant. Clients in this program participated in individual and/or group psychotherapy addressing triggers to substance use and past trauma. She was responsible for program operations, administering the grant, and supervised staff while ensuring quality care and compliance. 


In her free time, Ally enjoys practicing yoga, boxing, and playing tennis. She likes to cook and explore vegan restaurants with friends and family. Ally is a dog mom to baby Capri, a toy poodle. 

 

MARIA CICCHILLI, LMHC, PHD

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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Maria has a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling in New York and is Licensed Psychologist in Argentina. She is a fluent in Italian, Spanish and English. 


Maria has over 20 years of experience providing individual and couples therapy; specializing in teenagers and adults for anxiety, depression, family conflicts, self-esteem and personality disorders with diverse backgrounds.

 

She views each client as unique and individual while implementing specific interventions with culture awareness. Maria assists clients with empowerment, upliftment, and self- discovery toward their treatment goals using a psychodynamic approach with her clients but also is aware of the importance of integrating both mind and body. 


Maria’s main goal is to establish a trustworthy and engaging environment and highlights the importance of creating a safe space while providing acceptance and unconditional positive regard.

 

Maria also has experience working as drama teacher with children, teenagers and adults. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga and doing theatre. Maria has performed in a number of different plays as an actress and singer. She also loves spending time with her friends and family.

 

EUGENIA CURET, LCSW, PHD, DSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Dr. Eugenia Curet holds a Master Degree in Social Work with a specialization in psychiatric social work from New York University Graduate School of Social Work; a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Public Health and Substance Abuse from The Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio, and pursued post-graduate DSW studies (ABD) in social work at the Adelphi University in New York. 

She is experienced in providing psychotherapy to adults (male, female, and LGBTQ population); is bilingual (English and Spanish) and bicultural.  Dr. Eugenia focuses on providing wellness and psychotherapy services to clients experiencing depression, anxiety, and stress-related symptoms. She uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy, psychodynamic, and EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) in her work. 

Dr. Eugenia published and has been a presenter at numerous national and international conferences on subjects ranging from mental health and minority populations, suicide prevention, substance abuse, and HIV prevention. 

In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. 

 

BARBARA HOFFMANN, LCSW-R, PHD, CASAC

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Barbara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist; dually licensed in New York and Florida; with an MSW (Masters of Social Work) from Hunter College School of Social Work; and holds a credential from New York State as a Master CASAC (Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor). She also has a Ph. D. from John Jay (CUNY) in Criminal Justice; is a certified Mindful Eating coach; and a Registered Yoga Teacher. She has completed training in Child Abuse and Trauma; Social Media-based Interventions; End Of Life Doula training; and Using Deliberate Practice to Improve Effectiveness.


Throughout her more than 15 years of practice, Barbara has sought to blend compassion with pragmatism; understanding that the root cause of most adjustment issues (i.e substance abuse and eating disorders) is the need, to both understand and forgive. Barbara’s particular expertise is connecting clients’ past to their present; guiding them through their history of trauma through group and individual therapy. Throughout her career, Barbara has addressed the needs of women; minority women, substance abusers; LGBT particularly gay men; and the formerly incarcerated; working with both Parole and Probation clients to prevent reoffending. Barbara has also been an Adjunct Professor at the City University of New York; Brooklyn College; and St. Francis College. 


In her free time, Barbara has begun playing guitar; is exploring song writing; dabbles in photography; and is a yoga practitioner.  

 

BIANCA E. ORTIZ, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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Bianca is trained to work with parents of children ages 0-6; who have experienced trauma including generational trauma, abuse, neglect, grief,  poverty, losses, and transitions. She helps parents learn new ways to bond with their children, develop secure attachments, and practice age-appropriate communication styles. A big part of her work focuses on helping parents cope with parental distress and promote optimum well-being.


Bianca is also trained to work with adolescents, and teens in improving symptoms of trauma related anxiety, and depression. She has extensive experience educating adolescents/teens on mental health and helping them develop new skills to manage life stressors. Bianca understands the importance of assisting families heal from difficult experiences individually and as a family unit. 


She has experience with diverse populations and incorporates multiple parts of culture into the work. 


In her spare time, Bianca enjoys spending time with family, taking long walks, and likes to write.  Her goals are to travel and learn a new language.

 

JENNY VOLKERS, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Candidate

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Jenny received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling and is working toward achieving her Certification in Rehabilitation Counseling. 


In addition to Mind Therapy, Jenny is currently working as a Supported Education and Employment Specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital.


She is experienced in working with all ages from children to adults in individual and group sessions. Jenny employs a person-centered approach as the foundation, with the style of being integrative and collaborative. She engages clients through active listening and empathy to help become comfortable in participating in therapy. Jenny specializes in working with people with a disability, attention difficulty and transition planning. Jenny  guides people by adapting to their difficulties, collaborating to build skills, and developing a transition readiness plan. As a clinician, she is dedicated to empowering clients through introducing and enhancing skills to gain self-awareness, adaptive coping, and decision-making for their own life journeys and the overall wellness.

When Jenny isn't working, she enjoys playing video games, painting, pottery or photography.

 

SARA DALY, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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Sara has a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling. 

Sara has worked with adolescents and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, life transitions, coping skills, family conflict, and interpersonal relationships.  

She also has experience as a family therapist focused on helping to build parenting skills and has used evidenced-based practices to create interventions and treatment plans.

Sara is also a certified yoga instructor and has used movement, breathwork and mindfulness in her practice as a therapist to address anxiety and depression with clients.  She incorporates positive self talk and mantras alongside breath work while moving mindfully through poses in sessions.

Sara believes there are many different ways to approach therapy and therapy is not one size fits all - and uses a mix of movement therapy, person-centered therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - providing interventions that best suits the individual.

Aside from work, Sara enjoys taking or teaching yoga classes, hiking, watching movies or spending time with friends and family.

 

ALESSANDRA SCALIA, LMHC, NCC, CASAC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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Alessandra is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor; specializing in anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, addictions/substance use, trauma, and life transitions.

Alessandra is dedicated to empowering clients through education and by developing healthy coping skills. She follows the concept that therapy can heal emotional pain, improve relationships and increase self-understanding. 

In your work together, unresolved or present barriers in life will be examined. Alessandra utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach to uncover undesired thoughts and feeling by changing perception and managing stress.

She encourages clients to explore their inner world through the lens of compassion, mindfulness, and self-care to help promote mental and emotional healing.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

 

DENISE RIVERA, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Denise is a Clinical Social Worker with over 7 years of experience providing individual, family and group therapy. She is bilingual, fluent in Spanish and English and has experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds. 


Denise has worked in community hospitals and specialized programs with adolescents, young adults and adults coping with mood, and anxiety utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy practices. She collaborates with her clients to foster self-awareness and work toward treatment goals in a personal and integrative way.


Denise places a strong emphasis on the importance of meeting the client where they are at in their treatment and her laid back, non-judgmental personality helps clients feel safe and open. 

When Denise isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with family, watching documentaries, listening to music, dancing and trying new restaurants.