Meet The Teletherapy Team
Alicia Ruiz, LMHC
Alicia received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from SUNY Old Westbury. During her training, she provided individual, group, and family counseling in a high school counseling center, a partial hospitalization program, and a perinatal clinic. Alicia then completed her clinical training, and has continued her employment, at South Oaks Hospital, providing group and individual counseling to adult and geriatric patients struggling with acute mental illness.
In order to meet the unique needs of each individual, Alicia uses an integrative therapeutic approach. Alicia assists individuals in managing life stressors by partnering with them and assisting them in setting and meeting their personal therapy goals. Throughout this process, Alicia strives to create a therapeutic space in which individuals feel safe and supported in their self-expression and exploration.
Jamilet Calderon, LMHC
Jamilet completed her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Brooklyn College. She continued her training within an evidenced model of family therapy (Multi-Systemic Therapy; MST- substance abuse adaptation). She has experience providing family, couples and individual counseling to support families in addressing behavioral and relational issues. Jamilet has worked with clients on reducing the impact of anxiety and depressive symptoms by taking a strengths based and multi-systemic approach to problem solving. Supporting clients in building autonomy within their environment. Jamilet uses a person-centered, goal oriented approach to therapy. She provides her clients with a supportive environment where they can use their insight to navigate and surpass their challenges.
Nicolette Makedon, LMHC
Nicolette received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Queens College University. She has clinical training working as a therapist providing individual, family, and group counseling at a college campus, outpatient clinics, and recently at a foster care agency. Nicolette has experience counseling diverse groups of children, adolescents, and adults and utilizes an eclectic approach with an emphasis on CBT, client-centered, REBT, and psychodynamic techniques. She has experience working with clinical issues such as anxiety, life transitions, substance use, sexual abuse, trauma, emotional distress, depression, anger, personal development, and relationship issues. Nicolette has been successful in developing a therapeutic and safe environment for clients while providing a non-judgmental and warm atmosphere for them.
Mindy Lee, LCSW-R
Mindy completed her Master of Social Work at Adelphi University and has over 25 years of program and clinical experience providing therapy and therapeutic services to adolescents, adults and families in community based and residential programs, outpatient mental health and private practice.
Mindy has provided supervision to licensed social workers and expressive arts therapist and interns. Mindy specializes in sexual abuse, trauma and complex trauma, family life stages, loss and grief, delinquency. She utilizes an integrated therapeutic approach – trauma informed, strength based, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness to provide treatment to her patients.
Michael Anderson, LMHC
Michael is a licensed mental health counselor and received his master’s degree in mental health counseling from Baruch College. Michael participated in research and specialized training with the newly formed Human Neuromodulation Research Group at the Nathan S. Klein Institute for Psychiatric Research. Recently he has worked with substance use patients at the Mental Health Association in Rockland.
Michael's main focus is being able to create a safe and trusting environment that allows for the therapeutic alliance with his patients to grow in order to work through presenting issues. Michael's theoretical orientation is based on psychodynamic thinking for case conceptualization. He utilizes an eclectic range of modalities including CBT, DBT, REBT, ACT, humanism, and motivational interviewing based on the client’s needs.
Jasmin Amarillas, LCSW
Jasmin received her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Jasmin has worked with children as young as 4 to senior citizens. She specializes in bereavement, depression, and anxiety. Jasmin has worked in community based settings, as well as schools, and private practice. She has dedicated her post graduate career to providing mental health services to individuals, families, and couples in diverse communities. Much of her training included providing evidence based treatments to children, adolescence, and adults through telehealth therapy.
She is passionate about assisting individuals and their families develop coping skills, navigate current stressors, heal, and thrive. She utilizes DBT, CBT, and a variety of other modalities to treat her patients.
Dawne Salazar-Moore LMHC
Dawne received her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Webster University in St Louis, Missouri. Dawne has over 17 years of experience providing therapy and therapeutic services to children, adolescents and adults in community based, school based, outpatient and private practice. Dawne has provided supervision to mental health counselors, interns, and case managers.
Dawne utilizes a person-centered, eclectic approach of psychotherapy, focusing on using evidenced-based treatment modalities (incorporating CBT, person centered, motivational interviewing, culturally competent, strengths based, and trauma informed care) to empower children, adolescents and adults to begin the healing process. Dawne meets her clients where they are and offers a an active collaborative environment, so that your thoughts, feeling and experiences can be heard and respected.
Maureen Lewis, LMSW
Maureen has Bachelor of Arts from Mount Saint Mary College and a Masters in Counseling from NYU Silver School of Social Work. She gained clinical experience during her internship while working with children, adolescents,and young adults. During that time, Maureen employed different aspects of Person-CenteredTherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. These aspects included cognitive reframing, developing positive coping mechanisms, recognizing emotions, developing better interpersonal relationships, along with improving communication.
Maureen has experience working with mental health issues such as OCD, anger, anxiety, ADHD, depression, and overall personal development. When an individual steps into her office for counseling, she ensures there is a comfortable and judgment-free atmosphere in order to have a productive session.
Tamaki Sasa, LMHC
Tamaki received her Bachelor and Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University. She gained clinical experience working as a behavior Intervention Specialist with individuals presenting with developmental and intellectual disabilities. More recently Tamaki worked with individuals navigating conflicts with depression and anxiety.
Tamaki firmly believes in healing through interpersonal connection, which is the foundation for her role as a therapist. She provides a space for clients to make impactful changes for themselves.
Tamaki's orientation is based in the Humanistic Theory, with an emphasis on the principles of the Person-Centered Approach, along with Cognitive Behavioral strategies. She has experience working with clients dealing with concerns relating to Depression, Anxiety,
trauma, family and relationship issues, LBGTQ+ issues.