Meet The Team

Amir Levine, Ph.D., LCSW-R, CASAC

Amir Levine Psychotherapist New YorkAmir Levine is a NY State Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of NYC Therapy Group. Dr. Levine also served for over a decade as the Director of Behavioral Scientist at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Department of Family Medicine where he directed the behavioral medicine curriculum.

As Clinical Director of our team therapists, Dr. Levine serves as a devoted mentor, educator, mental health provider and an innovator in organizational development. Dr. Levine has presented at numerous national conferences about issues related to clinical psycho-therapeutic curriculum development, organizational development and direct patient care.

Deeply passionate about his clinical work with his clients and staff, Dr. Levine has the innate gift to hone in on the issues people with whom he serves struggle with and the ability to work collaboratively towards finding creative and productive solutions. Dr. Levine completed his Ph.D. degree in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.

Claire Corbetta, LMSW

“Claire is a New York State Licensed Social Worker and a graduate of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, who is fluent in English and French. She is trained in both psychodynamic and behavioral approaches and has extensive training in holistic healthcare, specifically in Ayurvedic philosophy.

Claire has experience working with diverse individuals and treating a range of issues including anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties, addiction, trauma and personality disorders. While working at New York University, she gained expertise in school and career issues.

Drawing from her holistic training, and an innate psychodynamic leaning, Claire’s passion for exploring the underlying psychological forces that drive behavior and thought patterns is at the core of helping clients make meaning of their life and achieve the changes they seek. Using an integrative approach, she individualizes treatment based on clients’ needs while providing a comfortable, supportive and safe space. Claire believes in working collaboratively with her clients and in cultivating a therapy relationship that supports personal growth and helps clients clarify and reach their goals.”

Eliana Panora, LMSW

Eliana obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work from the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work. Her clinical work has concentrated on working with children, adults and family work. Eliana’s therapeutic approach fuses cognitive and psychodynamic approaches, as well as incorporating additional techniques such as mindfulness and art and play therapy to best meet the needs of her clients. Eliana offers highly personalized care taking into consideration each individual’s needs, strengths and perspectives.

As your therapist, Eliana will provide you with a safe space to be yourself and explore any concerns you may have. Through her work, Eliana believes the key to a happier life involves gaining a better understanding of oneself and circumstances. Through self-awareness, she believes anyone can take greater control of their lives and create a life that is more meaningful and purposeful. Life is about putting all the pieces of the puzzle together in a way that feels right to you. Let Eliana help you achieve that.

Danielle Geffen, LMHC, Director of New Client Referrals and Intake

Danielle is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who also holds a Certificate in Integrated Mental Health & Addictions Treatment. Having obtained a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh and a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University, Danielle has extensive clinical experience working in an inpatient behavioral rehabilitation unit. Danielle has helped her patients learn new ways to approach life in productive and healthy ways. She has taught coping skills for various mental health issues, and educated many on how to establish balance in their life. Danielle utilizes a person-centered counseling modality while also pulling from various other frameworks including psychodynamic and holistic approaches. She believes in meeting you where you are at and in utilizing mindfulness techniques to help her clients move from autopilot into a fuller awareness of themselves and to live more purposefully.

Rachel Kimelman, LCSW

Rachel Kimelman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with vast clinical experience obtained from her 9+ years working in the field of mental health. Rachel’s experience includes working with people who face challenges related to life transitions, mood disorders, personality disorders, LGBTQ issues, trauma and homelessness. Additionally, Rachel has knowledge and training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and is able to utilize a multi-modal therapeutic approach to meet client’s individual needs.

With a strong passion for helping people meet their life goals, Rachel uses her intuitive abilities and empathic understanding. This helps clients clarify and manage their challenges so they can focus on actualizing their potential.

Rachel received a Master’s Degree from The Columbia University School of Social Work and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook. She believes that trust is the core foundation toward building a strong therapeutic alliance.

Juan Peralta, LMHC

Juan is a NY State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is trained in MAP evidence based treatment by New York University Child Study Center, which teaches families how to manage and monitor symptoms of but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, and disruptive behavior in youth. Having obtained his M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College, Juan has extensive clinical experience working in an outpatient mental health clinic, elementary school, and university settings.

Keeping in mind that we grow and develop in the context of our family, Juan welcomes meeting the people invested in your life. He provides parents with the tools needed to manage challenging behavior presented by children. As well as helping individuals resolve issues related to trauma, depression, anxiety, and overall life stressors. He uses evidence based treatment while also utilizing other modalities such as psychodynamic and holistic approaches to aid clients develop a deeper understanding and meaning of their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.

Juan is a bilingual therapist where he can provide therapy in both English and Spanish.

Emily Shapiro MS, LMFT

Em's Profile PhotoEmily holds a master’s degree from Bank Street College of Education and a master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. Emily has taught a range of ages from 2’s through teens, and was the director at Columbus Park West Nursery School in Manhattan for fifteen years. She has 25 years of experience working with children and families both at the school and privately.

Emily’s approach to therapy is both warm and collaborative. She listens intuitively, and respects the client’s expertise on her/his own experience. In the therapy sessions, we are partners in identifying and building on your strengths. Together, we clarify your goals and clear away obstacles so you can move forward.

Emily’s areas of interest include couples, parenting, single parenting, blending families, struggling teens, and the multigenerational effects on a family as the oldest generation ages. Emily has a special interest in preventive psychotherapy; preparing clients for life transitions such as marriage, parenthood, school entry, transitions to college and to work, retirement and aging.

Amanda Veras MHC-LP

Amanda is a Mental Health Counselor dedicated to providing an environment that supports and empowers her clients. Her non-judgmental, empathic and playful approach to therapy provides clients with a safe space to be themselves. She listens intuitively and believes in working collaboratively with her clients to support their personal growth and goals.

Amanda has worked with a population of diverse clients ranging from early childhood and adolescents through adulthood. She is fluent in English and Spanish and has experience in treating a range of issues that include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, life transitions, and interpersonal difficulties.

Through therapeutic work she believes that anyone is capable of obtaining balance and wellness, and achieving happiness regardless of their stressors

Cayley Kasten, LMSW

Cayley earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She has experience working in outpatient and inpatient mental health settings, and in schools. Cayley has been trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy. She completed training at the Ackerman institute for the Family and is currently training at the Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Cayley may utilize art therapy, play therapy, and other modalities as indicated. She has experience working with people who have been diagnosed with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma related disorders, as well as relationship and life stage challenges.

Her approach to therapy is collaborative and post-modern. Cayley believes that in order to empower clients, it is important to take an unassuming stance with kindness and curiosity. This allows her to build a trusting and empathic therapeutic alliance with clients and address the root of their problems.

Glendenise McPherson, LMSW

Glendenise accomplished a BA in psychology from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree from Hunter College. Her education was focused on clinical skills along with systemic injustice. Both approaches inspire her drive to collaborate with clients in an empathetic and nonjudgmental way. She is deeply committed to helping individuals address the emotional effects of discrimination, anxious thoughts, self esteem, depression, spiritual conflicts and other worries. Glendenise is dedicated to her clients and she encourages an open dialogue. Her stance is that everyone should have a welcoming space to express themselves freely and Glendenise aims to acknowledge your concerns while creating a peaceful atmosphere. She is approachable, thoughtful, and eager to support you through tough times.

Amanda Sacks, LMSW

Amanda’s approach to therapy is holistic, warm, and strengths-based. She is passionate about collaborating with clients to help them find clarity with their goals and ways to practically attain them. She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and also incorporates mindfulness techniques into sessions acquired from 10+ years of teaching therapeutic yoga. Amanda supports children, teens, families and adults struggling with a variety of challenges including: anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and interpersonal difficulties.

Amanda completed her Bachelor’s in Social Work from New York University and Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California

Veronica Vaiti, LCSW-R, CCATP

Veronica Vaiti Psychotherapist New YorkVeronica Vaiti is a NY State Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of NYC Therapy Group. Veronica has been working as a Psychotherapist, Yoga Therapist and Meditation Teacher for almost 2 decades. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Veronica holds a Bachelors Degree in Business and Communications from Villanova University, and a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University (NYU). Her Post Masters Training includes Advanced Clinical Training at NYU, the Clinical Fellowship Program at the Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy, Developmental Somatic Therapy with Ruella Frank as well as her ongoing work with her clients.

Veronica’s professional experience includes working with diverse client populations and organizations with people ranging in age from early childhood through the elderly. She has worked in direct service settings such as: inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, chemical dependency and HIV mental health clinics, non-profit service organizations and private practice. Her approach to her work is informed by her professional training and experience, her 20+ year study and practice of yoga and meditation and life experiences including volunteering abroad and at home.

In her work with her clients, Veronica wishes to create the conditions which empower and support the process of personal growth and movement towards self-fulfillment. Veronica utilizes a non-judgmental, accepting, playful and empathic stance with her clients. She is continually guided by her belief that within every individual lives an expert on their own source of joy and contentment and path towards self-actualization and she strives to cultivate her client’s ability to connect with their inner-expert. Veronica deeply values the clients she works with and holds them to be her greatest teachers via the many ways that they display courage, vulnerability, perseverance and honesty.

Lyrica Fils-Aimé , LCSW-R, RPT-S

Lyrica Fils-Aimé is a NY State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist. Lyrica obtained her MSW from NYU and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from Fordham University. Lyrica works from an anti-racist, culturally aware, immigrant informed, biracial understanding framework. Lyrica can help work through issues of oppression, micro-aggressions, and struggles with identity.

Lyrica believes that different situations in our lives need different methods in order to ensure we can repair and heal. Lyrica encourages her clients to learn
new techniques to manage anxieties, disruptive thoughts, and negative patterns.
She has experience working with clients of all ages and families from many
backgrounds and a can attend to many different issues including: anxiety, identity struggles, trauma, depression, multicultural conflicts, ADHD, relational conflicts, life transitions, and other stressors. With families Lyrica helps to recreate bonds and teaches members to have hard conversations naturally.

Teresita Martinez, MS, LMHC, CAP, ICADC

teresitaTeresita Martinez is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Addiction Professional, and has worked in the addiction field in Miami for the past six years. She has dedicated her time to working in both an intensive outpatient setting for adolescents & young adults struggling with substance abuse and her private practice. While working with this population, Mrs. Martinez has served individuals that are suffering with an array of mental health issues, including mood disorders and trauma.

Mrs. Martinez has also worked with chemically dependent adults, pre-adolescent children in the foster care system, and children whose parents are in treatment and early recovery. She has facilitated numerous group therapies, including multifamily groups and spent the last two years focusing on family work. She is bilingual (English/Spanish) and has provided treatment and support services to families from very diverse cultural backgrounds.

Mrs. Martinez obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Miami and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Florida International University. She is certified by the National Drug Court Institute in Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MET/CBT5) therapist level training. She has volunteered as a guest speaker at several Miami-Dade county public schools to assist in addressing the issue of substance abuse among students.

Mrs. Martinez understands the unique challenges that any life event can bring and wants to help her clients overcome their struggles. She believes that treatment needs to be individualized and clients have all the tools they need within themselves. Her goal is to provide support, guidance and share in the human experience.

Ben Ferris, LMSW

Ben is a NY State Licensed Master of Social Work who brings his extensive life experience of working intimately with diverse people across many cultures to the therapeutic space at NYC Therapy Group. He approaches psychotherapeutic work by creating a compassionate and positive space for clients to feel trust and support when working through difficult issues. While nurturing clients’ strengths that can be transformative, Ben supports his clients in recognizing their own resilience.

Ben has provided therapy to individuals and couples across a wide age-range and on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, identity and addiction. Drawing upon different techniques and schools of thought including psychodynamic, relational and mindfulness practices, Ben works collaboratively with his clients to develop insight while working towards client identified goals. Having had the privilege of calling several countries home, Ben has a profound respect for and deep understanding of cultural differences and truly enjoys working with individuals who have straddled cultural lines.

Melissa Dominguez, LMSW

Melissa’s warm, caring and playful nature instantly creates a safe, non-judgmental space for those who are seeking support during some of their most vulnerable times. Melissa is a New York State Licensed Social Worker and a graduate of Fordham University. Utilizing a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach, Melissa can meet the unique needs of each individual and family she has the honor to serve. Melissa works with adults, children, adolescents and LGBTQ+ identified individuals around issues including trauma, crisis intervention, life transitions, addiction, anxiety, depression and ADHD. With extensive training in evidence-based practices such as Trauma Systems Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, Melissa is able to help her clients heal from some of the most difficult pains and obstacles they encounter in life.

Maria del Rosario, MHC-LP

Maria brings a deep sense of clarity and comforting presence to her work with her clients.

Coming from a strengths-based, client-centered perspective, Maria works collaboratively with her clients to identify any barriers that may be hindering progress toward growth and works wholeheartedly to help her clients reach their goals in life.

Earning her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University, Maria has extensive experience with clients ranging in age from early childhood and adolescence through adulthood surrounding matters of relationship distress, substance use disorders, chronic illness, and mental health concerns. Maria has also worked in early childhood development at the pre-kindergarten programs administered at the Goddard School and The Learning Experience. Additionally, she was a youth advocate/professional mentor at Friends of the Children NY where she worked in the school and community setting.

Alyssa Kushner, LMSW

Alyssa is a Licensed Social Worker, with a Masters degree from New York University and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Rutgers University.

Taking a strengths-based, trauma informed approach Alyssa has a passion for working with children, adolescents, and young adults with various needs including anxiety, depression, trauma, codependency, and crisis intervention. She also has extensive experience working with emotional and behavioral difficulties, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Having provided individual therapy, group therapy, and parent support in various settings such as a partial hospitalization program, day treatments/therapeutic day schools, intensive outpatient programs and outpatient mental health, Alyssa is well adept at supporting parents and families as they manage with the different issues they encounter.

Alyssa brings a trauma informed and attachment based lens and enjoys integrating mindfulness  and creativity into her practice. She believes that treatment should be individualized and wants to provide a safe space to build the therapeutic relationship to empower and challenge clients to achieve their best and cope with difficulties. In addition, Alyssa has received DBT training and will incorporate the skills work in her sessions when appropriate.

Anginese Phillips, LCAT, R-DMT

Anginese is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist & Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA). She is a graduate of Pratt Institute with a Master’s of Science in Creative Arts Therapy. Anginese has facilitated group & individual sessions with adults & adolescents in various settings.

Anginese’s therapeutic approach is a combination of psychodynamic & dance/movement therapy techniques. Most of her work has been in creating a space for adults & older adults to reconnect with who they are on a verbal and nonverbal level. Anginese really enjoys supporting her clients in using dance/movement therapy because it allows them to see that movement is a large part of their language as well as verbal communication. Addressing & creating an empathic relationship with her clients using their movement behavior & verbal thoughts, even while sitting or in stillness is the most meaningful part of her work. In fact, many issues that Anginese tends to explore with her clients include the disconnection between what is being said verbally and what is being expressed nonverbally. These disconnections can impact one’s relationships with others and most importantly create an overall instability within oneself.

Nancy Gershman, LMSW

Nancy Gershman is a New York State Licensed Social Worker and a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work. She has additional training in the treatment of eating disorders from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy/ Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia. Earlier, as a creative arts practitioner in end of life care and bereavement, Nancy developed a technique called Dreamscaping for survivors prone to rumination and isolation.  By guiding individuals to build a new, “prescriptive” memory in their imagination and then tangibly as a share-able picture, the technique re-trains the brain to embrace the future. At Bhava, Nancy applies that same blend of companioning, playful inquisitiveness and strengths-based orientation towards body-positive work, trauma-informed psychotherapy, and addiction recovery.

Her deep compassion and respect for her clients’ emotional truth is what makes the relationship work. With compassion, warmth, and deep observation, Nancy begins by building a shared understanding. With grace, she discerns how a highly sensitive nature, long held emotional states and communication styles (one’s own and others) could be maintaining unhappiness in the current environment. Equally important, she explores, What ultimately brings you joy?  Always, Nancy is creating calm and awakening insight in the way that best suits her clients— be that with role playing and resourcing, CBT, DBT, meditation or tapping, genograms, musical playlists, or one powerful metaphor.

Tiffany Carter, Most Fabulous Office Manager

Tiffany began her career with BHAVA Therapy Groupas our first marketing intern in 2015. Having obtained her B.S. in Healthcare Management from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2016, Tiffany then moved into her current role as Office Manager in 2016.

With her unyielding optimism, eagerness to grow and learn, infectious kindness and exquisite attention to detail, Tiffany brings boundless warmth and professionalism to the most important role of keeping all-things-office running smoothly.