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KEN BURNS

LCSW-R

Co-Owner/Clinical Director / Therapist LCSW-R Relationship Expert / Individuals / Presenter

Ken Burns, LCSW I have always had the desire to help others. This helped motivate me to return to college as an adult learner. I graduated from Suffolk County Community College’s notable honors program. From there, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook Then I went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Advanced Standing Master’s program. My passion and specialty is working with couples. I strives to help people achieve comforting, loving and lasting relationships. In addition, I counsel individuals and families. My approach is a blend of Eastern philosophy and Western theory to give clients a whole person (mind-body-spirit) approach to therapy. Through lectures, publications and seminars, I continually keeps himself current with the latest findings in psychology, neurology, biology and pharmacology. Learning how these affect a person’s well-being. I have advanced training in Emotional Focused Couples Therapy, Critical Crisis Intervention, Positive Parenting, and ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics}. Certified Hypnotherapist. OASAS provide # 6955

Harriette Ferguson

LCSW-R

Co-Owner / Clinical Director / Therapist - LCSW-R - Infertility Expert / Individual / Couples / Author / Presenter

I am a psychotherapist that has been practicing for over 25 years. As a young practitioner, I began as a generalist ; seeing kids, adults and families. But like everyone else, life has its twists and turns and right after I began my practice, my husband and I decided to start our own family. Easy, right? Turned out not to be as simple as we (or the world tells us!) envisioned. We began our roller coaster ride of fertility treatments that involved changing my schedule almost daily; seeing doctors and undergoing invasive treatments and having disappointing outcomes. Nothing really prepared me emotionally. Although I was trained in psychology and counseling, I was taken aback by the long, arduous trip.

After our daughter was born four years later, I knew where I wanted to go with my career. As a “wounded warrior”, I became a support group leader for Resolve ( a national organization that educates, advocates and supports fertility patients) and began seeing individuals and couples that were undergoing the same hell I just got out of. I listened carefully to what my clients were saying and realized that the anxiety and depression they all experienced was a normal response to have when you go through fertility treatments. So, when a friend asked me if I wanted to write a book with her, I said yes. I hoped we could be others ‘ voices who needed guidance and coping skills to get through the crisis of infertility. We succeeded and WWNorton published our book . “Experiencing Infertility” that was the number 1 best seller on Amazon’s infertility books in the early 2000s. It was later translated into Spanish!! I could not have been prouder.

Today I continue my work with individuals and couples by providing psychotherapy and psychosocial evaluations, mandated by my client’s doctors before entering treatment using a third-party (donor, surrogates, gestational carriers) to create their families.

My research on post traumatic growth in infertility has appeared in the Journal of Human Reproduction (October, 2009). I was the 2009-2010 chair of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine's MHPG education committee. In 2020, I co-led a research study on the effectiveness of mindfulness on women experiencing infertility. As a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher and daily TM meditator, I am able to incorporate stress management skills into my practice.

Currently, I am the clinical director of Transformations Counseling group, supervising therapists that provide psychotherapy to individuals and couples searching for better ways to manage their anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress and relationship issues.

Danielle Greenberg

LMSW

Therapist - LMSW - Individuals / Teen & Adolescents / Child & Family

Anxious? Same. Struggling with depression? Having trouble with peers, school, friends, parents? Been there, done that. After struggling with a bunch of different things, like anxiety, bullying, my parents’ divorce, and much more, I can safely say, “I get it”. Do I understand exactly how you’re feeling? No, and I won’t pretend to. But what I do understand is that your adolescent and young adult years hold some of the most difficult times of your life. I know it seems like no one understands, but I want to hear where you’re coming from and show you that your feelings are valid. I believe in a collaborative approach and utilize my skills as an anxiety specialist to work with you to understand your emotions and learn how to cope with and manage them.

Danielle Greenberg, LMSW, is a Licensed Masters Social Worker who has a passion for working with teens and young adults. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Long Island University and then went on to receive her Masters from New York University. Throughout her education, she has gained experience working with groups and individuals of all ages. She values a strengths-based perspective and strives to empower clients to see the strength they hold within themselves, despite any challenges they may face.

Devin Ward

MS, LMHC, PMH-C

Therapist - MHC - Individuals / Couples / Teen & Adolescents / Women's Issue Specialist / Bilingual English-Spanish

I am a licensed mental health counselor with over a decade of experience helping individuals from all walks of life navigate challenges and find the best version of themselves. I utilize an integrative approach with a focus on cognitive behavioral strategies and mindfulness-based stress-reduction to help clients overcome the effects of negative thought/behavior patterns.
As a result of my own lived experience, I have a particular interest in working with post- partum women to ease their transition into motherhood. I am a certified Perinatal Mental Health specialist through Post-partum Support International and use my skills to empower new parents and help them face the trials of starting and expanding their families.
Through my work with Harriette Rovner-Ferguson, LCSW-R, psychotherapist and author specializing in infertility, I’ve extended my focus to include those struggling with infertility and/or using Assisted Reproductive Technology to start their families. I currently provide psychotherapy to individuals and couples to help them cope with the stress of infertility and the ART process. I also provide physician-mandated psycho- social consultations to individuals and families prior to entering treatment using third- party reproduction.

Racheal Gibney

MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

Racheal is an experienced Marriage and Family Therapist dedicated to helping couples and individuals on their relationship and personal journeys. She specializes in working with couples and utilizes the Gottman Method for couples therapy with the intent to increase closeness, set and achieve goals, productively address conflict, and build shared meaning and intimacy within the relationship. Racheal also employs “non-violent communication”, an approach that emphasizes deep listening to develop intimacy and clear communication. Rachael has both a B.A. in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from Central Connecticut State University. She also has experience in Reiki, Herbal Folk Medicine, and Wholeness Energetics.

James Cherry

LMSW

Licensed Master Social Work Therapist -Individuals / Teen & Adolescents / Child & Family

I am a Licensed Master of Social Work, certified in Trauma and Telehealth. I arrived in this role through my passion for the field of education and learning. I experienced my own trauma and loss when I was in high school. With the support of many caring school faculty and staff, I moved forward, and my resilience grew. Ultimately, I decided to pursue teaching to give back to the next generations.

After beginning my teaching career, I quickly realized that academia did not serve students by helping them to develop life skills. There was no one educating them about the emotional aspects of life. Although my students were learning how to read, write and solve mathematical problems, they lacked the knowledge they needed to deal with real life; how to cope with the emotional, psychological and social aspects of becoming a contented and fulfilled human

It was that insight that led me to to realize what I had a passion for; to help people develop their emotional intelligence. So, I obtained my Masters Of Social Work at SUNY/Stony Brook University. I started the path towards becoming a therapist and worked within traditional and alternative school settings, residential settings, and non-profit organizations.

I have worked with clients of all ages; however, I have extensive experience in working with adolescents and their families.I utilize evidence-based practices to treat issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, phobias, interpersonal and relationship challenges, low self-esteem, sexuality, and life adjustments. I strive to help my clients build healthy coping skills, improve self-esteem, and empower them to reach their mental health goals. I do this by assisting clients in articulating connections between thoughts, feelings, and actions to understand better where they have been and what direction they now wish to go.

While changing behaviors and feelings is always tricky, it is never something that we need to face alone. I know that coming to therapy and making the commitment to show up for themselves every week requires strength from my clients. Therefore, I strive to help them get the most out of their experience. Together, we create a wellness plan specific to each individual (which I believe is the utmost priority.

My passion for helping others shines through with authenticity and compassion. My clients find emotional fulfillment, success in relationships, and develop more confidence to grow. I welcome the experience of walking alongside my clients and respect their commitment to change.

Kyle Viola

MHC

MentalHealth Counselor - Individuals / Christian Counseling / Teen & Adolescents / Child & Family

Remember the last time you have had your heart broken, whether it was a relationship or even feeling not good enough? I had my heart broken at 17 years old and although it hurt deeply, it propelled me into looking further into psychology asking the question, why do humans do the things they do? I initially took an advanced placement psychology class in high school, while simultaneously researching and listening to motivational speakers. This sparked my curiosity in personal development. One concept I learned that stuck with me up to this day is your “mentality creates reality.”

I majored in applied psychology in college and continued on to receive my Masters in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling from NYU. During my academic studies and my pursuit of self-discovery in searching the meaning of the human experience, I was led to specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I assist clients to discover, understand, and implement change in their thinking, emotions, and behaviors.

In addition, my journey led me to sub-specialize in Christian Counseling for those seeking a therapist who has a solid foundation in their relationship with God. My experiences have led me to a deeper understanding on how we can implement our faith into our everyday life.

I take my time to understand my clients’ and together we figure out ways to help them achieve their goals and improve the quality of their lives. I consider myself patient and kind and want my clients to feel they have a safe place to express themselves each week where we can work on life goals, centering on them; without the critical outside world stepping in.

In my personal walk, I have integrated knowledge, understanding and application of psychotherapy practices with a faith-based perspective to manage every day anxiety, depression, stress, and improve relationships. I want to encourage you in facing your challenges and to meet you on your journey so that you can achieve healing, freedom, hope, and love.

Pamela Kravitz

LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist - Couples / Individuals / Teen & Adolescents / Child & Family

“Have you ever felt like nobody was there?

Have you ever felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere?

Have you ever felt like you could disappear?

Like you could fall, and no one would hear?”

Dear Evan Hansen You’d be surprised how many others have felt this way, including myself. I understand the decision to seek help can be difficult. The lyrics from Dear Evan Hansen, remind me how important it is to have someone in your corner; someone to validate your feelings. It has always been my goal to provide this to anyone who needs someone to truly hear them.

Growing up, I always knew I was fit for helping others, which is why I decided to study family dynamics in college. I started to notice how many people around me experienced loss, divorce, or trauma in their lives. I kept wondering how I could make an impact, how I could help people experiencing this turmoil. I decided I would set my sights on becoming a family therapist, with the goal of providing support and bringing change to those in need. Now as a licensed marriage and family therapist my goal is to build a trusting, open relationship with clients that encourages them to be honest about their thoughts, feelings, and goals. I believe each person has the potential to make positive changes that will lead to more fulfilling relationships and contentment in their lives.

I believe every situation is unique. I have experience working in multiple environments including in-home family services, school settings, providing support to children and families in the foster care system, and working with LGBTQ+ community members. These experiences have provided me with knowledge, insight, and cultural competency, which I draw upon to build my practice. The lyrics from above continue on to say: “There’s a place where we don’t have to feel unknown, And every time that you call out, You’re a little less alone…You will be found.” My approach is compassionate, direct, and non-judgmental, which helps create an environment where you feel supported in your counseling journey. I currently focus my practice in helping individuals and couples to overcome anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, relationship struggles, family changes, and LGBTQ+ issues.