Mental Health Counseling

with an Anti-Oppressive

& Anti-Racist Approach


*We are not currently taking more clients.*

Osvaldo Cruz, Jr.

Osvaldo Cruz Jr., LMSW (he/him) is a Licensed Social Worker who identifies as a Puerto Rican Cis-Gender Male. He received his Master’s in Clinical Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Osvaldo practices with an anti-racist, client-centered, strength-based approach and has special training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He has experience in providing psychotherapy to individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA); and children, teens, and families grappling with complex trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief. Osvaldo’s therapeutic approach consist of an eclectic use of different methodologies to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client.

Davion Currithers

Davion Currithers, LMSW (he/him) was born and raised in Jamaica. Davion enjoys working with families as a unit to support the progress of his clients and has seen much success with this approach. Davion, in his work with families, uses an eclectic approach in counseling as he believes all clients are different, which calls for different approaches. Davion has been working as a Social worker for over six years. His experiences include school teacher, child welfare, school social worker and youth pastor. Davion has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology and Guidance and Counseling. He also has his Masters in Social Work.

Lyrica Fils-Aimé

Lyrica Fils-Aimé, LCSW-R, RPT-S, (she/her) was born in Haiti to a white Kreyòl-speaking mother and Haitian father. The convergence of these two very different backgrounds has informed Lyrica's experiences with identity with every step that she takes in life. Lyrica went to University of Richmond for her Bachelor's, NYU for Social Work and Fordham for Non-Profit Leadership. Her goal is to increase the number of BIPOC mental health clinicians in private practice.

Keisha Jones

Keisha Jones, LMSW (she/her) is a Bronx native whose passion for social work and therapy was sparked by her grandmother, a teacher, and her mother, a caretaker of the developmentally disabled. Keisha witnessed their work and impact on the community and strives to uphold their legacy of support and healing through her own work. Her experience includes child welfare, criminal justice, and homelessness specializing in grief, trauma, anxiety and depression. Keisha earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Bonaventure University and her Master of Social Work from Hunter College, City of New York.

Emilija Karastanovic-Hot

Emilija Karastanovic, MSW, (she/her) was born first generation Montenegrin- American. Both her mother and father were born in Montenegro and came shortly after the Yugoslavian War started. Her background in interdisciplinary studies and experience of both cultures has helped shape her identity as an anti-oppressive social worker. Emilija has extensive knowledge and involvement as a childcare worker which aided her completion of her Master of Social Worker at New York University.

Yvenide Andre Neal

Yvenide Neal, LMHC, holds an MSEd in Teaching and Learning from Keiser University, an MSEd in Counseling from Alfred University, and a BA in Africana Studies and a Minor in Business from SUNY Albany. Yvenide is a Registered Play Therapist and is a mama to two beautiful children. Yvenide has experience with administering MMPI-2, CBT, TF-CBT, Person Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Exposure Therapy, Bibliotherapy, Family Systems Therapy and Social Skills. She specializes in working with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Gender identity, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Self-esteem, and Trauma Disorders. Yvenide incorporates Sound Bowl Healing, Mindfulness, Dance Movement and Sandplay Therapy in her counseling practice. She is Haitian-American and speaks fluent Kreyol.

Stephanie-Rae Wattley

Stephanie-Rae (she/her) is a Flower Essence Therapist, Wellness Practitioner, Environmentalist, and the owner of Cureshine; a digital wellness hub where she uses nature's magic and intuitive counseling to help clients embody more joy.

Some of her favorite modalities to offer are Flower Essence Therapy, NLP, Motivational Interviewing, Indigenous/ Original /Ancestral Medicine, Oracle Card Readings and Five Element Theory.

Lisa M. Johnson

Lisa (She/Her/Hers) is a cisgender, Black woman and mother who is a native of New York City. Lisa is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at New York University in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness. She holds a Bachelors in Science in Community and Human Services from SUNY Empire State College; she is also an alumna of Tuskegee University where she studied Business Management Science. Lisa has worked with children and families for over twenty years as an employee of the New York City Department of Education.

Lisa’s personal mission statement reads: “To commit myself to ongoing education and engagement in mental health and wellness to advocate social/racial justice and cultural humility in order to address trauma and empower the BIPOC community through advocacy, counseling and networking.”

Michelle Maldonado

Michelle (She/Her) is a Cisgender Female that was born and raised in Washington Heights to Dominican parents. Currently working to finalize her degree at Southern New Hampshire University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her goal is to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor focused on providing mental health services to the BIPOC community with a anti-racist, person-centered approach. She enjoys using different therapeutic approaches tailored to each client’s particular situation in order to make it more personalized. She would also like to work in communities of color to educated and undo stigmas tied to seeking mental health counseling across cultures.

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Pi-lòn/Pee- lÒn is Haitian Kreyòl for “mortar and pestle.” Mortars and pestles or Pilòns are traditionally used in many cultures to mix medicines or foods for healing and for sustenance.

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