Sharon Kopyc is a licensed clinical social worker offering behavioral healthcare services to residents in Kentucky, New York and Pennsylvania. She specializes in trauma, women’s issues, addiction, mood disorders and stress management utilizing the EMDR, mindfulness-based (MBCT) and structural family therapy methods, to name a few.
Sharon became interested in behavioral health care while in undergraduate school when she was drawn to courses in psychology and sociology and always had a keen interest in listening to people and helping them sort out their problems. She was encouraged to pursue a career in behavioral health care when those who she helped would thank her for being so supportive!
Sharon prefers a person-centered approach to care where she views her patient as an expert in their own life. This allows her to work directly with her patient to help facilitate a path to a happier and satisfying life.
She is also an author having just published Writing Measurable Outcomes in Psychotherapy with Oxford University.
“The struggle you’re in today is the strength you need for tomorrow.”
Ruth Fogarty is a licensed mental health counselor offering services to adults in New York state. She has a vast array of clinical interests and her areas of expertise include trauma/PTSD, substance use/addiction, LGBT, domestic/sexual abuse and relationship issues.
Her interest in the counseling field developed in her late teens from a sibling who suffered from depression. Ruth knew that counseling was a natural fit for her when she realized she had a knack for helping people feel comfortable when sharing life struggles with her.
Ruth’s approach to treatment is to build a rapport with her patients and is accomplished through attentive listening and caring support that may, at times, be in the form of frank observations and feedback. Her philosophy is to honor each person who chooses to trust her with their thoughts and feelings. One of Ruth’s greatest passions is to counsel military members and their families on bases around the US and Europe.
When Ruth is not treating her patients, she is spending time with her four children and eight grandchildren. Her greatest joy and best gift to the world!
“Loving ourselves is perhaps the most loving thing we can do for others and peace in our world.”
Jessica Passero is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in New York and Wisconsin. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in wellness and health promotion, relationships, child and adolescent therapy, parenting, and women’s issues and health. In her practice, Jessica uses traditional counseling techniques such as cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapy, as well as complementary therapy approaches such as mindfulness, meditation and guided imagery to help clients work towards greater happiness. As a therapist, she empowers clients to make changes to improve their lives. Jessica sees herself as a guide who supports clients in their own journey of personal and emotional growth. She helps clients become more self-aware, improve their communication skills, and understand their emotions at a deeper level. She also aims to teach clients coping skills to help them better deal with life’s stresses, as well as the challenges of their mental health symptoms.
Jessica’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed at a young age. Because she was very empathetic towards those in suffering, she realized early on that she wanted to be in a profession that helped people. Furthermore, Jessica was naturally drawn to psychology because she had always been curious and interested in people. In college, she saw a flyer looking for individuals to become peer counselors and remembers thinking, “I would like to do that”. Shortly after she started began taking peer counseling training classes. She later realized that it was this experience as a peer counselor that planted the seed in her becoming a professional therapist.
Jessica loves to travel. She thinks immersing yourself into a different place, culture, and/or among people is a great educational experience. Her dream is to eventually travel the world. Jessica enjoys spending time outdoors; it helps her relax and feel more grounded. Most of her weekends are usually spent hiking or doing other outdoor activities. She is also an avid crafter. She dabbles in making all types of crafts including creating signs, jewelry, personalized gifts and art.
“The real voyage of self-discovery consists not in seeking out new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust
Mohammed Mazharuddin is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to adult residents in New York. He has a vast array of clinical interests; however, his specializations are anxiety disorders, addiction, and men’s issues and health. In his practice, he believes in a holistic approach; integrating nutrition, exercise, supplements, and behavioral interventions to establish a comprehensive treatment plan along with traditional psychopharmacological interventions when necessary.
Mohammed’s interest in mental and behavioral health care started in college, where he minored in psychology. Taking cognitive and abnormal psychology helped shape his understanding of the human mind and carries this knowledge with him today.
Mohammed spent a portion of his medical school clinical rotations studying in England. He spent his residency working in a state mental hospital which gave him a unique professional experience. He enjoys hiking and has developed a keen interest in forest therapy.
“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Nena Forshee is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to child, adolescent and adult residents in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. She specializes in anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and adolescent and early adulthood therapy. Nena’s philosophy of care is centered around the belief that the most important part of providing care is understanding where patients are in their mental health journey and meeting them at that point. She enjoys taking a collaborative approach with clients to determine how they will work together in meeting their set goals.
Nena’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare stems from her innate passion for helping others. She took a strong interest in mental health in high school which continued into college. She began working with children and adolescents in a residential program, where she became increasingly interested in diagnostic evaluations and different treatment models for therapy. Nena then went on to pursue her master’s in social work.
Last year Nena explored Europe visiting Ireland, France and England. She is extremely family oriented and her favorite place to be is on the beach listening to the ocean.
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places…” – Ernest Hemingway
Rachel Khan-McCroy is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adult residents in New York and New Jersey. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are trauma and abuse, addiction, post-partum issues and mood disorders. In her practice, her philosophy of care is that all people are important, and no feelings are wrong. Rachel’s goal as a clinician is to be a source of support and a place where individuals can feel secure and safe to discuss feelings. She believes that everyone is capable and able to achieve their goals of interpersonal growth through a strength-based approach. She incorporates elements of mindfulness, CBT and conflict resolution.
Rachel’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare stems from personal experiences. Rachel had a relative who suffered from a TBI and developmental issues. As a teenager, a friend of hers committed suicide and another friend was murdered by her father in a domestic violence incident. Through these experiences, she realized that access to mental health care can be extremely difficult to find and due to this wanted to become a clinician to help. She believes that if more people felt heard and understood then there would be less violence and suicide, and overall, more life satisfaction.
Rachel enjoys writing, is one of five children, and has been a vegetarian since she was 11 years old.
Joshua Taffet is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adult residents in New York, New Jersey and Florida. He has a vast array of clinical interests; however, he specializes in depression, relationship issues and life transitions. His approach to therapy is personalized, client-centered and emotionally focused. Joshua aims for patients to feel completely heard, understood and on a clear path toward their goals. His philosophy of care emphasizes the healing power of the therapeutic relationship. He has worked with hundreds of adults and couples to identify the root of their issues so they can move forward on a happier, more fulfilling path.
Joshua’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare started at an early age, people would tell him that he was an excellent listener and helped bring clarity to their challenges. It wasn’t until he saw a therapist himself, who helped him navigate his life challenges, that he realized he wanted to become a licensed therapist. In his opinion, there is no greater gift than helping people live their most fulfilled life.
Joshua absolutely loves Hawaii, has been there five times and is planning his sixth trip. He was a speaker at “Advocating for Our Patients” at the Fifth Annual Urban Mental Health Conference at Rutgers in Newark, NJ, and has adopted three rescue cats.
“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.” – Zig Ziglar
Clinician Gender Identity: Male
Clinician Racial/Ethnic Identity: White
Treatment Age Range: 18+
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)-focused
Margarita Carson is a board-certified clinical social worker offering services to adolescents and adult residents of New York and New Jersey. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are anxiety, depression and cognitive behavioral therapy. Margarita is a solution-based therapist. In her practice, Margarita’s philosophy of care is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a healthy life by utilizing complementary therapy approaches and techniques.
Margarita’s interest in mental health care stems from her experiences working with individuals and families from disadvantaged communities. She learned very early in her career that she had a passion for helping people.
Margarita loves to binge-watch series on Netflix and enjoys hiking in the summer weather. Her biggest career and personal success is starting a private practice in New York State.
“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination. ” – Carl Rogers, Psychologist
Judith Creecy is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescents and adults in New York. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are mood disorders, addiction, relational issues and trauma. In her practice, Judith takes an empathic approach when working with clients and views the therapeutic relationship as a collaboration in which the client and she work to achieve their goals.
Judith’s interest in mental health care began with her interest in human behavior and psychology in college. She had a mentor, a therapist, who supported and encouraged her choice of behavioral health.
Judith enjoys and writes poetry. She is a nature lover, lived many years in Arizona and hiked the Grand Canyon.
“To thine own self be true.” – William Shakespeare
Clinician Gender Identity: Female
Clinician Racial/Ethnic Identity: White
Treatment Age Range: 12+
Substance Abuse, Dependence and Addiction
Trauma and PTS
Women’s Issues and Health
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)-focused
Dr. Sharon Batista is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to adolescent and adult residents in New York and California. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are women’s mental health, anxiety disorders, OCD and mood disorders. In her practice, Sharon’s philosophy of care is to integrate various tools to help patients feel better, which may include medication and self-help approaches.
Sharon’s interest in mental health care comes from having been exposed to psychiatry very early on during her first semester of medical school. She happened to choose an elective with a psychiatrist who now has been her life-long mentor ever since.
Sharon has published a handbook on AIDs psychiatry together with several colleagues. She enjoys cooking, learning about different cooking techniques, and her daily companion is her beloved bulldog, which is often snoring by her side.