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.”
Marsha Caraway is a licensed mental health counselor and licensed professional counselor offering services to adults in New York and Texas. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in relationship issues, anxiety disorders, depression and trauma. In her practice, Marsha’s philosophy of care is to get to know her patients. She believes the more “life” puzzle pieces that you have, the more the patients’ symptoms make sense.
Marsha’s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed in college. She had an excellent professor who kept her spellbound when she shared her experiences from Bellevue Mental Hospital in New York City.
Marsha has worked on 15 different military installations. She loves to chop and stack wood and loves train rides.
“When life begins to drag you down, just do the hokey pokey.”Wendy Fiol is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in New York. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in adolescent therapy, marriage and relationship counseling, mood disorders and women’s issues and health. In her practice, Wendy believes that everyone deserves and is entitled to happiness. She understands that everyone’s happiness may look different but believes that if a person can build a rapport of trust and security, then they can ultimately work through any issues to achieve their happiness. Wendy’s interest in mental and behavioral health care began early on. At the age of 15, she decided that she wanted to become a social worker in order to help people. She would see how her school counselor would help her classmates and wanted to be able to do the same. As she researched and learned about a career in social work her passion grew, and she felt an added desire to reach individuals with especially complex struggles with their mental health. Wendy believes that her respectful, non-judgment approach and genuine concern and desire for each of her clients’ happiness and well-being is what allows her to help clients tackle some of their most oppressive and inhibiting obstacles. Wendy loves dogs and believes in their therapeutic qualities. She loves home DIY renovation projects and rarely feels any project is too big to take on, which sometimes gets her into some precarious situations. Wendy is very proud of being a social worker; she loves the values and goals of the profession and shares her passion for her work with others. “You can never judge someone until you‘ve walked in their shoes but since you can never truly walk in another person’s shoes, you can never judge them.“
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.