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.”
Dr. Rouzi Shengelia is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to adults in California and New York. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, mood disorder, anxiety disorders and depression. In her practice, Dr. Shengelia believes that in order to feel fulfilled in life, one’s mind and body should be in harmony.
Dr. Shengelia’s interest in mental and behavioral health care came naturally with having always been fascinated by people’s minds.
Dr. Shengelia has traveled to Lapland, she loves spending time with friends and getting licensed as a clinician in the United States was a childhood dream of hers.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” —Mother Teresa
Anthony Lopez is a licensed mental health counselor offering services to adults in Florida, New York and Virginia. He has a variety of clinical interests; however, he specializes in men’s issues and health, stress management, depression, anxiety disorders and faith-based counseling. In his practice, Anthony’s philosophy of care is to form a true connection and trust with each patient. He usually begins by focusing on equipping patients with the resources to manage their symptoms and then looks for deeper issues that may exist. Anthony’s approach to care is collaborative, insightful and enjoyable. Patients have expressed that he’s very down to earth and that their situation was well understood.
Anthony’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed while working as an administrator at a university. There, he started a mentoring and leadership program. He ended up mentoring some of the students and loved it. Anthony then felt that pursuing a career in therapy was the next step.
Anthony speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. He’s traveled to Israel, Jordan, Brazil, Guatemala and Bolivia, and has received U.S. Senate Congressional Recognition.
“Start from wherever you are and with whatever you’ve got.”- Jim Rohn
Jocelyn Martinez is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in New Jersey and New York. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in family therapy, parenting, communication issues and dialectical behavioral therapy. In her practice, Jocelyn’s approach to care is client–centered and is eclectic to individuals’ needs. She helps individuals focus on their strengths and values to help empower them throughout treatment. Jocelyn utilizes CBT, DBT, structural family therapy, journal therapy and solution-focused therapy. She would describe herself as warm, caring and supportive. Furthermore, she believes therapy promotes healing and growth within individuals and families and hopes to be an effective tool in helping people through their journey of healing.
Jocelyn’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed naturally through her enjoyment in working with children. Through her studies, interactions, volunteer work and employment she recognized the value of becoming emotionally intelligent and wanted to empower, help and strengthen children and adults in need.
Jocelyn’s family and friends have said she is a philomath because she enjoys learning and studying. She hopes to pursue her Ph.D. in the near future. Jocelyn also enjoys journaling and has taken courses on it, and enjoys traveling to tropical places with her family.
“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou
Jessica Passero 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 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
Margaret Parker is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner offering services to adults in New York and California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in mood disorders, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia. Margaret believes that people should be provided with the opportunity to reach their full potential. As a mental health professional, she possesses the skills to nurture and provide holistic care to patients suffering from mental health disabilities. In addition, her profession grants her the opportunity to provide clients with a chance to grow and live a more fulfilling life.
Margaret‘s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed while living in Sierra Leon during her formative years. She saw how Sierra Leon suffered from a lack of mental health professionals; with a population of over seven million people, the country only had two psychiatrists, two clinical psychologists and 19 mental health nurses. She witnessed individuals with mental disorders be discriminated against, stigmatized and marginalized. Many individuals were also subjected to emotional and physical abuse in institutions and in their own communities. Margaret decided to pursue a career in mental health to fully understand mental disabilities and bring about change.
Margaret enjoys cooking, reading and traveling.
“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”—John Ruskin
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.”
Stephanie Nicolas is a licensed mental health counselor offering services to adult residents in New York. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in college students, disability and mobility, life transitions, anxiety disorders and wellness and health promotion. In her practice, Stephanie’s approach is to allow clients to tell their stories and tap into their individual strengths to overcome life challenges. Stephanie believes in the inherent human capacity for self-healing. By building a collaborative relationship, she strives to empower individuals to use their unique abilities and positive character traits to help facilitate the healing process so clients can achieve their life goals. She advocates for mental health education and self-education as therapy is an intense curriculum in oneself.
Stephanie’s interest in mental and behavioral health care stems from her long-time interest in psychology, the mind and the brain. In college, she pursued medicine and thought that she was going to become a doctor. However, during her undergraduate years, she became severely depressed and her grades suffered terribly to the point where she was at risk of expulsion. She decided to change her major and studied psychology instead. After graduation, she received her degree in counseling and has never looked back.
Stephanie has published a children’s book. She’s the oldest of three and orange is her favorite color.
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao-Tzu
Chris Rushton is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescent and adult residents in New Jersey and New York. He has a variety of clinical interests; however, he specializes in trauma and abuse, behavioral disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy and mood disorders. In his practice, Chris finds it important to consider an individual holistically in order to identify goals, priorities and challenges ahead.
Chris’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed further when he was a crisis counselor in New York City after 9/11. He then pursued and obtained a social work degree from Columbia University.
Chris is on two legal defense teams fighting to overturn wrongful convictions. He is married to a Brazilian, so his four kids speak Portuguese and English. Chris is originally from a small foreign country: New Jersey.
“Life keeps throwing me stones. And I keep finding the diamonds.” – Ana Claudia Antunes
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