Meet Our Clinicians

Gisela Ireland, LCSW-R, Clinical Director and Supervisor
License: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Education: Master of Social Work, New York University
Language: English/Spanish 
Our aim is to meet each individual where s/he is in the course of his/her journey. Some people just need a little support, as we all do, with day-to-day stressors. Some people may be experiencing a loss of some kind, such as the loss of a pet, a loved one, a job, or a spouse through divorce. Some might be feeling depressed and at a loss of how to proceed and move forward. Others may feel anxious or panic stricken to the point that it interferes with daily functioning. And then there are some who have difficulty making big life decisions, falling asleep, socializing with others, feeling isolated. Whatever it is, our clinicians are not only experienced, supervised and trained, but they genuinely care. Our team approach is person centered, and strengths based with a focus on the client in community.


Ashley Genty, LMHC-LP
License: Mental Health Counselor, Limited Permit
Education: Master of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University
Language: English
As CCC’s intake coordinator and a mental health counselor I serve as the first point of contact for the clinic, as well as provide CBT-informed person-centered talk therapy for a diverse client population. I enjoy working with individuals 18 and over who are struggling with issues related to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, bereavement, and familial or relational difficulties.


Caroline Astacio, LCSW/Supervisor
License: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Education: Master of Social Work, Fordham University
Language: English/Spanish
I am a culturally competent therapist, fluent Spanish speaker who utilizes a psychodynamic and client centered approach to help clients develop awareness and insight to barriers that prevent them from reaching their full potential. My professional experience has been primarily working with older adults, Hispanic immigrant populations, and adults experiencing anxiety, depression and substance abuse. I am also a trained Alzheimer’s disease support group facilitator, having completed the Seminar in Field Instruction and a certificate program in advanced clinical practice.


Landis Block, LMHC
License: Mental Health Counselor
Education: Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling, Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Language: English
Areas of Treatment: Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Phobia, Relationship Issues, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, Bereavement, LGBTQ Issues, Stress Management, Self-Esteem, Caregiver Stress, Job-related issues, Family issues. Clients served: Adults, children, adolescents, families, and couples.
My style is warm, nonjudgmental, client-centered, and goal-oriented. I like to work alongside clients to determine what they would like to change and how they would like to go about changing it, as this process can look different for each individual and each individual’s particular struggle. Knowing that a strong therapeutic relationship can be responsible for 80% of successful client outcomes, that is where I start working toward our goals: building a trusting, working relationship, rooted in the client’s strengths. From there, I apply trans-theoretical techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), person-centered therapy, trauma-informed therapy, mindfulness practices, and psychodynamic therapy based on each client’s unique needs and preferences. I appreciate and incorporate honest feedback throughout the process to make it the most meaningful it can be for each client who walks through my door.


Yunshan Gao, LMSW
License: Licensed Master of Social Work
Education: School of Social Work, New York University
Training: CBT for Anxiety, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Language: English/Mandarin
I’m a culturally competent, client-centered and strength-based therapist who is familiar with psychodynamic approach and CBT. I have worked with clients that struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, self-identify, LGBTQ issues, relational issues, and family issues. I value the strength and resilience in each individual. Please let me help you start the healing process.


Jacqueline Otero, LCSW/Supervisor and Director of CASA Program
License: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Education: Master of Social Work, New York University, Post Master’s Certificate, Fordham University (Clinical Treatment of Children & Families, Abuse & Trauma), SIFI (Seminar for Student Field Instruction), New York University
Language: English/Spanish
My experience includes over 20 years of direct clinical services to individuals, families, professionals, and MSW interns. I am fully bilingual and bicultural and am fluent in the Spanish language. I truly enjoy being in the mentoring role and guiding the next generation of clinicians, through my work. I’ve worked with those impacted by trauma, domestic violence, bereavement, grief and loss, child welfare, foster care, homelessness, community mental health and those in recovery from addictions. I am also Program Director of CASA, an onsite Satellite Mental Health Clinic of the Outpatient Services for Seniors (60+) conveniently located at the NORC/Vladeck Cares Senior Services offices in the Lower East Side.I use a variety of approaches that are aimed to meet client and family individual needs that include a strengths-based model, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness and motivational interviewing. I am a compassionate and motivated individual and I welcome any opportunities to provide consultation.


Daniel Parker, LCSW/Supervisor
License: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Language: English
Starting the process of self-discovery can be a difficult task, making life changes can be equally challenging. Whether it is love, work or another difficult circumstance, I can help you gather the necessary tools to make you a happier and healthier person. My approach to treatment integrates traditional talk therapy with cognitive behavioral techniques (CBT), paying close attention to both the head and the heart. I will help you navigate through many of the complicated issues that have hindered you from positive growth. Together we can make productive, long-lasting changes. I encourage you to call for a consultation to see if I can help.


Nilsa Pietri LMSW
License: Licensed Social Worker
Education: Hunter College School of Social Work, OYR Program
Language: English, Spanish
I believe that therapy is a way for an individual, couple or family to address difficult issues. In individual psychotherapy, we have nonjudgmental conversations where I can help to process trauma, depression, anxiety and family dysfunction. We will use tools like strengths perspectives, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral and trauma-informed techniques. Group therapy, on the other hand, is a format for individuals to come together to use their own experiences to facilitate mutual aid with the help of a trained group worker. I am a nonjudgmental, culturally sensitive listener who is ready to work with you.


Kaitlin Teitel, LMSW
License: Licensed Master Social Worker
Education: Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
Language: English
I believe that feeling valued, respected, and supported is an essential part of therapy. Together we will create a trusting environment where you feel able to openly express your thoughts and feelings. Through our work together, you’ll develop greater self-awareness, gain insight into behavioral and relationship patterns, and feel empowered to make positive changes in your life. I utilize a client-centered, psychodynamic, and strengths based approach in my work. Where possible, I integrate cognitive behavioral techniques, motivational interviewing principles, trauma-informed therapy and mindfulness practices.

 

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