Meet Some Of Our Clinicians

Gisela Ireland, LCSW-R, Clinical Director
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/they are in the course of his/her/their 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.


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-R
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-R
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.

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