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About Crespo Mental Health

Raquel A. Crespo, LMHC – Founder of Crespo Mental Health

Director & Bilingual Psychotherapist

Raquel Crespo, MA, LMHC, is the founder of Crespo Mental Health. Crespo Mental Health was created to be a safe place for individuals of all ages and all walks of life to bring their struggles, challenges, worries, and fears to caring professionals who embrace, accept, and partner with them in their journey toward better mental health.

Raquel earned her MA in Mental Health Counseling at Yeshiva University’s Graduate School of Psychology and her BA in Psychology at St. John’s University. She is a bilingual psychotherapist who has dedicated her counseling career to working with individuals, children, adolescents, couples, and families in a variety of direct service and administrative roles. Through the use of her education, experience and supportive psychotherapy techniques, Raquel is able to tailor her therapeutic work to focus on the strengths and needs of each client.

In addition to her work in private practice, Raquel is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor for Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University educating the future counselors of tomorrow.

Raquel’s professional experience includes working as Clinical Coordinator for JBFCS, Preventive Services Case Planner, and Adult Literacy Therapist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a member of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association. Before commencing her counseling career, Raquel was involved in educating adults and children with developmental disabilities.

 

Estefani De Vargas, LMSW

Bilingual Psychotherapist

Estefani2Estefani De Vargas is a licensed master of social work. She gained both her Masters and Bachelors in social work from Adelphi University. She has experience working with children, homeless women, as well as the geriatric population facing a variety of issues and complications in their lives. Her goal is to enhance the client’s life by providing a relaxed, comfortable environment where they can feel free to explore and try new solutions to the issues affecting them. Discovering with the client what tools and techniques work and are appropriate for them is important in order to empower and propel their lives into a healthy balance. Estefani is fluent in Spanish.

 

Diego F. Munoz, MA, MHC-LP

Bilingual Psychotherapist

DMwebsiteDiego earned his Master’s degree in Counseling for Mental Health & Wellness from New York University where he also earned his Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology & Sociology. He is currently pursuing further training and education at the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the New York Counseling & Clinical Guidance Services.

Diego is a bilingual psychotherapist who specializes in psychodynamic psychotherapy and works to uncover the psychological sources of distress with a broad range of clients. He works in both English and Spanish, primarily with adults, adolescents, children, and couples. Diego specializes in collaborating with his clients on issues of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, interpersonal/relationship conflicts, personality disorders, and finding meaning and understanding. Diego strongly believes that a path toward mental health is based on an open and genuine collaboration between client and therapist; a relationship built on trust, honesty, and understanding.

 

Meredith Beardmore, MA, MHC-LP

Psychotherapist

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Meredith earned her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Ohio State University and holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds with a wide range of clinical concerns, from developmental issues to complex pathology. Meredith’s professional interests include women’s issues and empowerment, trauma, family of origin issues, grief and loss, substance use, and cultural transitions.

Meredith’s therapy style incorporates interpersonal, feminist, person-centered, and existential theories and she values working collaboratively with clients, attending to contextual factors that influence presenting concerns, and focusing on strengths. She particularly enjoys incorporating awareness and mindfulness practices into her clinical work. She works to establish a safe, affirming therapeutic relationship in which clients can explore their concerns and feel supported in making positive changes. Meredith believes that the exploration of self, within the context and safety of the therapeutic relationship, can be a catalyst for change and growth.

 

Erin Ennis, MA, LMHC

Psychotherapist

erinErin Ennis is a licensed mental health counselor. She earned her masters at Brooklyn College and her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Central Florida. She has experience in servicing the homeless population, clients with chronic medical conditions and anyone who identifies as being part of the LGBT community. Erin utilizes a multi disciplinary approach to counseling, pulling different techniques from both cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamics.

 

 

Valerie Morales, MA, MHC -LP

Bilingual Psychotherapist

vaaValerie earned her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University and earned a Bachelors degree In Psychology from Hunter College.  Valerie is a bilingual psychotherapist with experience treating children, adolescence, adults, couples and families from diverse backgrounds. Her specialties includes mood and anxiety disorders, relationship issues and domestic violence, grief, women’s issues, as well as addictions, trauma, and parenting issues.

Valerie’s counseling and psychotherapy approach comes from a nonjudgmental, empathetic, logical, person-centered perspective.  Through a collaborative effort with the individual, couple, or family, she will incorporate principles from behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, psycho-educational, and solution-focused modalities.  Each treatment is highly tailored to meet the individual needs.

 

Meagan McGinty, MA, MHC -LP

Psychotherapist

megMeagan earned a Masters in Mental Health and Wellness from New York University.  She has a Master in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College and worked as a preschool teacher before transitioning to work as a Mental Health Clinician.  Meagan has gained experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and adults in Individual, family and couples counseling.

Meagan uses a combined approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic techniques to assist clients in their process of growth.

 

Aliana Ssoa, MA, MHC -LP

Bilingual Psychotherapist

aAliana Sosa is a bilingual Mental Health Counselor who earned her Masters Degree from Carlos Albizu University in Miami, Fl where she previously received her BA in Psychology. Aliana provides a non-judgmental, caring and supportive treatment in a confidential setting to a variety of clients from different backgrounds and a wide range of needs. She works primarily with adults, adolescents, children and couples.

Aliana has developed an eclectic therapeutic treatment approach focusing on Cognitive behavioral therapy tailored to her client’s needs. Her specialties include Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Anger Management. ADHD, Parenting skills, Adjustment issues and Relationship conflict. Aliana believes on disputing irrational thoughts and assist clients in developing new adaptive thoughts, emotions and behaviors.

 

Henry Caracas, MA, LMHC,

Bilingual Psychotherapist

hHenry Caracas is an experienced New York State Licensed Bilingual School Psychotehrapist and Mental Health Counselor. For more than 20 years, Mr. Caracas has intervened in the counseling of school age children having academic underachievement, oppositional defiant, and autism problems among others.  He has also helped adults to deal with grief and loss, divorce reaction, anxiety, and anger management difficulties.

 

 

David Lipsey, MA, MHC -LP

Psychotherapist

David Lipsey earned his MA in Mental Health Counseling at Yeshiva University’s Graduate School of Psychology and his BA from James Madison University.  David is an individual and family therapist with a passion for helping individuals discover ways to manage stress.  He has experience working with teenagers, adults, and couples.

David operates from a view that life presents all of us with many obstacles to navigate, and reaching out for help is one of the most courageous steps a person can take on the journey of self-improvement.

With David, clients can safely and non-judgmentally explore the issues they are facing and develop a new understanding of the issues.  David and his clients can work through the impasses and difficulties in order to live a healthier happier life.

 

Patricia Alvarado, MA, LMHC

Bilingual Psychotherapist

patPatricia Alvarado is a bilingual licensed professional clinical counseling. She gained her Master’s of Arts in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University and her Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of California-Santa Barbara in Sociology and Women’s Studies both located in California. She has been in the helping profession for over four years, working with children, adolescents, and adults alike.

Her experience mainly comes from various schools of thoughts, through a multicultural lens, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and solution focused treatment, exploring problems within the here and now, while understanding the client’s needs. She has extensive experience working within crisis intervention and trauma focused treatment. Her areas of expertise include exploring trauma and understanding how trauma impacts current decisions and relationships. Also, she loves working with parents, as she is trained in two different parenting modalities: Triple P Positive Parenting Program and Incredible Years Parenting Program focusing on disruptive behaviors and exploring how to have better relationships with children.

While much of her experience surrounds trauma treatment and parenting, much of her work does primarily try to understand the underlying concerns: anxiety and depression through empathy and trust. Within these two capacities she utilizes a mindfulness approach to help learn and understand where the anxiety and depression stems from to make big changes doing small things.

 

Gisele Liakos, MA and MHC -Limited Permit candidate 2017

Psychotherapy Intern

gGisele is earning her Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Baruch College and earned her Bachelors degree from Hofstra University.  As a mental health counseling graduate student, her internship at Crespo Mental Health Counseling Services allows her to assist many courageous individuals through their personal growth in achieving their goals with infinite possibility using Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques.

At NO CHARGE to her clients, Gisele provides individual, couples and family counseling under the direct supervision of a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.