About Us

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.



Diego F. Munoz, 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.


Valerie Morales,  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.


Aliana Sosa, MHC -LP

Bilingual Psychotherapist

Aliana 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, 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, MHC -LP


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.


Aileen B. Stotter  MHC-LP

Bilingual Psychotherapist
Aileen earned her Masters Degree in Applied Psychology-Counseling at New York University, her M.A. degree in Mental Health Counseling at Alfred University and she earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Aileen is a bilingual psychotherapist with experience treating children, adolescents, adults, and families from diverse backgrounds. Her specialties include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, relationship issues, women’s issues and parenting issues. Aileen believes in using an eclectic therapeutic treatment approach focusing on Psychodynamic psychotherapy and the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy approach.


Elena Aristodemou

Mental Health Counselor

Elena Aristodemou is a graduate of the American International College, Massachusetts, where she obtained a Masters of Art in Clinical Psychology. She continued her studies at John Jay Criminal Justice College, New York City, where she obtained a Post-graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology, with concentration in Offenders Profiling. Furthermore, Elena completed an intensive training in CBT in Personality Disorders from Beck Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Elena has worked with adolescents and adults providing both psychological assessments and therapy in population with various mental health conditions such as acute disorders (depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder), interpersonal, domestic violence/sexual abuse/trauma, and chemical dependency/abuse issues. She has received practical training in-group and individual psychotherapy at Realization Center in New York City.


Lucila Kaufman

Graduate Student Intern
Lucila is earning her Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University and earned her Bachelors Degrees in Education, Spanish and Linguistics from the Sate University of New York at New Paltz, NY.  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, Lucila provides counseling under the direct supervision of a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.