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
Diego 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
Valerie 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.
Henry Caracas, LMHC
Henry 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
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.
Jeremy Barnett, LMHC, CASAC
Mental Health Counselor
Jeremy received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology and cognitive science from Hartwick College and his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Yeshiva University. Jeremy has received a wide range of training and experience working with adult and adolescent individuals experiencing a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, addiction, grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues, and existential issues. Taking an integrative and personalized approach to treatment Jeremy prefers to utilize concepts and techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, client-centered therapy, existentialism, and dialectical behavior therapy. Jeremy strongly believes that in addition to examining behaviors, thoughts, and feelings, and discussing issues in one’s life, the therapeutic relationship itself can be used as a powerful catalyst for insight and change.
In addition to providing psychotherapy at Crespo Mental Health Jeremy works as a full-time addiction recovery coach, assisting people of all ages with addiction and mental health issues to live happier and healthier lives.
Elizabeth Levine, LMSW
Maria Montes, LMHC
Mental Health Counselor
Maria Montes is a Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Practitioner who focuses on providing counseling for individuals with Mental Illness, Traumatic Brain Injury, Substance Use Disorder, Orthopedic Impairment and other Medical Disorders. Graduated in 1981, she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Clinical Psychology. Interested in developing her studies in the clinical field, Maria earned a Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University in 1997. She has a strong passion for using direct modalities and psychological best practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Didactic Counseling, Reality Therapy Techniques to name a few, in working with individuals.
Her counseling approach fosters from a straight-forward, unbiased, consistent, and individual-centered style. Working with individuals, family and couples, youth and children, she modifies each session to meet individual’s needs. With twenty-one years of counseling experience, including twelve years in mental health, Maria has a strong background in working with a diverse population in the clinical field. She is currently working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the New York State Education Department. Presently, Maria works as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for Crespo Mental Health Counseling Services.