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—a trusted haven where individuals of all backgrounds find compassionate support in navigating life’s challenges. With over two decades of dedication to serving the Queens neighborhood and other diverse communities across New York City’s outer boroughs, Raquel brings a deep passion for empowering these areas through mental health care.

Raquel holds an MA in Mental Health Counseling from Yeshiva University’s Graduate School of Psychology and a BA in Psychology from St. John’s University. Her bilingual proficiency enriches her ability to connect with clients from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Raquel specializes in providing compassionate therapy to individuals, children, adolescents, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds. With a tailored approach that honors each client’s unique strengths and needs, Raquel utilizes her extensive education and experience to support their mental health journey. She is dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive therapeutic environment where clients can feel understood and supported.

In addition to her private practice, Raquel has been an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology since 2013. In this role, she mentors and educates future mental health professionals with a focus on compassion and holistic care. Raquel also provides consultation to other private practices and offers clinical guidance and mentorship to students and therapists within her practice and academic setting.

Raquel’s professional experience includes diverse roles such as Clinical Coordinator for JBFCS, Preventive Services Case Planner, and Adult Literacy Therapist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Before focusing on counseling, Raquel was involved in educating adults and children with developmental disabilities. She is a member of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association, advocating for accessible and inclusive mental health services.

Driven by a commitment to inclusivity and community empowerment, Raquel’s mission is to foster resilience and wellness among the diverse populations of Queens and the outer boroughs.

Stacy Cesar, LMHC


Stacy Cesar is a Mental Health Counselor  with experience in individual, family, couples and group therapy. She has worked in various settings with individuals of different ages, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Stacy has experience working with clients dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, family conflict, criminal history and more. Stacy uses an eclectic therapeutic approach to meet the needs and desire of her clients. Stacy strongly believes in meeting clients “where they are” and believes in using a variety of techniques and modalities based on the need of the client.

Stacy believes in working collaboratively with clients throughout their course of treatment in order to address their needs in a way that is personal and fitting to the challenges they are facing. Stacy strives to create an environment for her clients that is warm, welcoming and safe in order for clients to feel comfortable being their true self.

Stacy received a Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Nyack College Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in New York and a Bachelors of Science degree at Mercy College, where she studied Psychology.

Laura Herrera Torres, LMHC

Bilingual Psychotherapist

Laura Herrera Torres graduated with honors from Queens College, where she obtained her Master’s degree (M.S.) in Mental Health Counseling. As the 2020 recipient of the Jesse Vazquez Multicultural Counseling Award, Herrera Torres provides culturally-informed psychotherapy to clients of all racial, ethnic, and sexual identities. In the years prior to working at Crespo Mental Health, Laura conducted neuropsychological research regarding biomarkers of risky decision making and substance use disorder in young adults. Her findings later informed her work providing individual and group psychotherapy to clients in recovery who suffered from depression and anxiety. Laura uses an eclectic approach, borrowing from multiple therapeutic frameworks including Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy, in order to tailor sessions to each client’s individual needs.

Gabriella Mataev, MHC-LP


Gabriella is a mental health counselor with expertise knowledge in individual, family, couples and group therapy. She has experience working with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse/recovery, family/marital issues and more. She is a trilingual psychotherapist speaking English, Russian and Hebrew.

Gabriella uses a unique approach borrowing from multiple therapeutic frameworks including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic Therapy; in order to best suit the client’s therapeutical needs.

Gabriella Mataev graduated with honors from Cambridge College where she obtained her Master’s degree (M.S.) in Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelors of Science degree (B.S.) at Wheelock College, where she studied Counseling Psychology.

Jill Borowski, MHC-LP


Ms. Jill Borowski is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has professional experience working with individuals, families, couples, and groups of diverse populations. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, and many more. Her goal is to provide tools and assistance to allow clients to learn healthy ways to assist themselves when coping with difficult situations . Jill believes that therapists aid clients in learning positive skills and behaviors to implement in times of distress.

Jill’s counseling approach is integrative including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Person Centered, and Humanistic Therapy. Jill also incorporates Mindfulness techniques to help clients explore self reflection. She believes that the therapist and client are equals and that this is essential in the flourishing of the therapeutic relationship . She strives to create a safe space where individuals can freely express their thoughts , emotions , and everything in-between.

Jill graduated from Long Island University-C.W. Post with both her undergraduate degree in Psychology as well as her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She was also president of the LIU Post chapter of Psi Chi- the International Honor Society of Psychology as well as a member of Chi Sigma Iota- the International Honor Society for Counseling.

Alexis Chapman, MHC-LP

Alexis is a dedicated and compassionate psychotherapist with a passion for helping individuals, couples, and groups overcome life obstacles and achieve emotional well-being. With Alexis, you will find a supportive, private, and nonjudgmental space to unravel the conflicts in your life and in your mind, your emotions and actions, and uncover new possibilities for your future. Above all, you will be met with empathy and acceptance, while exploring your past and current experiences, the layers of your identity, and your relationship with yourself, others, and the world.

Alexis believes in adapting a variety of psychodynamic, person-centered, and emotion-focused modalities to support the unique needs of her clients, using techniques in mindfulness, self-psychology, and empowerment. With her, you will work collaboratively to define and accomplish your goals of emotional and mental wellness.

Alexis received her MA in Mental Health Counseling from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and was the 2023 recipient of the Early Career Promise in the Field of Mental Health Counseling Award

Stephany Reyes-Siri, Graduate Student Intern – Pro Bono Program







Stephany Reyes-Seri, is a dedicated Clinical Mental Health Counseling Student at Northwestern University. Her passion for counseling stems from the belief that it’s a transformative journey, enabling individuals to delve into self-discovery, reclaim their power, and ultimately forge a life of fulfillment and purpose.

Stephany’s journey into counseling is deeply personal. As a person of color who once grappled with the stigma surrounding therapy, she has come to appreciate its profound impact on one’s well-being. This realization fuels her commitment to serve her community.  Upon graduation, her aim is to specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and become a certified DBT counselor. Her focus lies in empowering individuals within her community to navigate their emotions skillfully and foster emotional regulation.

Stephany is confident in her preparedness for this journey, having undergone rigorous training in one of the top CACREP accredited programs. As a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), she is committed to upholding the highest standards of practice.

Together, Stephany would like to embark on a path of healing and growth, one that celebrates diversity and fosters resilience in every individual she has the privilege to serve.