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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.



Diego F. Munoz, LMHC

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.


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.


Elizabeth Levine, LMSW

Social Worker
Elizabeth Levine earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at Lehman College and is licensed to practice social work in NY state.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Human Services at SUNY New Paltz. She is also a graduate of the NY Community Trust Leadership Fellows program at Baruch college.

Elizabeth has expertise in providing services to older adults, adults, and adolescents. She has over 10 years of social work experience within various community based organizations in NYC where she worked with individuals, groups, and in administration. It is within those years working within communities that she fostered a deep connection to helping others.  Her therapeutic approach is strength based and client centered.  She values deep listening and creating a safe, non judgmental space for her clients. Elizabeth believes positive experiences and improvement through therapy are rooted in a genuine and trusting relationship between client and therapist.


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.


Lucila Kaufman, MHC-LP

Bilingual Psychotherapist
Lucila has earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University and her Bachelor’s Degrees in Education, Spanish, and Linguistics from the State University of New York at New Paltz, NY. Lucila is a bilingual psychotherapist who has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families from diverse backgrounds.
Lucila has experience working with clients who experience depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, stress, and more. She works collaboratively with her clients to create an environment and treatment that fosters learning, processing, and healing.


Meagan McGinty, LMHC

Mental Health Counselor
Meagan earned her master’s degree in Mental Health & Wellness from New York University and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College.  Meagan has experience working with children, adolescents and adults who deal with anxiety, depression, stressful life events, trauma, developmental/ behavioral issues and relationship issues. Meagan also has experience with working with couples to enhance their relationships. Meagan collaborates with her clients in a warm and calm environment to reflect on patterns, behaviors, thoughts and emotions.  Within the therapeutic collaboration, new coping skills and tools are created to assist clients with their experiences.  Meagan uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic Techniques, tailored to meet the needs of  each individual client.

Joni McLeod, Intern

Mental Health Counselor Graduate Student: Pro Bono Counseling Offered!

Joni is studying Mental Health Counseling at Northwestern University’s Graduate School for Counseling. Joni works under supervision and currently sees clients Pro Bono. She has two undergraduate degrees in International Development and Leadership Studies. After living overseas, Joni became passionate about offering mental health care to all who are in need, which has led her to pursue her graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling. Joni works with adult clients who present with various mental health concerns and collaborates with her clients in a client-based peaceful environment. Joni is committed to mental health and serving the NYC community with mental health services.