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Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy

"Helping You, Help Yourself"

About Us 2017-11-21T21:32:35+00:00

OUR TEAM

James C. Strickland, PhD

Founder, Executive Director

Fellow of the

Albert Ellis Institute

Dr. James Strickland is a licensed Psychologist and has been in practice since receiving his PhD in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University in 2006.

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Christine Spence, PsyD

Anxiety

Depression

Behavioral Issues

Relationship Issues

Dr. Christine Spence obtained her doctorate degree (Psy.D) from the California School of Professional Psychology. She has worked in a variety of institutions: prisons, jails, schools, hospitals, group homes, assisted living and nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and private practices.

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Danyelle Salpietro, PsyD

Addiction

Stress Management

Anxiety/Phobias

Depression/Mood Disorders

Emotion Regulation

Schizophrenia/Psychosis

Danyelle Salpietro earned her doctorate degree (Psy.D) in Clinical Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she was trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

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Shea Alvarez-Cussen, PhD

Depression

Anxiety

Severe Mental Illness

Behavioral Problems

Anger Management

Forensic and Psychological Assessment

Dr. Shea Alvarez-Cussen obtained her PhD in clinical psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center with a specialization in forensic psychology. Her training and experience spans a variety of settings with culturally diverse individuals.

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David Zerella, LCSW

Self Esteem Issues

Anxiety

Anger Management

Children, Adolescents, Adults

David Zerella is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has been in the mental health field for several years dating back to his undergraduate days.  He currently holds a Master of Social Work degree from Stony Brook University and is Licensed by New York State.

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Brittany Starrantino

LMSW, CASAC

Impulsive / Risky Behaviors

Families & Couples

All Ages

Brittany Starrantino is a Licensed Master of Social Work with experience in the mental health field as well as substance abuse, dating back to undergraduate days. Brittany received a Master of Social Work through Stony Brook University and is licensed through New York State.

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Danielle Bissett, PsyD

Child / Adolescent and Parenting

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Behavioral Issues

Anxiety / Depression

As a child, Danielle Bissett dreamed of owning a bakery and then being a pediatrician. She did not always know she wanted to be a psychologist, but talking and working with her junior high guidance counselor, she realized, like him, that she wanted to work with and help children.

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Lisa Vecchione, LMSW

Domestic Abuse Prevention and Awareness

Grief Counseling

Trauma

Depression and Anxiety in Adults & Adolescents

Lisa A. Vecchione is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) professional with a successful track record in both mental health and educational settings. She began her career as a teacher, and after receiving her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University and her MSW License from New York State, she pursued a career in counseling.

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Joe Conlon, LMSW

Self-Confidence

Behavioral Issues

Post-Traumatic Stress

Child, Adolescent, Adult

Joe Conlon is a Licensed Master Social Worker. He received his Master’s degree from Stony Brook University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Marist College. He has spent the past 5 years providing social work services for a wide range of people in a variety of settings including drug rehabilitation centers, mental health clinics, probation, jails, and as a personal life coach.

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Kerry Smalling, LCSW

Anxiety & Depression

Adjustment

Problem Resolution

Self-Esteem Issues

Grief Counseling

Adults & Adolescents

My mother was an elementary school teacher who always emphasized the importance of education. She worked long hours to make sure children found learning enjoyable. My father was a cook on tug boats. He would be on the ocean for two weeks at a time.

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