Pauline Walfisch, LCSW-R
I have a Masters Degree in social work and I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in NYS. This means that I had several years of practice supervised by more senior social workers before the state approved my license as a more senior social worker with clinical experience. Since then I have supervised, mentored and coached many social workers in a large academic hospital as they themselves worked towards their professional goals. I enjoy working with individuals and teams of professionals to set goals and develop new programs. I have had many local and national speaking engagements, including a segment on NBC Nightly News.
After years of personal and professional experience I found a passion in helping others with reproductive mental health issues. I provide individual and group psychotherapy- working with both the individual and as needed the couple. My practice specializes in (but is not limited to) the treatment of mental health issues related to pregnancy, the postpartum period, infertility, adoption and perinatal loss. I am a member of Resolve- the national infertility association, as well as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine- Mental Health Practitioners Group. I have completed the Postpartum Support International certificate training for the diagnosis and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I am on the executive advisory board for the Nassau County Department of Health Perinatal Services Network and I am chair of the maternal mental health work group.
Independently owned and operated psychotherapy practice. Contact: 516-996-9232
Maria F. Duperval, LCSW-R
I have a Masters Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. As a bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in NYS I have many years of experience working in mental health settings, including a behavioral health hospital, and an out-patient mental health clinic. I have experience in crisis intervention, completing psychiatric evaluations, and in individual and couples therapy. I have also worked in the public school system. My work there included individual and group work, facilitating referrals to the committee of special education and supporting families through difficult times. I have been in private practice since 2009. My work focuses on helping my clients improve the quality of their lives by guiding them through the process of understanding how our relationships are constantly teaching us something and challenging us in one way or another.
Our work together is about helping you to better understand the dynamics in your interpersonal relationships and your role in it. As you connect the dots and make changes, the quality of your life will improve. With my guidance, you find your courage and increase your self-awareness. I start where you are ready to start, and I support you through the road that takes you towards emotional freedom. I provide a nonjudgmental environment and encourage your self-acceptance so that you can eliminate interpersonal conflicts, and reduce feelings of worry, fear, or sadness. My passion is to facilitate emotional growth, teach and write, and my service is a privilege that I am grateful for.
Independently owned and operated psychotherapy practice. Contact: 516-455-1551
Joan Salmon, LMSW
Throughout my life I realized that there were experience in people’s lives that had the ability to change their future. I decided to change career paths and return to school to become a social worker so that I could help individuals and families have positive outcomes. I received my Masters in Social Work from Fordham University in 2015 and I am licensed in NYS as an LMSW. My work has focused on helping treat children, adolescents, and families improve the quality of their lives by guiding them through the process of understanding how our relationships are constantly teaching and challenging us. Early in our lives, we learn certain patterns of thinking, feeling and acting to help us cope with situations. As we get older, sometimes we find that these patterns may not fit our current circumstance and can cause trouble in our relationships.
I have found a passion for working with women and families in the area of perinatal and parental mental health. My vision is for all women and mothers (and fathers) to feel worthy of mental health treatment without fear or judgement. Individuals have unique needs based on what stage of life they are in. Whether you are living child free, preconception, pregnant, postpartum, parenting or "empty nesting", I have the expertise to work through the issues that present during these time periods. My training has put me in a unique position to be able to help you navigate these transitions with compassion and empathy. For example, sometimes having a baby is a huge shock and many people struggle to talk about this in a deep and meaningful way. The so called “fourth” trimester (the first 3 months of a newborns life) can be a time when you feel overwhelmed, question your ability and identity, and feel like you’re in over your head. I can help you navigate these emotions, gain an improved understanding of your new role, and help you to establish/improve your self-worth and confidence in your role as a new parent.
Through the use of individual and/or group psychotherapy we will work together to identify patterns of thinking and behaviors, understand the root cause of these, and learn alternatives that can lead to healthy change, improved confidence, an improved outlook on life.
To schedule an appointment with Joan please call Helping Hands Psychotherapy at 516-442-1116
Adriana Scott-Wolf, LMHC
I have received my Masters in Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and am licensed in NYS as a LMHC. I have been treating children, adolescents, and families in settings ranging from traditional outpatient clinics, home based treatment, and in school-based mental health clinics. Within the public school systems, my role has been to provide on-site mental health treatment to students and their families, handling crisis, as well as running teacher professional development, student workshops/groups, and parent workshops in order to facilitate mental health awareness throughout the entire school community. As a result of working on-site in the schools, I have witnessed the daily struggles and crisis that children and teens are facing in todays ever changing, technology based world. I also extend my work to young adults who are finding life transitions and events difficult to tackle.
I work from a client centered, strength based approach for children through young adults. I'm also trained in play therapy and sandtray therapy with the goal of becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Play is the child's language, and toys are their words. Through play, children are able to express themselves safely and work through their tough emotions or experiences. I extend this belief to adolescents and utilize expressive mediums such as games, art, and sandtray, in addition to conventional talk therapy to address emotional or behavioral concerns. I am passionate about creating a safe, and nurturing environment for each client while understanding that no two clients are the same, and no two experiences are the same.
I believe that every person, regardless of age, has a story to tell and my goal is to create a safe and nurturing environment for you to share those experiences. At the end of the day, our goal together is to help you to become the best version of yourself.
Independently owned and operated psychotherapy practice: Contact: 516-699-1804
Claudia Borrell, LCSW-R
I received my Masters in social work from Columbia University. After working for many years in women’s health, substance abuse, anger management (often related to anxiety and depression) I completed the Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program and the Couples Therapy Training and Education Program, both at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City.
My approach is fairly psychodynamic but there is no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to people’s needs in a treatment setting. I think that the pain of anxiety is often what drives individuals to seek therapy, and that loneliness and unmet needs are often what drive couples to seek help. But sometimes what feels bad can be caused by things going on outside of our awareness. Because something is outside of our awareness, we do things in our relationships that can get us into hot water -such as getting into power struggles or reducing closeness and intimacy or re-creating painful patterns from the past. Sometimes we even see that the things we are doing are hurting ourselves or the people in our lives but we feel powerless to fix it. I can’t “fix it“. I can, however, provide a safe place to help figure out what is causing pain and hurt and frustration. How do you want to address it? Do you want to address it? What will be lost and what will be gained ? How does it feel to talk about some of the embedded patterns in our lives and with our partners? It can be scary but often worth the struggle and the risk. When we try to understand “what’s going on here” we can
create an opportunity for increased insight, self confidence and self esteem and find relief and clarity.
Independently owned and operated psychotherapy practice: Contact: 516-902-7624
Ashley Rastello, LMSW
I received my Masters in Social Work with a focus in Advanced Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work. Currently, I am licensed to practice in NYS as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). I have experience working in OASAS/OMH clinics, foster care and public school/alternative high school settings. I utilize various client centered interventions within a multi-theoretical and strength-based approach. The different motivational techniques and modalities I use ensure each client’s greatest success based on their individual struggles. Through weekly individual and/or group therapy I incorporate mindfulness and cognitive based therapies (CBT) with all ages, to develop social skills, coping skills, and build one’s emotional intelligence.
My passion lies in the work I do with clients to discover their authentic selves. I am a Holistic Psychotherapist, focusing on the relationship between mind, body, spirit. My work is to meet my clients where they are on their journey to a more meaningful & mindful life. This is achieved by encouraging all to fall into alignment with themselves in order to manifest an attitude of gratitude. My treatment approach is to help clients gain awareness of the connections between their emotions, thoughts, physical experiences, and spiritual understandings. Each of these components work together in harmony to support typical daily function. This deeper understanding of the whole self can improve one’s self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-acceptance. It is my belief that the world needs more of who we were all meant to be. My goal is to help individuals accept the present moment and offer support to explore what is going on within. Once this acceptance is achieved, individuals may be able to let go of their own resistance, which can further allow them to relax and release any fears.
Everyone’s growth looks different, but we all have the seed within to start somewhere. “Fear is the chasm between where you are now and where you want to be. Courage is the bridge that will help you cross it.” Meet me here in vulnerability and together, we will find the bridge.
To schedule an appointment with Ashley call Helping Hands Psychotherapy at 516-442-1116.