OUR PEOPLE

Meet The Team

We believe it “takes a village” for a business to thrive. Our Founders took their experiences in life and profession and built Collaborative People to solve the problems they had encountered before. It’s new, it’s fresh, its humanity at its peak.

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Alex Nourishad M.D.

Position: Founder & Psychiatry President
Phone: (929) 419-3981
Email: alex.nourishad@collaborative-psychiatry.com
Areas of Work: *Out of Network*, Addiction, Advisory Board, Anxiety Disorders, Check, Credit Card, Family Dynamics, Founders, Impulse Control Disorders, Indecision, Level 4 Clinician, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Self-Esteem, Self-Reflection, Stress, Therapy/Psychiatry, Women’s Obstacles, Young Adulthood
Location: Tele-Health/Virtual

Alex begins every therapeutic relationship with a comprehensive assessment that helps guide the direction of treatment. He then works with you to develop a plan that will meet your individual needs and concerns. If medications are recommended, Alex will discuss the risks, benefits, and alternatives with you thoroughly and walk you through a road map of both the results and possible side effects you might reasonably anticipate. If psychotherapy is recommended, you will have the opportunity to discuss whether you would prefer to have a collaborating psychotherapist or work with Alex in this capacity.

Alex takes a relational approach, which means you can expect a casual conversation style that brings awareness to the therapeutic alliance and is unafraid to lean into his various intersectional identities (e.g. LGBTQ, first-generation American, musician) to unlock a vocabulary of shared or divergent life experiences. He prefers to combine psychotherapy with psychopharmacology to achieve optimal results, employing evidence-based techniques from CBT, psychodynamic, and brief relational frameworks.

Areas of focus include exploring identity-related concerns, self-esteem, body image, substance abuse (including medication-assisted treatment with Vivitrol and Suboxone), anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, personality disorders, and more. Alex has specialized experience working in LGBTQ community healthcare and outpatient addiction treatment center settings.

Outside of work, Alex loves to eat, travel, and make music. He sings in an a cappella group and chorus and loves to work on individual projects in songwriting, recording, and music production.

Education, Training & Credentials:

  • Undergraduate: BS, Biological Sciences, Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
  • Medical School: MD, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (Hanover, NH)
  • Residency: Adult Psychiatry, Icaahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in affiliation with Mount Sinai Beth Israel (New York City, NY)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

 


Founder & Psychiatry President

Alex Nourishad M.D.

Alex begins every therapeutic relationship with a comprehensive assessment that helps guide the direction of treatment. He then works with you to develop a plan that will meet your individual needs and concerns. If medications are recommended, Alex will discuss the risks, benefits, and alternatives with you thoroughly and walk...

Amy Jokel

Position: Founder & Billing President
Phone: (717) 537-0776
Email: amy.jokel@collaborative-billing.com
Areas of Work: Accounting & Bookeeping, Administration, Advisory Board, Collaborative Billing, Collaborative People, Founders

Amy has over 20 years experience in the accounting and tax fields. She is a CPA candidate and has experience in both the private sector and public accounting with various industries. She oversees all aspects of Collaborative Billing.

Founder & Billing President

Amy Jokel

Amy has over 20 years experience in the accounting and tax fields. She is a CPA candidate and has experience in both the private sector and public accounting with various industries. She oversees all aspects of Collaborative Billing.

Artur Lebiedzinski

Artur Lebiedzinski, MS, MHC-LP

Position: Psychotherapist
Phone: (929) 930-2082
Email: artur.lebiedzinkski@collaborative-therapy.com
Areas of Work: *Out of Network*, Anxiety Disorders, Check, Collaborative Therapy, Costs/Insurance, Credit Card, Family Dynamics, Fidelis Care of New York, Impulse Control Disorders, Indecision, Level 2 Clinician, LGBTQIA + Sex Positive, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Self-Esteem, Self-Reflection, Stress, Therapy/Psychiatry, Young Adulthood
Location: Tele-Health/Virtual

Artur has been working in the mental health field for several years. He has worked with various populations such as those struggling with COVID-19 stress, personality disorders, adjustment disorder, anxiety, depression, body image, relationship issues, and more.

In practice, Artur considers personality, historical context, and the complexities of distress tolerance. His personal experience growing up in several countries has shaped his unbiased views and recognition of alternative perspectives. Everyone is different, and each client deserves the utmost level of attention, responsiveness, and uniquely personalized approach when engaged in treatment.

Artur believes in each person’s unique ability and capacity to overcome their challenges. He uses a person-centered and evidence-based approach to foster curiosity, safety, and openness to growth.

He enjoys spending time with friends, playing video games, basketball, cooking, hiking, and fishing for self-care. Artur is proficient at providing psychotherapy in English and Polish.


Psychotherapist

Artur Lebiedzinski, MS, MHC-LP

Artur has been working in the mental health field for several years. He has worked with various populations such as those struggling with COVID-19 stress, personality disorders, adjustment disorder, anxiety, depression, body image, relationship issues, and more. In practice, Artur considers personality, historical context, and the complexities of distress tolerance....

Cristina Shea

Cristina Shea, MS, LMSW

Position: Psychotherapist
Phone: (929) 306-6928
Email: Cristina.Shea@collaborative-therapy.com
Areas of Work: *Out of Network*, Anxiety Disorders, Body Image, Check, Cigna, Collaborative Therapy, Credit Card, Family Dynamics, Impulse Control Disorders, Indecision, Level 2 Clinician, LGBTQIA + Sex Positive, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Self-Esteem, Self-Reflection, Stress, Therapy/Psychiatry, Women’s Obstacles, Young Adulthood
Location: Tele-Health/Virtual

Cristina is a licensed child and family psychotherapist practicing in New York. She enjoys connecting with children and adolescents and helping them navigate the world as they are rapidly growing, changing, and discovering who they are and hope to be. Her client-centered approach is grounded in theories of attachment and psychoanalysis, and she utilizes both talk therapy and play therapy to meet clients where they are. Cristina comes from a background of school and trauma-focused family clinic settings and brings a dynamic approach to her practice. She is passionate about working with children and adolescents facing behavioral and emotional challenges, as well as autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, eating disorders, body image, trauma, and family-based therapy. Cristina also has experience working with new parents during the first years of parenthood. She is always eager to learn more and is frequently engaging in opportunities to learn and expand her knowledge.

Outside of her practice, Cristina is a registered yoga teacher and she enjoys running, baking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

Cristina received her graduate degree in social work from New York University and her undergraduate degree in psychology from Marymount Manhattan College.


Psychotherapist

Cristina Shea, MS, LMSW

Cristina is a licensed child and family psychotherapist practicing in New York. She enjoys connecting with children and adolescents and helping them navigate the world as they are rapidly growing, changing, and discovering who they are and hope to be. Her client-centered approach is grounded in theories of attachment and...

Dawnmarie Sumners

Dawnmarie Sumners, WPCC

Position: Life Coach
Phone: (929) 560-2197
Email: dawnmarie.sumners@collaborative-therapy.com
Areas of Work: *Out of Network*, Check, Collaborative Therapy, Credit Card, Family Dynamics, Indecision, Level 1 Clinician, Life Coaching, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Self-Reflection, Women’s Obstacles, Young Adulthood
Location: Tele-Health/Virtual, The Hamptons

Dawnmarie is a true believer in living as your authentic self. She is passionate about empowering people to become fully connected with who they are and who they can become. Dawnmarie advocates for you to use your voice and your talents to take steps forward. Dawnmarie utilizes her unique personality to create a secure connection with those she works with. She describes herself as positive, compassionate, empathetic, fun, creative, strong, intuitive, and passionate.

Dawnmarie is positive about life and encourages you to embrace a new perspective. She advocates for a “glass half full” mentality. Dawnmarie works with clients who want to embrace life, make changes, be heard, and find peace. Together you can achieve many things, develop a plan, and gain the tools to be successful. Whether it be your Professional or Personal life, together, we can master love, happiness, and a sense of SELF.

Life Coach

Dawnmarie Sumners, WPCC

Dawnmarie is a true believer in living as your authentic self. She is passionate about empowering people to become fully connected with who they are and who they can become. Dawnmarie advocates for you to use your voice and your talents to take steps forward. Dawnmarie utilizes her unique personality...

HANNI FLAHERTY, PHD, LCSW-R

Hanni Flaherty, PhD, LCSW-R

Position: Founder & Director of Clinical Social Work
Phone: (929) 362-4913
Email: hanni.flaherty@collaborative-therapy.com
Areas of Work: *Out of Network*, Advisory Board, Anxiety Disorders, Check, Collaborative Therapy, Costs/Insurance, Credit Card, Family Dynamics, Founders, Indecision, Level 4 Clinician, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Stress, Therapy/Psychiatry, Young Adulthood
Location: Tele-Health/Virtual

I am a New York City-based Clinical Social Worker specializing in adolescents, young adults and families. Over the past 10 years, I have worked with clients who struggle with a wide range of issues. My areas of expertise include treating adolescents and young adults with family conflict, substance use, high-risk behaviors, self-harming behaviors, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, bullying, gender and sexuality struggles.

I practice uses a Cognitive Behavioral Treatment approach that takes into consideration each person’s strength and experience. I have a Ph.D. in clinical social work, an LCSW-R and a CASAC. I am also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Family Structure Therapy. In addition, I am a Certified Addiction and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) and New York State DUI evaluator.

My treatment style encompasses open and honest communication to help clients achieve their goals through short-term treatment, long-term treatment, family therapy, and group treatment. Through the development of a strong therapeutic alliance, we work together to develop effective coping skills. In treatment, I strive to create a safe, understanding and collaborative atmosphere where my clients can share their emotions and explore their struggles. We all have the ability to overcome obstacles and achieve our goals. Therapy should be a helpful force in achieving life goals and overcoming life struggles.


Founder & Director of Clinical Social Work

Hanni Flaherty, PhD, LCSW-R

I am a New York City-based Clinical Social Worker specializing in adolescents, young adults and families. Over the past 10 years, I have worked with clients who struggle with a wide range of issues. My areas of expertise include treating adolescents and young adults with family conflict, substance use, high-risk...

Kyle McEvoy

Kyle McEvoy, MS, LMHC

Position: Founder & Therapy President
Phone: (929) 306-6928
Email: kyle.mcevoy@collaborative-therapy.com
Areas of Work: *Out of Network*, Addiction, Advisory Board, Anxiety Disorders, Body Image, Check, Collaborative People, Collaborative Therapy, Eating Disorders, Family Dynamics, Fidelis Care of New York, Founders, Impulse Control Disorders, Indecision, Level 4 Clinician, LGBTQIA + Sex Positive, Life Coaching, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders, Relationship Issues, Romantic Life, Self Esteem, Stress, Young Adulthood
Location: Tele-Health/Virtual, The Hamptons

Kyle utilizes a client-centered based approach to therapy by adapting to individual needs. He focuses on the unique needs to support the person’s internal/external relational system healthily and clearly to reach overarching goals.

He believes everyone can better themselves if they are willing. Kyle studies the development of personality disorders from a psychoanalytic perspective. Kyle has advanced training in integrating complex psychological structures and fragmented mental health systems through the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families.

Kyle has helped people with substance abuse issues, explore individual identity (LGBTQ), cope with psychological/cognitive/developmental disorders, accept medical diagnoses, overcome sexual abuse/intimate partner violence, and various maladaptive behaviors or modes of thinking. Throughout his career, Kyle continues to add his experience and knowledge into expanding mentalization-based treatments.

Utilizing an eclectic approach to therapy and his training in various evidence-based modalities, Kyle seeks for you to receive the most out of your treatment. Kyle will implore you to be an active participant in your treatment and discuss the treatment techniques. He encourages you to focus on your needs and what you think is best. Kyle is trained in Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adults, Adolescents, and children, along with Adaptive Mentalization-Based Integrative Treatment for complex systems. Kyle is adding to his educational arsenal by registering with the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies to pursue his license in Psychoanalysis. As a leader in the mental health field, Kyle is the founder and president of Collaborative Therapy, a group therapy practice dedicated to multifaceted psychological disorders.

For fun, Kyle loves spending time with friends, traveling, relaxing with his dog (Otis), lying on the beach, and listening to music.


Founder & Therapy President

Kyle McEvoy, MS, LMHC

Kyle utilizes a client-centered based approach to therapy by adapting to individual needs. He focuses on the unique needs to support the person’s internal/external relational system healthily and clearly to reach overarching goals. He believes everyone can better themselves if they are willing. Kyle studies the development of personality disorders...

Kylie Brandt

Kylie Brandt, MA, MHC-LP

Position: Psychotherapist
Phone: (929) 306-6928
Email: kylie.brandt@collaborative-therapy.com
Areas of Work: *Out of Network*, Anxiety Disorders, Check, Collaborative Therapy, Costs/Insurance, Credit Card, Family Dynamics, Fidelis Care of New York, Impulse Control Disorders, Indecision, Level 2 Clinician, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Self-Reflection, Stress, Therapy/Psychiatry, Women’s Obstacles, Young Adulthood

Kylie is a psychotherapist and is passionate about working with individuals, couples, and family systems. She believes in constantly learning through education and supervision in order to provide the best support possible for clients. Kylie believes in meeting people where they are at and fostering a safe space for exploration and growth.


Psychotherapist

Kylie Brandt, MA, MHC-LP

Kylie is a psychotherapist and is passionate about working with individuals, couples, and family systems. She believes in constantly learning through education and supervision in order to provide the best support possible for clients. Kylie believes in meeting people where they are at and fostering a safe space for exploration...

Lisa Henshaw

Lisa Henshaw, PhD, LCSW

Position: Psychotherapist
Phone: (929) 306-6928
Email: lisa.henshaw@collaborative-therapy.com
Areas of Work: *Out of Network*, Anxiety Disorders, Check, Co-Occurring Disorders, Collaborative Therapy, Complex Trauma, Credit Card, Depression, End of Life Challenges, Level 3 Clinician, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Self-Reflection, Stress, Therapy/Psychiatry, Trauma
Location: Tele-Health/Virtual

I am a Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience working with adults experiencing a broad range of mental health difficulties, including posttraumatic stress, loss and grief, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and more. My area of research and practice expertise has broadly focused on the field of trauma, which often entails working through associated grief, anxiety, mood, identity and relationship difficulties concurrently.

I bring a down-to-earth, warm, and genuine approach to therapy. My style is open and supportive, committed to providing individuals with a safe space that honors their unique goals and expectations. Through a relationship built on trust, we’ll work together in a space where you feel comfortable to be who you are, helping you find ways to better understand, manage, or move forward from what challenges brought you to therapy. My hope is to make a difference in the life of every individual I work with and I believe that therapy should not be a one-size-fits-all approach.

I use techniques from cognitive-behavioral, narrative and relational models of intervention, including mindfulness and while always incorporating a trauma-informed lens, tailoring the work to meet your unique needs. My clinical style is not to give advice but to support and empower individuals towards their goals with honesty and transparency. This can include developing healthy coping skills, processing grief or trauma from the past or present, exploring what you want in life both professionally and in relationships, and ultimately supporting you to reclaim your power and self-worth.


Psychotherapist

Lisa Henshaw, PhD, LCSW

I am a Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience working with adults experiencing a broad range of mental health difficulties, including posttraumatic stress, loss and grief, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and more. My area of research and practice expertise has broadly focused on the field of trauma,...

Michele New

Position: Founder & Director of Insurance
Phone: (717) 621-3139
Email: michele.new@collaborative-billing.com
Areas of Work: Accounting & Bookeeping, Administration, Advisory Board, Collaborative Billing, Collaborative People, Courtesy Submissions, Founders
Location: Tele-Health/Virtual, Texas, The Hamptons

Michele’s passion is to use her expertise in healthcare to help businesses gain a sense of financial security within their daily operations. Her expertise and experience in Insurance makes her a force to reckon with in the insurance world. She is constantly ensuring our clients get the maximum back from their insurance companies.

Founder & Director of Insurance

Michele New

Michele’s passion is to use her expertise in healthcare to help businesses gain a sense of financial security within their daily operations. Her expertise and experience in Insurance makes her a force to reckon with in the insurance world. She is constantly ensuring our clients get the maximum back from...

Rachel Chazanoff

Rachel Chazanoff, MA, MHC-LP

Position: Psychotherapist
Phone: (929) 552-6324
Email: rachel.chazanoff@collaborative-therapy.com
Areas of Work: *Out of Network*, Anxiety Disorders, Check, Collaborative Therapy, Costs/Insurance, Credit Card, Family Dynamics, Fidelis Care of New York, Indecision, Level 2 Clinician, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Self-Esteem, Self-Reflection, Stress, Therapy/Psychiatry, Women’s Obstacles, Young Adulthood
Location: Tele-Health/Virtual

I believe that everyone has the potential to grow, to learn, and to flourish already inside of them. I strive to give clients space in therapy to be heard and discover their strengths.

As someone in the mental health field, I truly believe that I will always be learning from my clients since no two clients are alike. I take the time to listen deeply to ensure that you are understood and validated in your experience.

Therapy is unlike any relationship and this can be intimidating, but you have taken a brave first step by researching and reaching out. I look forward to hearing from you!


Psychotherapist

Rachel Chazanoff, MA, MHC-LP

I believe that everyone has the potential to grow, to learn, and to flourish already inside of them. I strive to give clients space in therapy to be heard and discover their strengths. As someone in the mental health field, I truly believe that I will always be learning from...

Shaina Ferguson, MS, LMSW

Position: Psychotherapist
Phone: (929) 306-6928
Email: shaina.ferguson@collaborative-therapy.com
Areas of Work: *Out of Network*, Addiction, Anxiety Disorders, Body Image, Check, Cigna, Collaborative Therapy, Credit Card, Family Dynamics, Impulse Control Disorders, Indecision, Level 2 Clinician, LGBTQIA + Sex Positive, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Self-Esteem, Self-Reflection, Stress, Therapy/Psychiatry, Women’s Obstacles, Young Adulthood
Location: Tele-Health/Virtual
I am a licensed psychotherapist rooted in a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive stance. I work with adults and adolescents of all genders and sexualities, particularly people navigating anxiety, depression, life and career transitions, disordered eating, complex relationships with partners and families, and traumatic or complicated grief. I am both integrative in my clinical approach and collaborative in treatment, knowing that people deserve approaches as distinct as they are.
My background is in psychodynamic and relational psychology and utilizes cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness modalities. Our work together can focus on current challenges, as well as exploring your inner life and past experiences.
Whether it’s your first time in therapy or you’re trying to find a new clinician, it’s important to work with someone who feels like a good fit. If you’d like to work together, we can set up a free 15-minute consultation so we can both get to know one another and determine if you’d like to move forward. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!


Psychotherapist

Shaina Ferguson, MS, LMSW

I am a licensed psychotherapist rooted in a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive stance. I work with adults and adolescents of all genders and sexualities, particularly people navigating anxiety, depression, life and career transitions, disordered eating, complex relationships with partners and families, and traumatic or complicated grief. I am both integrative in...

Zackary Forrest

Zackary Forrest

Position: Founder & CEO
Phone: (717) 259-2363
Email: zackary.forrest@collaborative-people.com
Areas of Work: Administration, Advisory Board, Collaborative People, Founders

Zackary brings advanced knowledge in operations and medical billing through years of experience, in order to enhance medical practices. His attention to detail and commitment is unparalleled by others. Zackary oversees all aspects of Collaborative People Inc, the expansion of the brands and the role that Collaborative People Inc plays in the mental health field.

Founder & CEO

Zackary Forrest

Zackary brings advanced knowledge in operations and medical billing through years of experience, in order to enhance medical practices. His attention to detail and commitment is unparalleled by others. Zackary oversees all aspects of Collaborative People Inc, the expansion of the brands and the role that Collaborative People Inc plays in...

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