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Meet The Team
We believe its “takes a village” for a community to thrive. Our team took their experiences in education and life and together made Collaborative to tackle even the most toughest of challenges.
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Frances Zhang, BS
Frances (she/her) holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Child-Adolescent Mental Studies from New York University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Psychological Counseling and an Ed.M in Mental Health Counseling at Columbia University.
Her counseling style is client-centered, with a touch of humor and passion. Frances celebrates the courage of her clients and deeply values the intersectional complexities of our lived experiences. Tailoring treatment plans to each unique individual, she works from an eclectic framework, including Cognitive-Behavioral, Emotion-focused and mindfulness approaches.
Frances is comfortable addressing a wide range of concerns, including assisting those grappling with anxiety, depression, family or romantic relationship issues, career burnout, life adjustments, and other specific challenges faced by AAPI Queer individuals.
Born in China, Frances brings an international perspective to her work and is fluent in both English and Mandarin. She offers Mandarin counseling services upon request. Her curiosity and open-mindedness have driven her to study, research and work within both East Asian and U.S. communities.
Frances aspires to be a therapist who walks alongside her clients, sharing in their laughter, tears, and moments of growth. In her leisure time, she enjoys listening to music, walking her furry friend “Chips”, and traveling to islands with abundant sunlight!
Greiny Rodriguez, MS, LMSW
Greiny (She/Her) is a licensed social worker, she has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults dealing with trauma using a person-centered approach and CBT as a method to regulate client emotions has proven to positively impact individuals living with anxiety and depression. Psychodynamic theory will be used to discover the route of her emotions.
You are dealing with anxiety, depression, and/or trauma. It is time for you to explore these emotions, regulate them, and heal. Together, we will identify coping techniques and gradually, you will become a better you! You will be challenged to reframe negative thoughts to shift your perspective, whether you are a child, adolescent, or adult. Soon enough you will be thriving. You may have found what you did not know you needed.
Mental health impacts humans more than believed. It is important for her to take advantage of services at her disposal. As a Dominican-American, she advocates for mental health and admires those seeking mental health services. She is a proud LGBTQIA+ ally and advocate for inclusion. She is thrilled to embark on this journey with her.
Miriam Kassow, MS, LMSW
Miriam (She/Her) is a licensed psychotherapist. Originally from West Hartford, CT, Miriam has called New York City her home for the past 10 years. Her practice as a clinician is deeply rooted in empathy and compassion for all clients. Miriam believes that the client is the expert of their own lived experience, and that her role as a therapist is to help the client understand themselves and their lives more deeply and meaningfully. Pulling from several different modalities and orientations such as attachment-focused work, psychodynamic theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Miriam is passionate about supporting her clients to find agency in leading the lives they aim to live. Miriam considers herself a life-long student above all else and is constantly seeking to expand her knowledge and expertise as a clinician.
Miriam’s approach has worked well for various needs, including (but not limited to) survivors of trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, body-focused repetitive behaviors, and those seeking to explore their sexuality and/or gender.
Outside of her practice, Miriam loves to read, practice yoga, explore New York City on foot, and perfect new recipes in her Brooklyn kitchen. Miriam also loves to sing and performs as a cantorial soloist. She received her graduate degree in social work from New York University and her undergraduate degree in International Studies with a Peace and Conflict concentration from Muhlenberg College.
Kate Jamison, MS, MHC-LP
Kate (She/They) is a graduate student at NYU’s Counseling for Mental Health & Wellness Program, specializing in LGBTQ+ affirmative care. She is committed to counseling from a multicultural lens, creating a space where client’s needs and experiences are heard and validated. Kate is passionate about helping clients from person-centered and strengths-based approaches.
In her free time, Kate loves to make simple syrups for her morning coffee, watercolor, experiment with fun makeup looks, and explore Brooklyn neighborhoods and restaurants. Prioritizing your mental health is one of the best choices to make for yourself, and Kate would be excited and humbled to be a part of your journey.
Maria Pietruszka, MS, LMHC, CASAC-T
Maria (She/Her) was born in Poland and migrated to NYC at the age of 3. She was raised in Brooklyn and carries that as a badge of honor.
Maria attended Hunter College where she graduated with a degree in Sociology. She then attended LIU Brooklyn and obtained her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling in 2017. During her time at LIU Brooklyn, she was the campus representative for the American Psychology Association Division 35 Society for the Psychology of Women. Maria was involved in hosting events that help spread awareness for feminist research, theory and education to understand and improve the lives of girls and women in all their diversities. This helped Maria develop her passion towards working with women and women’s issues.
After graduation, Maria was hired as a full time substance abuse counselor at Outreach, where she completed her internship for graduate school. She worked with adults to help them reach their goals in recovery. Maria implemented harm reduction techniques to help promote a more inclusive and realistic approach for treating substance use disorders. She is determined to approach all her clients by meeting them where they are and empowering them to meet their treatment and therapy goals.
After 3 years, Maria was promoted to Program Coordinator where she was responsible for running Restart Academy, a Department of Education alternative high school for students with substance use and behavioral issues and an after school program for outpatient services for adolescents. Maria enjoyed working and advocating for adolescents and young people. She guided them through different life transitions like: finishing high school, coping with peer pressure and preparing for the next chapters of their lives like college or full time employment.
Maria also supervised new counselors and her approach was always to empower counselors and teach them listen to their “clinical gut”.
Maria is driven by social justice and participated in movements for Black Lives Matter, women’s rights and animal rights. Her approaches in therapy display her commitment to provide an empathic, compassionate and judgement-free space where people from all walks of life can address their emotional issues, life transitions and meet their therapy goals.
When she is not in session, Maria teaches as an adjunct lecturer at Hunger College. She teaches courses like Drugs and Society and the Sociology of Mental Health. In her free time, Maria loves to re-watch “The Office”, spend time with her two cats Rajah and Stella and try new vegan recipes.
Cristina Shea, MS, LMSW
Cristina (She/Her) is a licensed psychotherapist practicing in New York, with a primary focus on emotional, social, and behavioral challenges faced in early adulthood, adolescence, and childhood. Her client-centered approach is grounded in attachment and cognitive behavioral theories. Cristina is passionate about helping her clients find comfort with everyday thoughts, emotions, and experiences that contribute to living a full life.
Whether coming to her in a time of crisis or beginning therapy to maintain a healthful state of mind, Cristina takes a gentle and holistic stance with each client, developing a treatment plan that is unique to their needs. Her approach caters to varying client needs, including, but not limited to, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, eating disorders, neurodivergence, trauma, and gender and sexuality struggles and exploration. 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 an adjunct lecturer, a 200-hour registered yoga teacher, and an avid runner.
Cristina received her graduate degree in social work from New York University and her undergraduate degree in psychology from Marymount Manhattan College.
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