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 to solve the problems they had encountered before. It’s new, it’s fresh, its humanity at its peak.
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Maria 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.
Katy (she/her) is a licensed acupuncturist who believes in empowering others to find their healthiest self through a holistic approach to healthcare. She is passionate about providing a safe empathetic space that allows for people of all different backgrounds and health histories to feel heard.
Katy specializes in working with complex chronic illness and autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, gender inclusive sexual and reproductive health care, women’s health, pain and injury, substance use disorder, supporting emotional well-being and mental health through trauma-informed care. Katy knows that trauma is often expressed somatically in the body and believes in the power of acupuncture, along with therapy, to help ease that expression. She has experience working with diverse populations and ages including BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and persons with disabilities. Her approach uses gentle needling, palpation, herbal therapy and patient education along with her knowledge of Western medicine to provide collaborative care. She strongly supports the right to quality, inclusive healthcare.
Katy graduated with a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) of CIIS in San Francisco. She started her private practice in San Francisco at Ume Acupuncture learning Kiiko Matsumoto style acupuncture, a style that focuses on the root cause of disease. Katy started Root and Stem Integrative Chinese Medicine’s Sliding Scale acupuncture practice in Oakland, California doing private and community treatments. She has worked in private internships, at DeHaro auricular clinic, and Glide community acupuncture clinic. She studied Western herbalism with herbalist Matthew Woods, Erica Fargione and Cynthia Thomas. She is also a certified yoga instructor and loves to incorporate her knowledge of these systems into her practice.
Katy’s own discoveries of healing and learning through holistic modalities led her to the study of Chinese medicine. Katy loves yoga, biking, traveling with friends and family, learning French and exploring everything city life has to offer.
Elizabeth is a licensed psychotherapist working with adolescents and young adults providing both short and long-term therapy. Her goal is to help clients heal, grow, and aim to be the best versions of themselves. She believes that no one has the same story, therefore she meets clients where they are by cultivating a supportive, empathic, and non-judgmental space to listen and then determine what unique steps need to be taken in therapy. Elizabeth prefers to use a strengths-based and humanistic approach in her work and incorporates CBT and DBT techniques as needed.
Her background is in working with children and young adults who have struggled with a variety of difficulties. She offers knowledge and coping skills in anxiety, depression, grief, stress, life transitions, interpersonal relationships, self-esteem, school difficulties, insomnia, attachment, behavioral issues, domestic violence, and more. She earned her master’s degree in social work at NYU and her undergraduate degree at Manhattan College.
Elizabeth values connection, kindness, love, and strength. She believes that everyone has the ability to become the best versions of themselves and that there is always room for growth. Outside of her practice, she enjoys spending time outdoors, pilates, meditation, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Erin Miller, LMSW, is a licensed psychotherapist practicing in New York City, as well as via telehealth. Her therapeutic style is warm and nonjudgmental. She is devoted to providing a safe space for clients to work through both past and present issues.
Erin is passionate about working with anxiety disorders, depression, personality disorders, eating disorders, trauma, identity confusion, and relationship issues. She also works with couples including those in nontraditional, polyamorous, and non-monogamous relationships.
Erin finds the inner beauty within all her clients, and through her belief in them, she guides them to see the inner beauty within themselves.
When she is not working with clients, Erin enjoys practicing yoga, drawing, cooking, and connecting with loved ones.
Her graduate degree is from New York University and she has a B.A. from Indiana University-Bloomington.
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