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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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Arianna Khubani, BS
Arianna (She/Her) is a graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University pursuing an Ed.M. in Mental Health Counseling. She is committed to working with diverse populations from a multicultural and social justice perspective. Arianna considers every dimension of the context of her clients’ lives, including individual, group, community, institutional, and society levels when collaborating and working with her clients. Arianna is a proponent of critical consciousness and a social justice advocate.
Arianna’s therapeutic style is warm, compassionate, and nonjudgmental. She employs psychotherapeutic approaches that are psychodynamic, existential, and humanistic. Arianna draws from a number of modalities, which inform her eclectic orientation. She is passionate about helping people on their journey towards emotional healing and growth.
Arianna is currently a fellow of the U.S.-South Africa Racial Justice Fellowship program, which is organized by Teachers College, Columbia University (TC) and the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN); and is funded by the U.S. State Department. She is also a student member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
Arianna grew up in Morristown, NJ before she moved to New York City where she received a B.S. in Business Administration from the Stern School of Business at New York University (NYU) in 2022. She is a twenty-four-year-old, South Asian woman. Arianna enjoys meditating, running, listening to music, and spending time in nature. She loves to learn about new theories and philosophies and she loves to meet and connect with people.
Miles Willis, BS
Miles (He/Him) is a graduate student currently pursuing an MA and Master of Education in Psychological Counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a BA in Psychology from Clark University. Miles works from a strength-based and person-centered perspective, while encouraging mindfulness techniques and creating an affirming space with the client.
Miles is originally from interior Alaska and now lives in NYC. He is 23 years old, queer, a trans man, and a second-generation immigrant. In his spare time, he enjoys discovering new knitting patterns, running, and photography.
Amanda Fogel, BS
Amanda (She/Her) is a graduate student at NYU pursuing her M.A. in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness. As a dedicated therapist, Amanda is committed to helping her clients find the clarity and healing they need to live their best lives. She understands that seeking therapy can be a difficult and vulnerable process, but her warm, compassionate approach ensures that clients feel safe and supported every step of the way. Together with Amanda, clients can work through even the most challenging situations. She believes that therapy is a powerful tool for personal growth and transformation and creates a space for clients to explore their emotions, fears, and desires.
Amanda’s passions include cooking, exploring new restaurants, and traveling the world to discover diverse flavors and cultures. She also loves the beach and finds it to be a perfect retreat, regardless of the season.
Margaret Rau, MS, LMSW
Margaret (She/Her) is a New York City-based Psychotherapist and Licensed Social Worker whose practice is based on building warm and trusting relationships. She use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques and mindfulness to make space for clients to self-soothe, regulate, and ready themselves to make the changes they are wanting in their lives. She partners with her clients to provide them with guidance tailored to their needs while they navigate the concerns that brought them to therapy.
Throughout her career, she has counseled a myriad of people, including but not limited to, birthing people dealing with mental health challenges, teens experiencing emotional and social hardships, adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum, adults across the life span navigating their mental health, and child welfare-involved families. She has worked in a wide range of therapeutic settings, including adventure therapy, clinically-informed life coaching, school-based mental health, a senior center, child welfare family therapy and in an alternative healing center specializing in vibrational sound therapy. This diversity of experience has allowed her to build a practice that is flexible to the needs of her clients in order to support their growth and healing.
She earned her Master of Social Work in 2021 from CUNY Hunter, where she focused her clinical research and practice on intersections of disability and aging. As well as, clinical considerations in perinatal care, and her Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from Montana State University. She makes time to be in nature, journal, craft, and adventure whenever she can.
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.
David Díaz, MS, LMHC
David’s (He/Him) practice incorporates knowledge and techniques from various therapeutic modalities. He can conduct therapy sessions in English and Spanish. He is passionate in listening to a client’s story on who they were, and what story they would like to have today and tomorrow. He has vast experience working with people who are challenged by depression and/or anxiety and people who have a history of self-harm and suicidal ideation. He has experience working with clients in overcoming sexual abuse/intimate partner violence, intergenerational and racial trauma. He enjoys working with people within the Queer and LGBTQIA+ community and provides an affirming environment. He is passionate in supporting trans and nonbinary folks of all ages.
As a therapist that is social justice-oriented, he wants to include relevant identifying factors into the therapy room such as culture, sexual orientation, race, gender and expression, religion, family relationships/history, etc. His style comes down to working through the lens of somatic psychotherapy… meaning that his understanding of our emotional health is a response to internal and external stressors, and tension or trauma that is kept in our bodies. Other theoretical frameworks that he uses are narrative therapy, experiential therapy, emotionally-focused therapy, family systems, Gottman’s Method and structural Family therapy.
He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and received his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and an Advanced Certificate in Marriage and Family therapy (MFT) at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. He has desires to be trained in EMDR and to provide Ketamine-Assisted Therapy. He continued his work in a non-profit organization in Greenpoint Brooklyn providing therapy at a substance abuse outpatient treatment program for adolescents, adults and their significant others. Additionally, he provided virtual in-home therapy parent coaching to families across the country.
In his free time, he enjoys to ride his bike to different restaurants with friends, host dinners/gatherings, take part in some form of painting/pottery, dancing in nightlife and traveling to new countries.
Lisa Piccinnini, BA
Lisa (She/Her) is a graduate student at Baruch College pursuing an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and has a B.A. in Clinical Psychology from Hunter College. She is from Long Island, New York and now lives in NYC. She is committed to offering a nonjudgmental space for others where they can feel comfortable to explore and process their experiences, thoughts, and emotions, as well as be their most authentic selves in order to reach their goals and fullest potential.
Lisa’s therapeutic style is warm, attentive, and flexible. She believes in working together with her clients to meet them where they are at and discover what approaches will work best for them. She often uses various components of CBT and psychodynamic theory when working with her clients. Lisa is passionate about helping individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, disordered eating, and other presenting issues, as well as those in the LGBTQ+ community.
Lisa feels strongly about the bidirectional relationship between the mind and the body and believes in the importance of physical movement and self-care. In her free time, she loves strength training, going for walks, spending time outside, and spending time with her dog, Koda. She also enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants in New York City, puzzles, and spending time with her friends and family.
Lisa recognizes how important it is to take care of one’s mental health and how challenging it can be to take the steps to do so. She looks forward to working with you and supporting you in the process!
Blair Luedke, BS
Blair (She/Her) is a graduate student at Long Island University pursuing a M.S in Mental Health Counseling. She currently holds a student membership in American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) as well as American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and enjoys attending webinars exploring new interventions. She has studied different theories to help establish a framework while working with clients, including but not limited to REBT, CBT, Psychoanalytic, Reality, and different MFT modalities. Blair attained her B.S in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from the University of Delaware.
She has encouraged and led a holistic lifestyle and enjoys using her background to connect both physical and mental health to achieve overall wellness. Blair is also in the midst of her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training and aims to utilize these skills in her therapeutic practice to help strengthen client’s self-awareness. She strives to be an ambassador of holistic wellness, while connecting with others to help them to tap into their true potential, already inside of them. She believes fostering a warm and safe environment is key for her clients to feel supported and open to be themselves.
Blair loves to spend time outside in the sun whenever she can, especially if it is with one of her dogs. She is an avid lover of animals and will try to pet one every chance she gets. Blair enjoys spending time in the kitchen with new recipes, and her favorite part: eating them. She gravitates towards all things’ movement: practicing yoga, dancing, and hiking, all with a smile on her face.
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.
Artur Lebiedzinski, MA, MHC-LP
Artur Lebiedzinski: (He/Him) has been working in the mental health field for several years and holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. 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. Artur is proficient at providing psychotherapy in English and Polish.
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