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 Pietruszka, MS, LMHC, CASAC-T

Position: Psychotherapist
Phone: (862) 329-6826
Email: maria.pietruszka@collaborative-therapy.com
Areas of Work: *Out of Network*, 12- Step Friendly, Abstinence Based Psychotherapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Addiction Counseling, Adjustment Disorder, Adolescent / Teen Issues, Adolescent Addiction / Substance Use, Adoption, Adult Psychotherapy, Adults (25-64), Affirming Therapy, Aging Parents, AIDS - HIV, Alcohol Use, Alcoholism, Anger, Anger Management, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Anti-Social Personality Disorder (ASPD), Anxiety Disorder, Artist-Related Stress, Asexual, Attachment Disorder, Behavior Modification, Behavioral Issues / Problems, Behavioral Therapy, Bereavement / Grief Counseling, Betrayal Trauma, BIPOC Mental Health Issues, Bisexual, Bisexual, Body Positivity/Health at every size, Body-Focused Therapy (ex: Tapping), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Buddhist, Bullying, Burnout, Canabis Use disorder, Career-Related Stress, Caregiver Burnout, Chemical Dependency Assessments, Childhood Trauma, Children (<13), Christian, Christian Counseling, Chronic Relapse, Client Centered Therapy/Rogerian Therapy, Clinical Supervision and Licensed Supervisors, Codependency, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBT), Commitment Obstacles, Community Violence, Compassion Fatigue, Confidence Issues, Coping Mechanism Development, COVID-19 Stress, Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, Cultural Competence, Cultural Diversity Issues, Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT), Dating, Depression, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders, Drug Addiction, Drug Use, Dual Diagnosis, Early Childhood Trauma, Emerging Adulthood, Emotion Regulaton Therapy (ERT), Emotional Abuse, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Family Conflicts / Issues, Family constellations, Family Dynamics / Systems, Family Planning, Family Systems, Fear of Failure, Female Identifying, Feminist, Fidelis Care of New York, Forensic Psychology, Gambling / Crypto Addiction, Gay, Gay, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Group Therapy, Group Therapy, Harassment, Harm Reduction Therapy, Health at Every Size, Health-Related Concerns, Humanistic Therapy, Immigration, Immigration Psychological Evaluation, Imposter Syndrome, Impulse Control Disorder (ICD), Indecision, Individual Therapy, Intergenerational Trauma, Internal Family systems (IFS), Internet Addiction, Intersex, Intervention, Intimate Partner Violence, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Trauma, Intrusive Thoughts, Irrational Fears, Jewish, Lesbian, Lesbian, Level 3 Clinician, LGBTQIA+, Life Transitions, Life Transitions, Loneliness, Low Self Esteem, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Male Identifying, Marijuana Disorder, Marriage Counseling, Masculinity-Related Stress, Medication Management, Medication Management, Medication-Induced Anxiety Disorder, Mental Health Problem / Illness, Mental State Opinion, Mentalization Based Treatment, Mid-Life Crisis, Migraines / Chronic Headaches, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Money-Related Stress, Mood Disorder/Mood Swings, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Multicultural Therapy, Music Therapy, Muslim, Natural Disasters, Non-Binary, Non-suicidal Self-Injury, Non-Traditional Romantic Stress, Nonreligious, Open Relationships/Non-Monogomy, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Perfectionism, Performance Anxiety, Positive Psychology, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Counseling, Pre-College Fears, Premarital / Marital, Premenopausal Symptoms, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Procrastination, Psychedelic Integration Therapy, Quarter-Life Crisis, Queer, Queer, Queer-Competent, Questioning, Race-Related Stress, Racial Justice Framework, Racism Issues, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Reality Therapy, Recently Moved, Refugee Trauma, Relapse Prevention Therapy, Relationship Struggles / Issues, Romantic Life, School Phobia, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self Esteem, Seniors (65+), Separation Anxiety, Sex Positive/Kink Friendly, Sex Worker Positive, Sexual Identity, Sexuality, Sibling-Related Stress, Social Anxiety, Social Anxiety Disorder, Social Justice, Social Life, Social Therapy, Spiritual Crisis or Transition, Spirituality, Straight, Strength-Based, Strength-Based Therapy, Stress, Stress Management, Teaching, Teenagers/Adolescents (13-17), Trans-Competant, Transgender, Transitioning, Trauma / Trauma Focused, Trauma Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Vegan, Vulnerability, Women's Issues / Obstacles, Women's Issues Therapy, Work-Related Counseling, Worry, Young Adulthood, Young Adults (18-24)
Location: Tele-Health/Virtual

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.

Maria Pietruszka, MS, LMHC, CASAC-T


Maria was born in Poland and migrated to NYC at...

Kathryn Peter, LAc, DACM

Position: Director of Acupuncture
Phone: (929) 238-9096
Email: katy.peter@collaborative-wellness.com
Areas of Work: *Out of Network*, Abdominal Pain, Absence of Menstruation / Amenorrhea, Acid RefluX / Heartburn, Acne, Acupuncture / Chinese Medicine Consultation, Acupuncture / Chinese Medicine Follow Up, Acute Dysentery, Addiction, AIDS - HIV, Alcoholism, Ankle Pain, Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Rehabilitation, Anxiety Disorder, Arthritis, Asexual, Asthma, Autoimmune Diseases, Back Pain, Back Pain during Pregnancy, Bell's Palsy, Bisexual, Body Positivity/Health at every size, Buddhist, Buerger's Disease, Cancer Pain, Cancer Support, Candida, Chinese Herbal Medicine Consultation, Cholesterol Issues, Christian, Chronic Anemia, Chronic Digestive Disorders, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Chronic Pain, Chronic/Acute Pain, Constipation, Crohn’s Disease, Cupping, Dermatitis, Detox, Diabetes (Type 1 and 2), Diarrhea, Dizziness, Drug Addiction, Ear Pain, Eating Patterns or Eating Disorders, Eczema, Elbow Pain, Electroacupuncture, Facial Feminizations Surgery (FFS) Post-Operative Care, Facial Pain, Female Identifying, Fertility / Infertility, Fetal Malposition, Fibroid and Ovarian Cyst Support, Fibromyalgia, Foot Pain, Frozen Shoulder, Gallstone Pain, Gastritis, Gastroesophageal RefluX Disease (GERD), Gastrointestinal Problem, Gay, GERD, Gout, Grave’s Disease, Grief Support, Groin Pain, Gua Sha, Hand Pain, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Hay Fever / Seasonal Allergies, Headaches and Migraines, Healthy Aging After Menopause, Heel Pain, Hemifacial Spasm, Hepatitis C, Herniated Disk, High Blood Pressure / Hypertension, Hindu, Hip Pain, Hip Pain during Pregnancy, Hormonal Balancing/Drug Side Effects, Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Hyperlipidemia, IBD (Autoimmune Diseases-Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis), Induction of labour, Infertility Consultation, Inflamed Prostate / Prostatitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Itching, IUI and IVF Support, Jaw Pain, Jewish, Joint Pain, Kiiko Matsumoto, Knee Pain, Labor Pain, Leg Pain, Lesbian, Level 3 Clinician, Ligament Sprain, Loetz Dietz, Low Back Pain, Low Blood Pressure / Hypotension, Low Blood Sugar, Lower Back Pain / Lumbago, Lung Strengthening / Recovery, Lupus, Malabsorption Issues, Male Identifying, Meniere's Disease, Migraines / Chronic Headaches, Morning Sickness, Moxibustion, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscle Cramps, Muscle Pain, Muscle Strain, Muslim, NADA Protocol, Nausea and Vomiting, Neck and Shoulder Issues, Neck Pain, Neuralgia / Post-Herpetic Neuralgia, Neurodermatitis, Non-Binary, Nonreligious, Obesity / Weight Loss Consultation, Osteoarthritis, Pain Rehabilitation, Painful Menstruation / Dysmenorrhea, Pansexual, PCOS, Pelvic Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome / Metabolic Syndrome, Porn Addiction, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Post-Endoscopy Pain, Post-Operative Mobility (Hand and Fingers), Post-Operative Mobility (Joints and Body), Post-Operative Pain, Pregnancy, Premenopausal Symptoms, Premenstrual Care, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Pseudoradicular Pain, Psoriasis, Queer, Queer-Competent, Racial Justice Framework, Radicular Pain, Raynaud's Phenomenon, Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Round Ligament Pain, Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Pain, Scar Therapy, Sciatica, Sex Positive/Kink Friendly, Sexual Dysfunction, Shoulder Pain, Sikh, Sleep Disorder, Sleep Problems, Spine Pain, Stiff Neck, Stomach Ulcer, Straight, Stress, Supporting Postpartum and Lactation, Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain, Tendinosis, Tennis Elbow, Thyroid Disorders, Tiredness / Fatigue, Trans Post-Operative Care, Trans-Competant, Transitioning, Trauma / Trauma Focused, Ulcerative Colitis, Ulnar Nerve Entrapment, United Healthcare, Varicose Vein(s), Veterans, Weight Management, Wrist Pain
Location: 5th Avenue

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. 

Kathryn Peter, LAc, DACM

Director of Acupuncture

Katy (she/her) is a licensed acupuncturist who believes in empowering...

Dawnmarie Sumners, WPCC, TICC

Position: Life Coach
Phone: (929) 560-2197
Email: dawnmarie.sumners@collaborative-therapy.com
Areas of Work: *Out of Network*, 12- Step Friendly, Addiction Counseling, Adolescent / Teen Issues, Adoption, Adults (25-64), Aging Parents, Agitation, Alcohol Use, Anger, Anger Management, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Art Therapy, Asexual, Attachment Theory, Behavior Modification, Bereavement / Grief Counseling, Betrayal Trauma, Body Image, Body Positivity/Health at every size, Body-Focused Therapy (ex: Tapping), Burnout, Career-Related Stress, Caregiver Burnout, Child, Childhood Trauma, Children (<13), Christian, Coaching, Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Insomnia (CBT-I), Community Violence, Compassion Fatigue, Complex Trauma, Couples (Relationship Therapy), Couples Conflict Resolution, COVID-19 Stress, Creative Blocks, Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT), Dating, Dementia, Depression, Dream Analysis, Dreams, Emotion Regulaton Therapy (ERT), Emotional Abuse, End of Life Challenges, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Family, Family Conflicts / Issues, Family Dynamics / Systems, Family Planning, Family Systems, Family Therapy, Family Therapy, Fear of Failure, Female Identifying, Gaslighting, Gay, Gay, Grief and Loss, Group Therapy, Group Therapy, Harassment, Health at Every Size, Health-Related Concerns, Indecision, Individual Therapy, Jewish, Lesbian, Level 1 Clinician, Life Coaching, Life Transitions, Life Transitions, Loneliness, Low Self Esteem, Male Identifying, Mentalization Based Treatment for Adolecents (MBT-A), Non-Binary, Nonreligious, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Personality Disorders, Physical Abuse, Physical Abuse Trauma, Play Therapy, Pre-College Fears, Pre-Move In Couples Counseling, Pregnancy, Pregnancy-Related Stress, Premarital Counseling, Premenopausal Symptoms, Recently Moved, Reiki, Relationship Struggles / Issues, Romantic Life, School Phobia, Self Esteem, Self-Reflection, Seniors (65+), Separation Anxiety, Sleep Problems, Social Anxiety, Social Life, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Somatic Therapy, Straight, Stress, Stress Management, Teen Violence, Teenagers/Adolescents (13-17), Trauma Therapy, Traumatic Grief, Vegan, Veterans, Walk and Talk Therapy or OutdoorTherapy, Weight Loss, Women's Health, Women's Issues / Obstacles, Women's Issues Therapy, Work-Related Counseling, Worry, Young Adulthood, Young Adults (18-24)
Location: Tele-Health/Virtual

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.

Dawnmarie Sumners, WPCC, TICC

Life Coach

Dawnmarie is a true believer in living as your authentic...