Helga Byrne, LMHC, NCC, CASAC
Founder and Director
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor
Helga received her BA from Georgetown University and her Masters degree in Applied Psychology from New York University. Helga completed advanced training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and also holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Clinical Approaches to the Addictions from New York University.
Specializing in individual therapy for professionals and career minded individuals, her approach is compassionate, direct and interactive, incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, Gestalt techniques and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Organizational Consulting: Prior to beginning her practice, Helga had a successful corporate career where she oversaw sales, operations, customer service, communications, and process development and improvement for several luxury goods and apparel brands, including Tiffany & Co., A Pea in the Pod and Brooks Brothers. With over 15 years of corporate experience, Helga’s business background informs her understanding of the demands and challenges corporate professionals face.
Improving performance and building cohesion are crucial to a successful business. Helga also applies her psychology skills and other experiential techniques to businesses and organizations. Goal setting, motivating staff, effective reinforcement strategies, and role clarification are some areas she can develop in your organization to improve performance.
Barbara J. Gordon, LCSW
Barbara was born and raised in NYC but lived in Rhode Island for many years before moving back to NYC in 2014. She received both her Bachelor of Arts and her Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from Brown University and received her Master of Social Work degree from Rhode Island College. Barbara believes that therapy is a collaborative process, where clients are experts in their personal history and the emotions, behaviors, and responses that bring them to counseling, while she shares insights and solution-focused mood and behavior management techniques based on her professional training and more than a decade of experience working with diverse clients. Barbara uses her natural warmth, curiosity, and sense of humor to help clients feel comfortable telling their story and sharing the parts of themselves, their relationships, and their lives that are troubling them.
Although her approach is primarily present-focused, Barbara believes that early experiences helped shape the lens through which we view and then respond to the people, stressors, and events in our lives now. Understanding that lens and how it was created in childhood then empowers clients to learn techniques to make changes that greatly improve their quality of life. Barbara tailors her approach to the client, using psychodynamic, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectic behavior therapy informed, and mindfulness methods. Although she is skilled at helping clients facing most personal challenges, she specializes in working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and other traumas, individuals and families facing chronic or acute illness and disability, grief and loss, caregiver stress, learning differences, parenting, and school and job stress.
Liz Gaeta, MHC-LP
Liz holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Northwestern University. She has a background in applied psychology research, with a focus on neurobiology, and the role of neuroplasticity in counseling. Prior to graduate schooling, she spent 15 years in a successful career in publishing and media. Through her corporate experience, Liz found herself drawn to the mentoring side of business, working with colleagues to help them grow professionally, and supporting them in a high-pressure environment. Liz is excited to have the opportunity to incorporate her past professional experiences in her counseling work.
Liz is passionate about mental health and feels that everyone, regardless of life circumstances, can benefit from psychotherapy. While her foundation is based in a psychodynamic modalities, she practices eclectically, and tailors her approach to each client. Her goals in working with clients are to help them live fuller and more satisfying lives through insight into their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships, by offering a safe, nonjudgmental space for her clients to examine their internal worlds. Liz has a specific interest in working with depression, anxiety, anger, LGBTQ+ concerns, sexuality, life transitions, relationship issues, and more.
Emma Davidson, MHC-LP
Emma is a compassionate, supportive counselor with a great sense of humor. She received her B.S. in Psychology from New York University, summa cum laude, and completed her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University with honors.
Emma minored in both Gender and Sexuality Studies and Child and Adolescent Psychopathology at NYU. During her time in NYC and LA, Emma worked with AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the NYU Langone Child Study Center. Emma has conducted research in Social Neuroscience at NYU where she studied the interaction between biological processes and stereotypes, prejudice, and unconscious bias. She currently researches mental health and the LGBTQ+ community at Northwestern. Emma’s research has given her extensive experience with the LGBTQ+ community and young adults.
Emma believes in a collaborative approach with her clients where they together develop a plan to create a happier, healthier life. Emma works with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, self-esteem, high stress, and relationship issues and specializes with clients who identify as LGBTQ+. She guides her clients through self-growth and self-awareness in a safe, supportive environment. She works through a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness meditation, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.