Meet Our Team

Helga Byrne, LMHC, NCC

Founder and Director
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor

Helga ByrneHelga 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. Helga has extensive experience helping those struggling with substance abuse, addiction and recovery.

Prior to beginning her practice, she had a successful corporate career and worked as a therapist at outpatient substance abuse and mental health clinics. With over 15 years of corporate experience, Helga’s business background informs her understanding of the demands and challenges corporate professionals face. Helga also volunteers with the non-profit organization Hold the Door for Others as a group facilitator, helping people cope with loss and adversity.

Helga specializes in individual therapy for professionals and career minded individuals. Her approach is compassionate, direct and interactive, incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness meditation, Gestalt techniques and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Barbara J. Gordon, LCSW

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

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.

 

Aleksandr Vinkler, MHC-LP, CASAC-T

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Life can be a wonderfully challenging, strenuous, and rewarding experience full of  triumphs and tribulations. Despite the fact that living life is a unifying, constant, and pervasive experience, its virtues often go unrecognized in the hustle and bustle of our minds, daily routines, and emotional discord. As we go about our day we rarely stop, take a step back, and praise ourselves for the courage and bravery we exhibit every time the sun raises and sets, for every choice we make, and every relationship that we pass through. It is these challenges, along with many unforeseen difficulties, that eventually can drain us of our emotional resources and challenge our resilience and resolve. Sometimes even our strongest support systems, such as friends and family, can’t help as their lives are colored and shaped but their own experiences and interactions. The advantage of therapy is that it provides a personalized, unbiased and curative space that is meant to focus on individual experiences and give shape, volume, and power to one’s voice.

As a cognitive and behavioral (CBT) therapist, I focus on helping others become more aware of their problematic thoughts and thinking patterns as they relate to behaviors, feelings, and emotions, which in turn go on to shape one’s worldviews. Despite being an experienced CBT counselor, I also work with a number of other therapeutic modalities to better serve my clients. It is my firm belief that true therapeutic change comes from a warm, empathic, and collaborative relationship, which is at the heart of my therapeutic approach. Above all else, I strive to provide each and every client with a safe environment that is meant to empower and promote positive growth and change. By working together with my clients, I provide each and every individual with the tools and insight needed to be their own therapist. My areas of expertise include trauma, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and LGBTQ+ struggles. Participating in therapy can be a monumental and emotionally daunting step that I make sure you don’t take alone.

Heidi Lynch, LMHC

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Heidi is a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in treating individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance use struggles.

After working in small business for six years, Heidi decided to go back to school to pursue a masters in clinical counseling. She has experience working with individuals, parents and couples in school and community based settings.

While having a foundation in CBT, Heidi approaches therapy using an integrative approach that incorporates client centered and solution focused modalities to best meet the needs of each individual. She is empathetic, direct and collaborative. Heidi is passionate about helping people and providing easily accessible tools to manage different stressors.

Heidi received her MA in clinical counseling from Georgian Court University, in New Jersey and her BA at Fordham University, in New York City.

 

Kaity Sanz Melo, LMHC, CASAC-T

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Kaity is a bilingual English and Spanish speaking licensed Mental Health Counselor.  Kaity has practical experience working with clients of diverse socioeconomic status, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual identity, ages, and beliefs. She works with clients to address various mental health challenges such as substance abuse, mood disorders, trauma, domestic violence, interpersonal conflicts, self-esteem and more.

Kaity’s therapeutic approach is rooted in person centered therapy, however she utilizes an integrative approach to meet your needs incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy, strength-based therapy, psychodynamic, motivational interviewing and solution focused therapy. Kaity is passionate about assisting you in identifying and reaching your goals, developing a healthy self-concept, and learning healthy coping strategies to manage familial, relational and life struggles. Kaity’s also focused on providing a therapeutic environment where you feel safe, supported, and heard in order to foster positive growth.

Kaity received her MA in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College and BA in Health Science with a concentration in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling from SUNY Brockport.

 

Liz Gaeta, MHC-LP

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

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.

 

Jenna Knoll, LMHC

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Helping people rediscover their confidence and best selves comes naturally to Jenna. Her warmth, compassion, humor, transparency, and enthusiasm allow her to easily establish and maintain a strong rapport with her clients.

Jenna can be best described as nonjudgmental and sincere, which helps to foster a safe and relaxed atmosphere for her clients where they can explore and reach their goals. Jenna honors the balance between acceptance and change and reflects this core value in her therapeutic relationships. Jenna recognizes the importance of her clients’ autonomy and provides support while they encounter life’s inevitable challenges.

Jenna believes in the importance of aligning the mind, body, and soul. Her eclectic approach incorporates modalities such as psychoanalytic, CBT, DBT, holistic therapy and mindfulness.

Jenna enjoys working with various populations as she is passionate about helping people reach their highest potential. Jenna has experience working with those who struggle with anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, life adjustments/transitions, addiction, and ADHD.

 

Emma Davidson

CLINICAL INTERN

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 is completing her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University.

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.

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