Meet Our Team

Helga Byrne, LMHC, NCC, CASAC

Founder and Director
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor

Helga Byrne

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.

Emma Davidson, MHC-LP

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

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.

Monica E. Foster

Psychotherapist in Training

Monica received her BA in English/Creative writing from Converse University. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Counseling through Northwestern University. Monica’s professional background includes experience in the entertainment (actor, writer, director), health (E-RYT 500, yoga instructor and studio co-owner), and public relations industries.

Monica infuses her work with an experienced understanding of the stressors implicit in modern creative and professional endeavors. She offers an empathic and supportive environment to those experiencing depression, stress, and anxiety. Weaving her knowledge of breath work and mindfulness practices into her counseling, Monica’s approach incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

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