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COUNSELORS

Dasha Gorinshteyn, L.C.S.W.

Director of Counseling & Health Services

Education:  Master’s in Social Work, Columbia University School of Social Work

Licensure/Certification: New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ht.C

Languages Spoken: Russian, Ukrainian, English

Professional Interests:  College mental health and wellness, multicultural competency in counseling, positive psychology, overall wellbeing of students.    

 

 

Illona Fridson, L.C.S.W.

Full Time Student Psychological Counselor/Outreach Coordinator

Education:  Master’s in Social Work

Licensure/Certification:  New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Languages Spoken:  Russian, English

Professional Interests:  Adjustment to college, trauma, loss and personal growth after, wellness, and stress reduction

 

Karen Seales, L.C.S.W.

Full Time Student Psychological Counselor/ESL Counseling & Peer Mentoring Coordinator

Education:  Master’s in Social Work, New York University

Licensure/Certification:  New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Professional Interests:  Trauma, anxiety, self esteem, and mentorship

 

Jeanette Cruz, L.M.S.W

Full Time Student Psychological Counselor

Education:  Master’s in Social Work, Fordham University

Licensure/Certification:  New York State Licensed Social Worker

Languages Spoken:  Spanish, English

Professional Interests:  Chemical dependency, college mental health, Individual and Group counseling, cultural competence, women’s issues

 

David Castro, L.C.S.W.

Adjunct Counselor

Education:  Master’s in Social Work, PhD Candidate

Licensure/Certification:  New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Professional Interests:  Psychoanalysis, cultural theory, child development, intersection of learning and psychodynamic theory

 

Marilyn Chernin, M.A.

Adjunct Counselor

Education:  M.A.

Licensure/Certification:  New York State Licensed Psychoanalyst, Psychotherapist, Certification in individual and group psychotherapy

Professional Interests:  Students

 

Johanna Cortes-Agnello

Adjunct Counselor

Education:  M.A. in Social Organizational Psychology; Ed.M in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, and LMHC, Long Island University

Licensure/Certification:  LMHC in process; School Counselor K-12

Professional Interests:  Bereavement Counseling, Meditation Groups, Gender Groups, Long Term Impact of Chronic Trauma on Identity Development, Multicultural issues, Individual & Group Clinical Work, and Bi-racial Identity development

Languages Spoken:  English and knowledge of Spanish

  

Robert Gangi, PhD

Adjunct Counselor

Education:  PhD, New School for Social Research

Licensure/Certification:  Licensed Psychologist

Professional Interests:  Grief and Personality Disorders

Languages Spoken: English

  

Tyrone M. Parchment, L.M.S.W.

Adjunct Counselor

Education:  Master’s in Social Work, Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work

Licensure/Certification:  New York State Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor – Basic Level 1

Professional Interests:  Individual and group clinical work, program planning and development, group planning, development and implementation, administration, mentoring, cultural competence, men of color male development, masculinity, sexuality, college mental health, and anti-oppressive social work practice

 

Sonal Soni, L.C.S.W.

Adjunct Counselor & ESL Advisor

Education:  Master’s in Social Work, Smith College; Masters in Juridical Studies, Harvard Divinity School

Licensure/Certification:  New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Languages Spoken:  Gujarati, English

Professional Interests:  Psychoanalytic practice, college mental health, cultural adjustment concerns, and culturally competent practice

 

Orsolya Varkonyi, M.A., Ed.M., PhD

Adjunct Counselor & ESL Advisor

Education:  M.A., EdM, Columbia University; PhD, Yale University

Licensure/Certification:  New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Languages Spoken:  German, Hungarian, English

Professional Interests:  Immigrant racial identity 

 

INTERN/DOCTORAL FELLOW STAFF

Anjali George

Doctoral Fellow 

 

Desiree Gulliver, M.S. Ed

Mental Health Graduate Intern

Education:  M.S. in Education, Long Island University

Licensure/Certification:  School Counselor K-12

Languages Spoken:  English

Professional Interests: Anxiety, Domestic Violence, Depression 

 

Marsha Saintilus

Mental Health Intern

Education:  Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology, Mental Health Graduate Intern

Languages Spoken:  Haitian Creole, English

Professional Interests:  Trauma and anxiety

 

Janelle Seenath

Mental Health Intern

Education:  B.S. in Psychology, Brooklyn College; M.A. in Mental Health Counseling (pending), Long Island University

Licensure/Certification:  Certification in Child Abuse and Domestic Violence; pursuing licensure in Mental Health Counseling

Languages Spoken:  English

Professional Interests:  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Individual and Group Therapy, Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Multiculturalism

 

 FRONT OFFICE STAFF

 

Maxine Langsam

Languages Spoken: English

 

 

Yuliya Gutkovskaya

Languages Spoken:  Russian, Belarus, Polish

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosa Tovar

Languages Spoken:  Spanish, English

You may also reach Dr. Mark Hollander, or Dr. Ella Puccio, Clinical Psychologists for Kingsborough Community College campus on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s (A-108), phone number:  718-368-5684.

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