Meet Our Therapists

  • Joan Stong, LMSW, CASAC

    Joan Stong, LMSW, CASAC is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. Joan utilizes her years of experience in co-occurring mental health and addiction treatment providing therapy to children, adolescents, adults and their families in individual, family, and group therapy. A highly skilled therapist, Joan is known for her engaging personality and caring demeanor. She has worked in many areas of the behavioral health field giving her the unique ability to work and connect with individuals, couples, and families of all ages, backgrounds and life experiences.

    Joan has worked extensively with mental health and substance use disorders, behavioral and emotional disturbances, trauma, family conflict mediation and resolution, stress management, work-related pressures and the LGTBQ community.  One of Joan’s specialties is working with individuals with substance use disorders and their families, recognizing the impact that addiction has on the entire family dynamic.  She is the facilitator for New Hope Rising’s Families Rising Group, a free weekly group that provides support and education for those coping with a loved one’s addiction. 

    Additionally, Joan has a strong focus area of working with couples and family dynamics. Her clinical emphasis is on successful navigation of life transitions, changed circumstances and relationships. When working with children and teens, Joan strategically uses effective therapeutic interventions to help her clients process difficult emotions and behaviors when they don’t have the ability to verbally express their thoughts and feelings. 

    Joan encompasses a strength-based, person-centered approach in her practice as a therapist and has a passion for empowering individuals to address systemic and interpersonal issues. Joan pulls from a variety of treatment modalities to meet the specific needs of the individuals and families she works with. She enjoys taking a holistic approach, incorporating mindfulness practices. She believes in providing psycho-education and ample support to the family system as a whole.

    Joan feels truly privileged to witness her clients create long lasting changes. No matter the age or circumstance of her clients, Joan creates space for an authentic therapeutic connection that leads to positive change and growth.

    In addition to her clinical work, Joan is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses. Joan Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Integrated Health, Health Policy and Social and Political Advocacy. She is dedicated to teaching the next generation of mental health professionals.

    Works with: Adults, Adolescents, Children, Families and Couples

  • Mary Alyce Rogers, LCSW-R

    Mary Alyce Rogers is a seasoned Licensed Clinical Social Worker in practice since 1998. She received her Masters of Social Work degree from Columbia University School of Social Work, and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Her clinical experiences over the years are varied and include working in community and private counseling centers, residential and day treatment substance abuse treatment programs where she served as Program Director.

    She has extensive experience working with those inflicted with anxiety related disorders, depression, mood disorders, trauma, addiction/recovery, grief and loss, spirituality and chronic medical illness. Mary Alyce’s other areas of expertise include infertility, post-partum depression, family conflict resolution and couples’ therapy.

    Mary Alyce utilizes a strength-based, trauma informed approach and is guided by the individual needs of her clients. She uses a variety of therapeutic interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). Mary Alyce is a deeply spiritual person and enjoys using a holistic approach to treatment, incorporating mindfulness practices into session.

    Mary Alyce takes a gentle, genuine approach to the therapeutic relationship, offering a warm and supportive space. She welcomes each new client with the respect and dignity that they deserve, as they take their first steps towards a healthier life. Mary Alyce believes strongly in providing clients with an understanding and compassionate environment, as well as helping them develop skills that can empower them to make positive, lasting changes in their lives.

    Works With: Adults, Young Adults, and Couples

  • Elizabeth Smith, LMSW

    Elizabeth Smith LMSW, Licensed Master Social Worker, is a graduate of Stony Brook University's School of Social Welfare. She is experienced in working with clients of all ages in a variety of clinical settings, including mental health clinics and private practice. Elizabeth is passionate about the process of healing, growth and rediscovery of self and celebrates the courage of each individual who chooses this path. Her genuine, empathic nature eases her clients into a therapeutic relationship in which they feel empowered and inspired to achieve their goals and to live life to its fullest potential.

    While drawing upon a number of evidenced-based techniques and interventions, Elizabeth mindfully selects treatment modalities that best meet the needs identified by her clients. She practices from a strengths-based and person-centered approach using a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Therapy, Mindfulness Based and Solution-Focused Therapy. Elizabeth also utilizes holistic alternatives, implementing mindfulness and relaxation techniques including aromatherapy, breath work and meditation.

    Elizabeth specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, recovery from trauma with a focus on the brain and body connection, codependency, stress management, personal growth and enhanced self-awareness. Elizabeth also has a niche working with transitional life stages such as adolescence, college and young adulthood. Whether you are experiencing anxiety or depression, a loss of direction, wanting to move past feelings of being “stuck” or building your self-esteem, Elizabeth is committed to sharing your journey and exploring effective tools to make the changes you desire.

    Elizabeth has dedicated her life to helping others improve their lives and she considers it to be a privilege to be invited into her client’s inner lives and to accompany them on their journey through healing, change and self-empowerment. She consistently seeks to create an environment for people of all ages and backgrounds to feel connected, safe, and honored as the unique person they are.

    Works With: Adults, Children, Teens, Families
  • Leslie Lipton, LMSW

    Leslie Lipton, LMSW is a Licensed Master Social Worker who earned her masters degree at University of Alabama with a concentration in children and families.  Leslie specializes in working with children, teens and young adults. She has been working in the behavioral health field since 2006 in private practice, school settings and the foster care system. 

    Leslies treatment specialties include trauma, mood/personality disorders, behavioral and emotional disturbance/dysregulation, adjustment and transitional challenges (divorce, relocation, loss, etc), anxiety disorders, eating disorders, autism spectrum disorders, self-harm, relationship/peer concerns, LGBTQ and gender identity, and parent/child and family conflict. Her other areas of expertise include reactive attachment disorder and the effects of adoption and foster care.

    Leslie is specifically trained in Trauma Focused CBT and has extensive experience working with clients who have survived significant trauma. She uses a variety of different treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), play therapy and interpersonal therapy. Leslie believes that building a positive working relationship with her clients is essential to the process of change. She is known for her ability to connect with her clients and for creating a safe space to help children and teens to feel comfortable to express themselves and process their feelings in a way they can understand.

    In addition to her clinical work, Leslie has presented to groups and organizations on a variety of mental health topics, including Combating Maladaptive Coping Skills in a School Setting and Eating Disorders: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment and Recovery. Leslie has had the publication of her novel in 2006 “Unwell”, which chronicles a young woman’s descent into anorexia nervosa, her treatment, and finally her recovery.  She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) where she was also a founding member of the Junior Board.

    Works With: Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, Families
  • Regina Savarese, LCSW

    Regina Savarese, LCSW, MPA is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the human services field since 2002, supporting individuals from a variety of backgrounds to reach their goals and full potential. Her clinical experience includes providing individual, group and family therapy in outpatient clinics, as well as home and community-based settings. She has also served in roles of service coordination, education advocacy, as well as program administration, development and oversight of various youth enrichment programs.

    Regina is certified in Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy and Person-Centered Planning. 

    As a therapist, Regina recognizes the inherent worth of each individual and seeks to understand every client as the unique person they are, with distinct experiences and personal qualities that have helped to shape their lives. Regina’s passion and life’s work is to connect with people and support them to become the best versions of themselves. 

    With particular expertise in working with adolescents, Regina is also well-versed in working with people across the lifespan and understands the impact and unique challenges of different life stages.  Her areas of focus with youth and adults include anxiety, depression, mood regulation, relationship distress, peer and family conflict and resolution, self-harm, substance use, and LGBTQ issues. Regina has worked with adolescents experiencing homelessness, involvement in the juvenile justice system, foster care, and out of home placements. She has also served clients who are caregivers, survivors of traumatic brain injury and those who are differently-abled. 

    Regina incorporates a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities to meet the individual needs of her clients, including cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, family systems therapy, and mindfulness techniques.  She supports clients in identifying and overcoming blockages, such as unproductive cognitive beliefs or behavioral practices, to develop new patterns of thought and action to prevail in their lives.  Regina creates a safe, trusting space and utilizes a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach to assist clients in feeling heard and understood so that they can build clarity and find direction.

    Regina can be described as compassionate, genuine, forward thinking, and in-tune.

    Her supportive, humanistic approach empowers clients to harness the expertise and strengths they have within themselves in order to make positive, lasting changes in their lives.

    Works With: Adults, Children, Adolescents, Families
  • Devin Dreitlein, MHC

    Devin Dreitlein, MHC, earned a BA in Psychology from Stony Brook University and her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from SUNY Old Westbury. She has experience providing therapeutic treatment in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, residential treatment for eating disorders and private practice settings working with adults, children, adolescents and families.

    Devin brings a positive and person-centered approach to her clinical work while incorporating integrative and evidence-based interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Based, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy and is trained in EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). She has experience serving those experiencing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiance disorder (ODD), substance use disorders, trauma related disorders (i.e. PTSD), eating disorders, personality disorders, separation/divorce, family conflict, and social skill issues.

    In addition to her clinical background, Devin is also a certified Aromatherapist accredited though National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA). She is also a certified yoga instructor and Reiki Practitioner. Devin supports clients of all ages to achieve a mind-body connection, so they can move forward to release negative thoughts, limiting beliefs, patterns and traumas.

    Devin can be described as warm and empathetic, fostering a positive environment while helping to empower her clients to gain tools for change. She believes everyone deserves a safe, non-judgmental space where they are able to move through obstacles and experience personal growth and healing. Devin helps her clients to become comfortable and confident in navigating life, thriving as their true authentic selves.

    Works with: Adults, Adolescents, Children, and Families

  • Alison LaMonica, LCSW-R, CASAC
    Supervising Clinician

    Alison LaMonica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker- R, CASAC-T with over twenty-four years of experience working with mental health and substance use disorders. She is a graduate from Adelphi University with both a bachelor’s of Social Welfare and a Master of Social Work. Alison has had the privilege to work with adolescents, families, individuals and groups in various settings, such as public schools, community outpatient clinics, rehabilitation facilities, and the criminal justice system. These vast experiences have enabled Alison to have a unique perspective and evidence-based success in the recognition and treatment of co-occurring disorders.

    Through a Person-Centered and Trauma-Informed approach, Alison incorporates integrative and evidence-based approaches while fostering a safe and confidential environment for personal growth. Alison specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, family conflict and relationship issues, grief/loss, addiction/recovery and co-occurring disorders.

    Alison is easily known for her passion and her ability to engage clients in a therapeutic relationship. She believes wholeheartedly at providing psychoeducation around the needs and meeting her clients where they are at so they can be empowered to make long lasting change. She has developed a positive working relationship with many community-based providers and is recognized for her compassionate and direct approach with those she works with.

    Works With: Adults, Adolescents

  • Linda Lattanzaio, LCSW

    Linda Lattanzio, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her masters degree from Columbia University.  She has been working in the mental health field since 2011 and has completed specialized training as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.  Linda has extensive experience working with diverse populations of individuals facing a variety of physical, emotional, and social issues. Linda believes that people have endless potential to learn and heal. As a therapist, she has made it her mission to partner with each of her clients in their journey to build the life they want.

    Linda has dedicated her career to providing the highest of level of care, focusing on the overall wellness of her clients. She excels at developing trusting and productive relationships, in assessment, crisis intervention, and goal-oriented, strengths-based therapeutic interventions. She utilizes a person-centered approach, drawing from Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and other modalities to best meet her client’s unique individual needs and goals. 

    Linda specializes in treating issues related to trauma with individuals of varied ages, races and ethnicities, gender expressions and sexual orientations, and physical and cognitive limitations. She believes that trauma is frequently the root cause of the issues that bring many clients to therapy and has been successful in addressing the causes and effects of traumatic experiences.  Linda's other areas of expertise include mood disorders, anxiety related disorders, substance use, coping skills, grief, sexual assault and domestic violence.

    Linda provides a supportive, non-judgmental and empathetic environment to facilitate change, encourage healing and growth, and develop healthy, adaptive strategies to navigate through life’s challenges. She is consistently motivated by her work and focuses on using that enthusiasm to fuel client empowerment and help individuals create and build confident decision making.

    In addition to her clinical work, she has experience in supervisory roles with licensed clinicians and clinical interns.  She has conducted educational workshops and informational sessions on Domestic Violence, the Neurobiology of Trauma, and Trauma-Informed Care for groups, organizations, and multidisciplinary conferences.

    Works with: Adults, Young Adults, Adolescents, Children, Families

  • Haley Vasilopoulos, LMSW

    Haley is an NYS Licensed Master Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University. Haley works with children, adolescents and adults providing individual, couples and family therapy with a specialization in trauma-informed treatment. She has worked in numerous facets of the behavioral health field including mental health clinics, supervisory roles and private practice. She is consistently motivated by her work and seeks to aid her clients through self-exploration, insight and resilience.

    In Haley’s practice, she utilizes evidence-based approaches and alternative interventions in a collaborative environment with the individual, couple and/or family, focusing on connection and developing healthy adaptive behaviors. She is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP) and is skilled in implementing therapeutic interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based, Exposure Therapy and Behavior Modification.

    Her specializations include PTSD and trauma related disorders, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), mood disorders, emotional regulation, addiction/recovery, relationship and family conflict, communication challenges, personal growth, stress reduction and managing life transitions. When working with teens, Haley acknowledges the additional stressors that they face in today’s world and is dedicated to helping her teen clients navigate their unique challenges. Additionally, Haley has a personal connection and passion of working with First Responders and their families.

    Over the years, Haley has a developed an expertise and focus that includes working with the LBGTQ+ community surrounding sexuality concerns, transgender/non-binary and gender identity. Haley supports her clients at any stage of their gender, sexuality exploration or transition.

    She has a genuine and attentive approach, which she believes is key in developing a strong connection in therapy to identify concerns, setting goals, and discovering solutions that promote self-understanding and growth. Haley’s goal is to normalize the process of therapy to assist you or your loved one to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and others. In the safety of a non-judgmental and open-minded space, Haley will join you on your path of learning and self-awareness as you transform and heal.

    Works with: Adults, Adolescents, Children, Families

  • Charlene McAleavey, LCSW, CASAC

    Charlene is a skilled Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field. She is passionate about working with individuals, couples and families using evidence-based practices that are empowering and trauma-informed. Charlene is known for her down to earth style, helping her clients feel at ease. Through her compassionate, supportive and solution-focused style, she helps people to achieve their goals. She enjoys taking a holistic approach to healing and wellness with the belief that each person has their unique journey.

    Charlene’s areas of expertise include the treatment of depression and mood disorders, anxiety related disorders, trauma/PTSD, adverse childhood experiences, family of origin issues, grief and loss, relationship conflicts and communication, stress management and adjustment to life transitions. She is experienced in working with union/EAP members, as well as first responders and their families. Her goal is to partner with you to create a more satisfying, meaningful life, so you can start living the life you desire and deserve.

    Throughout her career, Charlene has developed a specialization in the treatment of substance use disorders. Her vast experience with addiction comes from her former position as the Program Director for an OASAS licensed inpatient program on Long Island. She is passionate about her work with families and individuals impacted by addiction and is well versed in the philosophy of the Twelve-Steps.

    If you are struggling with difficult symptoms, feeling overwhelmed, experiencing problems in a relationship, or just a lingering feeling that things can be better in your life, you don’t have to go through this alone. Psychotherapy can help you get things back on track. Charlene believes that it is her job to help her clients connect to the inner wisdom that is within them and addressing not only areas of desired change, but their areas of strength, as well. Her goal is to facilitate insight and self-awareness to promote well-being, positive growth and change, and personal empowerment.

  • Michelle Seufert, LMSW
    Clinical Social Worker

    Michelle Seufert is a Licensed Master Social Worker who works with children, adolescents, adults and families. She has earned a bachelors degree in social work from Concordia College and a masters degree from The University of Kansas with a focus on social welfare advocacy practices. Michelle is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). In addition to her clinical work, Michelle is an adjunct faculty member at Suffolk County Community College teaching undergraduate seminar courses in personal growth and wellness.

    Michelle believes that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires honest caring without judgment. Rather than adopting one methodology for all individuals and issues, Michelle draws from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation. Michelle is often described as warm, open, encouraging and direct. She is an active therapist combining experience, education, creativity, and her sense of humor, with a down-to-earth realistic approach to counseling.

    Priding herself on a client-centered, solution-focused approach, Michelle specializes in treatment of anxiety, depression, family conflict and women’s issues. She has additional expertise working with individuals and families focusing on trauma, grief and loss, behavior modification, stress and crisis management and life transitions including divorce, career change and young adult transitions.

    Whether you’re an adult or an adolescent or need help with your child who is struggling with anxiety or depression, managing a life transition, looking to understand the impact of trauma, or hoping to develop a stronger sense of self, Michelle’s goal is to offer the tools you need make effective. She understands the courage it can take to make that initial phone call and believes that saying, “I don’t know” or “I need help” are some of the bravest and powerful words we can speak. Growth and healing are often born from vulnerability and Michelle is committed in sharing that journey with her clients.

    Works with: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Families

  • Paul Alexander, LCSW-R
    Clinical Social Worker

    Paul is an NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University in 1985 and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from LeMoyne College in 1979. He is a seasoned therapist with 35 years of experience in the behavioral health field with a specialization in bereavement counseling. Over the years he has worked in medical, school and hospice settings as well as agency and private practices. Paul strongly believes that change is a process, with insight and renewed interest in life shifting as one engages in the art and practice of therapy. Having worked in private practice for over 25 years, Paul is practical and compassionate as he guides you to navigate solutions and insights.

    Practicing from an individualized, strengths-based approach his clinical work is geared toward assisting adults and adolescents with making positive changes and promoting growth in their lives. Using traditional modalities, such as psychoanalysis, Paul helps his clients understand the roots that drive their thoughts, motivations, and behaviors, leading them to create healthy, lasting changes in their lives. Paul also uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help his clients to break free of repetitive patterns that prevent happiness and to develop a sense of self-understanding, coping skills, renewed energy and hope. He also integrates spirituality into his practice using mindfulness, energy work, music and meditation along with hypnotherapy techniques, if applicable to the individual.

    He has extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, lack of direction, relational issues, stress management, work-related stressors, transitional/adjustment concerns, communication, spiritual crises, processing chronic health issues and terminal illness. Paul considers it to be a privilege to be invited into his client’s inner lives and to accompany them on their journey through healing, change and self-empowerment. Exploring one's emotional and psychological process will open the path to freeing inner turmoil, indecision and personal struggle, while also finding solutions for better communication within relationships and navigating one's life path and career.

    Grief and loss may affect us in many ways, often unacknowledged. Paul has worked as a bereavement coordinator and therapist in hospice, offering training and retreat programs to assist with navigating life after the death of a loved one. Paul’s specialization in grief counseling also includes the following issues: anticipatory grief and caregiving, job loss/change, breakup/divorce, and loss of employment/identity. Additionally, his work with grief is featured at and represents a part of his work.

  • Dr. Stephen Taylor, PhD, Supervising Clinician
    Supervising Clinician

    Dr. Stephen Taylor was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1988.  He earned his MA in School Psychology in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University in 1992. Dr. Taylor has been a licensed psychologist serving the Long Island community for 27 years.

    Dr. Taylor works full time in the Wantagh School District as a psychologist, where he started a special needs summer program. He also maintains a private practice in Wantagh and has been teaching future school psychologists at Adelphi University for the past 10 years.

    Dr. Taylor speaks to parent groups on topics including anxiety, special needs programming, attention and peak performance in sports. He also provides services for special needs students and adults at local area summer camps.