Colleen Blackford, LCSW
B.A. College of the Holy Cross; MSW Fordham University

Colleen Blackford is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with children and families since 2007. She has experience working in academic and mental health settings, as well as conducting home based interventions. Colleen is experienced in working with children and adolescents whose life is impacted by a mood disorder, anxiety, school avoidance, and ODD.  She utilizes play and art therapy when treating children and adolescents. Colleen also has extensive experience working with parents and family members impacted by loved ones suffering from mental illness. Colleen enjoys working creatively and collaboratively with her clients to successfully reach their goals.

Jennifer Lancaster
B.A., University of South Florida; M.A., PhD, Hofstra University

Dr. Lancaster is the co-director of New York Cognitive Therapy and Wellness Center . She is a NYS licensed psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depression in adolescents and adults. Dr. Lancaster's primary research interests are in the area of academic integrity, the etiology and prevention of panic disorder, and the teaching of psychology. She is also a professor at St. Francis College where she teaches courses in experimental psychology, introduction to psychological research, psychology of the exceptional child and a clinical and counseling seminar. She also supervises doctoral candidates from various area colleges. She has presented research at both regional and national conference.


Clinical Staff

Kerri Moreland
B.A., M.S., PsyD, Hofstra University

Dr. Moreland is a NYS licensed psychologist, a NYS certified school psychologist, and is currently employed at a Long Island school district. She provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to children with ADHD and Autism Spectrum disorders and patients of all ages experiencing anxiety, stress, and depression.  Dr. Moreland incorporates stress reduction, relaxation, and mindfulness into her sessions in order to decrease anxiety.  Dr. Moreland's research on secondary trauma has been published in peer reviewed journals.



Lindsay Feinman-Karabelas, PsyD
B.A., CUNY Queens College; M.A., Adelphi University; M.S., PsyD, Hofstra University

Dr. Feinman is a NYS licensed psychologist who works with children, adolescents, and adults with depression and anxiety.  She has a great deal of experience working with children and adolescents who have behavioral and/or school related issues as well as those who are experiencing transitional issues in their lives such as divorce.  Dr. Feinman offers skills to help foster emotion regulation, coping strategies, and adaptive behaviors.  Her research has focused on emotion regulation and attrition in DBT.  Dr. Feinman incorporates mindfulness meditation into many of her sessions. 

Christina D'Alessandro, LMHC 
B.S., Binghamton University; M.Ed., CW Post LIU

Christina D'Alessandro is a NYS licensed Mental Health Counselor.  She has extensive experience treating anxiety and mood disorders, including depression in adolescents and adults   Christina's work also centers on treating couples and families.  In addition, she helps family members who are affected by addiction.  Christina's interests include health and fitness coaching in relation to cognitive behavioral therapy.

Ellen Keller, PsyD 
B.A. SUNY Buffalo; M.A. Adelphi University, M.S., PsyD, LIU CW Post

Dr. Keller is a graduate of Long Island University / CW Post Campus Clinical Psychology program and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from Adelphi University.   Dr. Keller is affiliated with the Office of Mental Health where she provides direct service and supervises doctoral interns in their APA approved internship program.    Dr. Keller has completed post graduate training in EMDR and DBT.  

​​Debra L. Terry, LCSW

I will provide a safe, supportive environment to freely and openly discuss your concerns. My years of experience helping various people - children, adolescents, adults, and couples - whether it be for depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, or relationship issues have taught me that no two people are alike and every situation is unique.  I believe, that together we will plan coping techniques and strategies to help you face and overcome your daily stressors and manage the symptoms that impact your functioning. You and I will work as team, and in doing so, I am confident that we will achieve success.

Trisha Rousseau, PsyD

B.S. Marist College; M.S. Hofstra, PsyD Hofstra University

Dr. Rousseau is a New York State licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist. Dr. Rousseau specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety and mood disorders, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and executive functioning disorders including ADHD. She has training in cognitive behavioral therapy, and currently works in a school based setting providing support to students with social and emotional challenges. Dr. Rousseau’s research interests focus on the use of exercise and ecotherapy in treating anxiety and mood disorders. 

Andrea Coleman, LMHC
B.A., St. Francis College; M.A., M.Ed,, Teachers College Columbia University

Andrea Coleman is a NYS licensed Mental Health Counselor.  She specializes in treating clients with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder, working with this population for ten years before coming to NYCTWC.  She also has experience treating borderline personality disorder, depression and anxiety disorders.  Her research interests focus on adolescents exhibiting cutting behavior as well as mindfulness meditation.  Andrea has presented at local and state conferences and has conducted several clinical trainings related to anxiety, autism, and developmental disabilities at surrounding regional agencies.

Chelsea Emerman, PsyD

B.A. New York University; M.S. Hofstra University, PsyD Hofstra University

Dr. Emerman is a post doctoral psychologist at New York Cognitive Therapy & Wellness Center.  She holds a Doctoral degree and a Master of Science degree in School/Community psychology, and works with children, adolescents, adults and families.  Dr. Emerman is a NYS certified school psychologist who works full time for a school district on Long Island.  She has attended divorce mediation training and her research interests include marital satisfaction, spousal interactions, and forgiveness.  Dr. Emerman is supervised by a NYS licensed psychologist at NYCTWC. 

​Cheryl Huber, LMHC

B.A. Sacred Heart University; M.A. Adelphi University

Cheryl Huber is a NYS licensed Mental Health Counselor who treats children, adolescents, and adults as well as couples and families.  She utilizes play therapy for children and CBT for older children and adults with ADHD , mood disorders, anxiety, and learning disabilities..  She is interested in first psychotic episodes in adolescents and college students as well as readiness for change in those who are beginning therapy.  Cheryl utilizes mindfulness meditation and positive psychology in her sessions.

Anna Varfolomeyeva, PsyD

B.S. Stony Brook University; M.S., PsyD Hofstra University

Dr. Varfolomeyeva is a NYS licensed psychologist who works with clients experiencing anxiety, depression and other mood disorders.  In addition to seeing children, adolescents and adults, Dr. V has extensive experience treating students in a college campus setting.  She treats both individuals and families and can assist with families experiencing divorce and co-parenting issues.  Her research interests include divorce mediation as well as conflict resolution and forgiveness in divorced couples.

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Juliana LaRossa-Dzerens, Psy.D.
B.A. Stony Brook University, M.S. Hofstra University, Psy.D. Hofstra University 

Dr. LaRossa-Dzerens is a NYS licensed psychologist who is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy.  She has worked and treated children, adolescents, and adults through her experience in private settings and is skilled at providing both individual and group therapy to those in need. Dr. LaRossa-Dzerens sees clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and family issues.  She has several years of experience diagnosing and treating those with autism spectrum disorder.
Dr. LaRossa-Dzerens is also a certified school psychologist who knows the complexities of the special education system. She can assist families who require additional services outside of what the school system can provide.  Her research interests have focused on the effects of support programs for siblings of children who have special needs, and stress and related factors in couples who have a child with autism.  

Therapists at NYCTWC are trained in cognitive therapy and have years of experience helping clients overcome difficulties in their personal and professional lives.  A brief description of the training and experience of each of our therapists is below.

We have therapists in West Islip, NY and therapists in Rockville Centre, NY.

Angelica Terepka, PsyD

B.A. St. Francis College, PsyD Indiana Univeristy of Pennsylvania

Dr. Terepka is a NYS licensed psychologist trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy, trauma focused CBT, and acceptance and commitment therapy. She specializes in working with diverse populations, particularly with LGBTQIA+ and religious populations, and received the NYS Psychological Association Diversity Award for both her clinical and research contributions to the field of therapy.  Dr. Terepka has specialized training in providing therapy to young adults and has held appointments at several university counseling centers. She currently works as a psychologist for a hospital where she provides individual and group therapy to teens and young adults and their families. In addition, Dr. Terepka is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center, and maintains adjunct faculty appointments in Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education Counseling Psychology program and Long Island University’s Counseling and School Psychology program.  

Kristi DeName, LMHC, BCB, EMDR-II
B.S. University at Buffalo, M.S, Walden University

Kristi DeName is a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor, certified in biofeedback therapy and level-II trained in Eye-Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. She provides counseling for children, adolescents and adults, primarily focusing on trauma, stress-related issues, ADHD and anxiety. With children, she incorporates play and art therapy techniques. Kristi enjoys working collaboratively with her clients. She combines her clinical expertise with her compassion to tailor each session to her client's needs.

Rebecca Oakes, PhD 
B.A. University of Texas; M.A. University of Denver; PhD, CUNY

Dr. Oakes is a NYS licensed psychologist who specializes in issues particular to women such as infertility, child development, and postpartum depression. She works with children, adolescents, adults and families.  In addition to individual and family therapy, Dr. Oakes provides assessments for the diagnosis of autism, learning disabilities, and emotional disorders.  She also provides the required testing and reports for clients undergoing bariatric surgery. 

Alicia Delgado-Agudio M.S., MFT, CASAC-T
B.A. Penn State University; M.S. Mercy College; M.S. Hofstra University.

Alicia Delgado-Agudio is a psychology intern at New York Cognitive & Wellness Center. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Master of Science Degree in School/Community Psychology. Alicia also holds a CASAC-T certification. She specializes in treating couples, families, adolescents and children experiencing substance abuse, domestic violence, trauma, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Alicia utilizes positive psychology and mindfulness meditation in her sessions.  Alicia is supervised by a NYS licensed pychologist at NYCTWC.

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Jessie Poveromo
B.A., University of Delaware; M.S., PsyD, Hofstra University

Dr. Poveromo is a NYS licensed psychologist and co-director of New York Cognitive Therapy and Wellness Center. She is skilled in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to adolescents, adults, and the elderly with depression, anxiety, and body image issues and has a great deal of experience in counseling clients in the LGBTQ+ community.  In addition, she has completed a certificate program in smoking cessation. Dr. Poveromo received training in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings and has provided services to several Long Island school districts. Her research interests include media effects on body dissatisfaction and how social comparison contributes to body image distortion.

Clinical Directors

Cristin Hammel
B.A., M.S., PsyD, Hofstra University

Dr. Hammel is the recipient of the Alison Kim Levy Continuing Acts of Kindness recognition for community service and involvement. Her experience working with people with disabilities at the elementary, high school, and university level has allowed to her provide services to several school districts on Long Island. Dr. Hammel currently sees children, adolescents, and adults and specializes in the treatment of anxiety and trauma, including PTSD. Her research interests include disability law and attitudes towards individuals with disabilities. She is a NYS licensed psychologist and a NYS certified school psychologist.

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Jessica Moloney, LMHC

B.S., East Stroudsberg University; M.S. Long Island University

Jessica Moloney is a NYS licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in treating depression, anxiety and ADHD.  She is adept at providing coping strategies for life transitions and has experience with eating disorders and OCD.  She treats children, adolescents, and adults.  Jessica is a Nationally Certified Counselor and is certified as a Disaster Mental Health Responder.  Her interests include the correlation between physical and emotional health as well as utilizing mindfulness meditation strategies in her sessions.  

Danielle Lovece, LMHC 
B.A. Marist College; M.S., Manhattan College

Danielle Lovece is a NYS licensed Mental Health Counselor.  She provides therapy to individuals, families, and couples and works with children, adolescents, and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, and other issues.  She practices biofeedback techniques and focuses much of her work on helping clients with OCD and panic disorder.