THERAPISTS MFT TEAM
The NY MFT Professional Team
Brian W. Atwood
Brian Atwood is the Vice President of NYMFT. He is reponsible for media, publicity, marketing, and all business aspects of the agency. He specializes in Addictions and runs psychoeducational groups related to this area. He has over ten years experience. He also provides workshops in psychoeducation concerning drugs and alchohol to schools, businesses and agencies. Most of his groups consist of middle school through college age groups. His counseling experiences covers all ages. In his spare time, he is a DJ/Producer/Remixer at Ultra Music, Underground Miner at Local 147 Sandhogs and CEO and Founder of Funky Element Records. He finds working with and helping people extremely rewarding.
Kay Murphy, Ph.D., LMFT
Kay Murphy is a Supervisor for NYMFT. She reviews cases and conducts weekly case consultations with the MFT Team. Kay has 25+ years of private clinical practice. She has extensive experience working with all issues affecting couples (heterosexual and homosexual) and families, conflictual relationships, which includes marriages, pre-marital, siblings, parent/child, gay children, divorces. She also deals with grieving issues, especially related to 9/11. Kay is also an AAMFT Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor.
Dolores McCullough, LMSW, Ph.D.
Dolores McCullough graduated from Columbia University’s School of Social Work and completed the Live Clinical training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Dolores received her Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dolores combines her experiences in the fields of early childhood education and care, social services, and clinical training to support the personal goals of the client(s). She works with individuals, couples, and families in areas including; anxiety, depression, communication, parenting, and couple relational issues. She also facilitates the Anger Management programs (court mandated and voluntary, individuals and groups, adults and teens)
Kristin Salerno, M.A., CRC, LMHC
Kristin is a licensed Mental Health Counselor as well as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. For the past ten years, she has been working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and low self- awareness. She is very experienced with working with groups of individuals of all ages. She currently is running a college bound group for high school juniors and seniors and an anger management group. Kristin utilizes brief short term therapy mainly from a cognitive behavioral perspective. She also utilizes a person centered approach to explore clients' needs. She accomplishes this by creating a supportive, empathic, and nonjudgmental counseling environment.
Natasha Lazartes, M.A., LMFT
Natasha Lazartes, M.A., LMFT is a bilingual Marriage and Family Therapist working with Individuals, Couples, and Families. Her areas of interest include: couple conflicts, trauma, acculturation, anger management, self esteem, anxiety and depression. Natasha has many years of experience assisting Individuals, Couples and Families in building better communication skills and reunification. She is completing a Program in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a trauma treatment focusing on mind body connection. Natasha works with her clients to assist them in enriching and expanding their lives.
Melanie McCabe, M.A. Cand.
Melanie is currently working toward her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She specializes in all aspects of working with military families. She has extensive knowledge of the military culture and how it effects the veteran and his or her family. With her studies and personal insight and experience with military life, she understands the many facets of PTSD. She also has experience with the concomitant symptoms, such as drug and alcohol abuse, depression, suicide, nightmares and flashbacks. She assists individuals and their families with reintegration to life after the military. She assists them with the transition, helping to make it as smooth as possible. She does individual, couples, family and group therapy. In so doing, she provides a warm, caring supportive environment.
Jeanie Romero, LCMHC
Jeanie Romero is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a 3rd year graduate student in Marriage and Family Therapy program. Ms. Romero attended SUNY Stony Brook University and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies with a concentration in Psychology and Child and Family Studies. She also holds a Master of Science in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. John’s University. and a certificate in advanced study in school counseling and a postgraduate certificate in child and family therapy from New York University. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Ms. Romero assists individuals with various mental health issues, couples with relational issues, families and children with an array of problems and circumstances that affect their relationships. Her therapeutic area also include bereavement counseling, child therapy, infant and maternal health, human and child development, parenting skills and school counseling. Ms. Romero has worked with people from various backgrounds by using a multicultural lens and has conducted individual, collateral and family therapy sessions in Spanish. Ms. Romero believes in treating every case uniquely and distinctively using a holistic approach utilizing therapeutic interventions from the major therapeutic schools.
In Working Collaboration With:
Daniel L. Araoz, Ed.D
Daniel L. Araoz, Ed.D
is an international and national scholar and therapist. He is the past president of the Academy of Family Psychology, author of many articles and several books on marriage and family issues, founder of the "American Journal of Family Therapy," AAMFT Approved Supervisor and AASECT Diplomate in Sex Therapy. He is also the founder of the LI chapter of MFT and is internationally known for his work on hypnotherapy. He believes that couples should and could be happy in their exclusive relationship and that even though "significant others" have different personalities, bothhave to understand and learn to live with the other person's characteristics. Dr. Araoz does personality re-education, not behavioral training. Partners become each other's helpful "other."
Richard Belson, D.S.W
is a Professor of Social Work, specializing in both doing and supervising Marriage and Family Therapy. He has received the Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence at a University and has been cited in many professional writings and the media. He studied with Jay Haley and Cloe Madanes, two pioneers in the field of family therapy, and has since developed and presented many workshops on Strategic Family Therapy both nationally and internationally. The Ghandi Technique, which he developed, is used by therapists for resistant problems through out the world. His specialty is the Healing Power of Humor, which he has applied to many family situations with people ofall ages.
Marvin Glassmann, Ed.D. LMFT, LMHC
sees both families and couples, but is especially interested in working with those dealing with extra marital affairs. He also has an interest in dealing with the issues of a rather neglected group,the senior population. He studied for four years at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, a world renowned training facility. He is a former president of the Long Island Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He is an Approved Supervisor and directs a field placement program for MFT interns, as well as those who wish to achieve Clinical Member status of the AAMFT. He embraces the approach that most individuals and families wish to solve their issuesin life and he is available “to shine the light” on the not always obvious solutions.
Laurie B. Levine, Ph.D., LMFT
Laurie holds a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Over the last 15 years, she has been working extensively with families, couples and individuals as well as providing supervision, training, community talks and teaching at the graduate level. Much of Laurie’s clinical background is in the resolution of psychological trauma. She has a broad focus helping people deal with parenting issues, marital conflicts, adolescence, individualconcerns and women’s issues. Laurie also works with senior management in corporations helping to resolve morale, personality and conflict issues.