New York Area
About New York Area
New York, the City That Never Sleeps or The Big Apple is one of the most traveled to cities in the country. Many find themselves mesmerized by Times Square and the city lights. Others love the simplicity of taking a walk through Central Park or admiring the Statue of Liberty. Love heights? New York is home to the Empire State Building. Look up and skyscrapers grace the sky while yellow cabs line the streets. It is also home to the Knicks, Nets, Yankees, and Giants. There is diversity on every block in a city full of possibilities.
In-Home Community Support
Serves clients ages 14-24, and their families. Our clients frequently come to us before or after completion of a wilderness program or short/long term residential treatment.
New York Staff
Nicole Yazdi earned a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapies, and is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist limited permit holder as well as a Registered Dance Movement Therapist. Nicole has extensive experience with children, adolescents, young adults, and families in various capacities. Most recently, she treated individuals with a range of emotional, behavioral, social, and neurological needs at therapeutic school. Nicole has an integrative, holistic approach and believes strongly in the human ability to heal and grow in connection to others. Utilizing a range of theoretical perspectives and techniques, she supports and guides clients to enhance their relationships with themselves, others, and their environments. In addition, Nicole incorporates creative arts therapies and mind-body methods as a means of engagement, attunement, assessment, and intervention. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys being outside; traveling; attending dance, theater, and music performances; exploring museums; trying new restaurants, and eating lots of sweets.
A New York State Mental Health Counselor, David Diaz has worked with many populations and specializes in working with adolescents and young adults with co-occurring disorders and exploration of client’s gender identity and sexual orientation (LGBTQ).
David uses evidenced-based practices to pave a path in providing therapy towards achieving client-oriented goals. Modalities include, but are not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Gestalt Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care (Seeking Safety), Feminist Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Multicultural Therapy, and Art Therapy. David has assisted clients in overcoming sexual abuse/intimate partner violence through the use of the Power and Control Model and other evidenced-based practices.
David focuses on guiding the client in identifying their needs, strengths and goals while in therapy in order to work towards the positive outcome they desire and enable the change from within.
David enjoys swimming, soccer, and reading.
Rebecca Levy is a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with a Masters of Professional Studies in Creatives Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute. Rebecca has experience working with teenagers and young adults in a day treatment unit and residential programs that focused on anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and other psychological diagnoses. In addition, she runs support groups for siblings of special needs individuals. Rebecca, also, has experience working with parents and children groups using Psychoeducation and Art Therapy to work on communication through play.
Rebecca has experience working in schools as well as after school programs with the goal to improve behavioral and social skills. In addition, she has extensive experience working with the developmental/intellectual disabilities community. Rebecca also has vast experience working for inpatient and outpatient settings, including an inpatient forensic unit. She has contributed to a psychoeducation art therapy manual for teachers, produced by Caring at Columbia, and has a certificate of course completion in Psychological First Aid.
Rebecca incorporates Psychoeducation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Humanistic approaches to Art Therapy into her practice. Rebecca has a passion for using art as a tool for therapy and uses many forms of creative media to support the clients and their needs (lyrical writing, slam poetry/rapping, graffiti art, collage, painting, drawing, clay, altered books, hand drumming etc). Rebecca believes using art as a tool for therapy can allow for a deeper understanding and self- awareness. In addition, she believes art and music are tools to break down barriers and help improve communication.
In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys traveling, painting, listening to music, playing the drums, and hiking.
Paul Dearman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from Old Dominion University. Paul has over 10 years of experience working with adolescents, young adults, and families in their homes and schools. He uses an eclectic approach, meaning he draws from different techniques to choose the ones that will work best for the person, but especially enjoys dream and story-based techniques, and strengths-based perspective. Paul believes that no person or family needs fixing; where brokenness exists, proper care will lead to proper healing. More important, there is undeniable power in positive thinking, perspective, and perseverance. Paul is a certified Crisis Prevention Institute instructor and has been trained in the instruction of Mental Health First Aid, and enjoys using personality tests and dream analysis with adolescents and young adults to help them maximize their potential. Paul is a life-long learner who enjoys games of all sorts and all things science, science fiction, and fantasy, but nothing beats a good conversation.
Sara Silverstein is LMSW, with a degree in social work from NYU. Sara enjoys developing meaningful relationships with children and adolescents. Additionally, she enjoys working with parents and helping them enhance their relationships with their children. Sara has experience working with children, adolescents, and parents in a residential setting, as well as in an inpatient psychiatric hospital setting. Sara has experience working collaboratively with numerous service providers to provide the best outcomes for the clients she works with. Sara uses a strengths-based approach when working with clients and has experience in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She provides most of her therapeutic interventions through a DBT lens. Sara believes that when working with children and adolescents, relationship building, fostering a safe space, and helping clients combat the challenges they are facing are all imperative factors to change. When both parents and children work together and show a willingness to make a change, the transformation that happens is remarkable. In her spare time, you can find Sara staying active by going to the gym, cooking, baking, and spending quality time with friends and family.