Kay Posillico, LCSW

Director

Kay Posillico has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing counseling and psychotherapy for teenagers, adults, couples and families for over twenty-five years. Her extensive experience in working with people from all walks of life has given her a unique outlook on the human condition and the complex nature of relationships. After attending Cornell University for two years she transferred to C.W. Post College on Long Island where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1975. She earned a master’s degree in Community Mental Health at C.W.Post College in 1980 and a master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University in 1987. Kay also completed postgraduate study in psychoanalysis at the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in 1990. Kay has a strong sense of commitment and truly enjoys working with people. She has a history of community involvement, serving on several boards of directors on Long Island. She was president of the board of the New York College for Chinese Medicine for six years and now is the vice president of the board of Transitional Services of Long Island for New York, an organization which provides housing and services for the homeless and mentally ill. She has been a prolific writer for local newspapers and has co-hosted several radio shows on mental health issues. Kay specializes in couples therapy and women’s issues.

 

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Director

Barbara Posillico is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in adolescent and family psychotherapy. In addition to her private practice, Barbara has worked in a variety of settings for the past eighteen years. After graduating from Adelphi University in 1996 she worked as a crisis intervention social worker for the PINS program of Suffolk County Family Court. Barbara worked for the Town of Huntington’s Sanctuary program for at-risk teenagers and their families. She also worked as a consultant for Huntington High School where she counseled Special Education students. Barbara’s unique style and warm approach enables teenagers to relax and feel comfortable, and creates a safe place where they can begin to open up and gain a better understanding of themselves. Having someone to guide and coach them early on in life will reap benefits well into their future. Barbara also focuses on parents, who are the primary influences in their children’s lives. She believes strongly that the more educated and supportive the parents are the better futures their children will enjoy as they enter adulthood.

 

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Mark Calder is a Licensed Social Worker and Board Certified Applied Behavior Analyst.  Mark specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults managing anxiety, depression, substance abuse and overwhelming emotions.  With a significant clinical background in working with the developmentally disabled, Mark has particular expertise in treating Autism spectrum disorders.  Having received his degrees from Fairfield University, CW Post, and Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare, Mark offers diverse clinical knowledge that he applies in his practice, as well as in presentations in the community.  Mark is extremely proud to be working with the outstanding group of clinicians that the Life Center offers.

 

 

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Mr. Steven Pinto is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in individual, adolescent, substance abuse, and anger management counseling. Mr. Pinto has experience working with both adolescents and adults, including those with psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and depression. Professionally, Mr. Pinto has worked with Family Service League and The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Mr. Pinto received his Mental Health Counseling degree from C.W. Post with a focus on mental health conditions and disorders. Mr. Pinto also holds a certification from the National Association of Anger Management, where he has worked with both mandated and voluntary clients. Mr. Pinto has consulted various professional organizations on substance abuse and continues to work extensively with local schools to provide educational programs focused on mental health. Mr. Pinto is certified in Too Good for Drugs and Teen Intervene, programs designed to educate and intervene on substance abuse and avenues for intervention and treatment. Mr. Pinto is honored to be a part of the Life Center in Huntington and work with a group of such diverse professionals.

 

 

Julie Hochman, LCSW

Julie Hochman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has worked in supporting youth, adolescents and their families for more than 15 years. A graduate of SUNY Binghamton and Adelphi University, she works from a strengths-based, family systems perspective in addressing a variety of issues that impact the families of today. Julie has extensive experience in working with adolescent and family issues related to stress, anxiety, depression, anger management, adoption, grief and loss, abuse, trauma, divorce, and school-related concerns. Her expertise has also been helpful in counseling adults as they transition in their own lives with issues such as parenting, stress in the home and workplace, and healthy separation and divorce. Julie has gained and shared her experience through her work in community mental health clinics, schools, non-profit agencies and as a guest lecturer on the university level.

 

 

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Martha Ketteridge is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 15 yrs experience in the mental health field and has worked in a variety of settings as well as her continued private practice. She provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for a variety of conditions. Her experience includes diagnosing and treating clients who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as well as working with the chemically dependent population in the outpatient setting. She has also worked as a Consultation Liaison Nurse Practitioner and adjunct clinical professor at the School of Nursing at the New York Institute of Technology.  She is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher and continues to receive training from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Mass Medical School. She is passionate about mindfulness and the transformative potential of regular practice. She regularly attends retreats and feels this enhances her ability to be more present with her work and available for her clients.

 



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Dorothy McHugh, LCSW

Ms. McHugh received her master degree from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1985 and her Bachelors Degree in Special Education from Ohio State University in 1983. She has provided psychotherapy, group counseling, family therapy and advocacy to adults, children and adolescents as a school district social worker and University counselor over the past 23 years. She has presented workshops for parents and educational staff on issues including childhood resiliency, the commitment of being a student-athlete, reducing stress and anxiety, special education, addictions, grief and loss, parenting, diversity, changing families, divorce and issues regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. As an advocate for change, Ms. McHugh brings an array of experience and knowledge to her practice at the Life Center.

 



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Leslie Schult, LCSW

Leslie Schult is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides treatment for individuals and families. She is trained in marital counseling, family reconciliation, substance abuse, DWI evaluations, bereavement, and eldercare. She received her degrees from Adelphi University, Stony Brook University and South Oaks Institute of Alcohol Studies. Her approach is clinically and spiritually based, using Cognitive Behavioral therapy for depression and anxiety, as well as incorporating a team approach with our staff’s health services. It is not unusual for a client to receive psychotherapy as well as additional services such as acupuncture, hypnotherapy, massage or even prayer to help heal the mind, body, and soul. Leslie also enjoys presenting workshops, teaching, and supervising social work students. She is pleased to be part of the Life Center and values this opportunity to work with such an outstanding staff in service to our Huntington community.

 



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Joanne Stone, LCSW

Joanne Stone is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Huntington community and has been in practice for over 20 years.  She offers counseling services to adults, adolescents, and couples.  Joanne has a relaxed manner making her easy to engage with in session and takes a humanistic approach to psychotherapy.  Joanne has worked also in mental health clinic settings and is experienced in treating anxiety and depression using an eclectic approach.  Joanne practices mindfulness meditation in her life and finds it very helpful in therapy.

 



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Randy Tanzer, LCSW

Randy Tanzer has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 20 years.  She is a graduate of Stony Brook University and Hunter College School of Social Work.  Randy has broad experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in managing stress,  anxiety, depression, loss, bereavement and divorce issues. She has worked with children and families in both mental health clinics and in school settings. Understanding individuals in a family context, she focuses on improving communication patterns and uses cognitive behavioral techniques.  She educates parents on the relationship between children’s behavior and developmental stage and utilizes positive behavior management strategies. She has extensive experience with school related issues. Randy has written and facilitates a parent program called Parenting… How can something so simple be so difficult to do?  In addition to her private practice, she works as a consultant to develop and facilitate workshops for different groups on a variety of topics.

 



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Bruno LaSpina, Esq.
Divorce Mediation and Intra-Family/Intra-Personal Dispute Resolution

Bruno LaSpina’s specialty is in the area of Divorce Mediation and Intra-Family and Intra-Personal Dispute Resolution. In addition to being an attorney, Mr. LaSpina is a Certified Social Worker. Mr. LaSpina holds Certification from the New York City Institute for Mediation and Dispute Resolution and is certified by Nassau County for Mediation of Matrimonial cases. Mr. LaSpina’s Dispute Resolution services have a clear application to all aspects of both business and personal conflicts, which unfortunately are often allowed to descend into police or court intervention.

 



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Corinne Alba, LMHC, CASAC

Corinne Alba is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. Corinne is an approved OASAS provider to conduct clinical screening, assessment, and treatment services for impaired driving offenders.   Corinne obtained her Masters Degree in Counseling from Long Island University.  She specializes in addictions, as well as working with adolescents, families, and individuals with mental health issues.  Corinne is certified in Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET/CBT-5) and is a certified facilitator and trainer of the MET/CBT-5.

 



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Irene Dawson, LCSW

Irene Dawson is a graduate of Fordham University and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Irene works with adults, utilizing interdisciplinary techniques to address anxiety and depression, as well as life transitions such as illness, addiction, relationship difficulties and workplace issues. She embraces a Mindful Self-compassionate approach that helps people think compassionately about their own struggles, which spreads to all others in their path. Irene has experience in crisis counseling, individual therapy, substance abuse, and group work and has training in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Strength Based Positive Psychology. She has worked in community mental health and substance abuse agencies as well as school settings. Irene’s goal in working with people is to assist them in their journey toward a more fulfilling life experience.

 



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Janet T. Grella-Palmer, LCSW

Janet T. Grella-Palmer is a graduate of Nassau Community College, SUNY at New Paltz and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno. She received her Clinical License in Nevada and worked with adolescent young adults and family reunification. Janet relocated to New York and was hired as the Program Coordinate for Outreach’s Adolescent outpatient substance abuse program.  Janet has provided individual and group therapy to the homeless young adults Family and Children’s Association on Long Island. She is the treasurer of New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Suffolk Chapter. Janet has since been in private practice providing psychotherapy to adolescents, young adults, adults, families and the LGBTQ community. She is passionate about helping adolescent, young adults, and Transgender people achieve the ability to navigate their own growth with respect, dignity, and competence.

 



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Amy Hoffman, LCSW, CEAP

Amy is a Psychotherapist and Certified Employee Assistance Professional. She graduated from Cornell University with a BSW and earned her MSW from Columbia University. Amy was also trained at Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis in an interpersonal/relational approach, which informs her down-to-earth style. Amy has been in private practice for over 25 years. She works with adults and adolescents in individual, family and couples counseling. Amy helps people with a broad range of human problems including, but not limited to, grief and loss, relationship problems, parenting, codependency/addiction, workplace concerns, anxiety, and depression. Amy loves connecting with people of diverse backgrounds. She is extremely committed to those with whom she works.

 



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Christina Moran, LMFT

Christina Moran is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in the treatment of families and couples. Christina provides a spectrum of services regarding the most sensitive areas of family life including, but not limited to, separation and/or divorce, co-parenting and mediation, and re-establishing relationships. After receiving a Masters Degree from Hofstra University, Christina has worked with many families dealing with major transitions. Working from a systems perspective, Christina focuses on interpersonal conflicts and stresses between the family, as well as family members’ individual conflicts. Christina is also a P.E.A.C.E. certified counselor and teaches the New York State Parent Education and Awareness Program often mandated by the New York State Supreme Court for parents in the midst of a separation or divorce. Christina ensures that every child and family receives the highest quality of service and will meet the changing needs of her clients and community. Christina is honored to be part of the talented clinicians at the Life Center.