Wendy Fiol is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in New York. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in adolescent therapy, marriage and relationship counseling, mood disorders and women’s issues and health. In her practice, Wendy believes that everyone deserves and is entitled to happiness. She understands that everyone’s happiness may look different but believes that if a person can build a rapport of trust and security, then they can ultimately work through any issues to achieve their happiness.
Wendy’s interest in mental and behavioral health care began early on. At the age of 15, she decided that she wanted to become a social worker in order to help people. She would see how her school counselor would help her classmates and wanted to be able to do the same. As she researched and learned about a career in social work her passion grew, and she felt an added desire to reach individuals with especially complex struggles with their mental health. Wendy believes that her respectful, non-judgment approach and genuine concern and desire for each of her clients’ happiness and well–being is what allows her to help clients tackle some of their most oppressive and inhibiting obstacles.
Wendy loves dogs and believes in their therapeutic qualities. She loves home DIY renovation projects and rarely feels any project is too big to take on, which sometimes gets her into some precarious situations. Wendy is very proud of being a social worker; she loves the values and goals of the profession and shares her passion for her work with others.
“You can never judge someone until you‘ve walked in their shoes but since you can never truly walk in another person’s shoes, you can never judge them.”
Stephanie Nicolas is a licensed mental health counselor offering services to adult residents in New York. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in college students, disability and mobility, life transitions, anxiety disorders and wellness and health promotion. In her practice, Stephanie’s approach is to allow clients to tell their stories and tap into their individual strengths to overcome life challenges. Stephanie believes in the inherent human capacity for self-healing. By building a collaborative relationship, she strives to empower individuals to use their unique abilities and positive character traits to help facilitate the healing process so clients can achieve their life goals. She advocates for mental health education and self-education as therapy is an intense curriculum in oneself.
Stephanie’s interest in mental and behavioral health care stems from her long-time interest in psychology, the mind and the brain. In college, she pursued medicine and thought that she was going to become a doctor. However, during her undergraduate years, she became severely depressed and her grades suffered terribly to the point where she was at risk of expulsion. She decided to change her major and studied psychology instead. After graduation, she received her degree in counseling and has never looked back.
Stephanie has published a children’s book. She’s the oldest of three and orange is her favorite color.
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao-Tzu
Chris Rushton is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescent and adult residents in New York. He has a variety of clinical interests; however, he specializes in trauma and abuse, behavioral disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy and mood disorders. In his practice, Chris finds it important to consider an individual holistically in order to identify goals, priorities and challenges ahead.
Chris’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed further when he was a crisis counselor in New York City after 9/11. He then pursued and obtained a social work degree from Columbia University.
Chris is on two legal defense teams fighting to overturn wrongful convictions. He is married to a Brazilian, so his four kids speak Portuguese and English. Chris is originally from a small foreign country: New Jersey.
“Life keeps throwing me stones. And I keep finding the diamonds.” – Ana Claudia Antunes
Nena Forshee is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to child, adolescent and adult residents in New Jersey and New York. She specializes in anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and adolescent and early adulthood therapy. Nena’s philosophy of care is centered around the belief that the most important part of providing care is understanding where patients are in their mental health journey and meeting them at that point. She enjoys taking a collaborative approach with clients to determine how they will work together in meeting their set goals.
Nena’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare stems from her innate passion for helping others. She took a strong interest in mental health in high school which continued into college. She began working with children and adolescents in a residential program, where she became increasingly interested in diagnostic evaluations and different treatment models for therapy. Nena then went on to pursue her master’s in social work.
Last year Nena explored Europe visiting Ireland, France and England. She is extremely family oriented and her favorite place to be is on the beach listening to the ocean.
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places…” – Ernest Hemingway
Christine Boehler is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adult residents in New Jersey and New York. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in life transitions, stress management, trauma, family counseling and career guidance. In her practice, Christine’s philosophy of care is centered around helping clients learn to be kind and patient with themselves – when we believe we are deserving of our own compassion and understanding, the rest of the world often follows. In her work with clients, they concentrate on the here and now and on the things in their lives they can control and reflect on the past when it impacts the present. She also helps clients focus on how their relationship with themselves impacts their relationships with others. Christine believes in creating a caring, authentic, non-judgmental space for clients to process and begin to work on determining who and how they want to be.
Christine became interested in mental and behavioral healthcare because human resilience astounds her. She believes that we are all capable of recovering from a plethora of situations. She has worked with folks that have experienced homelessness and immense traumas who, with support were able to create the lives they wanted to lead. Christine believes that knowing yourself is the first step in helping yourself. When folks understand themselves better, they can then begin to take control over their lives which can bring meaningful and positive change.
Christine has presented at mental health conferences on the topic of hoarding and worked to tailor a treatment curriculum to specific sub-populations with its creators. She enjoys interior design and has helped numerous friends and family members decorate their homes. She also loves live music and theater and tries to see performances any chance she gets.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha