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Clinical Staff

Serving Brooklyn & Manhattan

What makes our clinical team different?

At Refresh, we believe in providing the highest-quality psychotherapy possible to New York City.  All Refresh Clinicians are trained in psychotherapy, counseling, and diagnosis of mental health conditions and have completed their degrees and training at top-tier graduate programs.  We believe in authenticity. Our clinicians are genuine, and will never act in a manner that is “salesy” or judgmental. Furthermore, in staying true to our social work roots, our team is dedicated to volunteerism and community affairs and strive both in and outside of the office to make the world a better place.

Meet Our Clinical Staff

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Wananan Phualek, LMSW, CAPP

Clinician

Wananan is trained in Energy Psychology, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness practices, Meditation, and Mental Health First Aid. She has also assisted at 15 of Getting the Love You Want Couples Weekend Workshops led by Harville Hendrix, PhD and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD. Wananan is passionate about creating a safe space for people to explore their life transitions and challenges. She gives them concrete tools to transform their emotional pain into a path of healing and growth. She works with adolescents, young adults, adults, and couples. It is her mission to help her clients achieve their personal and professional goals while enhancing their well-being. She believes in mind, body, and spiritual connections, and teaches clients how to pay attention and integrate all three levels to deepen the healing process. She uses tools and interventions from Positive Psychology, CBT, EFT, Energy Psychology, and Imago Relationship Therapy.

Wananan was born and raised in the northeast of Thailand, Isan region. She came to the US for the first time when she was 17 years old to participate in an International Exchange Student Program for one year, where she stayed with a host family and attended a high school near St. Louis, MO. After that, she went back to Thailand and completed a bachelor’s degree in business. She went on to earn her Certification in Applied Positive Psychology Training. Wananan earned her MSW at New York University Silver School of Social Work.

Wananan is passionate about self-care and teaches “Flourishing and Resilience” workshops to empower others to nurture and affirm themselves. She practices mindful breathing, meditation, and yoga regularly. She teaches Thai cooking to couples, called “Cooking for Connection”. She values and fosters harmonious resolution of conflict, as well as teaching conscious communication to couples. Moreover, she also supports first-generation college students in receiving the necessary resources to help them achieve their academic goals and enhance their well-being.

Wananan loves living and working in NYC. She has met many interesting people who share similar values and loves the exchange of ideas and diversity of cultures. She enjoys attending events and workshops to continue her training.

Rachel Parodneck, LMSW

Clinician, Media & Content Coordinator

Rachel grew up in New Jersey and moved to New York City to attend  New York University where she studied psychology and art at Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Rachel received her Master of Science in Social Work graduate degree at Columbia University School of Social Work. Her clinical interests include treating individuals experiencing substance use disorders and mood disorders.

Rachel believes that self-care is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. For her own self-care, she enjoys playing classical piano, perusing thrift stores and farmer’s markets and traveling.

Rachel is passionate about early childhood education and universal healthcare. She has volunteered as a tutor for elementary school aged children at Henry Street Settlement and at Housing Works, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

Rachel grew up waiting to live in New York City and has lived in Manhattan the past eleven years. The vibrancy and diversity that make up New York City are the reasons Rachel is proud to call the city home.

Chianne Green, LMSW

Clinician

As a Brooklyn native Chianne learned to appreciate all of what New York City has to offer. She attended Adelphi University where she studied psychodynamic theories and received her undergraduate degree in Psychology. During her time at Adelphi she worked with family, youth, and children to ensure a safe and nurturing environment for everyone thrive and reach their full potential. She also volunteered at Rely for Life, an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Chianne went on to Columbia University School of Social Work to receive her Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Practice & Programming and specialization in Contemporary Social Issues. There she began training and honing her skills in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. While at Columbia she worked in various practice settings including social service agencies, homeless shelters, and school-based programs. With the common goal of providing clients the tools they need to cope with life challenges. In her spare time she attended evens and rallies for Black Lives Matter.

Chianne’s therapeutic style includes a combination of Psychodynamic modalities, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques and Motivational Interviewing. She has
furthered her clinical training at the Beck Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her clinical interests include helping clients address challenges and providing them with the support and tools to address their problems.

In her free time Chianne enjoys eating out, going to the gym, and attending concerts and Broadway shows. She also enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures.

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Dani Wolberger, LMSW

Clinician

Dani is originally from Livingston, NJ and is thrilled to finally call New York home after so many years of visiting. She attended George Washington University in D.C., studying business and public policy, trying to figure out how to combine her two passions. After working for Deloitte Consulting, she struggled to find connection to the individuals who we were being impacted by the work and yearned to have more contact than just problem solving. After speaking with many people, she came to understand how the field of social work would bring her fulfillment by helping others who have experienced different life events, so she headed home to get her MSW from New York University.

Dani has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients, including in the foster care system as well as the New York public school system, where she has helped clients address anxiety, depression, and self-confidence issues, providing them with tools to take on the stressors that the natural transitions of life can bring. Dani has worked with clients to overcome generational trauma, helping them to take control of the future they see for themselves despite their current circumstances. Dani believes in the power of relationships and feels strongly that there needs to be a bond built on trust between client and clinician in order for truly impactful work to be accomplished.

In her free time, Dani enjoys spending time with her dog Stella, checking out new restaurants, traveling, and listening to music.

Olivia Alvizo, LMSW

Clinician

Olivia was born in Chicago but has lived in Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Shortly after college, Olivia made the curious decision to pack up 3 suitcases and move to New York City. She’s lived in Washington Heights and Brooklyn before moving to Westchester County. Olivia was working as a case manager in Manhattan when she decided that her true passion was being able to connect with others and help them reach their goals. In 2015, Olivia was a recipient of the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene Scholarship which allowed her to receive her Master of Social Work degree from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. 

Olivia has several years of experience providing services to a diverse group of adults and families impacted by homelessness, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, schizophrenia, HIV/AIDS, childhood trauma, PTSD, history of incarceration, and/or substance use. More specifically, Olivia has studied the impact of substance use on family systems and how the traits of living with an alcoholic or substance using parent(s) can negatively impact children in their adult life. Olivia believes it is possible for all humans to heal and recover from their traumatic experiences. Olivia’s therapeutic style stems from a person centered and strengths based perspective. In addition, Olivia utilizes Cognitive Behavioral techniques and Motivational Interviewing to help people meet their life goals. Olivia creates a safe and inviting space for all folks by being flexible, non-judgmental, and empathic. Olivia’s clinical interests include, but not limited to, working with self-identified Adult Children of Alcoholics, and any person who is confronted with anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder. 

Although Olivia lives in Yonkers she finds herself constantly communicating to NYC because she lives off the hustle and bustle. Olivia loves to go to Broadway shows, journaling, eating delicious food, spending time with loved ones, and going to the movies. 

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Ammari Edwards, LMSW

Clinician

Ammari was born and raised in Massachusetts. As a youth she was familiar with Brooklyn, NY having attended second grade here and visiting her late grandparents and cousins during several summer vacations. Ammari acquired her undergraduate degree at Framingham State University studying Sociology and Psychology. She earned her MSW while attending NYU’s Silver School of Social Work.

For several semesters Ammari was a notetaker for classmates with learning disabilities and worked as a tutor for students learning Sociology at FSU. She served 1700 hours, over 10 months, in a underserved school as a City Year Boston Americorps member during her gap year before her MSW. While completing her MSW, Ammari was initiated into Phi Alpha Delta Honor Society and began constructing homes for those in need with Americorps Habitat for Humanity NYC. Between 2015 and 2016, she began activism at social justice rally’s in Brooklyn, New York, as well as Washington, DC’s Million Man March for Black lives after a stream of videotaped police brutality.

As a four-year postgraduate professional Ammari has already provided therapy in a variety of clinical settings including: elementary schools, opioid treatment programs, crisis and suicide intervention hotlines, foster care agencies, and homeless shelters. She remains passionate, open minded, and demonstrates empathy while helping any person in need. Ammari has experience supporting a wide range of clients from children as early as four years old up to those classified as senior citizens. She has assisted individuals with various mental health, behavioral health, family and relationship concerns. Ammari’s past clientele were treated while overcoming social emotional learning disabilities, depression, anxiety, suicidal or homocidal ideations, PTSD, panic disorders, addiction to alcohol, drugs, or problem gambling, family and relationship conflict, economic hardship as well as domestic violence. She is trained in Mental Health First Aid, and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and has utilized motivational interviewing, strength based approach, trauma focused CBT, play therapy, expressive arts therapy, and group therapy to aid clientele.

Ammari is a advocate for self-care and routinely rotates between various enjoyable interests and hobbies such as: entertaining her newborn baby, cruising her longboard, exploring vegetarian/vegan food with her best friend, indulging in Netflix, shopping on Amazon, singing and dancing to favorite songs, and creating art. Ammari’s spiritual practices include reading about energy, vibrations, and frequencies, using crystals, learning African spiritual science, developing yoga skills, and improving meditation abilities.    

Nicole DeMarco, LMSW, RYT

Clinician

Nicole attended Stony Brook University for six years first obtaining her bachelors in psychology and sociology and then earning her masters in social work. As a therapist, Nicole holds space for healing and creates a warm and safe environment for clients to express themselves. She utilizes a strengths based perspective and incorporates multiple evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Nicole is also a yoga teacher having completed a 200-hour teacher training in Bali, Indonesia. She offers a holistic and eclectic approach to therapy by fostering a healthy mind-body connection with the application of yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques.

Nicole was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and loves the diversity, artistry, and restaurants it has to offer. Outside of the office, you can find Nicole listening to a podcast while walking through the park. She is dedicated to her personal growth and self-care and enjoys reading, dancing, and traveling. She is passionate about equal rights, medical freedom, and non-toxic living. Working with Nicole will leave you feeling empowered and confident to tackle any obstacle that may come your way.

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Anika Seidman-Gati, LMSW

Clinician

Anika is a clinical social worker who takes a psychodynamic, person-centered, and strengths-based approach to psychotherapy, tailoring the process to meet the unique needs of each of her clients. Through empathy and accountability, she works with individuals to explore and identify the motivations behind their behaviors, in order to help them make empowered and healthy choices.

Anika has a passion for working with and supporting individuals who are dealing with relationship stress, life adjustments and transitions, body image and self-esteem concerns, and anxiety and depression. As a clinician, she believes in nurturing physical and emotional health as part of a holistic approach to wellness, in order to achieve balance and happiness. With a strong conviction in the benefit and need for self-care, Anika prioritizes physical fitness in her daily life.

Outside of her time at Refresh Psychotherapy, Anika works at the Counseling and Wellness Services office at Hunter College, providing individual counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focused psychoeducation workshops on topics including mastering anxiety, stress management, preventing procrastination, and fostering healthy relationships, among others. She previously worked with a community-based crisis response network, providing support to at-risk individuals in the greater New York City area.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Anika earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree from Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work.

Rachel Grossman, LMSW

Clinician

Rachel is a native New Yorker, who completed her graduate education in the greatest city on Earth.  She holds a Masters in Clinical Social Work and has training in CBT, DBT, trauma therapy, motivational interviewing, meditation, and therapeutic dance.

Rachel applies a holistic approach to her therapeutic style, incorporating mindfulness, coming home to the body, and faith in the intrinsic healing power of each individual. She strives to  create a safe space for her clients to facilitate a strong therapeutic relationship. Rachel’s ongoing clinical training includes the Hakomi method (a form of body centered psychotherapy), as well as other forms of somatic expression therapy which emphasize the mind-body-spirit connection.

Rachel has extensive experience facilitating workshops on topics such as self-esteem, women’s issues, mindfulness, and depression. She has also facilitated therapeutic dance sessions, art therapy groups, and meditation workshops.

Rachel specializes in working with victims of trauma and abuse, individuals who experience symptoms of depression and anxiety, and people struggling with issues of confidence or low self-esteem.  She also enjoys working with highly sensitive people, creative individuals, families, and couples.

Through her work with local youth and adults who struggle with serious and persistent mental illness at Brooklyn Community Services, Rachel maintains a strong belief in the inherent value of every human being.  She firmly believes that regardless of sexual identity, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, or racial background, all people deserve the upmost respect and quality of care.

As a Brooklyn native, Rachel is drawn to the cultural diversity of New York City, abundant access to the arts, architecture, and the numerous eclectic cafes and restaurants. A writer, poet and artist, Rachel is an avid reader, painter, dancer, and cat lover who spends a considerable amount of time in nature.

 

 

 

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Heather Doughty, LMSW

Clinician

Heather is a clinician who is mainly informed by psychodynamic, relational, person-centered, trauma-informed, social justice-oriented and strengths-based approaches to psychotherapy. Heather works with her clients to build a relationship based on trust in order to co-create a safe, supportive and accepting environment which fosters growth, healing and positive life changes. 

Heather has extensive experience working with LGBTQ-identified individuals as well as those living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. Heather has offered care to individuals with various life experiences and challenges including: anxiety, depression, psychosis, relationship issues, childhood trauma, sexual assault, and domestic violence. 

Heather is originally from Montclair, NJ and grew up making frequent visits to NYC. She is thrilled to have returned to the area, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY after spending over 10 years in Philadelphia. During this time, Heather attended Bryn Mawr College for her graduate degree in social services and she is currently a licensed social worker in New York as well as Pennsylvania. 

For the past 5 years, Heather has served on the organizing committee for the March To End Rape Culture, an annual event in support of survivors of sexual assault which takes place in Philadelphia. She also enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, hiking, watching Netflix with her cat, and cooking. 

Aneela Choudhary, LMSW

Clinician

 

Aneela was born and raised in Queens, New York. She pursued an undergraduate Psychology degree at Queens College and a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University. She’s always held a great interest in understanding mental health illnesses and human psychological development. Having worked with diverse age groups, from young children and adolescents to adults and older adult populations, Aneela enjoys connecting with her clients through a positive therapeutic relationship.

Aneela has been an avid volunteer since her adolescence and has held a social justice lens

through her work. Aneela’s background includes serving underserved populations, which include: those impacted by the criminal justice system, those who suffer from mental health illnesses, and elderly adults. Aneela draws from a holistic psychotherapy approach, which align with her personal mission of helping clients in their personal growth, while ensuring their overall well-being. She uses motivational interviewing, reminiscence therapy, and psychoanalytic approaches with her clients. Aneela is a trained past life  regression hypnotherapist who helps clients to surface conscious and unconscious elements of the mind to deepen their healing process. Aneela additionally uses mindfulness intervention practices, NLP (Neuro-Linguistics Programming) and mental health first aid to best support her clients. Through her background working with diverse populations and communities, Aneela has gained a heightened level of awareness, which she uses to help clients clarify their own values and direction in life. She supports clients as they identify symptoms, build consciousness around behavioral, relational and thought patterns that affect their ability to thrive and be the best version of themselves.

As a lifelong Queens resident, Aneela enjoys exploring the immense diversity of her home borough (the most ethnically diverse area in the world!). As an avid photographer, Aneela spends most of her free time exploring museums and other parts of New York City by foot with her camera in tow. She practices meditation for self-care and self-hypnosis for self-improvement.

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Bianca Nieto, LMSW

Clinician

For Bianca, mental health is not simply a career, it is her passion. Bianca earned her BSW from George Mason University and it’s there where her passion for social work began. At GMU, she became fascinated and inspired by what social workers do and the momentous change their work has on the populations they serve. She spent two semesters interning with an after school program at an affordable housing complex where she helped children cope with their immigration trauma, a personally important matter to her. In addition, she helped conduct research highlighting the barriers the transgender community faces accessing medical care. A year after graduating, Bianca earned her MSW from New York University-Silver School. As a student, she interned at Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare. There she had the privilege of working with amazing people who gave her amazing hands-on experience. Her clients proudly preached, “The books don’t teach you everything about mental health” and they were right! 

Bianca has experience working with young adults living with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, issues coping with life transitions, trauma, personality disorders, and OCD. Her therapy style includes a combination of tools and interventions from DBT, motivational interviewing, CBT, goal setting and positive psychology. Tools such as meditation, yoga, and mindfulness are also used by Bianca in treatment. Bianca believes taking the essential steps to better one’s mental health does not necessarily mean turning one’s life upside down. In fact, she makes it her goal to create treatments consisting of a variety of techniques including focusing on healthy aspects of your life you find enjoyable. She is enthusiastic and dedicated to finding the best ways for one to improve their life. Bianca makes it a point to stay up to date with the new advances within the mental health field. 

Bianca grew up in New Jersey, about 10 minutes outside of Manhattan. New York City has been her backyard her whole life. Bianca enjoys spending time at her local yoga studio both practicing and volunteering. Yoga is not her only hobby, she writes, enjoys walking in nature, and going to the movies. Since she was a child, she has enjoyed volunteering year-round for The New Jersey Camp for Blind Children with her family.