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 Team
Keeley Teemsma, MA, MSW, LCSW, AATP
Founder and CEO
Keeley is a lifelong New Yorker with over a decade of experience. She received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Sociology from CUNY John Jay College. She went on to receive her MA in Sociology from CUNY Queens College and worked as a researcher prior to attending New York University where she obtained her MSW in Clinical Social Work. She earned her SIFI Certificate (Seminar in Clinical Field Instruction) at Adelphi University. She also has studied Animal-Assisted Therapy at Animal Behavior Institute. Her cat, Emmett, has been named Brooklyn’s most beloved therapy cat. Keeley has participated in various trainings and workshops in relationship counseling, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Personality and Character Disorders, cognitive rehabilitation, and electronics addiction.
Keeley founded Refresh as a place for clinicians to be treated fairly and with respect, receive clinical supervision to enrich the patient experience, and to incorporate professional ethics every step of the way. Through her work, she hopes to empower women and young adults to achieve their dreams and to respect people (and animals!) from all walks of life.
Keeley is dedicated to improving the quality of the US mental health system, participates annually in the New York City NAMI walk, and volunteers every week with a local animal rescue group.
Keeley stays proactive about her mental health by lifting weights, spending time outdoors, reading lots of non-fiction selections, and socializing animals in need of adoption.
Rachel Parodneck, LMSW
Rachel grew up in Maplewood, NJ. She attended 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.
Charles Perry, LMSW
Charles is a native New Yorker who wouldn’t have it any other way. After obtaining his undergraduate degree at St. John’s University, he went on to pursue his MSW in Clinical Social Work at Adelphi University. After graduation, he worked in Upstate New York where he supervised a psychiatric emergency department in an area that was lacking in sufficient mental health services. He felt passionate about bringing quality mental health care to economically depressed communities and moved back to New York City to pursue a role as a family clinician on an Assertive Community Treatment Team where he works with adults with serious and persistent mental illness. He splits his time between community mental health and working at Refresh.
Charles has clinical interests in treating anxiety, depression, and self esteem, to name a few. He has a client-centered approach and utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities, with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectic Behavioral therapies. He enjoys working with couples as well as individuals of all ages.
Charles loves NYC and would not want to work anywhere else. He enjoys the fast paced environment, diverse population and variety of lunch options.
In his free time, Charles enjoys writing, rewatching Seinfeld episodes and catching a Mets game. He is a strong supporter of de-stigmatizing mental health so people feel comfortable seeking the help they need and deserve. Charles proudly participates in the annual Queens-Long Island NAMI Walk and volunteers at a local soup kitchen.
Catherine Proto, LMSW, MBSR Cert.
Born and raised in New York, Catherine is more than equipped to help her fellow New Yorkers cope with whatever stressors come their way. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Health Studies at Siena College. Catherine then attended Adelphi University where she studied Clinical Social Work and received her MSW degree. She also went on to obtain a post-graduate certificate in Mindfulness-Based Tools and Practices for Health Care and Mental Health Care Providers (MBSR).
Catherine has clinical interests in treating anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues. She also specializes in mood disorders, relational issues and life transitions. Clinically, Catherine’s approaches include use of Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, as well as implementing aspects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques. Catherine loves working with people from various different backgrounds, education and personal styles.
There are various reasons for issues with mental health. Mental health problems can affect anyone. It affects all people equally regardless of gender, religion, socio-economic status or ethnicity. Some causes of depression and anxiety are life transitions; whether they are transitions for you personally or professional. When life starts to feel like it is getting out of control is sometimes when these feelings can arise.
Self-care activities are important for everybody. Catherine enjoys working out whether it is in the gym or outside walking. She is also an avid reader and going to the beach with a suspenseful thriller.
She loves working and living in the New York City area. Professionally, she is connected with many different types of trainings and continuing education. Catherine loves that in NYC, she is regularly introduced to different food, music and people all within a short train ride.
Catherine walks each year in the Queens-Long Island NAMI walk. She hopes to inspire young women to pursue their goals and stay true to themselves.
Lana Lorenzo, LMSW
Lana is a native New Yorker who appreciates the social and cultural milieu her state, and more so city, are known for. She obtained her graduate degree in social work from Fordham University and also has her undergraduate degree in Nutrition Science. She believes wellness thrives best in the intersections of physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual vitality. Lana’s educational training includes a broad focus on human development, and the sociocultural, political and unconscious forces that influence the personal, professional and domestic spheres of everyday life.
Lana approaches her clinical work with an unwavering commitment to help other people explore, articulate and weave in a nuanced manner the many narratives constituting the story of their lives. Her experiences, among other, include working with persons living with chronic illnesses, as well as with severe and persistent mental illness within an organization, dialysis center, and hospital mental health clinic. She has also worked with individuals struggling with anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia. She will utilize a tailored individualized approach to treatment, either through a psychodynamic lens, or by other means which may better fit the individual.
Outside of direct care, Lana continues to educate herself on racial, ethnic and socioeconomic perceptions that underpin unjust ideas of the “other.” She has also devoted much of her time volunteering at a youth organization and teaching nutrition in underserved communities.
Lana believes self-care is non-negotiable. She enjoys high-interval training, a great cuisine with friends and family, international travel, film and writing. She strives to assist others with strengthening their human connectivity — something she believes is germane to the transformative force in meaningful relationships.
Wananan Phualek, LMSW, CAPP
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.