Suffolk County Therapists

Therapists & Counselors for Adoptive Families in New York

Ash Psychological Services, LLC / Eva M. Ash, Ph.D

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: I am a clinical psychologist in private practice for over a decade, and I see adults, families, and couples. I specialize in adoption parenting where I help parents figure out whether the issues they are seeing in their children are adoption related or are a result of typical developmental stages or a mental health concern. We will work together to develop a plan that will help your family function at its best.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, New York State Licensed Psychologist Member, American Psychological Association Member, New York State Psychological Association Member, Suffolk County Psychological Association Member, Adoptive Parents Committee Member, Adoption and Foster Care Therapists Network
  • Insurance Accepted:Some insurance accepted for some services. Call to discuss your plan.
  • Contact: Eva M. Ash, Ph.D.
  • Address: 44 Elm Street Suite 8 Huntington, NY 11743
  • Phone: 631-327-0115
  • Email: doctorash@mac.com
  • Website:  http://www.calmparenting.com

Behavioral Mental Health Counseling PLLC

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Behavioral Mental Health Counseling PLLC assists individuals, families, groups and organizations throughout Long Island and the five boroughs of New York City with mental health counseling. Through my clinical practice I provide counseling, psychotherapy, clinical assessment, evaluation, treatment planning, case management, prevention, discharge, and aftercare services to individuals, families, groups and organizations. My main focus consists of providing behavior modification and cognitive behavior therapy. Even though these are our my primary techniques that I practice I will work with you in a flexible and comprehensive manner to best meet your needs.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: M.P.S. LMHC
  • Insurance Accepted: I currently do not contract with any insurance companies. I will provide you, if requested, an invoice which you can submit to your insurance company for possible third party reimbursement however it is your responsibility to verify the specifics of your coverage.
  • Contact: Richard Anemone
  • Address: 2 Windsor Place , Lynbrook, NY 11563
  • Phone: 516-523-6053
  • Email: richard.anemone@bmhc-ny.com

Child & Family Psychological Services

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: I work with children and adults both individually and as a family. I have 20 years of experience working with children in the foster care system, specializing in work with children from backgrounds of trauma and neglect. I practice Attachment Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and play therapy.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: I earned my Masters degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. I am a certified LCSW. I have completed advanced training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. 
  • Insurance Accepted: No insurance is accepted directly, however, I am able to assist with insurance submission for out of network mental health benefits.
  • Contact: Lorna Bosak, LCSW-R
  • Address: 1811 West Jericho Turnpike; Suite 106E Smithtown, New York 11787
  • Phone: 631-265-9850
  • Email: lbosak@optonline.net
  • Website: http://www.childandfamilypsychservices.com/

Community Family Growth Services

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Individual, couple and family counseling. As an adoptive parent I am well aware of the issues families face before during and after an adoption or adoptions. As a family therapist I am trained to help those families through those transitions.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: MS in Mental Health Counseling. NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor; NYS Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; National Board Certifications: National Certified Counselor (NCC); Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS); Certified Family Therapist (CFT). Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor credentials from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
  • Insurance Accepted: No insurance, sliding scale
  • Contact: Judith Ritterman
  • Address: 181 Greenbelt Parkway, Holbrook, NY 11741
  • Phone: 631-472-9616
  • Email: JLR1@optonline.net
  • Website: http://cfgs.homestead.com/

Debbie Lyons

Practice Setting: Private Practice

Services Provided: As a therapist with a family orientation, I work with children, teens and adults to address difficult adjustments, past traumas, attachment issues, and integrating into new families. I have worked for years with foster care families in a child abuse agency and collaborated closely with DSS workers and other professionals to advocate for the unique needs of these children. I am trained in evidenced based approaches as well a play therapy, the language of children.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Advanced Trauma Studies Certificate, Long Island Chapter President for New York Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Insurance Accepted: Out-of-network, sliding scale
  • Address: 520 Franklin Avenue, Ste L3, Garden City, NY 11530
  • Phone: (516) 714-4308
  • Email: DebbieLyonsLMFT@gmail.com

Diane Kopitowsky

Practice Setting: Private Practice

Services Provided: Attachment-focused family therapy. This work, while often thought to be only helpful to those who have been institutionalized and adopted, is helpful to most children experiencing difficulty. The parent/s/caregiver/s are crucial to the success of the treatment. I treat children of all ages, even under one year old. I serve anyone who can make it to my Nassau-county office and this has included people from New York City, Upstate New York, and all of Long Island.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: MSW; LCSW; Ph.D Candidate
  • Insurance Accepted: I will slide the scale if necessary and am open to making a single case arrangement with insurance companies but prefer not to be listed on insurance panels.
  • Other Language: Some French
  • Address: 708 Glen Cove Ave, Glen Head, NY 11545
  • Phone: 516-236-0791
  • Email: diane444@optonline.net

Dr. Howard Gurr

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: For over 25 years, I have been affiliated with hospitals, clinics, and school districts on Long Island. I work with children aged five and up and their families. I utilize a cognitive behavioral approach to help children and their families get along better and improve how they communicate with one another. In order to help children I believe it is necessary to integrate my services and recommendations with their parents, schools, pediatricians and other medical specialists

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations:I have earned two Masters Degrees in psychology and a Ph.D. in Professional Psychology with a dual specialization in Clinical and School Psychology. I am both a certified school psychologist and a licensed psychologist in New York State. I am affiliated with The American Psychological Association, New York State Psychological Association, Suffolk County Psychological Association and Nassau County Psychological. Association.
  • Insurance Accepted: Insurance plans are not accepted but sliding scale is utilized.
  • Address: Nassau Office -2631 Merrick Road, Suite 205, Bellmore, NY 11710; Suffolk Office – 2 Corwin Court Dix Hills, New York 11746
  • Phone: 516-785-3834 (Nassau); 631 462-2467 (Suffolk)
  • Email: hgurr@drsgurr.com
  • Website: http://drsgurr.com/

EPIC Long Island 

Services Provided: The EPIC Clinical Care Outpatient Mental Health Services provides high quality mental health services to all adults and their families treating: anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma or exposure to violence, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, the emotional and social impact of chronic medical conditions including seizure disorders and other neurological conditions. EPIC services include: Individual, family, marital and group therapy, comprehensive biopsychosocial evaluations, psychiatric treatments and psychological testing.
Increased Child and Adolescent Services providing psychotherapist and psychiatry services  to children, adolescents and their families now provided at their East Meadow location.  Support provided in English and Spanish. Clinic is open six days a week with evening appointments available.  Intellectual and devlopmental disability programs include community habilitation, day services, medicid servce coordination, residental services  and speciality clinic services. 

  • Contact Person: Dagmar Chinchilla
  • Address: 1500 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, New York 11554
  • Email: dchinchilla@epicli.org
  • Website:

Karen Dwyer-Tesoriero, LCSW

Practice Setting: Private Practic Services Provided: Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New York with over 15 years of experience working in NYC foster care agencies in various roles. Trained in family systems theory and can provide pre and post adoption counseling. Currently, I am able to provide adoption home study services through all 5 boroughs, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam Counties. I will work with you and your attorney to complete the adoption home study.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: LCSW, Certified Anger Management Specialist, two year post graduate certificate program in Trauma Studies
  • Insurance Accepted: Depending on your insurance, therapy services (Individual, couples counseling and family therapy) may be covered through your medical insurance coverage(see website for specifics). Sliding scale available.
  • Address: 981 Bay Street, Suite 4, Staten Island, NY 10305
  • Phone: 917-626-7883
  • Email: KDTesoriero@verizon.net
  • Website: http://www.kdtesorierolcsw.net

Mary Beth Rocchio

Practice Setting: Private Practice

Services Provided: As a former middle school teacher, I include in my practice the issues faced by all children in the preteen and adolescent years. My therapy for foster and adopted children is based on attachment issues. For individuals who struggle with abandonment issues, I provide cognitive behavior therapy, brain-based strategies, and mindfulness training as well as supportive therapy through social groups for pre-teens and adolescents

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: MEd. LCSW-R,NASW, NYSUT
  • Insurance Accepted: Sliding Scale
  • Address: 14 Thea Lane, Huntington, NY 11743
  • Phone: 631-470-5549
  • Email: mrocchio@optonline.net

Sagamore Children’s Center

Practice Setting: out patient and inpatient care, respite care, individual, group and family therapy, medication management, recreation therapy and crisis intervention

Services Provided: Intensive Day Treatment Program – Children and adolescents that are dual diagnosed with high functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome and mental illness. The program’s classroom is specifically geared for youngsters 4th through 8th grade with a maximum of 45 calendar day length of stay. The Crisis/Respite Bed Program / Crisis Respite House offers a temporary voluntary out of home placement which provides a “cooling off” period for both the youngster and the parent(s). Click here for program details and options.


Maureen T. Shea, LMSW, Psychologist PC

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Individual therapy with children, adolescents, adults, ages three and up. Family and couple therapy. Play therapy. Specializing in child victims of trauma, foster care, pre-and post-adoption. Extensive experience in foster care, institutional placement, school settings, special education.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: Ph.D. in Child Psychology; Professional Diplomate (60 grad credits) in Professional Child Psychology/ School Psychological Services; Master of Social Work
  • Insurance Accepted: Medicaid; NYS Victims Bureau; sliding scale
  • Address: 568 Rte. 25A, Rocky Point, NY 11778
  • Phone: 631- 929-069

Richard Sternberg, Psy.D

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Individual, couples and family therapy. I am trained both in psychoanalysis and in cognitive-behavioral techniques. I have considerable experience in working with adoptive and blended families, including families with high degrees of conflict.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: Psy.D. in clinical psychology; Board certified in clinical psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology); Certified psychoanalyst; Certified marital and couples therapist; Recognized by National Register of Health Care Psychologists; Member, American Psychological Association.
  • Insurance Accepted: Insurance accepted on out-of-newtork basis. Sliding scale fees also available.
  • Address: 1175 West Broadway, Suite 21, Hewlett, NY 11557
  • Phone: 516-569-3869
  • Email: RRSternberg@Optonline.net

Steven Hartman

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Comprehensive psychological and psychoeducational evaluation for mental health disorders and learning deficits. Individual, group, and family psychotherapy. Specialties in ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, OCD, and Depression. I generally treat children and adolescents, ages 5-18. I have worked with numerous families of varying backgrounds throughout my private practice, in the public and private school sector, and during my tenure in a children’s inpatient psychiatric hospital. I have had many patients over the years involved in adoption, divorce, foster care, and with CPS/DSS involvement. I generally utilize a cognitive behavioral approach, but incorporate family therapy and psychodynamic treatment modalities as well.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: Licensed Psychologist NY#011481; Psy.D. Clinical-Child Psychologist; NY State Certified School Psychologist
  • Insurance Accepted: Teachers Empire Plan (Optum), United Healthcare, UBH, Magnacare, Emblem Health / GHI, Oxford, Value Options.
  • Address: 775 Park Ave, Suite 112, Huntington, NY 11743
  • Phone: 516-521-8972
  • Email: DrSteveHartman@Hotmail.com

Suffolk County Psychological Association

Services Provided: The SCPA web site has a searchable database to help you find a psychologist near you, one who treats a specific kind of problem, is in your insurance plan, or provides a specific type of treatment. In addition, the Committee for Reduced Fee Services has a list of psychologists who have volunteered to treat people without insurance for a reduced fee. Site also includes information resources, handouts and links to podcasts on a variety of subjects.

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