Neesa Sunar is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) who resides in Queens, New York. She has several years of experience working with clients with Serious Mental Illness conditions, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. She is also experienced in assisting adults with mild developmental disabilities.
I am a New York state licensed social worker who focuses on developing a strong therapeutic relationship that fosters trust and collaboration. I believe therapy is a journey of healing and growing. You are welcome to bring your struggles and wounds, parts of yourself that you embrace, and parts that you may not be so proud of. We will work together on self-exploration and discovery to better understand overwhelming experiences and grow from difficult times. As a bilingual therapist (mandarin), I hold a multicultural perspective. I also work flexibly to tailor each individual’s therapy to their unique needs regardless of the personalities, cultures, sexuality, gender, religion, class, or ethnicities. My clinical approach incorporates psychodynamic, mindfulness, trauma-informed, and strength-based therapies.
Thinking about or deciding to start therapy takes bravery and vulnerability. My goal is to provide a warm, nonjudgmental environment so that you feel safe exploring areas of your life that are preventing you from enjoying it fully. Wherever you are in your journey, I will meet you there and help you get to where you would like to be. My approach is trauma-informed and culturally responsive. I use cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and insight-oriented therapies to help build on existing strengths, learn new skills, and identify patterns of thought and behavior that are no longer serving you. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in residential, school, and legal settings, creating a diverse psychotherapeutic approach to many issues, including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship and attachment difficulties, and behavioral issues.
René has clinical experience working in a variety of settings, university campus, emergency and outpatient psychiatry. In addition to Valera Health, René is on staff at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in the Division of Pediatric Psychiatry. René currently sees patients for individual psychotherapy as well as co-leads therapy groups for adolescent and adult patients impacted by HIV and other chronic medical illnesses. Rene is fluent in Spanish and his specialties include medication management, LGBTQIA+ issues, depression, and anxiety.
Sam is a relational and strengths-based therapist. Her specialties include LGBTQIA+ matters, substance use, trauma/complex PTSD, depression, and anxiety. She practices eclectically, utilizing various evidence-based interventions. As a relational therapist, she believes in the healing power of having an authentic therapeutic relationship with you. Through your partnership with Sam, she will strive to help you find peace in your body and mind, explore your inner-world, and gain tools that will help you make meaningful changes in your life.
Neha Uberoi uses a strengths-based holistic approach to address the emotional needs of her clients to help them achieve their individual goals and improve overall wellbeing.
Barbra focuses on creating a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment to work collaboratively to achieve individual, group, and/or family goals. Barbra values the importance of relationship-based work and applies elements of the Strengths Perspective, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Practice, and Motivational Interviewing to improve emotional and behavioral health and well-being.
Sarah (she/her) is a LMSW that specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults. She uses a client-centered approach to therapy as she believes that the client is the expert in their own life. Sarah is dedicated to helping to guide and support her clients as they begin to understand themselves better and feel empowered to become their own vehicle for change. Sarah utilizes evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Mindfulness. However, her approach is individualized to meet the specific needs and goals of each client. Sarah focuses on working side by side with her clients on honing their coping skills in order to create with them a future in which they are flourishing and mentally grounded.
Ayoka Solomon, LMSW, is a dedicated mental health therapist passionate about helping individuals find their path to emotional well-being. She offers clients a safe and empathetic space to explore their challenges and build resilience. Ayoka’s compassionate and non-judgmental approach fosters trust and growth. She specializes in anxiety, depression, LGBTQIA+ issues, substance misuse, and trauma; utilizing evidence-based modalities to empower clients on their healing journey. In her free time, Ayoka enjoys writing and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Evelyn is an LMSW with a background in psychology, gender studies, and the arts. She has worked with immigrant families, survivors of gender-based violence, children, adolescents and adults.