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Meet the Team

“The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

Meet the Team: Team Members
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Alexandra Mejia, LMHC, C-PD, CCTP II


My core values surround the idea of acceptance in all-encompassing ways, including sexuality, gender identity, culture, race, justice, family, and self. This is very easy to see in my therapeutic approach as I bring a non-judgmental stance to every client that comes into my office regardless of their identity, the color of their skin, or their life experience. I will treat you the same whether you have a criminal history, were abused in some way, or just need to address your symptoms. This is because your reasons for coming to therapy are always the same: To seek help and create a positive change in your life. That is what I'm here for; I’m not here to judge you, your behaviors, or your past.

In high school, I first got the idea of going into psychology as, throughout my adolescence and emerging adulthood, I experienced symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trauma. I went through my own therapeutic journey and learned to cope with these challenges. I worked in sales, as a teacher’s assistant, with autistic children, and as a care coordinator, interacting with different types of people. As a result, I became more and more curious about what makes people behave the way they do and that curiosity led me to study forensic mental health counseling. I strongly believe that my varied experience helps me understand my clients on a deeper level and my curiosity helps me in working with my clients; often, they have similar curiosities about themselves.

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Maria Szabo, MHC Candidate

Clinical Intern

After thirty years of being an educator, twelve years working directly with adolescents who have emotional and behavioral difficulties, Maria is excited to be making the shift to counseling.  Maria is currently finishing her MA in Mental Health Counseling at Hunter University while already holding a BA in Psychology from Bowdoin College and an MA in Special Education from Lesley University.

Maria has taken trainings with Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk and other specialists in the area of trauma related disorders and is a practitioner of Insight meditation and Iyengar yoga.  Her therapeutic interests include narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, existential therapy, gestalt and psychodynamic approaches, always within the context of a humanistic, client centered therapeutic relationship.


Nicole Andres, MHC Candidate

Clinical Intern

Nicole desires to provide a warm, welcoming environment to her clients and practice with curiosity and empathy. As a second-generation Filipina American, a multicultural approach to counseling is invaluable to her. Nicole is also interested in client-centered therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Throughout her career, she hopes to help raise awareness for mental health, especially in the Asian American community. 

Nicole is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling at Queens College, City University of New York. Previously, she graduated from Rutgers University - New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. 

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