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Meet the Team

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

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Alexandra Mejia (She/Her), 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.


Daniel Mejia (He/Him), LMSW, SIFI

Clinical Resident Supervisor

I was always taught to be curious and not judgmental. My mother, an LCSW herself, did her best to instill in me a sense of morality, ethics, and empathy, which guide me on a daily basis. I regularly tell people I wasn't parented, I was therapized. Practicing therapy is something I was raised to do, and have become increasingly passionate about it as I age.

I started working with children at the age of 14 and quickly learned about my passion for helping children and families. I have worked at Community Centers as a Program Coordinator for After School Programs, and later moved on to being the Clinical Social Worker at BronxCare Health Systems' Pediatric Unit. I have toured the country as a professional musician and have participated in theatre shows across New York. Other things I am passionate about include film, science fiction, comic books, and animals.


Rayna Friedman (She/Her), MSW Candidate

Clinical Resident, leaving August 2023

In 2016, Rayna graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in Marketing. After six years working in the non-profit development space, she realized her innate strengths and passion would be more suited to counseling in the mental health field. Rayna is currently thrilled to be pursuing her MSW at Columbia University with a focus in clinical practice. 

Deeply empathetic in nature, Rayna is committed to providing an open, trusting environment to clients. With a strong respect for both clients' individual needs and the collaborative nature of therapy, she is truly honored to have the chance to work with clients on meeting personal goals and making positive changes in their lives. Rayna's therapeutic interests include both cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy, talk therapy, self-exploration, mindfulness, and more. 


Shay Nabi (They/Them), MHC Candidate

Clinical Resident through June 2024

I am a graduate of Hunter College with a bachelor's in Psychology, and currently pursuing a master's in Mental Health Counselling, also at Hunter College. I value the ideals held in humanistic, person-centered therapy, as well as narrative therapy and gestalt therapy, and lean towards an integrative approach that combines evidence-based methods with personal touches that give credit to the individuality of each person I meet. In my free time, I enjoy drawing, and reading fantasy and sci-fi novels.


I have always seen counseling as a conversation. I believe that as a therapist, my job is first and foremost to listen to your story, and to understand how you communicate; how you see the world, and work towards understanding your goals within the world that you see. I approach therapy from the perspective that cultural differences necessitate unique approaches, whether that is with regards to working through personal goals or interpersonal conflicts. I have worked with people of all ages and various cultures, with those that have physical disabilities and those who are neurodivergent, as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community. To that end, though not all of my experience is in therapeutic work, I believe that the intrinsic nature of therapy as communication is what has brought me here.


Sarah Dai (She/Her), BA Candidate

Administrative Intern

I am a senior at Binghamton University, pursuing my bachelor's degree in Psychology with a keen interest in social and industrial-organizational psychology. My academic journey in understanding the complexities of the human mind began in high school after taking a psychology course where I fell in love with the subject. Driven by a strong sense of empathy and a genuine interest in understanding the individual differences that make each person unique, I believe that psychology has the power to make a positive impact on people's lives. 

I wholeheartedly believe respect, compassion, and a non-judgmental attitude are the most important qualities to foster an environment of trust and empowerment. I hope to not only dive deeper into learning about the different mental health treatments and counseling but also to make a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of individuals along their journey toward psychological well-being. In my free time, I enjoy trying new restaurants and watching TV series on Netflix. 

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