Meet our Team

Knowing that not one therapist can be "all things to all people" Advanced Counseling has developed a staff of Associates that are top notch experts in their respective fields. Our top priority is your care and privacy. We are not a clinic setting, rather our boutique office is designed to provide a serene and personal atmosphere for you to fully engage in the therapeutic process.

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laura asner

Laura E. Asner

ACSW, LMSW, LCSW-R Master Clinician

Renowned therapist with over 25 years of clinical experience. Founder of Advanced Counseling Associates. Education- Psychology, Sociology, Social Work with a Specialization in Alcohol and Substance Abuse. Post Masters studies at The School of Practical Philosophy and the Doctoral Program at Adelphi University. Regional Vice President for Atria Senior Living Group until 2005, Founder of Advanced Counseling Associates in 1997. Volunteer for Long Island Victims Bureau, Critical Incident Debriefing, Seasoned Clinician treating: anxiety, depression, long term psychiatric illness, victims of abuse, infertility, all forms of addiction, alcoholism, substance abuse, eating disorders, gambling; (OASAS- NY State Approved Evaluator for the Department of Motor Vehicle for DWI Evaluations). Bereavement, trauma resulting from car accidents and random acts of violence. Voted Who's Who in Long Island Business in 2005.

Areas of Specialization:
Certified in Divorce Mediation
Life Transitions
Relationship Issues
Depression
Anxiety
Addiction
Depression
Anxiety

 
 

rebecca

Rebecca Tymeck

LMSW

Rebecca Tymeck is a New York State Licensed Social Worker who earned her masters degree from Adelphi University. Rebecca has professional experience working with people of all ages, abilities and identities. Throughout the years she has helped to serve and treat a wide array of populations. Rebecca is proud to say that she has provided such treatment to individuals ranging from ages 6 to 60, tailoring her approach to each unique individual and their own specific needs.

Rebecca greatly appreciates the opportunity to work with such a beautifully diverse group of individuals. She has worked closely and passionately with the LGBTQ community, single parents, couples, families, children and adolescents, adults, trauma survivors, and those with intellectual disabilities, all varying in race, ethnicity, culture and identity. Rebecca has been humbled and honored to have provided support to such a vast population. Furthermore, she deeply respects and embraces the idea of differences amongst each and every person she encounters. Rebecca has extensive experience with adolescents and young adults, where she works diligently to assist them in channeling their inner confidence to establish a strong foundation of self-worth, respect and love.

As a clinician, Rebecca believes in utilizing a strengths-based perspective, and the right to client self-determination. She is extremely passionate about her role in helping others achieve their fullest potential and the life they want to live. Rebecca believes in and values the worth, strengths, and resiliency of each individual. She has devoted herself and her work entirely to helping others maximize their mental, social and emotional well-being, one day at a time.

Areas of Specialization:
Adolescents
Gender identity
LGBTQ
Developmental Disabilities
Depression
Anxiety

 
 

Niva Correa, LMHC

Niva Correa, LMHC

LMSW

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~Winston Churchill I obtained an MS in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University and a BS in Criminal Justice with a Specialty in Forensic Psychology from St. John’s University. I previously worked at The Safe Center of Long Island in Bethpage as a Bilingual Rape and Sexual Assault Clinician. I specialize in treating clients with a wide range of sensitive matters including, but not limited to, trauma survivors of rape and sexual assault, PTSD, depression, anxiety and a wide range of modalities to identify challenges and formulate attainable goals/treatment plans for each client individually. Life is full of stressors, whether unexpected or planned. Stressful incidents can create overwhelming feelings of uncertainty even in normally resilient people. Instead of adapting and moving on with life, most get stuck for a short period of time. The recovery process should be consistent and gradual. I can assist you with getting back on track with life. "THE SECRET OF CHANGE IS TO FOCUS ALL OF YOUR ENERGY, NOT ON FIGHTING THE OLD, BUT ON BUILDING THE NEW." ~SOCRATES

Areas of Specialization:
Trauma survivors of rape and sexual assault
PTSD
Depression
Anxiety

 
 

elaineElaine “Lanie” Terrana

LMSW

Lanie is a New York State Licensed Social Worker with a master's degree from Simmons University. As the Director of Social Work at a long-term care facility, Lanie's professional experience has focused on elder care. She also has experience treating children andadolescents as well as couples and families. Lanie is a compassionate, nonjudgmental clinician who provides a safe space for her clients to thrive and achieve their goals.

Areas of Specialization:

Elder care
Bereavement
Life Transitions
RelationshipIssues
Adolescents
Anxiety
Depression


Tara Daniels

LMSW

taraTara Daniels graduated from Nyack College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and from Stony Brook University with a Master’s in Social Work. It’s been said, “Social Work is a work of heart.” Tara’s goal in therapy is to help others achieve the outcomes they seek. By providing professional guidance with compassion Tara supports individuals and families as they navigate through difficult times. She helps those she serves to realize practical solutions to their most challenging, as well as their everyday problems. Tara helps those she serves to discover their personal resources and strengths to best initiate and sustain positive changes in their lives. As well, Tara’s service emphasizes empathy, unconditional positive regard and acceptance for those she helps, believing these are best medicines for the heart.

Areas of Specialization:

Anxiety
Grief & Bereavement
Depression
Eating Disorders
Adoption Issues
Building self-esteem and Confidence
Interpersonal Relationships
Conflict Resolution
Autism/Developmental Disabilities
TBI, Trauma/PTSD
Parenting issues
Spiritual Encouragement

 
 

valerieValerie Chamberlain

LMSW

Valerie Chamberlain is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker who recevied her masters’ degree from Fordham University. She has over 20 years’ experience as a social worker and clinician working in a variety of settings including a large non-profit administering programs to assist homeless and at -risk households, outpatient clinics and in private practice settings. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals in the following areas: depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment problems, relational issues, history of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and anger and stress management issues. Valerie utilizes a variety of techniques and skills from different therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution focused Therapy, Psycho-educational Therapy and Behavioral Modification. She creates an individualized and tailored approach depending on the presenting issues and needs of the individual seeking treatment. As a clinician, Valerie is warm, open and encouraging. She implements a compassionate and non-judgmental approach to treatment which enables clients to feel safe disclosing sensitive and delicate information. Valerie utilizing a strength’s-based perspective and believes in a client’s right to self-determination. She is focused on meeting people where they are at and helping them build on their already existing strengths. Valerie is committed to helping people reach their goals and access their fullest potential for well-being.

Areas of Specialization:

Depression,
Anxiety disorders
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Adjustment problems
Relational issues
History of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse
Anger and stress management issues

 
 

lisa

Lisa Kahn

LMSW

Welcome, you’re not alone. I’m Lisa Kahn, LMSW. I am a psychotherapist with a lifetime of knowledge and expertise in solution-focused, person-centered mental hygiene. I received my MSW from StonyBrook University. I specialize in helping woman, adolescents/teens, and preteens offering a range of holistic, person-centered, solution-focused, strengths perspective, collaborative, therapeutic approaches.

When it comes to Our sessions will begin with exploring what led you to seek therapy. There are no one-size fits-all solutions. I personalize your treatment based on your unique needs, strengths, and goals. I provide a safe, warm, approachable, judgement free, empathetic, supportive, compassionate, space for
you to feel heard and understood as we work collaboratively towards your goals and what is important to you.

I offer an integrative approach, drawing from a variety of therapeutic modalities such as but are not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing, and Internal Family Systems (IFT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Areas of Specialization:
Parenting Issues
Couple Counseling
Chronic Illness
Grief/ Bereavement
Traima/ PTSD
Depression
Anxiety
Mindfulness
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Reiki Master

 
 

jenniferJennifer L. McDonough

LCSW-R

Jennifer McDonough is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience providing counseling to individuals, couples, and families. Jennifer’s experience has been primarily with the elderly population beginning with her work as a volunteer at the Brooklyn Hospice and then as a community case manager providing services and linkages/referrals for services to homebound senior citizens. After graduating from Fordham University with a Master’s in Social Work, she went on to provide psychotherapy to homebound seniors via home visits, as well as to adults, adolescents, and children in the clinic setting. Jennifer has also provided counseling to clients learning to adjust to life in assisted living facilities. Using a combination of psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies, Jennifer provides non-judgmental support and compassion to those feeling most alone and isolated. She coaches clients to feel more empowered and more confident to accomplish tasks and set new goals. Treatment is viewed as a collaborative process that through empathy, mutual work, and, at times some humor, clients can succeed in feeling better understood and accomplishing their goals.

Areas of Specialization:
Life Transtions
Parenting
Elder Care
Chronic Illness
Bereavement
Trauma
Depression
Anxiety

 
 

ryan

Ryan Duck

LMHC

Ryan has a master’s degree in Education with a specialization in School Counseling from Hofstra University and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mental Health Counseling also from Hofstra. His counseling approach is largely eclectic but based on CBT and solution focused counseling theories.

Ryan has worked as a counselor since 2013 in various roles. From 2013-2018, he worked primarily with populations under 21; Since then he has worked with clients aged 9-75. He has experience with various types of counseling: individual, family, couples and group. He has worked for government agencies, non-profit agencies, in academic settings and in a private practice.

Ryan's general belief is that life is stressful for everyone; in NY that stress can be even higher. Therefore, counseling is a way to better manage this stress - it's really as simple as that.

Some things you'll quickly notice about Ryan is that he is passionate, genuine, and non-judgmental. He is excited to help you live a better life!

Areas of Specialization:
Adolescents
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Depression
Anxiety
Relationship Issues
Attention Deficits

 
 

Richard Karelis

Evelyn Haughwout

LCSW-R

Evelyn earned her BA in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook and her Master's in Social Work from Adelphi University. She has over 25 years of experience and has worked in various settings including a residential treatment facility, community residence, and outpatient mental health clinics.

Evelyn has experience treating children as young as 5, adolescents, adults, and seniors. She utilizes modalities such as; CBT, behavioral modification and education to help individuals manage anxiety, depression, and improve relationships.

Evelyn is compassionate and strives to make her clients feel comfortable. She provides support, guidance and encouragement so her clients can lead a more rewarding and fulfilling life.

Areas of Specialization:
Adolescents
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Behavior Modification
Parenting
Depression
Anxiety

 
 

dan costello

Daniel Costello

LCSW Master Clinician

Daniel Costello started his career as a therapist healer and educator 40 years ago. He entered the United States Army as a combat medic, mental health specialist after receiving a BA from Marist College in social work. While stationed in a combat ready unit on South Korea's DMZ he became the first enlisted mental health worker to
receieve the highest peace time award after counseling and education skills helped substantially lesson the suicide attempt rate among active military in his battalion. After discharge he was accepted and attending Columbia University school of Social Work where he worked as an intern in a program that designed and advocated for Aids patients in Suffolk during the 80's.

Daniel then went on the to serve as a counselor, educator and director in the substance use and combat trauma units at the North Post VAMC for the next 30 years.

Daniel has been a professor at Suffolk Community College ST Johns, Adelphi and Endicott college in topics ranging from substance use disorder treatment, family dynamics and sundry of mental health topics for all ages and professional back grounds.

He is an author of three books and is a Rieki master and teacher as well as specialist in spiritually based psycho-therapy, substance use and PTSD, depressive / anxiety disorders. He is grounded in evidenced based practice and has been trained in Sangian Institute in New York.

In conclusion Daniel helps willing participants to observe blockages in their thoughts and lives and as co-facilitator in a brave journey, he will help anyone willing to have an open mind to the well earned pathway to peace.

Areas of Specialization:
Trauma/ PTSD
Life Transitions
Spiritual Counseling
Depression
Anxiety
Bi-polar Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Behavior
Reiki Master

 
 

tyra

Tyra Gonzalez

LCSW Master Clinician

Tyra Gonzalez, LCSW has worked in the field of Developmental Disabilities for over 30 years. At the start of her career, Ms. Gonzalez was an Instructor in a Day Program for people with a variety of disabilities, many who were moving into the community after living most of their lives in Institutions. She ran a classroom comprised of individuals with Autism and sought to provide quality programming to the individuals in her charge. The experience of developing program plans and activities while providing hands on care gave Ms. Gonzalez exceptional insight into the behavioral, cognitive and social issues faced by people with developmental disabilities.

As her career progressed, Ms. Gonzalez worked as a Program Coordinator as well Quality Assurance Specialist, and eventually became a trainer for staff who work in Group homes and Day Habilitation programs. She teaches the staff how to deal with the issues they will face on the job, and focuses on teaching the importance of developing a rapport and an understanding of the uniqueness of each individual.

Ms. Gonzalez earned an MSW at the Hunter College School of Social Work in 1997. Since that time she has provided therapy and run support groups for people with developmental disabilities, and has helped parents discuss and find ways to cope with the challenges associated with caring for a person with special needs.

Today, in addition to her duties as a Training Coordinator and Therapist, Ms. Gonzalez is an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Farmingdale, where she designed and teaches a course entitled “Developmental Disabilities: History and Service Provision”

Areas of Specialization:
Adolsecent Specialist
Developmental Disabilities
Attention Deficits
Autsim
Depression
Anxiety

 
 

Debra

Debra Terry

LCSW-R

If you are looking at this, you have made the important decision to actively seek help, which is the first step to dealing with whatever is causing you difficulty in your daily life. Now that you have made the first step, you need to choose a mental health professional who is right for you. I know this can be challenging, but I believe the most important thing in choosing a mental health professional is finding one whom you feel comfortable with and who you believe will be able to help you deal with, manage, and hopefully overcome whatever issue you are facing.
I will provide a safe, supportive environment to freely and openly discuss your concerns. My years of experience helping various people - children, adolescents, adults, and couples - whether it be for depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, or relationship issues have taught me that no two people are alike and every situation is unique.
I believe, that together we will plan coping techniques and strategies to help you face and overcome your daily stressors and manage the symptoms that impact your functioning. You and I will work as team, and in doing so, I am confident that we will achieve success.

Areas of Specialization:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Bi Polar Disorder
Trauma/ PTSD
Couple Counseling
Life transitions
Depression
Anxiety

 
 

Dr. Jeanine Fischer

24 years of experience. MSW from Adelphi University. PhD from NYU. Research in "Clinical Interventions with Divorced Families" Clinical Experience working with children adolescents and families. Consultant to colleagues in social work. Dr. Fischer has coordinated legal aid and treated culturally diverse populations. She has led groups for children of divorce and single parents. She specializes in play therapy and has done extensive work with parent guidance and has worked as a consultant for various school districts. Dr. Fischer was a lead Coordinator of Early Childhood Assessment Programs. She is a member of The Society of Clinical Social Workers.