President and Clinical Director
Clinton Michael Clovis, LMHC, CCTS-F, CAMS II: President/Clinical Director
Born and graduated from high school in Trinidad and attended the University of the West Indies School of Continuing studies where I studied psychology. At 21 years old, I began working in the prison system in Trinidad & Tobago as a Correctional Officer and Program Coordinator for Rehabilitation Services within the prisons. During this time I worked with UNESCO and traveled the Caribbean working on the development of prison rehabilitation program for implementation within the prison system in the region. These programs include adult literacy, drug rehabilitation, vocational skill development, exit support programs to name a few. My time in this position also exposed me to forensic psychology certificate training hosted by the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization.
I focus on CBT and REBT to help my clients including those with anxiety and depression. I also utilize a “person centered” approach to help my clients experience successful outcomes individually, as couples, or as a family. As an Ordained Minister, I utilize the scriptures, where needed, to address the needs of our spiritual side. I am bilingual (Spanish) affords me greater access to work with a broader population of clients in need of my help. I would say that my eclectic style leave both me and my clients more satisfied and confident that, together, we can manage any mental health condition.
Vice President and Director of Administration
Don Sinkfield LMHC, CAMS II
Vice President/Director of Administration
Don Sinkfield holds a masters degree in school and mental health counseling from Queens College. Don is certified in domestic violence intervention and certified as a level 2 Anger Management specialist. He also has post masters training in couples therapy. Don was a teacher’s assistant, teacher and school counselor in the New York City schools for 2 1/2 decades. Early in his career, he was often commended for his calming effect on students. Due to this, his interest in serving as a school counselor was piqued. In 2010 he started his mental health practice in Valley Stream, New York. His practice evolved into a partnership and became “The New Hope Mental Health Counseling. This counseling group serves a large cross section of the five boroughs and the south shore of Long Island.
As the DOA, Don oversees the administrative staff, guiding operating methods, improving information systems, overseeing human resources requirements, and developing operating procedures and policies. He is passionate about his role as a therapist and running the day to day function of the practice.
Seyma J. Alvarado, Intake Coordinator, MS, CMHC
Seyma Alvarado completed her Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona and then her Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. After completing her internship at The New Hope MHC a decision was made to keep her on the team. Seyma brought years of mental health experience across a variety of treatment settings including; private practice, Outpatient Mental Health clinic setting and community based services. Seyma is a Mexican-American counselor who is fluent in Spanish and English and utilizes modalities of cognitive-behavioral, coaching, existential, humanistic and psychodynamic to assist her clients.
Care coordination, is an integral part of The New Hope MHC operation, therefore it is vitally important, after your intake, you are assigned the right clinician to support you, your child and family. Seyma understands the processes of strong client care, from intake to clients assignment to discharge.
Oswaldo Ortiz, Operation Manger
Ozzie is responsible for the daily operation of the practice. He is instrumental in guiding the practice on a strategic path of growth. Since his coming on board, The New Hope MHCS has implemented numerous instruments of accountability that benefit our clients, clinicians and administration staff. Ozzie’s sharp mind has created insight in new developments, planning and participation by everyone at The New Hope MHCS. His love of developing people is evident in all the training classes he has conducted for our Clinical and Administrative teams.
Sharon Daniels, Billing Manager
Sharon brings over 30 years of experience in billing to the practice. Her position is to assist in the day-to-day accounting functions of the practice in accordance with current acceptable accounting and cost reimbursement principles relating to health care operations. Under her stewardship the verification of all insurance related inquiry is done. Sharon is warm and knowledgeable and can answer any of your questions that you may have regarding your insurance.
Lisa Farray Atkins
Lisa Farray-Atkins, Clinical Administrator, Ms. Ed., LMHC
I am a dedicated and experienced Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with 10 plus years of collaborative proven skills in successfully providing counseling, advisement and mentoring. My purpose continues to assist in enhancing the learning and the personal growth of individuals as they set goals for success. Through both my personal and professional growth I came to understand the potential healing power of therapy that comes with raising the consciousness of my clients. I have developed skills in working with people on ways to deepen relationships and their internal happiness as they define it using treatment modalities that includes cognitive-behavioral, coaching, existential, humanistic and psychodynamic.
I also assist in the management of client care at the practice. I engage with the clinical staff and clients to ensure regulatory compliance with it comes to client care at the practice when I am not seeing clients. My professional journey continues to be both exciting and valuable due to my life experiences, as it relates to the afforded range of opportunities of positions from Senior Case planner, managerial supervisor, program director of a preventive program to currently as Clinical Administrator of The New Hope MHCS.
Brian Valentine, LMSW: Clinical Supervisor
Sometimes people just need someone to talk to in order to actualize their goals and achieve their dreams in spite of life changes, past traumas, and anxieties. I am passionate about fostering strong therapeutic alliances with my clients in order to help them achieve their goals. I am passionate about helping my clients improve their stress management skills, develop healthy coping skills, improve mood regulation and strengthen communication skills. I specialize in the treatment of Anxiety, Depression, Relationships, and Trauma. My treatment modalities include cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic and/or stress management.
I am a Certified Field Instructor (SIFI) and enjoy working with the interns from various colleges in Social work program.
Ms. Antoinette Patricia Neil, MS Clinical Psychology
I was born and raised in NYC, but my family background is from Trinidad and Tobago, WI. I graduated Stanford Hill University with a masters in clinical psychology. My purpose is to inspire my clients, not to just “feel better” about themselves, but to feel empowered to face their most challenging situation through identifying self-imposed obstacles, self-defeating beliefs, and toxic emotional thought patterns. Experiencing first hand mental illness with my own family members and watching them struggle has taught me to show compassion and to be more supportive. I have learned to be the active listener and to focus on healing through love and caring. My goal is to be supportive of my clients and to the members to the community in which I live. I draw upon person-centered, psychodynamic, culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed therapies, as well as cognitive behavioral approaches to support my clients.
Basil N duCille, M.A., CAS MH, MHC-LP
By showing people how to identify self-imposed obstacles, self-defeating beliefs, and toxic emotional thought patterns, I have come to accept over the last 12 years that adults and children untangle the issues standing in the way of optimal health and happiness. I have an undergraduate science background in Chemistry and graduate training in Clinical Psychology plus doctoral level training in Applied Psychology. For nearly 10 years I lectured undergraduates in Psychology and Education: Brain biology, Cognitive Psychology, Perception & Attention and Psycho-metrics are favorite. I also lectured Advanced Psycho-metrics to graduates and supervised graduate and under-graduate research projects. Neuro-psychology and Brain Biology offer unique insights into your issues. As a strong Christian Minister, I offer loving, caring and confidential attention to spiritual needs as well. I work well with clients struggling with anxiety, fear, depression, stress and grief; ADHD, marital, pre-marital, relational, behavioral and parenting issues; as well as impulse control and anger management. The modalities utilized to help my clients untangle the issues that are barriers to optimal health and happiness are eclectic with primary application of CBT, Psychodynamic and Person Centered.
Christian Salcedo, MS Ed., CMHC-LP
I believe that everyone has the ability to lead a satisfying and productive life, and that it’s never too late to start. To help my clients overcome barriers to leading as satisfying and productive life I use a holistic approach that uses a blend of Motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Reality Based, and psycho-education to help individuals age 11 and up. I follows a person center approach in which he empowers individuals to find their own path. I am Dominican-American fluent in Spanish and English. I have a keen understanding of the cultural confusion associated with acculturation and the problematic behaviors that impacts the Hispanic population.
Debra Sukhoo, LMSW
If your current living situation is causing you to struggle with the direction of your life which may be interfering with your ability to live life to the fullest, I want you to know that change is possible. I have over 15 years of experience helping my clients cultivate a life they desire through validating, compassionate, solution-focused, therapy. I am passionate about helping my clients work through obstacles of attachment and trauma, anxiety, depression, individual and relationship issues.
Garfield Thomas, Ms.Ed, MHC-LP
I have a masters degree in Education/Counseling and an Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling. My approach to therapy is person-centered. My belief is that my clients are the experts of their own lives. Clients don’t come with problems, but problem situations. My focus is on the person, not the problem. My goal is for the client to achieve insight and gain greater independence and possibilities. I am merely the guide to help you cope with your problem situations through a multiplicity of therapeutic Interventions. I am highly dedicated to my client’s well-being and success.
Whether it be an adjustment issue, anxiety or depression my approach with my clients is mediated through unconditional positive regard and empathy. Adolescence is a period of emotional stress and storm. I currently work with many individuals and families dealing with problem situations related to parenting adolescents.
Gaslin Osias- MHC, CAS-MH, MA Psych.
I have over 15 years of experience working with teens and young adults in presenting with anxiety, ADHD and ODD. This experience have been useful in allowing me to come up with more effective tools for my clients to work through situations once seen as unsolvable. I am committed to providing a safe, serene, accepting and confidential setting conducive to healing and growth. Good therapy involves self-exploration. The modalities I utilize to assist my clients explore their inner strengths to heal are play therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Therapy and In Vivo Exposure Therapy.
Greg Hetmyer, MSW
Life in the 21st century has forced many people to live and make changes that are often stressful, triggering anxiety , shame, anger, self-doubt, feelings of being overwhelmed, and potentially depressed. By the time I graduated Columbia University School of Social Work; with a focus in Clinical Mental Health my life experience taught me all too well how changes can adversely impact a person. I am passionate about my therapeutic work with individuals and families, helping to empower them to develop healthy solutions that strengthen human relationships, well being, and increase their capacities to overcome life challenges brought about by life changes.
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, relationships, spirituality and trauma. I strive to create a space in which my clients can feels safe and trusting of the therapeutic relationship I share with my clients. Adolescent males that are at-risk of entering the legal system integrates both my professional training and personal experiences with the legal system to help individuals and families improve behavioral functioning and confront the psychological impact of incarceration.
Greta Lytle MsEd, MHC-LP
I am a native New Yorker that has worked as a Special Education teacher for over 20 year’s. After working as a music teacher, and other subject areas for many years, I earned a Masters in Mental Health Counseling to help individuals with emotional issues. ￼For the past few years, I’ve worked with children, adults and couples on a variety of life issues. I view therapy as a big step toward being the happiest version of yourself, and living your best life possible. As a cognitive and behavioral (CBT) therapist, I focus on helping others become more aware of their problematic thoughts and thinking patterns as they relate to behaviors, feelings, and emotions. My goal is for my client to change self-destructive behaviors and habits, resolve painful feelings, and improve relationships.
Latasha Johnson, MsEd, MFT-LP
Marriage Family Therapist
Are you angry, sad, and struggling with depression or anxiety? Does your marriage, relationships, work, and family issues cause you to feel overwhelmed? Well, I would like to be of assistance to you. You’ve likely been debating seeking help for months, if not years, but I am so glad you found me and proud of you for taking this courageous and crucial first step into shaping your life into the one that you have always wanted to live. I have the experience to help you achieve, and surpass your goals, and live a more fulfilling life. I am dedicated to helping individuals who has reached a difficult time in their marriage and family relationships work on strategies that will improve their relationships. I will provide you with marriage and family strategies so that your relationship will become more functional and healthy. I also provide individual counseling services, as well as, enjoy working with adolescents who may have a hard time adjusting to the different stages of the growth process in their life.
Anael Luc Camille, LCSW
I work with individuals, couples and families who are experiencing challenges in their functioning and relationships. I also work to engage and treat individuals struggling with substance use issues and maintaining their sobriety. I provide anger management counseling that helps in effective communication. I assist individuals who have experienced trauma in the past through improvement of affective management and CBT strategies.
I have 20+ years of clinical social work experience and employ culturally sensitive skills and practices to engage individuals in treatment. I also promote mental health through service, advocacy, and education. My goal is to aid individuals who are struggling with their mental health enhance their quality of life, lead more productive and autonomous lifestyles.
Marissa Felder, MsEd. LMHC
I am a psychotherapist who works to restore mental and emotional health of my clients. I firmly believe that people can change and enjoy life to the fullest. Along with being a New York State licensed mental health counselor, I am also a nationally certified counselor and certified mental health integrative medicine provider. My main therapeutic approaches include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Person-Centered Therapy. I work to create a space in which my clients feel safe and trusting of the therapeutic relationship I share with them by releasing entangled energy that results in a change of perception; thereby generation new neuropaths and systemic cellular regeneration.
Pat Beckles, CWDP, CPCC, JCTC, JCDC
Born in Berbice, Guyana, South America and later relocating to the United States of America while yet a child with her family, Pat became a decorated Air Force Veteran who has lived in various locations throughout Europe, Asia and Central America. She has been interested in helping people overcome challenges and expand their experiences since her days protecting this great nation. Her interest in people and their stories led to a career of career development helping clients to increase their confidence, motivation, and achieve goals. Pat works with clients as a vocational coach helping clients find new careers, balance their lives, improve their relationships, work more effectively, clarify and reach their goals, and be their best.
Pat relocated to Okinawa, Japan for the next 12 years. Five years were spent as a contractor for the Dept. of Labor as a Transition Assistance Program Facilitator, the other seven as a Federal Civilian employed by the Dept. of the Navy as a Transition Advisor/Specialist. Whilst on Okinawa, Pat assisted thousands of active duty military personnel, civilian contractors, their spouses, high school students, and incarcerated adults transition into the civilian workforce. Pat brings all this experience to you to help you better understand your right fit as you work toward becoming your best you vocationally.
NAFISA N SHATHI, MsEd MHC-LP
Psychotherapy opens space for exploration, healing and growth, acceptance that opens more space for being oneself or taking risks with new possibilities. I am passionate about assisting my clients realize that it is safe to take the risk and discover safe ways to be their authentic selves. I work well with children and adults in this regard. It is easy for anyone to become stuck in painful patterns that reinforces dysfunctional relationships, anxiety, and depression. I work side by side with my clients to bring stronger understanding to their conflicting needs and desires and witness the transforming of difficulties into strengths and success. You will find my non-judgmental, warm, creative attitude helping you to face your toughest moments. We can do this with my eclectic approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, Reality Based, and Psycho-education. My philosophy is that when people have hope and can learn to challenge and replace irrational thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes, people are free to experience change.
Michelle King – Moody, MsEd. MHC-LP, CAS
Life is a journey for all of us. We can feel confused, lost, hurt, alone, cut off, shut down and numb along the way. I’ve spent a significant amount of time daily mediating between parents and children and families on their journey to growth and discovery. I offer my clients a heart-based, unique, progressive, holistic psychotherapy style to meet their individual needs. I welcome the opportunity to work with you in a collaborative and nonjudgmental atmosphere supporting you to reach your creative, emotional and professional potential. I practice an eclectic approach to therapy because everyone has different needs. Together we can work through whatever challenges your are facing. I work with individuals of all ages. My mission is to help people navigate through life’s challenges in order to live a healthier life.
Stacy Goulbourne MsEd, LMHC:
I completed my Master’s degree in Counseling Education and School Counseling at St. John’s University. I also received my Certificate in Advanced Studies in Mental Health Counseling from Alfred University. I currently works for the NYC Department of Education as a School Counselor and understand firsthand that the issues we don’t want to talk about, think about, or remember impacts us in our current lives. These personal issues can leave us feeling numb and distant from people, situations, or our bodies. I help my clients gain insight into their thoughts, feelings, or events that have come to undermine their sense of self, triggering anxiety, depression, anger, or grief over loss of relationships.
I bring over 20 years of counseling experience and provide services to children, adolescence, adults and families. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches including Strength Based Approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy in addition to other approaches depending on the needs of the individual. My goal is to help my clients feel better and live a healthier. I am attuned and emotionally available for my clients to bring relief and long-term growth.
Vanessa Guest, Ph. D
I believe that an effective blend of experience, expertise, clarity, concern and working with my clients through the counseling process is imperative to maximizing outcomes and generate genuine healing and wholeness to individuals, marriages and families. I earned my Ph.D in Christian Counseling from Andersonville Theological Seminary and received a Professional Diploma in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling from the Outreach Training Institute. This broad and unique base of experience have help me with counseling children and adolescents struggling with mood disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, conduct disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis. I have significant experience working with children and adolescents who have experienced varying degrees of trauma, various types of physical and/or sexual abuse, abandonment and/or neglect and dysfunctional family systems
My theoretical orientation leans toward Cognitive, Psychodynamic and Ecosystems. My treatment orientation is CBT, Eclectic, Person-Centered and Solution-Focused Brief therapies. My experience in leadership and management over the years have allowed me to marry the different modalities as an ordained minister for over a decade. I enjoy working with clients struggling with self-esteem issues, depression, life transitions, in need of life coaching, life purpose issues, stress, spiritual issues, teen issues, women’s issues, relationship issues, emotional intelligence and anxious feelings.
Sharice White-Smart, LMSW
I bring over 10 years of experience counseling adolescents and adults who are experiencing issues of difficult life adjustments (grief, loss), depression, anxiety and trauma. I am passionate about working with children helping parents manage challenging behaviors often seen with ADHD and ODD. In my years of experience I have helped my clients explore their core beliefs and habits that influence how they experience life and relationships. Together we will identify your inner strengths and abilities to resolve your current issues, and find a mental, emotional, and spiritual balance that will help you live an abundant and joyful life. The modalities I use to help you achieve this include cognitive-behavioral, coaching, existential, humanistic and psychodynamic.