Aaron Skinner-Spain, LCSW-R, CCTP

Founder and Director of Clinical Services

Education:  A.B., Cornell University; M.S.W., New York University

Training:  SCO Family of Services-GLBTQ Program; New York University Counseling and Wellness Services; Training Institute for Mental Health

License: New York State #080690

Post-Graduate Training and Certifications:  Four-Year Program, Psychoanalysis, Training Institute for Mental Health; Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI), Fordham University; Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, International Association of Trauma Professionals

Area(s) of Expertise: depression, anxiety, trauma, LGBTQ, coping skills 


Cynthia Dorothy Grant, LCSW


Education:  M.S.W., Hunter College

Training: Identity House, Columbia University, Hunter College

License: New York State #073057   

Post-Graduate Training and Certifications: Post-graduate Certification in in Adoption Therapy, Hunter College, Certification of Training in Violence Prevention and Intervention, Introduction to Gestalt Therapy, Group Training Identity House

Area(s) of Expertise: Women's coming out groups, couple counseling, LGBTQ+ concerns, effective communication, depression 


Tristan Vizconde, LMSW


Education:  A.B., Hunter College; M.S.W., Hunter College

Training: South Beach Psychiatric Center - Heights Hill; Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens - Corona Behavioral Health Clinic

License: New York State #092928   

Area(s) of Expertise: depression, anxiety, LGBTQ issues, HIV/AIDS & STIs, kink-friendly, polyamorous relationships, harm reduction, groups

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Shameeka Mattis-Pinard, LMSW


Education:  A.B., Binghamton University; M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania  

Training: Common Justice, Brooklyn & Bronx District Attorneys, City University of NY (CUNY), NYS Office of Victim Services, Philadelphia & New York Prison Systems, SheHelps Consulting

License: New York State #097028

Post-graduate training and certifications: Executive Education Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, Fordham University; Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI), Silberman School of Social Work    

Area(s) of Expertise: trauma, coping skills, restorative justice, systemic oppression, mindfulness, relationships, groups, death & loss, LGBTQ


Miriam Nkrumah, LMSW


Education:  A.B., City College; M.S.W., Hunter College

Training:  Job Path NYC; Center for Urban Community Services

License: New York State #104004

Post-graduate training and certifications: Certificate, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Medical University of South Carolina

Area(s) of Expertise: racism, women's issues, LGBTQ issues, couples, addiction

Language: Fluent in Twi


Rana Shokeh, LMSW


Education:  A.B., U.C. San Diego; M.S.W., Hunter College

Training: Harvest Collegiate High School; Reed Smith LLP; Heights Hill Mental Health Clinic

License: New York State #101733

Post-graduate training and certifications: Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity

Area(s) of Expertise: trauma, women's issues, LGBTQ issues, immigration/acculturation, couples

Language: Fluent in Arabic


Jaivonne Seary, LMSW


Education:  A.B., Virginia State University; M.S.W., Hunter College

Training: The Children's Village; Kings County District Attorney Office; MPG Consulting; Blanton-Peale Counseling Center

License: New York State #091890

Area(s) of Expertise: groups, couples, LGBTQ issues, racism, trauma



Lisa Simone Brownley, LMSW, CASAC-T


Education:  A.B., City College of New York; M.S.W., New York University

Training: SCO Family of Services-The Center for Family Life; Good Shepherd Services-TFFC Program; CUCS Institute; Mount Sinai West-The Addiction Institute of New York; NY State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

License: New York State LMSW # 103760; New York State CASAC-T# 34913

Area(s) of Expertise: Addiction, Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Grief and Loss, Coping Skills, Family Conflict, LGBTQIA, Fertility and Family Planning