We view psychotherapy through a solution-focused and systemic lens. Our approach focuses on creating everlasting change in the way you relate with your own personal growth, your partner, family, community, and beyond.
As tele-therapy services continue to reach more people as a safe way of accessing mental health services during the pandemic, we want to assure you that working with us means building a therapeutic relationship with clinicians who will be ready to go back to in-person services once the pandemic has subsided.
We offer bilingual (Spanish) services. Ofrecemos servicios bilingües (Español).
Marc Fernandez, LMFTClinical Director, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Marc enjoys working with couples working towards a healthier relationship. Marc also provides a safe and comfortable environment for those struggling to manage anxiety. Marc is currently an adjunct professor for the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program at Iona College. Marc is certified to provide Emotionally Focused Therapy through the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Ackerman Institute for the Family. This model further assists the individuals, couples, and families he works with to understand their reactive cycles and instead engage in responsive conversations to promote bonding within their relationships. He is a certified Prepare-Enrich counselor with premarital counseling experience. Marc is also a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and a member of the American Family Therapy Academy.
Pia Alexander, LMFTLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Pia Alexander is a NYS Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a unique, healing and transformative therapeutic approach. Pia’s work with couples and individuals is centered, gentle, and cultivated by her work with a variety of clients at the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center on Long Island. In addition to her Family Systems training, Pia was extensively trained in both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Pia uses her experience teaching DBT skills groups to inform her general practice and specialty with high-intensity couples. Pia is also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and is passionate about using ACT in her work with both romantic couples and adult parent/child relationships. She is a Level 2 Gottman Couples Therapy trained clinician, and is also Level One trained in Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS). Pia’s work with pregnant women, women in the postnatal period and their partners is informed by her interest and advocacy in the area of total family wellness. Pia is trained in Medical Family Therapy (MedFT) and postnatal depression and anxiety, antenatal depression and anxiety, birth trauma, and difficulties adjusting to parenthood. As an Adjunct Faculty member and doctoral student in Couple and Family Therapy at Antioch University New England, Pia’s areas of focus are applying culturally attuned therapy models and supervising training couple and family clinicians. As a researcher, she has presented her research at numerous conferences including; Critical Race Studies in Education (CRSEA), American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors & Therapists (AASECT), The Groves Conference on Marriage & Family and National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). She received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hofstra University with Distinction, where she was awarded the highly competitive Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Masters Fellowship from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Pia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism with a concentration in Metropolitan Studies from New York University and studied British and Irish Politics at University College London. Pia’s practice and understanding in working with individuals and couples in creative industries are also formed by her years of experience as an accomplished television and media professional in the US and UK and her experience as a top parent consultant to public and private schools throughout New York City.
Jackeline Gomez, MFTAssociate Marriage and Family Therapist
Jackeline Gomez graduated from Iona College with a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). Throughout her clinical experience, Jackeline has worked with many individuals who were at different life stages and dealing with different situations. She enjoys working with all modalities (i.e., individual, couples and families). Jackeline considers herself an integrative systemic thinker who enjoys specifically working with her client’s goal(s). Her approach is client-centered because she believes that each person is the expert of their life. Jackeline seamlessly creates a supportive and safe environment to encourage, educate and/or introduce new techniques, and maintain transparency with clients. Jackeline is also a native Spanish speaker.
Marianne Nargentino, LMFTLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Marianne’s warm and empathetic personality provides her clients with a safe and comfortable setting to work on their presenting concerns. Marianne has extensive experience working with pre-teens and teens as well as couples working on their relationship. Marianne earned her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hofstra University.
Larry Kaminsky, LCSWLicensed Clinical Social Worker
Larry has extensive experience working with teens exhibiting behavioral issues, oppositional defiance, and struggling with school attendance. Larry’s experience providing family counseling spans over two decades and has more recently been working with individuals and families struggling with substance use disorders and with individuals and families who are in recovery.
Marisa CohenStudent Clinician
Marisa Cohen is Family First’s esteemed student clinician. She is currently accruing clinical hours to meet the requirements of Capella University’s Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Having previously earned her Ph.D in Educational Psychology, Marisa has experience working with people looking to build/improve all types of relationships using her extensive background and research experience in the field of relationship science. As a student clinician at Family First, Marisa is able to offer low-cost therapy to families, couples and individuals under the supervision of Family First’s Clinical Director, Marc Fernandez, LMFT.
Katy CaraveoAssociate Therapist
Katelyn Caraveo graduated from Adler University with a Master’s of Art in Counseling: Art Therapy. Katelyn has experience working with various age groups and situations, but throughout the years has found a passion for working with children, young adults, and their families. Her person-centered approach allows Katelyn to best support each client’s development and progress in care. Katelyn’s integration of creative arts therapy provides a supportive and safe environment where clients can express themselves safely through other mediums when words become difficult.
Ashley Belizaire, MHCAssociate Mental Health Counselor
When life throws obstacles at you, you learn to ride the waves with all your power and overcome these barriers at great lengths! I believe we are all fully capable of reaching high potentials! As a therapist, my first priority is building a trusting and caring therapeutic relationship, allowing clients to feel comfortable in a safe, non-judgmental, collaborative environment. Working from the client’s perspective, I put those I work with and their views and cultural backgrounds into heavy consideration. My theoretical background stems from a person-centered/humanistic approach, utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play-Therapy, Mindfulness-based therapy (MBCT), and Solution-Focused Brief (SFBT) techniques. In 2017, I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology from Molloy College and recently received my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Malone University. My previous experience included working with children and adolescents suffering anxiety, depression, neurodevelopmental disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and/or conduct/disruptive disorders. I also have experience working with adults suffering from anxiety and depressive disorders and issues related to relationships, self-esteem, and racial oppression. I am happy to work in a field with clients on their journey towards having a healthier and much deserving mental well-being!