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Alan L. Frankel, LCSW

Alan L. Frankel, LCSW is a clinical social worker/psychotherapist. He maintains a private practice in Mt. Kisco, NY (Westchester County) and has over forty years of clinical experience working with a wide array of people and problems. He works with children, adolescents, individual adults and couples. He specializes in helping children and families undergoing the difficult transition of a separation or divorce and has extensive experience doing conflict resolution. Additionally Al Frankel is a divorce mediator. He has been co-mediating with attorney-mediator Jill Sanders-DeMott for almost 30 years.  

Al Frankel is a Certified EFT Couple Therapist. He also provides marital crisis consultations for couples in the early stages of considering whether to try to stay together or possibly separate/divorce. He is also an adjunct professor in The Human Services Dept. at Westchester Community College, where he has been teaching courses in Human Behavior and Social Development since 1992.   

Alan Frankel graduated from Cornell University in 1976. He earned his Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. Al Frankel was trained in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy at The Institute For Contemporary Psychotherapy in NYC, in 1986. He received postgraduate training in child and adolescent therapy, as well as in couples and family therapy. He also received additional training in EFT (emotionally focused couple therapy) in 2008. Most recently he completed training in sex therapy at The University of Michigan School of Social Work in their Sexual Health/Sex Therapy Certificate Program in 2018.

Alan Rice, LCSW

Alan Rice graduated Kean College of NJ in 1977 with a BSW degree and went to work for the NYC Depart of Education as a Drug Counselor in a School Base Drug Prevention Program. In 1980 he went to work at Beth Israel Medical Center at the Bernstein Institute as a social work assistant on a male drug detox unit. During this time Alan entered the first PEP program in the country at WSSW to be able to obtain his MSW which he did in June of 1983. In July of 1983 he accepted a transfer to the Medical/Surgical Division of the Beth Israel Department of Social Work. In August of 1983, he was asked to become one of the first dedicated hospital AIDS social workers in NYC, which he accepted.  

Alan has been involved with the HIV/AIDS since, providing social work services as well as having a progressive career as a supervisor, manager and Director of AIDS social workers in both a hospital and nursing home setting. Alan is presently the Population Health Specialist for VNSNY CHOICE, Select Health, a HIV Medicaid Manage Care Special Needs Plan, one of only three in NYS. 

Alan is an adjunct professor at WSSW teaching an Addiction course, as well as teaching at Touro College School of Physician Assistant.  He has served on a variety of NYC and NYS committees around making services better to the HIV and AIDS population as well as the Substance Abuse population.  He was the first President on the board of Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV and AIDS and remains an active member.

Linnie Pickering, LMSW

Linnie Larson Pickering grew up in San Francisco. She received her BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, where she won the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. She is a specialist in the prevention of domestic violence, child abuse, suicide, and sexual assault. She has worked on suicide, crisis, breast cancer and domestic violence hotlines and has developed and presented national and international workshops on the above topics. 

She co-authored "34 Cranberry Lane," a video and discussion workshop on Domestic Violence in suburbia that was produced with a grant from Phillip Morris. Linnie is the author of Blue Sky: The Oral History of James L Greenwald, in which he reminisces about a life and career lived to the fullest as well as the emotional challenges of aging, declining health and facing one’s own mortality. 

Linnie did post graduate training at Columbia University’s Center for Complicated Grief. She has a private therapy practice in Rye, NY with a focus on loss and grief, and she is a frequent workshop presenter on topics related to loss, death, dying and bereavement and Covid-19.

Denisse Arcos-Pratt, LMSW

Denisse Arcos-Pratt is a therapist in the only LGBTQ-specific group home program in New York City, where she has worked for several years. As this role lands on many systemic intersections, Denisse has been able to develop a wide range of knowledge on the child welfare system in NYC, transgender-related healthcare processes, and housing and education advocacy. While doing this work, Denisse has continued her education and experience by participating in and presenting in TGNC specific programs and professional conferences.

Gae Savino, LCSW, CT

Gae Savino, LCSW, CT, is a licensed clinical social worker and Certified in Thanatology (CT), the study of death, dying and bereavement by the Association for Death Education and Counseling.  She brings extensive experience and empathetic compassion to working with individuals with an intensive focus on conducting bereavement support groups due to addiction, spousal/partner, and parent loss.  

In session, Gae utilizes the Dual Process Model of Coping with Grief, Complicated Grief Treatment, Collaborative Solution-Focused Therapy, and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy while centering these therapies from an individual’s self-determination and strength-based perspective. 

She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and has extensive post-graduate training at Columbia University’s Center for Complicated Grief. Gae is a frequent workshop presenter on issues of death, dying, bereavement,  complicated grief and the multifaceted impact of Covid-19.

Lavinia Barbu, LCSW

Lavinia Barbu is a LCSW and has worked with children, adolescents and adults from all walks of life in various clinic settings in and around NYC area.  Now she teaches wellness classes focusing on breath and breathing, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, stress -reductions, body scanning and meditation.  

Lavinia has a Master Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University and in 2018 she completed 1 year training as a  Life Coach also from New York University.  She is fascinated about the mind and body connection and promotes movement and proper breathing at any age.  In order to have a rounded education of the human behavior and to understand the human body and human anatomy, she completed  the 600 h Pilates Comprehensive  Training Course at CorePilates NYC in 2014 and the 200-h Yoga Teacher Training in the Sivananda Ashram in 2017 where she lived for a month to experience the practices in her own body.  Lavinia also teaches Pilates and Yoga classes for individuals and group settings.   

Most of all she is passionate about teaching wellness and connecting the movement, pattern of breathing and stretching with self-care and creating a personal mind and body home practice. She explains that health is a state of being and we can all achieve optimal health if we learn to apply simple steps and techniques every day towards living healthy. Wellness is the state of living, a choice of a healthy life style.   Lavinia believes that everyone has untapped potential within themselves and it takes a holistic approach to unleash it. She had been helping  clients on their journeys inspiring them to reach their potential while living healthy and teaching them about the mind-body connection and how to enhance wellness in their life.

Joel Simon, LCSW-R

Patricia Rameau, LMSW

Michael Chiappone, LCSW

Michael Chiappone has been a Social Worker for the past 17 years. His work has primarily focused on assisting people who are homeless, mentally ill or living with Substance Use Disorder. He also sees clients who seek help for a variety of reasons. 

For most of his career, he worked at Hope House Ministries, a highly respected not-for-profit agency. He held two positions at Hope House; Director of Project Hope II, a program that worked specifically with the chronic homeless population. He also assisted in the development and implementation of Hope Academy, a non-traditional, long-term treatment facility for substance abuse. Currently, he works full-time as a Coordinator at a Suffolk County SUD treatment facility.

One of Michael’s passions is learning and teaching. For the past 8 years, Michael has had the opportunity to teach college-level courses. For the past 4 years, Michael has been an Adjunct Professor at the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook. He currently teaches a foundation course entitled Human Behavior & the Social Environment. He also had the opportunity to develop courses including Spirituality and addiction as well as Self Care for Social Workers.

Michael has had the opportunity to partner with and provide workshops for social workers, human services agencies, middle/high school students and administrators, libraries, Civic Associations, and various community organizations. Due to Michael’s understanding of and involvement with certain issues, he has been invited to sit on many committees including the Gordon Height’s Clerical Council, Suffolk County Sheriff Citizen Advisory Board Meetings and most recently he has become a Committee Member on the Suffolk County Opiate Task Force.

Michael has provided training in the following areas: Harm Reduction, Human Rights and Policy, Mindfulness and Self Care for Human Service Providers, Treatment Modalities of Addiction, Engaging the Chronic Homeless Population, Leadership, a range of LGBTQ issues including, Creating Safe Spaces for Workers and Clients, Conflict Resolution and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.

Michael has committed his life to engaging others and helping them become the best version of themselves. He is well versed in dealing with and overcoming obstacles. He has a passion for education, professional training and advocating for social justice. Michael has been awarded the prestigious Healthcare Hero award as well as the IRCares Scholarship Award. He has been blessed and believes in passing on the good fortune that has been given to him.

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