Our Team

Dr. Monica Johnson

Hi! I am Dr. Monica Johnson. If you’re reading this, it means you are taking your mental and emotional health seriously and researching someone who will be a good fit for your journey. This is exciting! Let me tell you more about me to help you with your decision making process.

I am a Licensed Psychologist in NYC, but some people think of me as a problem solving pro, empowerment guru, and self-compassion guide! I partner with my patients to find pathways to a better life. I work best with people who are tired of being stuck and ready to make changes. I can’t change you. Only you can do that, but I’m super excited to be your side kick on the journey and help you highlight roads to success.

One of the most important things to know about me is that I am NOT a smile and nod type of therapist. I get down in the trenches with you. I’m down to earth and real with you through this process which means I will call you out on your BS and help you figure out what to do with it. We will work hard and laugh a lot. For the record, there is nothing off limits or shameful in therapy. I’ve seen it all and heard it all. If you need to talk about sex, money, medical issues, or “that one time in Amsterdam,” don’t hesitate!

I work with people of all backgrounds (race, gender, sexuality, religion, alternative relationships) and you should expect that I will affirm your identity while helping you to develop a fuller self concept. My job is to help you tap into strengths you already possess (we all have them even if we can’t see them yet) and create new ones! If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, feel constantly overwhelmed by your emotions, past traumas, poor relationships, low self esteem, or just deciding what the next step is in your career/life, I can help. If you’re ready to claim your best life, contact me now!


Jingwen Ni, MA

Hi, I am Jingwen Ni. If you are here, you are probably looking for someone whom you trust and are connected with and who is professionally trained to help alleviate your suffering. Let me tell you what I do and my work styles so that you know if we are a great match. 

I work with adults with different types of conditions (including depression, anxiety, and other life issues) and will tailor my approaches to meet your specific needs. I will be there to understand you as a unique person who has unique life experiences and unique perspectives of the world. I will create a therapeutic environment in which you would feel comfortable talking about your most “shameful” experience, as I know no one is perfect, and you should not feel shameful for being imperfect. I will help you cultivate self-compassion, which I believe is the gateway to positive change. I will see and genuinely compliment on your strengths, some of which yourself may have not noticed.

Therapeutic work often involves change. I will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to make the change. However, I will not pressure or judge you if you are not ready. Instead, I will make sure you understand the consequences of each decision you make.

For those who care about my credentials, I am a third-year Clinical Psychology PhD student at Fairleigh Dickinson University who is a trainee therapist under the supervision of Dr. Monica Johnson, a licensed psychologist from Kind Mind Psychology. I am fluent in English and Mandarin.

Last but not least, no matter how hopeless you may feel, we will together find a way to make it better! Reach out to schedule an appointment!


Em Mitchell, MA

Hi! My name is Em. I earned my Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from American University in Washington, D.C., and am currently working towards my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at John Jay College. Throughout my clinical experiences, I have worked with survivors of trauma and abuse, as well as individuals struggling with difficult emotions, self-doubt, relationship troubles, loss, and suicidal thoughts.

I know how difficult it is to feel overwhelmed or trapped by your circumstances. If you feel like something is making it difficult to find clarity or getting in the way of a life that is most fulfilling to you, you’re in the right place. I can help you explore the challenges and complexity of your particular experiences, and give you the tools to find a way forward. I aim to identify your strengths in therapy as well as to better understand your struggles, being mindful of external factors and the ways that environmental biases can profoundly impact you. I work with people of all backgrounds, and devote effort to communicate with my clients and make sure that therapy is not an additional sphere in which you feel misunderstood, misinterpreted, or shamed. If I sound like someone you want on your team as you take steps towards change, please don’t hesitate to contact me!


Lisa Trentacosti, LMSW

Hi! My name is Lisa and I am a Licensed Social Worker. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts from Brooklyn College in Psychology and my Master of Arts in Social Work from Ohio State University. I also earned a Master in Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and my Master of Arts in Applied Psychology from Walden University. Currently, I am a Doctoral student at Walden University working towards my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. I have over 20 years of experience working with diverse groups and individuals from all walks of life on a multitude of issues ranging in ages from toddlers to senior citizens. I am a great listener and problem solver with a hands on approach.  I will work with you to battle and overcome your obstacles to help you lead a fuller happier life in a way that works for you. Nothing is taboo with me and shame does not exist in therapy. This is a comfortable place to discuss anything and everything with no judgement. I will help you find your strengths and expand on them.

In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, playing with my dogs, traveling, all outdoor activities and playing softball. If you are struggling and looking for a compassionate professional to help you overcome your challenges, please feel free to contact me!

 


Daniel Roefaro, MA

Hello, my name is Daniel Roefaro. I maintain the stance that effective therapy is innately a collaborative process. As such, for therapy to be successful, both you and I will work together to foster an environment of open honesty. I will journey with you towards a greater understanding of your situation and listen to your pain creating a space for exploration of feelings. I will also help you improve through skill building as these skills will provide you with ways to deal with issues that may arise during therapy and life’s struggles that inevitably follow. 

The therapy process can be difficult because we are working hard through our issues, problematic relationships, and the stressors of day-to-day living. I will be there with you step-by-step. If there is a setback, we will figure it out together and when there is successes we will celebrate! If you’re ready to be heard by a therapist who is genuinely invested in your success, reach out and schedule an appointment


Brendan Guarino, MA

I am a Licensed Associate Counselor. I earned my Bachelor of Arts from Rhode Island College in Psychology and obtained my Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Felician University.  Currently, I am working towards my Psy. D in Counseling Psychology at Felician University.  I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness. I have worked with a wide range of issues including Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse, Emotion Regulation, Sports Psychology, and problems related to career/school/life changes. I have a hands on approach and will work hard to teach you coping skills and self care strategies to improve your life! In my free time, I enjoy trying new foods, watching sports, spending time with my family and friends, playing with my dog, and training in Jiu Jitsu. I also coach a New Jersey high school wrestling team.  I am very excited to assist you on your pathway towards a new you.  If you are struggling and are looking for an empathetic, passionate, and professional counselor please feel free to  contact me! I look forward to meeting you!


Samantha Jaile, MA

Hello! My name is Samantha and I am a Latina, Irish-American, who was born and raised in New York. I am a Doctorate student at Felician University under the supervision of Dr. Monica Johnson. I earned my Masters of Arts degree in Psychology from The New School of Social Research. My experience includes working in diverse environments along side individuals with a wide range of challenges (depression, anxiety, life transitions). My experience has made me believe that people are the sum of their life experiences and challenges; both good and bad. I believe it is how we handle these life experiences and challenges that is most important. I am fluent in English and Spanish. In my spare time, I enjoy being out in nature, drawing, painting, and reading.  If you need a compassionate ear to listen and someone to help you solve life’s problems, please feel free to contact me!