College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
 
  


The CSI Counseling Center is accredited by the
International Association of Counselling Services (IACS)

Counseling Center
 Staff

Director
Ann Booth, Psy.D.

Associate Director
Mary Murphy, L.M.H.C.

Full-Time Personal Counselors
Danielle DePalma, L.C.S.W.
Winnie Eng, Ph.D.
Kim Montagnino, Ph.D.
Sergey Profis, Ph.D.
Angela Veneziano, LMHC

Part-Time Personal Counselors
Masha Bardash, Psy.D.
Jonathan Spitz, Psy.D.

Part-Time Academic Counselors
Dyna Ramirez, MPA

Psychatric Nurse Practitioner
Kathy Cilione, M.S., NP

Graduate Practicum Students

Jacqueline Blake, BSW
Kristi Howe, B.A.
Jacqueline Imbema, B.A.
Esther Mitnick, B.A.
Thanos Nioplias, B.S.

Support Staff
Michele Karpeles, M.A.
Lisa Avila

 

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Dr. Ann Booth, Psy.D., Director of the Counseling Center, is a New York State Licensed Psychologist. She holds a B.S. in Psychology, an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Booth completed a clinical internship at Southern Illinois University Student Counseling Center, and also served as a Staff Psychologist at Stevens Institute of Technology.  In addition to clinical work, Dr. Booth has also served as a Senior Director of Student Services. Her clinical interests focus on trauma and survival, substance abuse, gay and lesbian issues, anxiety, and self-esteem strengthening. She works full-time at the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling for students.

Mary
Mary Murphy is the Associate Director of the Counseling Center and is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  She holds a  B.A. (Hons.) in Psychology from University College Galway, and an M.Sc. in Counseling Psychology from Trinity College, Dublin.  She is a Registered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland.  Ms. Murphy has over 20 years experience in clinical settings in the United States and Ireland.  Since 1994, she has served as a counselor both in this Center and the Office of Disability Services.  Ms. Murphy has a continuing interest in physiological factors that can influence psychological issues, and the range of methods used to train self-regulation.  She especially enjoys helping students identify and overcome issues that may hinder their academic success. She works full-time at the Counseling Center and provides personal and academic counseling for students.

Danielle
Danielle DePalma received an M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University and a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University.  She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the State of New York.  She has experience with assessment, case management, and outreach.  She has conducted counseling in areas such as developmental and learning disabilities. Ms. DePalma has worked for the Staten Island Mental Health Society and Legal Aid and currently works in a private practice New Jersey. She works full-time at the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling for students.

Dr. Winnie Eng is a New York State Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Specialty. She received her B.A. in Psychology and in Anthropology from Brown University, her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Temple University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University Counseling Service at New York University. She has specialized training and research interest in the treatment of anxiety disorders and working with international students. Additional areas of interest include interpersonal relationships and multicultural/diversity issues. She has experience supervising Masters and pre-doctoral students at university counseling centers. Dr. Eng utilizes a psychodynamic approach in her treatment, and has extensive experience in crisis intervention and cognitive-behavioral interventions. She works full-time at the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling for students.

kim Dr. Kim Montagnino is a New York State licensed psychologist.  She received her B.A. in Psychology from Drew University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Dr. Montagnino completed her clinical internship at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey and worked as a Staff Psychologist at Seton Hall University Counseling Services.  She has specialized experience and interest in anxiety disorders, sexual assault survivors, multicultural counseling and the psychology of gender.  Dr. Montagnino's approach to counseling is informed by cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and family systems theories. She works full-time at the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling for students.

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Dr. Sergey Profis is a New York State Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Specialty. He  received his B.A. in psychology from BostonUniversity, his M.A and Ph.D. from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University. Dr. Profis completed his clinical Internship at Columbia-Presbyterian, The University Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell-Presbyterian Center.  Dr. Profis has specialized training in crisis intervention and has worked on a Psychiatric Mobile Crisis Team. His clinical interests include interpersonal relationships, multicultural issues, depressive and anxiety conditions. Dr. Profis employs an integrative approach to psychotherapy, combining psychodynamic, experiential and cognitive behavioral models of treatment. Dr. Profis works full time at the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling for students.

Angela Angela Veneziano is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York.  Ms. Veneziano received her B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and completed a MSEd in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University.  Ms. Veneziano has experience with clinical and diagnostic assessment, crisis intervention, trauma work, depression and anxiety disorders, sports psychology and career counseling.  Ms. Veneziano’s specialties and clinical interests also include trauma resolution, women’s issues, stress reduction and wellness, identity development, interpersonal struggles and relationship concerns and student-athlete development.  Ms. Veneziano’s method of counseling is integrative in psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and humanistic modalities. Ms. Veneziano has worked as a School Counselor in a variety of public school settings throughout the NY and NJ area and also worked as a Senior Staff Counselor at Arizona State University Counseling Services.  Ms. Veneziano works full time at the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling. 

Masha Dr. Maria M. Bardash, Psy.D., is a New York state licensed Mental Health Counselor. Dr Bardash received a B.S. degree in Child Development and Education from Vanderbilt University, and Psy.D. in School Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University. After completing an internship at Interfaith Medical Center, a NYC hospital that services inner city population, Dr. Bardash had served as a staff psychologist on a Mobile Crisis Team providing emergency psychiatric services, including assessment, treatment, and case management. For the past ten years, Dr. Bardash has been directing school-based programs of the Guidance Center of Brooklyn, a community mental health clinic. As an Associate Clinic Director, Dr. Bardash developed and managed multiple school-based programs, as well as oversaw clinic’s administrative functioning. Dr. Bardash also has a private clinical practice that offers individual and family therapy to the residents of South Brooklyn. Dr. Bardash works part-time in the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling for students.

Jonathan Spitz Dr. Jonathan Spitz is a New York State Licensed Psychologist. He received a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois.  He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the New Mexico State University Counseling Center.  Dr. Spitz has experience and interest working with individuals from diverse backgrounds with concerns around relationships, trauma, life transitions, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and multicultural issues. Dr. Spitz utilizes an integrative approach to treatment, including aspects of cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, constructivist, and family systems therapies.  He works part time at the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling for students.

Dyna Dyna Ramirez received her B.A. in Psychology from the College of Staten Island and her (MPA) Masters of Public Administration in Public Affairs and Administration from Metropolitan College of New York.  She is trained in crisis intervention and worked as a Coordinator and Crisis Counselor for Covenant House Crisis Hotline. Her counseling experiences include depression, anxiety, homelessness, and domestic violence.   Ms. Ramirez has also worked as an Academic Advisor at CSI Academic and Advisement Center. Ms Ramirez has also taught SPD 101: Issues in College Life. She works at the Counseling Center part-time and provides academic counseling for students.

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Kathleen Cilione received a B.S. in Nursing from Villanova University and a master’s degree from Wagner College in nursing administration and child mental health.  She went on to obtain a post-master’s certificate from Columbia University in a psychiatric nurse practitioner program.  Ms. Cilione has over 30 years of psychiatric nursing experience.  She has worked as a clinician and administrator in outpatient, inpatient and psychiatric emergency settings. She also spent five years teaching at New Jersey City University. She works at the Counseling Center part-time and provides psychiatric medication evaluations and management for students.

JacquelineB Jacqueline Blake received a B.S. in Social Work from The College of Staten Island and graduated with Phi Alpha Honors. Jacqueline is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work at the College of Staten Island. She completed an internship at The Richmond Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare where she worked in the short term rehabilitation and ventilation units and as she was responsible to conduct mood and cognition assessments, set-up family meetings, and connect clients with community resources. Jacqueline is a practicum student in the Counseling Center and provides both personal and academic counseling.

Jacqueline Imbemba received a B.A. in Psychology from the College of Staten Island. She is currently working to earn a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling at the College of Staten Island. She worked with juveniles at an Office of Children and Family Services facility serving as a mentor for adolescents. She also worked at A Very Special Place, a center for individuals suffering from developmental disabilities for over two years. She is a Practicum student at the Counseling Center, providing both personal and academic counseling for students.

Kristi Howe received her BA in Psychology from SUNY Empire State College. She is currently working toward an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling at the College of Staten Island. During her time at Empire State College she ran info sessions, where she offered guidance and advice to fellow students on their educational career.  Kristi has experience working with adults and adolescents dealing with financial distress. She is a practicum student at the Counseling Center, providing both personal and academic counseling for students.

Esther Mitnick received her B.A. in Psychology from Touro College. She is currently working toward a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling at the College of Staten Island. She has experience working with the geriatric community as well as individuals with physical disabilities and health issues. Esther is a practicum student at the Counseling Center providing both personal and academic counseling to students.

Thanos Thanos Nioplias received his B.S. in Psychology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Greece. He is currently working toward a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the College of Staten Island. He has been trained in Applied Behavior Analysis and has experience working with adolescents and young adults in the Autism Spectrum leading individual and group sessions. Thanos is a practicum student at the Counseling Center providing both personal and academic counseling.

Support Staff

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     Michele Karpeles                  Lisa Avila