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
Leathe Allard, Ph.D.
Danielle DePalma, L.C.S.W.
Winnie Eng, Ph.D.
Kim Montagnino, Ph.D.
Sergey Profis, Ph.D.

Part-Time Counselors
Kristi Basile, M.A.
Emile Berk, Ph.D.
Nikka Dela Cruz, MSW
Joanna Feinman, Ph.D.

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

CUNY Graduate Fellow
Matthew Schneider, M.A.

Graduate Practicum Students
Dean Derenzo, B.S.
Casandra Molina, B.A.
Robert Sullivan, B.S.
May Tan, 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.

Leathe Dr Leathe Allard is a New York State Licensed Psychologist.  She received her B.A. in Psychology from Boston College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University.  She completed an assistantship at Fordham University’s Counseling Center, a doctoral internship at California Polytechnic State University Counseling Center, and a post-doctoral fellowship at Loyola Maryland University Counseling Center.   Additionally she has worked extensively with at-risk older adolescents in the New York City foster care system.  Dr. Allard’s approach to therapy integrates psychodynamic, interpersonal, humanistic, and trauma-based theories. Her experience and clinical interests include: family of origin concerns; conduct problems, authority issues, childhood neglect, abuse and abandonment; LGBTQ and coming out; body image and eating problems; and depression.  Dr. Allard works full time at the counseling center and provides personal 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.

Emile Berk Dr. Emile Berk received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University and his M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. Dr. Berk completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Counseling Center of the Catholic University of America. In addition to College Counseling Centers, Dr. Berk has also provided services in hospitals, schools, and assisted living settings. Dr. Berk specializes in anxiety and mood disorders, family and relationship issues, and spiritual, cultural, and gender identity. Dr. Berk works part-time in the counseling center providing personal counseling.
Kristi Kristi Basile received her BA in Psychology from SUNY Empire State College and her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from 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 also completed her graduate internship at the CSI Counseling Center. Kristi works part-time at the Counseling Center providing both personal and academic counseling for students. 
Nikka Dela Cruz Nikka Dela Cruz received her B.S. in Social Work and her Master’s of Social Work from the College of Staten Island. Nikka complete her graduate field placement in the CSI Counseling Center. As an undergraduate, she completed an internship at I.S. 72 where she worked with students in special education and at-risk students. Nikka works part-time at CSI’s Counseling Center and provides both personal and academic counseling.
Joanna FeinmanDr. Joanna Feinman is a New York State Licensed Psychologist. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, after attending Berklee College of Music and SUNY Binghamton. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from New York University, and completed a doctoral internship at Kings County Hospital Center. She has worked extensively with college students in the Counseling Center at CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, as well as in Community Mental Health Centers. Dr. Feinman’s clinical interests include recovery from depression and anxiety, exploring relationships and family, identity, multicultural issues, and improving self-esteem. Her approach to counseling integrates solution-focused, CBT, humanistic, and family systems, with insights from neuroscience. She works part-time at the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling for students.
Kathy
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.

Matthew Schneider Matthew Schneider earned his Master Degree in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center and is a resident clinician at The Psychological Center at City College where he works with both adults and children. Matthew previously worked at a substance abuse research clinic at Columbia University Medical Center. Matthew is a graduate fellow in the Counseling Center providing personal counseling for CSI students.
Dean DeRenzo Dean DeRenzo received his B.S. in Psychology from the College of Staten Island. He is pursuing an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the College of Staten Island. Dean has over five years of experience working with the developmentally disabled population where he provides individual and group rehabilitative-focused counseling. Dean is a practicum student at the CSI Counseling Center providing both personal and academic counseling for students.

Casandra Molina Casandra Molina received her B.A. in Psychology from the College of Staten Island, graduating with Honors as a member of the Verrazano School. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the College of Staten Island and has experience providing mentorship and educational guidance to students. She is interested in multicultural issues, stress management, and mood disorders in young adults. Casandra is a practicum student at the Counseling center, where she provides both personal and academic counseling for students.

Robert Sullivan Robert Sullivan received his B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Psychology from the College of Staten Island. He is pursuing an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the College of Staten Island, where he also works as a graduate level teacher’s assistant in psychology. He is interested in interpersonal relationships, anxiety and mood disorders, and LGBT issues. Robert is a practicum student at the Counseling Center, where he provides personal both counseling and academic counseling for students.
May Tan May Tan received her B.S. in Psychology from the College of Staten Island. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Social Work at the College of Staten Island. May completed her previous internship at Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI) working with female survivors of intimate partner violence in their Strong Steps program. She is currently working in that program as a Recovery Coach where she provides individual counseling and facilitating/co-facilitating their Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) group. May is a practicum student at CSI's Counseling Center providing both personal and academic counseling for students.

Support Staff

Michele   Lisa
     Michele Karpeles                  Lisa Avila