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Our Clinicians

Serving Brooklyn & Manhattan

What makes our clinical team different?

At Refresh, we believe in providing the highest-quality psychotherapy possible to New York City.  All Refresh Clinicians are trained in psychotherapy, counseling, and diagnosis of mental health conditions and have completed their degrees and training at top-tier graduate programs.  We believe in authenticity. Our clinicians are genuine, and will never act in a manner that is “salesy” or judgmental. Furthermore, in staying true to our social work roots, our team is dedicated to volunteerism and community affairs and strive both in and outside of the office to make the world a better place.  

Meet Our Team

Keeley Teemsma, MA, MSW, LCSW, AATP

Founder and CEO

Keeley is a lifelong New Yorker with over a decade of experience.  She received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Sociology from CUNY John Jay College.  She went on to receive her MA in Sociology from CUNY Queens College and worked as a researcher prior to attending New York University where she obtained her MSW in Clinical Social Work.  She earned her SIFI Certificate (Seminar in Clinical Field Instruction) at Adelphi University. She also has studied Animal-Assisted Therapy at Animal Behavior Institute. Her cat, Emmett, has been named Brooklyn’s most beloved therapy cat. Keeley has participated in various trainings and workshops in relationship counseling, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Personality and Character Disorders, cognitive rehabilitation, and electronics addiction.

Keeley founded Refresh as a place for clinicians to be treated fairly and with respect, receive clinical supervision to enrich the patient experience, and to incorporate professional ethics every step of the way.  Through her work, she hopes to empower women and young adults to achieve their dreams and to respect people (and animals!) from all walks of life.

Keeley is dedicated to improving the quality of the US mental health system, participates annually in the New York City NAMI walk, and volunteers every week with a local animal rescue group.

Keeley stays proactive about her mental health by lifting weights, spending time outdoors, reading lots of non-fiction selections, and socializing animals in need of adoption.

Teemsma

Joanna Pomerantz, LMSW

Clinician

Joanna was born and raised a heavy New Yorker (her loves for NY sports knows no bounds). She received her Bachelors degree in Social Work as well as her Masters degree in Social Work, at Florida International University. Joanna was a swimmer in college and learned the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, as it can play a big role in the importance of one’s mental health. Joanna returned to New York, once graduating with her MSW and obtained her LMSW. From there, she went to work with youth and families in the foster care system. Joanna worked with a facitude of topics which included mental illness, social justice, trauma, domestic violence, and economical hardships. During her time working in foster care, she practiced a lot of supportive therapy as well psychodynamic therapy. Joanna also earned her SIFI, supervising student interns.

Although Joanna has predominantly worked in the foster care population, she enjoys working with all ages. She is outgoing, energetic, and empathetic. Joanna loves being in NY, as she feels it offers such a range of cultures, acceptance, and lowered stigmas of mental illness. She supports the annual NAMI walk yearly with her family as well as the annual psoriasis walk (a cause close to her heart due to struggling with this autoimmune disorder). Joanna believes in always meeting the client or clients where they are at. She believes there is nothing more important than building a trusting relationship between the therapist and their client.

Joanna is always interested in growing her social work education and feels it is important to help the therapist grow to better her client. Her clinical interest include depression, anxiety, dating in NYC, and social media pressures. Growing up in a fast-paced environment and with the progression of technology, Joanna has a knowledgeable understanding of societal pressures that canoe created from our surroundings.

Joanna is a big believer in self-care. Her own self-care includes being a big animal lover. There is nothing more therapeutic than hug from your local shelter dog/cat. Joanna, also loves to cook, as it can be a good release of energy, plus there is no better place for fabulous eats than right her in NYC!

Rachel Parodneck, LMSW

Clinician

Rachel grew up in Maplewood, NJ. She attended New York University where she studied psychology and art at Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Rachel received her Master of Science in Social Work graduate degree at Columbia University School of Social Work. Her clinical interests include treating individuals experiencing substance use disorders and mood disorders.

Rachel believes that self-care is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. For her own self-care, she enjoys playing classical piano, perusing thrift stores and farmer’s markets and traveling.

Rachel is passionate about early childhood education and universal healthcare. She has volunteered as a tutor for elementary school aged children at Henry Street Settlement and at Housing Works, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

Rachel grew up waiting to live in New York City and has lived in Manhattan the past eleven years. The vibrancy and diversity that make up New York City are the reasons Rachel is proud to call the city home.

Charles Perry, LMSW

Clinician

Charles is a native New Yorker who wouldn’t have it any other way. After obtaining his undergraduate degree at St. John’s University, he went on to pursue his MSW in Clinical Social Work at Adelphi University.  After graduation, he worked in Upstate New York where he supervised a psychiatric emergency department in an area that was lacking in sufficient mental health services. He felt passionate about bringing quality mental health care to economically depressed communities and moved back to New York City to pursue a role as a family clinician on an Assertive Community Treatment Team where he works with adults with serious and persistent mental illness. He splits his time between community mental health and working at Refresh.

Charles has clinical interests in treating anxiety, depression, and self esteem, to name a few. He has a client-centered approach and utilizes  a variety of therapeutic modalities, with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectic Behavioral therapies. He enjoys working with couples as well as individuals of all ages.

Charles loves NYC and would not want to work anywhere else. He enjoys the fast paced environment, diverse population and variety of lunch options.

In his free time, Charles enjoys writing, rewatching Seinfeld episodes and catching a Mets game. He is a strong supporter of de-stigmatizing mental health so people feel comfortable seeking the help they need and deserve. Charles proudly participates in the annual Queens-Long Island NAMI Walk and volunteers at a local soup kitchen.

Catherine Proto, LMSW, MBSR Cert.

Clinician

Born and raised in New York, Catherine is more than equipped to help her fellow New Yorkers cope with whatever stressors come their way.  She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Health Studies at Siena College. Catherine then attended Adelphi University where she studied Clinical Social Work and received her MSW degree. She also went on to obtain a post-graduate certificate in Mindfulness-Based Tools and Practices for Health Care and Mental Health Care Providers (MBSR).

Catherine has clinical interests in treating anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues. She also specializes in mood disorders, relational issues and life transitions. Clinically, Catherine’s approaches include use of Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, as well as implementing aspects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques. Catherine loves working with people from various different backgrounds, education and personal styles.

There are various reasons for issues with mental health. Mental health problems can affect anyone. It affects all people equally regardless of gender, religion, socio-economic status or ethnicity. Some causes of depression and anxiety are life transitions; whether they are transitions for you personally or professional. When life starts to feel like it is getting out of control is sometimes when these feelings can arise.

Self-care activities are important for everybody. Catherine enjoys working out whether it is in the gym or outside walking. She is also an avid reader and going to the beach with a suspenseful thriller. 

She loves working and living in the New York City area. Professionally, she is connected with many different types of trainings and continuing education. Catherine loves that in NYC, she is regularly introduced to different food, music and people all within a short train ride.

Catherine walks each year in the Queens-Long Island NAMI walk.  She hopes to inspire young women to pursue their goals and stay true to themselves.

Lana Lorenzo, LMSW

Clinician

Lana is a native New Yorker who appreciates the social and cultural milieu her state, and more so city, are known for. She obtained her graduate degree in social work from Fordham University and also has her undergraduate degree in Nutrition Science. She believes wellness thrives best in the intersections of physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual vitality. Lana’s educational training includes a broad focus on human development, and the sociocultural, political and unconscious forces that influence the personal, professional and domestic spheres of everyday life.

Lana approaches her clinical work with an unwavering commitment to help other people explore, articulate and weave in a nuanced manner the many narratives constituting the story of their lives. Her experiences, among other, include working with persons living with chronic illnesses, as well as with severe and persistent mental illness within an organization, dialysis center, and hospital mental health clinic. She has also worked with individuals struggling with anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia. She will utilize a tailored individualized approach to treatment, either through a psychodynamic lens, or by other means which may better fit the individual.

Outside of direct care, Lana continues to educate herself on racial, ethnic and socioeconomic perceptions that underpin unjust ideas of the “other.” She has also devoted much of her time volunteering at a youth organization and teaching nutrition in underserved communities.

Lana believes self-care is non-negotiable. She enjoys high-interval training, a great cuisine with friends and family, international travel, film and writing. She strives to assist others with strengthening their human connectivity — something she believes is germane to the transformative force in meaningful relationships.

Wananan Phualek, LMSW, CAPP

Clinician

Wananan is trained in Energy Psychology, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness practices, Meditation, and Mental Health First Aid. She has also assisted at 15 of Getting the Love You Want Couples Weekend Workshops led by Harville Hendrix, PhD and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD. Wananan is passionate about creating a safe space for people to explore their life transitions and challenges. She gives them concrete tools to transform their emotional pain into a path of healing and growth. She works with adolescents, young adults, adults, and couples. It is her mission to help her clients achieve their personal and professional goals while enhancing their well-being. She believes in mind, body, and spiritual connections, and teaches clients how to pay attention and integrate all three levels to deepen the healing process. She uses tools and interventions from Positive Psychology, CBT, EFT, Energy Psychology, and Imago Relationship Therapy.

Wananan was born and raised in the northeast of Thailand, Isan region. She came to the US for the first time when she was 17 years old to participate in an International Exchange Student Program for one year, where she stayed with a host family and attended a high school near St. Louis, MO. After that, she went back to Thailand and completed a bachelor’s degree in business. She went on to earn her Certification in Applied Positive Psychology Training. Wananan earned her MSW at New York University Silver School of Social Work.

Wananan is passionate about self-care and teaches “Flourishing and Resilience” workshops to empower others to nurture and affirm themselves. She practices mindful breathing, meditation, and yoga regularly. She teaches Thai cooking to couples, called “Cooking for Connection”. She values and fosters harmonious resolution of conflict, as well as teaching conscious communication to couples. Moreover, she also supports first-generation college students in receiving the necessary resources to help them achieve their academic goals and enhance their well-being.

Wananan loves living and working in NYC. She has met many interesting people who share similar values and loves the exchange of ideas and diversity of cultures. She enjoys attending events and workshops to continue her training.

Tyvon Aaron Foster

Tyvon Aaron Foster, LMSW, CAMS-II

Clinician

Tyvon is a proud member of the Mount Vernon community in Westchester County, NY. He attended Adelphi University where he received his undergraduate and graduate degree in clinical social work. Tyvon has also earned a certification as an Anger Management Specialist and is a nationally recognized member in America and Canada. Currently, he is working towards being certified in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. After graduating, Tyvon has worked in diverse settings including preventive services, school based agencies, and education. His professional background also includes working with diverse populations such as Hispanic, Muslim, African, LGBT, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

 

Tyvon has experience in treating clinical depression, substance abuse, sexual abuse, anxiety, bipolar disorder, anger, self-esteem, PTSD, and OCD to name a few. Tyvon’s clinical interest include treating personality disorders. Tyvon has an eclectic therapeutic style that includes individual and group psychodynamic, client-centered, strength-based, and solution-focused. Tyvon believes that the root of all successful outcomes in therapy derives from establishing a safe and trusting relationship with his clients.

 

Tyvon heavily enjoys working and living in NYC. He enjoys the access to many recreational activities, restaurants, parks, Broadway and comedy shows NYC has to offer.

In his spare time, Tyvon is a member of a prestigious organization, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Through his fraternity, Tyvon dedicates time to mentoring young collegiate men. Tyvon also voluntarily assists the homeless population in meeting their basic needs.

Jina Park, LMSW

Clinician

Jina was born and raised in Los Angeles and relocated to Brooklyn in 2009.  Jina received her BS in Criminal Justice from California State University at Long Beach and pursued her graduate degree in Social Work from NYU Silver School of Social Work.

 

Jina’s beliefs in a client centered model derives from working in the NYC shelter system since 2010. Jina has a passion for working with vulnerable populations and understands the importance of meeting the client where they’re at.  Jina has experience working with individuals with SPMI, dual diagnosis, and substance use disorders. Her clinical interests include working with individuals, specifically millennials, experiencing anxiety and depression and providing the tools to navigate everyday life.

 

Since relocating from LA, Jina has created a home in Brooklyn and in her spare time, loves to expand her palate and try new types of food.  Jina participates in The Hope Count each year to outreach those affected by street homelessness.

Jina Park
Melissa Pullman

Melissa Pullman, LMSW, PhD

Clinician

Melissa grew up in New Jersey and has lived in New York City for the past 5 years. She loves the diversity of cultures and constant energy felt throughout the city. Melissa graduated from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University with her MSW degree and Ph.D. in Social Welfare. She began her career working with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings. Melissa counseled at-risk youth presenting with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations, and academic underachievement. She performed assessments and provided in-home therapy sessions for individuals with children diagnosed with developmental delays. During this time, Melissa also worked at an online dating site where she provided college-aged students guidance, support, and counseling regarding dating and marital issues. Currently, she has spent the past year working with individuals and couples presenting with anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, and relationship issues. She is trained in the level 2 Gottman Couples Method and utilizes multiple approaches when working with clients individually. She is skilled in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and uses techniques from the mindfulness approach.

Melissa is an adjunct professor in various Social Work Master’s programs in New York City. She enjoys not only teaching Social Work research but also being a part of research grant teams and publishing results that help inform clinical practice.

Melissa is a strong believer in self-care and relaxation. She enjoys reading, running outside, skiing, and stopping to pet every dog that walks by. She grew up with golden retrievers and hopes to one day own a trained therapy dog of her own for pet assisted therapy. Melissa tries to foster a supportive environment and create a safe space for her clients to slow down from the fast-paced New York City lifestyle.

Anisah Ansari-Akade, LMSW

Clinician

Anisah Ansari-Akade is a clinical social worker who has worked and lived in NYC for her entire life.

 

She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from CUNY Hunter College. She enjoys working with adolescents, adults and couples.

 

Anisah’s philosophy is about helping her patients to develop their best selves and live their best lives. While her approach is rooted in CBT, she constantly strives to adjust to the needs of the patient. Anisah works with patients to get the support that they are looking for.

 

New York City is her home and she is fully dedicated to helping her fellow New Yorkers define their own happiness, develop a full awareness of who they are, and their unique position in this world. Anisah is a strong advocate in bridging the gap in resources for disenfranchised.

communities and strives to do this by spreading awareness and engaging in volunteer work.

Anisah Ansari-Akade
Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop, MA, LMSW, TF-CBT

Clinician

Liz is a clinical social worker who is experienced providing psychotherapy to people living with depression, anxiety, PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse Spectrum Disorders.

 

She believes in an eclectic and individualized approach to helping folks process and learn coping skills to manage life difficulties that they’ve identified, with compassion and self-determination as as her core values. Some modalities that she has utilized with efficacy include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Relational/Interpersonal Psychoanalysis.

Liz practices meditation daily; she also enjoys running marathons, vinyasa yoga and playing with her dog. Her social justice commitments include feminist and anti-racist action and initiatives.

Mary Tate, LMSW, TF-CBT, EMDR-T

Clinician

Mary is a New York transplant from eastern North Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work at Western Carolina University and her Masters of Social Work (MSW) at The University of South Carolina. Her clinical interests include treating anxiety, trauma, self-esteem and working with individuals who have chronic health conditions.

Mary has experience with a multitude of populations, including children, adolescents, families and young adults.  Mary started her clinical career providing in home therapy to NYC families who risked foster care placement. In addition to her time at Refresh, Mary provides clinical social work services to young adults and adolescents living with HIV/AIDS. Mary has received extensive training in trauma work and is able to provide Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Mary utilizes various therapeutic models, with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy.

Mary loves living and working in NYC. In her free time, Mary has volunteered with organizations such as Girls on the Run, which works to encourage pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles.

Mary remains proactive about her mental health by attending work out classes, visiting NC beaches and spending quality time with friends and family.

Mary believes that therapy works best when it is a collaborative process. This starts with the mutual trust between the therapist and the client. Mary brings a warm, honest, supportive and direct approach into sessions and hopes to create a safe and comfortable environment for each client.

 

Mary Tate
Elisabeth Salner

Elisabeth Salner, LMSW, MPH

Clinician

Elisabeth is originally from Connecticut and moved to NYC to attend New York University where she obtained her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees.

 

Elisabeth provides affirming and social justice-oriented supportive care to individuals around a myriad of issues including: significant life changes, anxiety, depression, and interpersonal challenges. She has a special interest in working with young adults and older adolescents, though she works with people of all ages and backgrounds.

 

Elisabeth is an active therapist and has a pragmatic, patient-centered approach to her work, often utilizing techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Motivational Interviewing to help patients meet their goals and make positive changes. She has extensive experience working with LGBTQI- identified individuals as well as individuals living with HIV, Herpes, cancers, and other chronic illnesses. She believes practicing self-care is crucial to living in NYC which can include therapy, yoga, spiritual practice and connection with community. Elisabeth provides a safe holding space for patients to express their feelings in a nonjudgmental environment.

 

She loves living and working in NYC because of the variety of opportunities and diversity of lived experiences that she gets to witness and help foster through her practice. Elisabeth enjoys volunteering with young women with Autism to gain job skills and participating in local social activism projects in Brooklyn.

Dani Wolberger, LMSW

Clinician

Dani is originally from Livingston, NJ and is thrilled to finally call New York home after so many years of visiting. She attended George Washington University in D.C., studying business and public policy, trying to figure out how to combine her two passions. After working for Deloitte Consulting, she struggled to find connection to the individuals who we were being impacted by the work and yearned to have more contact than just problem solving. After speaking with many people, she came to understand how the field of social work would bring her fulfillment by helping others who have experienced different life events, so she headed home to get her MSW from New York University.

 

Dani has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients, including in the foster care system as well as the New York public school system, where she has helped clients address anxiety, depression, and self-confidence issues, providing them with tools to take on the stressors that the natural transitions of life can bring. Dani has worked with clients to overcome generational trauma, helping them to take control of the future they see for themselves despite their current circumstances. Dani believes in the power of relationships and feels strongly that there needs to be a bond built on trust between client and clinician in order for truly impactful work to be accomplished.

In her free time, Dani enjoys spending time with her dog Stella, checking out new restaurants, traveling, and listening to music.

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