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Lillian Rishty, LCSW


While integrating psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapeutic methods, Lillian's approach is interactive, supportive, and individually designed. Lillian enjoys working together on better understanding how past experiences influence present day behaviors combined with a practical, strengths-based, problem-solving approach.  She strives to provide a safe space in which your experiences and relationships can be explored with an emphasis on trust, comfort, and a judgement-free environment. 

Lillian received her Master's at Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Lillian has experience working collaboratively in a pediatric neurology office, high school and college settings, facilitating art therapy groups in an outpatient rehab facility, in a mental health clinic, and in private practice. 

Lillian is an LCSW is both New York and New Jersey.  She is a Certified Anxiety Specialist by the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists as well as a Certified Eating Disorder and Weight Loss Specialist. She is also certified in Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™. Lillian has completed a one-year training at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology in eating disorders, addictions, and compulsions.  


Ruthy Zalta, MHC-LP

Often times, taking the steps to come to therapy can feel isolating, intimidating, taxing and exposing. Taking such into consideration, Ruthy's therapeutic process is organic, safe, collaborative, and individually designed to meet the needs of each client. Rather than navigating your pain alone, it can be a road that is walked through together side by side, entirely  at your own pace.



Ruthy’s  style is eclectic, creative, and dynamic as she integrates Cognitive Behavioral, Bibliotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment, Psychodynamic, Existential, as well as  Schema Focused therapy. Ruthy has been especially successful in helping clients overcome and manage symptoms of Depression,  Anxiety ,and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Ruthy will challenge you to consider the factors that keep you stuck in the past, consumed with future,   and avoidant of the here and now.

 Additionally, having overcome Perinatal Mood Disorders herself,  Ruthy is passionate about working with mothers and partners in developing insight into symptoms and possible treatments  as well as decreasing  the isolation and shame that inevitably accompanies.



Ruthy received her masters in Mental Health Counseling with an advanced certification in Play Therapy from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Ruthy has experience working with a multicultural clientele in both an outpatient and private practice setting. She is currently training to become a  Certified Trauma Professional as well as a Perinatal Mental Health Specialist.

Chelsea Irwin, LMSW

Trauma informed and identity affirmative, Chelsea’s therapeutic style is rooted in relational and psychodynamic models. Her work emphasizes non-judgment and safety where a genuine and trusting bond can be nurtured. As someone at the intersection of many identities herself, she enjoys helping individuals and couples navigate relational complexities with sensitivity and a sense of curiosity. Chelsea’s deep sense of connectedness to a shared humanity helps facilitate open exploration of values, desires, and fears. She honors the uniqueness of each individual’s needs and perspectives, while helping to identify strengths and celebrate growth.  



Chelsea earned her Master’s of Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgetown University. She has experience working with professionals in an EAP setting, with children, teens, and adults in community mental health clinics, and with couples and individuals in private practice. Additionally, Chelsea is a Professional Life Coach. 



Chelsea has an LMSW license in the State of New York. She is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) from The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC). Chelsea is a Certified Family Trauma Therapist and member of The National Association of Trauma Professionals. She has training in Family Systems Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, Prolonged Exposure (PE), and Interpersonal Psychotherapy for PTSD. In addition to trainings, Chelsea has been a clinical research team member at Columbia School of Social Work, studying lifestyle interventions for individuals with severe mental illnesses, as well as at New York Presbyterian/Columbia Department of Psychiatry exploring the newest treatment protocols for PTSD.