Our Therapists

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. She is soon to be a certified complex trauma professional (CCTP).


Odette Franco, LMHC

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Odette provides a warm, comfortable, and safe space for clients to share and grow. Odette focuses on helping her clients gain awareness of patterns that are interfering with their wellbeing, growth, and relationships. Her clients can expect to develop clarity and new perspectives while building confidence. Odette uses an integrative approach and tailors each session to suit her client’s needs.
Odette earned her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Odette has experience working in a mental health clinic treating a variety of disorders across various age groups.
Odette is an LMHC based in New York. She is trained in CBT treatment of anxiety disorders. She has also been trained in DBT and ACT, and integrates those modalities in her work as well. Odette is soon to be trained in grief counseling and ACT for eating and body image concerns.

Emilia Nhaissi Shapiro, LMSW

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Emilia believes successful therapy starts with the right fit between therapist and client, and makes sure to provide a safe and supportive space for clients from all backgrounds.  When you're ready to discuss the issues that are stopping you from  succeeding, enjoying or living your fullest life, she is here to help.



Her clinical training includes a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and a master's degree in Clinical Social work from Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work.  She has worked with adults of all ages and varied racial, sexual, economic and religious backgrounds



Emilia specializes in CBT, DBT, ERP, and solution-focused therapy, and is especially passionate about working with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression and OCD. She also offers marital counseling, relationship counseling, and welcomes all types of couples.

Misha Valencia, LMSW


Misha specializes in treating Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression and trauma. Misha uses different therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychodynamic, to provide a supportive and comfortable space. Misha has extensive experience working in different outpatient mental health settings and is passionate about helping individuals, families and children overcome various challenges they are experiencing in their lives. 


Misha is also a writer and her work on trauma, education, sibling empty nest syndrome and family violence has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Parents Magazine, Healthline, NY Metro parents and numerous other publications.