Experience Change with Safe Space Licensed Clinical Social Work


"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind"

William James

Child Psycholgist

Our Services

Couples Therapy like going to the gym, the relationship gets stronger

Family Therapy

.. for healthy families, healthy lives, healthy you

Individual Therapy

..helping you reach your full potential


All About Therapy

Personalized Attention for All Your Needs

Perhaps you're down or anxious - maybe you're unsure about the future of a relationship, or just feel that you aren't living the life you were meant to lead. Whatever your needs may be, we are here to offer support. Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery, and in session our therapists promote behavioral transformation by encouraging a positive outlook and the adoption of new attitudes and reactions. We have the tools and professional experience to help you get back on track.


Our Staff

Our clinicians are licensed

Helping our patients is the reason we get up in the morning and we are happy to be able to provide them with the best health services. Read on to find out about our clinicians. We are licensed social workers and marriage and family therapist. Feel free to reach out to schedule your appointment. Most medical insurance plans accepted.


As a licensed clinical social worker, Michelle provides psychotherapy to children, adults and families to assess needs, build trust and explore issues. She utilizes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help survivors decrease their reactivity to traumatic memories, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to help clients gain insight, and Motivational Interviewing Techniques (MI) to help clients evaluate the pros and cons of change. In addition, Michelle supervises social work interns and clinicians in the practice. Michelle is SIFI certified in the State of NY, and a Qualified Supervisor in the State of Florida.

Michelle Fuentes, LCSW

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In addition to supervising a group of clinicians in the practice, Johan provides psychotherapy to clients who struggle with an array of challenges, including depression, anxiety, work-related stress, relationship setbacks, and other hardships. His goal is to help people get through some of their toughest moments in life and help them be their best selves.

Johan Peguero, LCSW


Lauren is responsible for supervising clinicians in the practice. In addition, Lauren provides psychotherapy to adults and children with mild to severe symptoms. Lauren strives to provide a collaborative environment in which clients and clinicians are equal partners within the therapeutic process and a safe space in which they feel seen, heard and understood.

Lauren Seiber, LCSW


As an Afro-Latina bilingual Marriage and Family therapist, Sheila works with many members of marginalized communities to talk about their unique experience and to break down barriers and stigma around mental health. When a client’s beliefs do not align with their cultural or family’s beliefs it can create distress, anxiety, and other challenging emotions.
Sheila helps youth, adults, and couples explore issues important to them and to reexamine cultural beliefs, values, and personal ideology. Sheila serves as a co-pilot with her clients and supports them to drive their own process, to further create an awareness of the influence that life stressors have on them both as individuals as well as in their relationships. 

Sheila Arias, LMFT

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Stefan values the importance of creating a therapeutic space that allows clients to address their thoughts, feelings, concerns, and challenges, both openly and honestly. Through therapy, he strives to support individuals in better understanding the way they make sense of their experiences and how they may better negotiate themselves in an ever-changing social world. Stefan specializes in supporting individuals with diverse backgrounds as well as various diagnoses such as Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, and Social Anxiety among others.

Stefan Stanjevic, LMSW

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As a therapist of color, Monica takes pride in understanding how systemic oppression has influenced the way we view ourselves and how that translates to relationships/life circumstance. Her areas of specialty include codependency, anxiety, racial identity, self-esteem, & childhood trauma. She merges psychoanalysis, body/mind connection, and internalized family systems.

Monica Gavilanes, LMSW


Shifra's integrative approach to counseling includes motivational interviewing, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral strategies, and psychodynamic therapy. She specializes in the treatment of trauma, bereavement, relationship and family issues, end-of-life decisions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, etc. Her approach is non-judgmental, collaborative and supportive.

Shifra Tepper, LMSW


Kyle is a strong believer that people are often not aware of their strengths. With this in mind, Kyle focuses on helping clients gain awareness and build on their strengths, develop a stronger self-esteem, learn coping skills to manage emotional reactions to stressful events, and learn conflict resolution skills.

Kyle Calderon, LMSW


Theresa is a compassionate and empathetic psychotherapist that recognizes the incredible courage it takes to reach out for support during periods of distress and vulnerability. Theresa is committed to building a strong therapeutic relationship with clients by providing them with a safe space in which they feel supported, heard and understood. Theresa focuses on helping individuals feel empowered to be able to achieve their treatment goals.

Theresa Chriscoe, LMSW

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Elsa is a bilingual, Spanish/English, speaking Therapist. She provides support to adults in different facets of life. Her approach is gentle and compassionate. She offers individual therapy to those seeking to improve their overall wellbeing while addressing areas of mental health concerns. Elsa considers herself to be a passionate, gentle and empathetic Therapist. She believes that meeting clients where they are is essential to providing a safe space for learning and trust. Elsa uses a psychodynamic approach to help clients gain awareness of unconscious patterns of behavior that may stem from early childhood experiences. Gaining self-awareness can help individuals improve their interpersonal relationships.

Elsa Guerrero, LMSW


Lauren provides psychotherapy to children, adults, and families to identify treatment needs, establish a therapeutic alliance, and work towards desired treatment outcomes. Using a strengths-based approach, she delivers treatment options to accommodate individual needs. These options include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Trauma-Informed Care. In addition, Lauren possesses a vested interest in culturally competent and anti-racist practices while advocating for vulnerable populations. Her ability to remain flexible in her service delivery allows Lauren to support her client’s in setting realistic treatment goals and objectives, thus increasing positive therapeutic outcomes.

Lauren Merced, MSW

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Sonia is a Marriage and Family therapist who specializes in grief counseling, PTSD, anxiety and depression. Her military experience affords her with additional expertise to work with Veterans. Sonia utilizes trauma focused therapies and CBT to help her clients find inner peace. Sonia's welcoming and warm demeanor emits calm that results in client's feeling at ease.

Sonia Ricks, MFT


Georbina specializes in treating individuals who experience anxiety, depression, abortion/infant loss, intimacy and sex issues. In addition, Georbina provides therapeutic support to people of color who suffer trauma due to racism.

Georbina Darosa, MSW


Vanessa is a Registered Clinical Social Worker who believes in inclusivity and diversity. She has experience working with LGBTQIA+ and Latinx communities, active-duty military members, veterans, and children. Vanessa has a laid-back and practical style of therapy and believes in working with clients to advocate for their mental health needs. Her specialties are Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, and Depression disorders. Vanessa’s treatment experience is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy.

Vanessa McDonnell, MSW


Rema believes that mental health is just as important as physical health. As a Muslim Arab-American woman in social work, Rema tries her hardest to ensure she fosters a safe space for her clients to achieve their treatment goals. The teenage years and young adulthood present unique challenges. Trauma, Anxiety-related disorders, and Depression are complex. Rema has a particular interest in working with this special population and helping them achieve success in their life.

Rema Sheikah, MSW Intern


Viviana is a strong believer in self-empowerment and she understands the challenges of adjusting to life in a new country. Viviana has experience working with clients of diverse ethnic backgrounds who struggle with the emotions associated with difficulty acculturating to the prevailing culture. Viviana understands that it is especially difficult for people to seek help due to stigma surrounding mental health. Viviana is a bilingual English-Spanish therapist who trained in how to conduct immigration evaluations.

Viviana Schmidt, MSW Intern

Schedule a session today and start healing.


About Us

Serving Patients Since 2015

Safe Space Licensed Clinical Social Work is a licensed Mental Health Service Provider based in New York and Florida. We are here to guide you through life’s most complex and difficult matters. We truly care about our patients’ well-being and guarantee top of the line counseling and psychological services catered to their needs.

Since 2015, we have provided a number of specialized therapeutic services to those dealing with challenging life experiences. Patient well-being is our number one priority, and we go above and beyond to help them through all their obstacles. Get in touch with us today for more information.


Contact Us

3249 Kingsbridge Ave., Bronx, NY 10463

917-969-2445 or 518-779-3499

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