Our Treatment Team

 
 
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Daniel J Cook, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Clinical Director                                    

Daniel is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Psychotherapist in the state of New York.  His work specializes in men's and male adolescent's mental and relational health including relationships, addiction, out of control sexual behavior, anger management, depression, sexuality, and trauma recovery. Understanding the special needs of men in the modern world, he tailors his approach to therapy to address this underserved and overwhelmed population. His work is integrative; meeting his clients as they are, he facilitates curiosity and accountability in accepting  where they are and where they want to go. He lectures at universities throughout New York City and has had the privilege working in mental health clinics, hospice, universities, gang intervention programs, the Department of Human Services, and residential supports servicing those with developmental disabilities. 

He obtained his Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, specializing in Gestalt and Mindfulness based therapeutic approaches. He has further trauma and attachment training from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, grounding his therapeutic approach in working with body based memories in resolving traumatic experiences as well as the neurological implications of attachment and stress. 

He is an avid meditation practitioner and teacher and contributes his contemplative practice to his capacity as therapist.

 

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Anne-Sophie Gerald
Administrative Assitant

After graduating from The College of New Jersey in 2014 with a dual bachelor's degree in International Studies and Spanish, Anne-Sophie worked in the nonprofit sector over four years in Guatemala, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, she held a yearlong position as Administrative Director of 3 Mariposas Montessori, a school for ages 1-12 in the Dominican Republic. Throughout her career she has worked with first generation and immigrant students so they could gain access to higher education. Her experiences led her to recognize that oftentimes the environment can cause social-emotional obstacles in people’s path. Thus, seeking to gain the skills to support young people on this path, she decided to return to school and is currently in her second year of the Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance: Bilingual School Counseling, for Grades Pre-K-12 program at NYU. As a School Counselor in training, she believes in taking a holistic interdisciplinary approach to mental health while honoring the social, emotional, and physical components. In her free time, she is usually hiking, reading, or singing in the United Nations Singers choir


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Jason A. Maas, MA; MHC-LP
Associate Psychotherapist

Jason integrates the mind and body and takes a holistic view of recovery and change, specializing in issues with mood, relationships, masculinity, addiction, eating, sleep, spirituality and challenges around creativity. He draws from talk therapy, somatic awareness, mindfulness, and the creative arts to tailor his approach to the inherent wisdom of each individual. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College, NY, and a Master’s in Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA. He has completed a year of psychoanalytic training from the Training Institute for Mental Health in NY, NY and has completed a 60-hour kundalini yoga teacher training module at Rama Institute. Jason is a meditation teacher as well as an artist, poet, novelist, and his children’s books have reached over half a million children. He teaches at the University level and lectures throughout the city.


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Gwen Pelfini, MA; MHC-LP
Associate Psychotherapist, Social Engagement Manager

Gwen is an Integrative Psychotherapist, bringing to Embodied Mind almost a decade working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Gwen’s primary clinical work has been in New York City schools, representing community based organizations, as well as in public health services in the Bronx. Her work and studies have afforded her the privilege to apply her clinical practices abroad, integrating art therapy within the hospital setting in Buenos Aires, as well as learning innovative therapeutic treatments and understandings at NYU London’s community of Autism awareness. Gwen strongly believes in the mind-body integration, honoring the whole person through a holistic perspective. She utilizes multidisciplinary therapeutic modalities, founded in her undergraduate work at UCLA, and refined during her studies at NYU, where she earned a Master’s in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness. Gwen also has a professional background in music, as a singer, and is passionate about bringing this creativity into the way she approaches clients, meeting each person where they are, and collaboratively curating a customized approach that fits accordingly. She is extensively trained to support individuals in addressing a range of issues, including: unsatisfying relationships, self-esteem issues, life transitions, grief and bereavement, trauma, work stress, and family dynamics, as well as interpersonal skills and communication, helping people to find fulfillment in their lives.


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Trevor Friedman, MA
Research, Training, and Development Coordinator

Trevor joined Embodied Mind NYC in 2018. Hailing from San Diego, he majored in psychology at UCLA, and then worked as the office manager at a neuropsychology evaluation center prior to obtaining a masters degree in psychology at Columbia University. Trevor is now a clinical psychology PhD student at The New School and has recently begun seeing his first psychotherapy clients through his academic program. He has extensive experience in the psychiatric inpatient setting, co-facilitating a DBT skills group at Lenox Hill Hospital and conducting interviews with patients at Mount Sinai Beth Israel with histories of psychosis and substance dependence. He is a member of The New School’s Safran Psychotherapy Research Lab and the Center for Attachment Research. Trevor's primary research interests include nonverbal synchrony and the therapeutic alliance. In his spare time, he enjoys DJing, playing guitar, and singing in a rock band.