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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Navin Seebaran, LMHC, NCC, CASAC-T 
Associate Psychotherapist

Navin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York and a National Certified Counselor. Navin comes to Embodied Mind with over a decade of experience in several therapeutic, supervisory and consulting roles. He has worked in various non-profits, community-based organizations, and in city government. Along with individual adult clients, he has experience working with children, teenagers, families and couples, and has a history of working with LGBTQ members, veterans, marginalized, and disadvantaged individuals. He works with clients to address many different issues including addiction, sexuality, finances, parenting, psychoses, trauma, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, assault, anger management, and incarceration. He obtained his master’s degree from NYU and utilizes an integrative style of counseling, which include CBT, Solution Focused and Existential methods. He is currently an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College Graduate School of Education and Counseling, where he teaches courses such as Child and Adolescent Development, Family Counseling, and Chemical Dependency and Counseling Issues. Navin is also a college teacher affiliate member of the American Psychological Association. 


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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, career, and challenges around creativity. 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. He teaches at the University level and lectures throughout the city.


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Gwen Pelfini, MA

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 and Administrative Assistant

Trevor joined Embodied Mind NYC in 2018 with an extensive history in psychology. Hailing from San Diego, Trevor majored in Psychology at UCLA, and then studied psychology and spirituality at Columbia University, where he obtained his Master’s Degree of Arts. He was previously the office manager at a neuropsychology evaluation center. Trevor now attends The New School as a psychology masters student and is on track to obtain a PhD in clinical psychology. He is also a member of the Safran Psychotherapy Research Lab at The New School, as well as the Hurd Addiction Research Lab at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Trevor's primary research interests include nonverbal attunement, therapeutic assessment, spirituality and psychosis. In his spare time, he enjoys DJing, writing poetry, playing guitar, and singing in an Emo rock band.