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Michael A. Scarpa, LMFT
Michael A. Scarpa is a Marriage and Family Therapist and Divorce Mediator licensed to practice in New York State and Director of Long Island Anxiety Care.
He received his training in divorce mediation from the Center for Mediation and Training in Manhattan, NY. As a graduate of SUNY Binghamton’s Psycho-Biology Bachelor’s program and Hofstra University’s Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s program, he began his career working in Hofstra University’s Community Health Clinic and for Nassau University Medical Center’s Adult Psychiatric Unit. There he ran various Divorce Support, Parenting Skills, and Family Issues Groups as well as developed a Relationship Skill Building Group.
He also has worked with criminal court systems as part of Queens County’s Alternatives to Street Crime Program, where he helped at risk teenagers and first time offenders develop and improve communication, anger management, and social skills in order to stay out of the legal system, become more productive members of society, and take back their lives.
Mr. Scarpa brings a unique set of skills developed through working in Community Services Centers, In-patient Psychiatric Units, in conjunction with the Court Systems, and most recently within the Private Practice setting. Presently, his main focus is on helping individuals, families, and couples overcome anxiety and anxiety related disorders, such as phobias and OCD, through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Additionally, family and couple communication issues, stress reduction, and other interpersonal dynamic issues are addressed using Cognitive Behavioral and systemic Family Therapy models, including Solution Focused and Structural Family Therapy.
Anxiety is something that impacts everyone differently and causes many people distress. For some, it is often seen as avoidance of people, places, and things; for others (especially with children) it can be seen through their acting out; and yet for others it comes in the form of obsessive thoughts and ritualistic behaviors.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with its emphasis on education, coping skills training, and rational methods for changing thoughts and behaviors has been shown to be one of, if not, the most effective treatment strategy for dealing with anxiety is all of its many forms. By taking such a goal-oriented, problem focused approach and through the use of Cognitive Behavioral therapy, clients are taught how to view problems differently and address them in productive ways so that by the time therapy is done they can become “their own therapist”.
Catherine Rivera, LMFT
Catherine Rivera is a Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at SUNY Oswego. She then received her first Masters of Art in Teaching from Queens College and was a NYC public school teacher for 10 years. Wanting a new challenge, she enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Hofstra University and received her second Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Ms. Rivera completed her internship at the Saltzman Center at Hofstra University. While completing her internship, Ms. Rivera worked with families, individuals, and couples as well as running the teen groups on confidence, mindfulness and social skill development. She also ran the women’s group for single mothers and caretakers.
After her time at the Saltzman Center, Ms. Rivera worked as a Family Specialist at the PINS diversion program at Family and Children’s Association assisting and providing counseling for youth in danger of entering the criminal justice system. She has also counselled individuals, families, and couples at a private practice near her home.
Catherine has attended numerous workshops ranging from couples working through infidelity run by the noted Esther Perel to ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) implementing mindfulness and value driven therapy. She also has received extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Structural Family therapy, Imago, and Solution Focused therapy.Ms. Rivera believes that at any given moment you have the power to say that this is not how the story is going to end. She believes in the collaborative nature of the therapeutic relationship where the client’s strengths and dedication are the most helpful components in achieving progress and navigating life’s varied experiences.
Dana Mancuso, LMFT
Dana Mancuso is a Marriage and Family therapist who received a Bachelor of Science degree from Hofstra University. She continued her education at Hofstra obtaining her Physician Assistant degree and worked in the medical field as a PA in both private and public settings for several years. She left her successful career as a Physician Assistant to follow her calling as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Following her medical experience, she returned to Hofstra and obtained her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, graduating with academic honors.
Mrs. Mancuso successfully completed her internship years at the Saltzman Community Center, as well as at Family and Children's Association. During that time, Mrs. Mancuso received extensive training in the implementation of various therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral, Emotionally Focused, Structural, and Solution Focused Therapies. Mrs. Mancuso also received her level 1 Gottman training in 2015 and uses this therapeutic approach often when working with couples. She was responsible for an extremely diverse population of clients through the Family Mediation Program as well as the PINS Diversion Program, which was developed to keep adolescent clients out of the court systems.
Throughout this work, Dana has maintained a successful track record of helping these clients and families achieve goals and develop an increased ability to function in a more productive manner. Dana had developed and maintained a weekly group for teens who were often from group and foster homes or who have been victims of abuse or neglect at an early age. She was responsible for running weekly "Strengthening Families" groups, which were 14 week program segments designed to systematically guide families with adolescents to increase communication skills as well as develop mutual respect and strengthen bonds within the home.
With a strong knowledge of both the mental health and medical field, Dana is able to work with individuals, families, and couples to develop customized treatment plans for each client's needs.
Brittany L. Yannucci, LMHC
Brittany L. Yannucci is a Mental Health Counselor who has been with Long Island Anxiety Care since 2011. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from SUNY College at Brockport where she was chief research assistant for the Psychology Department and intern for the New York State Office of Mental Health and New York State Education Department. Mrs. Yannucci received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University, C.W. Post and completed additional coursework to receive certification in School Counseling. At C.W. Post, she was a graduate student assistant and an executive officer of Chi Sigma Iota (International Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society).
Mrs. Yannucci has worked with at-risk families to prevent placement of children within the foster care system by implementing weekly parent training and anger management sessions. She also worked at Walkabout for Young Men and Women, a residential and transitional group home for runaway and homeless youth located in Nassau County as the Career Counselor and Mental Health Specialist. Mrs. Yannucci was then promoted within the agency to Program Supervisor of Nassau Haven, the only emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth in Nassau County.
At Long Island Anxiety Care, Mrs. Yannucci started as an intern with the former director and founder of the program gaining invaluable knowledge and assisting in the development of the Early Intervention Program. She was later promoted to the role of Early Intervention Program Coordinator and specialized in working with the younger population of 4-7 years old. As Program Coordinator, Mrs. Yannucci developed a psycho-educational group called "Worry Warriors" which helped children with generalized anxiety symptoms to develop independent coping skills through hands-on confidence building activities, role-playing and relaxation skills building. Mrs. Yannucci continues to specialize in working with young and anxious children, as well as, with their parents in order to teach them the approach needed for constant reinforcement and the hope of working together as a team. She also has much experience with adolescents, adults and families. She feels confident helping those who suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety, School Anxiety, Performance Anxiety, Children's sleeping difficulties, Panic Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Selective Mutism, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Anger, and Behavioral issues.
Mrs. Yannucci is a proud mother of her son, Benjamin. She is also genuinely committed to providing help and hope to individuals in facing their everyday challenges and to equip them with the necessary tools to improve their quality of life. She has a true passion and belief in the therapeutic process; it has been her dream to work with individuals struggling with anxiety since she was a child. She wants those whose worlds have become so "small" due to anxiety to learn how to take back control and understand that they do not have to suffer in silence.
“I’m proud of you for the times you came in second, or third, or fourth, but what you did was the best you had ever done.” ~ Mister Rogers
ABOUT OUR PRACTICE
Michael A. Scarpa is a Family and Marital Counselor and
Divorce Mediator. As a graduate of SUNY Binghamton’s
Baccalaureate Program in Psycho-Biology and Hofstra
University’s Master’s Degree Program in Marriage and
• LICENSED PRACTICE SINCE 2001 IN NY STATE
• LMFT CERTIFIED FAMILY THERAPIST
• LOCATED IN ST. JAMES IN SUFFOLK COUNTY
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
- Carl Jung
Michael A. Scarpa is a Family and Marital Counselor and Divorce Mediator.
As a graduate of SUNY Binghamton’s
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Biology and Hofstra University’s Master’s Degree Program.Michael A. Scarpa is a Family and Marital Counselor and Divorce Mediator.
As a graduate of SUNY Binghamton’s Baccalaureate Program in Psycho-Biology and Hofstra University’s Master’s Degree Program in Marriage Therapy,
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