Who We Are

Who We Are

Our Health and Wellness Counseling Center (HWCC) team specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of children and teens with a variety of behavioral, social, emotional, and mental health difficulties, with an emphasis placed on working together with the patient’s family and pediatrician so as to implement a comprehensive treatment plan. This team will work to evaluate and treat a range of disorders, including but certainly not limited to anxiety; depression; phobias; disruptive behaviors; aggression; autism spectrum disorder; emotional disturbance; physical disability; poor peer relationships; and school avoidance and refusal.

The Health and Wellness Counseling Center is led by Director Kayla Aguirre (Lesser) LCSW. If you are interested in making an appointment, please contact the Health and Wellness Counseling Center at 845-496-1025 to schedule an initial consultation.

The services provided by the Health and Wellness Counseling Center are covered by most insurance companies.

Kimberly Palmer, LCSW-R

Kim Palmer has worked as a licensed clinical social worker for seventeen years, and has been in private practice specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adults for the past twelve years. She has extensive training and experience in using cognitive behavioral therapy to treat anxiety disorders, including generalized, social, and separation anxiety; depression; school avoidance and refusal; and phobias. She is also proficient in ERP (exposure response prevention) for the treatment of  More…

Sandra Bertolino-Crapanzano, LCSW-R

Sandra Bertolino-Crapanzano has more than 25 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker. She started her own private practice in 2002, where her clients have ranged from people with new physical disabilities to young children with emotional issues to adult survivors of child abuse. She has worked with clients dealing with depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, alcoholism, school phobia, poor peer relationships, and marital problems. Before beginning her work in private practice, Sandra spent fifteen years at  More…

Paul LoBianco, LCSW-R

Paul LoBianco has many years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker, including more than a decade in private practice. His background in therapeutic counseling includes working individually with adolescents and adults; couples and family therapy; adolescent social skills and anger management groups; court ordered therapeutic visitations; and collaborative divorce coaching.

Paul earned his bachelor of arts in social work from Marist College, and his master of social work from Fordham University. He has specialty training and is certified as  More…

Dr. Eileen Rafferty, PsyD

Dr. Eileen Rafferty started out her career working with adults with developmental disabilities, followed by several years working in early childhood development with children diagnosed with autism and social/emotional disorders. Her love of children brought her to a career in special education, working with children and adolescents classified with emotional disturbance. Recognizing a need for positive behavioral support within the schools she decided to further her education and pursued her doctoral degree in School Psychology, which she obtained in 2012 from St. John’s University. She has worked as a Crisis Intervention Specialist for the Department of Education, which entailed providing   More…

Whitney Shkreli, 
LCSW, Individual & Family Therapist

Whitney earned her masters degree in social work from New York university and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She is currently working with children and adults ages 8-50 dealing with anxiety, depression, low self esteem, poor social skills, trauma, and postpartum depression.  More …

Kayla Lesser, LCSW, Individual & Family Therapist

Kayla earned her master’s degree in social work from New York University and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  She currently works with clients ages 15 and older utilizing a cognitive behavioral and dialectal behavioral approach to manage depression, anxiety, poor peer relations, codependency, mood disorders, psychosis, and low self-esteem. More …

Stephanie Sosnowski, BS, ICCE, IBCLC, RLC
Stephanie is available to work with expectant and nursing mothers and their babies. She provides education about the many benefits of breastfeeding, teach breastfeeding positions and proper latch technique, help with breastfeeding issues or problems and address breastfeeding concerns, including breastfeeding for special needs babies.  Stephanie also facilitates our very popular Mothers of Newborns Support Group which is held on alternating Fridays from 12-1 pm.