Couples Therapy in Brooklyn
North Brooklyn Marriage & Family Therapy offers individual, family, sex, and couples therapy in Williamsburg.
What is a Marriage and Family Therapist?
Marriage and Family therapists are relationship specialists who help people in interpersonal relationships (all of us). They are master’s-level clinicians licensed by the State of New York to work with couples and individuals in a therapy setting. Their therapeutic perspective is relational and systemic in focus.
All sessions are by appointment only.
Appointments are 45 minutes long and occur on a weekly basis.
The practice has it original location in Williamsburg. Skype sessions are also available.
To set up an appointment or to discuss whether therapy is the right option for you, contact us.
Fees and Insurance
As with most marriage and family therapists in NYC, we are out-of-network insurance providers and do not participate directly in any insurance panels. We are happy to provide an itemized bill for you to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. In order to assess what kind of coverage you have prior to making an appointment, ask your insurance provider what your out-of-network mental health benefit is and if what, if any, your deductible is for mental health coverage.
The fee for therapy with one of our fully licensed therapists is $175 per session.
The fee for therapy with one of our associate therapists is $110 per session.
The fee for therapy with one of our therapy interns is $ 75 per session.
We maintain a 48-hour cancellation policy. Barring a real emergency, we require notice of 48 business hours on any cancellation, otherwise you will be charged for your missed session.
Have more questions? Call us:
Williamsburg (718) 785-9718
Get To Know Us…
ABOUT OUR THERAPISTS
Jennifer Aull, LMFT, Founder and Director
Jennifer is passionate about empowering people to live their fullest lives. This dedication has been lived out through some her personal and professional experiences. Jennifer brings with her a wealth of life experience. Along with her marriage and family therapy practice, Jennifer serves part-time as a pastor at the Greenpoint Reformed Church. She has also worked as a chaplain in both hospital and hospice settings. These experiences have taught her that life can be a journey toward greater awareness and spiritual growth and that such awareness can bring about deep joy and fulfillment.
Jennifer enjoys working with clients to help them author an authentic life for themselves by examining their most challenging past experiences. By creating a warm, safe, non-judgmental environment, she encourages clients to assess those elements that are limiting them. Through the use of both short-term, solution-focused therapy and deeper relational techniques, Jennifer guides clients to find the relationships they long for. Jennifer is experienced in working with a wide variety of people, regardless of religions, genders, cultures, life circumstances and sexual orientations.
Jennifer is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and completed her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Hofstra University. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University. After working for several years as a technology specialist for a number of investment banks, Jennifer attended Union Theological Seminary where she received a Masters of Divinity Degree. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Jennifer is a certified Prepare-Enrich premarital counselor with ten years’ experience helping couples prepare for greater levels of commitment. She is an AASECT certified sex therapist. She is available for both individual and couples therapy.
Christina Curtis, LMFT, Clinical Director
Christina Curtis, LMFT, has been licensed since 2008 in New York and since 1998 in the state of California. She previously held the position of Co-Clinical Director at Midtown Marriage and Family Therapy in Midtown Manhattan, where she served as a group and individual supervisor of therapists and therapists in training at all levels. She maintains a private practice in Brooklyn Heights.
Christina has twenty plus years experience in mental health, beginning with work in crisis and bereavement, including hospice bereavement counseling, suicide assessment and intervention training for first responders and crisis debriefing. She holds an MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco and an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. In the last eight years Christina has deepened her psycho-therapeutic work with individuals, as well as short term (Prepare/Enrich Premarital Counseling) and long term work with couples of all backgrounds. Trained in Family Systems theory, and with a grounding in trans-personal, somatic and narrative perspectives, Christina is a couples therapist who respects the sacredness of individual identity and autonomy and an individual therapist with a deep understanding of couples’ relationships and how they impact personal development. Christina sees her early crisis training as having bestowed the gifts of clear boundaries and a gut-level instinct about what’s most essential for clients. Her background as a poet and writer have enhanced her ability to use symbol, metaphor and story to help clients make meaning of their lives. Her more recent developing passion for work with premarital couples has been one of the most compelling periods of her long career.
Marc Fernandez, LMFT
Marc views the therapeutic process as a road to greater self-awareness and maximizing one’s potential in all aspects of life. He employs empathetic listening to create a therapeutic relationship that will allow his clients to thrive. Through his work with individuals, couples and families of varying backgrounds, he understands that each individual brings his or her own unique life experience and narrative to sessions. Marc believes in the eudaemonistic ability of each individual within their system. Eudaemonia can be defined “human flourishing.”
Marc is able to provide counseling in both English and Spanish. Along with his work at North Brooklyn MFT, Marc is a bilingual family specialist for a leading non-for-profit organization in Nassau County, where he provides case management and clinical interventions to the Spanish-speaking population of Long Island.
He received his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iona College, where he was also able to work with clients from a wide variety of cultures, and his Bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo, where he majored in Psychology and Spanish Language and Literature. Marc is certified to lead the evidence-based Strengthening Families Program.
Marc is a certified Prepare-Enrich counselor with premarital counseling experience.
Stephanie Vigoya, LMHC
Stephanie is passionate about helping individuals, families, and couples create positive shifts in their lives. Her relational approach creates a safe environment to begin a process of self-exploration & personal growth. She uses evidenced based practices to help clients develop a deeper understanding and meaning around their experiences. As a result, goals are developed; barriers are surpassed; and strengths are heightened to support the changes they envision.
Considering that we often grow and develop in the context of our family, Stephanie welcomes meeting the people invested in your life. She often assists couples to engage in conversations that promote increased safety and connection, she provides parents with the tools needed to manage challenging behavior presented by children, and helps individuals resolve issues related to trauma, depression, anxiety, and overall life stressors.
Stephanie is a licensed Mental Health Counselor who received her graduate degree in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. She was inspired to peruse a two year post-graduate certification from the Ackerman Institute for the Family to better assist culturally diverse & underserved children experiencing severe emotional and behavioral issues. Stephanie ability to support children and families is further supported by her training in MAP evidence-based treatment by New York University Child Study Center which teaches families how to manage and monitor symptoms not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, and disruptive behavior in youth. Most recently, Stephanie completed an Emotional Focus Therapy Externship to assist couples understand in their patterns during conflict and engage in conversations that promotes bonding within the relationship.
Stephanie is a bilingual therapist where she can provide therapy in both English and Spanish.
Tierney Verderami, LMFT
Tierney views the therapeutic relationship as a foundation for growth and healing. With compassion and curiosity, she creates a safe space for her clients to reflect upon who they want to be in the world. She invites them to explore how their past might be affecting their present relationships with others, as well as with themselves. Tierney’s approach to therapy is eclectic and is influenced by Humanistic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Narrative, and Family Systems schools of practice.
Tierney has experience working with diverse adult and adolescent client populations in both residential and outpatient settings. She specializes in the treatment of substance abuse and addictions, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Additionally, Tierney has facilitated parenting workshops, drug and alcohol counseling, anger management classes, and mindfulness groups. She is available to see individuals, couples, and families.
Tierney received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Lehigh University and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with a School Counseling Graduate Certificate from the University of Southern California. Upon her return to New York, she studied at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Tierney is a certified Prepare-Enrich premarital counselour.
Hillary Geffner, MS in MFT
Hillary views the therapeutic process as a collaborative journey between therapist and client. Taking a compassionate and exploratory stance, Hillary works to establish a safe and nonjudgmental environment that encourages an exploration of self and factors that may be hindering growth. She acknowledges and appreciates that each individual brings his or her own unique experience to session. Hillary’s hands on approach is holistic in nature, taking into account every aspect of the client in order to facilitate a higher sense of self-awareness to develop and maintain fulfilling interpersonal relationships. Her eclectic style draws from a variety of approaches including Narrative, Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focus, and Family Systems theories.
Hillary has experience working with diverse adult and adolescent client populations. She specializes in the treatment of relationship distress, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Additionally, she has experience working with intimacy and sex related challenges in both a couple and individual setting.
Hillary graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Long Island University. Hillary previously worked in an agency setting with adolescents with behavioral challenges who struggle with mental illness at a youth adolescent skill center in Manhattan. She obtained research experience at the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training studying sexual risk behaviors among young adults.
Hillary is an associate therapist and is able to accept sliding scale clients.
Benjamin Velez, LMFT
A firm believer in a mind-body-spirit approach to psychological health, Ben incorporates a long history of multi-disciplinary spiritual practice and investigation with his graduate training in relationship / family therapy into a holistic approach that utilizes transitions and crises as opportunities to deepen insight and life skills that better navigate and manage them, with the end purpose being client-based empowerment to lead the healthiest, most productive and balanced life possible.
Specifically, he combines a compassionate and humanistic approach with mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral strategies, and provides a open, collaborative, and understanding therapeutic environment that is sensitive to all of the varieties along the cultural, gender and spiritual/belief spectrums. While not limited in focus, his fields of particular interest include at-risk youth, anger management and depression.
Ben holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercy College and a dual BA in Comparative Religious Studies and Africana Studies from Vassar College and is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT).
Adriana Calo, MFT
Adriana believes that therapy is a partnership between the client and the therapist. This collaborative relationship helps to foster positive changes and promotes growth, healing, and healthier interactions in all aspects of life. She aims to make a safe and welcoming space where each client has a voice. Working with several disciplines from her background with children, individuals, couples, and families, it is her goal to find what works best with each client system and go from there.
While working with couples, Adriana has found that some partnerships need to heal things from their individual pasts in order to move forward in the present. She offers tools to help heal old wounds, while also gaining communication skills, a better understanding of your partner’s world, and how couples can move forward together.
Adriana received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Hofstra University. In her recent work at The Joan & Arnold Saltzman Center, she has been privileged to work with people from all walks of life. As a result, she has had training in attachment disorder, cognitive behavioral therapy with children, and LGBTQ workshops.
Adriana is a certified Prepare-Enrich counselor with premarital counseling experience.
As an associate therapist, Adriana can accept sliding scale clients.
Kathleen Kane, Therapy Intern
Kathleen believes that presenting problems are often a symptom of the dynamics within a relationship, rather than an issue within an individual. In working with her clients, she values collaboration, and strives to create a highly supportive environment in which communication and understanding can be improved.
Before joining the team at North Brooklyn Marriage and Family Therapy, Kathleen worked with individuals, couples, and families ranging in age and background at the Joan & Arnold Saltzman Center. She has led group workshops for pre-k students, parents going through divorce, and caregivers of those who are chronically ill or impaired.
Kathleen exercises a humanistic approach to therapy, and primarily uses Family Systems, Imago, Cognitive Behavioral, and Narrative models. In session, Kathleen works with clients to identify strengths, and to discover a new, and positive perspective. Kathleen received her Bachelor’s Degree in English at Fordham University, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Hofstra University.
Amelia Innis, Associate Therapist
Amelia believes that a greater sense of connection, both within ourselves and to others, provides a chance for healing. She offers a safe space to examine personal and relational problems and works collaboratively with clients to ensure that they are in control of their therapeutic journey. When working with individuals or couples, Amelia strives to remain culturally competent and systemically oriented, and pays special attention to culture, context, and family of origin. Her work is informed by Family Systems Theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Integrative Sex and Couples Therapy.
While interning at Council for Relationships, one of the oldest non-profit therapy organizations on the East Coast, Amelia gained experience working with a diverse group of individuals, couples, and families with different treatment needs and goals. She took a strengths-based approach to help individuals find self-compassion, heightened self-worth, and empathy for others. Through her volunteer work in Philadelphia, she co-facilitated a group for women experiencing homelessness and focused on issues around race, gender, family trauma, and parenting.
Amelia received her Master’s of Family Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, with a focus in sex therapy, and is pursuing AASECT certification as a sex therapist. Her passion is in helping individuals and couples achieve greater satisfaction, intimacy, and desire in their relationships. She has experience working with communication, sexual dysfunction, and sexual trauma.
As an associate therapist, Amelia accepts sliding scale clients.
Jenn Lief, Therapy Intern
All people have the ability to let go and change and the collaborative relationship between client and therapist can assist with this. Jenn believes strongly in the family systems theory that looks at not only the individual but the system created by the family as a whole. Jenn works alongside her clients to empower them with the tools to stay more connected to both themselves and their partners. Her work with clients is strengths based, person centered and recovery oriented. She uses a goal centered approach to determine and dissolve the blocks between clients and deeper connection.
Jenn is a non-traditional student in her third year of masters study in Marriage and Family Therapy at North Central University. She is also a certified business coach through the ICF with advanced training in coaching from IPEC.. Jenn also holds a BA in Human Ecology, an MA in Liberal Studies and is the recipient of The Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship.
Kara McElaney, Licensed Therapist
Kara believes in the the co-created experience of therapy between therapist and clients. Trained in Narrative therapy and a range of therapeutic models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused therapy, and Trauma-informed care, Kara works to create a safe and reflective space in which clients can be met where they are at with curiosity, respect, and compassion.
Kara values partnering with clients in understanding how problems can get in the way of more preferred ways of being. She believes in the power of therapeutic conversations bringing opportunities for clients to be cared about and known in ways which are a fit for them. By creating space for clients to story their intentions and hopes for their lives, while recognizing how relational histories and cultural messages may impact our relationships, more possibilities may emerge to take action on one’s behalf. Kara has experience working with a range of clients of all different ages and backgrounds, providing client-centered therapy grounded in social justice and relational ethics.
Kara completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and received her Bachelor’s degree from The New School. Kara’s previous experiences includes residential/group home settings, Americorps, as well as working for a non-profit agency providing in-home family therapy and clinical supervision.