Meet our Team
Ori Shinar, PsyD
Director, Student Counseling Center
914-674-7233 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Ori Shinar is a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology and has been the Director of the Student Counseling Center for 19 years at Mercy College. He holds degrees from the University of California, Irvine (B.A. Psychology) and Yeshiva University’ Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology (Psy.D. Clinical Psychology). Prior to joining Mercy in 2001, he served as a staff psychologist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Hillside Hospital and Schneider’s Children’s Hospital.
Over the past 20+ years, Dr. Shinar has specialized in cognitive behavior therapy, a time-limited, structured approach to assist people in better managing thoughts, behaviors and emotions that contribute to the issues affecting their life goals and successes. As a New York State licensed clinical psychologist specializing in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), he has extensive training in treating anxiety disorders (i.e. social anxiety, panic and obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety, specific phobias), mood and impulse control disorders. Dr. Shinar works with individuals who also suffer from work productivity challenges including the effects of ADHD (ADD), procrastination, and stress/time management issues.
In light of recent events, Dr. Shinar has actively modified how counseling services are delivered, such as individual solution focused treatments and virtual group therapy programming and workshops, to further the reach of counseling services to more students struggling with anxiety, depression, loneliness, and hopelessness exacerbated by the pandemic.
Karen Reed, LCSW
Counselor, Bronx & Dobbs Ferry
718-678-8486 / email@example.com
Karen Reed is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in counseling adolescents and young adults in an educational setting. She earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology from State University of New York at Purchase College and is a Graduate of The Fordham University School of Social Work. Karen is trained in Family Systems Theory through The Ackerman Institute for the Family, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Focused Therapy. She is also a certified Yoga Instructor and Meditation Leader. Karen is committed to providing excellent service and support to those students who come to her for help. She is trained to assess students with depression and anxiety, suicidal ideation and other mental health concerns. Her preferred therapeutic modalities are engaging students in stress reduction techniques, including talk therapy, yoga and meditation.
Kaitlyn Mercurio, LMSW
Counselor, Dobbs Ferry
914-674-7796 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaitlyn Mercurio, LMSW is a counselor in the Student Counseling Center on the Dobbs Ferry campus. As a counselor, Kaitlyn’s primary role is to provide students with quality, individual therapy sessions. Additionally, Kaitlyn provides wellness programming for students throughout the school year and facilitates mental health focused trainings for faculty and staff. Kaitlyn has worked as a social worker and psychotherapist with a variety of populations including children in the foster care and public school systems, and adolescents and adults coping with mood disorders, anxiety, severe mental illness and dual diagnoses. Kaitlyn holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of the Arts and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Katie DeVoll, LMSW
Counselor, Manhattan & Dobbs Ferry
212-615-3341 / email@example.com
Katie DeVoll, LMSW is a counselor in the Student Counseling Center on both Manhattan and Dobbs Ferry campuses. Katie holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a minor in Community Action and Social Change as well as a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. Katie's primary responsibility is to hold individual therapy sessions with students in the Counseling Center. In addition, Katie works with the other counselors to expand the reach of the center, to hold mental health-focused trainings for staff and faculty, and to engage students in activities and events to promote mental well-being. Katie has experience working as a social worker with various populations including individuals with substance use disorders, mood disorders, dual diagnoses, eating disorders and chronic illness. Katie integrates elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing into her sessions with students to help them to set goals and work towards them in a nonjudgmental and empowering space.
Kylie Cleesattel, LCSW
Counselor, Dobbs Ferry
914-826-9279 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Kylie Cleesattel, LCSW, is a counselor in the Student Counseling Center at both the Dobbs Ferry Campus. Kylie holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. Kylie’s primary responsibility is to hold individual therapy sessions with students in the Counseling Center. In addition, Kylie works with the other counselors to expand the reach of the Center, to hold mental health-focused trainings for staff and faculty, and to engage students in activities on campus to promote mental health and well-being. Kylie has experience as a social worker working with individuals, couples, and families of different populations, including those with substance use disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, and dual diagnosis.
Counseling Center Hours & Contact Information
Due to COVID-19, The Student Counseling Center will be offering appointments through the virtual platform, Doxy.me. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Virtual appointments are strongly encouraged although in person appointments are available if necessary.
Student Counseling Center Main Number (All Campuses)
To schedule a new appointment or for general inquiries: (914) 888-5150 or CounselingCenter@mercy.edu
Virtual Drop-In Hours
Students can also have a short, less than 20 minute conversation with a counselor without an appointment during Virtual Drop-In Hours every Monday- Thursday, 1 - 3 p.m. Go to the Connection Center on Blackboard for more information.
If you are having any thoughts of hurting yourself or dying, there is hope. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline
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