Esther Kim, MAMFT-LP


Esther holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. She passed the National Marriage and Family Therapy Examination and is currently working towards her hours to be fully licensed. Esther is passionate about investing and journeying with people in their process of healing and growth. She works collaboratively with individuals, couples, and families dealing with a broad range of issues, including negative self-image, family-of-origin issues, depression, anxiety, relationship challenges and grief. Esther is certified in Gottman Couples Therapy (level 1) and is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator. Esther was born and raised in Queens, NY. She enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Sungman. She also enjoys exploring new places, traveling, meeting new people, listening to music and podcasts, playing the cajon and piano, hiking, rock climbing, and spending time with family and friends.

Angela Adour, M.A.


Angela earned her MA in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and a certificate in Trauma and Crisis Intervention from Rutgers University. She began her counseling journey by counseling pastorally, within the local church about 15 years ago, and has spent the years since working with individuals––youth and adults––who have experienced trauma and complex trauma, as well as those who've experienced ministry burnout, church hurt, various relational challenges, pregnancy losses, and women experiencing divorce, separation, and infidelity. Drawing on 18+ years of ministry experience, Angela enjoys taking a Christ-centered approach with clients in helping others process how the hope of the Gospel intersects with their own story. She has lived and ministered in NYC for nearly 15 years, and co-planted a church a few years ago in East Harlem, alongside her husband. There, she serves the church as the pastoral care manager and also oversees the church's pastoral counseling direction.

Caryn Amandola

Intern Counselor

Caryn is a graduate student in mental health counseling at Queens College. She brings years of experience working with adults who have experienced childhood trauma, and is a certified trainer with Mending the Soul, a nonprofit committed to bringing hope and healing to abuse victims. Caryn is passionate about walking alongside others through life’s difficulties and hurts, whether it be the loss of loved one, relationship conflict, anger, anxiety or finding direction and purpose. Having 30 years of pastoral ministry and management experience, she empowers clients through a supportive, integrative approach. She believes that each client is unique, possessing thoughts and feelings that deserve to be heard. Caryn enjoys spending time with family and friends having fun and meaningful conversation over a good meal. She also loves walking on the beach, restoring vintage furniture, and anything chocolate.

Susannah Atkins, LCSW


Susannah is a licensed clinical social worker with her degree from New York University. With postgraduate training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), she works with individuals in identifying and exploring beliefs and emotions that interfere with personal, occupational, and spiritual growth such as depression, mood and emotional disorders, anxiety, and relationship issues. She has led groups on the “Boundaries” series as well as a support group for women with a history of sexual abuse. She and her husband, Fred, attend Trinity Baptist Church where he is an elder and she is involved with leadership development. She loves to travel and is hard at work checking cities off her bucket-list.

Rebecca Beidel, LMFT


Rebecca received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling at Nyack College. A church planter and pastor’s wife since 1990, she has many years of experience counseling, teaching and living in the urban church context. Rebecca is an adjunct lecturer at Nyack college’s NYC campus. She loves working with couples and has received the most advanced training in Gottman Couple Therapy, is a certified Prepare Enrich (premarital counseling) facilitator and works with individuals and couples on issues of depression, grief, anxiety, communication and relational conflict. She has a special passion for working with people in ministry on issues of ministry burnout, compassion fatigue and boundaries. Rebecca is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She’s a native New Yorker who loves to cook, read and explore the food, arts and endless cultural opportunities in her city but also enjoys camping, canoeing or escaping to the beach with her husband.

Rosalin Brueck, LMHC

Clinical Supervisor and Counselor

Rosalin Brueck completed her undergraduate studies in political science at Dartmouth College and Fordham University. She received her MA from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling and is licensed to provide counseling in NY & NJ. Rosalin works collaboratively with individuals, addressing a variety of issues including anxiety, relationship problems, trauma, spiritual formation, eating disorders, mood disorders, and provides coaching for gifted/talented adults. She is certified in Intuitive Eating and in Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy. Currently, she is pursuing training in Internal Family Systems and certification as an Eating Disorders Specialist. Rosalin is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Rosalin and her husband live in Long Beach, NY and attend CenterPoint Church. She enjoys surfing, snowboarding, volunteering, reading, and writing.

Ashley Buechele, M.A.


Ashley Buechele completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University, and she holds a master’s in biblical counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. She received additional training in counseling through an internship at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in suburban Philadelphia. Prior to becoming a counselor, Ashley worked on Wall Street, specifically in private equity and real estate finance. Ashley works with individuals, couples, children and adolescents. She counsels in areas including abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, boundaries and relationships. Ashley has led support groups focused on addictions and boundaries and has taught the class, “How People Change.” Ashley is married to Greg, and they have four children. Ashley enjoys travel, good food, and exploring new neighborhoods of New York City.

Josue Calderon, M.A.

Church & Community Relations Manager and Counselor

Josue earned his Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministries from Nyack College and received his Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, he counsels individuals, couples and families dealing with conflict resolution, relationship difficulties, and issues stemming from one's family of origin. He is passionate about journeying with people as they seek healing. Josue also serves as an Assistant Pastor and is active within the church denomination. Long term, Josue would like to establish a ministry that shepherds and supports pastors, missionaries and their families. He enjoys spending time with friends, family, exploring new places, and trying new foods!

Judy Cha, PhD, LMFT

Director and Counselor

Judy Cha holds a Master of Arts and Religion in counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern University. She has also received additional training in marriage and family therapy at the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center. She is a bilingual counselor (Korean), licensed in marriage and family therapy by the state of New York. Judy specializes in the areas of relationships, self-image and multicultural issues. She has led seminars and workshops related to marriage, parenting and self-image. Judy has been at Redeemer since 1998, and is married to Peter Cha. She enjoys playing cello and piano and spending time with her two daughters.

Jenny Chang, LMSW


Jenny Chang holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University. She has worked as a social worker in child welfare before becoming involved in full time ministry. Jenny has over fourteen years of experience in counseling, leadership training and program development in the church mercy ministry context. From both her professional and personal life experience, she recognizes faith and spirituality to be a source of healing, and has a special interest in thought patterns, attachment patterns and interpersonal dynamics. Jenny has been a member of Redeemer since 2003 and enjoys immersing herself in New York City's cultural landscape, gardening and swimming.

Kaitlin Cheung, LMHC


Kaitlin received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. She is a trilingual (English, Cantonese, and Mandarin) licensed mental health counselor in the State of New York, and has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and older adults. Kaitlin works with individuals struggling with depression and anxiety and is especially passionate about walking with individuals through trauma, grief, life transitions, and other life stressors, as well as teaching parenting skills. Kaitlin is trained in Brainspotting (BSP) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She attends Oversea Chinese Mission in Chinatown, Manhattan. During her free time, Kaitlin enjoys running half-marathons with her husband John, spending time with her family, reading books, hiking, and picking seashells.

Hilary Chiu, LMFT


Hilary Chiu earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rutgers University in Human Resource Management, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. Hilary completed post-graduate training through the Trauma Studies Center at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy. She counsels in areas including anxiety, trauma, stress management, conflict resolution, poor self-image, spirituality and grief. She is passionate about helping others in all stages of life as they face conflict within themselves and with others (even God!). Hilary resides in New Jersey and her hobbies include wheel-throwing pottery, flower arranging and trying new recipes in her spare time.

Victoria Chiu, LMHC


Victoria Chiu completed her masters in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She is an Attachment-based Family Therapy (ABFT) informed therapist. She worked as a bilingual (Mandarin, Cantonese) play therapist treating young children and low-income families who had experienced grief, trauma, neglect, and attachment issues. She also provided mental health services in mainland China for expats, Third Culture kids, and local Chinese clients, along with supporting social service agencies, such as orphanages. During her years of clinical experience, she has worked with children, adolescents, and adults, along with couples and families on a variety of issues like depression, anxiety, relational patterns, abuse, neglect, grief and transition. Along with her clinical work, Victoria is also working towards her doctorate in marriage and family therapy (MFT), specializing in children and adolescents, while conducting research concerning childhood mental health. Victoria loves hiking, biking, puppies, and the cello.

Tina Choi, LCSW


Tina Choi holds a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. She also studied English literature at the University of Virginia. She has many years of experience supporting individuals affected by abuse and trauma. Tina is particularly interested in helping individuals experiencing relationship difficulties, family of origin issues, depression and anxiety. Tina is trained in crisis pregnancy and post-abortion counseling through the Called to Care model in the United Kingdom. She has also provided professional training in the areas of sexual assault and relationship violence. Tina is a member of Redeemer and enjoys being part of a vibrant Christian community. Tina also enjoys running, traveling and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Christine Chu, LCSW


Christine Chu holds a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Illinois State University, and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. Christine has been practicing since 1997 in various settings, including community mental health agencies, and addressing concerns with individuals, families and children. Christine has worked with presenting concerns including: depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and psychosis. She has completed Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Intensive Team training in 2012, and has worked with individuals using DBT skills training in individual and group contexts. Christine and her husband, Grant, are members of a community Baptist church in Brooklyn. They enjoy the hobby of fishing and spending time with their family and friends.

Raymond Corbo, LMFT

Clinical Supervisor and Counselor

Raymond holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in Nyack, NY, where he was the recipient of the Clinical Skills Award. He completed a B.A. in Pastoral Counseling from Valley Forge Christian College. He is licensed in marriage and family therapy in the state of New York. Raymond works with individuals struggling with depression and anxiety, sexual addiction, identity issues, and infidelity. As a family counselor, he works with couples on conflict resolution and trust issues. He also enjoys working with children and teenagers. Raymond and his wife Heather have three young children, and they both are active members of their church in Hackensack, NJ, where he volunteers with the youth ministry. His hobbies include learning about theology, discussing films, watching and playing sports, and playing the saxophone.

Daniel Corti, LMHC


Daniel Corti holds a Master of Arts in Mental Health Therapy from the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling, along with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Nyack College. Daniel worked for the Counseling Services at Nyack College where he assisted individuals with issues pertaining to depression and anxiety, sexual issues, identity, career planning, and relationship challenges. He also counsels in areas of self image, addictions, abuse, career/job stress and more. Daniel has run group therapy for couples and instructed a Group Therapy class. He also works with children and families and was a Family Service Specialist for the State of New Jersey. Daniel is a member of All Souls Community Church, a church plant under the Redeemer umbrella, which he helped to launch. He enjoys exercise related activities, and also enjoys travel and exploration, along with cooking and hospitality.

Nick Darrell, MAR


Nick Darrell completed a bachelor’s in English and Spanish at University of Massachusetts Amherst before obtaining a master’s in religion from Westminster Theological Seminary, where he studied counseling and Biblical studies. Prior to becoming a counselor, he worked in publishing as an editor in a nonfiction books division. Nick counsels people through challenging relationships, suffering and destructive patterns. He works with individuals, couples and families, as well as adolescents. He is particularly drawn to counseling people who struggle with relationship problems, anxiety, sexual issues and difficult family histories. While attending Redeemer, Nick met Sandi, his wife of over 10 years. They have a daughter and a son. His hobbies include listening to live music, playing guitar, learning about technology, and discussing books, films and current events.

Michael Duncanson, LMHC


Michael Duncanson, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and LMHC, holds a B.S. from Brooklyn College and M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University (NYU). Michael works collaboratively with individuals addressing a variety of issues including anxiety, relationship problems, mood disorders and doubts about faith. For more than a decade, he worked as a therapist for NY State mental health centers and private mental health agencies. He also worked as an administrator for mental health services in Westchester County and a senior manager for NYC Health and Hospitals while maintaining a private counseling practice. Michael’s holistic approach, rooted in empathy, brings his clients to levels of awareness and leads them through required change, as necessary. Michael and his wife Gina attend Bronxville Community Church, where he serves as an elder and his wife serves in church ministries and is also a teaching director for Community Bible Study. He enjoys basketball officiating, traveling, eating good food, singing and keeping in touch with friends and family.

Jobey Eddleman, M.A.


Jobey Eddleman is a graduate student with the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine, working towards receiving her masters in counseling. She has many years of experience working in the business world. Not knowing better, she spent many of those years using the broken “I will try harder” method to deal with the issues that were disrupting her personal and professional life. As a result, she understands how our past and current realities can lead to exhaustion, discouragement, depression, anxiety, and joyless living. Her passion is to come alongside individuals who are dealing with those and other issues and work with them towards their goals for growth and healing. Jobey was raised on a ranch in Montana and now lives in Manhattan.

Ronnie Eng, M.A.


Ronnie Eng received his Master of Arts in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and is writing a Ph.D. dissertation on crisis & trauma—focusing on grief & loss in the marriage/family. As a counselor he works with individuals and couples challenged by personal growth, individual struggles and relational conflict. Some of his specialty areas for counseling include helping people deal with expectations as high-performing young adults, second career or executive leadership pursuits, and mid-life or retirement changes. He also helps people work through complicated grief and trauma and stress-related disorders, as well as compassion fatigue in marital, parental, and elder caregivers.

His pursuit to understand people in their cultural context has led him to live on three continents. As a counselor, he focuses on asking deep questions, often using expressive arts/play to help reveal mustard seeds of hope for God's children. Ronnie first began working with infants/children (ages 2-4) diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the 1990s. He met his wife while serving adolescents with neurodevelopment disorders through Hope for New York (he was Redeemer Downtown; she was Redeemer East Side). They partner in healing heart wounds as group facilitators certified by the Trauma Healing Institute. However, he and his wife’s greatest collaboration has been teaching their then 1.5-year-old daughter how to worship Jesus Christ in 5 languages, as well as recite entire passages of Scripture so well that she began teaching them to her infant sibling.

Linda Foran, LMFT

Clinical Supervisor and Counselor

Linda Foran holds a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling, and is licensed by the State of New York. She also is an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists Approved Supervisor. Linda counsels couples and individuals struggling with issues including anxiety, conflict resolution, infidelity, trauma, grief and loss. She is trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Prior to becoming a counselor, Linda taught Bible Study Fellowship in New York City for 10 years. Linda and her husband, Bob, are members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and have two adult sons. Linda’s hobbies include cooking, gardening, tennis and golf.

Kate Glerup, PhD, LMHC

Clinical Supervisor and Counselor

Kate holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Denver Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern University. She specializes in the areas of substance abuse and addictions, including behavioral addictions, anxiety, depression, dysfunctional family issues, grief, PTSD, adolescent issues and young adult (single or married) issues. Kate has additional training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Prepare/Enrich premarital counseling, and also is a spiritual director from The Vincentian Center for Spirituality and Work in Denver, Colorado. She is also a trained facilitator for “Walking the Mourners Path," a grief recovery program. As an adjunct professor for Eastern University in Philadelphia, Kate teaches the addictions course for their doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy. When not rooting for the Denver Broncos football team, Kate and her husband Mike, enjoy walking their dog, hiking, backpacking and traveling extensively.

Kathleen Hahn, M.Ed.

Finance Director and Counselor

Kathleen holds a Masters of Education in mental health counseling from Fordham University and an undergraduate degree in business from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. As a Korean-Australian, Kathleen has a heart for working with individuals from multicultural backgrounds. She has experience working with a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, family of origin, and acculturation. She also has experience counseling adolescents and young adults at the Mental Health Association of NYC in Queens and the South Bronx. Prior to becoming a counselor, Kathleen worked in the finance industry in Australia and the US for twenty years. Kathleen is a member of the Redeemer West Side. She enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as yoga, hiking and traveling.

Joan Hong, M.A.


Joan Hong holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. Both a pastor’s wife and a working professional, she has extensive experience walking alongside youth, adults and families from academic, healthcare and church settings. She enjoys working with individuals, groups, couples and families to overcome personal obstacles and improve challenging relationships. Her areas of interest include anxiety, depression, stress, anger management, relationship conflict, parenting skills and major life transitions. Joan is a native New Yorker who loves traveling, learning new things, and appreciates meaningful life-giving conversations. In her down time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Tara Hughee, LMHC


Tara is a licensed mental health counselor with a degree in pastoral counseling & spiritual care from Fordham University. Through her studies, she was able to explore the importance of supporting one’s mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

Before she became a therapist, Tara was in pursuit of a career in journalism. She earned her bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University in Multimedia Journalism with a minor in Sociology and a certificate in Women’s Studies. After pivoting from her media dreams, she came to fully realize her passion for supporting others.

Prior to joining RCS, she served as a therapist and later a clinical supervisor at an East Harlem domestic violence agency. In her previous role, she supported survivors of intimate partner violence and their children through individual counseling, group counseling, and advocacy. She also developed group curricula for psycho-educational support groups on healing from experiences of intimate partner violence and coping with trauma and anger with trauma-informed, evidence-based practices.

She is experienced in supporting clients with trauma, anxiety, grief, depression, low self-esteem, and challenges with boundaries. Her training since her graduate studies have included Child-Parent Psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems.

Tara’s self-care outside of her diverse work and experiences includes cooking New York Times recipes, spending quality time with her loved ones, and enjoying a good novel.

Jyothi James, LMHC

Clinical Supervisor and Counselor

Jyothi James received her Master’s in Professional Counseling and is a licensed Mental Health Therapist. Jyothi has extensive experience working with survivors of trauma, using EMDR and experiential treatment to facilitate healing. Jyothi works with clients on an individual and group level. Jyothi is experienced in helping clients with anxiety, depression, history of abuse, trauma, life transitions, identity crisis, and sex offenders. She also facilitates group counseling at RCS on managing anxiety in a faith based way. She is passionate about walking with others to understand their story, and help them understand how that has impacted the way they see themselves, others, and even God. She and her husband have been in ministry together for the past 9 years. They recently planted the church, New Hope Church, in Harlem. They have two children and a labrador retriever.

Eunice John, M.A.

Intern Counselor

Eunice John holds a M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University and is a current Marriage and Family Therapy student at the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. Before studying counseling, she worked with small businesses and nonprofits in the fields of housing, education and domestic violence. Eunice and her husband Stanley have two kids and extended families spread out in the US, Australia, India and Taiwan. Eunice and Stanley have been in ministry together since they married, and in March 2020, they planted Ridgeway New Rochelle Church in Westchester, NY.

Hannah Kang, M.A.


Hannah holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling and a certification as a Prepare/Enrich Facilitator. With a rich systemic perspective, she collaboratively engages with individuals and couples to gain new perspectives and offer practical tools to help them beyond the therapeutic setting. This includes settling the battles between “he said, she said” and offering insight into what factors contribute to the presenting challenges. These can include lack of communication, low sex drive, infidelity, anxiety, depression, and grief. Hannah firmly believes what clients get out of therapy depends on the work they put into it. She is eager to partner with her clients to see lasting transformation. Outside of the therapeutic setting, Hannah is an avid member of her church, serving as deacon over the Youth ministry. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, watching shows, and building Lego sets.

Sungmin Kim, M.Div.


Sungmin Kim holds an M.Div. with an emphasis in counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. He completed a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Michigan and a J.D. at Fordham University School of Law. Prior to joining Redeemer, Sungmin practiced law in New York and New Jersey. He found his calling as a counselor after experiencing gospel change in the midst of hardships with the help of wise counseling. His areas of interest include helping individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, relational issues, and marital issues. Sungmin is an active member of his church in New Jersey, serving in the youth and discipleship ministries. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing sports, and is an avid fan of Michigan football.

Jill Kim, M.Div., M.A.


Jill Kim holds a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. As a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator and Marriage and Family Therapist, she counsels individuals, couples and families dealing with a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, domestic abuse and relationship issues. She utilizes several treatment modalities including Play Therapy, Art Therapy and Narrative Therapy. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Jill and her husband have served in their church as teachers for over 10 years. She is passionate about serving families with young children and desires to help all families end the cycle of neglect and abuse. Jill resides in Westchester County, NY, with her husband and 4 children. She enjoys nature journaling, specifically identifying plants, trees and insects during nature walks.

Stephanie Kim, M.A.


Stephanie holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She has experience working with a broad range of issues, including depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationship issues, stress management, and trauma. Stephanie is passionate about working together with individuals to help them learn and utilize skills that give them the confidence and resilience to work through conflicts and personal challenges. In addition to being a counselor, Stephanie worked in pastoral ministry in Boston, where she supported young adults to grow in their relationship with God and also focused on advocating for women and those who experienced abuse. Stephanie and her husband reside in Brooklyn, where they have a fondness for coffee, CrossFit, and finding good tacos (as she is originally from California).

Susan Kusmin, M.A.


Susan Castillo Kusmin is a biblical counselor and teacher. She has served on ministry staff with Young Life, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center. She studied counseling and theology at Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF), Westminster Seminary in P.A., and earned her master’s degree from Redeemer Seminary in Dallas. She is also a Certified Professional Coach.

Susan is passionate about helping people discover how to flourish no matter what challenges they face. Her specializations include body-related concerns/experiences, including body image, weight, illness, sexual/ physical trauma, etc. Further areas of specialty include challenging relationships (esp. adult child/ parent), emotional pain (esp. disappointment, grief, shame), anxiety, financial wellness, and overwhelm/overwork.

Susan resides in her beloved birthplace, NYC, with her husband and their dapple dachshund. She and her husband have one adult daughter and have had the privilege of being foster parents to 32 children across the five years they did foster care. When not working, Susan may often be found creating one-of-a-kind jewelry out of natural materials from around the world, boxing/weight training, or tending to her indoor garden.

Ellen Lee, LMHC

Director of Equipping and Counselor

Ellen Lee holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in human development and family studies from Cornell University. She also has an advanced certificate in biblical counseling from the Christian Counseling Educational Foundation. Her specialties include anxiety, abuse, eating disorders, and marital and premarital counseling, and she is bilingual (Korean) and bicultural. Ellen is also a Trust-based Relational Intervention (TBRI) practitioner that specializes in issues of attachment and trauma. At Redeemer Counseling, Ellen oversees the professional and pastoral counselor training and workshops, including the Counseling Fellows Program. Ellen attends New Hope Fellowship with her husband and son. She enjoys traveling, good food, the arts, and spending time with friends and family.

Cindy Lee, MBA

Development Manager

Cindy holds a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University and an undergraduate economics degree from Vassar College. Prior to joining RCS, Cindy worked in financial services for 15 years in a variety of roles including digital product management. Cindy is married to Young and they have two boys. She and her family have attended Redeemer East Side for many years. She enjoys walking in Central Park, reading, and seeing art at the Met.

Vanessa Li, PhD


Vanessa Li earned her Ph.D. at the Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University after a first career in public health research and surveillance. Vanessa is well-versed in psychodynamic case formulation, cognitive behavioral (CBT), dialectical behavioral (DBT), mindfulness modalities as well as Prepare/Enrich premarital counseling. She works with clients who struggle with anxiety, self doubt, procrastination, negative intrusive thoughts and relationship difficulties. She has been fortunate to train in some of the most challenging environments in New York city, including the psychiatric facility at Bellevue Hospital Center where she completed her pre-doctorate internship. Raised in Hong Kong and England, Vanessa is especially sensitive to biculturalism. She is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and can offer native-language therapy to Chinese speakers. Additionally, she serves on the board of several community-based non- profit organizations in Manhattan's Chinatown. Vanessa is also committed to combatting mental-health stigma among immigrants as she continues her research by using culturally appropriate interventions. Vanessa enjoys reading, playing tennis and learning about different cultures and traveling.

Justin Meyers

Counseling Intern

Justin is a graduate student completing his degree in clinical mental health counseling at the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine. His counseling approach utilizes the latest neurological research in a warm, calm, and collaborative manner. He is passionate about providing safe, nonjudgmental spaces for his clients to move from suffering to flourishing, particularly with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, isolation, stress, relational issues, and/or effects of trauma.

Following a decade of experiences in client-facing positions including education, real estate sales, and ministry, he chose to become a counselor to combine his love for working with people with his primary abilities of attunement and empathy. Justin is a massive sports fan, attends Redeemer East Harlem, and lives in the South Bronx with his wife, foster children, and dog.

Laura Newby, M.A.


Laura holds a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary in addition to a Master's in Counseling from the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine. She is passionate about collaborating with clients on their journey towards deep and lasting change that goes beyond symptom reduction. In the context of the safe and supportive counseling relationship, clients can experience healing and grow in their relationships with God and others. Laura uses an integrative counseling approach influenced by attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and experiential therapy. Extensive international travel as well as refugee ministry experience have contributed to an appreciation for diverse cultural perspectives. Laura resides on the Upper East Side where she enjoys baking, good coffee, and exploring New York City with her family. She is an active member at Trinity Baptist Church where her husband serves as Lead Pastor.

Vivien Ngai, LMHC


Vivien Ngai holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from New York University, along with a Master of Arts in Educational Ministries from Wheaton College, IL. She is currently enrolled in her third year of study in the Marriage and Family Therapy Ph.D. Program at Eastern University. Vivien works collaboratively with individuals, couples, and families, as well as adolescents. She specializes in the areas of relationships including single or married issues, parenting, multicultural issues, and intergenerational conflicts. In her professional school counselor role, she has many years of experience working with students in a competitive Specialized High School environment in New York City. Equipped with her ability to speak several Chinese dialects, she works relentlessly with diverse groups of students and families to provide preventive and restorative support. Vivien has additional training in Prepare/Enrich pre-marital and marital counseling. She has a deep passion for helping families build on their strengths and foster healthy parent-child attachments. As a pastor’s wife in NYC since 1992, she is enthusiastic about assisting pastoral families in thriving in ministry and practicing self-care. Vivien has three children, two cats, and a husband who loves to cook.

Moises Orbe, M.A.


Moises Orbe is a counseling extern who holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nyack College. Moises previously provided engineering services to the Federal government by coordinating multi-million-dollar projects from planning to construction. He also volunteers with local homeless outreach services including the Good Shepherd Mission shelter and Paterson Relief Bus. He is a first-generation Latin-American fluent in both Spanish and English. This varied life experience created an interest in helping individuals, couples and families from different cultural backgrounds. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, playing strategic board games, going to concerts and exploring museums.

Felicia Pan, M.S.


Felicia Pan holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Chicago. She has experience supporting individuals around childhood trauma, interpersonal violence, depression and anxiety, and identity and spiritual formation. She is invested in supporting clients towards experiencing greater healing and wholeness in their lives. Felicia resides in north Brooklyn, where you’ll find her reading, spending time with friends, playing music, and taking long walks.

Shay-Lee Perez, PsyD


Shay-Lee Perez holds a graduate degree from Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University and her undergraduate degree from Barnard College. She is a licensed bilingual (Spanish) Clinical Psychologist in New York State. As a clinical psychologist, she works with adults, adolescents, children and families who are seeking assistance with mental health wellness. Her specialties are in the areas of early childhood mental health, trauma, childhood developmental delays, parent-child relationship issues, adolescent issues, parenting, depression and anxiety. Along with that, she is a consultant to schools and churches in the New York City area, and is on staff at HealthySteps program at New York Presbyterian/CUMC. Shay-Lee and her husband Anthony have been married for over twenty years and have one young daughter. They have been faithful attenders of a Christian and Missionary Alliance church in Manhattan, NY, where they serve as directors of the Youth Ministry.

Megan Petersen, M.A.


Megan holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hunter College. She believes in forming a collaborative relationship to support clients in discovering their strengths and overcoming obstacles. She has experience counseling clients with depression, anxiety, relationship and familial issues, as well as survivors of abuse and other traumas. Megan has lived in New York since 2005, but was born and raised in Nebraska. She currently serves as a song leader on the Worship Team at Redeemer West Side and has also served congregants as a member of the Diaconate. She enjoys all the arts, trying new restaurants, exploring different neighborhoods, meeting new people, hiking, running, swimming, paddle-boarding and quality time with loved ones.

Victoria Pham, M.A.


Victoria Pham holds a Master of Arts in counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary. Victoria counsels individuals and couples on various areas including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and premarital and marital counseling. In addition, she is a bilingual counselor (Korean). Prior to becoming a counselor, Victoria worked as a Certified Public Accountant and served as a college pastor. Victoria and her husband, Michael, have been married since 2005, and have worked together in various ministries. She loves exploring the city, reading, and traveling.

Sharon Richards, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor and Counselor

Sharon Richards holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University, and has received training from the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She has also worked at the Silberman School of Social Work a Hunter College and The Kings County District Attorney’s Office. Sharon practices a gospel-centered integrative approach to counseling and utilizes several treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Narrative Therapy. Sharon’s goal as a counselor is to encourage and empower people to remember, learn, live, and grow. She works primarily with individuals and families struggling with life transitions, grief, interpersonal conflicts, trauma, aggression, depression and anxiety. Sharon is very active in her church, loves to travel and spend time with her large extended family. She is an avid reader and watcher of 90’s/2000’s TV, science fiction, and anything about the African diaspora and Caribbean. Sharon is also an ardent admirer of almost all things chocolate.

April Shatraw, LMSW


April Shatraw holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and Bachelor of Science in Business from Wake Forest University. April works with individuals, couples, adolescents, and teenagers in areas including anxiety, depression, multicultural challenges, life transitions, career obstacles, boundaries, self-image, relationships and addictions. Prior to becoming a counselor, April worked on Wall Street in Investment Banking and then as a Human Resources executive, living in Hong Kong, London, and New York, doing organizational and leadership development. April is married to her husband Nick, is passionate about diversity and inclusion, and enjoys new travel, culinary, and cultural experiences.

Natasha Steenkamp, LMHC

Clinical Supervisor and Counselor

Natasha Steenkamp graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary. She works with individual clients on a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety, shame, interpersonal struggles, sexual abuse and trauma. Drawing from her personal journey of grief, following the tragic and sudden loss of her younger brother in 2011, Natasha specializes in helping clients who have suffered various losses. She facilitates grief support groups and grief workshops aimed at providing psycho-education and compassionate support. Natasha is trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). In addition to her passion for counseling, she also enjoys teaching at college level and holds a certification in Adult Education. She previously served as an adjunct faculty in the psychology and counseling program at Pillar College in New Jersey. Natasha and her husband, Henri, are active members of Grace Chapel in Bedminster, N.J. Natasha enjoys traveling, photography, swimming, visiting art museums and learning about art history. Originally from South Africa, Natasha is an enthusiastic rugby and cricket supporter.

Anita Sung, MHC


Anita Sung completed her masters in clinical mental health counseling from Regent University, and also has a masters in Church History from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Her areas of counseling interest include anxiety, depression, relationship issues, childhood trauma, infertility, grief, and spiritual formation. Anita is drawn to an emotion-focused and person-centered approach to therapy. She is also interested in exploring the identity development and unique experiences of mixed race and culturally diverse individuals struggling to develop a coherent social and cultural identity. Anita also values each person's spiritual journey as a meaningful part of their story and is always open to processing people's experiences with a gospel-centered approach. She is also a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator. Anita and her husband live in the Upper East Side. They enjoy taking walks in the park, going to the beach and deep conversations. Along with that, Anita enjoys journaling, the literary arts, story-telling of all sorts and connecting with close friends.

Christopher Thompson, MBA

Development Director

Christopher brings nearly 20 years of leadership experience through various roles within the non-profit sector. With an Undergraduate Degree from St. John’s University and an MBA from Metropolitan College, he holds a successful track record in providing metric-driven development strategies for sustainable growth, while leading major gift programs, and managing corporate partnerships. Christopher previously served as an Associate Minister for the New York City Church of Christ and is a volunteer Regional Coordinator for HOPE Worldwide. Christopher remains active in his fraternity Phi Beta Sigma, Inc. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, reading, and being outdoors. He is married to his college sweetheart Rebecca, and together they are proud parents of three beautiful children.

Coen Thornton, M.A.


Coen Thornton completed his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Global Studies from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, and his M.A. in Counseling from Kean University. Coen has experience working with individuals, adolescents and emerging adults both domestically and abroad with challenges such as anxiety, depression, self-image, conflict resolution, Posttraumatic Stress, and anger management. Coen also has experience working with youth at Vibrant Emotional Health in the Bronx, NY. Coen currently attends Church of the City with his wife and loves sports (most of all baseball), studying world history, traveling, camping, creative new ideas, and trying new foods and restaurants.

Antoinette Tompkins, M.A.


Antoinette Tompkins is a Multidisciplinary Clinical Pastoral Mental Health Practitioner. Antoinette pours out her passion for participating in the healing of lives through Education, Counseling Practice and Clinical Chaplaincy. She holds the distinction of Professor of Counseling Psychology, a Therapist at Redeemer Counseling Services, and Former Clinical Chaplain within The Mount Sinai Hospital HealthCare System. Antoinette is a PH. D candidate in Counselor’s Education and Supervision with a focus on the Integration of Psychology and Theology from Liberty University. She holds a dual Master’s education in Pastoral Counseling and Clinical Mental Health from Regent University and she holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Nyack College. Amongst, her academic merit she is clinically trained in Clinical Chaplaincy.

Antoinette has worked extensively in education, health care, pastoral care and counseling, juvenile criminal justice, traumatic brain injury, and with victims of domestic violence. She holds expertise in education, trauma, youth, women’s issues, and marriage and family concerns. Recently, she worked clinically providing counseling and crisis intervention to first responders in healthcare and families who have lost loved ones during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Antoinette shares her time between the healing of lives and ministering as a guest speaker within various church ministries. In addition, Antoinette is a Gospel pianist and loves spending quality time with her loving husband and precious children.

Charlene Wang, M.Ed.


Charlene graduated from Fordham University with a Master of Education degree in mental health counseling and also holds an MBA from UCLA. She is passionate about journeying with people in their healing process. Her areas of interest include life transitions, relationships, work/life balance, parenting, young adults finding their path, and multicultural issues. Charlene is retired from a 30-year career in equity institutional sales and investment management on Wall Street. She is an immigrant from Hong Kong and a single mother of two daughters and a rescue dog. She loves traveling, trying different restaurants, and classical music.

Torrie Williams, M.A.


Torrie Williams earned a Master’s degree in Social Work at Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Richmond. Torrie is a licensed psychotherapist who has experience working with individuals who are in crisis, having disruptions to their daily lives, and dealing with grief, loss, and illness. Torrie counsels people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and low self-esteem. Torrie lives in Manhattan with her husband, and attends Redeemer Presbyterian Church. In New York City, Torrie enjoys spending time in community in Central Park, trying out new restaurants, and going to the theater.

Ashley Winchell, M.A.


Ashley Winchell received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from New York University, and her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. As a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator and Marriage and Family Therapist, she is equipped to work with individuals, couples, and families dealing with relationship difficulties, life transitions, issues stemming from one’s family of origin, and more. Ashley enjoys cooking, home design, and traveling, especially to visit family in Indonesia and California. She met her husband Steve at Redeemer and they currently reside in Brooklyn.

Tony Wong, LMSW


Tony is a graduate of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. He also has a masters in Urban Missions through City Seminary/Westminster Theological Seminary. Tony brings over two decades of experience working with at-promise adolescent youth and young adults. He has worked in many diverse settings including shelters, medical facilities, schools and community based organizations offering short and long term counseling. Much of his prior counseling work has been with clients dealing with depression, managing anxiety and relationship difficulties. Tony is a native New Yorker and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children in the Lower East Side. On the weekends, he spends hours on the basketball court refining his jump shot.