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

Counselor

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

Counselor

Rebecca received her Master’s degree 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 and teaching in the urban church context. Rebecca teaches counseling and spiritual formation as an adjunct lecturer at Nyack college’s NYC campus. She has received advanced training in Gottman Couple Therapy, is a certified Prepare Enrich facilitator and works with individuals as well married and premarital couples on issues of depression, grief, anxiety, communication and conflict. She has a strong passion for working with individuals and couples in ministry on issues of ministry burnout, compassion fatigue and difficulty with boundaries. Rebecca is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She’s a native NewYorker who loves cooking, reading and exploring the food, art and endless cultural opportunities in her city but also enjoys camping and canoeing with her husband and four adult children and escaping to the beach with a good book.

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 master’s from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York. Rosalin works collaboratively with individuals, addressing a variety of issues including anxiety, relationship problems, doubts about faith, eating disorders, and mood disorders. She is trained in EMDR for trauma and is certified in Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy. Currently, she is pursuing training in the following areas: Internal Family Systems, coaching for talented/gifted adults, and certification as an Eating Disorders Specialist. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Rosalin and her husband, Paul, attend Redemption Community Church in Westchester, NY. She enjoys surfing, snowboarding, volunteering, reading and writing.

Ashley Buechele, MA

Counselor

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, depression, boundaries, self-image, relationships and addictions. 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 three children. Ashley enjoys photo-documentary work, good food, and exploring new neighborhoods of New York City.

Josue Calderon, MA

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

Counselor

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.

Hilary Chiu, LMFT

Counselor

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 is currently in postgraduate 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

Counselor

Victoria Chiu completed her masters in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. 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.

Susan Choi, LMFT

Counselor

Susan holds a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling, and is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of New York. She also has a degree from Alliance Theological Seminary in Pastoral Counseling. Susan is bilingual (Korean) and has many years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families in areas of childhood family abuse, trauma, marital issues, depression, parenting, and relationships. Susan feels passionate about helping couples and families overcome differences from diverse stages of their lives and helping individuals achieve their goals. Additionally, she has experience working with children and adolescents in both ministry and counseling settings. Prior to becoming a counselor, Susan worked as an interior designer with a Master’s degree from Pratt Institute. She enjoys reading, trying new food, and being creative.

Tina Choi, LCSW

Counselor

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

Counselor

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

Counselor

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

Counselor

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

Counselor

Michael Duncanson received his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and a graduate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University. He is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Michael works collaboratively with individuals addressing a variety of issues including anxiety, relationship problems, doubts about faith, and mood disorders. For many years, 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 NYC Health + Hospitals while maintaining a small private practice. He was trained in CBT, Family Resolutions and forensic psychology practices. Michael and his wife Gina attend Bronxville Community Church where he serves as an elder and his wife serves in the music and women’s ministries. He enjoys officiating basketball, traveling, eating good food, singing and keeping in touch with friends and family.

Kelsey Dunn, MA

Counselor

Kelsey holds a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts in English, Literature, Language and Culture from Virginia Tech. Her clinical work focuses on eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and women’s issues. Kelsey also has experience in navigating issues related to spirituality, identity, career, and transitions from her previous work coaching women in their 20’s and 30’s. She believes in the transformative power of relationship, and seeks to build an environment where understanding, acceptance, connection and ultimately change can occur.

Jobey Eddleman, MA

Counselor

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.

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. 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, MEd

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.

Esther Han, M.A.

Counselor

Esther holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. She is passionate about 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 self-image, family-of-origin issues, depression, anxiety, relationship challenges and grief. Esther is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens. She is an active member in her church, where she enjoys serving as a youth teacher. Esther enjoys trying new foods, traveling, listening to podcasts, hiking, rock climbing, and being with family and friends.

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.

Roxanne Kalmbach, M.A.

Counselor

Roxanne received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fresno State University. Roxanne has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including schools, private practice, church and agencies. She works with individuals in identifying and exploring beliefs and emotions that interfere with personal, occupational, and spiritual growth including, but not limited to, depression, boundaries, grief, addictions, anxiety, abuse, self-image and relationship issues. Roxanne’s goal as a therapist is to walk with her clients through a variety of life’s challenges and to guide them towards emotional, physical, mental, relational, and spiritual wellness. She strives to provide the best care possible, pointing to the power of Christ to restore and heal. Roxanne enjoys traveling, playing sports, eating dessert, and spending time with friends and family.

Sungmin Kim, M.Div.

Counselor

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.

Julie Kim, LMHC

Counselor

Julie Choi Kim completed her Masters at Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. She works with individuals, couples and families regarding relationship conflict and communication issues, depression, anxiety, anger and grief and loss. She has a particular interest in helping clients with life transitions, identity and cross cultural issues. She is also certified as a Prepare/Enrich facilitator and enjoys working with couples for premarital counseling and marital issues. Prior to becoming a therapist, Julie also completed her Masters of Missions and Evangelism at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and served as a youth pastor in the Korean American Church context for several years. Julie currently lives in Long Island with her husband and two daughters and enjoys spending time outdoors and finding good cheap eats.

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

Counselor

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.

Walter Klopner, M.A.

Counselor

Walter is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary where he completed his Masters of Arts in Counseling. Since graduating, he has worked in settings which have allowed him to gain experience helping individuals and families to navigate through crisis situations and the emotional turmoil that often comes with them. Walter especially enjoys working with adults who find themselves in a rut, whether emotionally, spiritually, or vocationally. Walter has received advanced training in Gottman Couples Therapy and is a certified Prepare Enrich facilitator. Walter also does volunteer work with the Alzheimer’s Association as a Care Consultant and leads Caretaker Support Groups. Walter enjoys listening to broadcast journalism and storytelling podcasts as well as reading long-form articles and various novels. He also loves cooking for others and baking different and unique desserts.

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.

Vanessa Li, PhD

Counselor

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.

Tony Lopez, LMHC

Counselor

Tony Lopez is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and he holds two master’s degrees from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The first being in Forensic Psychology and the second in Forensic Mental Health Counseling. He also has a third master’s degree in Religion from Liberty University with a specialization in theology and apologetics. Tony is multilingual, speaking English, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. He works with children, adolescents, adult males, couples, and families facing a wide range of issues including depression, multicultural issues, relationship issues, anxiety, self-image and addictions. He also provides premarital and marital counseling. Tony uses an array of counseling methodologies, maintaining Christian principles as a priority. Additionally, he has completed training in eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) through the EMDR International Association. Prior to becoming a counselor, Tony was a university administrator who lead a multicultural leadership program. In the past, Tony has served both as a youth and college minister. In his spare time, Tony enjoys reading, traveling, learning about cultures, watching criminal procedural and comedy shows, trying new foods, watching martial arts, and spending time with his family and friends.

Robin MacFarlane, Ph.D.

Counselor

Robin MacFarlane holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Iowa. She was a postdoctoral fellow at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center where she received specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. Robin enjoys working collaboratively with individuals, addressing a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and relationship problems. She has also worked extensively in psychological assessment, has taught assessment at John Jay College, and has supervised graduate students in the Clinical Psychology program at Columbia University. She is happy to take part in Redeemer Counseling’s ongoing effort to empirically validate the merging of spirituality with evidence-based psychological therapy. She attends services at both Redeemer and Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, takes part in a Redeemer home group, and has enjoyed mother’s groups at Rutgers Presbyterian Church.

Annie Mason, MA

Counselor

Annie holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. She decided to become a counselor after spending time with victims of human trafficking in France, and sought to help injustices through treating trauma. Annie has experience counseling in various contexts including churches, homeless shelters and lay counseling on virtual platforms. She works with those with a history of trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, boundary issues, codependency, divorce, unhealthy family dynamics and social anxiety. She has a passion for helping people walk through past and present traumas, process their identity and develop healthy relationship skills. Annie loves traveling, amazing food and exploring New York City.

Amy Muller, LMHC

Counselor

Amy Muller holds a Master of Arts in Mental Health Therapy from the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Nyack College. She seeks to provide a compassionate and safe space where clients can let their guards down, receive genuine care, be heard, and understood. She counsels clients who are dealing with anxiety, depression, anger, stress, and low-self esteem. Amy journeys with clients who are experiencing past and current distress, emotional, verbal and physical abuse, and provides therapy to clients facing family conflicts, relationship challenges, unhealthy work environments, life transitions, identity and spiritual issues. Amy supports clients in increasing self-awareness, developing a positive mindset and healthy communication skills, and boundaries that produce the desired changes that lead to a more fulfilling life. With an eclectic and holistic therapeutic orientation, she brings culturally sensitive counseling to individuals whether they are single, dating or married. Amy and her husband have been attending and serving at Redeemer Downtown since 2016. A native Brooklynite, Amy enjoys having deep conversations, reading, cooking, eating, exercising, dancing and being around nature.

Vivien Ngai, LMHC

Counselor

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.

Evelyn Ngeow, LCSW

Counselor

Evelyn Ngeow holds a Master of Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Cornell University. She received additional training in couples and family therapy from the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York. Evelyn has developed a collaborative and supportive style of working with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, and relational conflict. Additionally, Evelyn has extensive experience working with children and families in crisis. Prior to becoming a social worker, Evelyn worked in the publishing industry. Evelyn attends Oversea Chinese Mission and enjoys exploring new places with her husband and daughter.

Jenifer Ortiz, LMSW

Counselor

Jenifer earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at the University at Albany, and received her Master of Social Work in Lehman College. As a Licensed Social Worker, she has experience with providing counseling services to young adults, families and adolescents. She counsels in areas including depression, anxiety, forgiveness, trauma, and self-image (identity). Jenifer is passionate in walking with others into their healing and restoration journey with God. She is a youth coordinator at her church and has experience teaching children in Sunday School to help them grow in their faith. She also leads talks in youth retreats, as well as women’s Christ-centered retreats, both here and internationally. Some of the things she enjoys doing is traveling, reading, spending time with family and friends.

Shay-Lee Perez, PsyD

Counselor

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.

Victoria Pham, MA

Counselor

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

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.

Lorraine Schaefers, LMFT

Counselor

Lorraine Schaefers holds an undergraduate degree from Lesley College and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. She is licensed by the state of New York and New Jersey as a marriage and family therapist. She counsels with individuals, couples and adolescents on a large variety of areas including anxiety, depression, self-image, and relationship struggles. Prior to coming to Redeemer Counseling Services, Lorraine worked at a women’s resource center and at Wayne Counseling and Family Services working with families, couples and individuals. She has also led group therapy for individuals with alcohol addictions and is certified in the area of domestic abuse and working with destructive relationships. Lorraine has been married over 30 years and has two grown sons. Lorraine loves to spend much of her time in the outdoors with her husband, either skiing, golfing, playing tennis or cooking with food from her garden.

Laura Speiller, LMFT

Counselor

Laura Speiller holds a Masters in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, along with a Masters in Urban Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a D. Min. in Global Urban Ministry from Bakke Graduate University. She is also a certified Spiritual Director and specializes in marital therapy as well as working with couples and individuals in vocational ministry. Laura has advanced training in EFT, AEDP, Prepare/Enrich, and P.A.I.R.S. relationship skills, and counsels individuals on issues including anxiety, depression, self-concept, codependency, boundaries, and counterproductive thought processes. Laura is also currently an adjunct teacher at City Seminary of New York. Prior to becoming a counselor, Laura worked in Christian ministry for over 15 years and has led numerous seminars, workshops, and groups in the areas of relationships and Christian formation. Laura enjoys exploring city spaces, nature trails, travel, and time spent with her family.

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

Communications and Equipping Manager and Intern Counselor

Anita Sung is a graduate student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at 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, spiritual formation, and the distinct experiences of highly sensitive people. Anita is drawn to an emotion-focused and person-centered approach to therapy. Being biracial German and Japanese, Anita 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.

Coen Thornton, M.A.

Counselor

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.

Lina Torres, LMHC

Counselor

Lina Torres holds a Master of Education degree in mental health counseling from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Nyack College. A native New Yorker, Lina has a passion for learning from and investing in the lives of individuals in different stages of life and various cultural backgrounds. Lina is a bilingual counselor (Spanish) and has experience working with children, adolescents and adults struggling through depression, anxiety, addictions, trauma, and relational dysfunction. She loves serving at her local church, spending time with friends and family, reading, board games, playing sports, and enjoying nature.

Charlene Wang, MHC

Intern Counselor

Charlene is a graduate student in mental health counseling at Fordham University, and 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.

Ashley Winchell, M.A.

Counselor

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, MSW

Counselor in Training

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.

Janice Yoon, LCSW

Counselor

Janice holds master's degrees in social work and international affairs from Columbia University and is a licensed clinical social worker in New York. She has years of experience working with individuals and families addressing child sexual abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety, family-of-origin and attachment issues. Based on her professional and personal experience, Janice sees faith and spirituality as sources of healing and resources for strength. She is an active member of Joy Christian Fellowship, where she serves on the worship team and the missions committee. She finds joy spending quality time with her husband and son, sharing good food and conversation with friends, playing the piano and guitar, and traveling.