Our Mindful team is a committed group of skilled experts dedicated to helping you achieve lasting success.


In a session with a Mindful therapist, all emotions can arise, and be thoughtfully acknowledged and expressed with skill and compassion. Mindful therapists are graduate level  clinicians with expertise in helping you achieve lasting change. Our treatment approach is tailored to fit your individual needs to help you address self defeating patterns in a  safe and secure environment -- without judgement or censure.  Our therapy and coaching sessions will help you find your own source of inner confidence and personal and professional fulfillment.

It important to approach therapy as an investment in yourself. Mindful Psychotherapy is not an in-network insurance provider. However, your therapy cost may be reimbursed through your out-of-network insurance benefits, after you've met your annual deductible. Please feel free to contact us to discuss our fees and to gain clarity on your insurance options.


Founder and CEO

Mindful NYC is a private psychotherapy and counseling center conceived by my passion and commitment to mindful meditation and psychotherapy. The Mindful mission is to provide a safe, supportive atmosphere to help you work through patterns and issues interfering with your living a fuller, richer life. I believe the combination of mindfulness practice and psychotherapy can effect positive change by disrupting destructive patterns and fostering constructive connections. Starting psychotherapy can be an intimidating experience that can have life changing effects. This is all the more reason to have the right support and atmosphere of safety. Understanding the mind, and learning to make healthy, intelligent choices are powerful tools in having the life you want. Our highly skilled, mindful therapists will help you get there.

I'm a psychotherapist and Founder & CEO of Mindful Psychotherapy Services. My therapy and leadership approach is the product of 19+ years of mindfulness meditation, intensive study and experience as a Yale-University trained psychotherapist and entrepreneur.

Prior to my role as Mindful NYC Founder and Chief Executive Officer, I was the CEO of Everbliss Inc. an e-therapy platform that connects mental health counselors and coaches to clients nationwide, co-founder of Park Avenue Weight & Wellness Center, Post Graduate fellow at the Yale University Child Study and Yale Bush Center for child development and social policy, and testified for state and federal court as a trauma expert on behalf of victims of child sex trafficking and abuse. In addition to my business and clinical pursuits, I have a full-time Manhattan practice, write and present at national conferences on the topic of group psychotherapy and women leadership.



Alice Wong - MA, LMHC

Clinical Supervisor 

The journey towards a fulfilling profession is a personal endeavor unique to each person. My journey took many twists and turns that included a change in my academic program, a gap year, and visits abroad before it led me to my chosen career as a mental health counselor. I know first-hand the anxiety, confusion, and self-doubt that arises when faced with a life-altering decision.

It was through my own personal experience with choosing a purposeful career that I came to realize that every person has within them the innate capacity for self-actualization and the potential to achieve meaningful change. In my work, I am always amazed by the power of resilience, self-efficacy, and self-determination when confronted with life challenges. As a therapist, my goal is to help you become a better version of yourself so that you can better tackle your everyday struggles. 

Through my undergraduate education from CUNY Brooklyn College and master’s level training in mental health counseling from New York University, I am equipped and eager to work with you to help conquer your obstacles and achieve your goals. I believe that working from a humanistic, person-centered approach will provide a warm, supportive environment where you can be true to yourself as you begin your journey of self-discovery.


Amy Bielory - MHC-LP
Clinical Associate 

I believe that everyone should have the ability to seek therapy in a safe space and a non-judgmental environment. My attitude towards therapy is that it is both creative and collaborative. As a result, my aim is to provide a safe, non-judgmental, creative place for you while using talk therapy, art therapy, and specific techniques and tools to help you reach your maximum potential and live a more healthy, positive lifestyle.

Through both talk and art therapy, my goal is to help you achieve growth, change, meaning, and healing, and whatever other goals you set for yourself. I believe that the best way to accomplish your goals is by identifying and utilizing your strengths and that is something that I would love to help you with.

I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University and my received my M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from New York University. I have worked in college counseling centers and private practices and look forward to hopefully working with you soon!


Esther Cho - LMSW
Clinical Associate

I recognize that the path toward satisfying life often passes through the pain of inner frustration, despair, anger, fear, and loneliness of life struggles. There, the next step forward would be to understand and connect with our inner selves in order to make healthy life choices. I believe in psychotherapy as a process of gaining deeper self-awareness, and thus greater agency in living the life you desire. 

I offer an experience of constructive and creative introspection. I can help identify patterns of thought and behavior underlying current issues, address barriers to gratifying relationships, and express difficult emotions. In my eclectic approach, I work collaboratively with clients to understand their unique needs and tailor clinical interventions for each client. My goal is to provide a supportive and authentic space for meaningful exploration and expression of self. 

I hold a BA from Williams College and earned my Master of Social Work at Columbia University. I am also trained in EMDR and speak fluent Korean. Currently, I work with individuals and groups on a wide range of issues, including trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic avoidance, and interpersonal difficulties. I am mindful of the impact of gender, race, class, and culture in the therapeutic work. 


Bryan Todd Aston - LMSW
Director of Training

Throughout our lives, we all experience difficult hardships. These may be times of loss, stressful beginnings or endings, or pain experienced in relationships. Whether you are looking to relieve suffering, find joy in your relationships, or to improve satisfaction in your daily life, therapy can help you to cultivate and sustain the change you are seeking. As a therapist, I have come across many individuals and couples with diverse backgrounds and challenges including trauma/PTSD, unhealthy relationships, codependency, depression, anxiety, and feelings of being stagnant professionally or emotionally.

I work with adults in a collaborative and nonjudgmental way that is informed by interdisciplinary research, attachment, and evidence based trauma treatments. I strive to provide a safe and supportive environment, and utilize mindfulness-based techniques to help my clients be self reflective and create lasting change.

If you are interested in making the first step to therapy, please email or call today to set up an initial consultation. I look forward to working with you!


Julia Bartz - LMSW
Clinical Associate

Some people come to therapy knowing exactly what they want to work on. Others have a more vague sense that something in their lives is wrong. Both motivations can be an incredible opportunity to learn more about oneself and figure out how to build a more authentic and fulfilling life.

As a therapist and Yoga Alliance-certified yoga instructor, I use a wide variety of modalities to assist clients in this goal. Sessions may include traditional psychodynamic techniques with a focus on the unconscious and childhood, Eastern methods such as mindfulness and meditation, and inner parts work based on Internal Family Systems. I also assist clients in identifying and breaking outside of societal norms to figure out their true personal and interpersonal needs. I strive to create a warm, judgement-free zone where clients have the time and space to explore their innermost selves.

Originally from the Midwest, I’ve spent more than a decade in New York and received my master’s degree from Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work. I hold a special interest in social justice, gender/sexuality, and trauma. I work with adult clients with a wide range of ages and backgrounds, as well as those in relationships (couples, throuples, etc.). If you feel we might be a good fit, I look forward to hearing from you!


Anushka Talpur - MHC Intern
Clinical Intern

I am currently a Master’s student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Baruch College. Previously drawn to the world of academia, it was through my extensive work in clinical research with individuals suffering from mental health and addiction issues that I discovered my passion for psychotherapy. My work involved a lot of psychometric testing and diagnosis but I found myself drawn to the treatment aspect. Having lived and worked in different parts of the globe, I have developed the ability to pay close attention to cultural context and its intersection with identity.

As a yogi and meditator, I believe our thoughts, feelings and emotions are intertwined and influence our overall mental and physical wellbeing. It is through therapy we are capable of bringing them to our awareness and working through them in a positive way. I am grateful to be in a position where I can help others as a therapist at Mindful Psychotherapy. I hold a Master’s degree in Mental Health Studies from King’s College London and a Bachelor’s degree with majors in Biology and Psychology from the University of Toronto.


Eve Blazo- MSW

Clinical Associate

I believe in cultivating a strong therapeutic relationship. While maintaining an alliance of mutual trust and respect, we can take risks and tackle issues creatively. Understanding the therapeutic process to be collaborative and deeply dynamic, my work is attuned to your evolving needs. We will work to identify and mirror core strengths and inner resilience, unearthing self-compassion and self-acceptance--in service of both healing and growth. We will uncover insights to help you develop a deeper understanding of your innermost self. Throughout, my approach is warm, genuine, and devoted to providing a non-judgmental, safe space to work through both past and present issues. 

I have experience working with anxiety and depression, personality disorders, eating disorders, trauma, and relational dynamics. I have training in LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy and issues related to ethnic and racial identity, sexuality, and gender identity. My integrative practice includes working from a psychodynamic, relational, and existential perspective. Depending on your needs, we can incorporate cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, and mindfulness-based modalities, such as meditation and breathwork. 

Prior to receiving my master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University, I earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University in Modern Culture and Media studies, using critical theory to analyze film, art, and technology. In addition to my clinical work, I have worked as a writer in the art and fashion industries, a director at a start-up, and as a certified yoga teacher. 


Anna Reeder- Resident Intern

At eighteen, Anna moved from California and has lived in London, Milan, Southern Austria, and Berlin before making her way to New York City where she finished her Bachelors in Psychology at Sarah Lawrence. Initially pursuing film and acting Anna has always had a passion for humanity, striving to see the beauty in others and the world around her. She shifted from film to psychology with a course focusing on Trauma, Loss, and Resilience. Anna felt this embodied much of her holistic outlook on life while being able to connect with her health, yoga, and mindfulness background. Anna looks to connect the mind and body through challenges and experiences. Alongside pursuing her graduate degree at Columbia University in mental health counselling, Anna is an avid yoga teacher, specialising in prenatal/postnatal and trauma informed yoga. She continues to travel in her spare time and sees the world as just another adventure to be had. Anna comes from a Swedish and German background and encourages awareness of understanding intergenerational connection and the history of oneself.


Megan Faralli - MA, LMHC
Clinical Supervisor

I view therapy as a collaborative approach between myself and my patients. My goal is to assist you in living a fuller and more satisfying life by gaining insight into your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships. Through insight and accessibility to the many facets of your emotional and mental life, I hope to help you in breaking down the internal and external barriers that prevent you from actualizing your true potential. Emotions are perhaps the most important tools we have as human beings for guiding our lives in a manner that is authentic and fulfilling. Rather than avoiding and/or defending against our emotions, therapy offers the opportunity for them to be welcomed, examined, and ultimately embraced through the safety of the therapeutic relationship. 

I came to this profession following the completion of my undergraduate studies at Boston University. I went on to obtain my masters degree in counseling psychology from New York University, and have since worked in residential mental health settings, outpatient substance abuse agencies, and private practices. I consider the continuation of my own education to be an invaluable and critical component for offering the highest quality of care to my patients. I look forward to meeting you.


Kayla Schwartz - LMSW
Clinical Associate 

If you are struggling with difficult feelings or problematic behaviors, psychotherapy can help empower you to move towards a more fulfilling, contented and authentic life. In the context of a safe and supportive relationship with clients, I provide a supportive environment where they can feel safe to examine their past and their present. As clients become more self-aware and self-accepting, they start to feel hopeful, and begin to achieve their goals.

I have an eclectic, client-centered, psychodynamic approach, and a warm, interactive and at times humorous way. I integrate CBT, DBT and mindfulness strategies into our collaborative work. I have extensive experience with 12-Steps recovery, working both with people who struggle with addictions as well as those in their lives. I speak and treat people in French.

I graduated with a BA from Smith College and received my Masters of Social Work from Fordham University. I am committed to self-development and am currently in the Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at the William Alanson White Institute. Before becoming a psychotherapist, I was a dancer/singer/actress and then a presentation and communications coach, both of which inform my current practice. I am highly attuned to the challenges of finding a work life balance including parenting, relationships, caregiving and managing life transitions. I have helped people dealing with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, addictions, codependence and social anxiety to name a few. I feel truly inspired as I watch clients make lasting, positive change.


Jenna Mamorsky - MHC Intern
Clinical Intern

I am currently a Master’s Student in Clinical Counseling through Northwestern University. Prior to my schooling, I spent the past 8 years as an Executive Recruiter. Through my experience as a Recruiter, I realized that I most enjoyed coaching others through the stressful and sometimes uncomfortable process of finding a job, more than simply placing candidates. Through this experience, I was guided to my current path as a Mental Health Counselor. I am passionate about this field because I believe that living the healthiest life for each individual starts with mental health. I believe that proper individual tools, a safe space to express emotions, and recognizing one’s blind spots are key factors in developing mental health strength. I could not be more thrilled to continue to develop and grow these therapeutic skills of my own at Mindful Psychotherapy. 


Alan S. Vanell - M.A., LMHC
Clinical Associate 

As a therapist, my approach is diverse but I am primarily focused on nurturing a safe relationship that relies on trust, respect, and patience; to compose a pathway that allows for us to insightfully explore your own thoughts and feelings to bring positive changes and meaning to your present life.  

I have obtained my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Washington University.  From my clinical trainings and professional experiences, I have worked with adolescents, young adults to adults, couples and families who have all presented with a variety of concerns, which includes: anxiety, depression, PTSD, abuse/neglect, relationship conflicts, LGBTQIA, and varying high-risk behaviors, including self-harm, suicidal ideation and addiction.

Through the process of therapy, I believe that the relationship between you and myself will be the essential factor in creating transformative changes within your life.


Justine Wiercimok - MA, JD, MHC-LP
Clinical Associate

I am a Psychotherapist and Coach, with several years of work experience in leading groups and facilitating sessions for individuals, couples and children. My speciality includes; sexual infidelity, sexual dysfunction & trauma, women’s issues, depression, anxiety, addictions, grief-counseling, eating disorders and more.

I look holistically at each person while highly valuing a nonjudgmental, empathic, and respectful approach to each individual. I believe in a tremendous wisdom that underlines our life experiences and that our true power and capability to love and relate in a healthy way stems from understanding and transforming the relationship to our hardships. When we are able to connect, rather than avoid trauma and pain, we come out empowered, gaining clarity about our true values and goals. More so, we are able to map out a road and have strength to take steps towards fulfilling our deepest longings and desires.

I graduated from Naropa University with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, specializing in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Psychology. Prior to attaining my masters, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, as well as a Law degree from Lazarski University, in Warsaw, Poland. Along with obtaining my degree in MHC, I designed and internationally facilitated female workshops, as well as co- facilitated retreats in 11 different countries, which focused on creating healthy intimacy between partners. I adapted my clinical expertise internationally by tailoring my clinical approach to the culture, population, and socioeconomic status at hand.
I offer sessions in Polish and English language.


Alexandra Mager - LMSW
Clinical Associate

Whether you’re looking to make changes in your life or work through existing challenges, it does not have to be done alone. My therapy style is supportive, interactive, and empowering. Let’s work together to improve your stress management, coping skills, relationships, and overall mental health.

My primary goal is to help people better understand the way their thoughts, behaviors, and emotions impact day-to-day life. I collaborate with clients to explore new ways to deal with life’s daily challenges and stressors. Empathy is an essential component of our sessions, and I help clients learn to treat themselves with compassion.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master of Social Work from Fordham University. Currently, I am involved in training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. I specialize in working with clients who experience anxiety or depression, or are having conflicts within their relationships with friends, significant others, and family members. I have experience working with adolescents, young adults, and individuals struggling with substance abuse as well.


Dr. Tanveer Ahmed - MD

Life, and therapy, are curvy, winding paths.  Dr. Ahmed's life has taken countless turns that give her a unique perspective as a psychiatrist.  Having been born in India, then raised between there, Iran, New Mexico, and Connecticut, gives her a deep understanding of life transitions, and how they influence us.  Her training in medical school and residency at The George Washington University, then a fellowship at Columbia and Cornell led her to a year in New Zealand working with the Indigenous Maori people, and the multicultural challenges they face.  

Returning to New York City, she has worked in diverse settings including 8 years as the psychiatrist for the Ali Forney Center, a LGBTQ homeless youth support center.  She started her private practice on the Upper West Side in 2011, where she provides open, accepting, and supportive psychiatric care for patients age 18 and over.  

She believes in integrating many modalities to help people discover their best self, be that meditation, traditional psychotherapy, diverse classes of medications, exercise, nutrition, or work with sleep hygiene.  Dr. Ahmed's path has been complicated and challenging, giving her excellent perspective to help others on their own unique journey.


Madeline Stein- MA

Director of Education & Marketing

I recently graduated with my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling from Naropa University. I am continuing my education at Saybrook University in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences as a doctoral student in the Applied Psychophysiology Department. I believe in an integrative approach to mental health care, taking into account all parts of the client: mind, body, and spirit.

I currently serve as the Student Board Member for Four Corners Group Psychotherapy Society (FCGPS), and as a member of the Affiliate Society Assembly of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). I also serve as a Marketing Committee Member for the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH) and on the Ethics Committee of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH).

As the Director of Education and Marketing at Mindful NYC, I strive to support our Educational Mission in providing quality, affordable, and diverse educational opportunities.


Richard E. Zekaria - Resident intern

The philosophy of uncovering one’s true potential and helping people with their life struggles really resonates with my personal and professional values. Currently, I am a Masters student at Northwestern University’s Mental Health Counseling Program. My extensive life experiences, in many ways, have prepared me for my career to practice as a counselor. As a native New Yorker, born and raised on Long Island, and having lived in NYC for almost 2 decades, I have a diverse and intimate understanding of the ways in which the stress of city life can impact one’s mental health. During my prior 15 year career in the arts, I also worked as a supervising paralegal at a tenant’s rights law firm. This experience has helped me better understand, counsel and advocate for those who are dealing with some of life’s most stressful situations. I truly believe in the value of mental health as a cornerstone to a stable and happy life. I look forward to getting to know you and working through whatever struggles you might be having.