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Promise Pathways

Counseling - RECOVERY - MENTAL HEALTH

Promise Pathways is located on Long Island, just a couple of minutes outside the beautiful town of Huntington, NY. We are a private practice serving the broader community with a focus on anxiety, depression, substance abuse, AD/HD, self-esteem, and trauma-related issues via evidenced-based practices including, but not limited to Motivational Interviewing, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and MCBT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy).  Using a solution-focused holistic approach, we take the whole person into consideration before determining an ideal therapeutic path.  Read more about our services, and view a detailed list of treatment areas /methods and insurance plans.

Stephanie Colace, LMHC, CRC, NCIP

Founder at Promise Pathways

EMDR Provider

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Promise Pathways founder, Stephanie Colace is a Mental Health Clinician licensed in the state of NY and GA.  She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, a National Certified Interventionist Professional and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with expertise covering a versatile spectrum of therapeutic approaches tailored to the needs of each client. 

 

Stephanie's clinical focus is primarily with adolescents and adults healing from trauma and trauma related disorders.  She also has expanded coursework studies in food addictions.  Her vast experience also includes clientele with disabilities, and clients within the forensic population, which has enabled her to grow her knowledge of disability related services, law enforcement / legal issues, vocational counseling, and substance abuse treatment.  She has added experience working with Suffolk County Law Enforcement and Parole, as well as the Nassau County Department of Mental Health, and is an OASAS approved provider for Clinical Screening and Assessment Services for Impaired Drivers.  

 

Stephanie's broad experience in the business world prior to entering the Mental Health field has given her other expertise including Human Resources, Workers Compensation, Quality Assurance, and Training and Development. She has been a member of the National Career Development Association since 2016.  Just as she advises others, she is always expanding her career knowledge and experience, most recently by completing EMDRIA training to better service her clients.

Melissa Trachtenberg, LP

Counselor at Promise Pathways

Melissa Trachtenberg, LP, is a Mental Health Counselor with a cognitive-behavioral and humanistic approach to helping clients explore and understand the driving factors behind their thoughts, feelings, and actions in the pursuit of optimal wellness. Melissa believes in strengths-based treatment approaches and holistic wellness outcomes beyond pathology and symptom management. She has experience working with clients with various diagnoses, including anxiety, depression, disordered eating, low self-esteem, co-dependent relationships, behavioral issues, and substance abuse.  

 

Melissa received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling & Wellness from New York University. Her background in psychiatric and behavioral research at NYU’s Psychiatry department and the Visiting Nurse Service of NY’s Center for Homecare Policy and Research provides her with the valuable knowledge needed to offer the best evidence-based care for her clients. 

Mary DeGiovine, LP

Counselor at Promise Pathways

Mary DeGiovine-Robins is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who utilizes many different theories in treatment to meet the unique and diverse needs of each individual. Some of Mary's methods include Person-Centered Therapy (unconditional positive regard, genuineness, and empathy), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gestalt Therapy (becoming more aware of how negative thought patterns and behaviors can block accurate self-awareness, making an individual unhappy), and Motivational Interviewing.  In addition, she utilizes Humanistic Counseling Theories emphasizing that a person has, within oneself, all the resources needed to live a healthy and functional life. Problems instead are attributed to limited or unavailable problem-solving resources. 

 

Mary graduated with an MSED, and an Advanced Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health from Hofstra University. Her extensive background includes Offenders Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS), Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), and Director of Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Training Services at NADAP. Relevant experience includes consulting with treatment program professionals on Delivering Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Support Services, NYS OASAS vocational requirements and reporting, and problem-solving on vocational service issues. Mary is also an instructor for the Outreach Training Institute Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor training program (OTI CASAC-T). There, she provides career development, resume writing, and a class on the Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling.  Mary has worked with substance use, physical disabilities, justice-involved and severely mentally ill individuals at various agencies, including EAC Network, Department of Veteran's Affairs, Department of Labor, Suffolk County Department of Health Services and Mental Hygiene, East End Methadone Clinic, Pederson-Krag Center and Horizons Counseling and Education Center.  

 

Christine Bentley

Mental Health Counseling Intern

Christine is a NYS Licensed School Counselor whose work includes counseling teens experiencing trauma, grief, low self-esteem, body images issues, self-harm, depression, addiction, family and relationship issues, and more.  She has spent time working in both high schools and alternative high school settings where she provided individual and group counseling. As a mental health counselor Christine employs a holistic approach utilizing various therapeutic approaches aimed at healing the whole person. She has a warm personality making clients feel at ease. Her approach is kind & compassionate, helping clients to focus on self-compassion, self-awareness, & overall wellness.

Christine is a lifelong learner in constant pursuit of education most recently studying yoga & meditation. Christine has a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from LIU C.W. Post and has a Bachelor of Science in Management from SUNY Geneseo. She is currently completing an Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling at Medaille College to become a LMHC.

Marcela Sanchez

Mental Health Counseling Intern

Marcela has experience working with children with developmental disabilities, as well as adolescents and adults struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. She is fluent in two languages: Spanish and English. Being bilingual has allowed her to work with multicultural populations facing many obstacles in their lives. She has gained valuable skills benefitting her work with individuals from varying cultures and backgrounds. These acquired strengths enable her to be more perceptive and empathetic, and communicate more effectively with her clients. She has provided support to minorities with mental and physical disabilities searching for a vocational/career path and those encountering challenges in the workforce. Marcela is earning her Masters Degree in Rehab Counseling in Mental Health at Hofstra University.

Paul Weinberg

Mental Health Counseling Intern

Paul serves the general population and is particularly interested in counseling adolescents and young adults with mood disorders. During his academic studies, his professional exposure to specific treatment modalities has focused on developing REBT and CBT tools with a client centered approach. 

 

Paul has worked for the past two years as a special education teacher with students who have generalized anxiety disorder, school phobia, social anxiety disorder, and a variety of learning disabilities. For a period of ten months in 2018-2019, he worked directly with a 22-year-old male with schizophrenia and brain injury due to a prolonged coma. The focus was on relearning skills for functioning within the home, and engaging in daily exercises in memory, math, reading and writing skills, regulating behavior in a public setting, and communicating needs.

 

Paul’s background includes working as a Community Organizer and Rabbi where he provided pastoral counseling in both group and individual settings. This experience enabled him to develop effective listening and communication skills, expression of empathy, and offered him exposure to a variety of issues. Additionally, he worked as a teacher for 11 years gaining further experience in communication and group dynamics among children, adolescents and adults. One of his teaching positions included adult ESL education in Israel where he instructed not only Israeli, but also Palestinian and East African migrants. This experience gained him further insight into how to resolve conflicts and engage multicultural clients in a group setting. Paul obtained a B.A. in psychology from York University in Toronto and is currently earning his M.A. in Mental Health Counseling at Medaille College.