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Promise Pathways


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.

Paul serves the general population and is particularly interested in counseling people with mood disorders, those who have experienced trauma, and people experiencing or recovering from communal abuse. Paul uses a client-centered humanistic approach with CBT and REBT tools where the client sets objective, measurable goals with a timeline and checkpoints. The sessions include talk therapy to explore the client’s experience while using evidence-based techniques to resolve issues and blocks.

In addition to being a mental health counselor, Paul runs an organization that provides social opportunities and resources to people who have left cults, systems of authoritarian control, communal abuse, or fundamentalist religions. He also writes and performs stand-up comedy.


Paul Weinberg, MHC-LP

Mental Health Counselor, Promise Pathways

Paul’s background includes working as a Community Organizer and Rabbi, providing pastoral counseling in both group and individual settings. This experience enabled him to develop effective listening and communication skills and expression of empathy and offered him exposure to various issues. Additionally, he worked as a teacher for 12 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 Israelis but also Palestinian and East African migrants. This experience gave him further insight into resolving conflicts and engaging multicultural clients in a group setting. Paul has a B.A. in psychology from York University in Toronto, Ontario, and an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Medaille University in Buffalo, NY. 

Lisa-Marie Pryer, MHC-LP, CRC, WIP-C

Mental Health Counselor, Promise Pathways

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Lisa received a B.A. in psychology and an M.S. Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health from Hofstra University. During her practicum and internship in a community clinic, she counseled people from 15-72 years of age with a range of mental health and vocational concerns. She developed a curriculum and led groups to build socialization skills in children ages 8-12. Lisa also led a parenting skills group while at the clinic. 

Lisa has more than 7 years of experience working with people with Serious Mental Illness, such as bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, as well as those with co-occurring substance use disorders.

As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Lisa works with clients to explore career choices and

assists with finding, obtaining, and keeping employment. She is also a Certified Work Incentive Practitioner, which allows her to advise public benefit beneficiaries on their entry or return to competitive employment and its effects on their benefits.

Lisa uses a person-centered approach when meeting with her clients, creating treatment plans, and acting as an ally. She focuses on a holistic approach to therapy, understanding that the presenting concern does not stand alone but in unison with other life stressors. As a working mother, Lisa understands the complexity of a work-life balance and encourages self-care as part of a daily routine.

Vivien Hao

Mental Health Counseling Intern, Promise Pathways

Vivien Hao gained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from NYU Shanghai. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults. Vivien was raised in the United States and studied abroad in mainland China for her undergraduate studies. Therefore, she has years of experience interacting with international students and new immigrant families in the

United States. Vivien also has strong knowledge about the Asian American Pacific Islander populations. With a diverse background, Vivien is aware of building cultural competency and sensitivity.


Growing up in the United States and having spent four years of undergraduate studies on the NYU Shanghai campus, Vivien has been exposed to cultural learnings and interacted with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Outside school, she has also participated in several internship and volunteer programs. Each program targeted individuals from different age groups. Several years of experience in those programs have taught Vivien how to understand the situations, struggles, or concerns that individuals from diverse age groups might be facing.


Vivien is passionate about the Mental Health Counseling profession. She wishes to help clients with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Eating and Sleep Disorder, adjustment issues, Career Coaching, and General Mental Health Therapy. Vivien also strives to create a safe and welcoming environment for her clients to explore themselves in sessions. In addition, she is capable of providing English/Chinese counseling sessions.




洋岛民(AAPI) 文化也有很深的了解。










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