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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.

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. 

Yana Koroleva

Mental Health Counseling Intern

Yana has been working with adolescents and adults with various mental health concerns, including stress, anxiety, self-esteem, sleep problems, ADHD, and substance abuse.  She is an empathetic, warm, and person-centered counselor-in-training who demonstrates acceptance and creates a safe space for her clients. She integrates different counseling approaches for healing with mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), strength-based approaches, CBT, solution-focused counseling, and expressive arts therapies. Yana is bilingual, and she is comfortable working with multicultural individuals and the immigrant population who encounter challenges of living in a new culture. Additionally, she has experience helping clients in a vocational rehabilitation program that guides individuals in recovery with developing vocational goals and positive work behaviors. 

Yana received her Master’s degree in School Counseling from New York University.  She is currently working on her Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling at Medaille College.  She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music and is a part-time piano teacher. 

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.