ABOUT USOur Soulful Team
Frances Thuro has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 20 years. Frances received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ithaca College. Mrs. Thuro then went on to pursue and complete a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work at Adelphi University. Finally, due to her passion for teaching others, Frances completed her Masters Degree in Education at Dowling College. Frances is trained and certified in EMDR as well as hypnotherapy. Most recently, Frances completed a certificate program in Clinical Meditation and Imagery. Her breadth of experience includes working in schools, clinics, counseling centers and hospitals.
Susan is a clinical social worker with over 20 years experience in the area of interpersonal violence and trauma, as an educator and an advocate. Ms. Koenig has had the privilege of working individually and in groups with children, adolescents and adults. The belief that a trusting therapeutic relationship can help make lasting, positive changes in people’s lives is the foundation of her work as a therapist.
Steve Interrante, CH, is a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, Certified Advanced Integrated Energy Therapist (IET) and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor. He has dedicated his life to helping people achieve balance and happiness in their lives. Steve’s calm,relaxing techniques allow his clients to experience more favorable results in dealing with anxiety and self confidence. Utilizing effective hypnosis techniques has proven to assist in weight Loss, smoking cessation.
Deborah Peretz is among the few certified Kabbalah Life Coaches on Long Island, with a BA in Psychology from Binghamton University and an MA from Stony Brook University. Deborah began her soul quest after graduate school, when she decided to take up residency in Israel, the birthplace of Lurianic Kabbalah. She has been blessed to have studied under premier experts on Authentic Kabbalah, and has also been certified as a Reconnective Healing Foundational Practitioner. Deborah finds much congruity between Kabbalah and Reconnective Healing, and helps her clients bridge the gap between the practicality of everyday existence and the divinity of living an exalted life. Her warmth and intuition, combined with her passion for helping others find their Truth, is the cornerstone of her life’s work.
Patty has practiced as an Occupational Therapist (OT) in various sub-acute and skilled nursing facilities for over 15 years. The geriatric population has become her passion, and her skills as an OT have helped numerous patients afflicted with a broad spectrum of clinical conditions, return to their highest level of functioning. Life progress and personal growth are at the center of who Patty is as an individual, health care professional, and mother.
Patty found Reconnective Healing (RH) is an extremely effective approach toward change and growth in her own life, and in the lives of her loved ones. Patty became a Reconnective Healing Foundational Practitioner in 2017. It is her belief that Reconnective Healing affords people the opportunity to experience an alternative form of healing, with a unique and personal goal in mind, delivered exactly as intended from the universe. Reconnective Healing sessions often accelerate an overall sense of balance, vitality and connectiveness to all that is. The world is full of infinitive possibilities.
Dr. Christine Malenda
Best Selling Author, Speaker and Counselor with a private healing practice including meditation, psychology, philosophy, spirituality, and holistic healing. For over 2 decades, Christine Malenda, MhD, has been educating individuals and groups by sharing the steps to unleash their unlimited prosperous power.Doctor of Metaphysical Healing, RoHun™ Therapist, Meditation Specialist, Board Certified Hypnotherapist, Ordained Minister and Certified Relationship Dynamics Counselor.
Raena Pastore is a licensed social worker with 17 years experience in the human services/social work field. Raena obtained her MSW in May 2004 from The State University of New York at Stony Brook and became a licensed social worker in 2007. Her passion for helping others started in working with adults with special needs, intellectual and physical disabilities, as well as people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and various mental illnesses. This work evolved into work with adolescents, children, families and business agencies- using the behavioral and communicative dynamics of any relationship as the starting point to explain and then work through any issues/concerns or disturbances. Raena also has a focus on co-parenting therapy work- where parents come together as partners in parenting which is often a difficult transition from being former partners in a deeper relationship. Raena bases much of her work with others on the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach- assisting her patients in becoming present with their thoughts and feelings.
Mrs. Pastore is also a Registered Yoga Teacher who wholeheartedly believes in teaching others to live in the present moment, where true happiness resides (and in many cases waits to be felt); this is taught through various methods including Yoga, Meditation, Chakra Balancing and other mindfulness practices. Raena believes that mentally living in the past often serves as an emotional anchor and often leads to depressive symptoms; just as mentally living in the future often increases anxiety and likelihood for some level of disappointment in people’s lives. Her approach is a holistic one, where she works with the ‘entire person’ and their overall wellness (or lack-thereof) acknowledging and addressing lifestyle, self-care, life balance, self-talk, nature/nurture factors, diet, sleep, coping skills and thought process habits. It is within her core beliefs that one factor will affect another which will affect another, and so forth. Being able to get to the core of someone’s spirit and then work outward with love, compassion, patience and peace is of the utmost importance for true progression of her clients into emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellness.
Raena’s work through yoga therapy includes working in schools (pre-school through high school), mental health clinics, group homes, shelters and private practice.
Her enthusiasm for creating a positive and healthy balance is evidenced through her various creative methods and activities for people of all ages and functioning levels. She is a firm believer in the power of positivity and manifestation; and she works through some of the basic principles of behavior modification to set up goals and procedures for her clients.
First as a student, Karisa learned that Kundalini Yoga is the Yoga of Self Mastery. It is a Yoga that makes you drop your self-limiting beliefs so you can fulfill your destiny, your purpose, and understand what you are here to do. Karisa is one of those rare teachers that brings the teachings of Kundalini Yoga into a safe space so people can rediscover the joy and wisdom that already lives inside of them. Connecting with the practitioners through breath, mantra, movement and music she brings a unique modern fun twist to her Kundalini Yoga classes. Karisa incorporates her intense love of music and dance using that sound vibration in all her classes, helping us to reconnect to the rhythm and to connect to our strength. She has studied internationally, Greece, Costa Rica, Canada, New York and India, bringing a deeper level profound authenticity that is both powerful and profound to her students. Karisa’s classes are designed to detoxify the glandular system, cleanse and strengthen the immune system on a physical level; as she’s works equally, and as powerfully, on a mental and spiritual level to de-stress the body and mind. The practice provides clarity, embraces one’s personal and individual challenges and aids the practitioner in letting go of the unnecessary clutter. The classes are created for every single individual. It doesn’t matter if you have never done yoga before, Karisa’s classes are designed for all walks of life, all levels. We come together, we breathe through our kriyas, dance with the music and sweat through the mantras.
Gemma Saylor is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified ACE Health Coach. Gemma cares passionately about preventing disease through healthy lifestyle choices. Whether her clients are seeking to lose weight or learning to live with a new diagnosis, Gemma uses evidence-based strategies to work with the unique needs of each client to reach realistic and attainable goals. Gemma does not promote “quick-fixes” – instead she motivates and empowers her clients to make positive and long-lasting changes in their lives. Her enthusiasm for positive change is contagious and it encourages her clients to confidently seek a healthier version of themselves.
Mike Opisso has taught meditation and spirituality for nearly a decade at the Kadampa Meditation Centers in Port Jefferson and Huntington bringing clarity, warmth, and enthusiasm to each class he teaches. A native Long Islander, Mike has also lived and traveled extensively throughout Japan, Mainland China and Europe. Mike has an exceptional propensity for taking the wisdom of Kadampa Buddhism and applying it to our daily lives. He welcomes all to share in these life-changing teachings that have persisted for over 2,500 years as a source of guidance and liberation for countless individuals throughout history.
Eric Perez found yoga (or yoga found him) about 15 years ago. Ever since he has pursued as much knowledge and experience on the divine subject as possible, a journey which eventually took him all the way to India to the feet of his guru. Eric has also been an English teacher for 22 years in Central Islip High School where he runs an after school yoga/service club called S.O.U.L (Sending Out Universal Love).
Eric is certified in Iyengar yoga which he has had the pleasure of teaching to various groups in the community, including children, teens, visually impaired and individuals with special needs. In addition, Eric practices and teaches meditation, and is a voracious reader of Vedic (yogic) literature. It is been his belief and experience that all actions we perform as human beings is one of two things: either an expression of love, or a cry for it. With this as his mantra he is honored and excited to share his practice (and love) with you all!
Gina Greco is a Licensed Master Social Worker who graduated from Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare with a cum laude specialization in trauma. She specializes in working with those who have experienced trauma, sexual and physical abuse, PTSD, anxiety, depression and low self esteem. She believe in taking a nonjudgmental stance in addressing her client’s challenges, and I aim to implement appropriate, effective, empirically supported treatment.
As a therapist she strives to meet her clients where they are emotionally, mentally and spiritually. She believes in creating a warm, safe and trusting space that will allow you, as therapist and client, to work through the challenges being faced. She believes in a holistic approach to therapy, which promotes the healing, development, and integration of all aspects of one’s life in order to lead a more fulfilling and purposeful life. She deeply enjoys challenging her clients to look at things from a different perspective, and I believe in the law of attraction – the idea that what you put out into the universe is what you get back from it.
Bring her your true self. She promises to create a relaxing, non-judgmental environment for you to privately express what you really need to. Gina knows how scary it can be taking the first steps to work towards personal goals. Therapy can be fulfilling and healing for both you and the people who matter most to you.
She subscribe to the fact there is no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. We will spend time understanding exactly what you are experiencing and why so that when you start making changes that improve your life, they will stick.
Melanie has always been pulled towards spirituality, even as a kid. Her interest in all things spiritual eventually led her to learn about Eastern Religion and Beliefs. She didn’t know then, but her interests would lead her into a world of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and alternative healing arts. Melanie is a graduate of the New York College of Health Professions, and a practitioner of both Massage Therapy and Acupuncture. In 2004, she graduated from the Massage Program, and completed her Master’s Degree for Acupuncture three years later. To further her education, she studied with the Institute for Classical Asian Studies for almost ten years. These studies lead her to travel to the source of her medicine, in the Sichuan Province of China. She is also trained, and certified, in Kyo Jung Therapy, which is a traditional Korean form of physical manipulation. Melanie is also certified in Medical Qi Gong Healing, a style of energy healing traditionally used in China. Being a dual licensed therapist, musculoskeletal issues, and pain management are a specialty of focus. Melanie also specializes in stress and anxiety relief, depression issues, fertility acupuncture (when used in conjunction with IVF), as well as smoking cessation and addiction recovery.
Jessica Hudson is a Registered Yoga Teacher CRYT-500 with Yoga Alliance. Trained under Dr. Dean Telano, ND, PHD, MS, E-RYT, RPYT whom gave her the knowledge, skills & wisdom to be a confident Yoga Teacher. Certified in Rahini Yoga, Yin Yoga, Meditation, and is also a Certified Advanced Usui Reiki Holy Fire Practitioner.
Jessica’s warm voice and energy will welcome you to feeling comfortable and at ease in her yoga class. Her uplifting yet gentle approach will invite balance, guiding you into connecting to the practice of Yoga and all it’s benefits for the body, mind, and spirit.
Michelle Sabourin is a Certified Professional Coach and a Registered Yoga Teacher. She completed her Coaching for Transformation Certification in 2018 through Leadership that Works. She has been practicing yoga for several decades and completed her 200-hour yoga certification at Satya Yoga Shala in 2016. Simultaneously, Michelle has worked in the corporate health care field for over 25 years. She is the mother of two special needs children and credits her journey with them as a catalyst to her own transformation. Michelle is committed to helping people live a more fulfilling life by identifying their needs and core values and bringing their inner and outer worlds into alignment. She assists in helping her clients set goals and create a plan for their own development. She is deeply influenced by the classical teachings of yoga philosophy and meditation. She brings this into her coaching by helping clients focus on centering themselves, slowing down the mind, getting in touch with the breath and releasing tension and anxiety in both mind and body. This leads to a clear path to know their true selves, tap into their own resourcefulness and initiate creative solutions toward a soul-satisfying life.
Stephanie Durso, LMSW is a Fordham University graduate who specializes in helping clients to identify and express feelings in an effective, healthy manner and to expand on use of healthy coping strategies to improve quality of life and relationships. She works with children, adolescents and adults helping them to get to know themselves in a more intimate way and to use their strengths to make positive life changes. In addition to helping individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief, loss, and substance dependence Ms. Durso can assist with crisis intervention and life changes. Ms. Durso has over ten years experience of working with those working towards their recovery from trauma and self harming behaviors. Her calming presence allows her clients a level of comfort to share anything in order to work towards success. Ms. Durso’s desire to serve the community by helping others to realize their own strength and resiliency is unwavering. She believes that everyone has the ability to recover from any life stressor by tapping into their soul and becoming open to balance in all areas of life.
Stefanie Stadler is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Stefanie is dedicated to
providing unique and individualized care for children, adolescents, adults and families with mental health and developmental concerns. Stefanie helps her clients identify the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors and how to use those connections for positive change. Stefanie’s primary focus has been treating individuals with anxiety and mood disorders, behavioral disorders, emotional struggles, self-doubt, trauma and family conflict. Stefanie aims to increase self-awareness as well as mental, emotional and relational well-being and believes
that all individuals have capabilities beyond their own beliefs. Stefanie strives to help her clients enhance their functioning and to learn to navigate in a more efficient and productive way while
alleviating stress and bringing a sense of balance.
Lisa has been a psychotherapist/clinical social worker since 1996 and graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2016. Helping people is her true passion and definitely her calling. Lisa has gone through many of her own trials and tribulations and has used those things as motivation to not just “survive” and go through the motions of life but as catalysts to live her best life. According to Lisa, “All of us are unique and as different as fingerprints, however, we have one thing in common—the search for love, peace, health, and happiness.”
Lisa uses a cognitive-behavioral approach which acknowledges that our thoughts drive our
emotions and subsequent behavior. She is also trained in family systems and, with this as a foundation, will assist you to enhance your functioning through self-discovery and self-
empowerment. Lisa has worked with people from all walks of life, sexual orientation, gender,
race, both young and old and has come to recognize that a person’s thinking has a profound
effect on the condition of their life and the value they place on themselves and relationships of
any kind—food, lovers, family, friends, co-workers, etc. She is here to guide you to self-
fulfillment so that external means to “medicate” fall away. Discovering your best self is the best investment you can ever make. It worked for Lisa and she is here to make it work for you!
Cheryl has 13 years of experience working in private practice and in school settings. She specializes in working with teens, young adults and adults experiencing anxiety, depression,
and work/life balance issues. Cheryl is also skilled in assisting parents who are navigating
through the special education process for their children. She has a true love and value for social work and empowering others to live their best life.