Introducing Our New Therapists

//Introducing Our New Therapists

Introducing Our New Therapists

I am excited to announce that Rachel Pokorney, LCSW,  Tracie Dossick, LMSW, Paula Lamanna, LMSW, and Danica Mitchell, LMSW have joined the Dr. Christine Fernandez & Associates team! I have chosen my associates with care, focusing on expert training, professionalism, and a sincere desire to help, so that we may offer you the best possible therapeutic services to meet your individual needs.

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Rachel is an experienced and expertly trained clinician with a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University.  She works interactively with her clients to help them overcome obstacles and achieve their goals in order to lead a more satisfying and fulfilling life. She utilizes research-validated treatment methods, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help individuals and couples improve relationships (romantic, friends, family, coworkers, etc.), decrease anxiety and stress, and alleviate sadness or depression. Her therapeutic style balances warmth and validation with being genuine and direct. Rachel specializes in a growth-oriented approach, which provides clients with the tools and support they need to reach their fullest potential.

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Tracie is a Licensed Social Worker, with a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University, who works with adults and teenagers. She engages in an interactive process to help adult individuals deal with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, and career concerns. She also works with teenagers, helping them deal with issues that pertain to their stage in life, such as family issues (parental divorce, sibling problems), peer pressure (drinking, drug use, and sex), exploring career paths, college & career planning, anxiety, depression, and stress. She includes elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness to help attain emotional well-being, improve interpersonal relationships, and develop skills to cope with life’s challenges.

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Paula has a Masters in Social Work from New York University.  She is experienced in helping individauls, who struggle with anxiety and depression, by utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness.  She assists adults and teenagers in confronting and challenging self-destructive thoughts and behavioral patterns. Her supportive and non-judgmental approach allows people to feel at ease as they work to remove the roadblocks that prevent them from attaining their goals. Paula also specializes in helping teenagers, single adoptive parents, and couples deal with the psychological issues surrounding adoption, such as preparation to adopt, psychoeduation, handling behavioral issues, understanding the effects of past experiences on adopted children, and family integration.

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Danica is a Sex Therapist and Licensed Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, who works with adult individuals and couples of any orientation. She helps people deal with sexual issues, such as low sexual desire, sexual incompatibility, frequency, rapid/delayed ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, pain, and trauma. She also helps people improve associated relationship issues, such as communication, intimacy, compatibility, infidelity, and trust. Danica provides a safe and comfortable environment in which people can take steps to improve their lives and find their own paths toward fulfillment and satisfaction. She utilizes a variety of therapy techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing.

All of our therapists are currently accepting new clients. Call us at (212) 335-0511 or email us at to schedule an appointment or a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation!


About the Author:

Dr. Christine
Dr. Christine is a Licensed Psychologist with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and over a decade of business experience in a managerial position in a Fortune 500 company. Dr. Christine is also a certified Life Coach. This combination of psychological expertise, life coaching skills, and business acumen enables her to help you clearly understand the situations you are experiencing and take smart action toward improving them. For over a decade, she has been helping people to have more fulfilling and more successful relationships and careers.