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Mind-Body And Inner-Self Wellness

and Consulting LLC

☎ (833) 374-4935

Our Team

Terese Joseph MiIlet , MHC-P Doctorial Student

Primary Therapist

Terese Millet Joseph is a Mental Health Counselor, originally from the island of Antigua, in the Eastern Caribbean. She has been working in this field for the past 16 years. Over the span of her career, her duties have included professional and curriculum development, human resource management, advocacy work, lectures, workshops, seminars, and therapeutic services. Terese is bilingual, and has lived, worked, and studied in Antigua & Barbuda, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, Belgium, and the USA. This allows her to bring an objective, congenial and multicultural approach to her work. She is currently a Doctoral Student pursuing a PhD in Human Development & Family Science at Syracuse University. Her research interests include cross-cultural parenting, race relations and disparities, trauma, and mindfulness.

Yanique Blake, BS, CAMS-I

Anger Management and Supervised Visitation Specialist

Yanique is an Undergraduate student of The Mico University College where she attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, where she majored in Special Education and Educational Assessment in the Island of Jamaica. Yanique has also completed levels of certification as an Anger Management Specialist and Supervised Visitation Monitor.

She has been Working with Children and young adults for more than 13 years and have committed her life to mentoring young girls over the period.

Yanique embraces her talent in making others happy and commit to her duties has a motivational speaker; she has volunteered at children’s home, churches and high schools here in New York as well as back home in Jamaica. Yanique believes that everyone has a voice and everyone deserves a second chance in becoming a better ideal self. 

Olivia Knight MS, MHC-P

Clinical Team Leader

Olivia Knight is a Team Leader and Mental Health Counselor who has experience working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families seeking therapy for a variety of reasons, including depression, anxiety, forms of trauma, relationship issues, decision-making. Her therapeutic approach is client-driven and stems from empowerment, cultural appreciation & awareness, and collaboration. By having a client-driven approach, clients have the ability to feel empowered through their healing. This is done through a mindfulness method that incorporates cognitive-behavioral techniques, trauma-informed healing, liberation theory, and solution-focused techniques. Olivia’s goal as a counselor is to work with her clients in creating a safe space to assist them on their therapeutic journey and healing process.

Marie N. Gelin, LMHC, MSW, Th.M.

Chief Operating Officer

Marie is a Chief Operating Officer here at MBIS, an EAP provider and clinician with more than 25 years of experience working with mental health and substance dependence disorders in various settings including the formation of MBIS when we were a small and new grassroots organization.

Marie notes "There are times we all can use some support and motivation to make adjustments in our lives. If you are in need for a change and want to make a change ... I would like to help!”

Marie is a caring therapist with many years of clinical experience working with family, couple, individual with mental health issues, adjustment and anxiety disorders, depression, relationship issues, substance abuse and/or addictions. Marie also provides Christian counseling and Clinical Screening & Assessment of DUI/DWI of Impaired Driving Offenders. Through empathy approach, Marie helps client discover new avenues to address issues that are impacting or threatening their well-being, take control over of their daily stressors and look forward to a new beginning."

Marie regards that treatment outcomes as client driven. Marie is nonjudgmental and offer a safe space to listen and helps client step-by-step during the recovery process. Throughout the healing phase, Marie utilizes different techniques from Solution Focused, Cognitive behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Eclectic Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy to achieve desired goal to total wellness.

Josephine Chia Jung Chen, MA

Clinical Resident

Everyone is deserved a good life. Emotional wellness is an ability to cope effectively with life and build satisfying relationships with others. I believe the positive relational bond is characterized by personal warmth, empathy, and acceptance. The positive relationship builds up the trust and encourage the self-disclosure. I will create a comfortable, supportive and reliable environment for clients where they feel more comfortable to explore their feelings, beliefs, and identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, work toward desired change, and achieving the desired outcome.

As a Chinese American, I embraces intersectionality and takes a multicultural, contextual approach to understanding your life and identity. I provide individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy to individuals of any age, ethnicity, race, gender, or religion. I have worked with clients with panic attacks, phobias, ASD, ADHD, depression, relationship issues, parenting issues, behavioral issues, and academic issues. I can provide counseling in English and Mandarin.

I consider my work to be a person centered approach which places the individuals needs and in the forefront of healing and encourages the individuals to make change. I also utilize Exposure Therapy, CBT, and mindfulness techniques to equip clients with the insight and skills to face and overcome life’s challenges.

每個人都值得擁有美好的生活。情緒健康是一種有效應對生活並與他人建立令人滿意的關係的能 力。我相信正面的關係特點是個人溫暖、同理心和接受。正面積極的關係可以建立信任並鼓勵敞 開心懷諮詢。我將為客戶創造一個舒適、支持和可靠的環境,讓他們能夠更自在地探索自己的感 受、信念,並確定他們想要改變的生活方面,更好地了解自己和他人,設定個人目標,朝著期望 的方向努力改變,並達到預期的結果。

作為一名華裔美國人,我擁有跨交流溝通能力,並採用多元文化、情境化的方法來理解你的生活 和身份特性。我為任何年齡、種族、種族、性別或宗教的個人提供個人、夫妻、家庭和團體心理 治療。我曾與患有驚恐發作、恐懼症、ASD、ADHD、抑鬱症、人際關係問題、育兒問題、行為 問題和學術問題的客戶一起工作。我可以提供英語和普通話的諮詢。

我認為我的工作是一種以人為本的方法,將個人的需求放在治療的最前沿,並鼓勵個人做出改變。 我還利用情境療法、CBT 和正念技術為客戶提供洞察及自我觀察力和技能,以面對和克服生活中 的挑戰。

Michaela Smith MA

Clinical Resident

Michaela is a graduate of New York University and the University of Virginia. She uses a strengths based and non-judgmental approach to create a safe environment for growth and understanding in the counseling relationship. She has worked in a variety of settings, including outpatient psychiatric units, research institutions and the New York City Department of Education. 

From these experiences, Michaela has been able to work with adolescents, adults, and families from a wide range of racial and socio-economic backgrounds. Additionally, she has experience working with individuals living with anxiety, depression, panic disorders, schizophrenia, and trauma. She hopes to take on clients from a variety of backgrounds to tackle both individual issues and larger systemic issues around race and social injustice. 

During her free time, Michaela loves to run, bake, and pet any friendly dogs she encounters. 

Kirk Rooks, MS, CASAC

Clinical Team Leader

Kirk is a Team Leader, mental health clinician with more than 15 years of experience working with mental health and substance dependence disorders in various settings. He utilizes Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to achieve measurable results.

Kirk treats the needs of those who suffer with mood conditions, relationship stressors, minority related concerns, trauma and addictions. Kirk is experienced with working with teams and he leads a diverse ACT team right here in the New York City.

Reginald D. Edwards CAM-I

Team Leader/ Certified Anger Management Specialist-I, Certified Supervised Visitation Monitor

Reginald the team leader for several of our non-clinical programs.  He is certified to lead the programs that he manages which are educational and observational.

The Anger Management program of which he leads is one his favorite programs of which he has many opportunities to share clients with his clinical cohorts.  Reginald encourages collaboration in care for the most successful outcomes.  Many of Reginald's referrals are self -referred, legal mandates and employer referrals.

As a father, Reginald knows the  responsibility of providing physical and emotional safety of the minors.  The Supervised Visitation Program allows Reginald and referents an opportunity to model healthy parenting and solution focused interactions resulting in positive outcomes.

Lucien Brission, BS, CASAC

Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor 

Lucien with more that 20 years in the treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders. Lucien enjoys working with clients individually and in group settings.  His ideal client is mature in age and working through retirement and life transitions.

Lucien has worked in treatment organizations  which include hospitals, outpatient clinics in addition to opioid treatment management facilities.  

By using his expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, Lucien encourages his most resistant clients to take an active role in their treatment.

Lucien counsels in English, French and Creole.