The most important factor for success in therapy is the relationship between the client and their therapist. At Tru Outreach, Inc. we view therapy as a collaborative experience where the therapist and client work as a team to decide together what the goals will be and what actions to take for the best outcome of the client.
Dr. Taylor was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1988. He earned his MA in School Psychology (1990) and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University in 1992. He has been a licensed psychologist serving the Long Island community for 27 years. He works full time in the Wantagh School District as a psychologist. Where he started a special needs summer program. He also maintains a private practice in Wantagh. He has been teaching future school psychologists at Adelphi University for the past 10 years. He frequently speaks to parent groups on topics including anxiety, special needs programming, peak performance in sports, and attention. Dr. Taylor continues his programming for special needs students and adults at local area camps. He is also investigating the growing trend of video conferenced therapy.
Parental / Family Counselor
Nicole is eager to put her hands to the plough and assist others with reimagining possibilities and successful outcomes. Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Nicole brings multifaceted personal and professional experiences as a lifelong New Yorker and survivor of many unforeseen challenges throughout her life. Still standing in the triumph of victory she carries a plethora of skill sets, professional tools and techniques that has equipped her to strategically and thoughtfully consider and support communities of diverse people from all walks of life.
Nicole holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and a Dual Master’s Degree in General and Special Education. She is also a Certified NYS MAPP Facilitator for parental workshops and a Heart 2 Heart Ministries Counselor. Nicole has dedicated fourteen years of ongoing service to
NYC DOE as a teacher and Director of Education. Her past and current career combined, highlights eight years of social work service that includes therapeutic, mental health counseling, case planning, behavioral specialist management, crisis intervention management, solution-based casework planning and family support advocacy. Nicole’s optimistic, innovative, compassionate nature bolstered a vision and frosted a desire within her to step in and move the needle wherever needed to provide and create supportive, holistic, mental wellness, education and counseling that will afford people opportunities to be their best selves and overcome traumatic events and or experiences throughout their life’s journey.
Meditation & Restorative Yoga Instructor
Hello! My name is Cecilia, multi-passionate and spiritual entrepreneur.
I bring spirit and mindfulness in all I do. I am an attuned reiki practitioner, hypnosis counselor, restorative yoga, and meditation teacher. I am also an end of life doula and work with the broken-hearted and grieving as my specialty. My journey into spiritual and mindfulness practices began several years ago in an effort to finally face my anxiety and traumas. Though the road to healing can be unpredictable, it is a road worth taking. This is why I hold space for others to learn and live the benefits of peace and joy. This is a practice I share with clients compassionately and with patience. It’s the reason I do what I do, so that we may all have the opportunity for a full life. Book a unique and personalized healing session with me today.
NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Psychotherapist
Christina Hoodho, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT is a Nationally Registered and Certified Art Therapist, and New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Psychotherapist. She earned her Masters degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University. Christina has worked therapeutically with a diverse clientele of all ages, ethnicities, genders, socioeconomic backgrounds etc., including but not limited to inmates, inpatient psychiatric clients, individuals with disabilities, children with autism, the homeless, domestic violence survivors, veterans, the LGBTQ community, children in foster care, adolescents in group homes, immigrants, the elderly, addicts and recovering addicts. For over a decade now, she has served in an array of settings, such as correctional facilities, cultural institutions, hospitals, schools, churches, shelters, group homes, community organizations and recreation programs. Christina facilitates individual and group therapies. In addition, she provides supervision and staff trainings to educate
professionals on the medicinal qualities of the arts. Having personally experienced healing through eastern medicine, Ayurveda, holistic health and Native American shamanism, Christina implements these techniques in her therapeutic practice as supplements. She also enjoys employing her creativity as a teaching artist and face painter.
Psychiatric Social Worker
Behavior Therapist and Certified Nursing Assistant
Multilingual Psychotherapist and Life Coach
Yessica believes that mental health and wellness is not “one size fits all.” Her combination of theoretical approaches includes cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma, psychodynamics, mindfulness-based practices, anxiety, depression, weight management, personality disorder. Ms. Ramos also embraces holistic options, as well as holds a Certification in Meditation and a Master’s in Reiki.
Ms. Ramos provides unconditional positive regard for her clients, providing high-quality and judgment-free psychological services to help them achieve their goals. She takes great pride in providing a safe space for all regardless of ethnic background and socio-economic status.
Director of Wellness
Andrea Nagel is a wellness advisor who has maintained a loss of 175 pounds for over nine years by connecting nutrition, mindset, movement, and the emotion behind why we eat. Her passion for the culinary arts, the thirst for understanding how the body works best with what you fuel it with, and her enthusiasm to do the work and research to achieve a balanced lifestyle has brought her to this level of success. As a wellness advisor, Andrea personalizes each client with a routine that works for their lifestyle, inspires from her journey, and passes the knowledge of experiences on to her clients.
Psychiatric Social Worker
Kerry Paras, Ph.D. is a graduate of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio Texas, obtaining her Master’s in Clinical Psychology. She subsequently graduated from Hofstra University’s Doctoral Program in Clinical and School Psychology. Dr. Paras has more than 30 years of diverse clinical experience and has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of education law and working with children in the school setting. She engages in cognitive behavioral therapy with her clients, both children adolescents, and adults, and relies on principals of behavior therapy particularly with her younger population. Dr. Paras is also a Certified Hypnotherapist.
Clinical Social Worker, (MSW)
Maya D Mallory received her Masters of Social Work, (MSW) from Columbia University in the City of New York. She also has a background in dietetics, food and nutrition. Maya believes that people should interact with one another having thoughtfulness in mind. During sessions with clients, Maya maintains an inclusive, welcoming, and empowering safe space for all. Maya believes in approaching everyone with the idea of each person being of multiple dimensions. It is highly important to recognize and embrace all forms of diversity. Therapy is necessary for people to process their emotions and learn how to effectively communicate with those who may not speak the same “language.” Maya’s areas of interest include women’s empowerment, maternal mortality against black women, colorism, body positivity, self-esteem, sex education/ sexual identity affirmation, intergenerational trauma, anxiety, racial issues, coping with chronic/ hidden diseases, connections between mind, body, and food, and an interest in the transitioning youth into adulthood population. All of Maya’s interests have one thing in common. They’re intersectional because all people have multiple identities that make them who they are. Maya’s primary focus is to integrate an intersectional lens into her practice with clients.
School Psychologist Children and Family