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Meet Our Clinicians

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Tanya Dawson, LCSW

Tanya is Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a graduate of Hunter College Silberman’s School of Social Work.  Tanya specializes in Attachment therapy, with 10 plus years of experience working with individuals and families, and four years post training and direct practice in parent child attachment therapy.  Tanya is passionate in her mission to foster healing within individuals by building therapeutic rapport, and exploring unresolved past or present internal conflict. Tanya believes that healthy attachment between the parent and child during early stages of life, shape and create a secure internal world for the child who becomes the adult we see before us today.  Through the use of the psychodynamic approach and exploration of intergenerational attachments/relationship, you and Tanya will explore what it is that you believe is the underlying issues of your distress.  Tanya will partner with you to explore the possibilities of early childhood trauma and ruptures between the child and the caretaker. It is these early childhood emotional wounds that may interrupt early childhood attachments, which  can  manifests in the present life of the adult and adult relationship/s.  Through dialogue within a safe, nonjudgmental holding space, you and Tanya will explore your past or present experiences in effort to find meaning, resolve, and healing. 


Attachment Therapy (Parent Child Attachment), CBT, Trauma Informed Approach, (Intergenerational Trauma Informed Approach), Strengths Based Approach, and Psychodynamic approach

Elouise M. Moore, CASAC

 Elouise is a practicing clinician with a background in the substance abuse field within the department of psychiatry in a hospital setting. Elouise has been in the substance abuse field for 10 years within different modalities such as children, adolescents, and the adult population coping with DSMV psychiatric coocurring  diagnosis.  Elouise’s mission as your Community’a  Substance Abuse Clinician, is to bridge the gap between the community and the various adversities that are presented on a day to day basis. She is driven by her passion to help and assist in the healing process of those in needs.  She will be the facilitator of substance abuse groups at Safe Space Talk, providing therapeutic treatment. Some of her specialties within substance abuse groups will be holistic approach that incorporate meditation and mindfulness approach. She will also be  facilitating one on one individual substance abuse counseling for adults/families battling substance use disorders.  She looks forward to the partnership with you and families, along what may prove to be a difficult journey, yet one you will not have to face alone.

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Shanique L Merritt

 Shanique is a Marriage and Family Therapist. She received a  Master of Science degree at Mercy College in 2016 and her Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Services at Metropolitan College of New York in 2013.  She has  experience in providing therapeutic services for over seven years and has had the opportunity to work with a vast majority of populations, such as: women, men, children, adolescents, substance abusers, MICA clients, homeless individuals, DV survivors, and Person Causing Harm.  She also specializes in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, and Structural Family Therapy, and Functional Family Therapy.

Katherine Cruz

Katherine Cruz is a  Spanish speaking New York-licensed social worker. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from SUNY Cortland and graduate degree from Silberman School of Social Work and Hunter College. She has over a decade of experience in working with vulnerable families within the South Bronx. 
She is passionate in helping others live with intent by breaking through intergenerational trauma through the healing process. She will utilize a trauma informed stance to explore “what happened to you?”rather than “what’s wrong with you?” 
She also specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients identify their thoughts and behaviors, to helps them process and understanding of how distorted perceptions and thoughts contribute to painful feelings.
Katherine takes a nonjudgmental and accepting approach to help her clients slow down and navigate life with a clearer purpose. 

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