Intuitive Healing Therapists
Whether you’re the first session of the day or the last, you can expect your therapist to be fully present with you - we do not sit silently and routinely nod!
Growth is a complex process, so we are with you every step of the way.
We’re here to help you discover and appreciate the true you, underneath perfectionism, expectations of others, and relationship patterns that are keeping you stuck. All of our therapists share the spark for helping others find clarity in their lives, and we believe that honesty and compassion are as essential to the therapy process as our degrees and training.
Our clinical styles include modalities ranging from trauma-focused EMDR, Jungian sandplay therapy, cognitive-behavioral approaches, cultural intersectionality, mindfulness-based therapies, and more. Bottom line: you can expect dynamic and collaborative weekly psychotherapy from skilled and compassionate clinicians. Intuitive Healing is a space where exceptionally trained clinicians are also real New Yorkers, and where mental health is a passion in addition to our profession.
Please reach out to any of our therapists below to set up a free 15-minute phone consultation to assess the right fit and determine next steps.
Sienna Chu, MHC, MA EdM
Whatever it is that brings you to therapy, Sienna stands by the commitment, “I’m here with you.” She believes that each of our stories are equally sacred as they are unique and sees therapy as the daring and vulnerable act of authentically showing up. Sienna works to create a collaborative and open relationship, where clients may find safety, comfort, and space to explore trauma’s of the past, roadblocks of the present, and new possibilities for the future. Although there may be very specific reasons for taking the leap into therapy, she believes curiosity alone can be reason enough to initiate the process towards deeper living. Sienna has had the privilege of working with individuals seeking support for recovery from substance use and addictive behaviors, histories of trauma, family and relationship concerns, mood disorders, and military/civilian life transitions. Sienna likes to incorporate mind/body connection in her practice, as she believes our bodies are our richest resource, and utilizes techniques rooted in Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Somatic Psychotherapy. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Skidmore College and graduated with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from CUNY Hunter College. She grew up in the green mountains of Vermont, has lived and taught in Northeast China, and has called New York her home for the past 6 years. When not in the office, you’ll find her strolling through Prospect Park, on the shores of the Rockaway's, or planning her next motorbike trip through Asia.
Alana Barlia, LMHC, MA, EdM
Alana is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who is passionate about providing a space for individuals to work toward their potential for self-fulfillment. Alana’s style of working with clients is humanistic and her therapeutic style is collaborative, as she believes that active engagement is imperative to instilling a sense of confidence and pride in individuals who decide to take the spiritual journey toward discovering their best selves. Her specialties include addictive behaviors, trauma, women’s issues, relational issues, and mood disorders. Alana is committed to enacting meaningful change in individuals through mental health intervention, and has a Master’s of Arts in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Christie Kim, MA, EdM, MHC
Christie views therapy as an act of courage, a rich opportunity for growth and healing. She believes that both pain and healing are rooted in the relationships we have with ourselves and others, and she strives to create therapeutic relationships with her clients that are characterized by authenticity, warmth, and acceptance. Guided by a relational cultural perspective, Christie works in collaboration with clients to address challenges around identity, relationships, intimacy, past trauma, life transitions. With experience across a wide range of settings, Christie is dedicated to meeting clients where they are in their culture, identity, and self-expression. Along with individuals and families, Christie is passionate about working with couples and has experience working with couples within the LGBTQIA community. Christie is a graduate of the Psychological Counseling program at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Samantha Waldman, MA, EdM, MHC
Samantha takes a collaborative and humanistic approach to her practice. She believes there is no “one-size-fits-all” in therapy and aims to tailor her work to each individual’s needs, helping clients work towards their growth and goals as defined by them. While Samantha is open to working with a wide variety of clients some of her areas of interest include life transitions, processing trauma, substance use recovery aftercare, racial and cultural identity development, women’s issues, and relationship issues. She offers couples counseling and family therapy in addition to her work with individual clients. Samantha earned her master’s degree from the Teachers College, Columbia University psychological counseling program. She is an avid reader and musician and works to infuse her love of creativity into her practice.
Deanna Fernandez, MA, EdM, MHC
Deanna enjoys working with and learning from individuals of all walks of life! She specifically has interest working with individuals who struggle with trauma (sexual, physical, emotional, combat, and generational), racial and cultural identity, minority stress, emotional intelligence, and relationships (including relationship with self). She also works with underserved populations and communities, including women of color, Hispanic and Latinx, LGBTQ, and military veterans. Deanna received her master's degree in psychological counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her "flavor" is realistic and practical, infused with sensitivity, humor, and honesty. She's here to ride along with you - to minimize barriers and maximize your potential to align your real self with your ideal self.
Robert Sullivan MA, MHC
Robert is an open-minded, compassionate therapist who loves diving into each person’s unique process. He provides his clients with a safe and supportive space to explore their inner world and work through their “stuck points”. Robert recognizes that every person has a different path, and so believes that therapy will look different for everyone. His philosophy is that our relationships, with self and with others, are our biggest source of joy...and oftentimes at the root of our psychological pain. This informs his passion for working with couples and individuals looking to enhance their interpersonal relationships and build a stronger sense of self. Robert is also an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist who loves working with members of the community through issues of identity, self-discovery, and self-esteem.
Alana Carvalho, MA, LMHC, LPC, CASAC-T
Alana Carvalho is the Co-founder of Intuitive Healing Psychotherapy Practice. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and graduate of Columbia University, Teachers College’s psychological counseling program. Alana held the position of Site Director of an outpatient substance abuse program for several years before creating a private practice. Alana has also been a lecturer at The College is Staten Island’s graduate mental health counseling program. She specializes in assisting people towards creating intimacy in their lives both in their relationship with the self and others. She has a passion for supervising other therapists in the field. Alana has a strong spiritual foundation and provides creative interventions for exploring, processing and healing therapeutic issues.
Lindsey Pratt, MA, LMHC, NCC
Lindsey is the co-founder of Intuitive Healing Psychotherapy Practice, and is passionate about helping clients who are in recovery from addictions, working through codependency, overcoming trauma, or exploring difficulty in relationships and/or family circumstances. Utilizing a humanistic approach to therapy, Lindsey helps clients explore patterns, build trust in themselves and the world, and find their truest expression in life. Lindsey is trained in Jungian sandplay therapy, EMDR, and is a Certified Rape Crisis Advocate. Lindsey completed her Master's degree at University of Holy Cross in New Orleans, LA, and is passionate about hiking, holistic/spiritual healing, and prefers to be outside in nature as much as possible!