Our Coping Counselors are a multi-disciplinary team of compassionate professionals with years of experience. All of our trained professionals are skilled in helping people deal with the difficult problems of day-to-day living. In addition to being confident in our services, we encourage you to feel comfortable with our professional staff, and invite you to begin by looking over the following brief bios.
About Our Director
Robert H. Phillips, Ph.D.
Robert H. Phillips, Ph.D., our founder and director, is a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice since 1975 and who has, throughout his career, published and spoken widely on coping with physical ailments and other psychological topics. Dr. Phillips, the published author of more than 35 books, has presented over 500 papers and talks at seminars, conventions, and meetings throughout the United States and internationally. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the national Lupus Foundation of America and the Nassau Chapter of the American Heart Association. Dr. Phillips currently serves on the national Board of Directors, and continues to serve on the national scientific advisory board, of the American Autoimmune and Related Diseases Association, is on medical advisory boards of, and is the psychologist for, a number of major local and national organizations.
The Center for Coping and Dr. Phillips’ work have been the focus of many articles and stories in numerous professional journals and magazines such as Medical Times and Prevention. The Ladies' Home Journal, Vogue, and Essence magazines have also featured his work. Coverage in national and local daily newspapers includes the New York Times, Newsday, and the New York Post. Dr. Phillips has appeared on dozens of television and radio programs, and, since 1991 has been the long-time host of "Coping Conversations", a popular nationally available audio-streamed radio talk show (www.copingconversations.com).
About Some of Our Professional Staff Members:
Samantha C. Gorman, M.S., L.M.H.C., N.C.C.
Samantha C. Gorman, M.S., L.M.H.C., N.C.C. is a licensed mental health counselor specializing in providing individual, group, and family counseling to children, adolescents, and families, and biofeedback therapy to individuals of all ages. She specializes in counseling youth for anxiety and panic disorders, depression, bereavement, female issues, and family problems. She is also a certified diagnostician for treatment of the Irlen Syndrome, a visual perception problem in individuals of all ages. She obtained her Master of Science from C.W. Post – Long Island University, is a nationally certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors, and is licensed by the New York State Department of Education. She is affiliated with the American Counseling Association, the New York Mental Health Counselors Association, the Association of Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback, and the Northeast Biofeedback Society.
Paula I. Goldstein, L.C.S.W.
Paula I. Goldstein, L.C.S.W., is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with people with chronic medical conditions, marriage and relationship issues, bereavement, and depression. She is a frequent guest speaker for many organizations including the Arthritis Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Lupus Alliance of America, and the American Lung Association, and is the co-author of “Coping with Breast Cancer” (Avery Publishing Group, 1999), and “Successful Living with Breast Cancer” (Balance, 2002). Ms. Goldstein received her Master of Social Work degree from Adelphi University and is affiliated with a number of professional organizations including the National Association of Social Workers and the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc.
David Ferrin, Psy.D.
David Ferrin, Psy.D., is a New York State-licensed psychologist providing specialized therapeutic services to individuals at the Center for Coping. Drawing on his experience as a cardiac patient himself (having undergone two triple bypass surgeries), and as the spouse of an organ donor recipient who experienced other chronic health issues, Dr. Ferrin brings to the individuals he works with a unique perspective of the impact of chronic illness on both patient and family members. He previously served for eight years as Co-President of the Long Island Chapter of the American Liver Foundation (with his wife). In addition to his work at the Center for Coping, Dr. Ferrin lectures extensively to parent and teacher groups on issues of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), with a focus on home and school management.
Kristine E. Augustine, M.A., L.M.H.C., N.C.C., D.C.C.
Kristine E. Augustine, M.A., L.M.H.C., N.C.C., D.C.C., is a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in providing in individualized therapy to young children to young adults, parents, and families with various behavioral and emotional difficulties including ADHD, ODD, Impulse Control Disorders, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, depression, and self-injurious behaviors. She also has years of experience providing psychotherapy to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and their families and is TEACCH certified for supporting those with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition Ms. Augustine is a distance certified counselor. She obtained her Masters of Art in Counseling and Community Psychology from Marist College and is affiliated with the American Psychological Association, New York State Psychological Association, and the American Counseling Association.
Sharon R. Samowitz, M.S., L.M.H.C., N.C.C.
Sharon R. Samowitz, M.S., L.M.H.C., N.C.C., is a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in providing counseling to adolescents, adults, and families. She has experience working with individuals on health and body concerns, self-esteem, depression, panic attacks, and bereavement, as well as improving parent-adolescent relationships and communication. Ms. Samowitz is also an adjunct professor in the clinical mental health counseling program at Long Island University. Ms. Samowitz received her Masters of Science from C. W. Post and is affiliated with the New York Mental Health Counselors Association and the American Counseling Association.
Amy Rothstein, M.S., L.M.H.C., N.C.C.
Amy Rothstein, M.S., L.M.H.C., N.C.C., is a licensed mental health counselor specializing in providing individual, couples and family counseling for all ages to promote optimal emotional health and well being. She also has experience working with adolescents and adults who are dealing with anxiety, panic and obsessive-compulsive disorders, stress, relationship, family or parenting concerns, and problems with self esteem. In addition, Ms. Rothstein has advanced training through the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute and specializes in working with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Ms. Rothstein obtained her Masters of Science from C. W. Post – Long Island University and is affiliated with the New York Mental Health Counselors Association, American Counseling Association, and the International OCD Foundation.
Michael S. Phillips, M.S., L.M.H.C., N.C.C., EMT-CC, CASAC-T, CAMS-II, CCTP
Health Specialist Michael S. Phillips, M.S., L.M.H.C., N.C.C., EMT-CC, CASAC-T, CAMS-II, CCTP is a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, substance use, grief & loss, post traumatic stress, medical problems, as well as the use of biofeedback therapy. Mr. Phillips holds certifications as a level two anger management specialist from the National Anger Management Association, and works with both mandated and voluntary clients, is a certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor (trainee) through the NYS office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and is a certified clinical trauma professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Mr. Phillips is also the director of the Center for Coping Wellness Division. A certified instructor for numerous American Red Cross programs, and an expert in safety and wellness, he has presented programs to youth and adult groups and organizations throughout the New York metropolitan area as well as internationally. Mr. Phillips has been an Emergency Medical Technician - Critical Care for over 23 years and is also certified in Comprehensive Acute Traumatic Stress Management. Mr. Phillips holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University and a second Master of Science degree in Health Education from Hofstra University. He is a member of the New York State Mental Health Counseling Association, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the National Center for Crisis Management.
Antonia Iannucci, M.S., CCTP
Antonia Iannucci, M.S., CCTP, is a mental health counselor (limited permit) who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. In addition, she is a certified clinical trauma professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She has experience working with individuals who are dealing with anxiety, stress, anger, depression and low self-esteem. Her desire is to create a kind and nurturing environment to facilitate change. She facilitates the Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) trauma support group. Ms. Iannucci obtained her Master of Science degree from Long Island University Post and is affiliated with the New York Mental Health Counselors Association.
Tiffany Haufe, M.S.
Tiffany R. Haufe, M.S. is a mental health counselor (limited permit) who specializes in providing individual counseling to children, adolescents, and adults who are dealing with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship and family issues, self-esteem concerns, and everyday life stressors. Ms. Haufe is also experienced in working with individuals with developmental disabilities and in providing pre-vocational skill training and development. She obtained her Master of Science degree from CUNY Queens College.
Liza Reytblat, M.S., L.M.H.C.
Liza Reytblat, M.S. is a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has experience helping individuals cope with anxiety, stress, depression, anger, communication, and self-esteem. She provides individuals with a safe and supportive environment, where they can resolve areas of stress and build upon their strengths. She obtained her Masters of Science degree from CUNY Hunter.
Kelly Shuster, M.S., L.M.H.C.
Kelly Shuster, M.S. is a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in working with adolescents, adults, and couples. She has experience in helping individuals cope with anxiety, stress, work-related issues, relationship issues, and anger. She is passionate about empowering her clients to live their best possible lives. She obtained her Master of Science degree from Hunter College.
Samantha Wiener, M.S.
Samantha Wiener, M.S. is a mental health counselor (limited permit) who specializes in working with individuals of all ages who are dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, etc. She has experience helping people cope with gender issues, anger, eating disorders/weight control. She creates a safe, comfortable environment with every individual to get the most out of each counseling relationship. She is passionate about helping individuals find their voice and acceptance within themselves. She obtained her Master of Science degree from Long Island University - C. W. Post.
Bonnie Koblenz, M.S.
Bonnie Koblenz, M.S. is a mental health counselor (limited permit) who specializes in providing individual and group counseling to children, adolescents, and adults. She is experienced in the treatment of eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, self-esteem, grief, family, and marital counseling. Mrs. Koblenz has worked in an intensive eating disorder facility, working with adolescents and young adults. She obtained her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University and her Master of Arts in Education from The George Washington University.
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