The team

Dr. Monica Johnson (She/ They)

FOUNDER AND PSYCHOLOGIST

If you’re reading this, it means you are taking your mental and emotional health seriously and researching someone who will be a good fit for your journey. This is exciting! Let me tell you more about me to help you with your decision making process.

I am a Licensed Psychologist in NYC, but some people think of me as a problem solving pro, empowerment guru, and self-compassion guide! I partner with my patients to find pathways to a better life. I work best with people who are tired of being stuck and ready to make changes. I can’t change you. Only you can do that, but I’m super excited to be your side kick on the journey and help you highlight roads to success.

Katarina Bartel (She/Her)

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Welcome to Kind Mind! My name is Katarina; I am a queer-identifying therapist with a background in social work and neuroscience. I commend you for taking the first steps towards improving your mental health!

My approach to therapy is trauma-informed and strengths-based. I value the autonomy of my clients and believe that each person is the expert on their own life. I enjoy employing mindfulness and DBT skills to help my clients reach their goals. I am committed to providing nonjudgemental care that is appropriate and respectful regardless of racial identity, sexual identity, cultural background, ethnicity, gender, or lifestyle.

My clinical experience includes providing behavioral and emotional support to adolescents in schools, counseling undocumented young people and asylum seekers, and treating isolation and loneliness among older adults during the pandemic. I have supported individuals experiencing PTSD, ADHD, anxiety disorders, autism, depression, isolation and loneliness, and suicidal ideation.  

 
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Anastasia Mongra, MHC-LP (She/Her)

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Welcome and congratulations on taking a step towards prioritizing your mental wellbeing! Seeking professional help can feel overwhelming, but it is a vital part of enhancing your quality of life. 

Whether your goal is to strengthen your relationships, improve your coping skills, or heal from past traumas, therapy can provide you with the tools needed to live a more satisfying life. Part of this journey, is of course, finding the right therapist who can embark on it with you. Allow me to introduce myself to see if I may be that person for you.

I’m Anastasia, a Mental Health Counselor based in NYC. My clinical experience includes helping individuals cope with a variety of concerns including, anxiety, depression, relationship/marital difficulties, anger management, racial and criminal injustice issues, and substance use. 

I firmly believe that the stigma of mental health fosters an environment where individuals feel forced to bear their psychological burdens alone. Healing is a process, that can be trying yet rewarding. It does not have to be endured alone. I can partner with you through a deep self-exploration where you gain insight into the underlying mechanisms that have shaped who you are today. Together, we will identify your goals and aim to create specific techniques to support you leading the meaningful, prosperous life you deserve. I invite you to contact me to see if I can be a valuable resource for you.

 

Ashley Gopaul, LMSW (She/Her)

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

I am an Indo-Caribbean therapist whose therapy style is a non-judgmental, culturally competent, intersectional approach to mental health care. I believe therapy is a safe space to be your true self, which means allowing yourself to feel vulnerable and express the more difficult emotion, and to put yourself first.
Often throughout our lives, we have been taught many different messages growing up that often shape how we navigate the world. Therapy is where you can unlearn and reframe some of the harmful messages you received while maintaining that connection to the positive messages in
your culture and community.
I am passionate about providing services to various marginalized BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and immigrant communities and populations through navigating stigma related stress, life transitions, trauma, interpersonal challenges (including those related to friendships, family, and romantic relationships), anxiety, and depression. I am invested in providing spaces for healing, deepened self-discovery and strengthened self-love. I draw from an array of modalities to create a therapeutic space for growth, affirmation, and acceptance. Life can be difficult and there is still much stigma against mental health, but you don’t have to do it alone.

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Ayomide Adedapo, LMSW (She/Her)

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Happy New Day, Beautiful people! Hi, my name is Ayomide Adedapo ( You can call me Ayo), and I am a Nigerian American Psychotherapist based in NYC. I want to commend you for taking such significant steps in your wellness journey. I am genuinely passionate about providing culturally competent and accessible mental health services to all people.

As a therapist, I take pride in providing clients with safe and empathetic spaces. I believe that the therapeutic process is a partnership and that each person is the master of their own life. My therapeutic style is compassionate, direct, empathetic, and solution-focused. I use mixed-method evidence-based practice approaches to help clients reach their goals. During the therapeutic process, I strive to help clients acknowledge their strengths and emphasize that they are in control of their lives. 

My clinical experience includes working with adolescents, domestic violence survivors, those diagnosed with depression, anxiety, eating disorders and other diagnoses. Together we will identify goals, and I will provide you with the resources and techniques to help you achieve those goals. I look forward to connecting with you.  

Reilly Gallagher (She/Her)

ADVANCED CLINICAL RESIDENT

Welcome to Kind Mind! My name is Reilly, and I want to applaud you in taking the first step toward seeking services to improve daily functioning. My clinical experience includes working closely with domestic violence survivors, adults with mental health challenges, and adolescents in a school setting. I have supported individuals experiencing a range of mental health concerns, such as suicidal and homicidal ideation, generalized and social anxiety symptoms, disordered eating patterns, and self-injurious behavior. And I am eager to support you in any difficulties you may be facing in your life.

We often have experiences that are difficult to disclose with those around us, and this therapeutic space is one in which you can share freely and process your thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. I operate from a strengths-based approach, offer humor in my practice, and meet clients where they are at in their mental wellness journey. I am devoted to providing care that is respectful of all regardless of cultural or ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, and current or previous life experiences. I am excited to connect with and support you in this process! Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Brenna Scanlon (She/Her)

ADVANCED CLINICAL RESIDENT

My name is Brenna and I understand the need for a space to process life’s ups and downs.

My approach is identity affirmative, emphasizing non-judgment and safety. As a certified yoga instructor with a background in family movement classes, I tend to emphasize the importance of the mind body connection by utilizing a Mindfulness Practice.

Being a Marriage and Family Therapy student, I evaluate and provide treatment within the context of relational and family systems, which may include familial relationships, marital/couple relationships, parent-child relationships, pre-marital and other personal relationships. My practicum experience involved addressing various client issues including interpersonal stress, irregular mood, anxiety and behavioral difficulties.

Regardless of the issues presented, together, we’ll work to resolve current crises, explore patterns and fears, and learn skills for lasting change.

Kate Fulton-John (She/They)

ADVANCED CLINICAL RESIDENT

Hi! My name is Kate and I’m a Columbia University social work extern. My goal is to co-create a safe space for meaningful exploration and growth.

My style as a therapist is centered around compassion, empathy, and honesty and is continuously developing. In our work I will honor your identities and relationships and I will approach each session with a non-judgmental and open mindset. I am committed to working with BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities, and for all of my clients to develop and strengthen healthy connections to themselves, others, and their environments. I have experience working with adolescents and those experiencing anxiety and depression. My interests and passions include working with those in polyamorous or alternative relationships, supporting clients through deep emotions, and navigating trauma related stress and challenges. Fundamental to my practice is the idea that we will be learning, exploring, and growing together. Each step of this journey will be taken as a team. My role is to provide you with resources and guidance to achieve your goals.

Elyse Blake, MA (she/her)

ADVANCED CLINICAL RESIDENT

I am currently completing my Ph.D. in clinical psychology at The Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University. I hold a masters in women’s studies and feminist research from Western University in London, Ontario and a masters in psychology from Teachers College Columbia University.

We live our lives in relation to others–family, friends, acquaintances, even strangers. The meaning we attribute to our experiences informs our beliefs about ourselves and those around us. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship to help explore experiences and gain insight into maladaptive ways of relating, troublesome patterns of behavior, and limiting self-beliefs that hold you back from living the life you want.

With my clients, no detail is insignificant. My goal is to get a sense of what your life has been like, how that has led to or impacts your present situation, and what you want for yourself in the future. By working together, we can make sense of the senseless and make the intolerable more tolerable whether through skills-building, corrective experiences, or exploration and insight.

I have experience working with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, divorce, somatic issues, identity questions, trauma, and grief. My research has focused on problem gaming and its impact on romantic relationships, relationship satisfaction, therapeutic alliance, and gaming during the COVID-19 mandated lockdown.

Songmin Na, MA (she/her)

ADVANCED CLINICAL RESIDENT

Hello! My name is Songmin. So many people are understandably hesitant to come out with their trauma history, especially if they are suffering from mental health outcomes that result from domestic abuse or sexual assault. As painful as these experiences are, I will try my utmost best to support your current needs as your therapist. More specifically, these supports can take forms of phone coaching, psychoeducation, and providing you with therapeutic tools, all on top of being an open and compassionate listening ear for you.

I was born in Korea and immigrated to the US during my childhood. Therefore, my interests also include helping clients explore the Asian American Identity, immigrant status, and mental health outcomes that intersect with such identities such as depression, mood, and post-traumatic symptoms. 

I value building a strong therapeutic relationship with every one of my clients so that they can trust me in their journey of recovery and healing. This could mean that I would often bring humor to my sessions, but it could also mean that I would often bring tissue boxes and my honest feedback to help the patient reflect on their situation in a helpful light.I am absolutely grateful and excited to meet you, hear your stories, and watch your growth over the coming times.

Grace Ragi, MA (she/her)

ADVANCED CLINICAL RESIDENT

Nice to meet you! My name is Grace. I am a second-generation Indian-American and a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community. I am committed to supporting your personal growth within your unique cultural context. My therapeutic approach emphasizes authenticity, non-judgment, and respect for your lived experiences. 

As we face life stressors, we can get wrapped up in thoughts, feelings, and memories. Together, we will start the process of disentangling, putting you back in touch with who you are. In our work, you can expect to cultivate self-awareness and practice healthier ways of coping. You will learn to approach your inner world from a stance of curiosity, acceptance, and compassion. Along the way, we will uncover the strengths, beliefs, and values that motivate you. I strongly believe that self-knowledge paves a path toward agency, change, and personal fulfillment. In choosing therapy, you have taken an important step toward a more valued, meaningful life. I hope to accompany you on the journey!