Meet The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Residents!

Lola Benavidez

Lola Benavidez is a second year NYU Mental Health and Wellness Student. She enjoys working with clients of all ages, using an integrated approach that draws on Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Lola encourages clients to explore what's going well in their lives as they work toward positive changes where it's wanted. She grew up around maternal mental health with her mother practicing as a doula.

Marina Pena

Marina Pena is in her second year of the Mental Health Counseling program at NYU.
Although she has worked with a variety of individuals from different backgrounds and age groups clinically thus far; she has always been passionate about working with children and teens since a very young age. She is also very interested in trauma work and EMDR. She hopes to have her own private practice one day. She can speak Portuguese and Spanish.

Jenny Wang

Jenny Wang is a second year NYU Mental Health Counseling Student. Jenny speaks Mandarin and grew up with the understanding of the mental health needs in Asian culture. She is passionate about working with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families with adverse childhood experiences and emotional needs within the community.
Fun fact: Jenny has a pet dog called Golden Retriever at home, but he is actually a poodle with golden hair. It is because the literal translation of the golden retriever into Chinese is golden hair, and her grandfather did not know this dog breed when he named it.

Jessica Giordano

Jessica Giordano is a second year SUNY New Paltz Clinical Mental Health counseling student. A fun fact about her is that she tried out for the "X-Factor" in middle school. She is very passionate about working with clients with major mental health and trauma. She is also very big on advocating for clients, and helping them become the best versions of themselves. She is naturally humanistic, but will incorporate any theory she feels is needed to help the client.

Jasmine Gutierrez

Jasmine Gutierrez is passionate about working with survivors of interpersonal and community trauma. Her focus of support is in helping others in the rediscovery of their own strength and purpose. Jasmine's clinical concentration is in providing client-centered, strengths-based, trauma informed care through the elements of humanistic therapy. Jasmine holds great importance in providing support from a multicultural lens. She is also bilingual and can provide support in both English and Spanish.
Jasmine holds a master's degree in psychology and her continued postgraduate coursework is in Mental Health Counseling at SUNY New Paltz. In her professional career she has provided support services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Jasmine has also supported coordination of behavioral health support services for communities impacted by traumatic events.

* Counseling with a graduate mental health counseling intern is discounted as compared to full price therapy sessions. For rate information or to sign up for a free initial consultation, reach out via our contact page. Therapy with the interns is unable to be reimbursed by insurance as they are not graduated therapists yet and still completing their final year of schooling. If you have any questions about this, or want to inquire about working with one of the interns for therapy, give us a call or shoot us an email to set up a free consultation to see if this would be a good fit for you or your child. They are able to serve clients throughout New York State for supportive counseling.