SENIOR Staff THERAPISTS

Benet Hennessey (M.A., Ed.M., LMHC)

Executive Director; Director of Graduate Training; Senior Staff Therapist; Supervisor

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Benet is The Institute for Human Identity’s Executive Director. He is extensively trained and experienced in Multicultural Counseling, LGBTQ issues, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Educated in London, with a BA Honors in History, Benet worked for 15 years in London, Paris, and New York and was formerly the president of an international art company based in London and New York, and a member of the Institute of Directors.

He graduated Columbia University with a Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling (M.A.) and a Master of Education in Psychology (Ed.M.).  He holds an Advanced Certificate in Clinical Practice from New York University, Postgraduate Certificate in Counseling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology and Certificate in Counseling from City College, London. 

Benet is an Adjunct Professor at  New York University and Brooklyn College.

 Benet is a Member of the American Psychological Association and the British Association of Counseling Professionals.

 

Tara Lombardo (M.A., LMHC) 

Associate Director; Senior Staff Therapist; Supervisor

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Tara Lombardo is the Associate Director and Staff Therapist at the Institute for Human Identity.  Her practice at IHI includes working from a Psychodynamic and Existential perspective with adults within the LGBTQ community. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and was the recipient of the Department of Psychology's Rasha Shamoon Memorial Scholarship. Ms. Lombardo also received an M.A. from New York University's Gallatin School for Individualized Study in 2006 and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. She ran a quarterly panel discussion on issues related to the lesbian community in New York City from 2008 to 2010.  

 

Robert McVey (LCSW-R) 

Coordinator of Supervision; Clinical Coordinator; Senior Staff Therapist; Supervisor

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Robert McVey, LCSW-R is Coordinator of Supervision and a Senior Staff Therapist at IHI, with a Certificate in Field Instruction. He joined IHI as a Staff Therapist in June, 2003.  Robert maintains a private practice in Manhattan. He is also a consultant to the Association of Lesbian and Gay Affirmative Psychotherapists.  He was educated at Sarah Lawrence College, Harvard University and New York University.  Robert is an author, and his book of short stories, We Have a Pie was published June, 2012 by Livingston Press and is nominated for a Lambda award

 

Judith Clarke (LCSW-R)

Senior Staff Therapist; Supervisor; Diplomate in Clinical Social Work; Reiki Master

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Judy holds a B.A. in Sociology from Hofstra University and a Masters in Social Work from Smith College. She has worked in the field of mental health for over thirty years.  She helped to found three different LGBTQ mental health centers. At IHI, Judy is a former Executive Director, Associate Director, and Clinical/Personnel Coordinators.  She is also a senior psychotherapist and supervisor with the Institute for Personal Growth in NJ. Judy maintains a private practice in NYC. She has many national and state certifications as well as completing training in specialty areas enhancing and expanding her repertoire of clinical skills.  These include Imago Relationship Therapy, Hypnosis, EMDR, EFT, CBT, Mediation and Arbitration. Along with having completed the class work requirement, she continues with on-going clinical hours and supervision of a training program to become a nationally certified sex therapist. 

Judy completed the Reiki Master program offered by the Center of Living Light and has been elevated to Reiki Master. As a political activist, Judy has been involved in causes close to her heart and for the peaceful welfare of all beings and society.  She also is a long-term volunteer for many non-profit and social justice organizations.  Judy does a wide selection of volunteer ushering in theater arts.    

 

Russell Needham (LCSW-R)

Senior Staff Therapist; Supervisor

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Russell received his B.A. from Columbia in Political Science and his Master's in Social Work from Hunter College. Russell is a Social Work Supervisor and former Program Director for the New York State Office of Mental Health. He also has formerly worked as a legislative aide for a United States Senator in Washington and as a representative to the New York State Pride Agenda, lobbying for LGBT program funding and equal rights.

Russell was a member of the IHI Steering Committee from 2002-2009, as well as the former Director of the Student Intern Program. He has also published articles in clinical journals relating to individual and group therapies. In recent years he has lectured at college seminars on pre-Stonewall LGBT history. He has supervised social work graduate interns from Columbia, Fordham, Yeshiva, Adelphi, Hunter, and New York University. Modalities practiced: Individual, group, couples, and vocational.

 

STAFF THERAPISTS

Leonard Citron (M.A., LMHC)

Staff Therapist

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Leonard Citron was born in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to London in 1999 to acquire a B.A. in Political Science with a focus on Middle Eastern Politics from Westminster University. In 2007 he returned to education to retrain in the field of psychology and mental health, gaining a certificate in Humanistic Counseling from CPPD Counseling School, one of London's foremost psychotherapy institutes.  Leonard then moved to New York for Post Graduate studies where he was awarded a Masters of Arts from New York University (NYU) in Applied Psychology Counseling for Mental Health (M.A. LMHC). Leonard spent two years undertaking training in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy at New York Behavioral Health. He is currently enrolled in the Fellowship Program at the Albert Ellis Institute in Manhattan. His areas of specialty include: Depression, anger management, anxiety, addiction, obsessive compulsive disorders, chronic impulsivity, obesity, weight loss, relationship issues, LGBT issues and self-acceptance.

 

Joshua Yoselovsky (LCSW)

Director of Professional Development; Supervisor

Joshua Yoselovsky is the Director of Professional Development at IHI Therapy Center. After completing his B.A. in Judaic Studies from CUNY Queens College, Joshua went on to pursue his Master’s Degree in clinical social work, which he received from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service. Joshua has been with IHI since September 2011, and three of his years there were spent working as a staff therapist. Joshua also works for the HASA Training Academy at Fordham University where he facilitates training seminars and professional development workshops for employees of the HIV/AIDS Service Administration of New York City. Joshua is psychodynamically and relationally oriented in his approach to psychotherapy, and his areas of focus include depression, anxiety, gender and sexual identity, and HIV/AIDS.

 

Tony Martin (LMSW)

Staff Therapist

Tony has been a Staff Therapist at the Institute for Human Identity since June 2014. He takes a humanistic approach to therapy, believing that a warm, genuine and empathetic relationship between himself and a client is key to emotional growth and healing. Only the client knows what is best for them and Tony sees his role as partnering with the client in the uncovering of that inner wisdom.

Tony received his masters’ degree in clinical social work at the University of Georgia. In addition, he has received 60 hours of childhood sexual and emotional trauma training at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis in New York; LGBTQ Competency Training at IHI; Cultural Diversity, Substance Abuse, and High Risk Sexual Behavior Reduction training at Positive Impact in Atlanta, Georgia; and 216 hours of Spiritual Counselor training and 450 hours of Interspiritual Ministry Training at One Spirit Learning Alliance in New York. Tony in an ordained Interspiritual Minister and holds a BA in Theater from the Minnesota State University.

 

Shari Appollon (LMSW)

Staff Therapist

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Shari received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Syracuse University with a minor in Coaching, followed by living in Manchester England for two years as a Local Development Officer.  Upon her return to New York, she obtained her MSW degree from Stony Brook University. Shari has training in CBT & is psycho-dynamically oriented; she takes an integrative approach with her clients by applying humanistic and relational theories towards achieving an optimal working relationship in counseling. By eliciting honesty, acceptance and having the consistency of a safe space to talk Shari holds the belief that her clients can reach their optimal potential and goals.

Shari's specialties are [but not limited to] the LGBTQ population, anxiety, depression, grief & lose, relational difficulties and substance abuse. Shari currently works in a supportive housing facility for formerly homeless individuals and runs a girls lacrosse progrsm in Brooklyn. She volunteers her time towards social justice initiatives and holds various board positions with a passion towards diversity & inclusion.

 

Kyle Mcgarty (LMHC, M.A., M.Ed.)

Staff Therapist; Supervisor

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Kyle is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) practicing in New York City.

Before embarking on his counseling career, Kyle taught English language to professionals in Chile and Argentina. He then graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Psychological Counseling and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology. He holds his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Upon finishing his graduate studies, Kyle provided mental health services at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, New York's renowned center for LGBTQ healthcare.

Kyle is trained in Psychodynamic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). He is also interested in the application of Positive Psychology in his work to maximize resilience and personal strengths. In a relaxed, but focused style, Kyle brings compassion, authenticity, and insight to his work to help his clients live happier, more fulfilling lives.

 

Kyra Grosman (Psy.D)

Staff Therapist

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Dr. Kyra Grosman has an assessment-based private practice in Greenwich Village and works as a staff therapist at IHI. She particularly enjoys working with people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties. She also has specialized post-doctoral training working with perinatal mood disorders and is currently deepening her training by taking classes at NYU’s Institute for Psychoanalytic Education. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA.