We are a group of licensed therapists who pride ourselves in delivering top quality behavioral health to our clients. When we look to add a new therapist to our team, we look for people that have diverse experience. Our therapists work with a wide variety of issues and populations utilizing a cognitive-behavioral, eclectic approach. Our team will work to provide you with goal-oriented interventions and strategies that help you reach your goals and live the life you want to live. We have designed a beautiful office that makes you feel at home and it is a safe and comfortable place for you to work on your goals. We feel that therapy is a privilege and every single person can benefit from being a better version of themselves. At LIBH our team is trustworthy, enthusiastic, hard working, goal oriented, personable and we are always here to help.
David Morgan, LCSW-R, CAMF is the director of Long Island Behavioral Health. He is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in private practice. He has worked in a major Hospital on the psychiatric in-patient unit and in the psychiatric emergency room. He has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with major psychiatric and substance abuse disorders in both acute and clinical settings. In addition, he has worked in the public school system developing programs and facilitating groups for children and adolescents on a wide variety of topics. He is licensed by New York State to provide clinical psychotherapy and he has helped many people achieve their goals over the years. He is a certified anger management provider and has extensive training in anger management. He co-authored two anger management workbooks, “Managing Our Anger, Managing Our Lives,” and “Training Your Anger Monster: A Top-Secret Manual” .
Amanda Czajkowski, Intake Coordinator/Biller
Amanda is currently a student attending Stony Brook University’s MSW program and is aspiring to be a Social Worker. Amanda has worked as a Case Manager where her responsibilities included assisting individuals in achieving their goals and linking them to providers and community resources appropriate to their needs. Amanda’s position as Intake Coordinator has similar responsibilities as she schedules intakes for clients and pairs them with a therapist at our practice that is most fitting. Additionally, she provides referrals for other community resources if they are more suitable to the individual’s needs. Amanda also responds to any inquiries regarding our practice and handles all matters with billing and insurance.
Marissa Morgan, LCSW
Marissa Morgan is a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of clinical experience. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with significant mental illness and substance abuse disorders in acute, clinical, and residential settings. Marissa has extensive training in suicide prevention, crisis intervention, individual therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, and group psychotherapy. Throughout Marissa’s career, she has worked with both private and public agencies and has a profound knowledge of these systems. Marissa utilizes a broad spectrum of practice to help the diverse clientele she works with achieve their goals. She continues to practice at a Partial Hospitalization Program with adults suffering from acute psychiatric symptoms and privately with families, couples, adults, and adolescents here at Long Island Behavioral Health.
Frank Guastella, LCSW is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of autism, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Frank received his MSW at Adelphi University, during which time he interned at an outpatient clinic and residential treatment setting treating individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Concomitantly, Frank worked as a direct support professional and behavioral consultant serving individuals on the autism spectrum in both school and community-based settings. In subsequent years, Frank joined the LIBH team where he currently facilitates social skills classes, and provides anger managementcoaching, and individual psychotherapy. Frank is also trained in EMDR, integrating it into his practice with other therapeutic modalities such as, cognitive-behavioral therapy, social skills training, and motivational interviewing to provide person-centered, trauma-informed counseling to his clients.
Garret Zeidner-Rodriguez, LCSW
Garret has been working in the field of mental health for several years. He received his MSW from Stony Brook University. He has experience working with a wide range of populations and mental health issues including; anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, addiction, self-esteem, and assisting the LGBTQ community in addressing the numerous social and psychological challenges imposed upon the individuals within the LGBTQ community. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the area of Mind-Body Medicine, with a focus in Integrative Mental Health. He enjoys utilizing mindfulness-based practices within the clinical setting to assist in stress reduction and changing negative thought patterns. His unique worldview and positive nature will lend itself well to any and all individuals wishing to work with him.
Dr. Samantha Janosick, LCSW, CAMP
Samantha is an anger management expert and a private practice therapist specializing in children & adolescent mental health. Some areas of practice include working with children & adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), family challenges, and general life transitions/challenges. Dr. Janosick also specializes in working with individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. In addition to working with a caseload of clients, Dr. Janosick also serves as the Director of Program Development for Anger Management U. Dr. Janosick’s professional experience includes school-based social work, community mental health, implementation & dissemination science, trauma-informed care practices, and substance abuse treatment. In her career, Dr. Janosick has committed to top-notch care for clients, as evidenced by the co-authoring and publishing of 3 anger management workbooks, development of a national anger management program, receipt of the 2018 “Buffalo Business First 30 Under 30” award, and the completion of her Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) from the University at Buffalo.
Stephanie Thode, LMSW
Stephanie is a NYS Licensed Social Worker who obtained her Master’s degree from Adelphi University. Stephanie’s clinical experience has enabled her to work with a wide array of clients. She has worked with clients within the child, adolescent, and adult populations, providing individual, small group, and family therapy. She has worked within a variety of settings which include; school K-5 special education, an outpatient mental health clinic, county crisis hotline, private college-special education transitional program for young adults. Her clients have presented with various experiences including; mild, moderate, and severe mental health disorders, substance abuse, suicidal ideation/self-harm, relationship issues, parenting challenges, significant life transitions and traumatic events, exploration of sexuality/gender, and social/medical/legal gender transitioning. Stephanie embraces a strengths-based, humanistic, positive approach to therapy. Her work with her clients is grounded in a collaborative, supportive, exploratory environment where clients can more readily achieve an improved understanding of self, individual strengths/assets, environmental factors, and potential barriers to achieving desired outcomes. Stephanie’s ultimate goal is to empower her clients so they may approach life’s experiences with improved confidence, resilience, and an overall sense of well-being.
John Lynch is a New York State Licensed Social Worker who received his Master’s degree from Stony Brook University. John has worked with children, adolescents, and adults who have suffered a wide variety of mental health issues in both residential and school settings. John’s lighthearted but structured approach makes it easy to connect with him and attain therapeutic goals. He believes in utilizing various principles of CBT as well as key elements of humanistic therapy. This eclectic approach allows you to be an active leader in your care and helps you to learn to slow down and form new healthy ways to cope. Before attending Graduate studies in Social Work, John worked as a martial arts instructor for many years. He catered his teachings to both individuals and groups by providing physical teachings in addition to social and emotional support to his students. John continues to practice martial arts and he is currently training for his 3rd-degree black belt.
Monique Moreta, LMSW
Monique is a New York State Licensed Social Worker who first obtained her undergraduate degree from Adelphi University and later earned her Master’s degree from Stony Brook University. Throughout her career, she has gained experience working with various populations such as children, adolescents, and families. In particular, Monique has experience in working with individuals struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Coping with Trauma, Life Transitions, and Stress management. Monique is bilingual speaking both English and Spanish. She believes in taking a Strengths-Based and Person-Centered Approach to Therapy. Clinical sessions are tailored to your individual needs utilizing evidence-based practice models. Some of these Evidence-based treatment models include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, and Motivational Interviewing.
Lisa Beneventano, LCSW
Lisa is a licensed clinical social worker who received her MSW from Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Lisa has over 10 years of experience working with families in a variety of settings. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, and trauma. Lisa specializes in working with adults on anger management and issues related to parenting, especially parenting children with special needs. As well as providing individual play therapy to children, 5 years and older, and working with parents and children, birth to age 5, in play-based parent-child psychotherapy sessions. Play-based parent-child psychotherapy addresses parenting difficulties in the early years as well as issues around parent-child connection and attachment. Lisa has experience with families involved in the foster care, family court and criminal justice system. She believes in providing treatment that is structured to the individual’s specific needs and goals and that takes into consideration the totality of one’s experiences.
Smurf and Finely are cockapoo puppies that are currently training to become certified therapy dogs. These sisters are really smart and they aim to please with their unconditional love! Once they are ready for service they will be available to assist our therapists in making our office environment a really comfortable and positive experience. We can’t wait for these gals to join our team!