Empowering individuals to become the most successful versions of themselves.
NSYC's mental health and counseling services provide safe, supportive spaces and diverse opportunities to improve well-being and help youth and families cope in today's changing world.
NSYC is working to make it easy and convenient for youth and families to have access to mental health services. More information regarding insurance eligibility coming soon. - Some out of network insurances will be accepted - - Low-cost options are available -
NSYC counselors are licensed professionals providing safe, confidential counseling to children and adults, ages 5 and older. Our clinicians are experienced in a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, addiction, alcohol and substance abuse, ADHD/ASD, social issues, behavioral issues, and bereavement. Counselors can also provide crisis intervention and referrals for additional services, if necessary. Counseling is provided in person at our office or through our secure HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform.
couples and family counseling
NSYC clinicians can help couples and families of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Our counselors maintain supportive environments to help individuals gain clarity, develop effective communication, and strengthen problem-solving skills to produce positive outcomes.
In addition to counseling services, NSYC offers unique, ongoing group programs (Social Skills, Stress Less, and Art Therapy Coping Skills) that target and nurture specific areas, including learning and reinforcing social skills, developing healthy coping skills, managing and reducing stress and anxiety, and identifying and understanding emotions.
school-based student assistance counseling
NSYC Student Assistance Counselors play a critical role in substance abuse education, prevention, mental health wellness, treatment, and fostering a safe and confidential place for youth to communicate during the school day. Our counselors work in collaboration with school administrators and teachers to resolve issues that are significantly impacting a student's ability to succeed in the classroom and in a variety of social settings. They help build students’ developmental assets and resiliency, and become a bridge between school and the home.
NSYC provides Student Assistance Counselors in the Shoreham-Wading River and Rocky Point School Districts.
Existing clients, click below for login access to your patient portal.
Dana Ellis, LMHC (individual, groups, and school-based counseling)
Dana Ellis is NSYC's Director of Mental Health and Wellness Programming and got her start with NSYC as a youth counselor in 2011. Since that time, she has received her Master's in Mental Health Counseling and earned her full credentialing as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Dana has substantial experience in both youth programming and providing direct services. She completed two clinical internships; one working with residential/partial/outpatient teens diagnosed with eating disorders, and the other working with special needs populations running social skills groups and providing in-school therapeutic support. Dana spent six years working as a Student Assistance Counselor at the Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School in the Rocky Point School District. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, Dana transferred many of her programs online, and created and facilitated a virtual counseling program to provide short-term counseling support to those who had difficultly coping with the subsequent stress and anxiety that accompanied the early days of the pandemic. In addition to creating and running the evening social skills program, Dana developed stress less groups with a focus on creating life-long sustainable coping skills for children and teens who struggle with anxiety. Dana's passion for youth programming also led her to develop Teen Titans, NSYC's summer recreation program geared towards the enrichment of middle and high school aged youth.
Currently, Dana works in collaboration with NSYC as a Student Support Counselor in the Shoreham-Wading River School District. In this role, she provides counseling and consultation services to the students and staff in the schools. Additionally, Dana provides regular supervision to a number of clinical staff and interns at NSYC. Dana's primary focus both clinically, and more holistically, is based around the concept of community and meaning-making. She believes that the key to positive outcomes in mental health for children and youth is providing them with a sense of purpose and community, something that she feels an agency like NSYC is uniquely equipped to create and instill in the next generation.
Arlette Dominguez, MHC (individual and school-based counseling) Arlette Dominguez joins the Rocky Point School District community as NSYC's Student Assistance Counselor at the Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School, working with children in grades K-2.
Arlette graduated from Mercy College with a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling and has extensive experience working in schools in different positions and capacities. She completed her internship requirements in a highly structured school-based day treatment setting that provided mental health and education services for children in grades K-4 whose behavioral and emotional problems severely interfered with school, home, and community environments. During her internship, Arlette worked in collaboration with families, teachers, and clinical staff to help support students.
These experiences prepared Arlette to work with students of all populations and backgrounds. Her goal is to be amongst those who continually advocate for children and their families to give them the best chance of success in life regardless of their circumstances.
Christie Rode, LMSW (individual and school-based counseling)
Christie Rode is new to NSYC, working with children in grades 3-5 as the Student Assistance Counselor at the Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School in the Rocky Point School District. Christie has specialized in working with children and families across Long Island over the past 25 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from SUNY Oswego and received her Master’s degree in Social Work at Adelphi University.
With a strong background in community based services and outreach, Christie comes to NSYC with extensive knowledge of resources for low-income families with special needs. For several years, she was Program Manager of a scattered-site emergency shelter program for homeless families in Suffolk County where she helped to expand the program to over 50 families served each year. She has also worked with children and families affected by HIV/AIDS, overseeing case management and financial assistance programs. More recently, she supervised a health home program which provided care coordination services to children and adolescents with mental health and other chronic conditions throughout both Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Christie is very grateful to be a part of the NSYC team working with youth in nearby communities including the Rocky Point School District. She is especially excited about the agency’s recent expansion into the Heritage Center in Mount Sinai, where she has lived for several years with her husband and four children.
Nicole DeAngelis, MHC (school-based counseling)
Nicole DeAngelis is currently out on maternity leave. Please contact Kelli Grossmann, interim Student Assistance Counselor at the middle school, with any questions or concerns.
Nicole DeAngelis is NSYC's Student Assistance Counselor at the Rocky Point Middle School. Nicole is a Mental Health Counselor with a School Counselor Certificate and earned a Master of Science degree in School Counseling from Long Island University.
Having worked in this capacity for six years, Nicole understands the intricacies of working with middle school-age youth and how to support them through behavioral management, crisis intervention, and prevention. She works closely with school administration, principals, support staff, and parents to form behavior and academic plans for student success. In addition to her extensive experience within the school setting, she leads our successful peer-mentoring program, Big Buddy-Little Buddy, in the afternoons at the middle school.
Kelli Grossmann LCAT, ATR-P (individual, groups, and interim student-based counseling) Kelli Grossmann joins the dynamic NSYC counseling team as our first Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. In Kelli's own words, "Sometimes words cannot express the thoughts, feelings and emotions we hold and experience. Art therapy can help to break the barriers of traditional talk therapy. Some of the most difficult times can be our greatest opportunities for growth. I aim to create a positive and lasting therapeutic relationship, so you can feel safe to explore different sides of yourself. Together, our goal is to move through this process together and build strengths to support you through all life’s changes and struggles." Kelli earned her Master of Science degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Nazareth College of Rochester and has years of experience working with children and families, having worked at The Safe Center LI and Brunswick Psychiatric Hospital and interned at Hillside Children's Center Outpatient Clinic and Nazareth College's Art Therapy Clinic. She is currently NSYC's Intake Coordinator and the interim Student Assistance Counselor at the Rocky Point Middle School.
Kelli is a trauma-informed therapist who draws an integrative approach using Creative Arts Therapy. As a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, she has the ability to use art-making to enhance traditional therapy. She believes in a strength and resilience-based perspective, always working together with her clients as a team, and uses creative methods to help bridge the gap and provide insight into relieving stressors, deal with anxiety, depression, trauma, or behavioral difficulties.
Nancy Kloska, Certified School Counselor (school-based counseling)
Nancy Kloska works as the Student Assistance Counselor at the Rocky Point High School. Nancy holds a permanent New York State School Counselor Certificate and obtained a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Hofstra University. Nancy performs dual roles at NSYC as both a high school counselor and the Program Director for NSYC's School Age Child Care program in the Mount Sinai School District. Most recently, she held the position of Crisis Intervention Support Counselor in the Shoreham-Wading River School District.
With over two decades of counseling experience, Nancy uses her skills to support high school youth in crisis intervention and academic support. She is that additional support person there to meet with students toward the end of the school day and after school, when issues can sometimes come to a head. She is passionate about her objectives in this role to listen, support, and guide students, thereby promoting their positive social-emotional well-being and development.
Corina Segal, LMHC-LP (individual and couples/marriage counseling)
Corina Segal is a graduate of Alfred University’s Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program and has been working with adolescents and young adults for over 20 years. She currently works as a clinical mental health counselor (LMHC-LP) and has experience with both in-person and telehealth counseling. Corina routinely applies Psychotherapy/Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) as a primary treatment modality and finds that it yields great results for her clients.
Corina became a therapist to help adolescents, teens, and adults navigate through life’s many demands. She is experienced working with individuals, couples and group counseling from diagnosis and assessment to treatment planning and case management. She routinely counsels individuals and groups struggling with varying degrees of depression, anxiety, phobias, lack of motivation, low self-esteem, ADHD, and bereavement. She also helps couples overcome marital problems as they struggle to improve their relationships.
Corina uses her compassion, empathy, and motivation to help make a change in people's lives. She is passionate about working with people to build their self-esteem and develop coping skills to replace feelings of anxiety with inner peace and help them find stability.
North Shore Youth Council is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community-based organization, funded in part by the Town of Brookhaven, the County of Suffolk, the State of New York, the North Shore Consortium, and public and private donations.
P.O. Box 1286, Rocky Point, NY 11778
Main Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm Visit us in the portables on the grounds of the Joseph A. Edgar School in Rocky Point.