Counseling Center

Meet The Staff

Norma I. Cofresí, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Norma I. Cofresí earned her master's degree from Columbia University Teacher's College and her doctorate from the Graduate Center at The City University of New York. She has been a clinical psychologist for the past twenty-three years, providing individual, family, and group psychotherapy at such agencies as Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center, FEGS, and Jacobi in Bronx, NY and the Hispanic Clinic, Center for Families and Children in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Cofresí also worked in private practice for many years as a trained psychoanalytic practitioner. Prior to joining Lehman College, she was a visiting professor in the Psychology and Clinical Psychology Program at City College of New York, CUNY, where she taught clinical practice to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. Professional interests include psychoanalytic therapy, clinical supervision, gender roles for Latina women, the impact of bilingualism, and inter-generational transmission of trauma.

Ingrid Hiraldo, B.S., Office Assistant

Ingrid Hiraldo received her undergraduate degree in computer information systems from Lehman College. Prior to joining the Counseling Center staff, she worked as a college assistant in the College's Purchasing office and in the Payroll and Budget Office. When you call the Counseling Center you will most often be greeted by Ms. Hiraldo, who is always happy to assist faculty and students.

 

Meet the Counselors

Megan Wilen, LCSW, Senior Counselor, Clinical Triage and Electronic Medical Records/Website Manager and PEER Program Coordinator

Megan Wilen has worked at the Counseling Center since March 2010. A graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work, she has worked as a clinical social worker for over ten years, providing individual, family, and group psychotherapy to diverse, multicultural urban communities in New York mental health settings. She was formerly a psychotherapist at the Adult Unit of Soundview-Throgs Neck CMHC/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her clinical background includes individual psychotherapy, family and couples counseling, stress/anger management, grief counseling, clinical training and supervision, and supportive, psycho-educational and creative arts groups. Megan has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Trinity Place Shelter, a LGBTQ youth shelter in Manhattan. She also served as a member of the Nominations Committee for NASW-NYC and is the former co-chair of their New Supervisors Peer Support Group and the New Professionals Task Force.

Lucinda Bratini, Ph.D., Counselor, Internship Training and Safe Zone Coordinator

Dr. Lucinda Bratini  is a psychologist, professor, and community organizer, who received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She completed her Master of Education in Psychological Counseling at Teachers College and her Bachelor of Science in Human Development at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Lucinda is passionate about working with diverse first-generation, LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming college students. Her therapeutic approach focuses on healing through growth-fostering connection. She uses a relational-cultural systemic and socially-just framework that embraces equality, mutuality, and individual and community transformation. 

Joel Sahadath, M.A., LMHC, Counselor, Classroom Presentation and Safe Zone Coordinator

 

Joel Sahadath began working at the Counseling Center in August 2014 as the Sophomore Year Initiative Counselor. Joel became a full-time counselor in August 2015. Joel graduated from St. John's University with his Bachelors in Psychology and from New York University with his Masters in Counseling. Joel is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Joel has experience in LGBT issues and the impact of HIV on mental health. He approaches his work from a strength-based perspective and takes clients’ cultural beliefs and values into consideration when working with them. He is involved with the Safe Zone Program which provides training and education to individuals on being LGBTQ allies. He is interested in research that is social justice based as it applies to marginalized populations and how to provide culturally appropriate mental health interventions to those populations.

 

Part-Time/Evening Staff

 

Maria Troche, LCSW

Maria Troche is a graduate from Lehman College. Maria has worked in Social Work for over 20 years providing services to children, adults and families throughout NYC.

Myrna Noble-Headad, LCSW, Sophomore Year Initiative Counselor

Myrna Noble-Headad is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is dedicated to strengthening lives through empowerment and skill building.  Myrna is an experienced counselor, facilitator and administrator.  She has strengthened families and youth in various settings including home-based, schools, community based organizations and clinics. She has served as a Board Member of the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), MUEVETE! Youth and other organizations.  Ms. Noble-Headad received her Master of Social Work from Fordham University and a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Old Westbury. Myrna is bilingual in Spanish, multicultural and has extensive experience working with people of diverse backgrounds.  She has a counseling practice and is honored to bring her skills and experience to the Lehman College community. 

 

Sam Lee, LMHC

 

Sam Lee is a Taiwanese American who grew up in the US and Japan. He graduated with dual Bachelor degrees in English and Psychology from North Carolina State University, and a Master’s degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. He has worked at Good Shepherd Services, FEGS, and CUNY John Jay College (post-graduate training), and joined the Lehman Counseling Center in April 2016. Sam is interested in working with students with a variety of concerns and backgrounds, but is particularly interested in relationship issues, cross-cultural identity/adjustment, Asian American concerns, and career concerns. Sam’s therapeutic approach is primarily humanistic, psychodynamic, relational, cognitive-behavioral, and multicultural.

Eglys Santos, LCSW

 

Eglys Santos has earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Social Work from Lehman College. Her clinical background includes individual psychotherapy, family and couples counseling in community based settings in the tri-state area.

 

Interns

Lehman College Counseling Center houses 5 interns for the 2016/17 academic year:

CUNY/CAP, College Assistants, PEER Educators

 

 

 

 

 

Last modified: Aug 25, 2016

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