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.

Megan Wilen, LCSW, Clinical Administrator

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, 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 is a member of the Nominations Committee for NASW-NYC and is the former chair of their New Supervisors Peer Support Group.

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

Lucinda Bratini, Ph.D.

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

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 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 is pleased to be joing the Counsleing Center staff as the new Sophomore Year Initiative Counselor.

Theresa Gannon, LCSW graduated from Fordham University School of Social Work. She has worked as a part-time counselor at the Counseling Center since September 2008. Currently a supervisor at St. Vincent's Hospital in Harrison, she previously worked at Soundview- Throgs Neck Community CMHC, Ms. Gannon specializes in treating issues of adolescence.

Jhon Ruiz, LCSW graduated from Lehman College and new York University with a degree in social work. Mr. Ruiz currently works as an adult psychotherapist at Urban Health Plan Behavioral Health Department. Previously, Mr. Ruiz worked as a psychotherapist at Sound View CMHC in the Bronx and in his private practice in Queens. Mr. Ruiz's professional interests include CBT treatment, ethnocultural dynamics, and resilience.

Eglys Santos, LMSW 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.

James Stewart, LCSW, MA, MDivhas worked part time at the Counseling Center for 5 years. He provides psychotherapy, spiritual counseling and works with LGBTQ youth and adults.


Lehman College Counseling Center houses 5 interns for the 2014/15 academic year:

CUNY/CAP, College Assistants, PEER Educators






Last modified: Jan 8, 2016

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