Elisabeth Gulotta, Owner and Founder

Elisabeth Gulotta is the owner and founder of NYC Therapeutic Wellness. Elisabeth is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of NY, practicing out of New York City. Elisabeth received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Manhattan College and did extensive training in an outpatient setting where she treated individuals facing a range of social, emotional and behavioral issues.  Elisabeth continued her training in two different private practice settings before deciding to open her own practice.


Elisabeth developed a passion for helping others through the therapeutic process after her own path of self-reflection and self-connection.  After years of the listening to the “I should and I have to” messages that led her down a path of finance and life in a cubicle and many other missteps, Elisabeth took a step back, reflected on the “I want to” message and found her passion! Elisabeth wants to help you change the inner dialogue that may be getting in the way and unveil the path that brings true fulfillment to you, whether it’s personally or professionally or both!

Our Approach

Samantha Rooney, LMHC

What is getting in the way of being your best self and living your best life? What are the barriers and obstacles getting in the way.  Let us help you identify what has been getting in the way and identify behaviors, patterns and thoughts that are not serving you. Elisabeth and Samantha work from a person-centered, strength based approach.  We are active, collaborative, and non-judgmental as we support clients through the courageous process of seeking healing for their relationships: with others, with their feelings, and with most importantly with themselves! 

Samantha holds a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling and has worked in a variety of therapeutic treatment settings throughout her career. Through the development of a strong, trusting therapeutic relationship, she assists clients in gaining insight and problem solving skills in order to alleviate negative thoughts, behavioral patterns, and overall struggles.  Samantha believes that no two people are the same and treatment is thus altered to meet each client's individual needs.  Within sessions, clients will identify desired goals and develop helpful coping skills and solutions. Samantha integrates techniques including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), psychodynamic therapy, and motivational interviewing.  


Melissa Fortunato, LMHC

Melissa holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. John’s University, and has received training in a private practice and psychiatric inpatient setting. Melissa is committed to fostering a supportive and collaborative environment to help clients work through obstacles in their personal, social and professional lives. She assists clients in helping them build on their best qualities, finding their strengths, improving resilience and changing their worldview to one that is more positive. She utilizes various therapeutic techniques, because she believes therapy needs to be tailored to each individuals needs. She is passionate about helping guide clients to harness their own strengths to create change in their lives. 

Julie Newman, LMHC

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Julie earned her Master of Science degree in clinical psychology from Loyola University Maryland. Julie has experience treating mood, anxiety, behavioral, trauma and adjustment disorders.

Julie's therapeutic style is cognitive behavioral and person-centered oriented. She empowers her clients to manage their symptoms and assists in helping them gain insight on which factors could be positively or negatively affecting their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Julie and her clients explore areas that have been supported to promote  wellbeing such as the presence of positive emotions, community engagement, interpersonal relationships, sense of meaning/purpose, and accomplishments. Together, she and her clients assess and discuss how they can create space for these factors in their lives. Focusing on achieving and maintaining wellness allows Julie to provide her clients with preventative care and improve their autonomy and health outside of session. 

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Juliana Caren, LMHC

Juliana holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and has received training in both private practice and outpatient mental health clinic settings. Her primary focus is dealing with issues related to anxiety, depression, trauma, and adjustment disorders. She works together with her clients on their healing journey to rediscover their authentic selves and reach their goals. Through the development of a strong therapeutic relationship, she helps clients gain better insight into the underlying cause of their symptoms, empowering them to make healthy life changes.  Juliana believes there is no “one size fits all” approach to therapy and utilizes several treatment styles including Psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness. Juliana is dedicated to creating a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to work through their inner struggles and facilitate deeper healing and exploration.


Kiera Murphy, LPMHC

Kiera holds a Masters Degree in clinical and counseling psychology, and has received training in both private practice and intervention-based outpatient settings. Kiera has experience in treating adults with anxiety, mood, and personality disorders in both individual and group settings. Kiera is committed to engaging in a warm, encouraging, and trusting relationship with her clients to help them achieve both emotional and interpersonal well-being. Kiera supports her clients as they build upon their internal coping skills in order to manage overwhelming feelings and environmental triggers. Kiera does this by helping her clients understand and detach themselves from unhelpful thought and behavioral patterns, while concurrently motivating them to engage in both positive and meaningful life experiences. Kiera integrates techniques including but not limited to those from Cognitive Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-based approaches. Kiera is passionate about providing her clients with a safe environment to find and maintain emotional wellness both in and outside of her sessions.

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Jessi Mckenna, LPMHC

Jessi holds a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Mercy College. Jessi has trained the last 3 years at a Residential Treatment center where she works with individuals experiencing a range of social, emotional and behavioral issues. Jessi’s primary focus is dealing with issues related to depression, anxiety, adjustment   and mood disorders.  Jessi works with her clients to build a strong, supportive and trusting environment so that they can engage in the healing process of finding a healthy balance between mental and physical health.  Jessi uses a variety of therapeutic approaches such as, but not limited to DBT and Mindfulness, CBT and Psychodynamic therapy. Jessi also holds certifications in personal training and nutrition and believes the mind-body connection is a crucial part of our mental health. Jessi is passionate about helping her clients build a stronger sense of self, while developing skills to navigate a more positive mindset.