About Us

Who We Are

Our staff includes pastoral counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and psychotherapists. Standards of clinical expertise and continuing professional education are set by appropriate professional associations. The Northeast Counseling Center, Inc. has consulting psychiatrists and others available for evaluations.

Originally established in 1970 by sponsoring congregations, the Northeast Counseling Center, Inc. was created with the goal of making pastoral counseling and psychotherapy available to all members of the community. Representatives of these sponsoring groups form the Center’s Advisory Committee, providing community leadership, office space, and financial support as an extension of their ministry.

The Northeast Counseling Center, Inc. has more than 40 sponsoring congregations, including Baptist, Congregational, Episcopal, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Reformed, and Unitarian Universalist faith groups in 32 local communities. This mutually supportive relationship reinforces our mission.

Who We Serve

Individuals
searching for self-understanding, relief from depression and anxiety, or problems with living a productive life. Clients work with staff counselors and psychotherapists to clarify areas of strength and weakness for the purpose of bringing about satisfying constructive change.
Couples
seeking to strengthen their relationship. Couple therapists help identify past, present, and future hopes for the relationship, paying particular attention to each partner’s independent needs. Couples facing separation are helped through the inevitable strain of “coming apart.”
Families
seeking to improve communication or work through pressing problems. Counselors trained in family interaction can help change negative patterns so families can learn skills of negotiation, fair fighting, problem solving, and compromise. This assistance can help the family become a safer, more supportive environment for all of its members.
Children and Adolescents
facing issues of growing up, as well as relating to parents and peers. Children may work individually with counselors in play therapy, while adolescents have the option of meeting with a counselor individually or in small groups. Families are asked to become involved in work with young people.

Additional Services

The Northeast Counseling Center, Inc. offers Programs and Workshops to congregations, schools, and other organizations. We consult with each group to design presentations suited to a group’s specific needs. Recent topics have included Effective Communications, Adolescent Suicide Prevention, Spiritual Resources in Times of Crisis, and Surviving Divorce.

OUR STAFF

Mary Ellen Summerville, M.Div., LCSW-R has been working with individuals, couples and families for 28 years, helping them to solve problems and create more happiness and fulfillment. A graduate of The College of William and Mary (BA Psychology), Union Theological Seminary (M.Div. Psychiatry and Religion) and Columbia School of Social Work (MSSW), Ms. Summerville takes a humanistic psychotherapeutic approach that focuses on clients’ strengths and capacity to grow and develop throughout their lives. She believes that when clients receive careful, empathic listening and a caring presence they flourish. Ms. Summerville works with adults with many different issues including anxiety, depression, marital and family distress, work or career satisfaction, living with serious illness in oneself or a family member, and bereavement. She is also skilled in working both with people who find strength in their spirituality or religion and those who feel distressed spiritually and always lets the client take the lead in this, and all, areas. She uses an ecelectic approach which includes psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approaches, meditation and relaxation, and Focusing. Ms. Summerville has completed a two year training program with The Training Institute in Self Psychology, is a Certified Focusing Trainer (Focusing Institute, www.focusing.org) and is currently studying Focusing-Oriented Relational Psychotherapy.

Theresa Revans-McMenimon, M.S. L.M.F.T., L.M.H.C. is the current President of F.R.M.H. and in addition provides therapy to individuals, couples, and families. She is a certified parent trainer in STEP techniques and completed training as a family specialist in LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) through WIHD (Westchester Institute for Human Development) and New York Medical College. Also, she provides college counseling services for individuals with autism.

Arlin Roy,After graduating from Goddard College, Arlin Roy attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. School for Social Change and graduated from the Stevens-Gesner Project to Prepare Candidates for the Unitarian Universalist Ministry. He received Pastoral Care, Pastoral Psychotherapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Group Psychotherapy certificates from Blanton-Peale Institute, a Master of Social Work degree from Yeshiva University, and a Certificate in Supervision of the Psychoanalytic Process from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. Rev. Roy taught and supervised for fifteen years at Blanton-Peale Institute in New York City, a postgraduate psychotherapy training institute, and is past President of the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health. In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work Rev. Roy is a Diplomate in the American Psychotherapy Association and has Full Fellowship in Unitarian Universalist Parish and Community Ministries. Rev. Roy has published in popular periodicals and professional journals ranging from The New York Times and Critical Mass to Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, Journal of Religion and Health, and Group: Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society.

Doris Bertocci, LCSW, BCD is a highly experienced clinical social worker on the staff of the Northeast Counseling Center of FRMH, and she offers services through the office in downtown White Plains, N.Y. (corner of N.Broadway and Barker St.) Her clinical experience covers a broad spectrum of problems and concerns of adolescents and adults in various stages throughout the life–cycle. She works from an eclectic but psychodynamic perspective, which means that her work as a psychotherapist derives from a number of treatment approaches as applied to each individual situation. But all of her work is also based on an understanding that many personal difficulties have unconscious roots in earlier life experience, with residual conflicts that have continued to affect the person in their current life.

Ilana David, Intern, Ilana is completing a Mental Health program through Alfred University this May. I am a licensed school counselor and special education teacher and absolutely love all three roles. I have been teaching for 5 years, working with emotionally disturbed middle and high school students. I am eager to get my mental health license and as much experience as a mental health counselor so I can help as many people as possible.

Renee Alfieri, Intern,A Graduate Intern with FRMH since 2014. with a Certificate of Advanced Studies from Alfred University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling December, 2015. I hold a Master’s degree in Career Counseling & Community Agencies from NYU as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Counseling. I have permanent certification as a School Counselor as well as a PCC (Professional Certified Coach) credential from the ICF (International Coach Federation) since 2008. I graduated with my Core Energy Coach (CEC) certification from iPEC Coaching School, NYC. In addition, I hold multiple career coaching certifications, such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, DISC, Genos Emotional Intelligence to name a few, as well as my SHRM-CP and PHR � which are Human Resources credentials (Society of Human Resources Management).