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, Associate Director
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 the past 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 also serves 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 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. She first joined the Counseling Center in 2005 as a Counseling Intern and now rejoined the staff as part-time Counselor for the Sophomore Year Initiative (SYI) Program. 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. During her time outside of the Center, she engages in community based participatory action research (PAR) with youth educators and activists, she also enjoys travelling, dancing, and listening to world music.
Valerie Baker, PhD, LMHC, CYT (on leave)
Dr. Valerie Baker holds an Ed. M. in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology / Sofia University. She completed a yoga teacher training program at the Integral Yoga Institute. Valerie joined the Counseling Center staff as a full-time counselor in 2009. Her counseling approach is strengths-based and holistic: She uses mind-body-spirit approaches to facilitating healing and personal growth. Dr. Baker is passionate about training new professionals in the field; she coordinates the Counseling Center’s internship program and teaches Master’s in Counselor Education students at the Lehman College Department of Counseling, Leadership, Literacy, and Special Education. In all her professional functions, she views her role as a guide on students’ journeys of self-discovery and transformation.
Joel Sahadath, LMHC graduated from St. John's University with his Bachelors in Psychology and from New York University with his Masters in Counseling. Joel is our Sophomore Year Initiative Counselor. He specializes in helping students who have earned 12-60 credits succeed in college academically and personally. Joel has years of experience in the areas of LGBT issues and the impact of HIV on mental health. He has experience providing counseling services to clients as well as clinical supervision to 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.
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 Soundview- Throgs Neck Community CMHC, Ms. Gannon specializes in treating issues of adolescence.
Jhon Ruiz, LCSW is a graduate of Lehman College. He earned his Master's in Social Work at NYU and currently works as a Bilingual Psychotherapist at Buena Vista Health Center. Mr. Ruiz has worked as a social worker both in New York and in his native country of Peru.
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.
Lehman College Counseling Center houses 5 interns for the 2014/15 academic year:
Jaleh Hamadani, PhD Intern, City College
Kate Feiner, MSW Intern, Fordham University
Flannery Rogers, MSW Intern, Columbia University
Sarah Pettaway, MHC Intern, CUNY Baruch College
CJ Polihronakis, MHC Intern, Columbia University
CUNY/CAP, College Assistants, PEER Educators
Last modified: Sep 4, 2014