Our Team

Who we are:

  • Psychotherapists sharing a commitment to social justice and using our psychological knowledge and expertise to highlight the interdependence between social, cultural, and psychological conditions and how they impact daily functioning.
  • Dedicated professionals who combine non-profit and business understanding with intellectually diverse academic training to deliver unique services.
  • Consultants who coach and train key personnel and executive management to develop an organizational environment that fosters community building.

Silvia M. Dutchevici, MA, LCSW

Founder and President

With more than 20 years experience in social services, non-profit organizations and a passion for psychotherapy, Dutchevici (pronounced ‘doot-*kay*-vitch’) created the Critical Therapy Institute in recognition of the need to expand psychoanalytic praxis to include and be mindful of the ways race, class, gender and religion interact with psychological conflicts.

Megan Chinn, MSW, LCSW

Megan Chinn, MSW, LCSW

Executive Director

Megan Chinn, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist with years of experience providing therapy in various community-based settings including high schools, residential homeless facilities and LGBTQ youth services organizations.

Kate Barrow, MSW, LCSW

Kate Barrow, LCSW, specializes in trauma-informed and anti-oppressive approaches to clinical work with emerging adults and people experiencing major life transitions.

Monica C. Roldan, MSW, LCSW

Monica C. Roldan, MSW, LCSW

Special Advisor to the President

Monica C. Roldan, LCSW, is a psychotherapist licensed in New York and New Jersey. In her career, Monica has always focused her efforts on working with women, specifically Latina women survivors of gender based violence, trauma, rape, childhood abuse, prostitution, and trafficking.

Eleni Zimiles, MSW, LCSW

Eleni Zimiles, LCSW is a therapist, supervisor and trainer for the Critical Therapy Institute. Eleni works with individuals, couples and groups, rooted in a mosaic of relational, healing-centered practices.

Vileti ‘Akolo, LMSW

Vileti ‘Akolo, LMSW

Psychotherapist, Group Facilitator

Vileti ‘Akolo (she/they) LMSW is a first-generation Tongan trauma-informed clinician, circle practitioner, consultant and facilitator. Vileti is skilled at integrating psychotherapy with social and transformative justice praxis.

Rebecca Gruia, MSW, CASAC-T, LMSW

Rebecca Gruia, LMSW, CASAC-T is a psychotherapist with experience in substance use, addiction, and crisis intervention.

Elizabeth Keeney, MSW, MPA, LMSW

Elizabeth Keeney, LMSW, MPA a practicing psychotherapist, has been providing counseling, advocacy and crisis intervention in diverse settings for over two decades.  As a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BSW), she worked with families residing in the housing projects of East Austin, Texas.

Sarah Knight, MSW, LMSW

Sarah Knight, MSW, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Sarah Knight, LMSW is a social worker and practicing psychotherapist whose clinical work is rooted in trauma-responsive, anti-oppressive, and systems frameworks.

Michael Madormo, M.Ed.

Michael Madormo, M.Ed.

Training Psychotherapist and Administrative Coordinator

Michael Madormo, M.Ed, has over a decade working in education as a teacher, counselor, camp director, and teacher coach in public and private school settings in New York, New Jersey and Palestine. While working in education, he has been active in anti-racist and Palestine solidarity organizing, a practitioner of yoga and meditation at the Brooklyn Zen Center. Joining Critical Therapy,…

Yolaine Menyard, MSW, LCSW

Yolaine Menyard, MSW, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Yolaine Menyard, LCSW, has provided trauma-informed services to young people and adults in New York for close to a decade.  She has worked in agency and community settings supporting people through a range of every-day stressors and major life experiences, including substance use, serious mental health issues, grief and loss, criminal legal involvement, and systemic oppressions.

Jené Toussaint, MSW, LMSW

Jené Toussaint, MSW, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Dedicated to liberation and healing Jené Toussaint, LMSW is continually inspired by authentic conversations and creating spaces where people feel supported and heard. Jene’s professional experience includes therapeutic, community organizing, and advocacy work with young adults in New York City.

Sherrie Waller, MSW, MSUP, LCSW

Sherrie T. Waller, LCSW, is a practicing psychotherapist, specializing in trauma. Sherrie’s experience in community-based settings with patients facing homelessness, incarceration and addiction, has made her uniquely aware of the intersection and impact of systemic structures on mental health and well-being.

George Zafiriadis

George Zafiriadis

Digital Media Coordinator & Illustrator

George Zafiriadis, is an illustrator, comic and concept artist. Committed to social justice, LGBTQ rights and with an interest in mental health, he joined Critical Therapy Institute as an illustrator and social media coordinator.

Brenda Zubay, MSW, LMSW

Brenda Zubay, MSW, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Brenda Zubay’s social justice advocacy and direct work with hundreds of clients who have been at the crosshairs of the New York City court systems, informed her interest in joining the Critical Therapy Institute.

Critical Therapy Institute (CTI) focuses on teaching, research and the application of critical therapy in advisory, consulting, and educational services.

Critical Therapy (CT) provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups. With a deep commitment to liberation and empowerment, our focus is on transformation.

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