MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC, LPC
Attiya Awadallah, Clinician
Attiya earned her BS from SUNY New Paltz, where she formed a foundation in Creative Arts, Psychology, and Black Studies. Later, she earned a Master’s of Science in Art Therapy and Counseling from the College of New Rochelle; where she was trained in a psychodynamic approach.
Attiya’s diverse clinical experience includes work in both inpatient, outpatient and residential settings. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults living with PTSD, substance Use and co-occurring disorders, anxiety, BPD, depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other behavioral conditions. She is adept at working with groups, as well as individuals while utilizing an eclectic and client-centered approach to fit each individuals needs and goals for therapy. Her therapy modalities include but are not limited to: DBT, CBT, Solution Focused Brief therapy, Gestalt therapy, Motivational Interviewing, meditation, mindfulness, combine with her specialty: Creative Arts Therapy.
Additionally, she is a certified Reiki practitioner and Registered Behavior Technician. Being from an intersectional background, Attiya excels at working with diverse clientele including LGBTQ+, and BIPOC. She believes in a holistic approach to mental health provides a greater opportunity for individuals to experience a greater sense of autonomy and decreased stress levels.
Tarren Pagones, Owner/Clinician
MPS, LCAT, LPC, ATR-BC
Tarren earned her Masters degree in Creative Arts Therapy from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. She is licensed in New York as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), nationally credentialed as a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and has been licensed in Connecticut as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has had extensive education beyond art therapy to include trauma informed care, psychotherapy, play therapy, family therapy and group therapy.
Tarren is trained in Attachment Regulation and Competency (ARC), recognized as a Circle of Security (COS) parenting educator, and nationally rostered to provide Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).
Tarren has had experience working in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, partial programs, as well as home-based and school based services. Working in these settings has guided her towards professional mentoring in addition to counseling as these services compliment one another as executive functioning skills are often impacted by stress and mental health.
Tarren found her passion and specialty is working with children and teens as she feels early intervention is key. Her background gives her the opportunity to develop creative pathways to foster difficult conversations beyond traditional means.
Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP): Tarren is the only rostered CPP provider between Westchester County and Columbia County! CPP is an 18-month extensive training that is trauma-informed; this intervention model has been created for children ages 0-6 who have experienced at least one traumatic event and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral problems. The treatment is based in attachment theory but also integrates psychodynamic, developmental, trauma, social learning, and cognitive behavioral theories. Therapeutic sessions include the child and parent or primary caregiver. The primary goal of CPP is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her caregiver as a vehicle for restoring the child's cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning.
Child First: This is another trauma-informed, evidence-based intervention focused on "building strong, loving, parent-child relationships that protect and heal the brain from trauma and stress. Our goal is a young brain focused on learning rather than a brain focused on survival."
Circle of Security (COS-P): Tarren is a COS-Parent Educator. This evidence-based intervention is focused on providing a secure relationship between parent and child. For more information, see link below.
Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC): This evidenced-based, attachment framework focuses on 3 core targets of intervention: Attachment (Caregiver Affect Management, Attunement & Consistent Response), Regulation (Identification, Modulation & Expression) and Competency (Executive Functions & Self Development) to support the child and family in focusing on engaging in the present moment.