Cooper Mental Health Counseling was developed by its founder Dr. Marty Cooper. There are several principles that guide our work. We believe that in order to help you we need to understand your concern from your perspective. We believe that you can feel better. Our focus is on your whole life and by maintaining this focus you have the potential to radically change your life. Although we recognize that therapy may be difficult at times, we believe that you have the possibility of finding something awesome on the other side. We will work tirelessly with you to help you develop a road map that may guide you for years beyond your work with us.
Support That Makes a Difference
PERSON BASED APPROACH
Need help to achieve your goals in life? We use both tried and true techniques and cutting edge evidence based methods to give you the tools for success.
Healing and Moving Forward
Individual therapy will help you understand how you have come to this particular place in your life. We will help you see what is maintaining your area of concern. Finally, we will help you plan a route toward feeling better.
Understanding our relationship
Whether you are coming in for premarital counseling or you are having difficulty in your relationship, we will help you understand what is happening. Couples therapy will provide you insight into your relationship and tools to make effective changes to help meet your goals.
Make my work life meaningful
Work take a lot of our time. Sometimes we find ourselves unfulfilled and desiring a change. Career Counseling will help you explore what you desire, where your interests lie, how your skills may transfer to different careers, and how your values can be aligned with your work.
Get to Know Us
I am so proud of the team we have built and I hope you will come to appreciate them as much as I do. These individuals were chosen because they bring something special not only to the practice but the practice of counseling. Although you would have an awesome therapist with any of these team members, I encourage you to read what they have to say and let this guide your selection.
MARTY COOPER, PHD, LMHC, NCC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
My focus in treatment is understanding you as a whole person. I believe this includes many areas including intimate relationships, family, friends, work, spirituality, as well as many others. We work together to understand how your concern is impacting many of these areas and remove some of the barriers that are preventing you from flourishing. Our work will help you understand what has led to your current circumstances, what changes are possible, and will closely monitor your progress toward your goals.
In addition to my generalized training, I have specific training in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, trauma, domestic violence, psychosis, older adults, and substance use. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor in the graduate mental health counseling program at SUNY Old Westbury.
MELISSA ACEVEDO, MSED, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
My main focus in treatment is to assist individuals in achieving their goals, while also addressing their needs and desires. I look at the person as a whole, taking into account all their domains (career, family, spiritual, etc.) to ensure that all aspects of their concerns are being tended to in session, alongside anything that might be occurring in their day-to-day life. I see both individuals and couples for a wide range of concerns including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, career concerns, and interpersonal conflicts.
I received my MSed in Mental Health Counseling from CUNY Hunter College in New York, NY. I have additional training in REBT/CBT, psychoanalysis, crisis intervention, harm reduction, and safety planning. I have clinical experience working with LGTBQ individuals, sex workers, and individuals who have experienced violence or some type of trauma, including sexual abuse/assault and intimate partner violence.
ZACH UDKO, MHC-LP
Mental Health Counselor
I enjoy working with adults and couples who are eager to improve areas in their lives related to self-esteem, relationships, intimacy, sexuality, and career satisfaction.
My engaging, open-minded, and integrative approach is carefully tailored to meet the goals and needs of each client, drawing on a combination of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and Gestalt techniques. By identifying maladaptive patterns of behavior and negative thoughts, I help clients increase self-acceptance, authenticity, and connectedness with others.
In addition to working as a Psychotherapist, I am also a Senior Lecturer at New York University, where I teach writing at Tisch School of the Arts. I also specialize in maximizing the creative potential of artists, writers, and performers.
Mental Health Counseling Intern
Together, we can make positive, lasting changes in your life in a supportive and understanding environment. As we promote healing and self-exploration, we will also implement skills that help you to manage stress, anxiety, and depression. I believe that this process involves a commitment to challenging work, and it is my honor to be an equal partner in your journey to becoming your best self.
My approach treats each client from a holistic wellness perspective, which includes building a strong interpersonal connection in order to understand you better. Through collaboration, I help clients improve multiple aspects of their lives, ranging from relationships, career, self-esteem, and other long-term goals.We will work to understand your past in order to overcome the obstacles that are keeping you from reaching your goals. I am particularly interested in working with the LGBTQ community, women’s issues across the lifespan, eating disorders, and life transitions.
I believe every human being is capable of change. We are a combination of experiences, relationships, and traumas, yet our past does not need to define who we are. My approach to the therapeutic process is an integrative blend of, psychodynamic, humanistic, and spiritual psychotherapy.
I would describe myself as an engaging, honest, and open-minded therapist who aims to help clients, help themselves. While my main area of interest involves race and women’s issues (particularly black women), I am also intent in supporting anyone interested in living their best life.
"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.”