As a therapist, Jess Thomas values self-exploration, collaboration, and finding one’s inner strength. Her primary goal is to create a safe space that will allow her clients to feel accepted and heard, while simultaneously feeling challenged to develop healthier coping skills. Her approach to therapy is inclusive, LGBTQIA positive, and culturally affirming. Jess has worked with individuals from various backgrounds with concerns ranging from chronic mental health issues, substance use, macro and micro aggressions, sexuality/gender identity issues to those coping with stress. She also enjoys focusing on the unique needs and concerns of women and women of color who have experienced traumatic events by using trauma informed therapy and strength based approaches.
Molly Anderson grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and later moved to Seattle where she attended Antioch University and earned a dual degree in art therapy and mental health counseling (M.A.). She has a passion for integrating art making and the healing process in order to help people explore their concerns deeply and find meaning in difficult experiences.
Molly's previous experience includes work with adults, teens, and children in a community based mental health setting, supporting teens as a middle school mental health counselor, and work with elderly adults in both outpatient and nursing home settings. She strives to create genuine connections with her clients in order to find an approach to treatment that is collaborative and will best fit their individual needs. Molly believes in the mind-body connection and works alongside clients to approach their concerns through a non-judgmental and curious lens. Outside of her work, Molly spends her time cooking for family and friends, de-stressing through her own art, and seeking out areas of the city where she can roller-skate or jog while being out in nature.
Elizabeth (Liz) Wilson received a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from SUNY New Paltz. Prior to joining Viva Wellness, Liz worked with a diverse population at an outpatient community mental health clinic. During this time, she co-facilitated a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Group which has led her to enjoy utilizing mindfulness techniques into her daily practice. Liz also has had prior experience working in crisis counseling and substance abuse settings, as well as clinical experience working with people struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and grief.
Liz enjoys incorporating strengths based, client focused treatment into sessions. She believes in meeting clients where they are at and values customizing her approaches to therapy to meet the unique needs of each person. She understands that asking for help and going to therapy can be challenging, which is why she will work with you to create a safe space in which therapy can go at your own pace. Liz values the therapeutic relationship between the client and counselor and takes pride in bringing her empathetic nature into sessions.
Bridget Gunn is a New York City based mental health counselor who believes that each and every person can benefit from supportive therapy. She strives to build genuine, meaningful relationships with every client and works to focus on the strengths of the individual person. She is trained in multiple therapies collaborates with her clients to establish what works best for them. Bridget offers culturally informed counseling and is an experienced provider of affirmative therapy for the LGBTQ+ community. She specializes in anxiety, depression, issues within interpersonal relationships, and stress management. She is able to provide tools for her clients to better cope with life’s stressors and often incorporates mindfulness and relaxation training into her sessions.
Bridget studied psychology in New Paltz, New York before relocating to Brooklyn to pursue her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. In her free time she enjoys hiking in upstate New York, exploring hidden corners of New York City, practicing yoga, and relaxing with her rescue cat Salem.
Austin Park is one of our registered dietitians, holding a master's degree in nutrition and dietetics with a concentration in clinical nutrition from New York University. Austin became interested in nutrition upon reading about the connection between the brain and gut health. He has given presentations on the importance of gut health and how it impacts mental health, the immune system, and many others. He has worked with clients with different chronic illnesses, including cancer and HIV/AIDS, assisting them in treating their health concerns with nutritious food. He approaches health from a holistic standpoint and understands that different people have different dietary needs.
Austin studies nutrition within the context of functional medicine, which is an approach to health that addresses the root cause of illness. By staying up to date on the latest research, he is constantly learning and improving different dietary recommendations and strategies for clients with chronic illness as well as clients without ongoing medical concerns who want to improve their overall health. In his free time, Austin likes to meditate, do yoga, practice martial arts and walk his poodle.
Caitie Corradino is a registered dietitian specializing in disordered eating recovery, food allergy/intolerance management, irritable bowel syndrome management, sports nutrition, and general wellness. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology and Nutrition from New York University and is currently finishing her master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition.
Caitie also has an extensive background in teaching group fitness and yoga. She has been instructing dance fitness, pilates, and yoga in various settings for over six years. During her undergraduate career at NYU, Caitie created F.I.T. 4 All, a non-profit organization that delivers community wellness events to various community centers and schools.
Whether she is conducting a nutrition counseling session or leading a movement class, Caitie encourages people to honor their intuition, celebrate their individuality, and stay grounded in the process. She is a firm believer in health at every size and intuitive eating. She puts a strong emphasis on helping people improve their relationship to food and movement, so that they can find balance, joy, and show up fully for the things that matter most in their lives.