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Meet the Counseling Staff

Counseling Services

Administrative Staff

Nicole Looney LMHC, NCC - Director of Clinical Services

Nicole Looney is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a nationally accredited Board-Certified Counselor. She has worked in various types of clinical and administrative positions within the counseling field.  She has also worked in a variety of treatment settings including residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient therapy and outpatient therapy. She has worked with a variety of clients addressing various mental health issues. She loves the work that she does and has a passion for helping others.

Trained

  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • Group and Individual Crisis
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • EMDR* Therapist

 

Ana Martinez LMHC, NCC - Assistant Clinical Director and Counselor (Pahokee and Riviera Beach)

Ana Martinez is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Board Certified Counselor. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and went on to obtain Masters of Science and Education Specialist in Counseling and Human Systems. She has been working with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach since August 2016. As a counselor, she’s part of the Crisis Incident Stress Management Team in the Diocese.  In order to reduce stigma and increase knowledge on mental health, she became a Mental Health First Aid instructor, providing trainings in the community to better inform others of services available. She is part of the Suicide Prevention Task Force with the West Palm Beach Medical VA.  

Trained

  • Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Tapping
  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Group Crisis Intervention
  • EMDR Therapist

Bilingual: Spanish

 

Counselors

Jithin George LMHC, NCC - Counselor (Palm Beach and Boynton Beach)

Jithin George grew up in Chicago and worked there as a Counselor for 2 years before moving to Florida. He currently lives in Boynton Beach with his wife and 2-year-old daughter. Apart from his work as a counselor at Catholic Charities, he is also very involved with a Catholic Youth movement called ‘Jesus Youth’ and its various ministries. He enjoys his work as a counselor and is grateful to the Lord for giving him the opportunity to work with Catholic Charities where he can live out his Catholic calling to the fullest.

Trained

  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • EMDR Therapist

 

Molly Maguire LCSW - Counselor (Palm Beach)

Molly Maguire, LCSW, has worked with Catholic Charities for 11 years, having opened the counseling office at St. Edward Church in Palm Beach.  Prior to that, Molly was a counselor with Catholic Charities in Stamford, Connecticut.  She is a graduate of Colgate University, New York University Stern School of Business, and Columbia University School of Social Work.  Molly lives in Palm Beach with her husband, Frank.  They have two grown children and six grandchildren.  

Trained

  • EMDR Therapist

 

Wilhelmina (Ineke) Bosman LCSW - Counselor (Fort Pierce)

Wilhelmina (Ineke) Bosman is originally from the Netherlands. She moved to Florida 27 years ago and loves living in Florida and the work that she does. Ineke has many years of experience as a counselor in both the Netherlands and the United States. She has worked with Catholic Charities for the past 14 years counseling people of all ages; the youngest being 3 and the oldest being 93. She feels privileged that she can assist people in improving their life and feeling better about themselves while finding their way in this often complex world. She believes that breaking the stigma of Mental Health Issues is important.

Trained

  • EMDR Therapist

Trilingual: Dutch and German

 

Maria Rivera LCSW - Counselor (Stuart)

Maria Rivera is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience. She graduated from Mercy College with a degree in Behavioral Science specializing in Human Behavior. She obtained her Masters in Social Work from Barry University. Her experience includes working with children and adolescents at various agencies including Catholic Charities where she has worked for 7.5 years.

Trained

  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • EMDR Therapist

Bilingual: Spanish

 

Leana Brown LMHC - Counselor (Stuart)

Leana Brown is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and minored in Religious Studies. She then went on to obtain her Master’s degree in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Leana Brown began working at Catholic Charities since May 2019. Prior to this she worked at a domestic violence center known as Women in Distress of Broward County for three years. 

Her experience includes trauma informed care as she is in the process of obtaining her trauma focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) certification and becoming rostered in Child Parent Psychotherapy also known as CPP.  In addition, she has worked in early childhood court also known as ECC and assisted clients and children with the reunification process. She has also worked in the psychiatric unit for intensive inpatient hospital during crisis management.

Leana is passionate and dedicated to helping others. She is committed to using her knowledge and expertise to make a positive difference in the lives of those she assist and the community as a whole.

Trained

  • Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy
  • EMDR Therapist

Bilingual: Spanish

 

Lourdes Contreras, Registered Social Work Intern - Counselor (Stuart)

Lourdes Contreras is from the Dominican Republic and has worked in the social services field for 16 years. She acquired her Masters in Social Work in May 2015 from FAU and is currently a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern working towards full licensure. Her experience includes intervention with family and children in a variety of settings, including home based programs, community centers, hospitals, courts and schools. She has experience in providing group therapy including topics of Parenting Skills and Domestic. Furthermore, she has experience in the medical setting with HIV/AIDS patients. Lately, she has acquired clinical experience working with individual (including infants, children, teenagers and adults), couples and families. She holds many trainings and certifications which include but are not limited to Crisis Intervention, CPP- Child Parent Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Intimate Partner Violence, and Mental Health First Aid. Lourdes is passionate about her work and uses her knowledge and experience to provide the best care possible to her clients.

Trained

  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • EMDR Therapist

Bilingual: Spanish

 

Susan Polo, Registered Social Work Intern - Counselor (Riviera Beach) and Project Rachel Coordinator

Susan Polo completed her AA in Psychology at Miami-Dade College before transferring to Florida State where she graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Criminal Justice/ Criminology. Soon after she decided to pursue a graduate degree in Social Work. From a young age, Susan found herself helping others and as she continues her journey of exercising her passion and skills, she thanks God for helping her get to where she is today. Most importantly, she is thankful for her grandmother, who at a young age, introduced Mother Teresa into her life and has influenced and guided her in her journey of service. Susan is thankful that Catholic Charities has given her an opportunity to continue to provide that service of helping those in need through the Counseling and Project Rachel Programs.

Trained

  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Tapping
  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • EMDR Therapist

Bilingual: Spanish

 

Carla Robinson, Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern - Disaster Counselor (In Home)

Carla Robinson is a therapist at Catholic Charities Diocese of Palm Beach, Inc. she  has a strong interest and passion for health, wellness, and affecting positive change in people’s lives, Carla can provide services in English and Spanish. Carla began her career in social services after several years of working in the Department of Children and Family and several social service agencies. Carla Robinson studied at the University of Maryland, Upper Marlboro, MD, earning bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Also, she attended Nova Southeastern University earning a master’s degree in, Mental Health Counseling. Carla Robinson worked in a variety of therapeutic settings, assisting individuals, families, and couples. Her experience includes working with multicultural clients affected with chronic mental health issues, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, as well as adjustment issues. Carla utilizes a collaborative therapeutic approach tailored to the needs of the individual client, finding that change often begins with a trusting therapeutic relationship

Bilingual: Spanish

 

Counseling Support Staff

Cheryl Comparato - Program Support Specialist

Cheryl Comparato has more than 30 years of experience working in the medical field in various locations in the US and overseas. She is usually the first person someone speaks with when contacting the counseling program. Adding value to people is critical in this field and Cheryl says the personal contact with each caller and with her fellow co-workers is the most rewarding aspect of her job.

 

Adele Konyk - Program Administrative Coordinator/Finance

Adele Konyk has more than 15 years medical office management, business and healthcare administration experience. She carries a total of more than 20 years in medical/mental health insurance billing and provider credentialing.  She has been employed with Catholic Charities since 2014 and has taken on a more general role in Finance as well as managing the Counseling programs’ billing and credentialing.

 


Key

  • LMHC: Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • NCC: Nationally Certified Counselor
  • Registered Intern: Completing state requirements for full independent licensure.
  • *EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
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