Psychotherapy is a journey of discovery and healing. We welcome you to embark on this supported quest with us - of making your life a more accurate version of the hope and visions you imagine for yourself.


Doree Lipson, psychotherapist, New Paltz therapy

Doree Lipson, LCSW-R, SEP, Founder, Director, Psychotherapist


Doree Lipson is the founder and director of Wellness Embodied, a center for psychotherapy and healing. After working for most of her career in agency settings and seeing the disconnected struggle between wonderful mission statements and poor management and clinical support, she began cultivating the vision of creating a healing center. At the heart of Wellness Embodied is the desire to support and nurture our psychotherapists and other healing providers so they can then do the same for those that choose our practice as the home for their transformative work.

Doree is a licensed clinical social worker with a masters degree in social work from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Doree graduated with a focus on adolescents and families in 2003 and has been working with adults, adolescents, families and couples since that time, both in Michigan and New York states. Doree received her undergraduate degree in English literature from State University of New York College at Fredonia. Doree has also completed a certificate program in Somatic Experiencing (SE) and uses this modality in her therapeutic work.

In addition to her clinical training, Doree has been a student of Soto Zen Buddhist teachings and practice since 1996. Doree is lay-ordained in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. She has taught meditation in both college and private settings. Mindfulness is one central component to the clinical work she does with her patients.

Above all else, Doree strives to find a practical balance between using the tools necessary to function optimally in the day to day while compassionately understanding the life experiences that have created the habituated stuckness that often brings people into treatment. Doree works with a gentle and loving relational approach, focusing on the body as the home for our stories and also the gateway to new experiences. She has a special affinity and love for bridging the personal and spiritual aspects of our life's journey.

SIMON THRASHER, LMSW,  Psychotherapist, Clinical Herbalist


Simon Thrasher is a Licensed Master Social Worker whose approach to therapy is person-centered and holistic. Appreciating the whole person and meeting them where they are, Simon brings warmth, curiosity, non-judgement, and compassion. Simon's therapy practice is a collaboration with each individual, informed by their unique experience and understanding of themselves, and centering their strengths, values, and needs. He fosters safety, trust, and ease in the therapeutic connection, creating a space for refuge, healing, growth, and possibility.

In his work, Simon is guided by a collection of perspectives: person-centered, strengths-based, trauma-informed, biopsychosocial-spiritual model, cultural humility, social and health justice, non-violence and anti-oppression, and harm reduction principles. Areas of interest and study include therapeutic arts, trauma and somatic healing, relationship and sexual health, substance use and recovery, spiritual emergence/emergency, mindfulness and meditation, herbal medicine and nutritional health, and nature connection.

Simon currently works with adults and adolescents, with a background of experience in community mental health providing therapy and crisis intervention for child, adolescent, and adult individuals, couples, and families. Simon received a Master of Social Work from the University at Albany and a Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts from SUNY New Paltz with a focus in education and therapeutic arts. Simon is also a community herbalist who studied with the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, Dina Falconi, the Wild Gather Hudson Valley School of Herbal Studies, and continues ongoing study and relationship with a vibrant community of herbal medicine practicers. Simon is an artist, musician, writer, reader, meditator, and lover of wilderness. He finds himself in constant awe of both the human and the more-than-human world.

Noreen  Lempert, LCSW-R, Psychotherapist


Noreen Lempert is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an expertise in working with trauma. Noreen has extensive and varied trainings, which enable her to focus on how to help heal the whole person. She has been helping adolescents and adults deal with a range of issues including childhood abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, loss/bereavement and addictions. Noreen has extensive experience in helping clients heal and transform aspects of themselves as they learn to reduce their anxiety and emotional reactivity and come into a new truth about themselves. Noreen works with her clients in a collaborative, relational way as they strive to overcome their problems and make positive changes in their lives. The work with clients is guided by a gentle and experiential approach that combines elements of relational, psychodynamic and parts psychology models with a focus on establishing mindfulness and relaxation techniques to support increased self-awareness and individual growth. The ultimate goal in these therapy sessions is a transformational change that is a gradual process that occurs over time.

Noreen received her graduate degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University and a training certificate in trauma studies from the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy; she has also received EMDR training in levels I and II. Noreen is currently at work studying additional trauma processing models to better help her clients heal from past traumas.

BROOK NAM, LCSW,  Psychotherapist


Brook is a Licensed Clinical Social worker with an approach to working with people that is first and foremost based on Rogerian Person-Centered Therapy. Brook firmly trusts that people have a need to be fully accepted and validated for who they are. As a therapist, she believes in the privilege to create a space of safety and security for those who struggle to find their authentic selves. It is her pleasure to see clients ultimately find a home within themselves and in the larger world in a meaningful way.

Brook has worked extensively with adults with addiction, depression, anxiety, and trauma. It is her clinical experience that healing takes place when people can make sense of their pain and suffering and embrace themselves without judgement.  When the sense of chaos caused by trauma or pain does not need to rule their lives, there is a way to bring order, clarity, and be fully alive. She is so grateful to be able to witness human transformations and honor people’s brave journeys.

Brook uses methodologies such as motivational interviewing, CBT, and psychodrama to facilitate these processes. Brook received her Bachelor’s and Master’s  degrees from Kangwon University in Korea. Brook also received her Master of Social Work from Adelphi University. In a previous life, Brook was a teacher and a massage therapist.

Stephanie St. John Olear, LMHC, Psychotherapist


Stephanie is a Mental Health Counselor who works with adolescents, families and adults. She completed her graduate studies with a focus on helping families in transition as well as helping those in recovery from substance abuse and mental illness. Stephanie was proud to be on the Mobile Mental Health Team of Ulster County, working closely with those in crisis by providing them with services and intervention. Stephanie has also worked with adults recovering from substance abuse and mental illness and has clinical experience working in substance abuse treatment with adolescents and their families. Stephanie enjoys working with all age groups, providing advocacy for LGBTQIA++; and has been trained in how to promote coping skills for emotional regulation, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. Stephanie also uses mindfulness techniques that can both empower and heal, along with CBT and DBT, for a well rounded person-centered approach that helps the client participate in a life long journey toward wellness. Stephanie was trained in the Zero Suicide model to assess and prevent suicide. Stephanie is also versed in the treatment of and advocacy for spectrum disorders.

Stephanie holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the State University of New York at New Paltz.  In addition to her clinical training, Stephanie also has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University and is an accomplished musician and writer. She strives to bring her creativity to therapy. She is a firm believer in the healing power of artistic expression and has led groups that promote healing from trauma through writing and vocal expression.

Rosemary Rouhana, LMHC, NCC, Psychotherapist


Rosey has provided psychotherapy in a variety of settings, including outpatient mental health and substance abuse clinics, domestic violence and homeless shelters, and schools. Rosey has expertise in play and creative arts therapy and has used a variety of interventions to meet each client’s unique needs. She has utilized these modalities to help children, youth, and families to deal with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self-esteem, and addictions. She is especially passionate about helping children learn to express and regulate their emotions, build coping skills, and heal in a supportive and encouraging environment. Rosey has the utmost respect for children and is constantly learning from them in her work as a psychotherapist.

Rosey received her MA in Mental Health Counseling from NYU, where she focused her studies on trauma, play therapy, and child and family counseling. She received her BA in English and Creative Writing at Colby College in Waterville, Maine and values creative expression as a source of healing. Rosey is a pianist and drummer, and loves to compose music in her free time. Rosey is in the process of obtaining certifications in Creative Arts

Therapy and Equine-Assisted Therapy. She is also currently enrolled in a Synergetic Play Therapy program that focuses on how to help children self-regulate and manage uncomfortable states of being that often impact their ability to function in a variety of environments. In addition to these experiential forms of therapy, Rosey provides equine-assisted psychotherapy, where clients initiate healing through interactions with horses, at Nichols Field in Kerhonkson. Rosey is a proficient Spanish speaker and is able to work with monolingual parents of bilingual children.

Mary Farel, LCSW, SEP, Psychotherapist


Mary finds herself deeply moved when bearing witness to another human being come alive as a result of overcoming adversity. In this process, the person’s innate potential is revealed, confirming that each one of us has the capacity to heal and grow.

Mary sees both adults and couples. She has worked with clients with anxiety, depression, and developmental trauma as well as counseled those in the depths of grief/loss. Assisting clients to identify limitations, and move beyond them, be it patterns/themes in behavior, relationships or communication, Mary works collaboratively and is client-centered.  She utilizes and integrates components of psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. Mindfulness is an integral part of her therapeutic approach. She enjoys weaving spirituality and the creative arts in to therapy when appropriate.

Mary received her Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University at Albany. She has worked at the Adult Partial Hospitalization program at the Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley since 2016. Currently, she is enrolled in the three-year Somatic Experiencing training. Mary is a long-time meditator and has taught yoga to diverse populations since 1998.

Lori Ruth Federman Kalvert, MA, MHC-LP, Psychotherapist


Lori Ruth is a mental health counselor practicing in the humanistic tradition with a multi-disciplinary approach to psychotherapy that facilitates body-mind integration and embodiment.  She is interested in one’s capacity for establishing baseline resilience, containment, and restorative support as a foundational pathway into relationship with self, recovery, and daily wellness.

 Lori Ruth has worked at the Psychological Counseling Center at SUNY New Paltz as a Mental Health Counseling Intern.  She also worked as a yoga and self-massage mental wellness educator.   Lori Ruth has facilitated groups in gaining body awareness and deepening community through yoga, meditation, developmental movement, somatic discovery, self-massage and kinesthetic ballwork at the Breathing Project and the Fountain House in New York City.

 She is a licensed massage therapist, bodyworker, registered yoga teacher, and a Somatic Movement Educator certified by The School for Body-Mind Centering ®. She integrates her graduate school training in anthropology and mental health counseling with her creative sensibilities to facilitate others on their journeys.


David Schaffer, LCSW, CASAC


David is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. He has experience working with both adolescents and adults navigating through the symptoms of depression, anxiety, generational trauma, and a multitude of other personal struggles. David draws from a variety of modalities that include cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. He is currently training in Somatic Experiencing to further expand his clinical work. David has worked with individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds and works with clients to understand how this frames personal experience. He has years of experience working with substance use issues and has teamed with other providers to provide the best treatment possible.


David received his Bachelor’s Degree from Dickinson College where he studied Comparative Religion, focusing on Tibetan Buddhism. He received his Master’s Degree in social work from the University of Vermont. David has worked in community mental health and hospital settings in Vermont and Pennsylvania before settling in the New Paltz area. In addition to his clinical experience, David is also a music lover and outdoor enthusiast, both of which he incorporates into his practice as much as possible.


Liz O’Connell, LCSW, Psychotherapist


Liz O’Connell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is dedicated to helping people become their most authentic and joyful selves. She works with adults and is especially passionate about helping people heal from eating disorders, pervasive emotion dysregulation, and trauma. Liz has extensive training in both relational psychodynamic therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) & DBT Prolonged Exposure. She weaves elements of both approaches into working with clients, having seen that the combination of new emotional experiences in session and concrete tools for making changes in one’s life outside of session can be transformative. She was previously the associate clinical director of an outpatient eating disorder treatment center in New York City.


Liz believes that many of the patterns we ultimately want to change in ourselves - stuckness, maladaptive habits, self-limiting beliefs - began as our best attempts to get our needs met and to cope with situations that felt overwhelming. Therapy is the process of figuring out how to honor those needs and learn new, healthier ways of dealing with them so that we can show up more fully in our lives. In doing therapy, Liz collaborates with clients by identifying the areas of their lives they would like to change and by working together to bring those changes into being.


Liz received her MSW from NYU and her BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University. She is also a certified yoga instructor. When not in session, Liz enjoys spending time in nature with her toothless dog.



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Outpatient psychotherapy

Therapy may be conducted individually, as a couple or as a family. Therapy is offered on a weekly basis, unless otherwise agreed upon. Individual sessions are approximately 45 minutes in length. Couples and families typically meet for an hour.


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Clinical Supervision

Clinical Supervision is available for master level social workers gathering hours toward their "C" or toward their "R". Please contact us to discuss the number of monthly supervision hours necessary to complete these levels of licensure and our current supervision  fee rates.



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