Lillyana Morales, LMHC, LPC, CCTP
Clinical Director and Founder
My name is Lillyana, and I look forward to accompanying you on your journey towards wellness. I am a multi-racial Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional in New York and Connecticut. Additionally, I hold out of state tele-health registration and am able to work with clients who reside in Florida. I received my bachelor's degree in Studio Art and Psychology, my master’s in Mental Health Counseling at CUNY Brooklyn College, and I have been working with clients since 2017.
I chose the field of mental health because of my own personal experience as a woman with a complex post traumatic stress disorder and family of origin challenges. As a mixed race, female, who had extensive trauma history I found that navigating mental health was incredibly frustrating. I thought to myself, "it shouldn't be this difficult to find a space". After multiple bad experiences with therapists who left me feeling dismissed, invalidated and hopeless I recognized that I wanted to be part of a much needed change.
Prior to working in private practice, I worked for Henry Street Settlement's Community Consultation Center providing individual, family, and group therapy to children, teens, and adults. Through my time in the clinic setting, I was able to support my clients through various stressors: anxiety, mood disorders, trauma and c-ptsd, domestic violence, pmad, interpersonal conflict, sexuality and gender identity, self esteem, disordered eating, and personality disorders.
My private practice is primarily tele-health with a special focus of working with female identifying clients. We are LGBTQIA+ affirming and trauma informed. I train my clinicians in my therapeutic style because it works. I've had the honor of working with individuals who thought that life could never get better, and I've watched them flourish. My heart has been touched by my clients session after session who show up for themselves by putting in the work.
My aim is to provide you with a warm, empathic, nonjudgmental, and supportive environment where you can feel safe to express yourself and heal. I use an integrative therapeutic approach including dialectical behavioral, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, forward facing trauma, EMDR, and equine assisted therapy among other modalities that I believe will be best tailored to your needs.
Life can get difficult, and sometimes a little help from a mental health professional can make things better. I care about your well-being and provide you with the tools you need in order to seize the day, recognize your strengths, process your experiences and improve your day-to-day life. You don't have to spend your entire life in survival mode. I've been there and I believe we can help you thrive one session at a time.
Thrive Counseling and Consulting with Chris Floro
EMDR Intensive (50 hours training)
EMDR-IFS with Bruce Hersey
IFS for EMDR
Level 1 and Level 2
Essentials of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Certificate
International Association of Trauma Professionals
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Equine Connected EMDR
Fundamentals and Core of Natural Lifemanship (Equine-Assisted Therapy)
Big Heart Equestrian
Mindfulness with Horses
Training with Kirby K. Reutter, Stephanie Vaughn, Lane Pederson, and Wise Mind Counseling
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT- total of 45 hours)
Training with Jonathan Jordan
Animal-Assisted Therapy Certificate
Training with Sarah Jenkins
Equilateral- Equine Assisted EMDR protocol
Healing the Whole Self Level 1 (Dissociation)
Training with Aviv Therapy
Canine Assisted Therapy (GROWL model)