About Us


Our Therapists

Michal Tziyon, LCSW

Founder & Clinical Director | mtziyon@mtzcounseling.com

Ms Tziyon, LCSW, is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She obtained her Master of Social Work Degree from New York University with post-graduate clinical training in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, and family and divorce mediation training from the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

Ms Tziyon has been in practice since 1999. She has worked in the mental health field in both inpatient and outpatient settings. As a consultant to Family Court and to New York Supreme Court, she provided expert testimony in family and divorce cases and supervised court mandated visits between parents and children. She is a co-founder of the Red Hook Playgroup, a progressive pre-school in Brooklyn. Ms Tziyon was faculty advisor with NYU School of Social Work, and supervised social work interns in the field.

Ms Tziyon has been exclusively in independent practice since 2007 in New York City. She expanded her practice with the addition of carefully selected, talented and skilled therapists. Ms Tziyon finds great fulfillment in her clinical work with patients, as well as in her supervisory relationships with colleagues in her practice. She currently directs her group practice in Tribeca, lower Manhattan.


Violet Aberham, LMHC

Psychotherapist | vaberham@mtzcounseling.com

Ms Violet Aberham, LMHC, earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook. In addition, she obtained a degree in Occupational Studies from NY College of Health Professions, and has been a practicing New York State Licensed Massage Therapist since 2004. 

Some of Ms Aberham’s trainings include post-graduate study in family systems theory at the Ackerman Institute for the Family; cognitive-behavior therapy at the Albert Ellis Institute; sexuality at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy; EMDR Levels 1 and 2 with William Zangwill, PhD; Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at NY Insight Meditation Center; and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) at NYCEFT. She has worked with diverse populations as a psychotherapist in various outpatient mental health settings, and has experience working with struggling adolescents and their families as a Multi-Systemic Therapist. 

Ms Aberham’s practice is informed by her holistic, humanistic and trauma-sensitive approach. She is passionate about creating a healing, supportive and safe space for clients to evolve and reach their highest potential.

Heidi Boyson, MS, MA, MHC-LP

Psychotherapist | hboyson@mtzcounseling.com

Heidi Boyson, MHC-LP holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Alfred University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Education from Columbia University. Ms Boyson also holds a Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy from Roehampton University and an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic-Integrative Counseling from CPPD, both in London, United Kingdom. After seeing the positive effects of including mindfulness and yoga in her personal life, she sought out further specialized training, obtaining certificates in Mindfulness and Yoga from Mindful Life and Karma Kids.

Ms Boyson worked both in the United States and in the United Kingdom, focusing on the needs of individuals and families. She is passionate about providing high quality, cutting edge services to all clients. Ms Boyson’s specialties include mindfulness, bereavement, trauma, play therapy, sand tray work and spirituality. She has worked in various settings in the field, including mental health clinics, private practice, medical centers, schools and universities.

Ms Boyson’s approach to psychotherapy is flexible and creative. She fully collaborates with clients in the therapeutic process and treatment plan. Ms Boyson is devoted to empowering and assisting clients in their journey.

Jeremey Chase, LMHC, NCC

Psychotherapist | jchase@mtzcounseling.com

Mr. Chase, LMHC, NCC is a Board Certified Counselor practicing in New York City He obtained his Master of Mental Health Counseling from Baruch College, City University of New York with post-graduate clinical training at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, and LGBTQIA focused counseling at the Institute for the Human Identity. 

Mr. Chase is a former substance abuse clinician at the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai West. At Mount Sinai, he facilitated group and individual harm-reduction substance abuse sessions. He specialized in group therapy for gay men who misuse crystal methamphetamine in Mount Sinai's Crystal Clear Project as well as supervision for graduate mental health counseling interns. 

As a psychotherapist Mr. Chase uses humanistic, mindfulness-based approaches, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat individuals with issues as diverse as anxiety and depression, substance abuse/misuse, career and LGBTQIA issues. He focuses on helping people identify and change problematic patterns in relationships, cope with stress caused by recent change, and enhance their self-compassion.


Rachel Honoroff, LMSW

Psychotherapist | rhonoroff@mtzcounseling.com

Rachel Honoroff, LMSW, earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Anthropology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Ms. Honoroff received advanced training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). 

Ms. Honoroff specializes in working with individuals and families that have experienced trauma with a focus on relational trauma, including intimate partner violence and childhood abuse. She has additional expertise in providing suicide prevention and crisis counseling and has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in residential and outpatient settings. Her clinical work is influenced by psychodynamic theory and integrative methods including mindfulness, body-based, and cognitive behavioral techniques. Through a collaborative and trauma-informed approach tailored to each client’s specific need, Ms. Honoroff supports individuals navigating depression, anxiety, life transitions, and challenging family and interpersonal relationships.

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Maria Montesano, MA, MHC-LP

Psychotherapist | mmontesano@mtzcounseling.com

Ms. Montesano, MHC- LP holds a BA in Psychology from City College and Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College. Her desire to explore the structural and societal elements that impact individuals’ mental health inspired her to study Sociology and obtain a Master’s Degree in Sociology at Hunter College. Ms Montesano also completed post graduate training in Motivational Interviewing and trauma-informed care.

Ms. Montesano has many years of experience working with diverse populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings in the mental health and substance abuse field. Her work is informed by an integrative perspective that incorporates elements of person-centered, psychodynamic, attachment theory and cognitive behavioral approaches. She can assist you in resolving issues related to depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, trauma, substance abuse, sexual identity and career development.

Ms Montesano believes that therapy is one of the few places where individuals can express their hopes, fears and desires fully - without fear of judgement. She provides a warm and empathetic space for self-exploration and growth.


Peter Pascatore, LMSW

Psychotherapist | ppascatore@mtzcounseling.com

Mr. Pascatore, LMSW, received his Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. He was awarded a fellowship from the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis where he continued to earn a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He has continued his ongoing analytic training at the Lacanian École Freudienne du Québec. Mr. Pascatore has lectured at Loyola University Chicago and at a number of professional conferences. He has worked in clinics and social services agencies in both residential and outpatient mental health settings.

Mr. Pascatore views therapy as an opportunity to expand personal possibilities and move beyond difficulties such as anxiety and depression. He specializes in helping clients find more fulfillment in their relationships and careers. He utilizes an integrative approach that addresses underlying issues while working on improved functioning and coping, facilitating a process that allows his clients to find creative, rewarding ways of being part of the world.

Matt Pieknik, LMSW

Psychotherapist | mpieknik@mtzcounseling.com

Matt Pieknik, LMSW, is a New York State Licensed Master of Social Work. With a background in art and literature, Mr. Pieknik studied Freud and Lacan at the Center of the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture at SUNY Buffalo, with clinical training in Lacanian Psychoanalysis at the Freudian School of Quebec. Mr. Pieknik has provided trauma-informed gender-, trans-, and LGBQ+ affirmative care. He has also worked with individuals and couples experiencing compulsive sexual behaviors, intimacy difficulties, and addiction. Mr. Pieknik presently continues post-graduate training in Lacanian psychoanalysis. 

Mr. Pieknik's work focuses on uncovering and examining the internal contradictions, both conscious and unconscious, that inhibit change and development in the areas of depression and anxiety, gender and sexuality, love and relationships, trauma recovery, addiction, and aging. He enjoys working with people across the lifespan, with artists and writers, and with anyone committed to speaking about themselves in an unprecedented way.

Jenny Rella, LMHC

Psychotherapist | jrella@mtzcounseling.com

Ms Rella, LMHC, is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Ms Rella received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Albany and her Master of Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University Graduate School of Education. She is a New York City Department of Health Certified Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor, and has also completed Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

Ms Rella was a Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of New York where she provided outpatient individual and family therapy for adults and adolescents seeking treatment for eating disorders. Additionally, she has experience in suicide prevention and crisis intervention as a Licensed NYC Well Hotline Counselor. Ms Rella utilizes an eclectic therapeutic approach that blends elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with Psychodynamic-Relational based strategies. She values the importance of using the approach that is best suited to a client’s individual needs.

Paulina Ulano, LCSW-R, BCD

Psychotherapist | pulano@mtzcounseling.com

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Paulina Ulano, LCSW-R, BCS, is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work with concentration in clinical practice as well as post graduate training at New York University, with additional post graduate training at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Over the course of her clinical practice, she has also completed advanced training on trauma informed care, suicide prevention and psychotherapy supervision.

Ms Ulano has been in practice since 2004, providing psychotherapy to adults, children and adolescents. She has extensive experience working with people covering a wide range of emotional, relational and life transitional difficulties, including: depression, anxiety, grief due to loss and separations, emotional trauma, work related and academic stress, and relational problems including divorce and parenting.

Ms Ulano works with with individuals from a wide range cultural and religious backgrounds. In her work, she is compassionate and empathic, and creates a warm, safe and supportive therapeutic framework to help individuals in their personal and emotional healing journey.


Marisol Urrutia, LMSW

Psychotherapist - murrutia@mtzcounseling.com

Marisol Urrutia, LMSW, is a New York State Licensed Master of Social Work. Ms Urrutia received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Boston College and her Master’s degree from the University of Texas, Austin. Ms Urrutia continues her post graduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Training Institute for Mental Health in New York City, as well as pursuing certification in teaching mindfulness, accredited by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association.

Ms Urrutia’s professional experience includes working in medical, academic and outpatient mental health settings. She has served a diverse clientele, providing support services and psychotherapy to adults, adolescents and couples. Ms Urrutia has worked with a wide range of presenting problems including life transitions, depression, anxiety, grief, substance use, relationship and workplace conflicts. Ms Urrutia’s integrates psychodynamic and mindfulness approaches, helping clients explore their inner worlds.

With curiosity, warmth and open-mindedness, Ms. Urrutia creates a safe space in which clients have the opportunity to identify and work through unrecognized self defeating patterns that often lead to feeling ‘stuck.’ She collaborates with clients to tailor each treatment based on each individual’s needs. Ms Urrutia works with clients in English and Spanish.