Heather Gay has worked at the Ali Forney Center since 2007, providing services to homeless LGBTQ youth, aged 16-24. Heather began at Ali Forney as the Mental Health Specialist, providing direct-care mental health services. Currently, she is the Deputy Executive Director of Programs, overseeing all mental health, drop-in, and housing program services.
Heather received her Master’s in Social Work from New York University in 2007. Additionally, Heather completed a two-year psychotherapy training program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and she is an Adjunct Professor in the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, as well as NYU.
Ines Gonzalez is a LCSW graduate from NYU Silver School of Social Work and is a Licensed Psychoanalyst graduate from the Harlem Family Psychoanalytic Institute. In her career that spans for more than twenty years, Ms. Gonzalez has worked as a private practitioner, an administrator and a clinical supervisor . She has done extensive trainings and strategic planning for several agencies including Good Shepherd Services Training Institute and Planned Parenthood. In her leadership role for the New York State Chapter of the North American Family Institute, she helped to create evidence-based programming and wraparound services for Westchester County youth previously served in restrictive residential settings. As the founding Family Center Director at Neighbor’s Link, a community center for immigrant families in Mt. Kisco, NY, she oversaw several programs for youth and for families with children of all ages. Currently, Ms. Gonzalez works for the NYC Department of Education and is an adjunct at Columbia University's School of Social Work.
Melissa Goodman, LCSW, serves as the clinical supervisor of the Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention (SAVI) Program. She also provides short-term psychotherapy at Mount Sinai Queens in Astoria to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and commercial sexual exploitation. A trauma specialist, Melissa earned her Master’s Degree in social work at New York University in 1994. She cut her social work teeth at Elmhurst Hospital in emergency psychiatry by working on a mobile crisis unit before transitioning to SAVI in 2000. She subsequently earned a certificate as a Geriatric Scholar, and one in Executive Leadership in the Not-For-Profit Sector. She received a Declaration of Honor from Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall for “exemplary leadership” in raising awareness and improving services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their families in October, 2010. More recently, she was awarded the 2016 Woman of the Year award by The Zonta Club of Greater Queens.
Melissa transitioned to social work after a successful career as a medical writer/editor. She earned her first master’s degree in journalism (science communication) from Boston University. In that career, she traveled around the world covering medical conventions and reporting on developments in medicine. She won the Vincent Downing Award for Excellence in Medical Communications and ended that career as a Vice President and Editorial Director.
As an adjunct assistant professor at the Silver School of Social Work, Melissa teaches “Clinical Practice with Survivors of Intimate Partner violence.”
Susan Goodman, LCSW has worked with children, adolescents and adults for more than 28 years, in private practice, schools, and hospitals. She maintains a private practice in Westport, CT and NYC and is an Adjunct Lecturer in the NYU Silver School of Social Work where she teaches about Parent/Child Work.
Certified in the psychoanalytic treatment of children and adolescents from The Post Graduate Institute and Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies, she has extensive training and expertise in concurrent parent-child psychotherapy, individual work with tweens, teens and young adults, and in trauma-informed play therapy.
Ms. Goodman is most informed by developmental theory, and trained in other modalities that bring about mind/body integration. Areas of clinical focus include trauma, loss, identity development and relationship issues, interplay between culture and identity, perfectionism, and all forms of anxiety and depression.
Ms. Goodman earned her MSW at NYU Graduate School of Social Work and an MSJ at Northwestern’s Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, she served as the middle school counselor at Rye Country Day School and as Senior Consultant to ChildFirst, where she trained and supervised clinical directors and their teams in Trauma-Informed Parent-Child Psychotherapy.
Dr. Lena Green, DSW, LCSW, CLC serves as the Deputy Director in the Office of Substance Use Policy, Planning and Monitoring at the NYC Department of Social Services. As a clinical social worker, psychotherapist and fatherhood practitioner,
Dr. Green has over 15 years of direct clinical practice with families.
Her areas of expertise include fatherhood, child-parent psychotherapy, attachment and perinatal mood disorders. Dr. Green is devoted to promoting open dialogue around the destigmitazation of father absence, mental health in men and ensuring that all children have access to both parents in a safe co-parenting environment. Dr. Green’s work explores risk factors for developing perinatal depression, experiences of young fathers and the impact on paternal involvement and family dynamics.
Dr. Green holds a DSW and MSW from NYU, a BA in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and several post-masters certificates from Hunter College, NYU and Columbia University.