Turning Point
719 West Nyack Road
Suite 40
West Nyack, NY 10994
845.353.2300
Our Team at Turning Point
Laurie Cargulia

Laurie Cargulia, LCSW

Laurie received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University. In addition, she completed a Specialization in Children and their Families certification. Laurie’s early years were spent as an Assistant Supervisor at St. Agatha’s Residential Center where she worked with emotionally disturbed children. Her later experience working in the East Ramapo Central School District and as a Clinical Social Worker at Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center (RCPC) offered her the opportunity to work in a diverse environment of adolescents with an extensive degree of challenges. Her work with high-risk behaviors, trauma, depression, anxiety and self-harm have given her the ability to identify factors that inhibit a person’s growth. Laurie is experienced in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). While at RCPC she launched a self esteem group which focused on depression and trauma. Laurie has experience in individual, group and family therapy. She believes in a strength-based eclectic approach and works with her clients to enhance their core sense of self.

 


Patrice Carrieri

Patrice Carrieri, LCSW

Patrice received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University. Her experience at West Bergen Mental Healthcare and Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center (RCPC) exposed her to various diagnoses inflicting children, adults and their families. She has gained experience working with Asperger teens in a group setting, as well as high risk adolescents struggling with depression and anxiety. During Patrice’s employment as a Clinical Social Worker at RCPC she continued treating teens with high risk behaviors, trauma, depression and anxiety, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). At RCPC, she pioneered a cooking group to foster life skills as well as a self esteem group for teens challenged with depression, eating disorder and trauma. Patrice uses a preventative intervention approach to provide teens, adults and families with tools to manage struggles and obstacles throughout their life-cycle.

 


Stuart Mandell

Stuart Mandell, CASAC

Stu holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Empire State College and is a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). He has more than 25 years experience as a mental health professional. Stu spent 15 years as Senior Addictions Counselor at New York Presbyterian Hospital, on the inpatient Addiction/Dual Diagnosis Unit. He began his career coordinating treatment, prevention and referral for children and adolescents in the NYC foster care system. Stu is a substance abuse specialist and has worked in many different settings including inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospital. He is an experienced individual therapist and group facilitator. Stu has provided these services to a variety of populations including adolescents, adults and seniors. He is trained in CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing. Stu utilizes a variety of techniques to tailor treatment that is most effective to meet the specific needs of each client.

 


Lora Mattiaccio

Lora Mattiaccio, LCSW-R

Lora received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University. She has 28 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families in residential, inpatient and outpatient settings. Lora was responsible for creating and implementing a program at West Bergen Mental Healthcare in North New Jersey targeting those struggling with ADHD. She also worked with children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder while at West Bergen. She is currently a clinical social worker at Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center where she works with a challenging client population. This includes adolescents with suicidal and self-injurious behaviors along with depression, anxiety, aggression and psychoses. She has extensive experience in both family and group therapy and has been a staunch school advocate, helping parents navigate the special education system to obtain the services their child needs. Lora is an intensively trained Dialectical Behavioral Therapist (DBT) working with adolescents and adults both in individual and group settings. Lora has been certified to supervise both master level and post graduate social workers.

 


Jessica Nobile

Jessica Nobile, LCSW

Jessica received her MSW from Fordham Graduate School of Social Services. Her previous experience includes working with children in the foster care system through Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and high-risk adolescents and families struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety and substance abuse at Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center. Jessica’s work includes assisting people in coping with life transitions that lead to or exacerbate anxiety and depression and issues related to infertility and postpartum depression/anxiety. Jessica’s treatment approach allows clients to move from past struggles to embrace the ‘here and now’ to help them move forward in the healing process. In addition to working at Turning Point, Jessica currently holds per diem positions at Nyack Hospital conducting psychiatric assessment and evaluation in the emergency department and on Rockland Paramedic Service’s Behavioral Health Response Team (BHRT) as a mobile mental health clinician.

 


Dawn Serrano

Dawn Serrano, LMSW

Dawn Serrano received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University. Her experience at Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center (RCPC), Birchwood School, and Astor Child and Adolescent Clinic provided her with knowledge and experience in working with individuals with diverse diagnoses. Dawn’s experience includes crisis intervention and working with individuals with high risk behaviors, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Dawn’s work gives her a unique perspective of helping people of all ages to facilitate positive change. While at RCPC Dawn participated in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) groups. In addition, Dawn has utilized Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Play Therapy. Her focus for treatment when working with clients is strength based. Dawn helps to empower her clients by utilizing different modalities of treatment centered on the individuals specific needs.Every person's needs are different and Dawn’s experience has helped her recognize that individuals need help finding their inner strength which in turn enables them to feel empowered.

 

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