Christopher Villani

Christopher Villani is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor who is an expert in treating anxiety disorders, bipolar affective disorder, depression, trauma and PTSD, and Borderline Personality Disorder.  Christopher has had an extensive experience in work with people of different ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds.  He has conducted individual, couple, family, and group therapy and developed a specialty of working with LGBTQ population. Christopher has been trained in a variety of treatment approaches, including Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing,  Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Mindfulness.  Due to Christopher’s strong belief that integrative treatment approach leads to most successful outcomes, he individualizes his approach to treatment of every client and tailors treatment to the specific issues that bring people to therapy.  Some of the integrative strategies include resolving childhood conflicts that contribute to present difficulties, modifying and changing negative thoughts and behavior patterns, cultivating resilience, and empowering people so that they can confidently move forward.

ACADEMIC TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Christopher Villani, LMHC, M.A. began his academic training by earning a Bachelor of Arts  in Psychology from Mercy College. He completed his internship at The Guidance Center of Westchester as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor where he worked with individuals, groups, and communities to improve mental health. He encouraged clients to experience and discuss emotions and examine issues including substance abuse, aging, bullying, anger management, depression, relationships, self-image, stress, and suicide.  Christopher worked with families and helped clients improve insight, define goals, and plan action. He developed therapeutic processes and collaborated with other disciplines when it was necessary.

In the year 2016 Christopher received a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University and had spent the following 5 years working as a Recovery Counselor at the Mosaic Mental Health Center in the Bronx, NY.   There he collaborated with an interdisciplinary medical team, including psychiatrists, case managers, counselors, and nurse practitioners in determining appropriate interventions and coordinating patient care.

In 2017, Christopher joined a team of psychotherapists at the Karen Horney Center and Upper Manhattan Psychology in New York City, where he conducted comprehensive behavioral health and psychosocial assessments, developed treatment plans in accordance with goals of each client, and provided psychotherapy to people with a wide range of mental disorders.
In 2019, Christopher started to work as a Behavioral Health Clinician at the Cove Care Center, Carmel, New York where he provided weekly psychotherapy to culturally diverse caseload of adults and adolescents, facing a range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, and psychosocial stressors. There, he also completed training in evidence-based treatment modalities, including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Problem-Solving Therapy, Mindfulness, DBT, and Behavioral activation.

Currently,  Christopher sees patients in private practice for psychotherapy, conducts individual, couples, and family sessions, and offers groups on an as needed  basis.  One of Christopher’s focuses is also to promote mental health in the LGBTQ community. He wants his clients to know that he emotionally connects with people while they encounter and settle difficult feelings in a safe and welcoming environment. He acknowledges the mind’s and body’s natural capacity to heal. Chasing sensations in one’s body allows people to accept their feelings more profoundly, eventually allowing them to forget their old stories for a new experience. Christopher focuses on making sure that his clients feel comfortable and all of their questions get answered to the best possible ability.  He helps his clients articulate what is getting on the way, identify measurable markers of personal progress, and move forward with their lives.

SERVICES

  1. Individual Psychotherapy
  2. Family Therapy
  3. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  4. Gestalt Therapy
  5. Motivational Interviewing
  6. Couples Therapy
  7. Group Therapy
  8. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  9. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Specialties

  1. Anxiety Disorders
  2. Bipolar Affective Disorder
  3. Depression
  4. Borderline Personality Disorder
  5. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  6. LGBTQ
  7. Grief and Bereavement



Education and Professional Affiliations

  1. Associates Health Science – Westchester Community College
  2. Karen Horney Clinic
  3. B.S. Psychology – Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY
  4. Alma Mental Health Organization
  5. M.A. Mental Health Counseling – Long Island University
  6. Internship: SUNY LGBTQ Community Center