Rosalyn’s interest in the field of psychology began when she interned at The Center for HIV Education Studies and Training (CHEST) in 2011 while obtaining her dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Creative Writing at CUNY Hunter College. She was exposed to public health research as well as Motivational Interviewing as an intervention to improve the quality of life for those diagnosed with HIV and struggling with a substance abuse disorder. Rosalyn was then formally trained in Motivational Interviewing quality assurance and improvement. Her time at CHEST inspired her to explore options after graduating from CUNY Hunter College.
Rosalyn got accepted to the CUNY Baruch Master of Arts graduate program in Mental Health Counseling in 2013. During her first year in graduate school she interned at Counseling in Schools to reduce absenteeism and improve psychosocial outcomes in underprivileged children in the Department of Education public schools. From that experience, Rosalyn gained insight into the family dynamics impacted by social economic injustices and how racial biases negatively affect children of color. She provided emotional support and identified appropriate resources to families struggling to keep their children engaged in school. In 2014 Rosalyn obtained an internship at Addiction Care Interventions (ACI), which is in an Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Outpatient Clinic that provides substance abuse treatment to adolescents and adults. At ACI, Rosalyn provided evidence based therapies to a variety of clients and became interested in Mindfulness as it relates to substance abuse treatment. She worked with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, personality disorders and severe mental illness alongside their substance abuse disorder. She was connected with clients for alternatives to incarceration treatment, as well as clients who were formerly incarcerated and working towards obtaining gainful employment and permanent housing. She worked closely with a multidisciplinary team including social workers, CASACs, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners. She developed the first meditation therapy group at ACI, was hired before graduating from her master’s program and became a supervisor of the internship program. She completed a 300 hour Meditation Teacher Training with MNDFL, received her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Baruch College in 2015 and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Creative Writing from Hunter College in 2013.
In 2016, Rosalyn was asked to work at Shiloh Consulting, LLC which is an Office of Mental Health Clinic treating clients who were recently released from prison for sexual offending. There Rosalyn worked primarily through the Stages of Change treatment lens and offered individual and group therapy to adolescents and adults who have had contact with the criminal justice system for a sexual based crime. As she did at ACI, Rosalyn developed the first meditation therapy group at Shiloh Consulting, LLC. In both substance abuse and mental health settings she was able to work with mild to severe mental health diagnoses in underserved populations mostly comprised of minority clients. Topics such as racial identity and discrimination trauma were often the center of therapy sessions.
Rosalyn became licensed in 2017 and was asked to work at CAMBA in a Medicaid Redesign Team Supportive Housing program offering brief clinical interventions to clients. She led a team of 7 case managers and offered services to 108 severely mentally ill clients. Rosalyn found that working in supportive housing was an important step in addressing the housing crisis in NYC. In 2018 Rosalyn joined Mind Wellness Psychological Services, due to her interest in providing psychotherapy in a private practice setting. She has been working with clients suffering from anxiety and depression disorders, eating disorders, bereavement, racial identity conflicts, and relationship issues. Rosalyn integrates Mindfulness, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Motivational Interviewing, and CBT therapies to treat her clients. Since 2019, Rosalyn has also been working at The Doe Fund in a Human Resources Administration funded Supportive Housing program as a clinical director. Currently, she is supervising a team of 4 Social Workers and CASACs providing services to 74 mentally ill clients living with HIV.
Rosalyn specializes in using mindfulness in conjunction with Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectic Behavioral, Acceptance and Commitment, and Motivational Interviewing modalities. She obtained her formal certification in mindfulness through MNDFL. Rosalyn was certified with a 300 hour meditation instructor certification that resulted in her spending one week in complete meditative silence in a Berkshire retreat center. She was able to gain insight into the spirituality behind the intervention and also deepened her practice. She has used her expertise to provide 30-45 minute meditation classes through MNDFL and in corporate settings to individuals and/or groups.
In private practice, Rosalyn utilizes Mindfulness along with Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectic Behavioral Therapies to help people manage depression and anxiety, cope with stress, improve self-awareness, and make positive changes in their lives. Rosalyn’s experience in Motivational Interviewing and CBT has helped many people resolve their insecurities and uncertainties that held them back from changing maladaptive habits and behaviors. Rosalyn enjoys working with a diverse population of people. Her approach promotes personal growth and permanent changes that lead to a more fulfilling life.