Our Story begins back in 1999. As two young women, fresh out of graduate school, we embarked on our careers in the mental health field. We met at P.S. 188 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With the support of our host agency, Partnership with Children, we worked to support the children and families, teachers and school administrators of Public School 188. We dedicated ourselves to combatting the effects and influences of drugs, violence, poverty, and marginalization on children’s ability to learn.
Over the next few years, our individual work with children and families, and our group projects in classrooms throughout the school, helped to foster and strengthen a foundation of emotional safety and well-being from which children and parents could learn and thrive.
Nearly 20 years later, as professional colleagues, spiritual sisters, and now as the founders of Lotus Psychotherapy, we remain aligned in the roots of our professional orientation, our hopes for our patients, and our core belief that resiliency is inherent to the human experience.
Nina Chaifetz, LCSW-R is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University in 1995. She is also a Certified Holistic Health Counselor, a Certified Gestalt Therapist and a SoulCollage® Facilitator. Over the last 20 years, she has worked in a variety of settings with both children and adults. Currently, she maintains a private practice in NYC and in White Plains, NY where she works with adults individually and in couples. She has an integrative approach and incorporates mindfulness, nutrition and lifestyle considerations to create healthier emotional and physical well-being. She loves to travel, enjoys nature, and spending quality time with her friends and family.
Robin Friedman, LCSW-R is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her graduate degree from Hunter College School of Social Work in 1996. Over the past 20 years, she has worked with people of all ages, from children and adolescents to adults and older persons, individually and in groups. Additionally, Robin is a Certified Gestalt Therapist and a Certified EMDR practitioner. As an EMDR practitioner, Robin specializes in helping survivors work through traumatic events. Robin incorporates mindfulness skills teaching as part of her work with individuals and groups, and continues to infuse her own life with mindfulness techniques. Robin loves to spend time with her family and her dog, as well as hike and garden, and give of her time volunteering in her community.
Our Growing Team
Nicole Wagner, LCSW, CPD (DONA) has spent nearly 20 years working with children and families as a Social Worker and most recently as a Certified Postpartum Doula. As a Doula, Nicole provides non-judgmental postpartum support and nurturing to new families. Nicole finds it extremely gratifying to be able to guide and nurture women as she knows that her support can ease minds and hearts during the first few weeks postpartum. Nicole received her Masters degree in Social Work from Hunter College in 1998, and prior to her doula work, spent years as a school-based Social Worker for Partnership with Children. There, Nicole created curriculum and led programs to support the social and emotional growth of children. Born and raised in the Midwest, Nicole has lived in the Hudson Valley with her husband and two daughters for 15 years.
Archana Arora, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her graduate degree from Stony Brook School of Social Work in 2005. Over the past 13 years,Archana has worked with people from various backgrounds and of all ages. Born and raised in India, Archana grew up practicing mindfulness on a daily basis. She is passionate about women’s empowerment and works from a strength-based approach. Archana facilitates new ways of coping and finding happiness through a combination of clinical, holistic and mindful practices. Her work combines psychotherapy with mindfulness tools to achieve desired results and restore mind-body-soul harmony. Archana loves to dance, meditate, travel and spend time with her family.