Our Approach

What we're thinking.

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We provide an integrative approach to mental health
that is holistic, attuned, relational.
 

We are collaborative, direct & engaged in the therapy process.

This therapeutic approach unites the therapist’s competence with your strengths in order to create change.
 

We think Holistically.

In treatment with us, you will join with the therapist to recognize your strengths and identify alternate possibilities in order to improve life as a whole: physically, emotionally, psychologically, socially, and spiritually.
 

We think relationally. 

Whether we meet with you individually, with your significant other, or with your entire family tree, we will treat you and address your struggles within the context of your larger world. 

 
 
 

Our Therapists

Who we are

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Dana M. Galante, MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Director & Supervisor

As the founder of CMFT, Dana opened up a solo-practice in 2005. Dana since expanded the practice and, as the Clinical Director and Supervisor, now enjoys leading a team of Licensed, Limited-Permit/Associate, and Intern therapists.  

Ms. Galante is a New York State licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Ms. Galante earned a Bachelors degree in Child Development/Family Relations and Psychology and a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from East Carolina University. Dana received further post-graduate training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, and Gottman Method.

Dana uses an integrated holistic approach in therapy including: Family Systems Theory, Bio-Psychosocial Model, Collaborative Language, Attachment Theory, and Mindfulness.

 
 
 
 
 

Tony Vilanova, MA, MS, MFT

Marriage and Family Therapy Associate

Tony Vilanova is a graduate of Mercy College in New York holding Masters degrees in Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy as well as completing a PhD and working toward certification as a Sex Therapist. He is a member of the New York Marriage and Family Therapy Network. As a therapist at Collaborative MFT, he has provided psychotherapy to individuals and couples since August 2016. Augmenting his clinical experience and Masters-level training, Tony also has experience conducting research in Biopsychology and progressive interventions for treatment-resistant PTSD patients. Mr. Vilanova has over a decade of mindfulness training and often incorporates these tools in session if the client feels comfortable doing so. His therapeutic approach frequently involves the use of models such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, emotionally-focused therapy, and solution-focused therapy. Mr. Vilanova seeks to create a safe environment for his clients and build a strong therapeutic alliance so that the work of self-exploration and healing can arise naturally and comfortably.

 
 
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Aleigh Huston-Lyons

Mental Health Counselor Intern

Aleigh Huston-Lyons is a Mental Health Counselor intern at CMFT. She is currently completing her Master of Arts in Counseling with Wake Forest University and is a Student Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and New York Marriage and Therapy Network. Aleigh has a warm, kind and energetic presence. She has a deep interest in untangling difficult relationship dynamics in order to reimagine what healthy and fulfilling relationships can look like in her clients’ lives. With a background working in the corporate world, she has significant experience navigating high-pressure career environments.

Her approach is human-centered, understanding that each individual comes to therapy experiencing a unique reality that may not match the perspectives of their significant others. Integrating systemic and emotionally-focused theories into her work, she partners with individuals and couples to gain genuine insight into themselves and their relationship patterns, collaborating to find new ways of understanding, appreciating and relating to one another in order to thrive as individuals and as a couple.

 

“Alumni” of Collaborative Marriage and Family Therapy

These therapists previously worked at CMFT and continue to do amazing things.

 
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Jelisha Gatling, MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Owner, Let’s Unpack Therapy

Ms. Gatling is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New York State. Ms. Gatling is a graduate of Mercy College in New York with a Masters degree in Marriage Family Therapy and is an active member of the New York Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. 

Ms. Gatling also has a background in the creative and performing arts.  She weaves that artistic passion with knowledge of human experience, as an added element, into her work as a therapist. 


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Marali Holder, MS, MFT

Marali Holder is a graduate of Mercy College, with an MA in Marriage and Family therapy. Marali currently works at Think Possible Marriage and Family Therapy, in Brooklyn NY. She specializes in helping individuals who experience anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. She also works with couples, increasing healthier communication and building closeness and connection.

Marali uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to help guide her clients toward their goals.