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The experienced, multi-disciplinary staff of St. Vincent's Behavioral Health Services offer services for children, adolescents and adults. Bilingual services in Spanish are available.

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Sharee Skalsky, LCSW, Program Director

Sharee Skalsky, LCSW, is the current program director of the St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Center. Prior to assuming the role of director at the BHC, Ms. Skalsky was the program director for the hospital-based clinic at the Harrison Campus.  She has 9 years of administrative experience and program oversight, and she is currently the clinical supervisor for the therapy staff. Ms. Skalsky has extensive training and experience in treating children, adolescents, young adults and adults that present with a variety of mental health and substance use issues, utilizing various evidence-based practices that include: several CBT models; behavioral/behavior modification; DBT; and interventions for ADHD that include social skills training and tools to address executive dysfunction. 


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Shama Saqi, M.D., Clinical Medical Director
Dr. Shama Saqi is the clinical medical director at St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Center.  She spent the early part of her life in many different countries. She considers herself an open-minded psychiatrist, who has been exposed to many different cultures, languages, and clinical scenarios.  She utilizes a person-centered approach in her work with patients.  She trained in a city hospital for her child fellowship at SUNY Downstate, where she was exposed to diagnostically diverse children. These experiences enabled her to develop skills that are proving to be invaluable in her current role at the behavioral health center. Realizing that patients with mental illness often have difficulty managing their medical problems, she also completed a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at Long Island Jewish Hospital. Dr. Saqi’s special interests include: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; depression; anxiety; co-occurring medical and mental health issues; and cross cultural psychiatry. She works with patients from age 6 through adulthood. She is also on staff at White Plains Hospital. She is dedicated to her patient's and strives to accomplish positive long term, interpersonal relationships with them and their families in order to achieve positive clinical outcomes.


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John Abreu, LMSW, Therapist, Behavioral Health Coordinator
John Abreu is a bilingual (Spanish), Licensed Master Social Worker, with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and families with a wide array of mental health issues. Mr. Abreu is the behavioral health coordinator and will serve as the liaison, accepting referrals from our partners and making the first contact with the patients. He utilizes evidence-based approaches tailored to the unique needs of each individual. His clinical perspective is significantly trauma-informed, with a special interest in using CBT, play therapy, and motivational interviewing.


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Jacklyn Bichara, LMSW, Therapist
Jacklyn Bichara is a Licensed Master Social Worker. Jacklyn has experience working with adults, adolescents and their families, individuals living with serious mental illness, co-occurring disorders and trauma. She utilizes a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach, tailored to meet the needs of each individual person. She is trained in evidence-based practices, including CBT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing. She has extensive experience with crisis intervention, case management, and assessment from previous experiences of working in emergency departments. 


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Shari Bispham Jacob, LMSW, Therapist
Shari Bispham Jacob is an experienced Licensed Master Social Worker. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults, with anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, adjustment disorders, co-occurring disorders, and trauma. She uses a CBT approach when indicated, and she uses evidence-based interventions for children and adolescents. She previously worked in an integrated health care setting, providing therapy to individuals, families and groups,


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Richard Langone, M.D., Psychiatrist
Dr. Langone has been working as a community psychiatrist in White Plains for over 15 years.  He is a bilingual (Spanish) psychiatrist that provides psychopharmacological interventions for patients with chronic mental health issues and for monolingual Spanish speaking patients.  He is committed to treating those with chronic mental health issues and has dedicated much of his career and work to this population. 


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Mary Pacquette, LCSW, Therapist

Mary Paquette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with more than 25 years of clinical experience. She has extensive experience with a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities and has worked with diverse populations having a wide range of diagnoses. Ms. Paquette’s highly collaborative treatment approach is derived from clinical experience in combination with training. Her clinical perspective is trauma-informed, with a special interest in working with adults and individuals impacted by a cancer diagnosis and in providing end of life counseling.  


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Natalia Martinez Muniz Potter, MSW, Therapist
Natalia Martinez Munoz Potter earned her degree in psychology from the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and her MSW at the University of Pennsylvania. While in graduate school, she completed her internships at the Outpatient Psychiatry Center of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Counseling and Psychological Services of the University of Pennsylvania. Much of Natalia’s clinical and outreach work has focused on Multicultural issues, Mindfulness, DBT, and the well-being of clients who are immigrants and sexual minorities. Natalia is the recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award from the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work and the Multicultural Concerns Fellowship from the American Psychological Association (Division 39).


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Amy Ruppman, LMHC, CASAC, Therapist
Amy Ruppmann is an experienced Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. She specializes in working with co-occurring patients and those living with a serious mental illness. She has worked in various hospital settings and outpatient programs, with individuals and groups. She uses a person-centered approach, combined with evidence-based interventions tailored to fit the unique needs of each individual.


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Michael Russell, LMSW, Therapist
Michael Russell is a Licensed Master Social Worker with expertise in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults, utilizing individual, group, and family therapy. He is trained in evidence-based practices, including CBT, DBT, ABA, Behavioral/Behavior Modification, Parent skill training, play therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Mr. Russell has particular experience working with trauma, children with spectrum disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and individuals living with serious mental illness.