Feelings Work Directors
Lissa Kenney, LCSW Rachel Schiller, LCSW
Lissa Kenney, LCSW has been in private practice in Brooklyn Heights since 2012. She uses her extensive experience as a child therapist in a partial hospitalization program and her subsequent clinical supervisory experience at Safe Horizon where she was trained in multiple evidence-based trauma treatments for children and adults. Over the course of the past decade, she has worked with adults and children using a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches including Trauma-informed treatment, IFS, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy and Family Systems approaches. As part of her private practice, Lissa conceptualized Feelings School, to meet the need for short-term, skills-focused, family-involved treatment.
In 2018, Rachel Schiller, LCSW joined Lissa in expanding and continuing to develop Feelings School. Rachel brings significant experience to her work with adults, children and families. She is currently in private practice with adults and children, utilizing multiple evidence based treatments including Gestalt Therapy, EMDR, and IFS. Rachel is also a Master Trainer at the Yale Child Study Center in the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI). In this role, Rachel trains and provides consultation with child trauma clinicians nationally and abroad. Rachel also previously was the Senior Clinical Director at Safe Horizon (the nation’s largest victim’s assistance agency) where she provided training and supervision to therapists working with children, adults, and families who experienced interpersonal violence.
The warmth, enthusiasm, sense of humor, and experience with children that both Lissa and Rachel bring to their work create safe spaces for the full expression of thoughts and feelings.
Feelings School Clinicians
Sarah Cantler, LMSW
Sarah is deeply passionate about working with adults, children and families. With kindness, curiosity, and creativity, Sarah seeks to support adults and children as they develop a deeper understanding of their experiences, explore emotional reactions, learn effective coping skills, and build resiliency and connection in relationships. Sarah is committed to creating a therapeutic space that is healing, skill-building, and collaborative.
During her graduate studies, Sarah completed a yearlong training through the Child Trauma Program at Silberman School of Social Work in partnership with the National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network, and specialized in Child Parent Psychotherapy, an evidenced-based intervention model for children ages 0-5, and their parents.
Martha Lee, LCSW
Martha currently works with adults and children in private practice. She has over 18 years of experience as a social worker in New York City. She is a warm and engaged therapist who brings enthusiasm and a sense of humor to the therapeutic environment. Working from a strengths-based, collaborative perspective, she creates a safe and open space and believes that the relationship that she builds with the client is invaluable. Martha has extensive experience working in NYC public schools with pre-K, elementary, middle and high school students and their caregivers. She is delighted to bring her joy with working with adults, children and their caregivers to Feelings Work.
Sophie Bedaña, LMSW
Sophie is a strengths-based therapist for adults, youth and families. She has training and practice experience in several therapeutic modalities, including CBT, play therapy, and trauma-focused treatment. With a background in music, Sophie believes in the value of creative and expressive therapies as well as more traditional techniques. Her holistic approach to psychotherapy focuses on establishing a playful, collaborative, and secure relationship with her clients.
Sophie attended Silberman School of Social Work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequently provided community-based therapeutic support to children, teens, and families at a nonprofit agency. She works from an anti-racist lens and is LGBTQ+ affirming.
Eden Schwartz, LMSW
Eden believes in the endless potential for creativity, communication, curiosity, and compassion to create a healing space for adults, children and families. In her work as both a school social worker and music and theater educator, she has honed her ability to foster an inclusive and joyful therapeutic environment.
Eden completed her social work education at Silberman School of Social Work and holds an additional masters degree in Theatre Education from New York University. She has been trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Restorative Circles and operates with an inclusive, anti-racist, and trauma-informed lens, bringing her love of the creative arts to everything she does.
When not working with kids and families she can be found playing the banjo and walking around Brooklyn with her dog, Lady.
Kristin Mensing, LCSW
Kristin has been living and working with children & families in Brooklyn since 1989. She has worked in a variety of settings including foster care, inpatient adolescent psychiatry, community preventive services and school social work/counseling (in both public and private schools). For 8 years, Kristin was also an Early Childhood educator with young children in Park Slope. Currently she is working as an Early Childhood Social Worker for the NYC DOE. After learning about the Feelings School curriculum, and finding it to be a best-practice compilation of research-based interventions and supports for children and their families, Kristin enthusiastically joined the Feelings School practice in the Spring of 2021.
Kristin is a warm, compassionate and creative therapist who works from a strength-based perspective. She enjoys finding ways to connect and engage with children through play and creative exploration/expression. Kristin believes in the value of developing relationships; and working closely and collaboratively with parents. Kristin appreciates the opportunity to help children learn about themselves and their big feelings; help families understand how children experience and express feelings; and together reach new insights and find strategies to strengthen family connection and communication.
Mary Castillejos, LCSW
In addition to an MSW, Mary holds a master’s degree in Infant & Parent Development from Bank Street Graduate School and has received extensive post-graduate training on early childhood and maternal mental health.
Parenting a young child can bring great delight and satisfaction, and also present isolation, bewilderment and depression. Mary aims to help parents & children increase joy in their connection, reduce challenging behaviors, get more sleep, navigate power struggles, and find healing after a traumatic experience.
Her office is in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Lisa Ruesch, LCSW
Lisa practices with warmth and curiosity; she loves to play. She has worked with infants, toddlers, children, and families of all races, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identifications addressing issues such as developmental delays, anxiety, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, depression, and trauma.
Lisa has six years of post-graduate education that includes advanced training in evidence-based and trauma-informed therapeutic models. She has provided clinical supervision and training to therapists working with toddlers and children with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disorders.
Lisa’s practice draws upon the analytic rigor and diligence that she used in her previous career as an attorney.
As experts in child psychotherapy, the Feelings School team is invested in helping your child and family gain relief from pain, cope with life’s stress, and move toward your goals.