The Developers of Feelings School
Lissa Kenney, LCSW Rachel Schiller, LCSW
Lissa Kenney, LCSW and Rachel Schiller, LCSW met in graduate school and have maintained a close working relationship over the past 20 years. Lissa Kenney, LCSW is the developer of Feelings School, which she created over the course of her career with children and families. Building on her experience as a child therapist in a partial hospitalization program and her subsequent training in multiple evidence-based trauma treatments for children and adults, Lissa has used both cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment therapy, and play therapy principles to develop her unique and creative approach to short-term treatment for children.
In 2018, Rachel joined Lissa in expanding and continuing to develop Feelings School. Rachel brings significant experience to her work with children and families. She is currently in private practice, utilizing multiple evidence based treatments for children and adults. 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 children and families. Therapy is a powerful tool that can build and deepen connection and understanding between parent and child. She believes that this experience can be healing, skill-building, and fun!
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.
With kindness, curiosity, and creativity, Sarah seeks to support children and parents as they develop a deeper understanding of their experiences, explore big feelings, learn effective coping skills, and build resiliency as a family.
Martha Lee, LCSW
Martha has over 18 years of experience as a social worker in New York City public schools working with pre-K, elementary, middle and high school students and their caregivers. 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 in her work and believes that the relationship that she builds with the child and their parents, and their input, is invaluable. She is delighted to bring her joy with working with children and their caregivers to Feelings School.
Sophie Bedaña, LMSW
Sophie is a strengths-based therapist for youth and families who has training and practice experience in several therapeutic modalities, including CBT, play therapy, and trauma-informed care. 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 parents and children.
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.
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.