Welcome to
Balance Mental Health Counseling

“Let us guide you or a loved one towards a positive change.”

– Tanairy Fernandez

Play Therapy

Searching for a therapist that provides play therapy to children? Look no further. Click here to read about the services we can offer your child.

Toys are the child’s words.” – APT

Individual Therapy

Looking for a confidential space to talk about your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors? Click here to learn more about the counseling services we offer.

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers

Maternal Mental Health

We specialize in perinatal depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders in the pregnancy and postpartum period.

Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined.” – Dr. Seuss


The Balance Mental Health Counseling (Balance MHC) practice was founded on the basis of expanding mental health services to the communities of Long Island. We pride ourselves in having diverse mental health professionals, extensive clinical training in areas of specializations, and using evidence based treatment to witness improvements in our clients.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reported that in 2017 an estimated 46.6 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with Any Mental Illness (AMI) 1. Only 42.6% received treatment 1. As for youth ages 13 to 18, reported that 49.5% had any mental disorder 2. Balance MHC is compelled in an effort to help people strengthen their mental health.


1. Merikangas KR, He JP, Burstein M, Swanson SA, Avenevoli S, Cui L, Benjet C, Georgiades K, Swendsen J. Lifetime prevalence of mental disorders in U.S. adolescents: results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication–Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A). J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2010 Oct;49(10):980-9. PMID: 20855043

2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2018). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 18-5068, NSUDH Series H-53). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/cbhsq-reports/NSDUHFFR2017/NSDUHFFR2017.pdf



Tanairy Fernandez, MS.Ed, LMHC, NCC, PMH-C


Tanairy Fernandez is a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in Anxiety and Depressive Disorders. Tanairy has extensive experience counseling clients with Anxiety, Panic Attacks, OCD, Depression, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (Pregnancy and postpartum), and Adjustment to life changes. Tanairy treats children, adolescents, and adults. She has a clinical background in Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) with a focus on Mindfulness and Play therapy. She provides a warm and welcoming environment to all clients to feel comfortable, and safe to talk about their personal concerns. Her goal with providing counseling is to increase clients level of personal understanding through their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In addition to her full time practice she is a volunteer for the Postpartum Support International (PSI) Spanish Helpline. She serves as a Clinical supervisor for the Graduate Mental Health Counseling internship program.

Dr. Tyce Nadrich, LMHC, ACS, NCC

Coordinator of Clinical Training

Dr. Tyce Nadrich is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (NY), Board Certified Counselor (NCC), and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). He currently serves as the Coordinator of Clinical Training and specializes in providing services for adolescents and adults working through racial ambiguity, biracial identity development, and the intersection of social and mental health issues and racial identity. He also provides services to fathers challenged with paternal postpartum depression, and has extensive experience working with clients with depression, anxiety, and difficulties adjusting and coping. His goal is to provide a warm, welcoming, and culturally competence counseling environment, and assist clients in their development of wellness, stability, and self-sufficiency. He is also a full-time professor at Molloy College’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in Rockville Centre.

Tatiana McLean, MS, LMHC

Consulting Supervisor

Tatiana McLean is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in Anxiety and Trauma. Tatiana has extensive experience counseling clients with Trauma, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, ADHD, OCD and life transitions. Tatiana treats children, adolescents, and adults. Her practice includes a Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) approach with a focus on Mindfulness and includes Play Therapy. Tatiana also has experience in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF_CBT) and Prolonged Exposure Therapy. Her goal is to help each client to develop effective coping strategies and achieve goals for healthier behaviors, choices, and relationships. Tatiana provides a welcoming, collaborative, empowering, and humoristic environment to all clients to feel comfortable and safe to express their whole self, speak their truth, and to grow from within. Tatiana believes that therapy is a time to learn about oneself, and to apply the skills learned in therapy to the outside world.

Cindy Aguirre, MS.Ed, MHC-LP

Affiliated Counselor

Cindy Aguirre is a bilingual, graduate Mental Health Counseling intern. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at St. John’s University. Cindy has professional experience working with adults in various settings and populations. Aside from her studies, Cindy works with young adults and adults providing assistance with behavioral and emotional health, family issues, overall wellness, and other life challenges. She is passionate about assisting those in need and ensuring that everyone receives the guidance and support they deserve to move forward in their life. Cindy looks forward to continuing her journey of establishing her counselor identity, with an emphasis in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a Person Centered approach.

Angelica McQuade, MS, CASAC-T, MHC-LP

Affiliated Counselor

Angelica McQuade is a Mental Health Counselor with a limited permit and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee (CASAC-T) in Long Island, NY. Angelica recognizes every individual requires a unique therapeutic approach, thus she utilizes a person centered approach with cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques. Angelica has experience counseling clients with depression, anxiety, life changes and substance use. She is passionate about providing a comfortable space for clients to work towards their best version of themselves. Her goal with therapy is to create a comfortable atmosphere where clients could  become more self aware and process stressors that may be self-limiting. Additionally, Angelica is employed full time at an inpatient psychiatric hospital.

Darcy Barillas, MS, LMHC

Affiliated Counselor

Darcy Barillas is a bilingual Mental Health Counselor in Long Island, New York. She specializes in counseling adolescents and young adults, and has experience with counseling those who struggle with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Self-harm, and new life transitions. Darcy has a background in a psychodynamic approach to help others gain valuable insight to their past, as well as a background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help others live a more fulfilling life while teaching healthy new coping skills. She is also a full-time school-based Therapist at Nassau BOCES Middle School.

Gisela Rivera, MS, MHC-LP

Affiliated Counselor

Gisela Rivera is a bilingual (Spanish/English) Mental Health Counselor in Long Island, NY. She specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults to help manage life changes and to learn how to cope with stress, anxiety, depression and to promote healing. With a Humanistic or Person Centered approach, the focus of treatment will be supporting the client’s work towards their full potential. Gisela is also a Higher Education Officer for a CUNY college.

Gisela Rivera es una consejera bilingüe (español / inglés) de salud mental en Long Island, Nueva York. Se especializa en trabajar con niños, adolescentes y adultos para ayudar a controlar los cambios en la vida y aprender a lidiar con el estrés, la ansiedad, la depresión y promover la curación. Con un enfoque humanista o centrado en la persona, el enfoque del tratamiento será apoyar el trabajo del cliente hacia su máximo potencial. Gisela también es Oficial de Educación Superior en una Universidad de CUNY.

Kaitlin Phelps, MS

Graduate Mental Health Counseling Intern

Kaitlin Phelps has always had an interest in understanding why people do the things they do, and how she can help them in making choices and taking actions to improve their lives. Kaitlin is currently a graduate Mental Health Counseling intern, pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northwestern University. She has a focus in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic counseling, and Mindfulness. Kaitlin has a passion for working with anxiety, depression, peri- and postnatal counseling, LGBTQ+ individuals, intimate relationships, and family relationships. She believes that everyone can find fulfillment in their lives and wants to help you on your path to exploring and overcoming the things that get in your way. Overall, she seeks to support individuals on their journey to greater wellness through creating a safe, welcoming, and collaborative therapeutic environment.


Therapy sessions are goal-directed, future focused, and client centered. Each session promotes a time to learn about oneself, and how to apply the skills learned in therapy to the outside world. The therapeutic orientations practiced are Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT), Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), and Mindfulness therapy.

Therapy is also available in Spanish and Creole!

Individual and Family therapy is available for Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, and Adults. Balanced Mental Health Counseling provides psychotherapy for the following concerns:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Adjustment concerns
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Perinatal Mental Health (pregnancy and postpartum)
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Perimenopause
  • Menopause
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma
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Counseling services are available to children and adolescents ages 6 to 18 years old. Both groups are faced with many daily challenges such as coping with concentration, anger outburst, social development, peer pressure, fears, worries, behavioral issues, and lack of self-image. To engage our children clients we provide Behavioral therapy with a combination of Play therapy. Children clients enjoy Play therapy because it makes them feel like the counselor has entered into their world, while allowing the counselor to understand the child’s behaviors and feelings. For our adolescent clients we focus on CBT. Through CBT adolescents will learn how their thinking impacts their feelings and behaviors. In addition to individual treatment we suggest Family therapy in order to receive the most effective outcome.

Counseling services are available to young adults’ ages 18 to 35 years old. During this period in adulthood one may experience difficult life changes which can cause Anxiety, Depression, stress, relationship conflict, career/college challenges, and Adjustment disorders. We focus on using CBT, SFBT, and Mindfulness orientations to treat young adults. As a young adult, life can get complicated. We are here to help through this difficult transition.

We provide services to adults struggling with issues affecting their daily functioning. Adulthood comes with its unique set of challenges. We are here to help with easing transition like parenthood, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (prenatal and postpartum), relationship changes, loss, and retirement. Our therapeutic orientations for treating adults are CBT and Mindfulness.


COVID-19 Notice: In office sessions temporarily suspended.

In Office

The office space at Balance MHC is located in a quiet residential area.  Rooms are designed with mindfulness and tranquility in mind. Clients are able to enjoy complementary fresh coffee, tea, and baked goods while waiting for their session. Enjoy a calm and pleasant waiting room with relaxing tunes in the background. Our focus is for you to feel at peace and comfortable in your therapeutic environment.                                                                             

Benefits of in-person therapy:

  • Take a break from your usual scene
  • Develop positive therapeutic rapport
  • Feels personable
  • Escape to a calm and welcoming space
  • Confidentiality is more secure and controlled
  • No issues related to technical problems

Telemedicine (online therapy)

Online therapy is beneficial for people who find it difficult to commit to a set schedule for therapy. Online therapy tends to be a successful therapeutic tool for Adolescents and Young Adults. At Balance MHC we provide confidential online therapy. Utilizing online therapy we are able to reach clients who live outside the Long Island area.

Benefits of online therapy:

  • Accessibility
  • Convenience

Who can benefit from online therapy?

  • College student
  • Physically handicapped
  • Frequent travelers
  • Unstable work schedule
  • People with Agoraphobia (fear of leaving the home)
  • Living outside our service area


We happily accept the following insurances:


We also accept Out-of-Network insurance. We can provide you with all the necessary information you may need to receive your out-of-network insurance. Clients who receive out-of-network benefits are typically reimbursed up to 85% of the counseling fee.

For clients with no health insurance Balance MHC provides reasonable out-of-pocket fee.

All major credit/debit cards (including HSA), checks, and cash are accepted for payment.

Forms of Payment

All major credit/debit cards, checks, and cash are accepted for payment. Please write checks to “Balance Mental Health Counseling”.


Balance MHC, PLLC
755 New York Ave, Suite 230
Huntington, NY 11743
o. 631-572-8912

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