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Meet Our Counselors

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All of our counselors have advanced degrees (master's & doctoral) in counseling, psychology, and social work. You are encouraged to meet with a counselor to discuss your personal concerns, academic plans, career plans, and for general information.

The Counseling Center is located in room S343.
You can reach the Counseling Center at (212) 220-8140.

Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (last appointment is at 6:30 p.m.)
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (last appointment is at 4:30 p.m. )

*** Please check this site for changes in hours.


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Dr. Cicely Horsham-Brathwaite, Director

Education: Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Temple University. M.S.Ed., Counseling and Personnel Services, Fordham University. B.A., Psychology, Lehigh University. New York State Licensed Psychologist.
Areas of Interest: Mind Body Connection, Multicultural Competence for Counselors, Academic Success Strategies and Self-Care Practices for Women.
Memberships: New York State Psychological Association, Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors.


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Dr. Gurpreet Bhomia

Education: Psy.D., University of Hartford, M.A., University of Hartford. B.A., Panjab University (India); B.A., Columbia University. NYS Licensed Psychologist. Fluent in Hindi & Punjabi. Some familiarity with Urdu.
Areas of Interest: Helping students with adjustment issues related to being in college (including, challenges facing international students), navigating personal relationships, maintaining a healthy school/life balance, and coping with psychological and personal issues (e.g., depression, anxiety, parenting),


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Professor James Blake

Education: M.S.W., Columbia University, B.S., North Carolina College.


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Dr. Claudia Burger

Education: Ph.D., Counseling Psychology Fordham University; B.A., Wellesley College. New York State Licensed Psychologist.
Areas of Interest: Culturally competent therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, CBT-informed therapy, Self-care, Interpersonal difficulties. Fluent in Spanish.
Memberships: American Psychological Association.


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Mr. Robert Cortes

Education: M.S., Columbia University School of Social Work, B.A., Hunter College; NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Areas of Interest: Strengthening and empowering children, adolescents, and families to reduce the risks (i.e. truancy, substance abuse, gang involvement, child abuse and neglect, loss and abandonment issues, psychological disorders, and emotional difficulties) that serve as potential barriers to one’s success.


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Mr. Eric Glaude

Education: M.S.W., Columbia University School of Social Work, B.A. in Psychology, Baruch College (CUNY). Credentials in Substance Abuse Counseling, Bereavement Counseling, Gambling and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Post Graduate training in Consultation and Supervision, Hunter College.
Areas of Interest: US Military veterans of all eras and college students diagnosed with depression and anxiety in general and with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse and use disorders.
Memberships:The National Association of Social Workers (NASW); The American Counselors Association (ACA); New York State Society of Clinical Social Workers (NYSSCSW); Harlem Vet Center Volunteer; The Institute of the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society.


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Dr. Amy Ojerholm

Education: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Vermont, B.A., Psychology, Rutgers University. New York State Licensed Psychologist.
Areas of Interest: Group Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Peer Educator training, Mindfulness, Suicide Prevention and the challenges faced by LGBTQ students in urban community college settings.
Memberships: Postgraduate Center for Mental Health Group, Therapy Alumni Association, and the Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services.


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Ms. Edi Peterson

Education: M.S., University of Texas at Dallas, M.A., Amberton University, B.A., University of Texas at Dallas. Licensed Mental Health Counselor-NY Certifications: Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (Albert Ellis Institute NYC); Biofeedback (University of North Texas; Critical Incidence Stress Debriefing (American Red Cross). Certified HeartMath Practitioner (Biofeedback)
Memberships: American Counseling Association


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Dr. Erica J. Seidel

Education: Psy.D., M.A., Widener University - Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology; B.A., University of Delaware. New York State Licensed Psychologist; New York State Certified School Psychologist.
Memberships: New York State Psychological Association, American Counseling Association and American College Counseling Association.


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Dr. Precious Sellars-Mulhern

Education: Columbia University; B.A., Atlantic Union College. Licensed (Counseling) Psychologist in New York State. Certified HeartMath Practitioner (emWave Biofeedback).
Areas of Interest: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist (CBT), Goal-Focused Brief Counseling/Coaching, Meditation, Mindfulness Contemplative Practices, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Spiritual Empowerment.
Memberships: American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, American College Counseling Association.
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Dr. Hallie Weiner

Education: Psy.D., M.S.Ed., Pace University; B.A., University of Michigan. New York State Licensed Psychologist.
Areas of Interest: Mental health issues that impact Academic Functioning, Mindfulness-Based Stress- Reduction, Interpersonal/Family Relationships and Health and Wellness.
Memberships: American Psychological Association.

Counseling Center

199 Chambers Street, Room S-343 New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8140
Email: counselingcenter@bmcc.cuny.edu

Appointments Are Available:
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
(last appointment is at 6:30 p.m.)
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(last appointment is at 4:30 p.m.)
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

After hours, students can speak to an after-hours crisis counselor by calling (212) 220-8140 and pressing “2”.