Clinical Mission

The primary purpose of Connections Counseling Psychotherapy LCSW PLLC is to relieve distress that occurs when people have mental health or substance abuse problems.  Connections Counseling Psychotherapy LCSW PLLC is a group of therapists who are passionate about the practice. (See About Us). We’re currently focusing on Motivational Interviewing  (Tina), on supervision (Lynne),  on couples’ work,  addictions and trauma (Ruth), on developmentally-based psychotherapy and couples’ work (Richard), on trauma-informed mental health counseling and existential therapy (Andrew). We work with, and refer to, Afua Forson, MD, who specializes in  attachment-based therapy, marriage and family therapy, and trauma work. Our intern, Ahlena, will be seeing individuals in therapy who are beginning to work on trauma.  We’re working with clients in both NYC and New Paltz. For insurance information, see  About Insurance. Give us a call (845-255-5022) to schedule an appointment. Most clinicians  are doing only virtual work at this time.
We are accepting new clients, though we have a three-month wait list for trauma work.

Continuing Education Mission

We are making three free webinar courses available for clinicians in 2024-2025. Healing the Opioid Crisis with M.O.R.E. describes the mindfulness oriented method which has had proven success with opioid misuse, and is presented by its creator, Eric Garland, Ph.D., LCSW. Essential CBT for Substance Use Disorders describes and demonstrates the use of CBT with substances for which it has had proven success: alcohol, marijuana, and stimulants. It is presented by Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D. and Richard Coleman, LMSW. Ethics for the Counseling Professions describes a harms and benefits analysis of ethical dilemmas in three challenging areas: the use of technology, work with immigrants, and substance use disorders. It is presented by Tim Campbell, Ph.D., a bioethics researcher with the Institute for Futures Studies. The free courses are connected with research studies. Read more about the courses by clicking on the links.  The goal of the continuing education program of Connections Counseling Psychotherapy LCSW PLLC is to ensure that clinicians have access to affordable, high quality education in their field.  A secondary goal is to perform research that would result in knowledge about the effectiveness and sustainability of evidence based clinical practices. The latest publication that has come from Connections CEs research is available online at:

Campbell, R., Dewan, S. (2023). Organizational facilitation of Latino substance use disorder treatment: Impact of COVID-19, Health Equity, 7-1, 722-730. DOI: 10.1089/heq.2022.0184.

About Us

Connections Counseling, PLLC is a group of therapists who are passionate about practice. It also includes a group who are passionate about continuing education.

Counseling staff

Those listed below are counseling staff,  are supervisory staff, are interns or may have private practices and have interned with Connections Counseling PLLC. The individuals in the group have discussed their background and what they find most intriguing about their work in the following pages.
Tina Iler, LCSWR
Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D.
Richard Coleman, LMSW
Andrew Schaeffer, MHC Intern
Ahlena Leon Bell MSW Intern

Instructors and Advisors

The people listed below are Instructors for Connections Counseling Continuing Education or may be acting in an advisory capacity concerning the Continuing Education mission

Tim Campbell, Ph.D. Philosophy
Rich Mohrmann, MS Computer Science
Dan Campbell, BS Business
George Ramos, LMHC, Ph.D. 
Afua Forson, MD LMFT
Lynne Rachlin, LCSWR


Note: Connections Counseling PLLC staff are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are available, take most insurances, and can be reached at 845-255-5022 for an appointment.


Connections Counseling Psychotherapy LCSW PLLC

Location: 200 W. 57th St. Ste. 301, New York, New York 10019
Hours: Saturdays: 9AM – 7PM, beginning in August 2023

Second Location: 6 Duzine Road, New Paltz, New York 12561
Hours: Mondays – Thursdays and Saturday: 9AM – 7PM
Fridays and Sundays: 9AM – 5PM

Phone: 845-255-5022