Licensed Counselors

Steven G. Rise, PhD, LCSW-R

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Steve Rise is licensed in the State of New York as a psychotherapist (LCSW-R). He also holds a PhD from Atlantic Coast  Theological Seminary in Christian Counseling.  He owns and operates New Hope Counseling and has primarily served the Christian community by meeting the emotional needs of fellow believers, while challenging them to apply the truth of God’s Word to their lives.  Steve is also an elder at the Dix Hills Evangelical Free Church in Huntington Station.  Steve specializes in trauma and abuse, and holds the diplomat status as a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress (BCETS) and a Board Certified Expert in Emergency Crisis Response (BCECR) with the American Association of Experts in Traumatic Stress.  Steve has completed advanced training with the EMDR Institute, in addition to several other specific trainings in trauma, recovery and specific mental disorders which applies to every age group from childhood throughout adulthood.  Specialized areas of training included addiction, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, adjustment and attachment disorders and anxiety disorders in addition to other types of emotional disturbance in the context of individual, couple and family therapy.


Stacey C. Rise, LMSW

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Stacey Rise obtained her license in the profession of social work from Adelphi University in 1991.  Her areas of specialty are focused on the psychological, social and spiritual needs of children and women and the family dynamics which effect their behavior.  Stacey’s prior experience includes working with children in behavioral, cognitive and family systems approaches, counseling cancer patients and families, and loss and bereavement counseling.  Stacey is also a member of the Dix Hills Evangelical Free Church.


Jennie Bernstein, LMSW, MPCO


Jennie Bernstein obtained her license in Social Work from Adelphi University as well as a Masters of Pastoral Counseling from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2013. She holds certificates in Trauma-Focused  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Integrated Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment, Psychopharmacology and works primarily with children and adolescents in the fields of psychotherapy as well as spiritual counseling. Her prior experience includes psychotherapy with foster children and teens in a mental health outpatient clinic addressing psychological, social, family and behavioral needs. She also has experience in formulating diagnoses and treating mental and personality disorders with a range of evidence-based treatments. Jennie has served as a youth leader at Dix Hills Evangelical Free Church for the past six years and is very involved many aspects of youth ministry including discipleship and spiritual mentoring.