Head In The Right Direction Counseling Services, LCSW, P.C

Our Therapists
Adam Barta, LCSW-R

I incorporated Head in The Right Direction Counseling Services in 2008.  Over the years, I have had the opportunity to develop several meaningful relationships which have encouraged me to take the next step in my personal mission.  I want to help as many people as I can and leave a mechanism in place to continue to this work after I am gone.  As the practice grows, we look forward to identifying ways to better serve the needs of our community.  Together, with a well experienced team of clinicians, I am looking forward to making this happen. 

As a therapist, I work to create a space where people can feel comfortable sharing their view of the world.  In doing so, we identify patterns, positions, and better ways of interacting with the world.  I have worked in a variety of settings with a variety of populations that gives me the confidence to hold the space for what is required.  I benefit from the discussions I am privileged to have.  I believe that that the insights from some serve others. The process continues to evolve everyone involved.. 

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Danielle Pulcastro, LCSW

I have been a social worker for 17 years and have worked with various populations, comorbid disorders, intellectual disabilities, and trauma history. While in the field, I have assisted my clients with increasing their distress tolerance skills, provided crisis intervention, and conflict resolution.  I have a vast array of knowledge in working with those who struggle with substance abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, interpersonal relationship issues, low self-esteem, ADHD, depression, and anxiety to name a few.

Through my years of experience, I have found that helping one feel empowered to help themselves has led to a positive increase in their quality of life.  My goal is to continue helping people help themselves.

Annmarie Crispino, LCSW

I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the past 11 years, working with individuals and couples in a clinical setting, as well as private psychotherapy. I am  creative, compassionate and provide a welcoming style of psychotherapy that encourages every patient to work towards and attain their goals and dreams.  I am focused and attuned to the patient’s needs and will be able to create a safe and positive environment.  I believe that every person can reach their potential, strive towards their goals, heal from their past and obtain happiness by learning how to be present in their lives while learning how to be insightful about oneself and gain empowerment.    

I am a solution-based psychotherapist with specialties that include trauma, anxiety, depression, anger, ADHD, relationship problems and self-esteem.   8 years of experience working with victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault, as well as experience working with the perpetrators of domestic abuse.  I am a graduate of Rutgers University and obtained a Certificate in Violence Against Women and Children.    

Iris Vasquez-Rojas, LMSW

I started my career fourteen years ago working in non-profit agencies, Family, Criminal and IDV courts with children and homeless single mothers. I earned my Master Degree from Adelphi University in 2010 and have been a Licensed Social Worker for the past 7 years working with individuals of various populations to overcome depression, anxiety, anger management, relationship challenges, grief and loss, and other life stresses.

II use an eclectic approach tailored to the unique needs of each client. I am compassionate, encouraging, honest and caring without judgement. I consider myself an active therapist, combining experience, education, creativity and sense of humor with a realistic approach to counseling.  

Our Practice


Head in The Right Direction Counseling Services was incorporated in 2008 as a community based model of service delivery. We researched available treatment services and locations available in the counties we serve. Most service locations had 9 - 5  business hours and old  or outdated physical locations.   We wanted an  ideal  environment  to call home.  We found it in the  Cold Spring Healing Arts Building in Cold Spring and the Stone Building in Garrison.  We know that by providing flexibility in location, scheduling, and  up to date physical locations that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing, we are able create an atmosphere of trust and comfort that our clients value and appreciate.  We have been able to develop Head In The Right Direction Counseling Services to what it is today.  It serves as vehicle for positive change.  It is always  growing and changing to best meet the demands of a growing  and diverse community.  We serve the communities of the lower Hudson River Valley.  At this time our focus continues to be finding good therapists and credentialing with insurance companies to be better able to serve all who may need our services.

Our Mission

Head In The Right Direction’s mission is to promote wellness by making behavioral health services more accessible for all individuals and families. We seek to assist individuals and families in reaching their full potential for living enriching and satisfying lives and gaining better understanding of their world through the interventions of qualified, competent therapists.

Our Values


We are committed to take actions consistent with these values: We value the strengths and assets of our clients and their families and maintain that the individual is the center of the therapeutic relationship.  Their decisions guide the direction of therapy. We respect and observe the cultural and other diverse qualities of each client. We treat all individuals with respect, equality, courtesy, and fairness.


What is therapy?

Individual, couples therapy, family therapy , marriage counseling; whatever name you decide to call it, may or may not be an experience you're excited about. If you're a little worried about what might happen, here are a few things you can expect.

Evidence-based approaches are key to understanding effective therapy, whether for individuals, couples, or families. This means that the therapy you are receiving was tested against alternative methods, preferably in randomized controlled trials. Psychologists who provide evidence-based treatment don't stick to one particularly theoretical orientation just because they learned it in graduate school. Instead, they adapt their approach to ensure that they are following the best evidence - both clinical and research.

Some people seek counseling to strengthen their bonds with others and gain a better understanding of self and the world.  You can use counseling to address many specific issues, including:

  • General Angst in life

  • Communication problems

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Substance abuse

  • Anxiety

  • Lack of purpose

  • Anger

  • Depression

  • Unsuccessful attempts to make meaningful lasting change

  • Gain a better understanding of our world

Once someone enters therapy, the therapist's interpretation of issues may offer a new perspective, which permits a change in feelings and behavior. The therapist may act as a facilitator to clear up misunderstandings in our view of things.. This is often difficult for people to do themselves because they are emotionally caught up in the situation. The therapist may also help consider alternative ways of handling problematic situations.

We all want to feel happy, and each one of us has different ways of getting there. Our goal is to help improve satisfaction, increase helpful thinking, gain realistic expectations, overcome challenges and help you to reach your unique personal goals and maximum potential.

We will address and try to integrate the impact of any mood disorder, past trauma, and the effect of unhealthy relationships.

By gaining awareness, we can see where we have maintained self-limiting beliefs, and can then experiment with more self-fulfilling beliefs and behavioral options which haven't been considered before.