OUR PRACTICE

We stand by your side problem solving. We’re interactive, compassionate & nonjudgmental. We provide the guidance, you provide the motivation.

You are the ultimate agent of change in your life!

FAQ

OUR THERAPISTS

EWN therapists have expertise in effective treatment utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Solution, Supportive, Mindfulness or Trauma based therapy.

Elvira G. Aletta, PhD, Founder & CEO

Executive & Personal Coaching, Individual & Relationship Counseling

Life gave Dr. Aletta the opportunity to know what it’s like to hurt physically and emotionally. After an episode of serious depression in her mid-twenties, Dr. Aletta was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease that relapsed throughout her adulthood. While treatable, the cure was often as hard to bear as the disease. Later she was diagnosed with scleroderma, another chronic illness.

Throughout, Dr. Aletta battled with anxiety. Despite all this, Dr. Aletta wants you to know, you can learn to engage in life again on your terms.

Good therapy helped Dr. Aletta. She knows good therapy can help you. That’s why she created Explore What’s Next.

Today Dr. Aletta enjoys mentoring the EWN therapists, focusing on coaching and psychotherapy clients, writing and speaking. She is proud and confident that Explore What’s Next can provide you with therapists who will help you regain a sense of safety, control and joy.

716.308.6683 | draletta@explorewhatsnext.com

Kate Keating Maleski, LCSW-R, Manager Buffalo Office

Individual & Relationship Counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Teens & Adults

In her calm, engaging manner, Kate listens and develops a plan with you to address the problems at hand. Kate’s approach expresses respectful sensitivity to your needs. If you’re feeling hopeless, Kate assures you there is a way.

Whether you struggle with depression, anxiety, grief or betrayal, Kate is here to offer confident guidance to help you feel whole again. She also provides therapy and counseling to couples and families who have trouble relating because of a lack of trust.

Kate leads the successful Girls In Charge, groups for teen girls  who are bullied, have low self-esteem and feel like “I just don’t belong.” If you know a teen looking for a safe, empathic, judgment-free place to heal and grow strong, contact Kate.

716.880.5689 | kate@explorewhatsnext.com

Nicole Chumsky, LMHC, Manager Amherst Office

Mindfulness-Based CBT, Mindfulness & Meditation Coaching, Adults, Anxiety, Depression

Nicole approaches all her clients with a kind, generous spirit. Her disposition is grounded in practical hope, optimism and good humor. Nicole can help you break your cycle of suffering and help you see that you always have a choice!

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Mindfulness Coach, Nicole specializes in helping people build self-awareness, learn how to be powerful in their lives, strengthen their ability to tolerate change and guide them in making choices that are meaningful.

Nicole loves working with young adults who are having trouble navigating life. She leads the popular Mindful Hikes and Journey into Mindfulness workshops. Whether you are dealing with anxiety, past trauma, family strife, or could simply use some support making healthy changes, Nicole will guide you on a journey of self-discovery driven by your strengths, values and passions.

585.737.4564  |  nicole@explorewhatsnext.com

Nicole Brown, LCSW

Pre- & Postpartum Depression, Anxiety, Parenting, Adults, LGBTQ

Becoming a parent is a time of great vulnerability. If you’ve recently had a baby and are feeling overwhelmed, worried, sad or numb, Nicole wants you to know that you are not alone. Postpartum Depression/Anxiety affects approximately 1 in 7 women and is the most common complication of childbirth.

An expert in Perinatal Mental Health and Maternal Wellness, and the mother of three young children, Nicole understands the need for a space that is safe, non-judgemental, and nurturing during this time of distress. She brings intelligence, curiosity, compassion, and humor to her work.  When you meet with Nicole, your voice will be heard, and together, you will work to understand what’s troubling you.  You will identify your unique strengths and learn new skills to help you cope and recover. Postpartum Depression is a very treatable illness. You can feel better.

Nicole also loves working with adults, seventeen years old on up. She has great passion for helping people to feel more confident, resilient and strong. Call Nicole today.

917.674.6742  |  nicole.brown@explorewhatsnext.com

Christine Frank, LMSW

Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Eating/Weight issues, Tweens, Teens, Young Adults

Christine understands what it’s like when you’re trying your hardest and an invisible hand is holding you back. It doesn’t mean you’re weak, or stupid, or unworthy of good things—it just means you could use some help. It helps to connect with someone who knows that your stories are worth listening to. Christine will hear your story. She’s a great listener.

Christine is easy-going, friendly, empathetic, non-judgmental. She’s funny and real in a down to earth way. She loves working with pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults to help them move through those difficult life transitions where a person can feel lost.

With Christine’s guidance and encouragement you can take the first step to a happier, healthier life.

716.430.4611  |  cfranklmsw@gmail.com

Emily K. Becker, LMSW

Anxiety, Depression, Parenting, Relationships, Eating/weight issues

Trouble feeling joy or connection? Do you feel sad, tired, or even just numb? Would you like to learn new ways to cope with unhelpful thoughts and feelings, and remove the obstacles that stand between you and your goals?

Emily works with you to create a safe space to explore the patterns and habits in your life that stop you from meeting your full potential. Together you can identify avenues of change and forge a path that leads to increased well-being.

Emily strongly believes that it’s the strength of the relationship you will create together that generates meaningful change. She will fit the therapeutic model you choose, including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy, to suit your needs. Emily strives to greet each session with a curious mind, an open heart, and a wish to hear your story.

716.400.1605  | emily@exlplorewhatsnext.com

Alla Andelman, Psy.D.

Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQ, PTSD

Life can be challenging. Trying to improve things on your own can feel overwhelming if not impossible. Dr. Andelman believes that to get through the difficulties of life, self-empowerment is essential. Dr. Andelman, a psychologist, works collaboratively with you to create a treatment plan that serves your unique situation. She sees it as her job is do just that, to help get your confidence back and on the path to the life you want.

Through life experiences as well as professional training, Dr. Andelman fell in love with the challenge of unique, personal change. Dr. Andelman knows that change is hard and made more difficult if the road is blocked by obstacles you can’t even name. Through gentle guidance and empathy as well as professional skill, Dr. Andelman will work with you to identify those obstacles, work through them and set you on your path to self-empowerment.

716.249.1024  |  dralla@explorewhatsnext.com

Colleen Conjerti, MS, MA, PsyD Candidate

Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Children, Tweens, Teens, Young Adults, Counseling, Evaluation and Assessment

It is heartbreaking to watch your child suffer educationally, socially or behaviorally. Although schools offer some support, services are not always available to meet all the needs of your child and family.

Colleen specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children as young as five years old, adolescents and families. She works with various conditions and life circumstances, including learning disabilities, executive functioning deficits, anxiety, depression, interpersonal problems, adjustment issues and loss.

Warm and empathic, Colleen uses a flexible, collaborative approach to empower and improve your family’s life. Contact Colleen for more information about how she can help you and your family experience success!

716.864.4938 | colleen@explorewhatsnext.com

Amy E. Brook, PhD

Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQ, PTSD

Dr. Brook meets each professional she works with where they are in their experience and education. She offers skilled collaboration and support in deepening confidence in their clinical work. In her supervisory work Dr. Brook draws on her deep knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care,  psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness-based approaches to treatment, from the skills-based, behavioral strategies of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to the values-driven approach of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr. Brook also knows that Somatic Experiencing is a powerful way to access the body’s organic intelligence that restores balance after trauma.

A sought after teacher, consultant and supervisor, Explore What’s next is honored to have Dr. Brook on our team of experts!

716.308.6683 | info@explorewhatsnext.com

Overwhelmed? Anxious? Not enjoying where you are in your self, work or relationships?

OUR PRACTICE

We stand by your side problem solving. We’re interactive, compassionate & nonjudgmental. We provide the guidance, you provide the motivation.

You are the ultimate agent of change in your life!

FAQ

OUR THERAPISTS

EWN therapists have expertise in effective treatment utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Solution, Supportive, Mindfulness or Trauma based therapy.

Elvira G. Aletta, PhD, Founder & CEO

Executive & Personal Coaching, Individual & Relationship Counseling

Life gave Dr. Aletta the opportunity to know what it’s like to hurt physically and emotionally. After an episode of serious depression in her mid-twenties, Dr. Aletta was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease that relapsed throughout her adulthood. While treatable, the cure was often as hard to bear as the disease. Later she was diagnosed with scleroderma, another chronic illness.

Throughout, Dr. Aletta battled with anxiety. Despite all this, Dr. Aletta wants you to know, you can learn to engage in life again on your terms.

Good therapy helped Dr. Aletta. She knows good therapy can help you. That’s why she created Explore What’s Next.

Today Dr. Aletta enjoys mentoring the EWN therapists, focusing on coaching and psychotherapy clients, writing and speaking. She is proud and confident that Explore What’s Next can provide you with therapists who will help you regain a sense of safety, control and joy.

716.308.6683 | draletta@explorewhatsnext.com

Kate Keating Maleski, LCSW-R, Manager Buffalo Office

Individual & Relationship Counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Teens & Adults

In her calm, engaging manner, Kate listens and develops a plan with you to address the problems at hand. Kate’s approach expresses respectful sensitivity to your needs. If you’re feeling hopeless, Kate assures you there is a way.

Whether you struggle with depression, anxiety, grief or betrayal, Kate is here to offer confident guidance to help you feel whole again. She also provides therapy and counseling to couples and families who have trouble relating because of a lack of trust.

Kate leads the successful Girls In Charge, groups for teen girls  who are bullied, have low self-esteem and feel like “I just don’t belong.” If you know a teen looking for a safe, empathic, judgment-free place to heal and grow strong, contact Kate.

716.880.5689 | kate@explorewhatsnext.com

Nicole Chumsky, LMHC, Manager Amherst Office

Mindfulness-Based CBT, Mindfulness & Meditation Coaching, Adults, Anxiety, Depression

Nicole approaches all her clients with a kind, generous spirit. Her disposition is grounded in practical hope, optimism and good humor. Nicole can help you break your cycle of suffering and help you see that you always have a choice!

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Mindfulness Coach, Nicole specializes in helping people build self-awareness, learn how to be powerful in their lives, strengthen their ability to tolerate change and guide them in making choices that are meaningful.

Nicole loves working with young adults who are having trouble navigating life. She leads the popular Mindful Hikes and Journey into Mindfulness workshops. Whether you are dealing with anxiety, past trauma, family strife, or could simply use some support making healthy changes, Nicole will guide you on a journey of self-discovery driven by your strengths, values and passions.

585.737.4564  |  nicole@explorewhatsnext.com

Nicole Brown, LCSW

Pre- & Postpartum Depression, Anxiety, Parenting, Adults, LGBTQ

Becoming a parent is a time of great vulnerability. If you’ve recently had a baby and are feeling overwhelmed, worried, sad or numb, Nicole wants you to know that you are not alone. Postpartum Depression/Anxiety affects approximately 1 in 7 women and is the most common complication of childbirth.

An expert in Perinatal Mental Health and Maternal Wellness, and the mother of three young children, Nicole understands the need for a space that is safe, non-judgemental, and nurturing during this time of distress. She brings intelligence, curiosity, compassion, and humor to her work.  When you meet with Nicole, your voice will be heard, and together, you will work to understand what’s troubling you.  You will identify your unique strengths and learn new skills to help you cope and recover. Postpartum Depression is a very treatable illness. You can feel better.

Nicole also loves working with adults, seventeen years old on up. She has great passion for helping people to feel more confident, resilient and strong. Call Nicole today.

917.674.6742  |  nicole.brown@explorewhatsnext.com

Christine Frank, LMSW

Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Eating/Weight issues, Tweens, Teens, Young Adults

Christine understands what it’s like when you’re trying your hardest and an invisible hand is holding you back. It doesn’t mean you’re weak, or stupid, or unworthy of good things—it just means you could use some help. It helps to connect with someone who knows that your stories are worth listening to. Christine will hear your story. She’s a great listener.

Christine is easy-going, friendly, empathetic, non-judgmental. She’s funny and real in a down to earth way. She loves working with pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults to help them move through those difficult life transitions where a person can feel lost.

With Christine’s guidance and encouragement you can take the first step to a happier, healthier life.

716.430.4611  |  cfranklmsw@gmail.com

Emily K. Becker, LMSW

Anxiety, Depression, Parenting, Relationships, Eating/weight issues

Trouble feeling joy or connection? Do you feel sad, tired, or even just numb? Would you like to learn new ways to cope with unhelpful thoughts and feelings, and remove the obstacles that stand between you and your goals?

Emily works with you to create a safe space to explore the patterns and habits in your life that stop you from meeting your full potential. Together you can identify avenues of change and forge a path that leads to increased well-being.

Emily strongly believes that it’s the strength of the relationship you will create together that generates meaningful change. She will fit the therapeutic model you choose, including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy, to suit your needs. Emily strives to greet each session with a curious mind, an open heart, and a wish to hear your story.

716.400.1605  | emily@exlplorewhatsnext.com

Alla Andelman, Psy.D.

Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQ, PTSD

Life can be challenging. Trying to improve things on your own can feel overwhelming if not impossible. Dr. Andelman believes that to get through the difficulties of life, self-empowerment is essential. Dr. Andelman, a psychologist, works collaboratively with you to create a treatment plan that serves your unique situation. She sees it as her job is do just that, to help get your confidence back and on the path to the life you want.

Through life experiences as well as professional training, Dr. Andelman fell in love with the challenge of unique, personal change. Dr. Andelman knows that change is hard and made more difficult if the road is blocked by obstacles you can’t even name. Through gentle guidance and empathy as well as professional skill, Dr. Andelman will work with you to identify those obstacles, work through them and set you on your path to self-empowerment.

716.249.1024  |  dralla@explorewhatsnext.com

Colleen Conjerti, MS, MA, PsyD Candidate

Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Children, Tweens, Teens, Young Adults, Counseling, Evaluation and Assessment

It is heartbreaking to watch your child suffer educationally, socially or behaviorally. Although schools offer some support, services are not always available to meet all the needs of your child and family.

Colleen specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children as young as five years old, adolescents and families. She works with various conditions and life circumstances, including learning disabilities, executive functioning deficits, anxiety, depression, interpersonal problems, adjustment issues and loss.

Warm and empathic, Colleen uses a flexible, collaborative approach to empower and improve your family’s life. Contact Colleen for more information about how she can help you and your family experience success!

716.864.4938 | colleen@explorewhatsnext.com

Amy E. Brook, PhD

Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQ, PTSD

Dr. Brook meets each professional she works with where they are in their experience and education. She offers skilled collaboration and support in deepening confidence in their clinical work. In her supervisory work Dr. Brook draws on her deep knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care,  psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness-based approaches to treatment, from the skills-based, behavioral strategies of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to the values-driven approach of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr. Brook also knows that Somatic Experiencing is a powerful way to access the body’s organic intelligence that restores balance after trauma.

A sought after teacher, consultant and supervisor, Explore What’s next is honored to have Dr. Brook on our team of experts!

716.308.6683 | info@explorewhatsnext.com

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