About The Counseling Corner

Counseling Corner for Marriage and Family Therapy, P.C. (CCMFT), opened its doors in March of 2003.  It was originally The Relationship Enhancement Center.  Our mission is to build strong families who will grow adults with strong character, to create more simplicity in our lives and make it easier to deal with the pressures of modern life.  Our founder built this company with relationships in mind and takes pride in being able to say we help many people improve their lives on a daily basis.   

Many people who come to CCMFT for services have tried therapy before and had little success.  Many times they have brought their family, spouse or partner in and did not feel the therapist was able to help.  We feel that not every therapist is skilled in working with more than one individual in the room and this can be a difficult task if not trained appropriately.  This is why therapists at CCMFT are unique in that each therapist is trained to do just that--to work with more than one person.  Our therapists know how to deal with high conflict issues between spouses/partners, parent-child/teen, siblings, etc.  Having this confidence provides hope and opportunities for new experiences.  So, we encourage you to get to know our staff and see if CCMFT is the right place for you. 

A Message From The Director

My mission is building stronger families so that values are held and connections sustained throughout the child’s development and well into adulthood. I am passionate about living life more consciously whether it is how we are in our relationship with our family and others, with the environment, the foods we eat and the values we attempt to carry out and pass on generation after generation.

I believe globally we all need to be responsible to creating a more sustainable future. My mission is to help with building individuals with values and strong character to make this happen. A kinder more peaceful world needs to start from the beginning, from a couple’s first connection and their desire to conceive. Establishing a healthy attachment in the couple relationship and continuing on with a strong attachment with infants, as well as how to maintain this connection with partner and child as children grow up. Helping families to manage the modern day stressors and maintain a healthy attachment will create deep connections between parent and child so they remain attached to healthy adult models. I believe that honoring childhood as a sacred time for nurturing and growing healthy beings is imperative to creating a person that is caring, confident, conscientious, curious, focused, etc.. I also believe that healthy attachments to responsible adults will reduce a young child’s need to attach to peers, reducing violence, mental health problems, divorce and many other issues impacting our modern world.

I hope that you will enjoy your visit of our website and welcome you to contact us for help with your relationship.

Warm regards,

Cari Sans

Who We Are

Cari L. Sans, M.A., LMFT, Counseling Corner for Marriage and Family Therapy, P.C. founder and director, is a New York State licensed marriage and family therapist. She holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Cari is also certified in Human Interaction Technology, a neuro-linguistic programming coaching certification. 

Cari opened her private practice in 2003 while also working in a non-profit agency providing her services to clients with substance abuse and criminal issues. She was dedicated to not only seeing services provided in the public sector but also the private, where she found there were many people who wanted a safe place to come with their partners/spouse and family that was confidential. Since 2005 she has solely focused on her private practice and has recruited other therapists to join her team.

Cari has worked within the social service/mental health arena since 1995 in various roles. She has experience working with couples, families and individuals providing psychotherapy both within non-profit agency settings and private practice . She has provided groups dealing with issues of weight loss, anger management, couple enhancement, parenting, and substance abuse. Cari has also presented workshops on anger management, families and chronic Illness, parenting during divorce, and eating extremes. In her career, Cari has worked with children, adolescents and their families both in residential treatment and early childhood programs. Additionally, she has worked with adults in correctional and substance abuse treatment.

Cari is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Long Island and Metro New York chapters of the organization. She is an AAMFT approved supervisor, a member of the New York State Board for Mental Health Practitioners, and a trained Parenting Journey© and PEACE facilitator. Cari is also currently a candidate to become a certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor (CASAC). She has lectured at City University of New York’s Hunter College School of Education and has been called upon as a relationship expert for local media outlets including the Long Island Press, Metro New York, BronxNet as well as a documentary about families filmed for the Korean Broadcasting System.

Shari D. Siegel, MA, CFT, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of New York. She has earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the State University College at Oneonta, New York, and a Master of Arts degree in marriage and family therapy from Hofstra University, New York (Magna Cum Laude).

Shari is a Certified Family Therapist, a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy as well as a member of the New York Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (Long Island Chapter). She has been working extensively with couples, families and individuals for the past eight years.  She has owned and operated a private practice for psychotherapy for the past 3.5 years, and has also worked in consultation with various practices/agencies over the years.

Shari has experience working with individuals, couples, and families who have presented with difficulties in setting or reaching goals, getting into a routine, time management, becoming clutter-free, feelings of stress, self-esteem issues, communication difficulties (in any of their relationships), identifying triggers or repetitive patterns as to heal old hurts and get their needs met, roles, rules, and expectations of self and partner, division of tasks, dual-career management, relationship enhancement, positive discipline/parenting issues, sibling rivalries, lack of structure within the family, parents of children of divorce (effects on children, telling your children, parenting roles) and many more. Shari works from a strength-based approach incorporating solution-focused and Imago therapy principles. She has also run groups and workshops on the above listed topics in the community.




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