Allison Ricciardi, L.M.H.C.

The Raphael Remedy
Huntington Station New York 11746


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  • Practice
  • The Raphael Remedy
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  • Phone Number
  • 631-923-2777
  • Location
  • E 16th St
    Huntington Station, NY 11746
    United States

Practice Details

  • Work With

  • adolescents, adults, adults, Coaching, couples, couples, families, Office Visit, Telephone/Online Video Counseling
  • Message from Therapist

  • At The Raphael Remedy, we believe that God has a plan for every human being.  No one is conceived by accident in God’s economy. Our lives on earth can be very complicated since we are living in a fallen world.  But because Christ came and redeemed the world, our futures are filled with hope.  Everyone has their “battle scars” from growing up and in this hectic world too many of us can’t find our way to the happiness God has planned for us. We need some guidance to achieve it.

    We believe that the teachings of Jesus Christ, as revealed through Holy Scripture and through the teaching authority and traditions of the Catholic Church offer us the greatest wisdom for understanding human nature and that the Sacramental life of the Church is the best aid in healing emotional, psychological and spiritual wounds and greatly enhances physical wellness as well.

    We combine sound psychological expertise and techniques with this Christian philosophy to heal the whole person and get to the root of whatever is causing distress or holding you back from living a full and happy life.

    We also believe that God has put into nature all the things we need to live healthy lives physically and that our physical and emotional health are intimately connected and dependent on each other.  After all it’s hard to be happy when you’re not feeling well…and it can be hard to feel well when you’re depressed, anxious or worried.

    Our Catholic approach does not mean that you must be a practicing Catholic to benefit from our services.  We work with people of all faith traditions, or no faith tradition.

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    Practice Info

  • Credentials, Training, Qualifications:
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • What licenses do you currently hold?:
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, New York State
  • Are you in private practice?:
  • Yes
  • Are you available to provide supervision services?:
  • No
  • Do you participate in any insurance plans?:
  • No
  • Telephone/Video counseling:
  • Yes
  • Please list all languages that you speak:
  • English
  • I treat the following:
  • Individuals, Married Couples, Adolescents, Families, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Sexual Abuse Victims, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Child Bearing Loss, Post Abortion Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/Scrupulosity, Dissociative Disorders
  • Other Specialties:
  • Affirmation therapy
  • I use the following methods:
  • Prayer, Cognitive Techniques, Baars/Terruwe Model
  • Catholic Commitment Of Therapist


    Artificial Contraception:

    "For just reasons spouses may wish to space the birth of their children."… "Periodic continence that is the methods of birth regulation based on self-observation and the use of infertile periods is in conformity with the objective criteria of morality."… " 'every action which whether in anticipation of the conjugal act or in its accomplishment or in the development of its natural consequences proposes whether as an end or as a means to render procreation impossible is intrinsically evil'." (Catechism 2368 2370) Please indicate if you agree or disagree.

  • Do you agree or disagree?
  • Agree
  • Living Together/Cohabitation:

    In a so-called free union a man and a woman refuse to give juridical and public form to a liaison involving sexual intimacy. The expression "free union" is fallacious: what can "union" mean when the partners make no commitment to one another each exhibiting a lack of trust in the other in himself or in the future? The expression covers a number of different situations: concubinage rejection of marriage as such or inability to make long-term commitments. All these situations offend against the dignity of marriage; they destroy the very idea of the family; they weaken the sense of fidelity. They are contrary to the moral law. The sexual act must take place exclusively within marriage. Outside of marriage it always constitutes a grave sin and excludes one from sacramental communion. Some today claim a "right to trial marriage" where there is an intention of getting married later. However firm the purpose of those who engage in premature sexual relations may be "the fact is that such liaisons can scarcely ensure mutual sincerity and fidelity in a relationship between a man and a woman nor especially can they protect it from inconstancy of desires or whim." Carnal union is morally legitimate only when a definitive community of life between a man and a woman has been established. Human love does not tolerate "trial marriages." It demands a total and definitive gift of persons to one another." (Catechism 2390 2391)

  • Do you agree or disagree?
  • Agree
  • Infertility:

    "Techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and wife by the intrusion of a person other than the couple (donation of sperm or ovum surrogate uterus) are gravely immoral. … Techniques involving only the married couple (homologous artificial insemination and fertilization) are perhaps less reprehensible yet remain morally unacceptable. They dissociate the sexual act from the procreative act. The act which brings the child into existence is no longer an act by which two persons give themselves to one another but one that 'entrust the life and identity of the embryo into the power of doctors and biologists and establishes the domination of technology over the origin and destiny of the human person. Such a relationship of domination is in itself contrary to the dignity and equality that must be common to parents and children'. … Only respect for the link between the meanings of the conjugal act and respect for the unity of the human being make possible procreation in conformity with the dignity of the person." (Catechism 2376 2377)

  • Do you agree or disagree?
  • Agree
  • Abortion:

    "From its conception the child has the right to life. Direct abortion that is abortion willed as an end or as a means is a "criminal" practice gravely contrary to the moral law. … Because it should be treated as a person from conception the embryo must be defended in its integrity cared for and healed like every other human being. (Catechism 2322 2324)

  • Do you agree or disagree?:
  • Agree
  • Divorce and Marriage:

    The church recognizes a validly contracted sacramental marriage as indissoluble. In therapeutic practice we are to presume the validity of a sacramental marriage "unless after examination of the situation by the competent ecclesiastical tribunal [the marriage is declared null i.e. that the marriage never existed in which case ] the contracting parties are free to [re]marry provided the natural obligations of a previous union are discharged." (Catechism 1629) "The separation of spouses while maintaining the marriage bond can be legitimate in certain cases provided for by canon law." (Catechism 1649) "The remarriage of persons divorced from a living lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God as taught by Christ. They are not separated from the Church but they cannot receive Eucharistic communion." (Catechism 1665)

  • Do you agree or disagree? :
  • Agree
  • Euthanasia:

    "Intentional euthanasia whatever its forms or motives is murder. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God his Creator." (Catechism 2324)

  • Do you agree or disagree? :
  • Agree
  • Homosexuality:

    "Basing itself on Sacred Scripture which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity tradition has always declared that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.' They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarily. Under no circumstances can they be approved. The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom at times by the support of disinterested friendship by prayer and sacramental grace they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection." (Catechism 2357 2358 2359)

  • Do you agree or disagree?:
  • Agree
  • New Age Practice and Spirituality:

    New Age involves a fundamental belief in the perfectibility of the human person by means of a wide variety of techniques and therapies (as opposed to the Christian view of cooperation with divine grace). (

    It is difficult to separate the individual elements of New Age religiosity – innocent though they may appear – from the overarching framework which permeates the whole thought-world on the New Age movement. The gnostic nature of this movement calls us to judge it in its entirety. From the point of view of Christian faith it is not possible to isolate some elements of New Age religiosity as acceptable to Christians while rejecting others.

    The New Age concept of God is rather diffuse whereas the Christian concept is a very clear one. The New Age god is an impersonal energy really a particular extension or component of the cosmos; god in this sense is the life force or soul of the world. … Even when “God” is something outside myself it is there to be manipulated.

    This is very different from the Christian understanding of God as the maker of heaven and earth and the source of all personal life… God is not identified with the Life-principle understood as the “Spirit” or “basic energy” of the cosmos but is that love which is absolutely different from the world and yet creatively present in everything and leading human beings to salvation. (Excerpted from “Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life: A Christian reflection on the “New Age”. (Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue)).

    Common New Age practices include the use of enneagrams labyrinths reiki healing yoga transcendental meditation healing by crystals psychic healing reflexolgoy tarot cards palm reading recourse to mediums and psychics fortune telling and contacting the dead. There are many other practices and techniques that go by various names that are variations of these basic practices and are similarly at odds with Christian faith and are therefore to be rejected.

  • Do you agree or disagree?:
  • Agree
  • How often do you attend Mass?
  • Daily
  • Are You A Practicing Catholic?
  • Yes

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