Meet CHC’s emotional health therapists in NYC
Jeff Wax, LCSW-R
Director, Baker Family Emotional Health and Wellness Center
Jeffrey Wax, LCSW-R is the Director of the Emotional Health and Wellness Center and has worked at CHC since 2002. Mr. Wax has provided counseling services to people who are deaf or hard of hearing for over 20 years and has worked with clients of all ages, gender, sexual orientation and hearing ability. Mr. Wax has coordinated and presented at numerous regional and national conferences and in university settings on a variety of mental health issues and policies. He received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Hunter College in 1994 and has been certified by the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Previous to working at CHC, Mr. Wax was on staff at both large NYC metropolitan hospitals as well as smaller social service agency and mental health clinical settings. He is also experienced as a Field Placement instructor and supervisor for graduate school interns and maintains a small private practice.
Bruce Smith, LCSW-R
Bruce G. Smith, LCSW-R, Senior Clinical Social Worker has worked with the Deaf/hard of hearing population for over 25 years and has practiced at CHC since 1999. He specializes in individual and family psychotherapy with Deaf and hard of hearing people, including tactile sign language for deaf-blind individuals. He has trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and uses this and a variety of other therapeutic approaches to match his clients’ needs in attaining their stated goals. His extensive working knowledge of the services available for the Deaf community in NYC aids in a problem-solving approach when applicable. He supervises and trains graduate students of social work/counseling programs. Mr. Smith earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University in 1988 and has been certified by the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
Paul Aguirre, LCSW-R
Paul David Aguirre, LCSW, joined CHC in 2015. He attained proficiency in American Sign Language through his early career work at National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY, and has since worked extensively with adolescents and adults who are deaf, hearing, and hard of hearing in all treatment modalities. Prior to joining the CHC team, he spent five years with New York Society for the Deaf (NYSD), created a mentoring program at the Long Island Crisis Center, and interned at CancerCare and Green Chimneys’ Transitional Housing Program for LGBT youth. With recognized specialties in grief and bereavement, suicide prevention, sexual orientation issues, and short-term solution-focused treatment, Mr. Aguirre’s clinical approach uses adaptive attachment modeling and a strengths-based perspective to create a life-affirming holding environment that empowers clients to achieve their personal and professional goals. Mr. Aguirre earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work at Adelphi University, New York, in 2007.
The following health care professionals provide clinical services to CHC clients as independent contractors rather than CHC staff members:
Sandra Mays Clough, MA, PhD
Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Pediatric Specialty
Dr. Mays Clough is a psychologist who has worked with children, adolescents and adults who are Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing and deaf blind for over 20 years. Proficient in American Sign Language, Dr. Mays Clough earned her Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at the University of Arizona and completed her internship at Thresholds Bridge, a residential program for people who are Deaf/hard of hearing with severe mental illness. She established the Victim Assistance Program for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing at the Chicago Hearing Society and later moved to NYC where she worked at NYSD. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research and completed three years of postdoctoral training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the White Institute. With certificates in Domestic Violence Training, Sexual Assault Training and Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions, Dr. Mays Clough’s approach to therapy is interpersonal and humanistic, focusing on each individual’s potential for growth and increased self-awareness.
Brianna Cabrera, LMSW
Brianna Cabrera is a Social Worker/Psychotherapist who provides mental health services to individuals of all ages in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language. Her past experience includes an internship at CHC as a Psychotherapist during the 2019 academic year and an internship at the Bronx Career and College Preparatory High School as a School Social Worker during the 2018 school year. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University in 2020, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Virginia in 2018. Her work takes a strengths-based perspective based on the person-in-environment model of social work. While taking great care to consider all aspects of individuals’ identities and experiences, she hopes to aid those she works with in achieving the goals they set forth for themselves.
Ana Glick, MD
Psychiatric Medical Director
Ana Glick, MD has been the Psychiatric Medical Director at the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) since 1993 (when CHC was known as the league for the Hard of Hearing). Dr. Glick practices adult and adolescent psychiatric treatment. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, Diplomate American Board of Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry and the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. Dr. Glick earned her medical degree in 1963 from New York Medical College, New York, NY.