Counseling Department


NY Psychotherapy and Counseling Center
579 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451
Tel: (718) 485-2100
Mon – Fri: 8am – 9:30pm
Sat – Sun: 8am – 6pm
Saint Barnabas Hospital
CAFS (Children, Adolescents and Families Service)
SBH Behavioral Health
SBH Health System
2021 Grand Concourse, 9th Floor
Bronx, NY 10453
Tel: (718) 960-3403
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9am–5pm
Tuesday, Thursday, 9am–7pm
Saturday, 9am–4pm

Metro Community Health Center Bronx
979 Cross Bronx Expressway
Bronx, NY 10460
Tel: (718) 665-7565
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am-8pm

Multiple locations in the Bronx

Tel: (718) 220-2020

Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor for free, 24/7 support.
Help with stress, depression, anxiety, or drug and alcohol abuse for you or someone you care for. Text “WELL” to 65173 or call 1.888.NYC.WELL
Suicide prevention lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
Apps and online tools to help you manage your health and emotional wellbeing.
Online local mental health resource directory.

Ms. Carmela Policicchio
School Counselor – 9th Grade
Phone: (646) 400-5566 ext. 5027

Ms. Veronica Valencia
School Counselor – 10th Grade
Phone: (646) 400-5566 ext 5026

Ms. Ayanna LeGare
School Counselor – 11th Grade
Phone: (646) 400-5566 ext 5025

Mrs. Kim Kosar
School Counselor – 12th Grade
Phone: (646) 400-5566 ext. 5024

Mr. Josef Martonyi
Social Worker
Phone: (646) 400-5566 ext 5011

The Counseling Department

Our counseling department consists of four school counselors and a school social worker. Together, we work to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of all of our students.

Students are assigned to a counselor upon entering AECI and that counselor will work with these students over the course of their high school careers. This ensures that the student and counselor will be able to establish a personal relationship that will best address the developmental needs of the student.

The counseling department works collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, administration and community resources to further develop each student’s potential as a scholar, a peer and a responsible and contributing community member. We do this through active listening, decision-making and goal setting. More specifically, we advise our students during program selection, the college search and application process as well as additional post high school planning.

Our goal is to have all students maximize their personal, academic, social and emotional growth, as they become young adults. We encourage all of you to use our website to find valuable resources for participation in our school’s community and to help you or your children through their continued educational journey at AECI Charter High School.