About AGAPE

Imagine individuals, families, and communities being loved unconditionally. Imagine a place where all people with various backgrounds, life experiences can bring their whole selves to receive therapy and coaching free of judgment. Imagine a world where these individuals are viewed as experts in their own lives searching for a guide to be with them on the journey of self-discovery, self-liberation, restorative healing, and authentic connection to themselves, their identified families, and communities. Imagine Therapists and Coaches providing therapy and coaching strategies from a holistic, humanistic, loving, connecting, and inspirational place. At scale. This is the reality we’re building at AGAPE Family Therapy and Coaching. 

We’re already helping some of the most influential community leaders, inspiring families and courageous individuals to reach their highest potential in self-leadership. They are engaging in community and self-care, advocating for a better workplace and community life, loving and communicating with their families in healthier ways and being mindful of what their needs are, and communicating that effectively with their identified family and community. AGAPE is loving unconditionally, which follows from the filling up of self and the outpouring to others. A fresh start to loving deeply. 

Meet Our Team

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Melissa is a serial entrepreneur with a mission to be a change agent for equity, humanity, self-leadership, and liberty. She is an avid lifelong learner whose lens is rooted in Christianity and Anti-Oppression. Melissa holds an MSW from NYU and a BA in psychology and a minor in African and Latino history from Baruch College. Melissa holds a certificate from Leadership that Works/Coaching for Transformation as a certified professional coach. She is a licensed clinical social worker (084193-1) with R privilege in the state of New York, she holds an executive education
certificate from Fordham University and a Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) certified from
Hunter College (CUNY).

She is the Founder and CEO of Agape Family Therapy and Coaching. 

Melissa Elliott, LCSW-R, CPC, SIFI

Founder and CEO

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Jose Rodriguez, LMSW

Clinician

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José Rodriguez, pronouns he/him/his, has dedicated his life's work to helping individuals who look like him. As a queer Afro-Dominican, José understands the importance of addressing mental health concerns while respecting and celebrating unique cultures and experiences. Using his own lived experience, he has created bonds and helped foster safe communities within various intersectional spaces in adult health management, child welfare, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and workforce development. 

Jose has an MSW from NYU. He enjoys bike riding, binge-watching anything, and facetiming with his 4-yr old twin godsons.

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Nadira Ramcharan, MBA

HR and Operations Consultant

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Nadira is an entrepreneur providing HR and Operations consulting services to organizations. In her role at Agape, she supports with organizational strategy, recruitment, and finance support. 

Nadira holds an MBA and Advanced Graduate Certificate in HRM from Empire State College, a BA from Baruch College, and an AAS from TCI-College of Technology. Nadira is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration from Capella University.

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Yanill Quezada

Clinician

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Yanill is a bilingual Licensed Master Social Worker with experience working with individuals, throughout the lifespan, couples, and families. Serving a variety of clients from immigrant backgrounds and as a daughter of immigrants, she acknowledges the role our many identities play in how we navigate the world and understand how society, systems, and structures perpetuate oppression for minoritized populations. As a social worker, I use my power and privilege to address the inequities and injustices in our communities, with hopes of promoting collective healing. 

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Adam Kavalin

MSW Intern, Community Outreach and Partnerships

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Kamarra Straker

Billing Specialist

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Kamarra currently serves Agape as the Billing Specialist working to support the organization with managing all aspects of billing and payroll support.

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Alison Hunt, LMSW

Clinician

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Alison is a native Brooklynite with nearly twenty years of experience in social work providing individual and group counseling to youth and young adults addressing anxiety and depression relating to education, career and personal development. Alison earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina and master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  Alison is a licensed Master Social Worker in New York. 

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