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Meet Our Team

Trudy-Ann Gayle, PhD

Trudy-Ann Gayle is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides counseling and related services. Her clinical areas of specialization include working with adults diagnosed with mood and anxiety disorders and female survivors of sexual abuse. She also has training in working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). She works with all age ranges and people from different socioeconomic groups and ethnicities, but she particularly enjoys providing services to women of color.

Dr. Gayle has worked in a variety of settings such as hospitals, community mental health clinics (CMHCs), prisons, day treatment programs, bariatric clinics, and college counseling centers.

Dr. Gayle has held many administrative and leadership positions in her career. Upon receiving her doctorate of philosophy from the University of Rhode Island in 2011, she went on to pursue a career as an administrator at Interfaith Medical Center. She served as both an Inpatient psychiatric psychologist as well as clinical coordinator and director of clinical services for the inpatient psychiatric units during her tenure. She has also served as the Director and treatment team leader to an assertive community treatment (ACT) team.

Trudy-Ann Gayle, PhD

Dr. Gayle holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Hampton University where she graduated magna cum laude. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, Merced where she worked with the college student population and received certificates in cultural competency and minority issues in mental health. She holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island with certificates in minority studies and women's studies, and she received her postdoctoral training at State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase College where she also worked in college counseling with first-generation minority college students.

Among all of her educational achievements, Dr. Gayle enjoys teaching and mentorship. She taught for five years at the undergraduate level courses such as Introduction to Psychology and Abnormal Psychology. She has also provided clinical supervision and training to graduate students on internship and conducted seminars on minority issues in mental health and cultural competency as well as diagnostic evaluation and testing. She is not afraid to have difficult discussions about race and ethnicity and the oppression and marginalization that minority populations face in receiving mental health services and diagnostic challenges.

Currently, Dr. Gayle serves as an independent contractor and senior psychologist to the geriatric population in nursing homes, where she deals with issues such as death and dying and poor adjustment to illness and disabilities.

In 2015, Dr. Gayle, along with her husband Arron, who is a licensed social worker, cofounded Life Matters Psychological Services NYC LLC. Life Matters is a full-service private practice, providing individuals, couples, and groups with psychotherapy services. The practice serves a wide age range of clients from varying socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Dr. Gayle serves as director of clinical services, overseeing all clinical and diagnostic issues, as well as providing supervision and mentorship to students, mental health counselors, and master of social work clinicians. She and her husband jointly provide marriage and couples therapy, which gives a unique spin on couples' counseling, as clients benefit from different perspectives as well as being treated by a married couple.

Dr. Gayle describes herself as a devoted family person. She loves spending time with her family. She and her husband have been married for two-and-a-half years and have a son, Hudson whom they both adore. She also is an animal lover and has a spunky seven-year-old Morkie (Maltese and Yorkie) named Lyla.

Arron Muller, LMSW

Arron Muller is the chief operating officer and therapist at Life Matters, where he works alongside his wife, Dr. Trudy-Ann Gayle. Arron is also a certified school social worker for the Department of Education and a behavioral health consultant for Kings County anti-violence program (Kings Against Violence Initiative). Prior to this, he provided counseling to teens and adults battling substance abuse.

Arron Muller, LMSW

Arron Muller provides individual and couples counseling using a variety of evidence-based interventions in conjunction with the power of prayer and discernment to effectively assist his clients with their issues. Arron provides stress and anxiety trainings for nursing schools, attends career day at workshops, and was selected as the Expert Consultant for The's topic on "Black Love." Arron holds a master of social work degree from Adelphi University and certification as a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor.

Arron's mission is to change the stigma associated with mental health and therapy in the African American community by providing information, education, and low-cost services to combat stigma and lack of resources that may prevent people from seeking treatment. Arron lives in Queens, New York, with his wife Trudy-Ann and one-year-old son, Hudson.

Danielle Gayle, MSW

Danielle Gayle is a social worker and therapist at Life Matters. She specializes in working with women and women's issues. Danielle has served as a case manager in domestic violence shelters, providing women and children with support and assisting them in transitioning to safe and healthy lives in the community after leaving abusive relationships. Most recently, Danielle worked as a Medicaid service coordinator, assisting youth and their families in finding community support and providing families with reassurance and encouragement during difficult adolescent transitions. Danielle is warm and empathic in her therapeutic approach and believes in "meeting clients where they are."

Core Purpose
We exist so that people seeking the highest quality mental health services available can be served by specialty professionals who have committed to the unique excellence demanded by private practice. We believe that such connections powerfully support individuals, families, and the larger community in reaching their fullest potential. Together with those we serve, we lay the cornerstones for better lives.

Core Values
We aim to treat everyone we encounter with the level of care we would want for our own family members. The needs of clients, family members, referral sources, partner organizations, professional colleagues, and other stakeholders in the community become our important concerns as well. Responsiveness is offering our very best, in a timely and efficient manner, and to be as helpful as possible. We strive to do everything we can, for everyone we serve, every time.

We aim to improve our professional competence through ongoing education, consultation, experience, and reflection. Effectiveness means knowing and implementing the best treatment practices available, practicing within our areas of expertise, and referring clients to other resources whenever it is in their best interest.

We aim to support the development of individual interests, talents, and specialties by our clinical staff such that each clinician experiences ownership of his or her practice within the framework of our shared corporate identity. The individual dedication of our practitioners to their calling is our greatest strength. Cornerstone management provides the infrastructure to successfully navigate the constantly evolving business aspects of the healthcare marketplace, while clinicians develop and manage their own caseload by virtue of their clinical and service delivery excellence. We believe that this partnership creates the highest quality, enduring mental health services available and a highly rewarding practice model for our clinicians.