Founder, Executive Director



Board of Directors                               Board of Advisors                                   

Heike Buelau, Board Chair                       Claire Schultz

Megan Hait, Board Secretary                    Judith Katz  

Pilar Veru, Board Treasurer                      Rachel Weingeist

Violy McCausland-Seve                             Orietta Cavagnaro                         

Farah Jashanmal                                                                   




Clinical Staff / Therapists

Paula Josa-Jones, SEP, CMA, RSME/T

Rebecca Pappa, CAT-LP, ATR-PR  


Several years ago, Heike Buelau, Founder/Executive Director of The Changing Room 11 left a career in art/fashion and went on a personal mission. She was intent on understanding why female victims of physical/emotional violence and sexual assault get caught in a repetitive cycle of violence. Why couldn’t they break that chain of repeat victimization? After a year of in-depth research and countless hours forging relationships with a team of experienced clinicians, professionals, and advisors, Ms. Buleau identified a gap in services offered to women and girls in New York City.  The Changing Room was established with an operating model to break through treatment barriers using a holistic approach to the healing of trauma i.e. addressing all parts affected by the individual [body, mind and emotions]. The program provides important strategies and a range of tools that prepare victims of trauma for a life in which revictimization will no longer be an unavoidable consequence of their past.