Elinor Bock, Ph.D., Founder and Director 

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I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in working with adults, adolescents, and couples. I take an active and empathetic approach to psychotherapy by establishing mutually agreed upon therapeutic goals with my clients and providing a comfortable space to explore, discuss, and be heard.

My therapy style is rooted in psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral (CBT), and dialectical behavioral (DBT) therapies (see 'Services' tab for details), which I utilize to best meet the needs of my clients. With these approaches, I empower my clients to identify and achieve their goals by drawing on their unique individual strengths and minimizing their fear and anxiety. Further, they are able to gain a deeper understanding of who they are and how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors impact their functioning and relationships with others. 

Ultimately, my focus is on increasing my clients' self-awareness, helping them to reduce anxiety and tapping into their natural abilities to navigate obstacles. Through this process they can make deep and lasting changes in order to achieve what they want in life. Moreover, I enable my clients to develop tools to help them handle life’s difficulties and events that may come their way in the future.

I am fluent in Hebrew and also practice bilingual therapy.  

Training

I earned my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research. Throughout my studies, I received numerous awards for research on synchronicity in romantic relationships and teaching courses in psychology and neuropsychology. During my training, I worked at Lenox Hill Hospital - Northwell Health, Beth Israel Medical Center, and South Beach Psychiatric Center.


Meredith M. Pierson, Psy.D.

Life is filled with transitions that can challenge us in unique and unfamiliar ways. My work as a therapist centers upon the understanding that how we approach and overcome these challenges greatly impacts not only the quality of our daily lives, but the type of person we become. One of my main goals as a therapist is to help my clients better understand instances where they may get in their own way and to use this new knowledge for personal growth.

I help those struggling with demanding new roles, such as recent graduate, partner or spouse, divorcee, parent, retiree, widower or caregiver. As your therapist, I will support you through the uncertain times that surround change and partner with you in a way that will deepen your self-knowledge and enhance overall well-being. I take an open, honest, and non-judgemental stance, when collaborating with my clients providing a new relationship through which to explore their concerns. 

I work with adults, both individuals and couples, and have expertise working with older individuals and those facing questions related to caregiving, aging and loss. 

I am trained in Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), Psychodynamic and Interpersonal Therapies (see ‘Services’ tab for details). Using techniques from these models, I provide concrete skills to alleviate symptoms and create a better sense of wellbeing while also working to enhance overall awareness of problematic patterns.

Training

I received my Masters in Psychology from the New School for Social Research in NYC and subsequently earned my Doctorate from Long Island University in Brookville, NY. During my training, I held clinical positions at my University’s Counseling Center, the Manhattan VA, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, and Kings County Hospital. I obtained my post-doctorate hours in Geropsychology from Northwell Health at Zucker Hillside Hospital where I worked with adults 65 and older as a part of a multidisciplinary team that treated complex physical, cognitive, and psychological concerns common in this population. 


Erica Rosenthal, Ph.D.

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As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, I believe the most important relationship is the one that we have with ourselves. The inevitable challenges that life throws at us can make this relationship stormy, elusive, or overbearing. Through a collaborative and nonjudgmental stance with my clients, I utilize psychotherapy as a venue to explore the thoughts, behaviors, and relationship experiences that contribute to and maintain current difficulties. I believe such self-reflection, in a respectful and empathic space, is paramount to making significant and lasting changes. I strive to move clients towards their personal goals while helping them to develop an authentic understanding of themselves along the way.

I work with adults and couples experiencing a range of personal and mental health concerns. I conduct psychotherapy from a psychodynamic foundation and integrate CBT and DBT techniques (see ‘Services’ tab for details) to target symptoms and improve overall well-being. Due to my extensive research and clinical experience on attachment and child development, I have a unique specialty in working with parents and adults with traumatic childhood experiences. Additionally, I have expertise in the treatment of Personality Disorders.

Training

I earned my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research. My doctoral research focused on limit-setting in toddlerhood and its relationship with maternal representations of attachment. In recognition of this work, I was awarded the Alfred J. Marrow Award in Psychology from the New School for Social Research. During my clinical training, I worked at Montefiore Medical Center, The New School Counseling Center, Mt. Sinai Beth Israel, Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s, South Beach Psychiatric Center, and the New School Psychotherapy Program.

I previously served as the Clinical Associate Director of the Regional Partnership Grant Program at Montefiore Medical Center, a federally funded research program in collaboration with NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services. This program is aimed at improving child welfare outcomes for families with parental substance use disorders.


Devon Harrison, Ph.D.

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Sometimes we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or just stuck, uncertain how to access the life we want to live, unsure how to feel better.  I help clients examine their patterns, better understand their unique life situations, and forge a path toward real change.  Through compassionate curiosity, I invite my clients to deepen self-awareness and hear themselves in a new way.

As your therapist, I bring a thoughtful presence, a sense of humor, and an honest style of communication. Together, we will form goals for your personal growth, face difficult truths, and tap into your innate resilience.

My work is psychodynamically informed and integrative, often pulling from the mindfulness tradition as well as using CBT and DBT skills and strategies.  I work with adolescents, adults, and couples to help navigate major life transitions, cope with relationship strain, or tackle feelings of panic and emptiness. I also provide short-term premarital counseling for couples looking to strengthen and improve their connection. I have expertise in working with LGBTQ+ clients and welcome all people into my practice.

Training

I earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The City University of New York- The Graduate Center and a Masters in Human Development from Tufts University.  I have held positions at Beth Israel, The Psychological Center, The Addiction Institute, and The Graduate Center Counseling Center.


Scott Sasso, Ph.D.

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Psychotherapy can be used to ease people through stressful life transitions, a sense of feeling stuck, as well as depression and anxiety. Through my nonjudgmental but straightforward approach, I help my clients enhance their self-awareness and develop important skill sets to navigate difficult circumstances. I also believe it essential to learn about one’s family of origin and the impact this can have on current relationships.

I highly value the connection I have with my clients and I make every effort to foster a therapeutic environment that feels natural and authentic. Within this environment, clients can grow and reach their full potential.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are most influential on my work as a clinician. Additionally, my extensive work with socioeconomically and racially diverse populations throughout New York City as well as with military veterans has afforded me a wide array of training and educational opportunities. I also have a particular expertise with group psychotherapy, a format that allows for real time interpersonal growth, risk-taking, and feedback in a safe environment.

Training

I received my Ph.D. in psychology from Long Island University-Brooklyn. My training experiences consisted of acute inpatient psychotherapy at Beth Israel Medical Center, college counseling, HIV+ outpatient clinic psychotherapy, and advanced training at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. I completed my psychology internship at the Manhattan Veterans Affairs hospital with a particular focus on group therapy and PTSD. My research examined the complexities of emotional responses in the face of social rejection.


Simone Humphrey, Psy.D. 

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As your psychologist, my aim is to help you feel confident and authentic in yourself and with your relationships. Our sessions are held in a safe, empathic, and compassionate environment. My style is active and direct, helping to quickly identify your core issues. Together, we will work to explore the challenges you have experienced in order to understand what is keeping you from achieving your goals. Our work will provide you with tools to overcome difficult situations in the future and create a more meaningful life.

I practice collaboratively and creatively, integrating various modalities, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness, depending on what works for you. I have extensive experience working with diverse populations of all ages, and specialize in the treatment of trauma, romantic relationship issues, couples therapy, challenges in self-esteem, and LGBTQ+ clients.

Training

I earned my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University and have held clinical positions at Columbia University Medical Center, Veterans Affairs hospitals, Newark Beth Israel Hospital, and the counseling center at Rutgers University. My doctoral research focused on the implementation of a couples workshop based on Emotionally Focused Therapy, a couples treatment model based on the science of love, helping partners to identify negative patterns in their relationship and communicate effectively.


Lina Perl, Psy.D.

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Often, we seek therapy when we feel overwhelmed—by anxiety, depression, a life transition or a difficult relationship. I create an empathic, non-judgmental space where you can catch your breath, regain your balance, and, ultimately, become more confident, settled and secure.

I have an active style, but I believe that the best therapy happens when we work collaboratively. Together, we’ll identify the patterns that are holding you back, as well as your unique strengths. I tailor my approach to best address your needs and abilities, and I provide straightforward strategies and insights drawn on my extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Internal Family Systems. I believe authenticity, honesty, and humor, are critical components to an effective treatment.

I work with adolescents, adults and families, and I have specialized training in working with young adults as they transition through college and their 20s, as well as working with new parents.

Training

I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University.  During my training, I held positions at Family Services of Westchester, Montefiore Hospital and Jacobi Hospital.  I completed my doctoral internship at Westchester Jewish Community Services where I received specialized training in treating trauma.


William Calabrese, Ph.D.

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Often, we can find ourselves stuck on a feeling, caught in a rut, or narrowly focused on something in our lives that isn’t serving us. My work focuses on broadening our lens to fully take in the vitality and rich textures of life and opening up to get a clearer sense for what we need. Together, we’ll develop skills to approach life in a way that nourishes us; and thus, those around us.

I have a warm, open, curiosity to learning about my clients’ unique paths and values. This helps me to understand which techniques to pull from to best meet my clients’ individual needs.

As a Licensed Psychologist, I draw from various treatment modalities, including cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT, Schema Therapy, Behavioral Activation), mindfulness-based therapies (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and spiritual practices (meditation, grounding).

Training

I received my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University at Buffalo, SUNY and completed my clinical internship at the Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinic at Pacific University in Oregon. My research has focused primarily on novel methods of personality assessment to better understand how our traits impact our functioning and relationships. Currently, I’m continuing this line of work at the Mood and Personality Research Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai.


Zakieh Bigio Klurfeld, Ph.D.

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Life brings unexpected challenges; however, each of us can thrive when given the support and tools that we need. My style is warm and collaborative. Together, we will clarify what you hope to get out of our therapy sessions, identify what is currently holding you back from reaching these goals, and build on your natural resilience to achieve them. I utilize both psychodynamic therapy and cognitive behavior therapy, depending on your particular needs. Furthermore, I believe that your personal and cultural identity informs our work together and will help shape meaningful progress. I have extensive experience working with people navigating relationship and career difficulties, as well as anxiety, depression, and loss.

Training

I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from Hofstra University. I completed my internship at Montefiore Medical Center where I worked with individuals across the lifespan with complex trauma. I have also held positions at Northwell Health and the counseling center at Fordham University where I worked with college and graduate students in crisis. My doctoral research examined how adults grieve and grow in similar ways after bereavement, divorce, and job loss.


Rachel Diamond, Ph.D.

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I take an honest, empathetic, and active approach to understanding my clients, where they can feel safe, comfortable, and heard. I recognize that each individual comes to therapy for various reasons, and through collaborative discussions, we can navigate and explore those needs together, finding the best approach.

My therapy style is integrative, as I greatly value the flexibility it affords. I pull from various treatment modalities, including, but not limited to, psychodynamic, mindfulness-based, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral therapies, adapting treatment to each individual case based on a variety of factors. Ultimately, my goal is to provide practical tools to alleviate symptoms and cope with present life challenges, while also helping to build a stronger sense of self, awareness, and well-being in an environment that feels safe and comforting.

I work with adults, emerging adults, adolescents, and couples, and specialize in mindfulness and mind-body pathways to wellness. I also have expertise in college mental health, group psychotherapy, and psychological assessment.

Training

I earned my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University-Brooklyn, from which I have also earned my Master’s. I have also received a Master’s in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in spirituality and mind body practices from Columbia University. I have been trained in a variety of mindfulness-based and meditation practices and have integrated this work into my clinical practice, in many different capacities. I have held clinical positions at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Gouverneur Hospital, High Focus Centers, and counseling centers at Stony Brook University and Long Island University-Brooklyn.