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Behavioral Associates Staff

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Meet the Behavioral Associates Team

Dr. Robert Reiner has been directing a diverse team at Behavioral Associates since he founded the company in 1988. Each staff member was chosen for their unique specialty and ability to add value to the Behavioral Associates team. This includes licensed psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, as well as a team of supervised trainees from the top programs across the country.

Our Staff

Robert H. Reiner, PhD BCN BCB, Executive Director and Founder, has been practicing psychology since 1981. After receiving his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, he went on to get his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Alabama and serve his clinical internship at Bellevue Hospital.

Dr. Reiner is well known for his work in treating anxiety and phobias through biofeedback and Virtual Reality Therapy. He has been credited for this work in articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Daily News, USA Today, Newsweek and Time Out magazine. He has specifically had great success in treating patients for fear of flying as an innovator in Virtual Reality Therapy. Learn more about Dr. Reiner

Michael Fraser, PhD, Chief of Staff, is a New York State-Licensed Clinical Psychologist who works with adults, teenagers, children, couples, and families. He received his Bachelor in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University and went on to earn a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Temple University. Over the past 23 years, Dr. Fraser has been providing psychological services in both Philadelphia and New York City in a wide range of settings. Outside of Dr. Fraser’s private practice, he has worked in hospital outpatient and inpatient psychiatric units, elementary, middle and high school settings, and college counseling centers.

Dr. Fraser has recently increased his attention on what is known in the field as “positive psychology.” While many individuals use therapy effectively to alleviate what can be considered “negative symptoms,” such as depression, phobias and anger, he believes it is possible to benefit from therapy to enhance performance in certain areas, such as relationship building, public speaking, and athletics.

Heather Davidson, Psy.D, BCN, is a New York State licensed psychologist with specialized training in child and adolescent treatment and board certification in neurofeedback. Her main areas of clinical expertise include ADHD, oppositional defiance disorder, anxiety, and OCD. She is also extensively trained in neuropsychological assessment and utilizes a unique approach by combining traditional psychological testing measures with qEEG (a non-invasive brain scan). Although she specializes in child psychology, she works with patients of all ages, specifically with biofeedback, neurofeedback and Virtual Reality Therapy. 

Dr. Heather Davidson received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from West Virginia University and both her Masters of Arts and Doctoral degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She also holds certifications from Columbia University in suicide assessment and The Albert Ellis Institute in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).

Dr. Davidson is the Director of Child and Adolescent Services and the Director of Clinical Training at Behavioral Associates. She created both the postdoctoral fellowship and doctoral externship program and continues to supervise psychology students at various levels on the implementation of CBT, neurofeedback, biofeedback, virtual reality exposure therapy, and neuropsychological assessment. 

Scott Lloyd, PhD BCN, Director of Therapeutic Technology, has been helping to grow the technology department at Behavioral Associates since joining us in 2009. He obtained a double major in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Cincinnati before receiving his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with health emphasis from Yeshiva University. Concurrently, he pursued a minor in Neuropsychology continuing his role as a multicultural psychologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital in the divisions of aging and dementia and the child learning center. In the area of health psychology he also received training from the accredited Tobacco Treatment program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Dr. Lloyd has contributed extensively to our advancement in the use of biofeedback and neurofeedback as treatment protocols. He has helped hundreds of clients achieve their goals of independence from disabling symptoms of anxiety, addiction, depression and learning disabilities. An experienced interpreter and translator, he has helped tailor studies on patient-provider communication, panic disorder and asthma for use within a monolingual Spanish-speaking population.

Joshua Dredze, Psy.D., received his undergraduate degree from Yeshiva University before earning his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hartford. While pursuing his Psy.D., he specialized in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-based Therapies. Dr. Dredze completed his fellowship at the Albert Ellis Institute and is an Associate Fellow in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Dredze specializes in treating anxiety and mood disorders, addictions, and trauma, as well as in assessments for a host of presenting problems.

Gabriela A. Hundorfean, MD, studied psychiatry at the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania and did her residency the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. In addition to seeing patients at Behavioral Associates, Dr. Hundorfean is the Medical Director at two substance Abuse Clinics and, works at the Rockland Psychiatric Hospital and is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine.

Dr. Hundorfean has performed research in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Seasonal Variation of Attempted Suicide and Transcultural Issues in Sex Therapy. She is a valuable member of our staff with her vast experience in the field of psychiatry as well as her fluency in Romanian, Spanish and English.

Gloria Redlener RN, BSN, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Miami. She specialized in psychiatric nursing and has extensive clinical experience with children, families and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Prior to her work in staff development, she was a nursing supervisor skilled in crisis intervention and behavior management. She pursued a career in school nursing and continued her work with individuals and groups. In addition, she accompanied mobile medical units to help victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

Susan J. Manin, LCSW, is a Psychiatric Social Worker receiving both her Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Science at the New York University School of Social Work. Susan has been seeing patients at Behavioral Associate since 2002. Following 9/11 she worked as a senior therapist for Project Liberty, which offered psychological support to local survivors of the attack.

Susan works extensively with patients suffering from a wide range of diagnoses. Anxiety and depression are areas of concentration, but her experience working with polysubstance abuse, and personality disorders has fortified her eclectic approach to treatment.

Natalie Wallace, LCSW, BCN, Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Center received her Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia University after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Delaware. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy and has experience treating a range of disorders including anxiety, depression, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and borderline personality disorder. Natalie has had great success helping patients increase motivation for change, minimize negative behavior patterns, and cope more effectively with painful emotions. In addition to private practice, she has worked in an elementary school and an outpatient mental health facility.

Maribel Rivera, LCSW-R, is a bilingual-bicultural psychotherapist committed to the Latino community. She graduated from La Universidad de Santo Tomás de Aquino in Bogotá, Colombia as a clinical psychologist, and later received her Master’s degree in clinical social work from New York University. Mrs. Rivera has extensive experience working at outpatient clinics throughout New York City and Westchester county since 1995. She has ample experience working with families, couples and children using the family system, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy models. In addition to her private practice, she has also served as the coordinator of the Multicultural Program at Mental Health Association of Westchester and as the co-chairperson for the Alianza Latina Mental Health Provider in Westchester county.

Sarah Friedman, LMSW, MS, is passionate about providing excellent mental health care with sustainable results to adults and couples. Sarah uses a strengths-based approach and specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, grief and trauma. With couples she focuses on strengthening a secure attachment, deepening connection, and decreasing conflict. Sarah primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT), the Gottman Method, as well as mindfulness and somatic exercises for stabilization. Sarah enjoys learning and improving professionally and is Level 1 trained in EFIT, has completed basic training in EMDR, and is currently pursuing EMDR certification. Sarah holds a Master in Social Work from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Applied Statistics from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Valerie Smith, LMSW, Director of Personnel Assessment, carries a Master of Social Work from the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and Bachelor of Social Work from Adelphi University. At Behavioral Associates, Valerie utilizes mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of various conditions and issues, with specializations in women who have experienced complex trauma and people who are undergoing grief and bereavement. Valerie carries the philosophy that all individuals can achieve serenity, wellness, and wholeness through the courage to work on themselves, which begins with the strength to enter therapy. In addition, as the Director of Personnel Assessment, Valerie is responsible for the sourcing, recruitment, and hiring of candidates to join the impressive Behavioral Associates team of psychotherapists. Prior to joining Behavioral Associates, Valerie worked as a psychotherapist at a private practice, as well as a clinician and program manager at a community mental health agency. Finally, Valerie is a Usui reiki practitioner, and a forest therapy guide trained through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.

Didier Philoctete, LMSW, M. Ed., holds a Master of Education with a specialization in School Counseling from Alfred University, a Masters in Social Work, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has worked in multiple settings throughout his professional career including schools, hospitals, mental health centers, and shelters throughout New York City. Didier utilizes evidenced-based modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help his clients gain new perspectives, decrease symptoms, and increase personal strengths. He enjoys working with children and adults and has extensive experience working with clients who have experienced trauma. Prior to Behavioral Associates, Didier worked as a Dean of Students at an elementary school.

Mackenson David, LCSW, holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Mackenson has over 15 years’ experience working with adolescents and adults and uses a collaborative approach to help patients explore patterns and provide practices toward coping, self- care, and personal growth. He is trained in CBT, DBT, mindfulness and self-compassionate approaches to anxiety, depression, trauma and a wide variety of mental health concerns. He believes that clients have the answers and by utilizing his means of therapy they will find a deeper awareness of who they are, who they want to become, and how to propel onto a path of healing, growth, and actualization.

Daisy Dinh LMSW, holds a Master of Social Work from Adelphi University and a dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Throughout her career, she has worked for hospitals, mental health and substance use clinics, and provided in-home therapy services to families. She has exemplary experience providing therapeutic services to adolescents, adults and families. Daisy utilizes evidenced-based modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness to assist clients with managing their symptoms and capitalizing on their strengths to foster the recovery process. Prior to Behavioral Associates, Daisy worked as a program director for a preventive services program.

Juliana Caffrey, LCSW, received her Master’s of Science in Social Work at Columbia University with a focus in school-based and school-linked services and a concentration in advanced clinical practice. Juliana has experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy, and Parent Management Training. Juliana enjoys working with adults and children and has experience working in clinical settings and as a school social worker in New York City schools. Juliana has had success in helping clients through an array of concerns including, depression, anxiety, attention deficits, executive functioning, low self-esteem, and family conflicts. Juliana is passionate about personalizing treatment for each client and empowering clients to meet their goals and live to their truest potential.

Ami Colon, LMHC, NCC, NYSPS, earned a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University and holds a license in Mental Health Counseling. Ami uses cognitive behavioral therapy and client-centered methods to treat anxiety, depression and other psychological and personality disorders, and is passionate about helping clients realize their potential. Ami works with individuals and couples and has specialty backgrounds in trauma care, forensic counseling and LGBTQIA-populations.

Stephanie Gemelli, MHC-LP, NCC received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the St. John’s University after receiving her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) at the SUNY Binghamton University. In addition to private practice, she has experience working in school settings predominantly with children holding a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), providing at-home services to children with ASD, and working in an inpatient mental health facility. Stephanie has an eclectic therapeutic approach utilizing evidence-based modalities such as CBT, DBT, ACT, and mindfulness-based practices. She has a background working with individuals with anxiety, depression, developmental disorders, psychotic disorders, and borderline personality disorder. She prioritizes creating a safe nonjudgmental space for clients from diverse backgrounds and experiences to build a life worth living. Stephanie has experience assisting clients with exploring their individual values, creating appropriate goals with a compassionate lens, identifying unhelpful beliefs and/or unhealthy behaviors, increasing healthy coping skills, and utilizing clients strengths to improve overall wellness. Her therapeutic style is adaptable to each client’s personality ranging from warm, respectful, and direct to encouraging with humoristic relief.  She has a strong belief that regardless of what the path looks like or how long it will take, all clients can reach their goals and improve the quality of their life.

Cara Camacho, MHC-LP received her Master’s degree in Forensic Mental Health Counseling at John Jay College of Criminal Justice after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Hunter College.  She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and has worked in private practice as well as institutional settings including substance abuse rehabilitation centers, court programs and prisons helping patients from diverse backgrounds gain more awareness of the thoughts that influence their behaviors and create their realities.  Cara has been most effective in helping patients increase their awareness of limiting thoughts and behaviors that undermine their success and long term goals while simultaneously assisting patients in building a reservoir of positive coping skills and resources primarily through CBT and DBT.

Yamil Sarabia, M.S., is a senior Mental Health Counseling intern from New York University.  Her training includes vocational counseling and working with multi-cultural and LGBTQ+ individuals.  With an intuitive holistic perspective, she utilizes CBT, Positive Psychology, Narrative therapy, Existential therapy and Mindfulness techniques to assist clients to rise up out of limiting and restrictive behaviors, thoughts and emotionality in order to live productive lives they love by anchoring into their true being.

Deborah Missud, MA, EdM, MHC-LP received her double master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University after receiving her bachelor’s in psychology from Elon University with a minor concentration in neuroscience. Deborah utilizes a collaborative, person-centered approach, holistically considering the client to meet individual needs. Deborah provides a safe space to explore how maladaptive thoughts and behaviors contribute to distress, while emphasizing strengths to move clients toward empowerment and healing. Prior to Behavioral Associates, Deborah worked in college counseling, community mental health, and with loved ones of those with personality disorders.

Danusha Selva Kumar, M.A., is a PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Fordham University. She has experience conducting therapy in outpatient settings with both adults and children. She has also worked in smoking cessation and alcohol abuse counseling at an outpatient clinic for patients with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Additionally, Danusha worked at a rehabilitation center where she provided neuropsychological assessments for individuals across the lifespan. Danusha is passionate about providing evidence-based treatments to individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds. She prioritizes the importance of rapport and empathy, and aims to provide a safe and culturally sensitive space for her clients.

Matthew Corwin, M.A., is a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program at William Paterson University. He graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Providence College, and received a M.A. in Clinical Psychology, with a concentration in research methods from Columbia University. His previous clinical rotation included inpatient and outpatient behavioral health treatment in a hospital setting.

Connor Carey MS, MHC-LP Connor earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Manhattan College and a bachelor’s in psychology from Long Island University. They have experience working with adults at both an out-patient day treatment center and a college counseling center. Using evidence-based interventions including CBT, DBT, and mindfulness practices Connor has thoughtfully assisted clients accomplish a variety of goals. Connor has success creating cooperative treatment plans for symptoms of depression, anxiety, phobias, addiction, ADD, and trauma. They hold the client-therapist relationship in high esteem and strive to create a supportive place for clients to explore and challenge their maladaptive beliefs and behaviors. Connor is knowledgeable of and an advocate for the mental health of gender-nonconforming individuals, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and BIPOC.

Grace Lawton, LMSW received her Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia University after earning her Bachelor of Science in Communications at Boston University. She is a psychotherapist and clinical social worker who takes collaborative, strengths-based approach with patients to help address negative behavioral patterns, build and strengthen healthy coping skills, and increase motivation for change in their life. Her training has focused on evidence-based modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and motivational interviewing for the treatment of anxiety-related and depressive disorders as well as stress management, relationship challenges, and career-related concerns. Additionally, Grace currently facilitates Behavioral Associates’ DBT Skills Training Groups offered virtually on a weekly basis.

Mary Rom, MHC-LP – Mary desires to create a space in which her clients feel accepted, heard, validated, and motivated as they work through the challenges that life has to offer. Her therapeutic style is respectful, open, warm, and friendly with the occasional usage of corny metaphors and humor, and playfulness. She believes in having an open dialogue and accountability for herself and her clients. Mary has a skill set in psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness cognitive behavioral therapy. Mary has a strong passion to help clients develop a greater sense of self-esteem, self-love, and compassion for others, while simultaneously building their communication skills, and improving conflict resolution skills in their daily lives. She has experience working with individuals who have feelings of worthlessness, anxiety, depression, and work related-stress. In addition to this, Mary is passionate about assisting clients in creating and maintaining boundaries and building on their communication and assertiveness skills.

Morgan DeLeo, LMSW received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Widener University with a focus on trauma specialized treatment. Throughout her career, she has worked in mental health clinics with clients ranging from children, adults, and families. Morgan has experience utilizing evidence based modalities; such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, attachment- based therapy, systems theory, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness. Her approach is strength-based and client-focused to create a unique plan to assist clients with meeting their goals and therapeutic needs. She has experience working in the therapeutic setting with clients who experienced depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, addiction, grief/ loss, developmental disabilities, post traumatic stress disorder, and life transitions. As well as being a therapist at Behavioral Associates, she is the Director of the Myndlift, a neurofeedback program.

Erin Weinreich, LMSW received her Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University. For many years, Erin has had the privilege of working with the elderly population, specifically Holocaust Survivors. After receiving a certificate in Child and Family Welfare, Erin is finally making that move to working with children and young adults. At Behavioral Associates, Erin utilizes a collaborative, person centered approach with a focus on mindfulness and Cognitive behavioral therapy. Erin believes strongly in journaling and motivation interviewing.

Paige Scrofani, LMSW, holds a Master of Social Work from the New York University Silver School of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clark University. Paige believes in the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship and collaborative psychotherapy experiences. She takes an active approach with her clients, working to support them in improving their overall wellness while also meeting their personal goals. Paige works from a trauma-informed, anti-racist lens and incorporates mindfulness meditation in her practice. She has experience working with children, families, adults, and couples. She comes from a recovery-oriented model and believes that each individual should feel heard and treated with dignity and respect. The primary modalities that Paige incorporates in her practice are motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Tanika Eason, MHC, MS

Currently a two-and-a-half-year doctoral student working towards a doctorate in Developmental Psychology at Walden University. Tanika graduated with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Her professional repertoire encompasses over 8 years’ experience stemming from direct care to clinical services. Throughout her career Tanika has assessed a number of  children, adolescents, and parents for services that addresses and meets the needs of their family dynamics.

She has experience working with the Juvenile delinquent population, at risk youth, and their families with an extended amount of trauma.  Tanika has worked in close capacities with children and adults with experience in, home-based therapy, multi-Systemic therapy, Family functioning therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, and Integrated Treatment Models(ITM). She has serviced chronic delinquent youth and their families who have presented with substance abuse, peer difficulties, behavioral/ mental health issues, and family troubles.

Her goal is to continue providing therapeutic treatment services to positively influence, bring a sense of community, growth, and trust to others.

Juliana Graham, LMSW, received her Master of Science in Social Work with a concentration in clinical mental health at Columbia University after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Elon University. Juliana specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy to provide collaborative treatment for clients experiencing mood, anxiety, and personality disorders. She harnesses an eclectic, strengths-based approach to helping clients challenge maladaptive patterns of behavior and develop effective coping strategies. Juliana works to create an empathetic therapeutic space that fosters self-esteem building and strengthens emotional processing skills. Juliana has previous experience providing school-based counseling services to adolescents as well as working in an outpatient psychiatric facility.

Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows and Externs

Faith Schombs, DClinPsy (Postdoctoral Fellow), received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Connecticut College, her Master of Arts in Psychology from New York University (NYU), and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University College London (UCL). She has experience treating a wide range of mental health concerns in both inpatient and outpatient settings with individuals, families and groups of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Dr. Schombs is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Parent Management Therapy/Training (PMT), Systemic Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, and will work with you to tailor the best, most effective treatment plan for your needs and goals. She is additionally trained in psychological/neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Schombs understands that committing to therapy is a big step and aims to provide a safe, nonjudgmental, and supportive space for you. Dr. Schombs also practices through a culturally sensitive lens and is fluent in Mandarin.

Kathy Antigua, MST, is a rising Bilingual School Psychologist completing her second masters degree at Fordham University (Spring of 2022). At Fordham, Kathy has studied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has training in both CBT and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Additionally, Kathy has over six years of experience working with adolescents and their families as a Special Educator in private, public, and charter sectors. Kathy has worked with clients in both one-on-one and group settings to help support them through anxiety, depression, ADHD, and various personality disorders. She enjoys working collaboratively with clients and stakeholders to create a support system that provides culturally and linguistically sensitive consultation and treatment regardless of background and social status while utilizing evidence-based practices to serve clients in meeting their best potential with quality support services.

Harneet Sahni, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow), received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Stony Brook University, and her Master of Science and Doctorate in School Psychology from Fordham University. She has experience treating a wide range of mental health concerns in various inpatient settings with individuals, families and groups of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Dr. Sahni is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Parent Management Therapy/Training (PMT), and Play Therapy, and will work with you to tailor the best, most effective treatment plan for your needs and goals. Dr. Sahni also utilizes art and music in her therapy, especially with children. She is additionally trained in psychological/neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Sahni believes that all individuals can see past their diagnoses if provided an inclusive, safe, compassionate environment which enables them to be resourceful, resilient, responsible and engaged world citizens. Dr. Sahni also practices through a culturally sensitive lens and is fluent in Punjabi and Hindi.

Madison Seger, M.S.Ed. (Psychology Extern), is a PhD candidate in Fordham University’s Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Colgate University and her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University. She has experience providing holistic, culturally sensitive, long- and short-term psychotherapy to address a wide range of concerns. Madison is also trained in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, psychodynamic therapy, and neuropsychological, personality, and neurobehavioral assessment. She has also experience working with individuals with traumatic brain injury and their family in a rehabilitation and neuropsychology research setting. Madison believes that therapy is not “one size fits all” and will work with you to create an individualized therapeutic experience aimed at creating lasting change.

Dana DeFilippo, M.S. (Clinical Extern) , received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Columbia University, her Masters of Science in Psychology from St. John’s University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate at St. John’s University. Dana is trained in evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). She is also trained in psychological and neuropsychological assessment across a wide age range with a variety of developmental, behavioral, academic, and professional needs. Her current doctoral research focuses on integrating technology and psychotherapy. Dana believes that therapy should be a collaborative process and strives to provide individualized treatment catered to a client’s needs and goals.

Natalie N. Gatti, M.A., Clinical Predoctoral Intern, is a Psy. D. Candidate in Counseling Psychology program with an emphasis in social justice and advocacy at Saint Elizabeth University. She earned a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology and Counseling from Saint Elizabeth University. Her previous clinical rotation included private practice focusing on cognitive deficits and memory loss, psychiatric hospital, and college counseling center. Natalie has experience providing psychotherapeutic and neurocognitive rehabilitation services to patients with presenting illnesses specific to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), post-stroke, and neurocognitive deficits. More specifically, she uses positive neuropsychology which focuses on promoting brain health and nonpharmacological interventions to help MCI patients make lifestyle changes that help stabilize or potentially reverse their condition. Moreover, Natalie encompasses experience treating people with a broad spectrum of psychiatric and substance use disorders that impact their neurocognitive and affective-behavioral function. She aims to incorporate a collaborative approach with her patients and together they will set new goals, and find the ways to achieve them. Natalie is passionate about utilizing a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches to people of diverse cultural backgrounds. She values the vital role rapport and empathy plays in the therapeutic process and aims to create a safe space that is culturally sensitive for her patients. She thrives to help her patients feel empowered because their symptoms leave them feeling powerless. Most notably, Natalie aims to instill and restore hope in her patients so that they can function to their fullest potential.

Administrative Team

Alethia Williams, Office Manager, Insurance Specialist, Director of Undergraduate Internships, has been with Behavioral Associates for seven years. She is currently continuing her education at Hunter College-CUNY and hopes to pursue her JD degree, specializing in Medical Malpractice and Healthcare law. At Behavioral Associates, she maintains daily operations and handles insurance claims as well as patient accounts. Alethia is also the point of contact and facilitator for undergraduate students, helping them to obtain administrative internships in this vast and competitive field.

Brandon Bernardi, BA, Executive Assistant, has been with Behavioral Associates since 2018 where he served as an undergraduate intern and was subsequently hired on to the administrative team in 2019. Currently, he assists in facilitating the daily operations of the office and also manages our social media presence. Brandon is currently pursuing graduate study to become a School Psychologist. Additionally, he has received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology, with a minor in Political Science, from Hunter College-CUNY.

Annie Reiner, BA, Research Associate, started out at Behavioral Associates as an intern. Currently, she is a recruiter and administrator for the “Shining New Light on Dementia Treatment” clinical trial. Annie received her Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College where she majored in Psychology. She plans on going to graduate school to complete a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

 

Samuel Reiner, Administrative Intern

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