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daniel_sellingDr. Daniel Selling, Director

Dr. Daniel Selling is a licensed psychologist who provides empowering solutions to individuals, couples, and families. His expertise in key aspects of mental health care draws on unique and extensive experience as a private clinician on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and former service as a leading psychologist for the City of New York.Read More

Dr. Selling’s therapeutic model for couples blends traditional components of counseling and
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with an innovative, Family-Systems approach that is active,
present, and focused on the nuances of communication and intimacy in relationships.

He encourages couples to face their challenges head-on while exploring opportunities for individual growth as well as mutual understanding and nurturing.

Dr. Selling also has wide-ranging experience diagnosing and successfully treating Anxiety and Depression through a synthesis of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused therapeutic perspectives.

Prior to founding the Williamsburg Therapy Group, Dr. Selling served as the Executive Director of Mental Health and Director of Substance Abuse Treatment for the New York City jail system. He maintained a private practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and was a member of the city’s Cognitive Health Group. In addition, Dr. Selling is an expert in Forensic Psychology and Mental Health Disability.

Dr. Selling serves on the Board of Trustees for CASES, an alternative sentencing non-profit; mission driven to provide alternative sentencing to criminal justice involved clients in the 5 boroughs.

Dr. Naomi Ben-Ami, Assistant Director

Dr. Naomi Ben-Ami is a licensed clinical psychologist who conducts psychotherapy with both individuals and couples. She specializes in issues related to depression, anxiety, relationship problems, identity struggles, life adjustments and transitions, issues related to sex and sexuality, and trauma. She also has experience working with Read More

clients to manage strong emotions, chronic shame, and self-criticism.
Dr. Ben-Ami is a client-centered, solution-focused, integrative therapist. Her treatment approach draws largely from Dialectal Behavior Therapy, insight oriented psychotherapies, and mindfulness and cognitive and behavioral based models.

In the room, Dr. Ben-Ami seeks to create a warm, collaborative, and supportive environment, and is an active participant in sessions. Dr. Ben-Ami integrates opposing therapeutic strategies, including balancing acceptance of current circumstances while also working towards change, and gently challenging clients, while also providing validation and support. Dr. Ben-Ami works with clients to gain insight into patterns of thinking and behavior in the service of enhancing self awareness and developing more effective and creative solutions to life’s challenges. Dr. Ben-Ami also highlights and utilizes the individual’s inherent strengths and skills to promote growth and maximize the potential of clients.

Dr. Ben-Ami received her masters and doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Her doctoral research and related publications have focused on adults who experienced parental alienation in their childhood. Her previous clinical experience includes work as a staff psychologist at the Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital’s Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders as well as positions in New York based college counseling centers and community mental health clinics.

shane_konradShane Konrad, MD
Director, Williamsburg Psychiatry Group

Shane Konrad, MD is a licensed physician practicing adult psychiatry with a holistic approach to patient care which includes psychotherapy, proper diet and exercise, and medication management.

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Read More

Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy–the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” –Dr. Brené Brown.
Dr. Konrad believes that our inner resistance to facing our fears and vulnerabilities includes the initial resistance to reach out for help. In addition to medication management, Dr. Konrad takes an integrative approach to psychotherapy. He helps each patient utilize individual strengths and problem solve by bringing together aspects of their affective, cognitive, behavioral, and physiological systems.

Dr. Konrad completed his general psychiatry training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also completed subspecialty fellowship training at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Konrad specializes in treating young adults & adults for a wide variety of issues including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, substance abuse disorders, and LGBT issues.

robert_royROBERT ROY, MD
PSYCHIATRIST, WILLIAMSBURG PSYCHIATRY GROUP

Robert D. Roy, M.D. is a licensed physician who has been a practicing Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacologist for over 25 years.

“You are the true expert on yourself and your struggles. I will bring my skills, my experience, and my concern to help us to focus on finding the treatment options that fit you best.” Read More

He has had broad and extensive experience treating a variety of populations, including children, adolescents, young and older adults, and seniors. Always striving for a collaborative approach with his patients as well as his colleagues, Dr. Roy has so far had a varied range of professional positions including: Medical Director of a large suburban community mental health center, Senior Psychiatrist in a large forensic setting, Medical Director of an intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program, Consulting Psychiatrist to alcohol and methadone treatment programs, and as solo practitioner in his suburban private practice. In addition to working psychotherapeutically and psychopharmacologically with people who present with depression, anxiety, and other mood and thought disorders, Dr.Roy’s special clinical interests include ADHD, anxiety/depression, office-based addiction treatment including the prescribing of Suboxone, and differential diagnosis in complex cases. Dr. Roy has a strong belief that working with patients must be a true collaboration in order to effect meaningful change.

Dr. Roy received his medical degree at the McGill University Faculty of Medicine, and completed his psychiatric residency training at Dartmouth College and New York Medical College.

jacob_photo_187x187Dr. Jacob Kaplan, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Jacob Kaplan is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Williamsburg Therapy Group with extensive experience working with adults, children, and couples/families, dealing with a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties. He specializes in dealing with issues related to depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, relationship challenges, identity development, issues related to gender and sexuality, life transitions, and trauma. Read More

Dr. Kaplan works in an integrative system combining the insight oriented work of psychoanalytically influenced and psychodynamic psychotherapy with the here and now aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Relational Therapy. Dr. Kaplan believes that successful therapeutic treatment comes from the expansion and deep understanding of our heart and mind, coupled with a solution-based treatment with direct action in the present.

Dr. Kaplan’s doctoral research specifically examined the relationship between Mindfulness and psychotherapy. This research comes out of a decades long practice of meditation and yoga. In some cases, Dr. Kaplan will teach and use mindfulness practices as a way of helping clients become more aware of their interpersonal patterns and also to help cope with feelings of depression, anxiety, and emotional disregulation. Through mindfulness practices, we can learn how to create and negotiate the space between our true self and the negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that can get in the way of the full expression of that self.

In addition to psychotherapy, Dr. Jacob Kaplan has extensive background in Psychological and Neuropsychological testing and assessment. Dr. Kaplan has performed full testing batteries and written reports for adults and students in both public and private schools around the city, and has helped in diagnosing ADD/ADHD, Verbal and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, and other cognitive and emotional difficulties that are getting in the way of a child, adolescent, or adult reaching their full potential.

Dr. Kaplan received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Lazarovich_PictureDr. Regina Lazarovich, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Regina Lazarovich is a licensed clinical psychologist who is bilingual in both English and Russian. She is skilled in providing evidence-based treatments for individuals experiencing mood, anxiety, adjustment, trauma, and personality disorders. Her clinical experience has spanned hospital, private practice, community health center, Read More

and university counseling center settings.

Dr. Lazarovich approaches clients from a compassionate and empathic standpoint with the aim of alleviating suffering and constructing meaning. She provides a safe and non-judgmental space from which she helps her clients move into vital life-directions.

She collaborates with clients and tailors her approach to each person’s unique circumstances and needs. She firmly believes that while difficult circumstances present a challenge, it is never too late to choose to move forward and make changes that can result in an improved quality of life and profound personal growth.

Dr. Lazarovich has a comprehensive background in traditional cognitive-behavioral, exposure-based, as well as, mindfulness-based approaches. Dr. Lazarovich’s teaching experience includes a graduate level course focusing on the Cognitive and Behavioral Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy for the Mental Health Counseling Program at Brooklyn College.

Dr. Lazarovich is an expert in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and has conducted intensive psychotherapy with adolescent and adult clients presenting with borderline personality disorder.

Dr. Lazarovich holds a Bachelors degree, a Masters degree, and a Doctorate in Psychology. She obtained her Bachelors from Brooklyn College and both her Masters and Doctorate degrees from Hofstra University. She has completed her predoctoral internship at the University of California, Davis and her postdoctoral fellowship at Cognitive Behavioral Associates.

DR CHUCK BURTON, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Chuck Burton is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Williamsburg Therapy Group and a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University. His clinical experience has spanned community, hospital, and academic settings, and has included working with adults and couples from diverse cultural backgrounds.
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Dr. Burton adopts a person-centered treatment approach by integrating multiple therapeutic techniques to help identify and address the underlying issues that prevent his clients from being their best selves. Change isn’t always easy; therapy with Dr. Burton meets his clients where they are and draws on their unique strengths to help them actively overcome situational and historical problems.

Infusing psychological science with a therapeutic relationship that is supportive, collaborative, and authentic, Dr. Burton helps clients grappling with problems in relationships, mood, anxiety, personal and professional identity, trauma, grief, physical and sexual health, attention/memory, and substance use.

At Yale, Dr. Burton researches people’s innate ability to cope flexibly with stress, certain types of stress that can reduce this flexibility, and interventions that can improve it. He has presented at professional and scientific conferences and has authored numerous publications, including book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. As a T32 Fellow within Yale’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Dr. Burton also serves as a clinical supervisor on a randomized clinical trial of LGBT-affirmative psychotherapy.

Dr. Burton completed his undergraduate and doctoral training at Columbia University.

Shira_SchusterDr. Shira Schuster, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Shira Schuster is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides psychotherapy in English, Hebrew, Spanish, and Italian. Dr. Schuster has extensive experience providing psychotherapy to adults, couples, children and families. Dr. Schuster’s clinical interests include addiction, perinatal psychology (infertility, pregnancy, birth, adoption, adjustment to parenthood),
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depression, anxiety, relationships, couples therapy, trauma, life transitions, multicultural issues (including immigration and acculturation), emerging adulthood, identity development, living with physical illness, older adults, sexual identity, veterans’ issues, severe mental illness, and end-of-life concerns.

Dr. Schuster offers a collaborative and relational approach to psychotherapy, taking an integrative stance that draws on psychodynamic principles and incorporates cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness, as appropriate for each individual. Dr. Schuster provides a non-judgmental environment where patients can safely explore the challenges that have arisen in their lives, with the aim of creating greater understanding and meaning, decreasing suffering, and identifying and changing maladaptive patterns.

Dr. Schuster has provided clinical services in a variety of settings, such as inpatient and outpatient hospital departments and day treatment units (including Columbia University Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel Medical Center, James J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center), psychoanalytic institutes (NYU and Columbia University), and NYU Counseling and Wellness Services. Dr. Schuster was formerly the director of a large outpatient clinic providing treatment for opiate addiction in New York City and is specialized in the treatment of substance use disorders.

In addition to her expertise in psychotherapy, Dr. Schuster has broad experience in psychodiagostic and neuropsychological assessment, teaching undergraduate and graduate-level psychology courses, and research on topics such as substance use, end-of-life, and perinatal psychology. Dr. Schuster published an article on the treatment of substance use in a peer-reviewed journal, and her doctoral dissertation, which focused on pregnancy and birth, was presented at national conferences, including the American Psychological Association and the Society for Behavioral Medicine.

Dr. Schuster received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The New School, where she was the recipient of several prestigious fellowships, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at NYU.

sharon_asherDr. Sharon Asher, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Sharon Asher is a licensed psychologist who provides psychotherapy to individuals and couples. She specializes in helping people with depression, anxiety, anger and aggression, relationships and communication issues, trauma, identity exploration (e.g., culture, career, life transitions), and addiction.
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She believes that successful treatment does not only address difficulties, but also helps people find joy and meaning in their lives.

Dr. Asher strives to create an active, collaborative, and respectful space where each person’s perspective can be heard. She tailors Cognitive Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Process-oriented techniques to each person’s personality, strengths, and specific struggles. Through careful understanding and discussing opportunities for growth and change, Dr. Asher believes that optimism, hope, and personal growth can be cultivated in any situation.

Prior to her work with the Williamsburg Therapy Group, Dr. Asher worked with chidren, adolescents, and families in acute psychiatric care, as well as with adults across the age range in medical settings. She has worked with a wide variety of struggles, including intense emotions and behaviors, relationship struggles, trauma, cultural and identity issues, substance use, and end of life issues. Her research has included the interplay of anger, anxiety, and depression, as well as empowering communities by providing useful skills, including Mindfulness and communication strategies in families with substance use.

sarah_englandDR. SARAH ENGLAND, NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Sarah England is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in neuropsychology at the Williamsburg Therapy Group. She works with a wide range of individuals who are experiencing cognitive (thinking and memory) difficulties related to a range of conditions Read More

including ADHD, and provides neuropsychological evaluations to help clarify and characterize their concerns. As a clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. England focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of cognitive difficulties and possible brain dysfunction. She believes it is important to offer individuals a safe environment with compassionate, client-centered evaluations focusing on the mind-brain-body connection, and collaborative care. Such care is accomplished through collaboration and cooperation with the individual, and other providers participating in the individual’s care (e.g., therapists, psychiatrists, physicians). Additionally, the use of cognitive remediation, coping strategies/skills, and cognitive and behavioral therapy for behavioral changes and challenges can be recommended and provided.

Dr. England obtained her Doctorate in Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University where she focused on the mind-brain-body connection in terms of gait, cognitive, and mood functioning in older adults. She completed her neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship at VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven – Yale School of Medicine, and Lenox Hill Hospital, Department of Neurology/Neurosurgery.

Prior to becoming a neuropsychologist, Dr. England obtained her Bachelor of Fine Art’s from Tyler School of Art, and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Psychology from Columbia University. Her unique background has provided her with a distinctive perspective on evaluating and conceptualizing individual cases.

biagio_mastropieriDR. BIAGIO MASTROPIERI, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Biagio Mastropieri is a licensed clinical psychologist who has extensive clinical experience working with diverse client population. His clinical experience includes community and hospital-based care as well as private practice work with individuals, couples, families, specializing in work with young adults.Read More

In addition to his practice at the Williamsburg Therapy Group, Biagio serves as the Health and Wellness Center Psychologist at Covenant House, New York; a non-profit agency providing comprehensive social services to youth experiencing homelessness.

Utilizing a range of evidence-based practices including Psychodynamic, Systems, and Cognitive-Behavioral therapeutic approaches, Dr. Mastropieri focuses on helping clients navigate issues related to relationship problems, mood/anxiety, substance use, trauma, grief and loss, life and career transitions, and questions related to personal & professional identity.

Dr. Mastropieri’s therapeutic approach is client-centered and integrative, combining insight oriented approaches with practical, here-and-now strategies allowing individuals to address their specific concerns

Establishing a warm, accepting, curious, and collaborative environment, he focuses on identifying client’s strengths and how clients can expand and explore new ways of thinking and being towards growth and actualization.

Dr. Mastropieri previously served as the Program Director for Project Rising, an outpatient treatment program at Montefiore Medical Center serving adolescents, young adults, and their families struggling with substance misuse issues. Prior to his entry into the social service field, heheld positions as an Associate in Financial Operations at Goldman Sachs & Co.

Dr.Mastropieri earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and earned his doctorate from Columbia University after completing his pre-doctoral internship at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospitals

DR. MICHELLE ZAROWITZ, POST-DOCTORAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Michelle Zarowitz is a post-doctoral psychologist at the Williamsburg Therapy Group who provides psychotherapy to adults, couples, and adolescents. Read More

She has aparticular specialization in working with various forms of trauma, as well as issues of anxiety, depression, identity conflicts, and personality disorders. Also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Dr. Zarowitz has an interest in working with couples as they navigate varied relational difficulties.

In treatment, Dr. Zarowitz employs an integrative approach, working collaboratively with each person to determine areas in which they wish to further develop or change, and ways they would like to see these changes manifest. She aims to facilitate a sense of curiosity about one’s internal world and underlying motivations. Having trained in cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic psychotherapies, Dr. Zarowitz utilizes interventions from both modalities depending on what holds the most potential to be useful and change-promoting for each person. She believes by understanding the roots of undesired and dissatisfying relational patterns present in one’s life, people can make more conscious choices about their life circumstances and relationships with others. In developing a trusting and meaningful relationship in therapy, deeper connections can be experienced in one’s personal life going forward, as well as greater feelings of fullness, agency, authenticity and overall satisfaction in life.

Dr. Zarowitz received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, and completed pre-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School’s Cambridge Health Alliance. Additionally, she holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her bachelors degree focused on intersections of the arts, sociology and psychology at Hampshire College. Dr. Zarowitz previously worked with community mental health organizations in New York, California, and Massachusetts, as well as Fordham University’s Counseling Center, Mt. Sinai’s World Trade Center Mental Health Program, and the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

DR OLIVIA SUSMAN, POST-DOCTORAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Olivia Susman is a post-doctoral psychologist at the Williamsburg Therapy Group who provides psychotherapy to adults, couples, and adolescents.Read More

Dr. Susman’s professional areas of focus include relationship difficulties, life transitions, self-esteem, disordered eating, addiction, and sexuality. Her approach is integrative, rooted in a contemporary psychodynamic framework. She incorporates interpersonal, insight-oriented, and cognitive-behavioral techniques, and draws from the model of Dialectical Behavior Therapy to promote wellbeing based on each client’s individual needs.

Through gentle exploration and active participation, Dr. Susman encourages clients to develop thoughtfulness about their lives and strives to facilitate meaningful connections. She aims to foster a sense of autonomy and personal resilience while providing a safe, empathic, and supportive space.

Dr. Susman works collaboratively with her clients to identify and work toward goals of treatment. She considers compassion, empathy, and respect to be vital elements of her clinical work, and approaches each individual with an appreciation for difference.

Dr. Susman received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Adelphi University’s Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center. Her varied clinical experiences comprise both inpatient and outpatient settings, brief and long-term psychotherapy, and individual and group work. Prior to joining the Williamsburg Therapy Group, Dr. Susman trained at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, The New School Counseling Services, and the Center for Psychological Services, a community mental health care clinic. These experiences have afforded her the opportunity to work with individuals who represent a diverse range of backgrounds, interests, and clinical needs.

DR VICTORIA FRISSÉ, POST-DOCTORAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Victoria Frissé is a post-doctoral psychologist at the Williamsburg Therapy Group who provides psychotherapy to adults, couples, and adolescents. She is skilled in providing evidence-based treatments for individuals experiencing anxiety,mood, adjustment, trauma, relationship difficulties and personality disorders. Read More

Her area of expertise is in Anxiety disorders.

Dr. Frissé engages in a proactive, collaborative approach to therapy, utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques. She views each client as a unique individual, and helps them to identify challenges, set realistic goals, and create meaningful change in their lives.

She has developed expertise in providing treatment for individuals struggling with Anxiety disorders, including Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, Specific Phobia, PTSD, OCD, and Generalized Anxiety. She focuses on evidence based practices, such as in-vivo Exposure and Response Prevention.

One of Dr. Frissé’s strongest assets is her genuine capacity for empathy and perspective-taking. She has the extraordinary ability for delivering effective interventions within the scope of a warm and supportive therapeutic alliance.

In addition, Dr. Frissé has experience working with individuals to develop effective coping strategies as they experience difficult periods of transition. She has experience leading groups for children and college students with social anxiety, and skill based groups for adolescents/young adults with ADHD. She incorporates aspects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, communication skills and assertiveness into her treatment.

Dr. Frissé received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Stony Brook University. She has worked in specialized outpatient clinics for OCD and other Anxiety Disorders, Adult and Child outpatient psychiatry units, university counseling centers, private practices, and the Pediatric Psychiatric Emergency Department.

DR OR DAGAN, POST-DOCTORAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Or Dagan is a post-doctoral psychologist at the Williamsburg Therapy Group who provides psychotherapy in both English and Hebrew to adults, couples, and children. He is skilled in providing short- and long-term psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, existential, and emotionally focused and informed treatments for individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, and trauma symptoms, as well as interpersonal and relationship distress. Read More

Dr. Dagan’s professional areas of focus include romantic, family, and peer relationship difficulties, past traumatic experiences, low self-esteem, and experiences of depression and anxiety. His approach is interpersonally driven, and informed by psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, existential, and emotionallyfocused interventions. His overall goal of treatment is helping the client develop a better sense of the patterns of relating to self and others, including the therapist, so to promote a stronger sense of agency over one’s own feelings and actions, and overall a more fulfilling life.

Through active participation and attentiveness to what happens in the “here and now”, Dr. Dagan encourages clients to reflect deeply about their most inner wishes, desires, and emotions. He aims to foster a sense of spontaneity which helps free the client from rigid characterological inclinations.

As research has unequivocally shown that readiness for change and overall success of therapy is highly dependent on the client’s ability to form a trusting relationship with the therapist, Dr. Dagan’s emphasis throughout therapy is providing a safe, empathic, and non-judgmental space to explore the therapist-client interaction, building a strong therapeutic alliance.

Dr. Dagan received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the New School for Social Research and completed hispre-doctoral internship at Mount Sinai/Beth Israel Medical Center. His varied clinical experiences comprise of both inpatient and outpatient settings, brief and long-term psychotherapy, and individual and group work. Prior to joining the Williamsburg Therapy Group, Dr. Dagan was clinicallytrained at the Psychiatric Center at Sourasky Medical Center inTel Aviv, Israel, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, NYU counseling and Wellness Center, and Mount Sinai/Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Dagan also taught various undergraduate and graduate psychology courses at the New School for Social Research, has published research on the link between attachment patterns and mental and physical health in leading scientific journals, and presented his work in national and international conferences.

DR JEANNA PAGNOTTA, POST-DOCTORAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Jeanna Pagnotta is a post-doctoral psychologist at the Williamsburg Therapy Group who provides psychotherapy to adults, couples, and adolescents. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and trauma, as well as issues related to sexuality and multicultural identity development. Read More

She particularly enjoys working with young adults navigating personal and professional life transitions.

Dr. Pagnotta believes that a genuine and supportive therapeutic relationship is a key component of change and healing. She strives to create a safe, non-judgmental environment for her clients to explore their personal narratives and gain insight into the underlying issues blocking their ability to thrive in their current situations.

Working from a psychodynamic framework, Dr. Pagnotta integrates mindfulness practice and CBT techniques to help her clients connect with their authentic selves, challenge negative patterns, and foster personal life fulfillment.

Dr. Pagnotta earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University, after completing her pre-doctoral internship at Kings County Hospital. She earned her BA in Psychology from Cornell University. She has worked in diverse treatment settings including college counseling centers, community mental health clinics, inpatient hospitals, veterans hospitals, and NYC public schools. In addition to her practice at the Williamsburg Therapy Group, Dr. Pagnotta works as an adjunct psychology professor at NYU Steinhardt.

DR ALEXANDRA MERCURIO SCHIRA, POST-DOCTORAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Alexandra Mercurio Schira, Psy.D. is a post-doctoral psychologist at Williamsburg Therapy Group who provides psychotherapy to a diverse client population of individuals, couples, families, and children. Her clinical interests and specialties include: Read More

trauma, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, anger and aggression, early childhood intervention, parenting, emerging adulthood, and life adjustment and transitions. Dr. Schira utilizes an integrative and collaborative approach to psychotherapy with her clients, drawing from Psychodynamic, Attachment, Family Systems, and Cognitive Behavioral approaches.

Dr. Schira works to provide a warm, non-judgmental, and empathic approach in treatment to meet clients where they are, define their concerns, and work towards improving their lives in meaningful and empowering ways. Dr. Schira takes specific interest in understanding each individual’s perspective and history, and assists clients in developing a better sense of relating to themselves and others.

Dr. Schira received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University Post, and completed her pre-doctoral internship at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx. Her previous clinical training experiences include working in both inpatient and outpatient settings at New York City public hospitals, state psychiatric hospitals, community clinics, and schools.

Additionally, Dr. Schira is committed to the advancement of psychological research and training and has presented at numerous professional and academic conferences, with an emphasis on interventions for at-risk youth. Her dissertation research was focused on the development and implementation of a short-term, school-based, integrative play therapy treatment for aggressive preschoolers. Dr. Schira also provides professional consultations and training in comprehensive interventions for aggressive youth.