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Meet The Team

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_konradDr. Shane Konrad, Psychiatrist

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.

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.

melissaDr. Melissa Johnson, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Melissa Johnson is a licensed psychologist at the Williamsburg Therapy Group with six years of clinical experience, including provision of brief and long-term psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, couples and families. She has a strong clinical background and interest in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma. She enjoys Read More

working with issues of gender and sexual diversity, college student mental health, dysfunctional relationship patterns, and bi/multicultural identity issues, and is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Dr. Johnson works from a contemporary psychodynamic perspective, while integrating cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and mindfulness techniques depending on each patient’s individual needs.

She believes that the primary goal of psychotherapy is to develop a deeper understanding of oneself, including greater awareness of compulsive, automatic or problematic patterns of behaving and relating to others. She believes that it is through increased self-awareness and self-understanding that individuals gain the freedom to make changes that will allow them to experience more fulfilling lives.

Dr. Johnson’s approach to psychotherapy is relational, collaborative, active, and nonjudgmental. She believes that a safe, authentic, and trusting therapeutic relationship plays a key role in the healing, learning, and growing process and encourages open and direct feedback from her patients. She attempts to create a culture of mutual curiosity about the patient’s thoughts, beliefs, feelings, behaviors, and past experiences. Her belief is that this therapeutic process helps individuals become more aware of those “blind spots” that keep them stuck in dysfunctional and/or unfulfilling relationships, jobs, and living situations. Additionally, she encourages patients to use the therapeutic relationship as a laboratory to safely “experiment” with new ways of communicating and interacting.

Dr. Johnson earned a MA and PsyD in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Francisco in 2013.  Her dissertation research focused on provision of gender-affirmative psychotherapy with gender non-conforming children. She earned a BA in psychology with a minor in Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

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.


Dr. Jessica Elkin, Post-doctoral Psychologist

Dr. Jessica Elkin is a post-doctoral psychologist who provides brief and long-term psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, and couples. Read More

She is passionate about working with individuals and couples who suffer from depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties as well as those who experience severe symptoms, intense shifts in mood, difficulty regulating self-esteem, and impulsive behavior with regard to substance use, domestic violence, and intimacy.

Dr. Elkin approaches her work with every individual and couple in a manner that constantly helps clients to increase their motivation for change. She is skilled in connecting with individuals who have difficulty becoming engaged in the psychotherapeutic process and has conducted research on this topic. Dr. Elkin is warm, empathic, and deeply committed to providing collaborative and effective psychotherapy to her clients. She employs an integrative approach to treatment, utilizing interventions from DBT, motivational interviewing, and behaviorism within a psychodynamic frame in a manner that is tailored to fit the specific needs of each individual or couple.

Dr. Elkin joined the Williamsburg Therapy Group after completing her doctorate at Long Island University and her clinical internship at Columbia University Medical Center. She has experience conducting individual, group, and couples therapy in a variety of treatment settings which include urban and suburban outpatient clinics, inpatient units in two of NYC’s state hospitals, Barnard College’s counseling center, and Rikers Island. These experiences have instilled a deep understanding of the circumstances that maintain troublesome emotional and behavioral patterns as well as the interpersonal stress and isolation that many experience as a result of these patterns.