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Mental health professionals with years of diverse experience

Founded by Dr. Daniel Selling, Williamsburg Therapy Group is a growing practice staffed with top doctoral-level psychologists and psychiatrists with years of experience in both private and public spheres of the mental health profession. Dr. Selling also brings varied and relevant experience from his former private practice on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Dr. Selling and his group, which includes psychiatrist Dr. Kara Lichtman and psychologists Dr. Jacob Kaplan, Dr. Regina Lazarovich, and Dr. Melissa Johnson incorporate tenets of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Theory, Solution Focused Therapy and Psychoanalytic Theory to provide patients with customized and practical solutions to achieve a more balanced, fulfilling life.

Goal-oriented and results-driven, the professionals of the group employ the necessary methods to help patients gain insight into the destructive patterns of their lives and relationships that prevent them from achieving the quality of life they desire.

dr. daniel selling, director

[showmore]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.

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. Read More >>

[more]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 Law.

Dr. Kara Lichtman, Psychiatrist

[showmore]Kara Lichtman, MD is a licensed physician practicing adult psychiatry with an integrated approach that combines the latest in psychopharmacology with insights from psychodynamic theory. She treats the full range of psychiatric conditions including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, trauma related disorders, substance abuse, and ADHD. She enjoys working in collaboration with patients to identify the most effective treatments for each individual’s unique biochemistry and personality. She is available for consultations and ongoing medication management, as well as combined therapy and psychopharmacology. Read More >>

[more]Dr. Lichtman’s goal in therapy is to assist patients with identifying and dissolving defenses, personality structures, and habits of thought and behavior that are no longer serving the individual. She believes in the adaptability of the mind and that we often develop dysfunctional patterns to serve us and carry us through times of trauma, stress, and loss. These experiences, along with genetics, may also lead to sensitivities of the nervous system that result in panic attacks, ruminative worrying, and somatic expressions of anxiety such as digestive complaints and neurological symptoms such as dizziness, tingling, or headaches. Dr. Lichtman utilizes her therapy background along with her knowledge of therapeutic agents to correct and treat neurochemical and structural disorders of the brain.

Dr. Lichtman earned her BA from Yale University in literature and film and continues to draw from the arts and humanities to enhance her understanding of human emotions and relationships. She went on to study medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and completed her residency training at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Program. She also completed a two year fellowship in Psychotherapy at the Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Her background is primarily psychoanalytic, but she is also trained in CBT, DBT, and mindfulness. Prior to joining our practice, she was on the staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital treating patients in acute crisis and had a private practice in Boston, MA. [/more][/showmore]

Dr. Jacob Kaplan, Licensed Psychologist

[showmore]Dr. Jacob Kaplan is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Williamsburg Therapy Group with over 5 years of clinical experience working with adults, adolescents, and children suffering from a wide range of emotional difficulties.

Dr. Kaplan has spent the past 3 years working at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, providing successful long-term and short-term psychoanalytically influenced and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Dr. Kaplan has also received extensive training and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Brief Relational Therapy, and caters each case to the specific needs of his clients.Read More >>

[more]Dr. Kaplan’s doctoral research specifically examined the relationship between Mindfulness and psychotherapy. This research interest comes out of a nearly 15-year practice of meditation and yoga. Dr. Kaplan uses Mindfulness Practice 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.

Dr. Kaplan believes that successful therapeutic treatment comes from a deep understanding of our pasts, coupled with a solution-based treatment with direct action in the present. Working with children, adults, and couples/families, Dr. Kaplan believes it is important to have an ongoing dialogue about the goals of treatment and what can be done in order to achieve those goals.

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.[/more][/showmore]

Dr. Regina Lazarovich, Licensed Psychologist

[showmore]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, 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.Read More >>

[more]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. [/more][/showmore]

Dr. Melissa Johnson, POST-Doctoral Psychologist

[showmore]Dr. Melissa Johnson is a post-doctoral 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 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. Read More >>

[more]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 has strong clinical and academic interests in gender and sexual diversity. She completed a minor in Critical Gender Studies while earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at University of California, San Diego and completed the Gender Studies Emphasis during her graduate studies at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco. Her dissertation research focused on provision of gender-affirmative psychotherapy with gender non-conforming children.

Dr. Johnson earned a MA and PsyD in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Francisco in 2013.