Karin Alterescu is a licensed psychologist with a specialization in pediatric neuropsychology. She offers comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations including cognitive, behavioral, and emotional functioning to uncover each child’s unique set of strengths. Using these strengths, Dr. Alterescu helps each child be the best they can be and learn to keep their head high! She creates detailed action plans for child, parent, and teacher around the child’s strengths and weaknesses, focused on helping the child reach their potential. Dr. Alterescu works with children who may have Learning Disorders, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety and Mood Disorders, as well as various Neurological Disorders. Dr. Alterescu also offers psychotherapy/play therapy to children using a warm, nurturing, and fun approach, informed by behavioral and psychodynamic principles. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology from The Graduate Center, CUNY in 2012, her Master’s Degree with honors in Neuroscience from Oxford University, England, and her Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Neuroscience and Psychology from Brandeis University.
Dr. Andalibian (“Dr. A”) is a licensed clinical psychologist in both New York and California. She earned her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1999. For the past 15 years, she has worked with multidisciplinary teams conducting psychological evaluations and has provided therapy services for individuals, families, couples, and groups (e.g., adult groups, support groups, multifamily groups, narrative healing groups, trauma and loss groups, and DBT/Mindfulness groups). Dr. A owned and operated a cognitive learning center in southern California for over 5 years, specializing in the remediation of executive functioning skills, learning disabilities, dyslexia, and cognitive deficits. Her memoir, The Rose Hotel, was published in 2012, and is the story of her family's post-trauma resilience and healing.
It is with this systemic perspective that Dr. A works with her clients. She holds advanced certifications in Family intervention and specializes in trauma work. Dr. A understands the family dynamics that are unique to individuals struggling with Asperger Syndrome or Autism. She works with the entire family perspective in mind, even when working with individuals, and incorporates EMDR (a research-based, powerful, short-term therapy treating a wide range of traumatic incidents, which is highly effective for the treatment of chronic pain, phobias, depression, panic attacks, eating disorders and poor self-image, stress, anxiety, stage fright and performance anxiety, and recovery from sexual abuse), body focused Sensorimotor psychotherapy, trauma-focused CBT, body-mind-spirit mindfulness, and narrative work. Her experience in systemic intervention enables her to seek solutions to problem areas based on strengths, creating lasting changes that support the individual and the family as a whole.
Dr. Jaime Black is a NYS licensed clinical psychologist who has offices in NYC and Westchester. She specializes in working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and related conditions. She works with people individually, in dyads, and in groups, and also offers “out in the real world” sessions run by graduate students under her supervision. Dr. Black’s main area of specialty lies in helping people with social awareness and cognition, and the building of social skills. Most of her groups consist of teens and young adults, but groups for children and older adults are formed when the need arises. She uses a cognitive-behavioral approach and includes various techniques, including improv exercises, in her sessions and her groups. For more information or to schedule an appointment:
Dr. Cody is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York State and Connecticut. She earned her doctorate from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, DC. She is currently in full-time private practice and maintains offices at Spectrum Services in NYC and in southern Connecticut. Dr. Cody offers psychological and neuropsychological evaluations including Adult Asperger’s Assessments. She also provides individual and family psychotherapy services, specializing in an individualized and integrated approach to treatment to meet each person’s unique needs. She offers psychotherapy services using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches integrated with social skills training, and family psychotherapy as needed. Dr. Cody offers particular expertise in therapy for individuals with ASD and co-occurring mental health conditions (i.e. anxiety, depression, etc.). She has a breadth of experience working with children, adolescents and adults with ASDs. Dr. Cody also provides training and supervision to externs and interns in educational and clinical psychology.
Currently, Dr. Cody serves as the Director of Clinical Training and the Liason of Clinical Services at Spectrum Services. She also maintains a practice in New Canaan, CT. Previously, she was the Director of Clinical Services at The SEED Center in Stamford, CT. Prior to that she was the Senior Staff Psychologist with the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Brookville, NY. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Seaver Autism Center through a community partnership with FEGS Health and Human Services Day Habilitation in their Bronx and Manhattan locations. Dr. Cody’s experiences working with ASDs began in 2006 when she received training in diagnostic and neuropsychological evaluation of individuals with ASDs at Children’s National Medical Center’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Alyson Cohen is an LCSW in the State of New York. Alyson earned a Master's degree in Social Work at New York University's Silver School of Social Work. Alyson has spent most of her career working with adolescents and families, both in inpatient and outpatient settings. Alyson is now offering Life Coaching for young adults. Alyson has had training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic Parent-Child Relational Therapy, and Group Therapy. Alyson works from both an attachment and relational approach and incorporates mindfulness and behavioral tools to manage overwhelming emotions. Alyson's style is flexible and relaxed with a touch of humor, when appropriate.
Dr. DellaBella is board certified in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry, with office hours at Spectrum Services and in Montclair, New Jersey. He joins Spectrum Services after 17 years at the YAI National Institute for Disabilities as a practicing psychiatrist, Chief of Psychiatry, and Medical Director. An Assistant Clinical Professor at the NYU School of Medicine, he works with people of all ages and a range of psychiatric, personal, and family issues, including those on the spectrum. He believes that there are many different approaches that can be integrated to help people reach the goals they set: insight-oriented strategies, behavioral and cognitive-behavioral techniques, medication, family treatment, and parent guidance. He emphasizes the importance of education, family and larger community as routes to a good life. His services include patient and family consultation, assessment, and treatment. He also provides program consultation, professional supervision, and speaks publicly on a wide variety of mental health issues.
Carol Feldman-Bass is the founder of Social Dynamix, an interactive learning program that combines social pragmatics and theater to help individuals overcome social anxiety and acquire the spontaneity that is critical to establishing warm social relationships. She’s worked collaboratively with AANE to develop and run groups for people with Asperger’s or their families. She’s available for workshops, groups and individual consults.
Dr. Gaus is a licensed clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience providing mental health services to people with disabilities. With a cognitive-behavioral approach, she offers psychotherapy to adults and teens with dual diagnosis (intellectual disability and mental illness), Asperger Syndrome, higher functioning autism, depression, anxiety, trauma and stress-related problems. She has a private practice with offices in Huntington and at Spectrum Services in Manhattan. She is on the advisory board for the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, and the grant review committee for the Organization for Autism Research. She has lectured nationally and abroad on topics related to dual diagnosis and Asperger syndrome. She has also authored numerous articles, chapters and two books on these subjects, including a recent self-help book for adults called Living Well on the Spectrum: How to Use Your Strengths to Meet the Challenges of Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism (2011), published by Guilford Press.
Dr. Geller served on the faculties of Georgetown University, Stony Brook University and NYU Medical Schools for 25 years, where she created and developed clinical centers providing an extensive array of services for children and adults with autism spectrum conditions. She has also designed and taught numerous courses on autism spectrum conditions at Stony Brook University, Pace University, Hunter College, and Bank Street College. Dr. Geller developed training courses in coaching students with Asperger Syndrome in college and supporting students on the autism spectrum transitioning to adulthood, which she delivers around the country. Dr. Geller has consulted with a wide range of schools and families struggling with the complexities of including students on the spectrum in mainstream classrooms, from nursery school through graduate education. She is also experienced in evaluation and testimony for legal purposes for individuals.
Dr. Geller founded Spectrum Services, an interdisciplinary cooperative of independent practices and organizations specializing in Asperger Syndrome and other related conditions. This group provides clinical and support services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders across the lifespan from various disciplinary perspectives.
Dr. Geller currently has a consulting practice on legal and educational issues that affect children and adults with Asperger Syndrome. She is available for such consultation around the country.
Caryn is a licensed mental health counselor, a certified rehabilitation counselor, and a doctoral intern at Spectrum Services. Caryn received her Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from Hunter College and took additional post-graduate mental health counseling courses at Walden University. Additionally, Caryn is currently pursuing her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Walden University. Caryn has experience working with emerging adults transitioning to college or the workforce, college students, and adults. In Caryn’s clinical work, she has worked with clients to address concerns related to: substance use/abuse, identity, life transitions, mental health, education, employment, disability, social skills, relationships, and LGBQI+ and T/GNC-NB identities. Caryn approaches each client from a strengths-based perspective and as an individual with individualized needs. She utilizes a purposeful integrative approach to therapy often combining aspects of Person-Centered Therapy, Relational-Cultural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She strives to engage authentically with each client and work actively alongside each client to assist them in pursuing their goals.
Dr. MacDermott offers mindfulness-based, energetic, compassionate therapy that emphasizes embracing greater kindness, creativity, patience, and genuineness. Using techniques that help you to understand and change problematic life patterns, Dr. MacDermott focuses on finding your strengths, your unique abilities, and allowing those to be the foundation of your growth. Specializing in trauma recovery and relationship-focused therapy, Dr. MacDermott uses mindfulness tools that encourage healing and foster insights that are otherwise out of reach. You can jump-start therapy by giving voice to these undiscovered parts of yourself. For the young professional who needs greater work/life balance and has important goals to meet, Dr. MacDermott offers life coaching, a results-driven approach.
Art is love. Love is Art. Barbara Ann Michaels is an audience-interactive artist who creates work that elicits self-expression from her audience, and celebrates them for sharing. She often uses performance and installation to create environments for connection, and often uses humor to help people address more serious topics in an accessible way. Some current projects include the AirBnB sponsored Seven Senses Stroll, nationally touring projects AND NOW: WOMAN expression salon and #IVOTE4U, and the annual Love Letter Lounge. Barbara is a cross-over artist, presented in multiple contexts, cities, and countries over 20 years in the field. She is a graduate of Brown University, Massachusetts College of Art, and One Spirit Interfaith Seminary.
Steve Migden, Ph.D., CEP is an educational and therapeutic placement consultant who has 40 years of experience serving children, adolescents and adults. He specializes in helping people with learning, developmental, behavioral or emotional problems, ranging from very mild to quite severe.
After receiving his bachelor's degree from Columbia University, Steve went on to earn a doctoral degree in psychology from New York University. In practice since 1979, he has held a number of important professional positions, including: senior supervising psychologist in a day treatment center for children and adolescents; clinical coordinator and supervisor in a large residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed and behavior disordered adolescents; director of one of the largest psychology internship programs in the US; adjunct professor and supervisor at St. John's University and Adelphi University. Steve has published articles on learning disabilities, ADHD, and emotional-behavioral problems in prestigious professional journals, and he has lectured at local, national and international conferences.
Steve is an expert on boarding schools and residential programs that serve a variety of populations, including individuals with High Functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorder and related conditions. He helps people find, access and productively utilize many different types of boarding schools and treatment programs. Steve has personally site visited many hundreds of schools and programs, and he is constantly updating his knowledge base with research and additional site visits. Steve has held a number of leadership positions in the Independent Educational Consultants' Association, the major professional organization for placement professionals, and he has earned the distinction of being a Certified Educational Planner (CEP) through the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners.
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School Placement Consultation - Guidance and advisement regarding the selection of special education and treatment settings, with a focus on boarding schools and residential programs.
Gina Moravcik, M.A, the owner of Sunrise Speech and Language Services and is a NY state licensed and ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist who has worked with individuals on the Autism Spectrum ranging in age from 2 – 65 years, in a multidisciplinary setting for 14 years, with an expertise in social communication assessments and therapeutic interventions. She is known in the autism community for her social communication language evaluations, which target higher order language content and social use/problem solving via standardized and informal assessment measures.
Ms. Moravcik has created and led social skills groups for children and teens on the spectrum, with an emphasis on conversation and perspective-taking abilities. Her adult work has focused on preparing young adults for college, related self-advocacy skills needed to navigate academic/social demands, job readiness, interviewing and maintaining employment communication skills.
Ms. Moravcik has a special interest in females on the spectrum and has co-authored Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know During the Pre-Teen and Teenage Years, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She is also an adjunct professor at LIU/CW Post, as part of the Concentration in Autism and Special Education program. She has presented at the local, state, national and international levels for various professional organizations and has earned three ACE awards from ASHA for her participation in continued education and training.
I offer communication support and services to adults both seeking competitive employment and actively maintaining competitive employment. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions
Grace Myhill is the Director of Couples and Partners Services at the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE). She leads groups for neurodiverse couples and for spouses/partners of individuals with Asperger traits. She has a private practice in which she specializes in coaching neurodiverse couples together or separately. She is available by phone or video conference or in person in the Baltimore area. She runs groups at Spectrum Services as well.
Dr. Sachs has expertise in treating individuals with Autism, Anxiety, and OCD and related disorders. She brings warmth, sensitivity, and a strong sense of humor to her practice as a clinical psychologist. By empowering you with the skills to manage your current challenges, you will be better equipped to handle the ongoing transitions in life when new problems arise. Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), including Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Dr. Sachs employs research-supported techniques to help you develop an action plan. By recognizing your own patterns, you will be able to move forward successfully, reducing feelings of isolation and having a meaningful successful life. Dr. Sachs treats patients of all ages, however she has a unique ability to connect with teenagers and young adults. Often sought out to treat extreme symptoms and complicated cases, she tailors her approach to each patient’s circumstances. Dr. Sachs was recognized as a rising star by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), receiving their Career Development Leadership Award in 2015. Dr. Sachs is part of Spectrum Services in Manhattan and maintains a private practice there and acts as Professional Development Liaison. She also sees patients in Park Slope, Brooklyn and makes home and school visits when clinically necessary.
Nora Salazar is an experienced Social Skills Coach who works with groups or individuals, including high-functioning clients of all ages, abilities, and learning differences, and specializes in teens and adults with high-functioning autism and/or Asperger’s syndrome. Nora also works with individuals who have had a difficult time adjusting to independence after substance abuse. Nora collaborates with therapists and other supports in order to streamline care and maximize the client’s progress.
As a coach, Nora seeks to build a trusting and supportive mentoring relationship with her clients so that she and her client can identify any barriers that are preventing the client from achieving their desired goals and happiness in life. Once the objectives are determined, Nora and her client will work together using a variety of tools, such as role playing, real-world experiences, and other activities, to develop the skills and knowledge required to successfully overcome any areas of weakness or social barriers.
Nora helps her clients to develop or improve their skills in social interaction, problem solving, organization and time management, independent living, and more! It’s a lot of fun to uncover your wants, passions, and goals and overcome obstacles together and reach triumphs. Nora will be there to support you every step of the way!
Pat Schissel, LMSW is a licensed social worker, an adjunct associate professor at Adelphi’s Ammon School of Education where she teaches undergraduates and graduate students about Asperger Syndrome and related conditions, and a teaching member of the faculty of the Long Island Campus of C.W. Post. She is the Executive Director of AHA/Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association and, in that role, facilitates support groups, organizes their bi-annual conferences and works with families, individuals and partners involved in relationships with individuals on the spectrum. She is a founding member of Westbrook Preparatory School in Westbury, NY, a secondary residential school serving the unique needs of students with Asperger Syndrome and related conditions. She is on the editorial board of the Autism Spectrum News.
I am a licensed clinical social worker, practicing in New York City with extensive training in trauma, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, crisis management and psychotherapy with individuals, families and couples. As a therapist, I provide a safe, supportive and individualized approach for all clients. I work with eclectic, creative and compassionate skills to help you to explore, grow and achieve your goals.
I hope to help others to achieve a more fulfilling, stabilizing and healthy life through dynamic therapy.
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Beth Shuzman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor who has been helping clients since 2009. She specializes in treating substance use, trauma, anxiety and relationship issues and believes in using a holistic approach in therapy. This includes stabilization, such as decreasing symptoms related to anxiety and depression, in order to promote healthy, contained exploration and healing from deeper concerns. Her primary focus is on helping clients get “unstuck,” and then providing them with tools when faced with challenging situations throughout life. She values helping her clients to live a lighter, more fulfilling life by transforming their mental and emotional health. She utilizes a variety of interventions in session including talk therapy, mind-body therapies, Mindfulness and EMDR.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University and Master’s Degree in Social Work from Hunter College. She is also a graduate of The Trauma Studies Program at The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy as well as holds certifications in EMDR, Level 1 & 2, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Level 1.
Leslie Sickels, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in individual, couple and group therapy with adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum. Much of her work focuses on relationship building, gender and sexuality as they relate to the unique concerns of individuals with ASD. Leslie also holds certifications in trauma-focused practices and integrates these models into her therapeutic work. Along with counseling, Leslie currently facilitates a social skills training group for young adults that focuses on building social skills through educational and recreational components.
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She graduated from N.Y. College for Wholistic Health Education and Research and acquired an Associate Degree in Occupational Studies.
For over 18 years, Cathleen has been encouraging bodies to renew, rejuvenate and retain a state of optimal health. Leveraging multiple modalities, she helps her patients learn how to recognize, access, and utilize their own internal mechanisms for natural wellbeing.
Integrating her training in Massage Therapy, Vibrational Exercises, Breathing Techniques, Hand, Foot and Face Reflexology, her compassionate and gentle approach addresses both physical and energetic issues. Working with both children and adults, her treatments serve to release tension and stress, enhancing focus and direction. With Infant massage instruction, she teaches parents and caregivers techniques to help the child’s physical and cognitive development.
Cathleen supports her clients to create a balance within their bodies and life, guiding them to peace and good health.
She is affiliated with AMTA, NYSMMT, and NYSRA
Debra Solomon, BS, founder and professional coach at Spectrum Strategies, wants to help create a level playing field for people on the Autism Spectrum, providing the support and tools necessary to build a solid foundation for their future. She focuses on expanding the world of her clients by incorporating body, mind and spirit in her coaching. Debra helps clients improve time management and organizational skills, and provides guidance on how to move forward toward personal and professional goals by breaking larger goals into smaller, more manageable tasks. Her coaching is for both the individual and family, facilitating the transition from high school, to the vocational world, college or the work force. Debra is an NYU certified life and career coach who is also an advocate for people on the Autism Spectrum, helping to raise awareness and educating employers and others on the abilities as well as the challenges of these individuals. She has presented to psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, as well as to high schools, colleges and employers, and serves on the advisory board of the TRI Business & Career Training Center. Debra has a practice on Long Island and at Spectrum Services in Manhattan. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Sales Administration.
Dr. Stevenson is a licensed clinical psychologist in both New York and California. She received her doctorate degree from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. Dr. Stevenson focuses primarily on working with men who wish to achieve a better work/life balance, as well as create more connection and intimacy in their personal relationships. Prior to moving to New York she worked with men both individually and in groups at California State Prison Sacramento. Dr. Stevenson utilizes a holistic approach focusing on the impact of the mind-body connection as it relates to mental, emotional and physical health. She has extensive experience treating trauma, mood disorders, addiction, anger management and relationship issues. Dr. Stevenson grounds much of her work in the practice of mindfulness and attachment theory in order to help individuals connect with and release unhealthy patterns of thinking and acting that continue to get in the way of living a happy, thriving, and successful life.
Dr. Stevenson takes a very action-oriented, straightforward and supportive approach, helping clients to learn and practice tools that they can use right away. She often provides practical skills workshops and process groups for men, and offers both in person and online therapy sessions.
Margaret is a licensed psychoanalyst who provides therapy to adults, couples and groups. She provides a warm and playful space for patients to explore what is holding them back and have a special interest in helping parents of kids with special needs. She has facilitated therapy groups for parents, women in career and relationship transitions, and men wishing to deepen intimacy in relationships.
Margaret is a member of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP) in New York City, where she received an intensive decade-long clinical training in psychoanalysis. Prior to that, Margaret earned a Masters of Arts in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Her work is guided by the principals of Intersubjective Self Psychology, a psychoanalytic framework that focuses on the centrality of empathy in the therapeutic relationship.
Harry M. Voulgarakis, Ph.D., BCBA is a Licensed Behavior Analyst and Postdoctoral Psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders. He earned an M.Ed. for Arizona State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with concentrations in Neuropsychology and Health Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Voulgarakis completed his clinical internship at the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment in the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. While at Seaver, Harry conducted comprehensive diagnostic evaluations as part of the research assessment core, as well as private evaluations for a range of concerns including autism, ADHD, learning disorders, educational evaluations, and behavioral disorders.
Dr. Voulgarakis offers assessment services including comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, functional behavior assessments, and program consultation and evaluations. Therapeutic services include individual (children, adolescents, young adults) and family therapy utilizing an integrated approach grounded in a cognitive-behavioral work, with a particular focus in helping those on the autism spectrum. Harry often incorporates other evidence-based treatments including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), applied behavior analysis (ABA), functional analytic psychotherapy, and mindfulness-based procedures; these approaches are also integrated to provide coaching support to individuals with ASD and attentional/executive functioning difficulties to success in higher education and vocational settings.
Dr. Voulgarakis enjoys working closely with families to provide system level support. He has specialized training and a particular interest in health psychology and works closely with families on health-related concerns and complex behaviors such as enuresis and encopresis, feeding disorders, sleep difficulties, communication disorders, and other severe behavioral concerns. In this therapeutic model, parent/caregiver training is central to treatment and Harry provides comprehensive system level support. In additional to clinical practice, Dr. Voulgarakis enjoys research and teaching and frequently presents at conferences as well as supervises graduate students in behavior analysis. He is current an Assistant Professor of Child Study at Saint Joseph’s college in Long Island.