Dr. Barber is a clinical psychologist who received advanced training in substance use disorders at the Addiction Institute of New York. Dr. Barber also has specialized training in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Barber has experience working in the inpatient milieu and outpatient services and has worked extensively with individuals, couples and families. Her work integrates aspects of CBT, psychodynamic techniques and contemplative psychotherapy.
Dr. Block is a clinical psychologist with specialized training in trauma, substance use disorders, mood, and anxiety disorders. Integrating aspects of CBT, DBT and psychodynamic techniques, Dr. Block helps individuals to reach meaningful insights that can then be translated into positive and enduring behavioral change. Additionally, Dr. Block has a particular interest in understanding the connections between creative process, health and well-being. Prior to joining CMC, Dr. Block served as a fellow at The Women’s Health Project, part of The Addiction Institute of New York, treating individuals with histories of complex trauma and substance use disorders
Dr. Bertrand specializes in the treatment of trauma, addiction, mood and anxiety disorders. She has worked at Bellevue Hospital with patients in acute crisis and also in the intensive outpatient program for the treatment of personality disorders. Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Bertrand worked at the Manhattan VA Medical Center with veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related conditions. She is a supervising psychologist at the Psychological Service Center at Long Island University and faculty at the International Masterson Institute. In addition to her work at CMC, Dr. Bertrand is a registered provider for Give an Hour, a non-profit organization that provides free mental health services to U.S. military personnel affected by the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dr. Chakrabarti is a clinical psychologist with a background in various modalities of therapy including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, relational psychodynamic therapy, and Structural Family Therapy. Dr. Chakrabarti has conducted therapy with diverse populations and has integrated mindfulness and motivational techniques in both English and Bengali. Dr. Chakrabarti received her internship training at the Center for Motivation and Change and had previously externed at Gouverneur Hospital, The Addiction Institute of New York, and the Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services. At CMC, she currently conducts individual therapy, CRAFT, and co-leads several groups.
Dr. Conley is a psychologist whose work is informed by cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic perspectives. Dr. Conley’s predoctoral internship at the VA New Jersey Health Care System provided her with specialized training through the Substance Abuse Outpatient program. She also completed rotations in psychological assessment, the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders Outpatient Program, and geropsychology. As a postdoctoral fellow at Pace University’s Counseling Center, Dr. Conley offered individual psychotherapy and co-led a group for students with concerns about the substance use of loved ones and an interpersonal process group. Some of her previous experience includes working motivationally with adolescents to achieve their weight loss goals, with college students to change their substance use behaviors, and work with college student-athletes. Additionally, Dr. Conley has experience as a clinician in clinical trials of medications intended for the treatment of various substance use problems. She served as an adjunct instructor for an upper-level undergraduate course on stress and coping at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Conley earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University, her master’s degree in psychology from Teachers College Columbia University, and her doctorate in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Donnelly is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in evidenced-based treatment modalities including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and short-term and long-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. She has experience working in psychiatric emergency rooms, inpatient and outpatient settings, mobile crisis teams, addiction treatment facilities, and correctional settings providing brief and long-term individual, couples, and group psychotherapy. Dr. Donnelly has specialized training in crisis intervention as well as suicide and risk assessment. She has worked extensively with individuals and families that are in crisis, pose an imminent risk to themselves or others, have complex histories of trauma and abuse, substance dependence, behavioral problems, and severe emotional disturbances. Dr. Donnelly utilizes CBT, DBT, and psychodynamic interventions in approach to treating addictions and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Heitler is a psychologist who has training in cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety and in Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia. Dr. Heitler has several years of experience working as a clinician and research assistant at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University’s Substance Treatment and Research Services (STARS) as well as providing relapse prevention and motivational enhancement therapies at their Buprenorphine Program. Prior to joining CMC, Dr. Heitler was a clinician and supervisor at a community mental health center, where she specialized in developmental disabilities and teaching social and interpersonal skills.
Dr. Jones has worked extensively with individuals and couples. She has specialized training in applying cognitive behavioral and stress management techniques to treat individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after physical and sexual assault. She also treats individuals and couples struggling with the anxiety and grief associated with infertility. In psychiatric inpatient units, Dr. Jones has treated addiction and severe personality disorders. On staff at the New York University Program in Reproductive Surgery and Assisted Reproductive Technology, she performed psychotherapy and consulted with couples and prospective single parents regarding alternative family-building options. She is currently training to obtain a certificate in pyschoanalysis at New York University’s Post-Doctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Her research interests have included infant and adult attachment.
Dr. Shapiro is a clinical psychologist with advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), with a focus on treating trauma, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. Additionally, she has specialized training in evidenced-based treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Shapiro has trained at Bellevue Hospital Center, Jacobi Medical Center, and the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health, providing individual and group psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families in inpatient, outpatient, and day treatment settings. Additionally, Dr. Shapiro completed clinical training on an inpatient detox unit and provided short-term psychotherapy with adults with substance abuse and co-occurring psychiatric conditions. She is interested in the impact of childhood and adult-onset trauma on substance abuse, emotion regulation difficulties, and interpersonal problems.
Dr. Singer is a psychologist who has specialized training in Mindfulness based therapies, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Psychodynamic Therapies. Prior to joining CMC, Dr. Singer was the Training Coordinator at the Wellness and Counseling Center at City College and continues to enjoy teaching and supervising. She has worked extensively on the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders in a variety of clinical settings.
- November 2010 Solution Focused Brief Therapy Training Conference
- May/June 2010 CUNY – Motivational Interviewing , Two Day Intensive, Jonathan Fader, PhD
- May 2009 LEHMAN COLLEGE- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- January/February 2009 CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK- QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Program
- August 2008 OMEGA INSTITUE- Professional Training in Mindfulness and Mind-Body Therapy for Health Care for Professionals, John Welwood, Ph.D.
- January 2008 SHIVINANDA ASHRAM- Mediation and Mindfulness for Health Care Professionals, Paul Epstein, ND.
- September 2006 NY STATE- DBT Training, The Bridge of Central MA, Inc
Dr. Sherman is a clinical psychologist with specialized training in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with a focus on treating anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and substance abuse. Dr. Sherman has experience working with diverse populations in individual and group formats integrating treatment approaches to meet patient needs. Prior to joining CMC Dr. Sherman completed clinical training at North Central Bronx Hospital, Jacobi Medical Center, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute on inpatient, outpatient, and emergency services treating patients experiencing acute crises as well as chronic conditions. Dr. Sherman has also worked on several NIH-funded research studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University’s Teachers College. His research interests include the association between temperament and psychopathology, and the effects of family environment on adolescent mental health.
Dr. Sugarman is a psychologist who received advanced training in substance use disorders at the Addiction Institute of New York (formerly known as Smithers). Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Sugarman was a clinician at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University’s, Substance Treatment and Research Services (STARS) where her work focused on integrating cognitive-behavioral and motivational enhancement therapies. Dr. Sugarman has additional specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Borderline Personality Disorder.
Dr. Tal obtained her clinical training at The City University of New York (CUNY), where she provided long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy to adults and children for four years. During this time, she also completed a year-long externship at CMC, where she was trained in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Following this, she did her clinical internship at the New Jersey VA hospital, where she obtained additional experience treating individual with substance use disorders and co-occurring PTSD. Most recently, Dr. Tal completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Columbia University Counseling and Psychological Services Center, where she worked with a broad range of undergraduate and graduate students and co-led a harm reduction group for students. Dr. Tal works collaboratively with her patients to help guide them to a deeper understanding of their personal history, to the kind of life they desire, and to obtain the skills they need to achieve it. She is fluent in Hebrew.
Dr. Tamburino is a clinical psychologist with specialized training in relationalpsychodynamic psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). He has experience working with child, adolescent, and adult patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings, including providing community based treatment for persons with dual substance use and psychiatric disorders. Prior to joining CMC, Dr. Tamburino was a consultation-liaison psychologist at Jacobi Medical Center where he provided brief psychotherapy to patients on medical units and supervised clinical psychology interns. He completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at North Central Bronx Hospital with additional training at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, Nassau University Medical Center, and Pathways to Housing, Inc.
Dr. Wolf is a psychologist who has experience working in the inpatient milieu and outpatient services, providing cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamically informed psychotherapy to individuals and groups across the lifespan. Dr. Wolf has specialized training and experience helping individuals who struggle with severe and persistent mental illness, self-harming and suicidal behaviors, life crises, and personality disorders. Dr. Wolf also incorporates mindfulness-based interventions and a focus on wellness in her approach to treating individuals with addictive and psychiatric disorders.
Our intake therapists go to great lengths to try and match up new client with a therapist that will be a good “fit.” To that end, your input is very valuable to this process! If there is a staff member who you think you would like to work with, we encourage you to bring this up when you begin your intake process. At the same time, we can not guarantee any particular therapists has availability, or that they will, in fact, be the best fit for any particular case.