Dr. Blank is the founder and director of Riverdale Psychology. She received her M.S. and Psy.D. from The Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology.
Using cognitive behavioral techniques and a psychodynamic conceptualization, I work with children, adolescents and adults in individual, family, group, and couples therapy providing a solution-oriented approach in a comfortable environment that enables you to successfully achieve your goals.
As a licensed clinical psychologist, I have experience treating individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, interpersonal relationships, and other life stressors. I received my doctoral degree from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, after graduating magna cum laude with highest honors from Queens College of the City University of New York.
Upon graduating, I was inducted into the Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society. I completed my training at the Child and Family Institute, Highlands Middle School, Rochambeau High School, the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House, the Northern Regional Diagnostic Center for Child Abuse and Neglect, the J.W. Beatman Community Counseling Center at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, and at Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy.
Please explore my website and reach out should you feel that I can be of help to you or your loved ones. I offer a free 15-minute consultation and welcome your call.
For 30 years, I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and families in a safe, therapeutic environment. I provide the individuals and families I work with a warm, welcoming and respectful environment. My therapeutic approach utilizes both psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral techniques to promote healing.
I have helped people experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues and major life transitions. I specialize in working with children and their families to help them cope with life stressors such as bereavement and divorce, as well as parenting and school related issues.
I earned my Psy.D. from the combined School and Clinical Child Program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in 1989. I have been fortunate to work in varied therapeutic settings such as Jewish Board and Family Services, The Center for Preventive Psychiatry, Pride of Judea Mental Health Center, The New York Foundling Hospital, Andrus Children’s Center and Chabad of Riverdale.
It would be a privilege to learn, explore, achieve goals and make positive changes together in a collaborative therapeutic setting.
Dr. Alisa Auerbach
Early Childhood and Family Specialist
Dr. Gottesman received her PsyD from the combined School and Clinical Child program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She gained valuable experience in both testing and therapy in the Cresskill Public Schools, Youth Consultation Services of NJ, the William Alanson White Institute, and New Alternatives for Children. In addition to her work at Riverdale Psychology, Dr. Gottesman is a post-doctoral fellow at the William Alanson White Institute, where she provides individual psychodynamic psychotherapy to adults and adolescents.
Dr. Gottesman’s evaluations are comprehensive and strive to look at each individual holistically. She provides a thorough understanding of the cognitive and academic issues, while keeping in mind the valuable interplay between academic functioning and social/emotional wellbeing. She enjoys building relationships with clients and their families to best understand the individual and provide relevant and practical recommendations tailored for each client’s needs.
I am a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. After graduating from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1996, I had the privilege of working with individuals and families from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in London, New York, and New Jersey. Despite societal, cultural, religious, and other differences, I found that people share the same needs: emotional connection, validation, security, and safety.
My experience includes assisting women and their families that moved from their homeland to acclimate to a new culture by providing them with concrete community resources as well as connecting them to peers and helping them gain independence. I have helped single parents managing their households and families with at risk adolescents. I have experience helping with recovery from trauma, marital discord, and improving self-esteem. I specialize in treating individuals who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, and children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
I invite you to work with me to achieve insight, self-compassion, and confidence. Together we can explore the core beliefs you have about yourself that may be holding you back and work toward shifting these beliefs to help you develop your inner strengths and to achieve your goals and wishes. I offer tele-therapy for residents of New York and New Jersey. As we build our therapeutic relationship, I will offer non-judgmental support to help you navigate your internal experiences and gain a stronger sense of self, at your own pace. My approach is an integration of psychodynamic theory, internal family systems, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, somatic intervention, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
It would be my pleasure to work with you.