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. Jeff Kilstein
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
I am a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist, with over 10 years of experience. I have worked extensively with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Through a cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic approach, I collaborate with my clients to help them understand and resolve the conflicts or stressors that arise in their lives. In session, I am always actively engaged and provide a warm, nonjudgmental environment. I work hard to help every person tap into their inner strengths and help them enact meaningful change in their lives.
I earned my doctoral degree from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I have training and work experience in a variety of school and therapeutic settings, including White Plains Hospital, the Rose F. Kennedy Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (RFK CERC) of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshivat Noam, and Bi-Cultural Day School. I have also spent several summers teaching at New York University’s Child Study Center’s Summer Program for Kids (SPK). I served as the Director of Guidance of Carmel Academy until its closure in 2020 and am currently a school psychologist in Fairfield County, CT. I have extensive experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as individuals who struggle with conduct disorder, anxiety, depression, executive functioning difficulties, and trauma.
At every session, I will meet you where you are and work collaboratively with you to get where you want to be. It would be an honor to accompany you on your journey towards self-growth and improvement.
Dr. Michelle Sarna is a licensed developmental psychologist who has worked with children, adolescents, emerging adults and their families in multiple settings, including schools, camps, university campuses, and community centers. Michelle genuinely enjoys partnering with clients to create a safe space that fosters reflection, humor, curiosity, acceptance, and growth, and helps her clients feel empowered in their own narrative. Michelle currently works full time as a School Psychologist and as a Camp Psychologist, and previously served as the Director of the Educational Alliance Preschool. She earned her Masters of Science in Education, Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Development and PhD in School Psychology from Fordham University. She completed postdoctoral research at the NYU School of Law on Emerging Adulthood and has taught at NYU's Wagner School for Public Service and Fordham University's School of Education. Michelle is passionate about collaborating with schools, families, and other caregivers to best support and scaffold optimal growth and well being.
Dr. Michelle Sarna
My goal is to provide a comfortable space for you to find your footing as you adjust to life’s toughest challenges. By working with the modality of treatment that is right for you right now, you’ll gain confidence in yourself as you apply coping skills that will help you throughout your day, whether at home, school, or in the workplace. This will allow you to make your most meaningful relationships even more fulfilling. Finding time in your busy week to talk with a culturally sensitive, experienced, licensed, and well-trained therapist is among the most helpful gifts you can give yourself. I am passionate about helping others and am here to help you realize the potential that therapy offers. I work collaboratively with adolescents, adults, and couples struggling with anxiety, chronic illness, depression, domestic abuse, grief, infertility, panic attacks, personality disorders, and reproductive loss. Depending on your unique needs, we will utilize one or more evidence-based treatment modality, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), psychodynamic therapy, and somatic therapy. As you progress, you will gain a greater sense of internal calmness and self-confidence. A magna cum laude graduate of Queens College of the City of New York, with a Master’s in Social Work from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work, I blend years of educational training with a deep commitment to clinical excellence to offer compassionate, high quality care. As the assistant director of Jewish Family Service & Children’s Center of Clifton-Passaic, I was privileged to present at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel. I am currently the deputy director of behavioral health services at Ezras Choilim Health Center, a federally qualified integrative care health center, in Monroe, NY. I also run a monthly national support group for men struggling with infertility, hosted by Yesh Tikvah and am an adjunct professor at Yeshiva University, where I teach our community’s spiritual leaders of tomorrow how to become more attuned with their own inner experience as rabbis in the public eye. I look forward to meeting you soon!
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.