Veronica Brodsky, Psy.D. | Kelli Donohue, Ph.D. |
Jane Paley, Psy.D. | Ken Leeds, LCSW |Melissa Malakoff, Psy.D. |
Julia Albores , LCSW | Allyn Pivar, Psy.D |
Caroline Dunlop, Psy.D. | Rebecca Rubin, LCAT |
Lynn Almon, LMHC | Lake Serrins, LCSW|
Yekaterina (Kat) Donina-Osipov, Psy.D.
We speak English, Spanish, and Russian.
Veronica Brodsky, Psy.D.
Dr. Veronica Brodsky is the founder and Clinical Director of Interactive Discovery Consulting and Psychological Services, P.C. She is a seasoned licensed psychologist who has been seeing patients for over 20 years.
Dr. Brodsky works with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of presenting concerns by providing individual as well as group therapy. Working with such a diverse group of clientele has allowed her to develop and hone her eclectic treatment style which synergizes traditional psychotherapy modalities (such as, relational, psychodynamic and CBT) with a holistic approach to mental health. By utilizing a holistic foundation, she has been able to apply treatment methods in a very humanistic fashion, acknowledging patients' individual needs and addressing their specific life circumstances.
Dr. Brodsky's acuity in analyzing the connection between the mind and body as well as her empathetic nature places a clear emphasis on self-care while providing a supportive and nurturing therapeutic atmosphere. It is her conviction that a healthy lifestyle should be rich in salubrious mental and physical health habits. She helps her clients develop these skills by providing a safe and supportive clinician-patient relationship and then encourages them to integrate these practices into their daily life. For this reason, she is a longtime supporter of practices such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness, acupuncture, and the implementation of a healthy diet and herbal supplements when needed.
Her clinical interests include working with individuals and families who are dealing with different life transitions by helping them cope with stressors and build resilience associated with these events. In addition, she specializes in working with patients who are experiencing anxiety and depression. Dr. Brodsky also conducts and supervises Neurospsychological and Psychoeducational evaluations. Through vast experience working on child evaluations, she is able to examine a child’s academic, cognitive, and emotional development and provide individually tailored recommendations based on the evaluation results.
Interactive Discovery's group private practice was built upon Dr. Brodsky's zeal for collaborative work. She believes that the most effective interventions are devised from experts working as a team with the goal of providing the best possible patient care. Thus, as Clinical Director, she supervises patient cases and has worked to create an environment that is congenial and community-centered for all of Interactive Discovery's patients and talented clinicians.
Dr. Brodsky received her doctorate from New York University in 1999 and she is a member of the American Psychological Association. Her experience includes: working with patients on the acute inpatient unit as well as providing outpatient mental health services; designing and supervising therapeutic after school programs for children and adolescents by implementing and managing over 100 therapeutic groups; creating and supervising a six year training program for graduate and undergraduate students. Her dedication in mentorship and training has been a huge part of her work and has allowed for the Interactive Discovery to provide post-doctoral training to clinicians. Dr. Brodsky also serves as an expert supervisor at psychological practices in the New York City area and has enjoyed mentoring novice psychologists-in-training both as a Professor and as the Clinical Director of Interactive Discovery
Dr. Brodsky is a former Adjunct Faculty Professor, teaching courses in psychology, child development, and psychiatric conditions and disorders. Her research interests are in the areas of examining the child and parent relationship and its effects on child development as well as looking at how to build resilience. She is bilingual and is able to conduct therapy and evaluation sessions in both English and Russian. Finally, Dr. Brodsky is working on a book focusing on the process of building one’s resilience by integrating a variety of practical and holistic techniques.
Kelli Donohue, Ph.D.
Dr. Kelli Donohue has been a psychologist at Interactive Discovery since its inception. As both a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist she brings her experience and expertise in clinical, educational, and behavioral issues to our group. Dr. Donohue received her doctorate from New York University and is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. Currently, she is also employed as a school psychologist with the NYC Department of Education and uses her work in schools to inform her clinical practice with children and adolescents and their parents. Dr. Donohue uses an integrative approach, combining psychodynamic, family systems, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Her clinical specializations include: ADHD, anxiety, bereavement, working with families in transition, mood disorders, and social and educational difficulties. At Interactive Discovery, Dr. Donohue provides individual and family therapy, parent and teacher consultation, neuropsychological evaluations, and she develops and leads social skills groups for children of various ages and varying levels of difficulties.
Dr. Donohue has a broad range of therapeutic experiences. She has worked in both private and public schools, providing counseling, consultation, and system-wide behavioral support. Dr. Donohue has also worked in a hospital out-patient unit, a residential treatment facility, group homes for individuals who are developmentally disabled and have mental health difficulties, a foster care agency, and a preventive agency; in each of these settings she has utilized a variety of modalities depending on the needs of her clients. Dr. Donohue is a former adjunct professor at New York University in both counseling and statistics. Her research interests are in the area of parent and child relationships, early literacy development and support, adolescent development, and the affect of socioeconomic status on mental health.
Jane Paley, Psy.D.
Dr. Paley is a NY State licensed psychologist who coordinates the division of assessment services at Interactive Discovery. Dr. Paley also provides psychotherapy to adults and children, and offers parent and school consultation. Dr. Paley’s work is informed by her lifelong interest in children, development and learning, and encompasses developmental, psychodynamic, and neuropsychological perspectives. Dr. Paley earned a master's degree in Special Education from Bankstreet College of Education in 1994, and earned a doctoral degree from New York University's program in school/clinical child psychology in 2004.
For nearly a decade, Dr. Paley worked in the Marsha Winokur Learning Center at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS), offering neuropsychological assessment, parent and school consultation, and therapeutic remediation to children from public, private and parochial schools. Dr. Paley also served as the Brooklyn Clinical Coordinator for the Loss and Bereavement program for Children and Adolescents at JBFCS. A longtime proponent of bridging gaps between education and psychology, Dr. Paley has taught preschool, elementary and high school students in special education and bilingual settings, held workshops on bereavement and learning styles for teachers, and taught courses in school consultation to psychology graduate students at Brooklyn College and New York University. Dr. Paley continues to provide parent consultation and referrals through the Learning Resource Network at JBFCS, and writes for its quarterly newsletter, Thinking Children.
Ken Leeds, LCSW
Ken Leeds was born and raised in New York City. He is a Licensed Social Worker and is a graduate of New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Ken is deeply and passionately interested in people and their relationships and he has diverse and extensive experience in the field of psychological and emotional health that reflects this ongoing interest. Ken’s long-term involvement in the field of mental health makes it possible for him to be particularly effective at relating to and identifying with diverse clients in various circumstances and stages of their lives. Ken is experienced in working with individuals, couples, families, and providing child therapy. His experience also includes working on an in-patient psychiatric unit (at Maimonides Hospital Community Mental Health Clinic) and on an in-patient drug and alcohol rehabilitation unit (at Regent Hospital). Ken also has wide-ranging experience with and draws deep satisfaction from his involvement with various approaches to meditation, relaxation methods and art therapy.
The visual arts, one of Ken’s passions, have been incorporated into his clinical work with his clients. His experience in this realm permits him to bring insight and great sensitivity into his work with individuals from creative backgrounds of all kinds as well as providing him with tools that he directly utilizes in his clinical work. Ken has been involved with the visual arts since he was a child. He studied Studio Art at the State University of New York at Binghamton and Brooklyn College and continued at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts. Ken is also a part-time art professor at Touro College and teaches courses in painting, drawing and modern art history. Ken’s enthusiasm and strong sense of purpose in providing empathic support, constructive inquiry and guidance to both his students and his clients has been greatly beneficial to them over the course of his career.
Melissa Malakoff, Psy.D.
Dr. Melissa Malakoff is a licensed clinical psychologist. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from Duke University and a graduate degree in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Malakoff is a member of the American Psychological Association. She is bilingual and conducts therapy in both English and Spanish.
Dr. Malakoff is currently employed by NYU Medical Center as a psychologist in the ACS-NYU Children’s Trauma Institute, a program that focuses on treating individuals with a history of trauma. Her previous work includes providing therapy and psycho-diagnostic evaluations to children and their family members in psychological clinics at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego and Home Start, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of children and families. Dr. Malakoff also worked as a psychologist at the San Diego State University Counseling Center, where she provided therapy to students, led classes on resiliency among freshmen struggling with academics and adjustment to college, and organized outreach activities such as stress management workshops and informational seminars. Dr. Malakoff completed her dissertation on the use of a therapy dog with children struggling with emotional and behavioral disorders.
Dr. Malakoff employs an integrative approach to therapy, drawing from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic theories. She values the importance of creating a safe environment for the client and for building a genuine relationship between therapist and client. At Interactive Discovery, P.C., Dr. Malakoff works with adults, adolescents, and children in both individual and family therapy. She also conducts psycho-diagnostic evaluations. She is skilled in providing therapy to individuals with anxiety and depression, behavioral concerns, questions about self-identity, adjustment difficulties, and trauma-related issues, among other areas. Furthermore, she enjoys outreach activities in the community, including providing consultation to and leading seminars or workshops at schools and other organizations.
Julia Albores, LCSW
Julia Albores is a licensed clinical social worker, a graduate of the Hunter College School of Social Work and a member of the NASW. She is experienced in working with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as couples and families on a wide range of issues. Julia is also bilingual (English/Spanish) and has experience working with Spanish speaking clients. Her approach emphasizes systems and interpersonal relationships. Julia brings her warm unconditional positive regard to her clients and believes the most important part of therapy is the therapeutic relationship.
Julia’s pre and post masters work and experiences demonstrate a commitment to empowering individuals and families to find their expertise to solve their own problems. During her graduate practicum, Julia provided assessment and treatment services at South Beach Psychiatric Center, where she also helped develop and run programs aimed at building family involvement in therapy. She gained in-depth experience working with patients with major mental illness in the center’s Lithium clinic. Julia went on to complete a second internship and later became a clinical staff member of the Roberto Clemente Family Therapy Training Program, an affiliate of Gouverneur Hospital, where she gained experience working with immigrants and individuals from diverse backgrounds while using a multicultural systemic perspective. As part of her post graduate training, Julia completed 2 years in the core training program/Live Clinical Supervision at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Julia’s competencies include cognitive-behavioral, gestalt, structural family therapy, group therapy, cultural competency in therapy, and attachment-and play-based work with children.
At Interactive Discovery, Julia brings a heart centered voice to her work with each individual and family. She works collaboratively with her clients to find solutions and life-long skills that they can use in dealing with their immediate and long-term challenges. Julia strongly believes that each individual is their own best expert and with facilitative guidance will find solutions to their problems. She is passionate about her work and views herself as a tool to draw forward the expertise and brilliance within each client and family.
Allyn Pivar, Psy.D.
Dr. Ali Pivar is very excited to be joining Interactive Discovery as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. She holds an undergraduate degree in sociology and psychology from Connecticut College and a Doctorate in School-Clinical Child Psychology from Pace University. Dr. Pivar has had a lifelong interest in mental health and well-being, emotional development, and interpersonal relationships. She completed her doctoral training working with adults in an out-patient university clinic and with children and adolescents in schools, in-patient hospitals and out-patient clinics, culminating in the completion of her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. In all of these settings she conducted psycho-educational evaluations and individual and group psychotherapy. After completing her doctorate she participated in two NIH funded research studies providing dyadic and group therapy for children in foster care. She also works in private practice providing individual therapy for adults, specializing in anxiety disorders, trauma, and life transitions. While working from a psychodynamic perspective, Dr. Pivar integrates cognitive behavioral and interpersonal approaches based on the individual needs of each patient. She believes the most important aspect of therapy is the collaborative relationship between patient and therapist and focuses on providing a safe space for each patient to establish trust and feel comfortable exploring their inner world. Dr. Pivar’s research interests include early attachment, trauma and PTSD, and mind-body medicine. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Brooklyn Psychological Association.
Caroline Dunlop, Psy.D.
Dr. Caroline Dunlop is a NY state licensed psychologist, and previously, a licensed practitioner psychologist in the United Kingdom. She received her doctorate from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, and her undergraduate degree from Stanford University. Dr. Dunlop works with individuals of all ages and has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in several New York City hospitals. Dr. Dunlop has worked with individuals in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, conducting individual, family, couples and group therapy, as well providing psychodiagnostic assessments and school consultations. She has also worked with clients in their homes as a member of a Mobile Crisis Unit, and conducted intensive in-home Multi-Systemic Therapy with adolescents and their families while living and working in London, England. Dr. Dunlop also has experience in neuropsychological assessment, having worked with patients of an acute traumatic brain injury unit; and experience in trauma and play therapy having worked with young children who had been physically and/or sexually abused. Dr. Dunlop’s research interests are in the area of pregnancy and postpartum mental health.
Dr. Dunlop utilizes an integrative approach to therapy, drawing upon interventions from psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral (CBT), family systems, and multi-systemic therapy. Dr. Dunlop believes there is no “one size fits all” approach to psychotherapy, and therefore strives to understand each client’s unique strengths and needs when developing a treatment plan. She believes in a collaborative approach between therapist and client, and feels the relationship between therapist and client is of utmost importance in creating the safe, supportive environment necessary to facilitate exploration, emotional growth, and behavior change. Additionally, Dr. Dunlop acknowledges the impact of ethnicity, race, religion and sexual orientation on our lives, and makes every effort to integrate a multicultural perspective into her work.
Rebecca Rubin, LCAT
Rebecca Rubin is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She received a Masters degree in Expressive Therapies and was trained in Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusettes. In her work with children, teens, and adults, Rebecca specializes in addressing a variety of concerns including loss/bereavement, depression, anxiety, anger, behavioral difficulties, self-harm, self-esteem, relationship/family concerns, and trauma (including sexual abuse, domestic violence, and childhood abuse). One of Rebecca’s favorite sayings by zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh is “No mud, no lotus”, reflecting the way she approaches her work. She believes in a collaborative therapeutic process, taking on a strength-based approach that reflects a deep trust in each client and family’s potential to grow and heal through life struggles. She integrates talk-therapy modalities including humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and trauma-informed techniques with her creative arts therapy background. As an ‘intermodalist’, Rebecca interweaves creativity utilizing the visual arts, writing, movement, drama, story-telling, guided imagery, meditation, and mindfulness. Working with Rebecca, clients are able to identify and access inner resiliency, connect holistically to their experiences, and give voice to that which there are no words. Rebecca uses her warmth, groundedness, empathy, and humor to tackle concerns with clients each step of the way.
Rebecca has a respect for diversity and honors differences. She understands the role our identities-sexuality, race, ethnicity, gender, class, spirituality, etc.- play in our daily experiences. Practicing from the understanding that creative modalities connect us to our humanity, Rebecca fosters a space where clients can feel safe and empowered to express and embrace their whole selves without judgment.
Rebecca has presented at a number of confrences on creative arts therapy practices and trauma work, most recently presenting at the International Expressive Therapies Conference in Hong Kong. Additionally, Rebecca holds a BA in Child Development from Tufts University and a BM in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory of Music.
Lynn Almon, LMHC
Lynn Almon is the Director of Clinical Services at the second location of Interactive Discovery in Brooklyn, New York. Lynn has over 15 years of clinical experience in a multitude of settings and is a New York state licensed mental health counselor. For the last six years she has practiced as the ADHD Program Director and clinical supervisor at a private psychiatric practice in Downtown Manhattan. Lynn works with children, families, adults and couples. While gravitating towards a psychodynamic perspective, Lynn utilizes relational and cognitive behavioral elements in all therapeutic relationships. This was fostered through her educational pursuits, research, private practice, and her current position providing clinical assessments for individuals with symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, depression and trauma.
She has worked with individuals of all ages starting in community outreach within social and rehabilitative services. Following, she gained experience in multiple inpatient hospital settings performing psychological evaluations of inpatients with psychiatric disorders and medical conditions utilizing relational and cognitive behavioral treatment. This early exposure to the comorbidity of psychiatric disorders and medical conditions at Fletcher Allen Psychiatric Consultation Services in Burlington, Vermont, further enhanced her interests in the mind-body connection of mental health. Her clinical interest in trauma and child development stem from her research experience in the Anchor Program, Portland Maine, assessing early attachment and parent-child relations through utilization of various assessment tools in an intermediate psychiatric care program for children and families. This draws on her continuing educational interests in dissociation and the neurobiological perspectives of trauma and attachment.
Lynn received her masters degree in clinical counseling psychology from Johnson State College and her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences/Dietetics as a scholarship Division I athlete at the University of Vermont. She previously practiced as a licensed clinical mental health counselor in the states of Vermont and Maine and is a member of the American Counseling Association. Lynn is a former Adjunct Professor of Psychopharmacology in a clinical mental health counseling graduate program. This seven year teaching experience captured her interest in the neurobiological process of change that occurs in the therapeutic relationship. Lynn’s ongoing interests in global health have lead to a medical mission as a clinic assistant and counselor conducting assessments for individuals with psychiatric conditions, malnutrition, infectious diseases, and trauma at the Saint Jules Medical Clinic: Petite Bourgne du Bourne, Haiti.
Lake Serrins, LCSW
Lake Serrins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her master’s degree from Hunter College School of Social Work where she specialized in working with children, adolescents and families. Lake has extensive experience working with children and families in a variety of settings including day treatment, school and crisis therapy.
During her undergraduate days at NYU, Lake volunteered as a mentor to children in a group home and at an arts based after school programs. She translated this interest into her career as a therapist and spent her second year practicum at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital’s C.A.R.E.S. program, a day treatment program for teens with mental health and substance abuse diagnoses. There she was trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), a tool that Lake finds lends itself to helping teens express their feelings more successfully at home and in the academic environment.
Lake’s clinical experience also included working with middle school aged girls in a NYC public school where she lead self-esteem building groups and conducted individual sessions. In addition, as a home-based crisis therapist, she assessed and treated children and teens and their families at risk and assessed if hospitalization is warranted. Lake was also part of a mobile crisis team that assessed at risk children and teens.
Lake utilizes a unifying approach to her work with clients and draws on psychodynamics, Structural Family Therapy, attachment and cognitive behavioral modalities to inform her work. She believes in working collaboratively with clients to help them feel in control of their lives and empowered in their choices. Lake also continues to feel a strong connection to her social work roots and works to promote social justice and welfare in the communities she serves.
Yekaterina (Kat) Donina-Osipov, Psy.D.
Dr. Kat Donina-Osipov is a NY state licensed psychologist. She received her doctorate at The George Washington University in Washington DC, her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and her undergraduate degree at CUNY, Hunter College. She is bilingual in Russian/English.
Dr. Donina-Osipov works with individuals of all ages and specifically has extensive experience providing treatment to young children, adolescents and families utilizing a variety of treatment modalities such as play therapy, family therapy, trauma-focused work, parent guidance and leading groups. Dr. Donina-Osipov has worked in a variety of settings including school-based and community mental health centers in Washington DC and in the state of Connecticut. She specializes in addressing concerns regarding attachment issues, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma (such as sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence), relational and family issues. In addition, having experience conducting psychological assessments, she is well equipped in working with children who are diagnosed with learning and developmental disabilities. Dr. Donina-Osipov also has experience working on a Mobile Crisis Team and has provided crisis assessments and intervention to children, adolescents and families. Additionally she has extensive experience consulting with schools and worked as a consultant in the Headstart Pre-school classrooms in Stamford, Connecticut.
Additionally, Dr. Donina-Osipov strongly believes in the importance of differentiating diagnoses through psychological testing and identifying issues underlying an individual’s current presentation of symptoms. She has experience conducting developmental evaluations, comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. These evaluations are geared to assess various learning disabilities as well as identify children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has also participated in a variety of research projects at the New York State Psychiatric Institute as well as Columbia University investigating effects of stress and trauma on children and families, as well as loss and bereavement.
Dr. Donina-Osipov has a passion for helping individuals access their strenghs as she believes that everyone is capable of succeeding and overcoming stressors within their lives. As a clinician, she utilizes an integrative approach to treatment, implementing relational, cognitive behavioral elements and mindfulness, as her treatment is driven by the needs of each individual and family. Fundamentally, Dr. Donina-Osipov feels that a trusting, collaborative relationship between the therapist and client is what drives change and works hard to create a safe environment in which individuals are free to express themselves throughout treatment. Dr. Donina-Osipov is culturally responsive and works hard to integrate a perspective that explores the impact of culture, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality on an individual’s life and development.