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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 licensed psychologist who specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults by providing individual as well as group work. Having a strong belief that collaborative work provides the most effective intervention, Dr. Brodsky has built Interactive Discovery using this philosophy. She utilizes traditional as well as a holistic approach to mental health – by analyzing the connection between the mind and the body with emphasis on self-care. Her approach is integrative, combining psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback and existential therapy. Clinical interests include working with children and adults who are dealing with different life transitions by helping them to cope with stressors associated with these events. She also conducts neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations. She is bilingual and conducts therapy and evaluations in both English and Russian.
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; providing individual, family and couples therapy; designing and supervising a therapeutic after school program 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 receiving training in education/child psychology; a former Adjunct Faculty Professor in the area of child & adolescent development and psychiatric conditions and disorders; research interests are in the areas of examining the child and parent relationship and its effects on child development.
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, LMSW
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.
Jennifer Saba, Ph.D.
Dr. Jennifer F. Saba is a licensed psychologist with over 10 years of experience. She received her B.A from Barnard College and her Ph.D. from New York University in 2003. She completed her internship at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in their child and adolescent treatment program. Prior to joining Interactive Discovery, Dr. Saba worked both in a private practice in Manhattan and at Montefiore Medical Center’s School-Based Mental Health Program. Currently, Dr. Saba is completing postdoctoral work at the Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies.
Dr. Saba believes that the therapeutic relationship is key to effective treatment, and she works to provide patients with a supportive, safe, and empathic atmosphere. Using an approach that integrates developmental, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral theories and techniques, Dr. Saba believes in meeting individuals where they are and helping them gain the strength they need to explore areas of difficulty. By doing this, one often can see lasting change.
At Interactive Discovery, Dr. Saba provides individual therapy for adults experiencing a wide range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma, or problems with interpersonal relationships. Dr. Saba also provides individual and family therapy for children and adolescents with difficulties such as behavioral and learning problems, problems with peer relationships, low self-esteem, depression, and/or anxiety. In addition, Dr. Saba offers parent guidance sessions to help parents navigate everyday challenges of child development.
Lauren Feiden, Psy.D.
Dr. Lauren Feiden is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from McGill University and a graduate degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in children and adolescents from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Andrus Children’s Center in Westchester, NY. Dr. Feiden has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families with a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and behavioral problems. She is also trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, and expressive arts therapy. Dr. Feiden specializes in working with young children and their families, and is formally trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). PCIT is an evidenced based treatment focusing on strengthening the parent-child relationship and providing parents with specific techniques to improve behaviors. Dr. Feiden also has experience in leading groups for children, adolescents, and families. The groups that Dr. Feiden has led focused on improving social skills, emotional regulation, and self-concept using a number of different modalities including expressive arts. At Interactive Discovery, Dr. Feiden conducts individual, family, and group psychotherapy as well as psychodiagnostic evaluations. She takes an integrative approach to treatment and views each client as a unique individual and bases her treatment approach on specific client needs, symptoms, and goals.
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.