Veronica Brodsky, Psy.D. | Kelli Donohue, Ph.D. |
Jane Paley, Psy.D. | Ken Leeds, LCSW |
Melissa Malakoff, Psy.D. | Julia Albores , LCSW |
Lauren Feiden, Psy.D.| Allyn Pivar, Psy.D |
Caroline Dunlop, Psy.D. | Rebecca Rubin, LCAT
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.
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.
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.