Faculty
Graduates
Alison Berns Simon, LCSW-R, BCD

Alison Berns Simon, LCSW-R, BCD

Ms. Berns Simon is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in 2004. Since 2009 she is also an Anger Management Specialist 1.

Ms. Berns Simon in currently on the Admissions Committee of SIPP, a board member for The Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV), and committee member of Child Abuse & Neglect (CAN).

Ms. Berns Simon is a Psychotherapist/Psychoanalyst with over 20 years of experience. Her focus is on emotional issues and life cycle transitions such as marriage, childbirth, divorce, trauma and loss, as well as self- image issues, and eating disorders.

Ms. Berns Simon maintains a private practice in Roslyn Heights, NY.
For more information please visit her website: www.alisonbernssimon.com
To contact Ms. Berns Simon please call (516) 626-2517

Lisa Fishman, LCSW

Lisa Fishman, LCSW

Ms. Fishman is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in 2003.

Ms. Fishman has over 20 years experience as a clinician working with individuals and couples. She specializes in treating patients with relationship issues, divorce, blended families, anxiety, depression, trauma, life cycle transitions and women’s issues.

Ms. Fishman maintains a private practice in Huntington and Roslyn, NY.
To contact Ms. Fishman please call (631)754-4550

Cindy L. Grant, LCSW

Cindy L. Grant, LCSW

Ms. Grant is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in 2004.

Ms. Grant currently works as a psychotherapist at the South Beach Psychiatric Center Outpatient Clinic and is affiliated with the New York State Association for Social Workers (NASW), and the Poppa Clinician (Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance).

Ms. Grant’s psychoanalytic work has been influenced by her training as an art therapist. She works with patients in individual and group therapy, and sees couples in couples counseling. Her practice encompasses all ages and issues related to anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, personality disorders, relationships, abuse and trauma, gender, self-awareness and personal growth.

Ms. Grant maintains a private practice in Long Beach, NY.
To contact Ms. Grant please call: (516) 897-3666

Maureen C. Grix, Ph.D.

Maureen C. Grix, Ph.D.

Dr. Grix is a NYS Licensed Psychologist who received her Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from the Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in 2005.

Dr. Grix is a former Faculty Member, Supervisor and Treasurer of the Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and Past President of the Suffolk Society for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Grix treats adolescents 18 years and older, adults and couples. Her therapeutic orientation is interpersonal and relational. Dr. Grix is also a Neuropsychologist (since 1998) who provides Neuropsychological Evaluations for adolescents 16 years and older, adults and the elderly who have neurological problems. Dr. Grix is a participating provider on several insurance panels including Medicare.

Dr. Grix maintains a private practice in Garden City, NY.
To contact Dr. Grix please call: (516) 746-3691.

Nella Hahn, LCSW

Nella Hahn, LCSW

Ms. Hahn is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in 2015.  She also received a certificate in Gerontology from Marymount Manhattan College (1999), and in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from the Division of Nursing at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2006).

Ms. Hahn's practice includes adolescents and adults in various stages of transition, relationship issues,step family issues, as well as grief, anxiety, and depression.

Ms. Hahn maintains a private practice in the Hamptons, Riverhead, and Manhattan, NY.
For more information visit her website: www.HamptonTherapy.com
To contact Ms. Hahn please call: (631) 603-8388

Mary Harrington, LCSW-R

Mary Harrington, LCSW-R

Ms. Harrington is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from the Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in 2000.

She is an affiliate of the National Association of Social Workers, New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, National Association of Eating Disorders, and the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association. Prior training includes addiction treatment, couples, family and elderly counseling, chronic pain and mind/body group facilitation. Ms. Harrington is also a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. She practices and teaches yoga.

Ms. Harrington works with adults, senior citizens, older adolescents and couples. She works from a psychoanalytic and psychodynamic perspective integrating her knowledge of cognitive behavioral theories as well as her experience in teaching stress management and relaxation techniques. Her interests and specialties include working with mood and anxiety disorders, personality and eating disorders, addiction, psychosomatic disorders, trauma and family issues.

Ms. Harrington maintains a private practice in Port Jefferson Station, NY.
To contact Ms. Harrington please call: (631) 751-2554

Susan Ferrara Jones, LCSW-R

Susan Ferrara Jones, LCSW-R

Ms. Jones is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social worker who received her Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from the Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in 2002.

Ms. Jones has been President of the Suffolk Society for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from 2009-present.

Ms. Jones works with individuals, couples, and parent-adolescent dyads.

Ms. Jones maintains a private practice in Oceanside, NY.
To contact Ms. Jones please call: (516) 594-0560

Phyllis Kossak, Ph.D.

Phyllis Kossak, Ph.D.

Dr. Kossak is a NYS Licensed Psychologist who received her Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from the Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in 1998.

Dr. Kossak treats children, adolescents, and adults in individual therapy and also enjoys working with couples and families. She specializes in treating patients with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and post-traumatic stress disorder, and treats a variety of other issues.

Dr. Kossak maintains a private practice in Huntington, NY.
To contact Ms. Kossak please call: 631-423-1535

Laurie Schwartzer, MSW

Laurie Schwartzer, MSW

Ms. Schwartzer received her Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in 2003.

Ms. Schwartzer is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She utilizes psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and art therapy and works in all modalities: individual, couple, family and group. She is currently running a group for women with emotional eating disorders. 

Ms. Schwartzer published an article in the SIPP Journal, Analytic Insights, Volume 3, Fall 2004 entitled "Out of the Frame" which was also revised and printed in the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Nassau Newsnotes, Winter 2006.

Ms. Schwartzer maintains a private practice in Plainview, NY.
For more information about Ms. Schwartzer please visit her website: www.laurieschwartzer.com
To contact Ms. Schwartzer please call: (516) 935-3122

Annette Z. Simon, LCSW, ACSW

Annette Z. Simon, LCSW, ACSW

Ms. Simon is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in 2010.

Ms. Simon affiliates with New York State Association for Social Worker (NASW).

She has extensive experience working with families and children in agency settings. Privately, she has expanded to working with a wide range of patients including young adults and elders. Ms. Simon works with individuals with anxiety, depression and compulsive behaviors.

Ms. Simon maintains a private practice in Garden City and Plainview, NY.
To contact Ms. Simon please call: (516) 840-1033

Jill Sirota, LCSW

Jill Sirota, LCSW

Ms. Sirota is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in 2015.  She was past Chair of the SIPP Marketing Committee, and currently serves on the Institute’s Conference Committee. She recently presented a paper discussing the HBO Series “In Treatment” at a SIPP event.

Ms. Sirota has experience working with individuals of all ages, couples, and groups in agency and clinic settings. In her private practice, she works with adults and older adolescents dealing with relationship issues, life transitions, depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma.

Ms. Sirota maintains a private practice in Merrick, NY.
To contact Ms. Sirota, please call: (917) 817-4020.

Linda Sleszynski, LCSW

Linda Sleszynski, LCSW

Ms. Sleszynski is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in 2006.

Ms. Sleszynski has conducted workshops on issues including stress reduction, parenting, and bereavement. While a candidate at SIPP, she wrote and presented two papers on her work with the elderly, which were later both published. Additionally, Ms. Sleszynski assisted in writing and editing literature for the Institute.

Ms. Sleszynski is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Suffolk Society for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is a past-member of the International Women’s Writing Guild.

Ms. Sleszynski works with adults of all ages who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, relationship or marital difficulties, life transition, or unexplained physical ailments. Her areas of specialty include working with college students, women in transition, and elders and/or their family members with regard to aging and placement issues.

Ms. Sleszynski maintains a private practice in Smithtown and Setauket, NY.
To contact Ms. Sleszynski please call: (631) 754-7837

 

Candidates
Michelle Ambalu, LCSW

Michelle Ambalu, LCSW

Ms. Ambalu is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is currently pursuing her certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Ms. Ambalu provides psychotherapy to children and adults, utilizing a psychodynamic approach to treatment. Her areas of interest include anxiety, depression, isolation, dissociative disorders, relationship issues, difficulties at work or school, as well as the exploration and expression of creativity through art, technology and other mediums. She specializes in play therapy with children and anxiety disorders.

Ms. Ambalu also developed and runs a group for children with ADHD, which focuses on improving social skills, identifying and expressing feelings, and decreasing shame and anxiety. She originally developed the support group in an outpatient clinic for children transitioning out of individual therapy, and now offers this group in her private practice. 

Ms. Ambalu maintains a private practice in Garden City, NY.
For more information visit her website: www.MichelleAmbalu.com
To contact Ms. Ambalu please call: (516) 828-2622

Beth Feldman, Ph.D.

Beth Feldman, Ph.D.

Dr. Feldman is a NYS licensed Clinical Psychologist and is currently pursuing her certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.  

Dr. Feldman has extensive training and experience in the treatment of addictions and eating disorders and received a certificate from the William Alanson White Institute's Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Program.

Dr. Feldman treats adolescents, couples and adults.

Dr. Feldman maintains a private practice in Plainview, NY.
To contact Dr. Feldman, please call 516-978-5341

Michelle Haviken LCSW-R, CASAC

Michelle Haviken LCSW-R, CASAC

Ms. Haviken is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is currently pursuing her certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is also a substance abuse specialist.

Ms. Haviken has experience working with individuals of ages 12 and older, couples, and groups in agency and clinic settings. In her private practice, she works with adults and older adolescents dealing with relationship issues, life transitions, depression, anxiety and substance abuse, as well as other self harming behaviors.

Ms. Haviken maintains a private practice in Hewlett, NY.
For more information visit her website: www.MichelleHaviken.intuitwebsites.com
To contact Ms. Haviken please call: (917) 359-1388