• Therapy for Mind and Body

    Greene Clinic offers sliding-scale psychological, psychiatric, and Chinese medicinal services to Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, and the surrounding communities

  • PROVIDERS

    Gabriella Cardona-Morales, PhD

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Frank Castro, PhD

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Sophia Frydman, PhD

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Assistant Director

    Joanne Hsieh, LAc

    Acupuncturist

    Cassie Kaufmann, PhD

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist​

    Director of Greene Clinic

    Inga Korsgaard, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist

    Nadia Kuprian, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist

    Jeffrey Lawrence, PsyD

    Psychotherapist

    Lucia Lezama Tannenbaum, PhD

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Francesca Lo Russo, MFA

    Mental Health Counseling Intern

    Jenny Marion, PhD

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Assistant Director

    Pedro Olivetti, MD, PhD

    Psychiatrist

    Celeste Pietrusza, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist

    Shervin Ravan, MD

    Psychiatrist

    Medical Director

    Katelyn Russell, LMSW

    Psychotherapist

    Mali Sicora, LMSW

    Psychotherapist

    Daniel Sims, MA

    Psychotherapist

    Sonja Stengel, LCAT, ATR-BC

    Art Therapist

    Sarah Ward, LCSW, MDIV, CYT

    Mind-Body Therapist

  • SERVICES

    Psychotherapy

    Individual Therapy

    Individual psychotherapy sessions are typically held once or twice weekly for 45 minutes. Clients meet with one of our psychotherapists to talk through ongoing, past or current concerns. We are able to provide therapy in English, Spanish, Russian, Danish, German, and Portuguese.

     

    Couple Therapy

    Couples come into therapy for many different reasons. Sometimes to improve their communication or intimacy, sometimes to figure out whether to stay together or break-up. Sessions for couples are usually 45-60 minutes in length.

     

    Group Therapy

    Greene Clinic offers both skills-based and process groups. Skills groups are typically time limited (2-8 months), and the focus of each group is to learn effective and concrete ways of coping, diminishing symptoms (e.g. of anxiety, depression, insomnia), or improving communication. Process groups are more open-ended and ongoing in scope; people often learn a tremendous amount about their interpersonal styles and habits, especially how they relate to and impact other people. Process groups are a way of receiving both support and challenges for growth.

     

    At any given time, the Greene Clinic may offer skills groups such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (including Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills), Mind-Body Group, and Parenting. Process groups include focus on Art Therapy, Identity, Creativity, Relationships, or Eating Disorders.

     

    See Services for current and upcoming groups or contact us for more information and for group requests.

    Psychological Evaluations

    Neuropsychological, Psychoeducational, and Diagnostic Assessment

    Greene Clinic offers comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, from which we generate thorough reports and recommendations. Individuals tend to seek out such evaluations in order to receive greater diagnostic clarity and recommendations for conditions such as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), specific learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, dementia, disordered thinking, anxiety, mood disorders, and developmental disabilities. Evaluations usually require a commitment of 8-15 hours, often scheduled over a few sessions.

     

    Forensic Evaluations for Immigration Cases

    Some staff at Greene Clinic have expertise in evaluations for immigrants seeking asylum. Please inquire further.

     

    Emotional Support Animal Evaluations

    For clients in our care, we offer evaluations related to acquiring emotional support animals when appropriate.

     

    See Services for more detailed information

    Psychiatry

    We facilitate referrals to psychiatrists when appropriate.

     

    Contact Dr. Ravan or Dr. Olivetti for more information

    Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

    About Chinese Medicine

    Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach based on the Daoist philosophy of yin and yang. It not only effectively treats apparent symptoms of disease, but also has the unique ability to detect early signs of imbalance and prevent disease from occurring. The two main and most widely used modalities are acupuncture and herbal medicine.

     

    It is said that “the best cure for disease is prevention” – this is the essence of Chinese medicine, and bringing the whole person back to a state of balance is the main goal of treatment.

     

    A partial list of conditions commonly treated by Chinese medicine

    -chronic pain such as: headaches, migraines, and muscle strain

    -insomnia, anxiety, stress and anger 

    -depressed mood and lack of energy

    -constipation, digestive issues and stomach pain

    -women's health issues: PMS, PMDD, dysmenorrhea (painful menses), reproductive supportive, menopausal symptoms

    -men's health issues

    -hormonal imbalances and related mood disturbances

    -acute emotional trauma and PTSD

    -addiction recovery.

     

    For more information see Services or contact Joanne Hsieh

    Workshops

    In the event of crises (social, political, environmental), we offer support groups to help process events that may cause emotional distress to some of our clients. For more information, look for signs posted within the clinic or reach out to us for updates.

     

    For more information, see Services

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Payment

    Payment varies by type of service and is set with your individual therapist. We accept cash, checks, and credit card. Greene Clinic generally functions on a sliding fee scale. While not all of our providers can offer sliding scale services at any given time, we work hard as a group to provide therapy that is affordable to many and to accommodate the various income levels and resources within the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill community. For clients seeking a reduced fee for services at Greene Clinic, we will ask you to complete a personal budget form along with your other intake materials, in order to collaboratively determine a fair session fee.

    Insurance

    As a group, we are currently out of network, but we are willing to help our clients determine their out of network benefits and to submit claims on their behalf. Some of our individual practitioners are in-network for select insurance, including Aetna.

     

    In order to determine your insurance out-of-network mental health benefits, we recommend calling and asking:

    • whether you need prior approval or a referral 
    • what is your deductible 
    • at what rate (%) your insurance reimburses you, after you have met your deductible. Often insurance plans will cover 60-80% of session costs. Alternately, ask what your co-insurance is (the percent of each session you’re responsible after the deductible has been met) 
    • whether they reimburse for the reasonable and customary amount 
    • is there a session limit, or alternatively an out-of-pocket maximum, after which they cover the whole session fee.

    Cancellation Policy

    We ask clients who need to miss a session to give as much advance warning as possible, so that we can try to reschedule if possible. Although providers may have different policies, generally missed sessions and cancellations within less than 24 hours of the session time are charged at the full session rate.

  • CONTACT US

    For individuals seeking a therapy referral, we will hold a brief phone consultation. Let us know some good times and a phone number to reach you.

    89 Fort Greene Place, 2nd Floor
    Brooklyn, NY 11217
    646-470-1853