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.
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. Couples sessions are usually 45-60 minutes in length.
Greene Clinic offers both skills-based and process groups. Skills groups are typically time limited (2-6 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, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Walking the Middle Path Skills), Mind-Body Group, and Qigong. Process groups include focus on Art Therapy, Parenting, Creativity, Relationships, or Eating Disorders. Please reach out to the provider or the clinic for more information or for group requests.
Current and upcoming groups:
Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Dr. Celeste Pietrusza
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) integrates Eastern philosophical principles with Western behavioral psychology, in order to help individuals find balance between at times opposing ideas, such as acceptance and change, emotion and reason, being and doing. In practice, DBT groups focus on skill building and increasing insight. Specifically, each group begins with a Mindfulness practice and then delves variously into other topics such as tolerating distress, regulating emotions, and improving interpersonal communication. Group participants are invited to work on particular areas of their life they’d like to improve, develop skills to apply to those areas, and discuss and support each other through the difficulties inherent in change.
This group is currently waitlist only, but Greene Clinic will be offering another DBT group beginning on Fridays at 1pm in September. It is limited to a small number of participants. Fee for each hour and fifteen minute long group is $75, with some sliding scale options based on need. Please contact us for more information.
Art in Therapy with Sonja Stengel
Art is a way of knowing. It is a way to make sense of what our personal experience is. Whether we reflect on our past or consider our current state of being, creating images can be both cathartic and enlightening. Self expression is a liberating and powerful tool used to empower, develop insight, and engage in positive coping skills. Through the support and guidance of a licensed creative arts therapist, the individual is able to make the connections between image, content, and intent, to self awareness and understanding. Common issues addressed through art therapy directives may include stress management, anxiety, interpersonal conflict, trauma, and bereavement. Goals of treatment are discussed individually with each participant. Pricing for these group sessions is between $35-45 and is limited to a small number of participants.
Adjustment to Motherhood with Dr. Gabriella Cardona-Morales
Transitioning into the role of motherhood, whether it is the first time or you have more than one child, can produce a host of mixed emotions. Alongside the experience of love/amazement, there is also anxiety, exhaustion, and feeling naturally overwhelmed. At times, motherhood can also bring about difficult feelings related to our upbringing and relationships with caregivers. This therapeutic group offers a safe space to explore and share these thoughts and feelings, often times hidden by mothers. Additionally, the group teaches practical strategies for navigating this complex role, including ways to enhance self-care, improve confidence, and reduce stress.
Neuropsychological, Psychoeducational, and Diagnostic Assessment
What is psychological assessment?
A psychological assessment is a scientifically-grounded way of learning about how a person's mind works. By gathering information from lots of sources - including interviews, observations, and standardized psychological tests - we help put the pieces together and develop a holistic understanding of an individual's struggles and strengths.
How is psychological assessment helpful?
All individuals have the inherent potential to learn and thrive. However, our world is not always set up to support he needs of people who experience differences in information processing, learning, emotions, or relationships. All too often, people with learning or emotional differences are misunderstood by others. Family members, teachers, or colleagues may be puzzled by why an individual seems unable to live up to their potential. The person may be seen as "unmotivated," "oppositional," "limited," or "lazy." These explanations, however, usually don't help folks actually understand a person's reality. And they certainly don't lead to future success. Psychological assessment can help all relevant parties more deeply understand the individual and identify real barriers to success. With this new understanding, the psychologist can offer scientifically-grounded recommendations about how to set up the person's world in order to optimize their learning and growth.
Knowledge is power. We believe responsible and sensitive psychological assessment can help turn complicated life experiences into more successful ones.
What issues and abilities can be identified through testing?
ADHD and executive functioning delays
Specific learning disorders in reading, writing, or math
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Intellectual disability and other developmental delays
Early personality development
What are the steps involved in the assessment process?
Introduction and interview. The psychologist begins by meeting with either the client or the parents (in the case of a minor) to understand the reason for the referral and to explain the testing process. The psychologist then interviews the client or the child's parents to gather detailed information about the individual's development and current functioning. The psychologist may also interview the person's educators, tutors, or mental health providers, when indicated, and/or review relevant academic and clinical records.
Assessment. The psychologist meets with the individual to administer a broad array of standardized tests, designed to measure different cognitive skills, thinking styles, and personality traits. This process usually takes several meetings.
Integration and report-writing. The psychologist then interprets and integrates this information to create a nuanced "map" of the person's mental functioning, which they summarize in a detailed assessment report. The reported also includes specific recommendations about how to apply the new information to best support the individual's development.
Debriefing. The psychologist meets with the adult client or the child's parents (optionally with the child as well) to discuss the results and recommendations.
Optional Consultation. The psychologist is available on an ongoing basis to consult with the client, the parents, the academic institution, or others to discuss the evaluation results and help the individual's support network apply the recommendations.
What is our approach to assessment?
Client-centered. Our assessments are client-centered and individually-tailored to investigate specific questions about how the person thinks and learns.
Comprehensive. Our assessments go beyond identifying a specific disorder or disability. While diagnostic labels can be helpful in getting an individual the support they need, we believe that every mind is unique and no person fits neatly into a specific category. Our assessments describe the person's unique profile of strengths and weaknesses, their learning style, and how personality factors interact with cognitive factors to shape their functioning. Furthermore, we provide detailed recommendations about to best address and enhance the individual's learning style.
Applicable. Test results are only useful insofar as they offer a guide to make real-world decisions about how to support the individual's growth. Because of this, we always strive to make complicated issues understandable for our clients and their support networks. We translate complex date into comprehensible terms and make specific, practical recommendations.
What is the cost of assessment?
The cost of assessment includes time spent interviewing the client and/or parents and educators, reviewing relevant records, administering tests, analyzing/interpreting the data, preparing a detailed report, and debriefing the results. Because of the time required, the total cost for all services included in one of our assessments is generally $5500. We help our clients make use of their insurance benefits to cover the assessment costs and can facilitate receiving out-of-network insurance reimbursements.
We offer a sliding scale, based upon need. Please call to inquire about reduced rates.
On some rare occasions, we may offer a shorter, tailored test battery at a lower cost (for instance, if a child has recently completed a comprehensive psychological assessment but needs further inquiry into a specific area of functioning).
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.
We facilitate referrals to psychiatrists when appropriate.
Acupuncture Chinese Medicine
About Chinese Medicine
Chinese medicine was developed over 3000 years ago. In recent decades it has undergone a renaissance here in the West and today it is continuing to grow in popularity due to its safety, effectiveness and accessibility, spread by the word of mouth of people all over the world who have gained extraordinary benefit from it.
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.
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. It is suitable for people in all stages of life.
A partial list of conditions commonly treated by Chinese medicine:
chronic pain; headaches and migraines; muscle strain, sprain and tension; TMJ; insomnia; anxiety; stress; anger; obsessive thoughts; depression; constipation; digestive issues; stomach pain; lack of energy; 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.
Chinese Medicine Modalities
There are several modalities, or “tools”, in the toolbox of Chinese medicine. The two main and most widely used modalities are acupuncture and herbal medicine. Besides acupuncture needles, acupressure, and moxibustion (a warming technique), other methods may be used in your treatment such as: cupping, qigong healing, guided visualization or meditation. Each and every acupuncture treatment or herbal prescription is unique to the person and situation, and may employ one or several of these methods to bring about a positive change.
For more information, contact Joanne Hsieh
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.