NYC Therapy Group provides comprehensive mental health treatment in Riverdale, NY and Manhattan for a variety of issues. Founded by Amir Levine and Veronica Vaiti, our therapy group serves the Riverdale section of the Bronx, Midtown Manhattan and surrounding areas. Our relaxing offices offer a warm and comforting environment where people of all ages and backgrounds can feel at ease.
Amir Levine, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC
Amir Levine is a NY State Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of NYC Therapy Group. Dr. Levine also serves as the Director of Behavioral Scientist at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Department of Family Medicine where he directs the behavioral medicine curriculum and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Within his department and work with his staff and clients, Dr. Levine serves as an educator, mental health provider and an innovator in organizational development. Dr. Levine has presented at numerous national conferences about issues related to resident curriculum development, organizational development and direct patient care.
Deeply passionate about his clinical work with his clients and staff, Dr. Levine has the innate gift to hone in on the issues people with whom he serves struggle with and the ability to work collaboratively towards finding creative and productive solutions. Dr. Levine completed his Ph.D. degree in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.
Veronica Vaiti, LCSW-R
Veronica Vaiti is a NY State Licensed Clinical Social Worker with her “R” privilege who is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of NYC Therapy Group. Veronica has been working as a Psychotherapist, Yoga Therapist and Meditation Teacher for over a decade and she is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
Veronica holds a Bachelors Degree in Business and Communications from Villanova University, and a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University (NYU). Her Post Masters Training includes Advanced Clinical Training at NYU, the Clinical Fellowship Program at the Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy as well as her ongoing work with her clients.
Veronica’s professional experience includes working with diverse client populations and organizations with people ranging in age from early childhood through the elderly. She has worked in direct service settings such as: inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, chemical dependency and AIDS mental health clinics, non-profit service organizations and private practice. Her approach to her work is informed by her professional training and experience, her 15+ year study and practice of yoga and meditation and life experiences including volunteering abroad and at home.
In her work with her clients, Veronica wishes to create the conditions which empower and support the process of personal growth and movement towards self-fulfillment. Veronica utilizes a non-judgmental, accepting and empathic stance with her clients and is guided by her belief which holds every individual to be an expert on their own source of joy and contentment and path towards self-actualization. Veronica deeply values the clients she works with and holds them to be her greatest teachers via the many ways that they display courage, vulnerability, perseverance and honesty.
Rebecca Kagedan, LMSW
Rebecca S. Kagedan is a Licensed Social Worker trained in both psychodynamic and somatic-based therapy. She has experience treating a range of issues including trauma, depression, relationship and family conflicts, and substance abuse. Her treatment orientation integrates traditional psychotherapy with mindfulness meditation and somatic techniques.
Rebecca uses a gentle, holistic approach to support her clients’ ability to tap into their own healing capacities, access their core beliefs, and facilitate their own transformation. Rebecca has extensive post-graduate training in healing trauma and developmental/early relational wounding.
Rebecca is a graduate of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and was awarded the Jacob Goldfein Award for Creative and Scholarly Work for her masters thesis comparing Buddhist philosophy with psychoanalytic theory. To learn more about Rebecca, click here.
Teresita Martinez, MS, LMHC, CAP, ICADC
Teresita Martinez is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Addiction Professional, and has worked in the addiction field in Miami for the past six years. She has dedicated her time to working in both an intensive outpatient setting for adolescents & young adults struggling with substance abuse and her private practice. While working with this population, Mrs. Martinez has served individuals that are suffering with an array of mental health issues, including mood disorders and trauma.
Mrs. Martinez has also worked with chemically dependent adults, pre-adolescent children in the foster care system, and children whose parents are in treatment and early recovery. She has facilitated numerous group therapies, including multifamily groups and spent the last two years focusing on family work. She is bilingual (English/Spanish) and has provided treatment and support services to families from very diverse cultural backgrounds.
Mrs. Martinez obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Miami and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Florida International University. She is certified by the National Drug Court Institute in Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MET/CBT5) therapist level training. She has volunteered as a guest speaker at several Miami-Dade county public schools to assist in addressing the issue of substance abuse among students.
Mrs. Martinez understands the unique challenges that any life event can bring and wants to help her clients overcome their struggles. She believes that treatment needs to be individualized and clients have all the tools they need within themselves. Her goal is to provide support, guidance and share in the human experience.
Emily Shapiro MS, MFT Intern
Emily holds a master’s degree from Bank Street College of Education and is completing her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. Emily has taught a range of ages from 2’s through teens, and was the director at Columbus Park West Nursery School in Manhattan for fifteen years. She has 25 years of experience working with children and families both at the school and privately.
Emily’s approach to therapy is both warm and collaborative. She listens intuitively, and respects the client’s expertise on her/his own experience. In the therapy sessions, we are partners in identifying and building on your strengths. Together, we clarify your goals and clear away obstacles so you can move forward.
Emily’s areas of interest include couples, parenting, single parenting, blending families, struggling teens, and the multigenerational effects on a family as the oldest generation ages. Emily has a special interest in preventive psychotherapy; preparing clients for life transitions such as marriage, parenthood, school entry, transitions to college and to work, retirement and aging.
Allison Landy Treviño-Hartman, LCSW
Allison Landy Treviño-Hartman, LCSW is a clinical social worker currently pursuing her PhD. Allison was named 2015-2016 Rogler Fellow and a 2016-2017 NWSM fellow for her research on fatherhood. Allison provides a warm authentic form of support, yet with an evidence-informed lens. She can support parents in co-parenting relationships and is developing continuing education for for professionals working with co-parents. She welcomes non-resident dads, blended families, and dads who are veterans.
Allison is an adopted person of Mexican & Irish heritage which has provided her with a multi-layered lived experience. She can help identify ways to find comfort after a traumatic loss such as pregnancy loss, loss of family member, or the adoption triad experience. Allison applies The Cultura Cura -a transformative healing approach provided by the National Compadre Network in LA. She completed- The Raising Children with Pride -training and as a result weaves in cultural teachings passed on into her work and daily life.
Julie Caiyem, LCSW
Julie Caiyem is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in Women’s Health. Her treatment orientation integrates traditional psychotherapy with Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques to help individuals deal with all life transitions. Julie’s experience ranges from working with postpartum women dealing with anxiety, depression and adjustment issues related to motherhood to general issues pertaining to Women’s Health. She has participated in trainings and obtained certificates in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from the Beck Institute and the Seleni Institute. Julie’s approach is client-centered and strength based, providing a safe and supportive environment where concerns, distress and worries can be explored while hope is instilled. Julie received her graduate degree from Hunter College School of Social work and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hartford. She has worked as an inpatient psychiatric Treatment Care Coordinator on the Women’s unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Melissa Schroers, PhD
Melissa Schroers is a Licensed Psychologist trained in CBT, DBT, and interpersonal therapy. She has experience in working with clients from an extensive range of backgrounds, and treating many issues including anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bipolar Disorders, Personality Disorders, substance abuse disorders, and eating disorders.
Dr. Schroers uses an eclectic approach to help people overcome their anxiety, manage stress, and improve their self-esteem and relationships. She aims to increase her clients’ self-awareness and help in identifying patterns in thinking and behavior that contribute to mood symptoms and relationship difficulties.
Dr. Schroers received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from St. John’s University. She has worked in various settings including inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, substance abuse clinics, and in a correctional facility.
Danielle Geffen, LMHC
Danielle is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who also holds a Certificate in Integrated Mental Health & Addictions Treatment. Having obtained a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh and a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University, Danielle has extensive clinical experience working in an inpatient behavioral rehabilitation unit. Danielle has helped her patients learn new ways to approach life in productive and healthy ways. She has taught coping skills for various mental health issues, and educated many on how to establish balance in their life. Danielle utilizes a person-centered counseling modality while also pulling from various other frameworks including psychodynamic and holistic approaches. She believes in meeting you where you are at and in utilizing mindfulness techniques to help her clients move from autopilot into a fuller awareness of themselves and to live more purposefully.
Tiffany Carter, Most Fabulous Office Manager
Tiffany began her career with NYC Therapy Group as our first marketing intern in 2015. Having obtained her B.S. in Healthcare Management from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2016, Tiffany then moved into her current role as Office Manager in 2016.
With her unyielding optimism, eagerness to grow and learn, infectious kindness and exquisite attention to detail, Tiffany brings boundless warmth and professionalism to the most important role of keeping all-things-office running smoothly.