Offering the Full Range of Comprehensive Psychological Services with a Specialty in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eating Disorders, & Child Services

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Experience is the Key

Psychological or emotional problems are as complex as each person who comes through our doors. We have therefore assembled a highly specialized and experienced team of professionals.  We have brought together this vast expertise to create a dynamic center that represents the best the field has to offer including psychologists, psychiatrists, nutritionists, clinical social workers, child psychologists, family, adolescent and group psychotherapists. 

Cyndi Koch, Psy.D., founder and director of The Koch Center, has been working in the field for the past 35 years. She is intensively trained in DBT, has a specialty in eating disorders, and has further training in EMDR. Dr. Koch is a nationally recognized clinician, lecturer, trainer and supervisor. With an emphasis on excellence in clinical care coupled with the drive to stay abreast of new developments in the field, Dr. Koch has created the area's premier center for the treatment of psychological and emotional issues.

Clinical Staff & Phone Directory

Cyndi Koch, Psy.D.  201-670-6450 x1
Linda Centeno, Ph.D.  201-670-1066 x2
Sofia Kondrashin, MD  201-541-6420 x2
Nancy Feldman, RD  201-670-1066 x1
Heather Watson-Perez, Ph.D.  201-541-6420 x4
Erica Ban, RD  201-541-6420 x6
Miriam Burt, Psy.D.  201-670-6450 x3
Elaine DiMola, Ph.D. 201-670-6450 x5
Eric Eigenbrot, LCSW 201-670-6450 x7
Kristin Sharma, Ph.D. 201-541-6420 x1
Martine Levine, LCSW 201-670-1066 x3
Eva Lazar-Sultanik, PhD. 201-541-6420 x7
Rachel Mahoney Rengifo, Ph.D. 201-670-1066 x5
Beth McGovern, LCSW 201-670-6450 x8
Laura Silberstein, Psy.D. 201-670-1066 x6
Kristen Greany, MSW/LSW 201-541-6420 x3
Adam Kaplan, Ph.D. 201-670-6450 x2
Stephanie Tsai-Kim, Ph.D. 201-670-6450 x6
Kate McLean, LCSW 201-541-6420 x8
Jordana Schein-Levi, LCSW-R 201-670-1066 x7
Jaclyn Froman, LCSW 201-670-6450 x7
   
Rifka Kreiter (Office Manager) 201-670-1066 x4


Staff Bios

Cyndi Koch, Psy.D., founder and director of The Koch Center, has been working in the field for the past 35 years. She is intensively trained in DBT, has a specialty in eating disorders, and has further training in EMDR. Dr. Koch is a nationally recognized clinician, lecturer, trainer and supervisor. With an emphasis on excellence in clinical care coupled with the drive to stay abreast of new developments in the field, Dr. Koch has created the area's premier center for the treatment of psychological and emotional issues.

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Linda Centeno, Ph.D. is the assistant director of The Koch Center and is a licensed psychologist in New York and New Jersey.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University and has had extensive training at the prestigious Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology. She works with adolescents and adults, with expertise in clinical assessment and psychotherapy.

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Sofia Kondrashin, MD, received her medical degree from Moscow Academy of Medicine (Russia), Adult Psychiatry training: Mount Sinai-North General Hospital, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship: NY Presbyterian-Cornell Westchester Division. Long experience in working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders and emotion dysregulation problems. Board Certified in Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Nancy Feldman, RD, MS, is an experienced registered dietitian specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and eating issues. She provides individualized nutrition counseling for adults, children and adolescents. She holds a masters degree from New York University and has many years of experience working at hospitals and outpatient health/medical facilities. She frequently collaborates with psychotherapists, physicians, and psychiatrists.

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Heather Watson-Perez, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents. Dr. Watson-Perez obtained her undergraduate degree at The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her Ph.D. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Watson-Perez is experienced in the clinical assessment and treatment of the full-range of childhood psychological disorders and issues.

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Erica Ban, RD, MS, is an experienced Registered Dietitian with 10+ years experience, specializing in the nutritional counseling of eating disorders. Through highly individualized treatment, Erica helps clients develop a healthy relationship with food and their body. Founded on a non-diet approach, her work incorporates mindful/ intuitive eating while also using meal plans when desired and/or necessary. She work with a team approach to treatment and collaborate regularly with therapists, psychiatrists and physicians to offer the most comprehensive care.

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Miriam Burt, Psy.D. received her undergraduate education from Boston University, completed two years of graduate psychology courses at NYU, then received her doctoral degree from GSAPP at Rutgers University. Dr. Burt has undergone the Intensive Training for DBT and has experience with the individual/group components of this treatment. She is experienced in working with adolescents/adults with mood disorders, eating disorders, and emotion regulation difficulties.

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Elaine DiMola, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in New York and New Jersey. Dr. DiMola graduated with a doctoral degree in Psychology from Fordham University and has a Masters Degree in group process psychology. She is the Supervising Senior Psychologist at Rockland Psychiatric Hospital and serves as a member of the Hospital Forensic Committee. She completed certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and serves as a DBT staff consultant and trainer at the hospital. At the Koch Center, Dr. DiMola runs DBT skills groups and provides individual DBT therapy. Additionally, she is interested in trauma treatment, cognitive behavioral treatments and coping behavior.

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Eric Eigenbrot, LCSW, has 23 years of direct clinical practice experience using individual, couples, family and group modalities. Ericís areas of expertise include mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD/trauma, DBT, Family Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

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Kristin Sharma, Ph.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist whose clinical training has included work with pediatric and adult clients with developmental and learning disabilities as well as acquired brain injury. Dr. Sharma has conducted research and is a published author in the areas of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, normative memory development in children and geriatric depression.

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Martine Rizzo Levine, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with over 25 years if clinical experience. She has worked extensively in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings and has held clinical director/supervisory positions at other eating disorder facilities. She works with adults, adolescents and children, with expertise in Individual and Family Psychotherapy. Her particular interests include working with individuals with anxiety and depression, as well as children, adolescents and families struggling with ADHD and other learning, behavioral and developmental issues.

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Eva Lazar-Sultanik, PhD. received her undergraduate education from Rutgers University, obtained a MS Ed in preschool psychology and PhD in school psychology from Fordham University. Dr. Lazar has a background in working with schools, and is a strong advocate for meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of all students. Her interests include developing social skills in preschool-aged children, as well as children and early adolescents dealing with social, family, and learning challenges. She has conducted research in the areas of religiosity, self-esteem, and early adolescent girls. Dr. Lazar works clinically with children, adolescents, and parents at The Koch Center.

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Rachel Mahoney Rengifo, Ph.D. received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Adelphi University. She completed an APA-accredited internship at North Central Bronx Hospital, as well as clinical trainings at Bellevue Hospital and Jersey City Medical Center's Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic. She is experienced in working with children, adolescent, and adult patients in both individual and group psychotherapy, as well as couples and family therapy.

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Beth McGovern, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with over 18 years of clinical experience with individuals, families and groups. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Boston University, graduate degree from Fordham University and has had additional training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and DBT. She has worked extensively in the treatment of eating disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She currently works with adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and emotion regulation issues.

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Laura Silberstein, Psy.D. received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Silberstein specializes cognitive behavioral therapies for adults and adolescents with a focus on anxiety disorders, impulse control disorders, mood disorders, chronic pain, insomnia, emotion regulation, trauma and stress. She has received advanced training and supervision in the areas of acceptance and commitment therapy, compassion focused therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness meditation and emotion focused therapy.

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Kristen Greany, MSW/LSW, graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University and received her Masters degree in social work from Columbia University, graduating in the top 5% of her class. She completed her second year field placement at New York Presbyterianís Eating Disorder Unit, gaining experience in individual, group and family therapy. In addition, at Graham Windham Residential Center she treated children and adolescents diagnosed with depressive, anxiety, oppositional defiance, and conduct disorders.

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Adam Kaplan, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who received his doctorate from The University of Connecticut. After receiving his doctorate, he completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, where he was the project director on a national study on teen behavior. Dr. Kaplan also has extensive experience in conducting both inpatient and outpatient psychotherapy with children, adolescents, families, and adults who are experiencing difficulties with mood, behavior, and interpersonal relationships.

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Stephanie Tsai-Kim, Ph.D.,†is a Licensed Psychologist who obtained her Master's Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her Doctoral Degree from St. John's University. She completed her APA-accredited internship at the Jewish Child Care Association. Dr. Tsai-Kim has extensive training and experience with treating depression, anxiety, trauma, and educational problems. She conducts psychological assessments, as well as therapy with children, adolescents, families, adults, and couples.

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Kate McLean, LCSW,†a licensed clinical social worker who received her MSW from Rutgers University. Kate has extensive training in DBT since 2010 that includes being trained on an intensively trained team and completing the DBT intensive training in 2013. Before joining the Koch Center, Kate was a clinical coordinator for adolescents in a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program that provided DBT treatment to both adults and adolescents. Her goal was in helping her clients gain understanding and effective coping skills to better regulate their emotions.

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Jordana Schein-Levi, LCSW-R, is a therapist with 20 years of clinical experience. She completed her MSW at Yeshiva University and her MPA at NYU. Jordana received post-graduate training in family and marital therapy at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, NYC, and she holds a post-masters degree in Advanced Clinical Practice from NYU Silver School of Social Work. Prior to coming to The Koch Center, Jordana spent 18 years as a medical social worker at St. Lukeís Roosevelt and Mt. Sinai Hospital. She specializes in working with individuals, couples and families coping with mental and physical illness. In addition, Jordana presently teaches and advises graduate social work students at Columbia, Fordham and Rutgers.

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Jaclyn Froman, LCSW,†graduated from Fordham University with her MSW. Her clinical experience has centered on helping patients and families cope with physical and emotional stressors, as well as health and bereavement issues. Jaclyn additionally holds a Masterís degree in Music Therapy from NYU, as well as yoga teacher training. Jaclyn's current clinical focus is on implementing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and psychodynamic interventions with adolescents, adults, and families.

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