Backed by years of formal training and extensive clinical experience, we offer clients a collaborative, respectful and engaged approach that is based upon the belief that the combination of increased insight and powerful coping skills leads to growth.

Emily Bly, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Director of PPG

Dr. Bly works from the premise that comfort and safety in the relationship between psychologist and client is essential to change and growth.  Her style is warm, interactive, respectful, real, and above all collaborative.  Dr. Bly has found therapy to be most effective when both the psychologist and the client are working together to increase insight and to identify realistic goals as well as the most helpful means of reaching those goals.  She endeavors to bring to clients a focused dedication, a sense of humor and an abiding belief, through experience, that change and growth are possible.

One of the most important keys to changing life patterns is the enhancement of insight and self-knowledge, the fundamental components of what is called a psychodynamic approach.  Helping people in the pursuit of tangible goals is the hallmark of the systematic method known as cognitive behavioral (CBT) therapy. Dr. Bly’s treatment integrates these methods in a combined approach that she believes offers the most flexibility in designing a customized treatment that can be adapted to an individual’s unique set of life circumstances.  

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Marisa Picheny, PsyD
Licensed School/Clinical Child Psychologist

Dr. Picheny believes that the initial focus of treatment is to create a strong therapeutic alliance, such that each patient feels a sense of comfort walking into the therapy room and feels safe engaging and communicating in treatment. As a therapist, Dr. Picheny is thoughtful, deeply empathic, and displays a strong and clearheaded clinical sensibility. She focuses on understanding the history of each of her clients, as well as the systems in which they function, and utilizes both psychodynamic and evidence based approaches to address the challenges that each patient faces.  Dr. Picheny maintains a bright outlook and demeanor, which positively impacts those who come into contact with her.

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Gerard Micera, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Micera believes that within every individual lies the potential to achieve  personal goals. The therapeutic process fosters awareness and insight which serve to help in meeting those goals by providing a wider range of available options .  He views psychotherapy as a collaborative process in which client and therapist work together, honestly and creatively, exploring various pathways leading to effective solutions.  Dr. Micera recognizes the uniqueness of each client and supports individualized treatments catered to each client’s specific needs.  With over 20 years of experience as a teacher of the performing arts, he utilizes a warm, humanistic approach and a sense of humor.  Dr. Micera incorporates a variety of clinical methods into his practice – from more structured treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral strategies, to more creative interventions, all designed to increase self-awareness and motivate change.

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Melissa Klay, PhD, LCAT,ATR-BC
Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Art Therapist

Dr. Klay believes that the decision to enter treatment is a significant first step towards the healing process. The importance of building a solid and supportive therapeutic alliance with the client whether adult, child, teen, or family is essential and reflects Dr. Klay’s therapeutic approach to relationship building. Whether through verbal or visual imagery, Dr. Klay tries to help individuals better understand their challenges and helps find alternative solutions when facing these obstacles. Dr. Klay is trained in CBT, DBT and psychodynamic approaches and utilizes an integrative and flexible approach to meet the needs of her clients.

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Rachel Potek, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, School/Clinical Psychologist 

Dr. Potek believes that by better understanding how our thoughts, emotions and personal traits interact, every individual has the capacity to skillfully and insightfully navigate challenges in life.  Whether supporting families through psychoeducational assessment or in therapy, she has a keen interest in identifying the unique goals of each individual/family and working collaboratively with her clients to achieve those goals.  Dr. Potek endeavors to create a warm, supportive and dynamic space where clients can feel the comfort and safety that is fundamental to growth and change.

Dr. Potek has worked in the United States and abroad, developing a special interest in international mental health and school-related issues.  Drawing primarily from evidence-based modalities such as CBT, DBT and Mindfulness, Dr. Potek has focused her therapy work primarily on anxiety disorders, trauma, depression, adjustment disorders and navigating major life changes.  She also has a passion for testing because, when needed, it can be instrumental to pinpoint why a child is struggling, highlight strengths, and implement focused and effective strategies to help the child see more success in school and in life.

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Aviva Stavsky-Benor, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical Psychologist 

Dr. Stavsky-Benor views the therapeutic alliance as a critical agent of change in psychotherapy.  Whether working with adolescents, adults, or couples, she aims to provide a warm, non-judgmental environment in which her clients can examine the challenges that have emerged in their lives and explore barriers to meaningful change.  With sincerity, humor, candor, and compassion, Dr. Stavsky-Benor collaborates with clients to clarify their therapeutic goals, cultivate greater insight into the impact of past experiences on present day functioning, identify and modify maladaptive patterns, and improve quality of life.  She utilizes an integrative approach that combines insight-oriented and goal-directed interventions informed by Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Attachment, Relational, and Psychodynamic modalities.  Her work with couples draws from Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy models.  She takes particular interest in understanding all aspects of her clients’ identities through their own lens in order to facilitate increased insight, foster a sense of curiosity, and promote a robust sense of self-efficacy and empowerment.  

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