Emily Bly, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Clinical Director
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.
A. Jordan Wright, PhD, ABAP
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Assessment Director
Dr. Wright is a board-certified assessment psychologist who consults widely in the assessment and evaluation field. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, as well as a Master’s in Psychology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently on faculty in the Ph.D. program in psychology at New York University, where he founded and runs the Center for Counseling and Community Wellbeing, as well as teaching and supervising psychological testing and assessment for the doctoral students.
Dr. Wright wrote the sixth edition of the Handbook of Psychological Assessment (2016), the most widely used textbook in the field on the topic. He has also published several other books on assessment, including Conducting Psychological Assessment: A Guide for Practitioners (2nd Edition; 2020), the Essentials of Psychological Assessment Supervision (2019), and the Essentials of Psychological Tele-Assessment (2021). Additionally, he has written many articles on the topic of psychological assessment, including on neuropsychological assessment of ADHD (in Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2021) and education and training in psychological assessment (in the American Psychologist, 2020). He is a fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment and the American Academy of Assessment Psychology, as well as serving on the board of the American Board of Assessment Psychology and having been a past president of the Assessment section of the American Psychological Association. He has also written widely on issues of LGBTQ+ psychology and other aspects of psychotherapy.
Cassandra Klebanoff, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Training Director
Dr. Klebanoff is a licensed clinical psychologist with a passion for supervision and training. She began supervising early in her career while working at various college counseling centers where she received specialized training in clinical supervision. She earned her Psy.D. at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she trained at residential, high school and college settings. She completed an APA-accredited internship at Indiana University and her postdoctoral training at Tufts University.
Dr. Klebanoff believes that the foundation of therapy and supervision is based on having a trusting relationship, where there is openness and a felt sense of support. It is important that her supervisees feel safe to be their authentic selves while in a nonjudgmental environment where they can be heard and validated. Her supervision style is aimed to help therapists gain insights into the way they work and see themselves in the process of therapy. Often there is a focus on themes and countertransference issues as they pertain to the therapeutic process, with the ultimate goal of deepening understanding of how we can best use ourselves to help our clients achieve their goals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Danielle Benveniste, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Benveniste provides her clients a warm environment marked by compassion, curiosity, and humor. She strives in every encounter to meet her clients where they are and tailor treatment to their unique needs and personality. Her approach is insight-
oriented and informed by attachment and relational theories; she also incorporates components of mindfulness and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) as appropriate. Within the safety of the therapeutic relationship with Dr. Benveniste, clients become empowered to notice and understand parts of themselves they might otherwise not have been consciously aware of. She views her role as that of a partner and ally in her clients’ courageous efforts to increase access to their inner worlds and congruence among multiple parts of self. She is also passionate about helping clients build bridges from the past to the present and believes that exploring how past experiences impact the present can be profoundly validating, healing, and conducive to cultivating self-compassion. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Benveniste earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School, and she enjoys bringing her creative and curious spirit to her work as a psychologist.
Liat Graber, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Liat Graber approaches therapy with a sustained air of collaboration and warmth. With all of her clients, Dr. Graber strives to build a supportive alliance that can serve as a foundation for therapeutic work. Dr. Graber works from an integrative theoretical framework, attending to relational and attachment themes while also drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy conceptualization and methodology as clinically indicated. Dr. Graber comes to clinical work with the awareness that no two individuals or set of problems are exactly alike, and thus maintains an attitude of openness and creativity in tailoring therapeutic treatment to best serve the specific needs of any given client.
Leah Krishna, PsyD
Assessment Specialist, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Leah Krishna is a licensed clinical psychologist providing testing and assessment services at Pleasantville Psychology Group. She has extensive experience in assessment and treatment across the lifespan from childhood to late adulthood. She earned her Psy.D. from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, having completed her internship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and has worked in diverse settings including inpatient, partial hospital, and outpatient programs. Dr. Krishna has received specialized training in the assessment of children and adults and has performed psychological and neuropsychological assessments aimed to answer a plethora of diagnostic questions. Dr. Krishna has a passion for helping individuals and families gain insight into their struggles through testing so as to inform treatment and illuminate the best course of action going forward whether at school, at work or life in general. She takes an empathic and sensitive approach and has found the testing process to be very valuable to those she has served.