John G. Guinan, Ph.D., Director

staff-johnDr. Guinan, a clinical psychologist, has been affiliated with Wall Street Psychologists since 1983, and has been Director of the practice since 1986. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross, and his Masters and Doctorate from Fordham University.

After being licensed as a psychologist, Dr. Guinan completed a four year postgraduate training program at the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He was an associate attending member of the medical staff of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, Sleepy Hollow, New York, from 1976 until 2006.

Dr. Guinan approaches psychotherapy as a unique encounter with each individual. Each of us forms a core set of attitudes and expectations about dealing with others, and those in turn both shape and reflect how we view ourselves. Many of these attitudes and expectations are so ingrained that we remain unaware of them. In therapy, they can be uncovered and explored in the safe and affirming relationship with the therapist. Expectations which are counterproductive or harmful can be recognized, and better outlooks and strategies cultivated. The wishes and goals of the patient guide the process, while the therapist helps build the awareness which allows change and growth to take place.

Pasqualina Caggiano Psy.D.

staff-CaggianoDr. Pasqualna Caggiano is a licensed clinical psychologist whose aim is to create an empathetic and empowering therapeutic environment for every individual. She tailors treatment to the unique needs and strengths of each person by flexibly integrating techniques from a variety of clinical frameworks including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy. Through the collaborative work conducted in treatment, Dr. Caggiano strives to enhance an individual’s insight into his/her struggles, cultivate resolutions that improve quality of life, bolster self-acceptance and resiliency, and establish skills to manage symptoms adaptively.

Dr. Caggiano has extensive experience providing therapy and psychological evaluations with adolescents and adults in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient mental health clinics, outpatient medical clinics, foster home service centers, psychiatric inpatient units, counseling centers and schools. She earned her undergraduate degree from Fordham University and both her Master’s Degree in School Psychology and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pace University. Dr. Caggiano is also a certified school psychologist.

Donna Connelly Psy.D.

staff-ConnellyDr. Donna Connelly is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She has been trained in both Psychodynamic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has post graduate training from NYU’s Institute for Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Education. Additionally, Dr. Connelly has a great deal of experience working in consultation with parents and families regarding psychological assessment and diagnosis of children.

Dr. Connelly can assist in helping you to move forward through solution focused treatment. She views therapy as a collaborative effort to understand problems and conflicts, identify realistic goals and take advantage of individual strengths and strategies that can help to promote change.

Fanchette M. Degaard Ph.D.

staff-DegaardDr. Marguerat Degaard is a New York State Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Her academic journey started in Switzerland with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Geneva. Wanting to combine her passion for dance and the art of therapy, she came to the US and obtained a Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy in 1986 from Hunter College, NYC. She worked as a dance therapist for 14 years, developing, implementing and supervising creative art therapies programs.

In 2005 Dr. Degaard received her Ph.D. from Adelphi University. She is currently working for the Behavioral Health Services at Jacobi Medical Center as a Chief Psychologist. She has been an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine since January 1, 2011. She is also in the process of completing the Adult Psychotherapy Program at the Westchester Center for the Study ofPsychoanalysis and Psychotherahy.

Her approach is integrative and flexible, greatly influenced and informed by her artistic background. Her 25+ years work with severe mental illness has taught her profound humility in the face of the deepest layers of humanity. She views psychotherapy as an in-depth collaborative and creative process which expands and frees self-expression allowing untold stories to be told, contradictions to be bridged, and emotions to be touched or re-touched towards richer and healthier self-understanding and life experiences. She offers psychotherapeutic services in English and French.

Michael Dowling Ph.D.

Michael Dowling Ph.D.Dr. Michael (Micheál) Dowling is a New York State licensed clinical psychologist. He received his doctorate in Social Psychology from Columbia University, and a Respecialization Certificate in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute, Adelphi University. Dr. Dowling underwent clinical training at Manhattan Psychiatric Institute, Washington Square Institute, NYU Postdoctoral Clinic, and Jacobi Medical Center. He pursued additional postgraduate training at the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research at Columbia University, and the Mitchell Center for Relational Studies.

At his current position at Montefiore Medical Center he works with a diverse population ranging from late teens to elders. In this, and in his private practice, he helps clients struggling with depression, anxiety, emotional and relationship concerns, trauma, loss, health, identity, career, acculturation and adjustment issues.

Dr. Dowling has lived and traveled in other countries, and worked in other occupations, before becoming a psychologist. These experiences deepen his capacity to understand and empathize with individuals from a variety of ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Dr. Dowling’s approach is primarily Psychodynamic, flexibly integrating elements of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. He works with each person to identify core motivations, and arrive at a more accurate and adaptive self-understanding. A focus of the collaborative work is helping clients become aware of counterproductive patterns of behavior in order to develop greater agency and control over the choices in their lives.

Chee Chan Psy.D., Director

staff-cheeDr. Chan obtained his doctorate from Long Island University/C.W. Post. His passion for the work stems from witnessing the growth of others as well as being on the path of self-discovery himself. Being a part of clients’ lives at Bellevue Hospital, Nassau University Medical Center, New York University, Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School and the William Allison White Institute has honed his ability to listen to, share and stay connected with the pain and joy of being human. His personal journey helps him to cultivate the compassion, curiosity and desire involved with accompanying others in their struggle to facilitate change.

Dr. Chan understands the way people may be defined by factors such as family, society, relationships, culture or work. His approach uncovers the meaning behind a client’s unhealthy relationships and destructive behaviors, and enables his clients to become aware of, respect and empathize with these bonds, leading to fully experiencing life. This freedom materializes because individuals realize they have a choice in continuing to identify with connections instead of being a prisoner to them.

In addition, Dr. Chan understands how these insights can be helpful to those working in the Wall Street area, given his prior experience of being in that environment.

Mary Kristjen Ph.D.

staff-KristjenDr. Mary Kristjen is a clinical psychologist, licensed in New York State, with over 30 years of experience. She works with children, adolescents, adults and elders, and provides individual and couples therapy. Her orientation is primarily psychodynamic. However, she also uses a behavioral approach as needed. She provides a safe, non-judgmental space in which to help individuals face and work through their difficulties. She helps t hem identify and change repetitive patterns and assumptions that interfere with obtaining satisfactionin their lives and with successfully pursuing their goals. This includes addressing and resolving anxiety, depression, self-esteem problems and relationship and career issues.

Dr. Kristjen received her Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin in 1982 and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, Westchester Division. She is a psychoanalyst who trained at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and at the Freudian Society. She has also had behavioral training as part of her doctoral studies.

Ariel Lachman, Ph.D.

staff-LachmanDr. Lachman is a New York State Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University and completed his predoctoral internship at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/UMDNJ. He attended Boston University for his undergraduate education in Psychology and Pre-Medicine.

He has extensive experience working with anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and disorders resulting from trauma in adults and adolescents. He also has a broad spectrum of clinical and research training, including the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital, where he provided assessment and treatment to veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. He assisted in clinical trials at Stanford University Medical School’s Schizophrenia Psychopharmacology Research Lab, and trained at a number of community mental health clinics, in which he provided psychotherapy to ethnically and culturally diverse individuals, groups, and families. He also has specialized training and clinical experience in psychological issues of old age, i.e. geropsychology.

Additionally, Dr. Lachman is currently receiving advanced training in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis from New York University’s Postdoctoral program.

Dr. Lachman provides treatment from existential-humanistic and psychodynamic frameworks. He approaches every individual in treatment from the perspective that everyone experiences difficulties in their lives at times and that not only can all of us be guided to overcome our conflicts, but we are all fully capable of developing, growing and flourishing.

Dr. Lachman’s diverse background has enabled him to work with families and individuals who are native Spanish speakers. Through numerous cases, he has found the work is deepened by the ability to communicate in two languages.

Bao-Tran Nguyen Psy.D.

Boa-Tran Nguyen Psy.D.Dr. Nguyen is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the individual treatment of adolescents and adults. Dr. Ngyuen works with patients to explore complex issues such as depression, anxiety, and interpersonal relationships. She has extensive experience working with patients to help them cope with medical illnesses and traumatic life events. Dr. Nguyen provides psychotherapy that is personalized to the unique experiences of each patient by creating a compassionate and collaborative therapeutic space. She integrates cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based techniques to foster positive changes in her patients’ lives.

Dr. Nguyen earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. She completed her doctoral internship at WellSpan Healthcare and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut. Dr. Nguyen’s post-doctoral experiences include conducting clinical research, performing psychological evaluations, working in outpatient clinics and providing therapy at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Elizabeth Richards Psy. D.

staff-RichardsDr. Elizabeth Richards is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the individual treatment of adults and adolescents. Her areas of expertise include,but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, interpersonal/relationship difficulties, trauma, social phobia, identity issues, and adjustment difficulties. Dr. Richards utilizes a variety of specialized psychotherapeutic techniques with the goal of increasing patients’ insight into their struggles and facilitating the development of new skills to improve current functioning and increase overall satisfaction and well-being.

Dr. Richards earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New York University and both her Master and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. She completed her doctoral internship at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY and has also received training at Bellevue Hospital Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, and New York Foundling Foster Care Agency. Dr. Richards’ post-doctoral experiences include conducting research and neuropsychological evaluations at Weill Cornell Medical College and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, as well as providing outpatient psychotherapy to a broad clinical population at the Brooklyn Center For Psychotherapy, Inc.

Dr. Richards has extensive experience providing psychotherapy that is tailored to the individual patient. Her approach thoughtfully and flexibly integrates techniques from psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral (CBT), and interpersonal frameworks in a manner that will best meet the unique needs of the individual. Dr. Richards promotes a collaborative approach to treatment and strives to maintain a warm and supportive environment for all patients.

Elizabeth A. Sharpless, Ph.D.

staff-SharplessDr. Sharpless is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist experienced in treating individuals with anxiety, depression, adjustment reactions to situational stressors, attention disorders and learning disabilities.

Dr. Sharpless received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr College and her doctorate in Educational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she held fellowships from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation.

Following licensure, Dr. Sharpless completed several post-graduate certificat programs:

Adult Psychotherapy at the Derner Institute, Adelphi University, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy at the Institute for Behavior Therapy, and Adult Career Planning and Development at New York University. Drawing on her diverse training, she takes a flexible, integrative approach to treatment to meet the particular needs of each individual.

A seasoned clinician, Dr. Sharpless previously worked as a Senior Supervising Psychologist in the out-patient programs of the Jewish Board and has served on the adjunct faculty at Adelphi University’s Dermer Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Teachers College-Columbia University and New York University. She has published in peer-reviewed journals including Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, and presented at scientific meetings including the American Psychological Association.