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.

Jim Colasurdo, Psy.D.

staff-jimMisperceptions of others and ourselves cause much of the psychological pressures we face. I have 20+ years of experience working with various people with a variety of afflictions. I work with a range of people from highly successful professionals to people who struggle in every sphere of their existence. I always work with the needs and potential of each individual foremost in my mind. All of my work is informed with spirituality, empathy, co-creation, forgiveness, and self-acceptance.

I work in an integrative way, combining psychoanalytic principles in formulating treatment, but always employing supportive empathy and evidence-based cognitive-behavioral interventions.

Mindfulness and meditation principles are a big part of my clinical approach. I have seen the power of living in the present mindfully, and free from over-thinking.

I have recently created a growing sub-specialty, focused on helping more men come into psychotherapy. Unfortunately, despite recent changes in the meaning of what it is to be a man, men still seek out psychotherapy at much lower rates than women. This is unfortunate, as changing roles and rules of masculinity in both the home and the workplace signal that men need psychotherapy more than ever before. I still welcome female patients into my practice as always, but am also attempting to help more men experience the crucial support and empathy that only focused psychotherapy can provide.

True growth and behavioral change occur in a supportive, non-judgmental and informed environment. The relationship between the patient and the therapist is the instrument of change, and is co-created. I will learn as much from you as you will from me.

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.

Lucinda Hotchkiss, Ph.D., C.G.P.

lucindahotchDr. Lucinda Hotchkiss has practiced individual and group psychotherapy as a New York State Licensed Psychologist for more than 20 years and has helped clients with many concerns including anxiety, depression, coping with divorce or breakup, death of a friend or loved one, job stress, dealing with mental illness in the family, retirement and career-life transitions.

With empathy and careful listening, she collaborates with clients, helping them decide what meaningful changes they want to make in their lives. She generally takes an interpersonal approach, but is flexible and may also integrate psychodynamic, CBT and solution-focused techniques. Her first step is to understand the client’s strengths, challenges and goals for therapy. She then helps clients understand how past and current relationship patterns may affect their mood, behavior and present concerns. Next, she and the client work on seeing which patterns have promoted growth and which might be causing undue hurt, sadness, anxiety, anger or obstacles. They then collaborate to help the client heal and initiate new positive patterns; this could include improving self-care or changing communication or behavior with partners, friends, family members or those at work.

Dr. Hotchkiss received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester and did both her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She received her B.A. in Psychology and French from Wellesley College. A Certified Group Psychotherapist, she has taught group therapy workshops and seminars, including one that helps therapists enhance empathy and awareness when they and their client differ racially, ethnically, culturally or in other ways.

Jennifer Kyle, Ph.D.

unnamedDr. Kyle is a licensed clinical psychologist who has experience helping adults and adolescents with anxiety and depression to foster emotional wellness and healthy relationships.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Binghamton University and received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from City College. Her doctoral training emphasized psychodynamic therapy, relational therapy and multicultural psychotherapy.

Currently, Dr. Kyle is a tenured professor at CUNY, where she teaches in the graduate mental health program, supervising the training of mental health counselors.

Dr. Kyle’s doctoral dissertation examined culturally-based protective factors in African-Americans at risk for suicide, and she continues her research on suicide risk in ethnically-diverse college populations. Recently her work has expanded to study the training of ethnically-diverse graduate school psychology students, exploring the barriers to professional development and graduation. She has presented her work at a variety of conferences nationally and internationally. Her special interests are psychoanalysis, suicide, multiculturalism, and group dynamics.

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.

Rachel Kidron, Ph.D.

Dr. Kidron is a New York State Licensed Psychologist. She has experience treating individuals with anxiety, depression, adjustment, stress, relationship related issues.

After years of studying psychology and applying its methods Dr. Kidron strongly believes in the power of psychological insights to help lead a better life. Her psychological interventions aimed at promoting clients’ strengths, understanding their blind spots, and overall increasing self-cohesiveness, interpersonal relationships and well-being. Dr. Kidron utilizes therapeutic techniques, psychological education, and new skills acquisition that best fit the client’s needs and goals.

Dr. Kidron received her Ph.D. from Tel-Aviv University, where she also completed her Master and Bachelor degrees. She moved to the US to pursue her postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology.

Upon receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Kidron worked for the Psychological Services in Israel where she provided therapy and counseling for families and children. Since she received her license from The State of New York, Dr. Kidron has been providing psychotherapy and counseling for adults, teenagers, and couples.

Following her licensure, Dr. Kidron completed advanced training in CBT at the Beck Institute. In addition, she is currently receiving advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

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.

Joseph McGowan, Ph.D.

View More: McGowan is a Columbia University trained, licensed clinical psychologist serving New York State.

Dr. McGowan offers a warm and supportive therapeutic environment where individuals and couples can work to understand and change the unhelpful patterns that hold back their relationships and personal potential.

With Dr. McGowan’s support, clients can explore how the patterns they often form in early life may persist into adult life and impact their thoughts and feelings.

Dr. McGowan trained extensively at the internationally renowned William Alanson White Institute. As a result, he has gained expertise in how to apply the therapy relationship itself as a powerful agent of change. As Dr. McGowan works with clients to find a more genuine connection in therapy, they simultaneously work to clear new paths for healthier and more meaningful living.

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.