New Beginnings Psychology, LLC   Huntington NY  631-784-7761 Dr. Risa Levenson Ph.D    New Beginnings Psychology, LLC   Huntington NY  631-784-7761 Dr. Risa Levenson Ph.D


                Due to her solid belief in the mind-body connection, Dr. Levenson recently             completed a hypnosis certification given by the National Guild of Hypnotists.             Dr. Levenson has been coaching individuals to a more stress free lifestyle for             over 20 years. She is proud to announce that she is now using hypnosis with             individuals who experience physical pain, phobias, inner healing, weight loss,             smoking cessation, etc. Hypnosis is also used to improve motivation and

            coping with various medical conditions. Dr. Levenson is looking forward to             sharing her knowledge with you.

               Dr. Levenson completed her Ph.D. in 1998 from Yeshiva University's Health             Psychology Program, where she had the opportunity to attend classes in

            Albert Einstein College of Medicine with the medical students and classes in             Ferkauf School Of Psychology with the psychology students. Dr. Levenson             completed externships at Memorial Sloan Kettering and North Shore/LIJ             Hospitals. She did training at Brunswick's Physical Medicine and

            Rehabilitation Unit. Dr. Levenson completed her internship year at Kessler             Institute for Rehabilitation. After completing her degree, Dr. Levenson did

            further training in the anxiety disorders spectrum. She specializes in working

            with individuals who suffer with panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder,

            post traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

               Dr. Levenson has volunteered as a group facilitator for the American

            Cancer Society. She serves as a panel psychologist for ACCES, formally

            known as VESID. Dr. Levenson enjoys working with individuals, couples,

            and families.




       •   Dr. Jennifer Donnelly - Greenberg (Ph.D.) received her doctorate in

           Clinical Psychology from St. John’s University. Dr. Donnelly-Greenberg

           has experience working in a variety of settings including residential treatment

           centers, group homes, counseling centers, and an outpatient mental health             clinic. Additionally, Dr. Donnelly-Greenberg has experience providing

           intensive outpatient therapy. Dr. Donnelly-Greenberg specializes in working

           with patients who have been diagnosed with anxiety-based disorders,

           obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (including body dysmorphic

           disorder), conduct disorder, mood disorders, oppositional defiant disorder,

           and ADHD. Dr. Donnelly-Greenberg’s doctoral research focused on

           identifying subtypes of body dysmorphic disorder. Additionally, Dr. Donnelly-

           Greenberg has experience working with families who are involved in the

           child welfare system using trauma-informed care.

   Using a warm and supportive approach, Dr. Donnelly-Greenberg works with children, adolescents, and adults to treat a wide variety of disorders using an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to each individual. Dr. Donnelly-Greenberg has an integrative approach that utilizes Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as a variety of other approaches, when appropriate.





         Dr. Debra L. Johnson (Psy.D has been a school psychologist for the

           NYCDOE for10 years,working with children with special needs. She started

           her career as a teacher for D.75 with the NYCDOE in the 6:1:1 program. In

           the intervening years, Debra also worked with a private foster care agency

           where she remained for 15 years, until this past December. While there

           she specialized in working with children who were traumatized, ages 3 to

           22. Debra also worked for an adult mental health program for 4 years

           (Institute of Community Living) after receiving her doctorate from Rutgers

           and before returning to the NYCDOE.


Utilizing an eclectic approach to treatment, including components of cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, psychodynamic, and solution-focused models, her focus is on providing individualized treatment tailored to the client's unique needs. Despite therapeutic approaches used, she believes the most essential aspect of therapy involves establishing a trusting relationship between the therapist and client. Therefore, she works to create a therapeutic environment that emphasizes both her clinical skills as a therapist and compassionate, genuine, and empathetic nature as a person.



       • Dr. Debra M. Failla (Psy.D.) is a licensed clinical psychologist, who           received her doctoral degree from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate           School of Psychology and her Bachelor’s degree, Summa Cum Laude, from           Binghamton University.  She completed her post-doctoral studies at New

          York Presbyterian Hospital’s outpatient department where she worked with           children, adolescents, and families. She ran parent and child groups as part

          of the Children of Divorce program, assisting parents and children of

          families in transition to cope with the pressures and stresses of a divorce,

          and preemptively helping children adjust to the many changes as a result of

          the separation or divorce. Dr. Failla completed her doctoral dissertation

          examining the effects of divorce on children from a trauma perspective.

          Dr, Failla has a wide range of experience, including individual, group, and

          family therapy, and testing, across both inpatient and outpatient clinical

          settings. Dr. Failla utilizes a cognitive-behavior therapy approach and

          specializes in mood disorders, anxiety, stress management, and

          relationship issues. She enjoys working with children, adults, individuals,

          and families.





Our Doctors:

   Locations: 775 Park Avenue, Suite 310 ,Huntington, NY 11743

                           and 50 Douglaston Rd, Sound Beach, NY 11789                                                 (By Appointment Only)

                                      Our Phone Number : 631-784-7761       



Dr. Marian Silverman (Psy.D.) is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience treating children and families.  Dr. Silverman has a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University.  During the past 20 years Dr.  Silverman has been a Supervising Psychologist and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.   While at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at their Early Childhood Center, Dr. Silverman developed a grant-funded program for children and their families who have been exposed to traumatic events.  She provided treatment and support both in the office and the community.  This innovative program addressed the needs of all family members, not just the child, and helped improve the functioning and well being of the family as a whole.  Dr. Silverman also played an active role in a variety of coalitions - consisting of pediatricians, nurses, lawyers, educators and administrators - to facilitate positive changes within child focused services.

     Dr. Silverman has an eclectic style that is flexible, supportive and non-judgmental.  Her expertise includes a wide range of populations including children from birth to five; latency age children with developmental and behavioral challenges; adolescents with emotional issues; parents needing support and skill building, as well as adults and couples experiencing challenges during life transitions.  Some of her specialty areas include: adjustment disorders, such as children of divorce and young adults experiencing challenges while attending college or post graduation; couple’s therapy; school consultations; early childhood trauma; adult trauma; bereavement as well as reflective supervision.  Dr. Silverman uses a variety of approaches such as supportive relationship based treatment; trauma informed treatment; child parent psychotherapy; cognitive behavioral therapy and emotionally focused therapy for couples.  Dr. Silverman is able to adjust her approach according to the needs of her clients and she enjoys working with individuals across the life span from birth to adulthood.





Dr. Lynn Seskin (Psy.D.) is a licensed Clinical and School Psychologist, dedicated to cultivating a positive and compassionate therapeutic alliance with her clients, as individuals, couples, families, or in groups. Her approach is collaborative and solution focused in providing her clients with useful problem solving and coping skills toward reaching their goals. Her clinical training and skills include psycho-educational assessment, individual, couples, family, and group therapy. She completed her first Masters in Psychological Services and one year of post-Masters training in Marriage and Family Therapy at Kean University. Dr. Seskin earned her second Masters of Science in Education and her Psy.D. in School and Clinical Child Psychology from Pace University after completing her clinical training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center’s Disruptive Behavioral Disorders Clinic and school psychology internship at The School at Columbia University.  Dr. Seskin’s postdoctoral work was completed as a school psychologist in a NYCDOE specialized high school for troubled teens recently released from incarceration and at The Rebecca School, supporting teaching staff and students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. Her research with parents and their children with Autism Spectrum Disorders culminated in the publication of her 2010 article “Attachment and Autism: Parental Attachment Representations and Relational Behaviors in the Parent-Child Dyad” published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

       Dr. Seskin’s professional experience also includes providing diagnostic assessment, psychotherapy, and clinical supervision across a broad range of settings, including a college counseling center; elementary, middle, and high schools; hospital outpatient clinics; an adult daycare program; and a nursing and rehabilitation center. Dr. Seskin’s research and clinical interests also include the increasing number of children and parents struggling with high conflict divorce and parental alienation. Dr. Seskin welcomes working with children, adolescents and adults of all ages, including couples and families.