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




       Dr. Lazaruk received her Doctorate and Master’s degrees at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and her Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College. While attending Wellesley College, Dr. Lazaruk worked as a psychology research assistant at both Wellesley and MIT. Dr. Lazaruk completed her clinical training at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Beth Israel Medical Center, Jewish Child Care Association, and SCO Family of Services.





         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. Steinberg earned her Ph.D in clinical psychology from Hahnemann University in 1989. During her early career she served as a clinical supervisor and director of Clinical Activities at the New Hope Guild. She also published and lectured extensively in the field of Gerontology. She has been a Senior Staff Psychologist at the Adult Development Center for over 20 years and in private practice for 15. She is also an adjunct professor at NYIT. She holds workshops and discussions throughout Long Island on psychospiritual topics with emphasis on the effect of globalization and world events on individual psychology.


      • 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 356 ,Huntington, NY 11743

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

                                      Our Phone Number : 631-784-7761