Dr. Yossi Shafer is a licensed clinical psychologist who received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Walden University. Dr. Shafer completed his internship at the Georgian Court University Counseling Center, and has served as director of integrated behavioral health care services for the adult internal medicine, pediatric, and women’s health departments at the Center for Health Education, Medicine, and Dentistry (CHEMED) for 5 years.
He has received extensive training on treating adolescent/adult clinical depression, anxiety, and trauma using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which he received training at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. He also incorporates psychodynamic treatment within his treatment model. Dr. Shafer has provided training for doctoral students on psychological testing, assessment, and evidence-based practice, and conducted psychological research at Rutgers University. His published research provides data on patient variables that contribute to behavioral health care utilization and intensity within an integrated behavioral health care model, and his current research involves investigating variable contributors/barriers toward mental health care within the frum community.
Bracha Schnaidman, Psy.D. received her doctorate in applied psychology from Rutgers University. She works with children, adolescents, and parents, utilizing cognitive-behavioral techniques to treat anxiety, OCD, ADHD, and behavioral difficulties. Dr. Schnaidman specializes in treating tic disorders and body-focused repetitive behaviors. Dr. Schnaidman is also a NJ certified school psychologist and has extensive experience in psychoeducational assessment, teacher consultation, and school-based interventions.
Dr. Margo Neuburger is a licensed psychologist who received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. Dr. Neuburger completed various inpatient training at psychiatric hospitals, including Northwell Health/Zucker Hillside, Queens Hospital, and Pilgrim Psychiatric Center. She trained in outpatient settings including the Yeshiva University Counseling Center, and the CBT, Psychodynamic, and Family and Couples tracks at the Parnes Clinic. Dr. Neuburger did a yearlong fellowship at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Additionally, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yeshiva University Counseling Center. Prior to Empower Health Center, Dr. Neuburger worked as a staff psychologist at Ezra Medical Center, where she saw adults, adolescents and children with varied presenting problems. She also ran a small private practice where she specialized in working with adults who had trauma histories, struggled in relationships, with depression and anxiety. Her warm and empathic persona enables patients to feel safe processing otherwise painful and difficult experiences. Dr. Neuburger’s therapeutic style is integrative; she focuses on helping individuals gain insight into the root of challenges by creating a safe space and using a psychodynamic conceptualization while teaching evidence-based CBT and DBT skills to help with symptoms.
Chasya (Rachel) Berger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She is a graduate of Monmouth University, who has many years of experience and training in various areas of mental health, and specializes in DBT and Trauma therapy. Chasya was co-founder of Yad Rachel, an organization that provides services for women with post-partum and peri-natal mental health challenges, and she provided counseling and case management for women and their families for 17 years.
Chasya was intensively trained in DBT by Behavioral Tech, Marsha Linehan’s training institute, and has been providing comprehensive DBT Stage I individual therapy and DBT Skills Training classes for over 6 years. She was also trained in EMDR by the Child Trauma Institute; Prolonged Exposure Therapy by Edna Foa and her team; and DBT-PE by Melanie Harned, with which she provides DBT Stage II trauma therapy.
Chasya provides adherent, comprehensive DBT therapy along with DBT groups and individual therapy using various modalities.
Devora is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of New Jersey. She graduated summa cum laude from Long Island University with a Masters in Social Work. She works with children, young adults, parents and families using a diversified approach tailored to the specific needs of each client. In addition to her work as a therapist at Empower Health Center she also serves as the School Social Worker for Bnos Devorah grade school in Lakewood, NJ.
Devora has over 7 years of experience in a variety of settings, including both long-term and brief interventions. Her clients have ranged from preschoolers to geriatrics and have come from starkly different backgrounds and religions. Her areas of expertise include CBT Therapy (Beck Institute), children and adolescents with anxiety and depression, OCD in adolescents and phase-of-life changes, grief, and loss. She also provides parenting and collateral interventions within the family and school systems and crisis and suicide intervention. Devora provides an environment of compassion and support to help individuals and families gain the tools to overcome their obstacles, move forward, and thrive.
Rivky Schabes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) practicing in Lakewood, NJ. She completed her Masters in Social Work at Long Island University in 2012. She is trained in DBT and attended training for CBT at the Beck Institute. Rivky is passionate about working with adolescents and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety and trauma related issues. She has been trained in and has been working with crisis intervention as well as suicide intervention. Rivky has worked through mobile response/ IIC services with Silvercare agency
Deena Lefkovits is Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). She earned her Masters of Social Work from Long Island University with a concentration in addiction. Her clinical experience includes over five years of dealing with those struggling with co-occurring disorders and she has experience with individual, family and group therapy. Deena is often contacted by community liaisons when individuals and or families are in crisis and has successfully assisted in many emergent cases, providing the most effective treatment possible. Deena's passion and boundless energy are the driving force behind her client’s success. By overseeing all her clients’ external needs, she allows her clients to enter treatment worry-free and fully focus on recovery.
Gershon Basch is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW). He received his degree from Long Island University with a concentration in chemical and substance use and addictive behaviors. Gershon brings with him a wide array of experiences of working with diverse populations and in various settings including substance abuse treatment programs, residential, day program, intensive outpatient, and outpatient settings. He has worked with diverse problems such as addictions, anxiety, depression, trauma, and family reunification. Gershon uses an eclectic approach combining numerous therapeutic approaches. He received specialty training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), allowing him to assist patients in facing challenges head-on while committing to actions that help stop the struggle against the inevitable and instead facilitate thriving. Patients are then able to develop and internalize an effective life-affirming and inspirational perspective of the world in general and their lives in particular. Gershon firmly believes that true healing can only take place in an environment of acceptance, compassion and accountability and he works on evoking and guiding patients according to their own values.
Yehoshua Basch is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a concentration in Alcohol & Substance Abuse. He has many years of experience in working with adolescents/young adults and their families. His work at Nesivos, where he conducts comprehensive assessments and handles case management for struggling teens and their families, gives him an understanding of the wide range of issues that young people experience today. Yehoshua is trained in and uses a variety of modalities including CBT and EMDR, and tailors the therapy path for each client, because each client, just like every person, is unique.
Sarala Herskowitz is a Board-Certified Music Therapist. She graduated on the Dean’s List with Highest Honors from St. Mary’s of the Woods, Indiana and is also a Licensed Social Worker having completed a degree in social work through Fordham University.
Sarala trained in Attachment Therapy with Dan Hughes and also trained in the use of EMDR and Somatic Therapy. Sarala uses her knowledge of Creative Arts Therapy, including music, art, & sand tray therapy, combined with traditional therapy modalities to reach the hearts and minds of the her clients.
Sarala trained at the pediatric department of St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston. She also served as an intern at the Catholic Charity Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence. She worked at SCHI where she treated pre-school age children who suffered medical and developmental trauma. She assisted in formulating social & emotional goals for these children, collaborating with both teaching staff and parents.
In addition to her work at Empower, she is currently doing work at Nesivos, a comprehensive case management agency for teenagers. There she does intakes for victims of sexual abuse, as they apply for financial aid through the ASAP grant, to receive the therapy they need to heal from their trauma.
Sarala is naturally empathetic and is passionate about helping children and adults navigate the complexity of their own trauma experiences. She is especially effective in her work with children, using play and creative arts therapies- in addition to various other therapy modalities- to address and process their trauma.
Her goal as a therapist is to rebuild each client’s natural inner strength and resilience by working to develop new coping skills. This allows her clients to move forward with strength of character, confidence in self and an optimistic eye to a bright future.
Esther Sack, APN, is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience. With an Associate Degree in Nursing from Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing, she received her Bachelor's from Excelsior College and went on to receive her Masters in Nursing from Rutgers University. She is currently continuing her education at Monmouth University where she is working towards a Post-Masters Certificate in their Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program. Esther has extensive training on client’s struggling with addiction, as well as with client’s carrying a dual diagnosis. Esther’s strong clinical skills are enhanced by a natural ability to communicate and build rapport with patients and families from diverse backgrounds.