Each of our providers specializes in working with different populations of clients and will work with you to individualize your treatment and develop your treatment goals. We have providers who specialize in child and adolescent issues, families, young adults, adults, couples, and geriatric populations. We provide confidential individual therapy, family therapy, couples counseling, group therapy, nutrition, and psychiatry services to meet the needs of each of our clients.


Dr. Kalman Khodik, Psy.D., BCB

Dr. Kalman Khodik, Psy.D., BCB

Director of Psychological and Psychophysiological Services

Dr. Khodik, Psy.D., B.C.B. is credentialed as a National Register Health Services Psychologist. He earned his Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology and his Board Certification in Biofeedback from Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology (IGCP). With over ten years of working in the field, Dr. Khodik has experience of working in a variety of clinical and counseling settings, with a broad range of patients and psychological issues. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, psycho-somatic disorders, addiction, and various stress-related issues. In addition to his interest in working with individuals, Dr. Khodik spent many years bringing positive change and organizational optimization at some of the most prominent global corporations, such as the McKinsey & Company, the World Bank, and the Credit Suisse Group. Dr. Khodik completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the prestigious Karen Horney Clinic in New York City. In addition to his advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the American Institute for Psychoanalysis (AIP), he is now pursuing his candidacy in Psychoanalysis. This training is deeply rooted in the tradition of Karen Horney along with other influential and contemporary psychoanalytic theorists. With formal training in several theoretical orientations including long-term and brief psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral techniques, biofeedback, and evidence-based drug and alcohol counseling, Dr. Khodik is able to integrate and personalize treatment strategies to best fit his patient’s unique needs. Furthermore, Dr. Khodik integrates spirituality into his own personal life and professional work. Although this type of integration remains unusual among traditional psychotherapists, through his own spiritual journey and current practice, Dr. Khodik is uniquely positioned to help patients explore openly their relationships with the sacred, overcome their spiritual struggles, and guide them to reaching an integrated sense of self. The use of biofeedback and other psychophysiological interventions in this regard could help those individuals who find it difficult to regulate their attention and emotion in their own meditative and contemplative practices. Dr. Khodik speaks fluently both English and Russian, and in addition to having international and multicultural exposure, he is especially keen on being open-minded in providing a culturally-sensitive treatment. Dr. Khodik effectively provides a uniquely non-judgmental environment in which patients feel free to express themselves and explore their conflicts, while creating real and sustainable change.


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Maryana Kanda, LSW, APM

Maryana Kanda, LSW, APM

Accredited Professional Mediator

I am passionate about helping people resolve their differences through mediation and get on with their lives. I have been practicing family and divorce mediation for over 16 years and I keenly understand the emotional pain the divorcing couples are going through and I dedicate my efforts to reduce their sufferings as much as possible. I firmly believe that I offer much better way for people to end their relationships than a legally contested divorce. I conduct my sessions in a non-threatening, non-adversarial and trust building manner where parties can direct their best efforts to resolve all their issues in a dignified and constructive setting. I can make the difficulet process of divorce easier on you and your family. I am accredited by New Jersey Association for Professional Mediators (NJAPM) and have also received a special training in child custody, parenting coordination, financial planning, and conflict resolution. In 2009 I have been appointed as a Parent Coordinator by NJ Family Courts. For the last three consecutive years I have been recognized by NJ BIZ as one of the top family mediators.


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Ellie Wolf, MS, BCB; Fellow BCIA

Ellie Wolf, MS, BCB; Fellow BCIA

Director of Biofeedback and Stress Recovery

Ellie Wolf, MS, BCB, Fellow BCIA, is a BCIA National Board certified Biofeedback practitioner, internship supervisor, and certification course instructor. She was recently elected as a Fellow by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. Specializing in pain care and management, stress resilience, and stress recovery medicine; Ellie has over 30 years’ experience in allied health care- including 20 years as board-certified in sports medicine/athletic training, and as an NATA National Certification Board Examiner. She focused for many years in orthopedic and sports physical therapy clinical treatment and management, incorporating biofeedback into the treatment protocol. Ellie has also worked with numerous Olympic athletes, including the first US Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team to win a Silver Medal, as well as numerous professional athletes from all over the country, and all of the Chicago professional sports franchises, including the Chicago Bears Super Bowl team. Ellie now serves as an instructor for the STENS BCIA national certification course. She practiced as the Senior Biofeedback Therapist at the RIC Center for Pain Management, several integrative medical practices in Chicago, and a medical oncology treatment center. Her private practice specializes in anxiety/panic/PTSD disorders, ADHD/ADD, pain and headaches, stress-driven medical conditions, and performance and test-taking anxiety. Pioneering practices include EMG training with professional athletes; Biofeedback and/or Neurofeedback for: non-surgical bariatric patients [weight loss], a spectrum of addictive behavior disorders, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and fibromyalgia. Ellie’s recent and exciting national landmark program was in providing Biofeedback for patients during their bone marrow biopsy procedure in a medical oncology treatment center, in the absence of general anesthesia. Both the patient and physician response has been extremely positive.


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Sara Pasternak LSW, LMSW

Sara Pasternak LSW, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Sara Pasternak is a Licensed Social Worker and obtained her Masters degree from Columbia University. During her graduate training, she specialized in Advanced Clinical Practice with a concentration in Health, Mental Health and Disabilities. Sara has worked in a variety of school settings, helping students and their family members overcome personal challenges. She began her career at an elementary school, where she provided individual and group play therapy to a diverse student body of children ranging from the ages of 4-11. Sara also counseled parents and implemented school-wide initiatives to address social-emotional issues among the larger school community. Additionally, Sara has also worked in a college counseling center, where she provided therapy and crisis intervention to college students from diverse cultural backgrounds with various clinical presentations. She also facilitated a weekly anxiety and stress management skills group and organized campus-wide mental health programming. Sara's specialties include counseling children, adolescents and adults with anxiety disorders, academic and professional concerns, post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship and familial conflicts, eating disorders, self-esteem issues, stress-management challenges and transitional difficulties. Sara also has extensive experience working with members of the LGBTQ community. In addition to her clinical experience, Sara has completed post-graduate course work in Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety and Depression through the Beck Insitiute. She is currently training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Chain Analysis, and Validation Principles. Furthermore, she has a teaching background and has co-taught graduate students at Columbia University and adolescents at Northern Highlands Regional High School. Sara is an empathetic and passionate clinician that is extremely devoted to helping those she works with create lasting and meaningful changes in their lives!


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Shelly Cherkassky,  LSW, LMSW

Shelly Cherkassky, LSW, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Shelly Cherkassky is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of New Jersey and obtained her Masters degree in Social Work from New York University. Shelly has worked in various outpatient settings providing therapy services for individuals, families and couples. Shelly has facilitated various therapeutic groups, including those focusing on women’s mental health issues, enhancing social skills for children and coping with grief. Shelly’s specialties include providing therapy for children, adolescents and adults who experience distorted thoughts, low self-esteem, anxiety, difficulty managing stress, difficulty managing anger, relationship conflicts and post-traumatic stress disorder. Rather than adopting one methodology for all individuals and issues, Shelly draws from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation, often incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness techniques and play therapy. Shelly provides a supportive and compassionate environment that is welcoming, non-judgmental, and safe.


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Dr. Kate Cingel Psy.D.

Dr. Kate Cingel Psy.D.

Psychologist

Dr. Cingel received her doctorate in clinical and school psychology from Pace University in 2018 and completed her predoctoral internship at Kings County Hospital in NYC. Here she received extensive training in psychosis, suicidaility, and trauma treatment as part of her primary rotations on the acute and extended young adults, child, and adolescent psychiatric inpatient units. She also received focused training in outpatient treatment of child, adolescent, and adult population with variety of diagnosis including anxiety, eating disorder, mood disorders, and personality disorders. Dr. Cingel acquired a training in treatment of children and adolescent with autism. Dr. Cingel is currently a postdoctoral fellow in clinical psychology at the Institute of Living/ Hartford Hospital. Dr. Cingel’s clinical experiences include acute care, as well as longer-term inpatient psychiatric settings. These experiences have provided her with an opportunity to receive training and to utilize a range of evidence based therapeutic approaches that are tailored to a variety of patient populations, with respect to each patient’s diagnosis, culture, type of setting, and length of stay. They include CBT, CBTp, DBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy, play therapy, TF-CBT, group therapy and other modalities. Dr. Cingel’s clinical work is grounded in object relations and psychodinamicaly informed psychotherapy. Dr. Cingel has an extensive training in comprehensive psychology assessment batteries, including cognitive, psychoeducational, neuropsychological and performance-based measures for children and adolescents, the PAI and many other tests. Her research focus includes predictors for change in children psychotic symptoms in child inpatient population. Dr. Cingel is bilingual in English and Czech.


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Nechama Bakst LCSW

Nechama Bakst LCSW

Psychotherapist

At any time in life, despite possible success and fortune, an individual may find themselves not understanding why they feel unhappy or are struggling. Whether difficulty in a close familial or romantic relationship, perturbing feelings of anxiety or depression or simply facing one of life's many crossroads, seeking the assistance of a therapist to navigate life's stressors can be the next step you need to take to find the happier you. When willing and ready, the next step for most is to travel this exploratory journey with call psychotherapy, and what serious journey can be without a dedicated, compassionate and a gifted guide? Nechama has an open and warm style and tailors her approach to fit your needs. Since there is no "one size fits all' when it comes to therapy, she applies different therapeutic modalities that best suit the concern your interested in working on. Her focus is on helping you find the tools to heal so that you can go back to feeling better and living the life you were meant to live! As one of the key clinicians at Avita Integrative Care, she helps individuals, couples and families to find a balanced, harmonious and enriched quality of your life.


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