Laurie Nisco, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice with over 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist. She was trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy at Columbia University where she subsequently taught in the Clinical Psychology program. She developed skills in cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and schema therapy to offer a range of tools and strategies for change. She is working on her Advanced Certification in schema therapy.Laurie provides schema therapy to individuals and couples, designing interventions that are tailored to the unique needs and goals of each client. She empowers people to move beyond limitations and impasses by identifying life patterns that aren’t working for them, and providing tools, healing experiences, and support. Among her areas of expertise are problems such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, grief and loss, relationship issues, and trauma. She has experience working with addictions and eating disorders. Laurie works collaboratively and compassionately with individuals and couples, guiding them as they cultivate self-awareness, develop new skills, and bring about the changes and personal growth they are seeking to revitalize their life.
My practice focuses on treating intimacy/relationship problems, sexual addiction/compulsivity, alcohol/substance abuse, Al-Anon/ACOA issues, codependency/co-addiction, personality issues, childhood traumas, anxiety and depression. In addition, I have a specialty working in the LGBT community. My career began with an MBA working on Wall Street. Since 1995 I’ve been practicing psychotherapy as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and received my Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. My former career in business, combined with extensive experience consulting with corporate Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) has been particularly helpful to people facing all kinds of career/workplace issues. The treatment modalities I utilize include individual and group psychotherapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), Somatic Experiencing, and EMDR. In addition, I am a Certified Schema Therapist, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) as well as a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP). I lead a Gay Men’s Psychotherapy group focusing on new experiences relating to one another each week, emphasizing putting thoughts and feelings into words as it relates the group and the group members. I also run a group for men struggling with Sexually Compulsive/Addictive behavior or what is also referred to as Out-of-Control Sexual Behavior. The group offers an opportunity for support and accountability while working towards sexual health and improving connections with members.
Elizabeth Lacy is a practicing Advanced Certified Schema Therapist/Supervisor located in New York City with over 15 years post-masters clinical experience. Prior to being in full-time private practice, Liz was the Clinical Director at Hudson Valley Community Services for 14 years, providing clinical supervision and training as well as executive administration. “My special areas of focus include working with patients who suffer from anxiety disorders (OCD, Panic, Social and Chronic, unremitting anxiety); personality problems evidenced in patterns of relationship, work and other problems; and people in recovery from sex addictions.” She also works extensively with couples.
Dr. Cathy Flanagan received her Ph.D. in Psychology from University College Dublin, Ireland, and held post-doctoral fellowships with Richard Lazarus at the University of California-Berkeley, and with Aaron Beck at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. Her previous positions include Director of Psychological Services, St. Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin; and Clinical Coordinator, Senior Clinical Supervisor, and Affiliate (with Dr. Jeffrey Young) at the Schema Therapy Institute of New York. She has published one book, People and Change, and written numerous chapters and articles, most recently on psychological needs and coping modes. Dr. Flanagan is Consulting Editor, Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. She regularly presents her ideas at international conferences and workshops. Dr. Flanagan is a Founding Fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT), on the ‘Brainstorming’ Sub-Committee of the International Society for Schema Therapy (ISST), and Honorary President, Schema Therapy Association of Ireland (STAI). Cathy is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist and is currently in private practice in New York City.
Mark completed his doctoral work in Counseling Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, where he focused on psychotherapy with adults, particularly those dealing with Mood and Anxiety Disorders, trauma, and LGBTQ-related issues. In his work within a group private practice in NYC over the last 15 years, he has received additional training in EMDR, EFT, CBT and psychodynamic psychotherapies for work with individuals and couples. Mark is excited to be completing advanced certification in Schema Therapy at the NJ Institute for Schema Therapy, finding that it offers an unparalleled depth, comprehensiveness and flexibility that enables effective interventions even with the most entrenched, longstanding problems, including trauma and attachment issues.