Psychologists

Brooklyn Letters consists of six psychologists: licensed Clinical Psychologists, Dr. Annette Hernandez & Dr. Jennifer (Rodman) Keluskar, licensed Child Psychologist, Dr. Carolyn Kessler, licensed Child and School Clinical Psychologist, and Dr. Veronica Brodsky. Dr. Lindsay Whitman, a neuropsychologist, is also a team member. Please read below to learn more about their professional services, and Dr. Keluskar’s office is located in Astoria, Queens.

Annette Hernandez, Ph. D., Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Hernandez is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience in treating children of all ages and adults with a wide range of difficulties. She has a private practice in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn. Dr. Hernandez has over a decade of clinical experience and has worked in variety of treatment settings. She has specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy for treating post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorders. She has also been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Dr. Hernandez’s therapy interventions are drawn from her past experience in research for evidence-based treatment. In addition to being a principal investigator and coordinator for federally funded research projects, she has also lectured and authored manuscripts on the implementation and modification of such treatments. She has been invited to train, supervise, and consult other clinicians on the use and implementation of evidence-based clinical practices in community-based settings. She currently works as a Senior Staff Psychologist at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and holds a voluntary faculty appointment at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez’s therapy work includes practical strategies that are clear and easy to implement. Her work with children involves regular contact with parents to help them participate in and support their child’s success.

EXPERTISE: Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Child/Adolescent Therapy, Anxiety, Behavioral issues, Coping skills, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Sexual Abuse.
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, parent consultations, family sessions
AGES: Birth-50
CONTACT: annette@brooklynletters.com & 917-519-3082
WEBSITE: www.brooklyncbt-dbt.com
OFFICE: 19th Street and 8th Ave in Brooklyn, and she travels to your home in the South Slope.
HOURS: Office and Home Visits: Thursdays 10-8pm & Friday 10-5pm.
PAYMENT: Private Pay (she does not accept insurance).
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Carolyn Kessler, PhD, Licensed Child Psychologist

Carolyn Kessler, Ph.D., is a child psychologist with more than 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families on issues related to behavior management and parenting, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, developmental disabilities, and ADHD. Family training is a key component of her therapy. Dr. Kessler specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. She is a Codirector of Psychology Services at the New York University Child Study Center’s Institute for Pediatric Neuroscience and is in private practice in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where she provides assessment, treatment, and consultation to families and schools. In addition to standardized testing of IQ, achievement, memory, and behavior, her assessment skills include the use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), an instrument on which Dr. Kessler trains other professionals, as well as the Autism Diagnostic Interview- Revised (ADI-R). Dr. Kessler uses a cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy, which has been demonstrated to be an effective therapeutic method through research. Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) involves teaching the child new skills to manage their behavior and emotions. This approach relies heavily on collaboration with the child’s parents so that they, too, can learn how to support their child’s progress in therapy, as well as how to respond to the issues of concern. In addition to these services, Dr. Kessler provides consultation to families on toilet training. She is a graduate of the University at Albany doctoral program in clinical psychology and completed her internship and postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

EXPERTISE: Cognitive Behavioral therapy, parent training, autism spectrum disorders/developmental and learning disabilities, anxiety and mood disorders, behavioral disorders, potty training, assessment (diagnostic and neuropsychological)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, Consultation to parents and schools, Assessment
AGES: All ages of children and adolescents
LOCATION: Office: 406 7th Ave in Park Slope, Brooklyn and your Brooklyn home.
CONTACT: carolyn@brooklynletters.com, 919 280 2151
HOURS: Home and Office Visits: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Payment: Private Pay.
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Veronica Brodsky, PsyD, Licensed Child and School Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Veronica Brodsky is a founder and clinical director of Interactive Discovery Consulting and Psychological Services, P.C. She is a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults by providing individual as well as group work. Having a strong belief that collaborative work provides the most effective intervention; Interactive Discovery has been built using this philosophy. She utilizes a traditional as well as holistic approach to mental health – by analyzing the connection between the mind and the body and emphasis on self-care. Her approach is integrative, combining psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback and existential therapy. Her clinical interests include working with children and adults who are dealing with different life transitions by helping them to cope with stressors associated with these events. She also conducts neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations.

Dr. Brodsky received her doctorate from New York University in 1999 and is a member of the American Psychological Association. Her experiences include: Working with patients in the acute inpatient unit as well as providing outpatient mental health services; Providing individual, family and couple therapy; Designing and supervising a therapeutic after school program for children and adolescents by implementing and managing over 100 therapeutic groups; Creating and supervising a six year training program for graduate and undergraduate students receiving training in education/child psychology. She is a former Adjunct Faculty Professor in the area of child & adolescent development and psychiatric conditions and disorders. Her research interests are in the areas of examining child and parent relationships and their effects on child development.

EXPERTISE: Working with families in transition, Anxiety, Depression, Behavioral Issues, Relationship, Psychological, Psychoeducational and Neuropsychological Evaluations. Issues or Fears, Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit, Behavioral Issues, Child or Adolescent, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Learning Disabilities, Loss or Grief, Oppositional Defiance, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Play therapy and behavior management with preschool and elementary aged children, animal-assisted psychotherapy.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, family therapy, parent consultations, school consultations, workshops, group work
AGES: Preschool and elementary, adolescents, adults
LOCATION: Park Slope, 163 Prospect Park West, (corner of 11th street), Brooklyn, NY 11215
CONTACT: veronica@brooklynletters.com & 718-306-7755
WEBSITE: www.interactive-discovery.com
HOURS: Office visits: Mondays through Fridays.
Payment: Some Major Insurances, Private Pay, Out-of-Network, Sliding Scale.
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Andrea McLaughlin, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

DSC01602Andrea McLaughlin, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with over 10 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and their families. She provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for children, adolescents and young adults experiencing a range of difficulties, including anxiety, mood and disruptive behavior disorders. Special areas of interest and expertise also include working with youth with Selective Mutism, ADHD, and providing Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT). Dr. McLaughlin encourages parents to participate in their child’s treatment. Parents are often included in sessions so that they can participate in their child’s success, learn how to help support their children through challenges, and act as CBT ‘coaches’ outside of sessions.

Dr. McLaughlin is owner and founder of CBT FOR KIDS, LLC. Before opening her own practice Dr. McLaughlin was clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, and a licensed psychologist at the Child Study Center where she provided clinical services to children and their families, was involved in research, and the training of pre-doctoral interns and externs. Dr. McLaughlin graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and English from the University at Buffalo. She earned her doctoral degree in school psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. McLaughlin has been published in peer reviewed journals and presented at professional conferences. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and Phi Beta Kappa.

EXPERTISE: Expertise: Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Anxiety Disorders, Selective Mutism, CBIT for Tics/Tourettes, ADHD, Depressive Disorders and Diagnostic Evaluations.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, Behavioral Parent Training, Consultation to Parents and School Consultation.
AGES: Children, Adolescents and Young Adults
LOCATION: Office- 406 7th Ave in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
School Consultation in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and home visits in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
CONTACT: andream@brooklynletters.com & 919-619-1061
HOURS: Wednesdays and Fridays
Payment: Private Pay
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Jennifer (Rodman) Keluskar, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Jennifer (Rodman) Keluskar, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children and their families. Her areas of specialization include Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities, behavior management, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Keluskar uses cognitive-behavioral interventions that focus on building problem-solving, social skills, and coping strategies, and works closely with the child’s family and community in order to coordinate interventions and to promote growth in all areas of functioning. In addition, she provides comprehensive assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as psychoeducational evaluations. She is trained and research reliable on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R). Dr. Keluskar is a graduate of Hofstra University, where she completed a doctoral program in clinical and school psychology.

EXPERTISE: Cognitive Behavioral therapy, autism spectrum disorders/developmental and learning disabilities, parent training, anxiety disorders, assessment (diagnostic and psychoeducational)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, Consultation to parents and schools, Assessment
AGES: Children and adolescents, ages 3-14
LOCATION: Queens Office: 30-14 37th street, Astoria, New York, 11103
CONTACT: jennifer@brooklynletters.com & 347-974-1106
HOURS: Office visits: Saturdays; School and Home visits (weekday mornings and evenings)
Payment: Private Pay.
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