Michal Tziyon, LCSW
Counseling and Psychotherapy

Michal Tziyon, LCSW, Counseling and Psychotherapy is a group practice of talented and well trained psychotherapists under the clinical direction and supervision of Michal Tziyon, LCSW. We offer counseling and psychotherapy services to adults, adolescents, couples and families. We have two New York City locations: Greenwich Village and Tribeca.

Our mission is to provide high quality services that are tailored to each individual’s needs. Our team of therapists bring skill, experience and sensitivity to their work. Our therapists are caring, devoted and provide a non-judgmental, accepting environment in which you will feel comfortable to do the remarkable work of psychotherapy.

When you meet with your therapist for the initial consultation, you will find a comfortable environment with an excellent professional who will guide you through your process. Your treatment is tailored to your needs and your situation as you collaboratively work with your therapist towards your goals.

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Our Therapists

Michal Tziyon, LCSW

Founder & Clinical Director

Ms Tziyon, LCSW, is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She obtained her Master of Social Work Degree from New York University with post-graduate clinical training in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, and family and divorce mediation training from the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

Ms Tziyon has been in practice since 1999. She has worked in the mental health field in both inpatient and outpatient settings. As a consultant to Family Court and to New York Supreme Court, she provided expert testimony in family and divorce cases and supervised court mandated visits between parents and children. She is a co-founder of the Red Hook Playgroup, a progressive pre-school in Brooklyn. Ms Tziyon was faculty advisor with NYU School of Social Work, and supervised social work interns in the field.

Ms Tziyon has been exclusively in independent practice since 2007 in New York City. She expanded her practice with the addition of carefully selected, talented and skilled therapists. Ms Tziyon finds great fulfillment in her clinical work with patients, as well as in her supervisory relationships with colleagues in her practice. She currently directs her group practice in two locations: Greenwich Village and Tribeca.

Violet Aberham, LMHC

Psychotherapist

Ms Aberham, LMHC, earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook. In addition, she obtained a degree in Occupational Studies from NY College of Health Professions, and has been a practicing New York State Licensed Massage Therapist since 2004.

Ms Aberham received post graduate training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and the Albert Ellis Institute. Her practice is informed by her holistic, humanistic and trauma-informed approach. She has worked with a diverse population as a psychotherapist in an outpatient mental health clinic, and has experience working with struggling adolescents and their families as a Multi-Systemic Therapist. Ms Aberham is passionate about creating a healing, supportive and safe space for clients to evolve and reach their highest potential.

Heidi Boyson, MS, MA, MHC-LP

Psychotherapist

Heidi Boyson, MHC-LP holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Alfred University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Education from Columbia University. Ms Boyson also holds a Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy from Roehampton University and an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic-Integrative Counseling from CPPD, both in London, United Kingdom. After seeing the positive effects of including mindfulness and yoga in her personal life, she sought out further specialized training, obtaining certificates in Mindfulness and Yoga from Mindful Life and Karma Kids.

Ms Boyson worked both in the United States and in the United Kingdom, focusing on the needs of individuals and families. She is passionate about providing high quality, cutting edge services to all clients. Ms Boyson’s specialties include mindfulness, bereavement, trauma, play therapy, sand tray work and spirituality. She has worked in various settings in the field, including mental health clinics, private practice, medical centers, schools and universities.

Ms Boyson’s approach to psychotherapy is flexible and creative. She fully collaborates with clients in the therapeutic process and treatment plan. Ms Boyson is devoted to empowering and assisting clients in their journey.

Jeremey Chase, LMHC

Psychotherapist

Mr. Chase, LMHC, is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Mr Chase received his Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford and his Masters of Mental Health Counseling from Baruch College Graduate School of Psychology. He has received additional training in LGBTQIA focused counseling from the Institute For Human Identity and has worked in both college and forensic counseling settings with diverse populations.

Mr. Chase is a counselor and psychotherapist at The Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai. With a harm reduction approach, he provides individual, couples and group substance abuse counseling. Additionally, he has experience in suicide prevention and crisis intervention as a youth LGBTQIA counselor on the national hotline for the Trevor Project. Mr. Chase utilizes an eclectic therapeutic approach that blends client-centered and interpersonal approaches with Gestalt experiential strategies.

Lauren Lascher, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Ms Lascher, LMSW, graduated magna cum laude from Lehigh University with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish, and completed her Masters in Clinical Social Work at Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service. Ms Lascher obtained advanced trainings in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the Beck Institute, as well as training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Ms Lascher utilizes an integrative approach, working with clients through a psychodynamic lens to understand the client’s ways of relating to the world, while incorporating Cognitive Behavioral and mindfulness interventions when helpful. Ms Lascher has experience working with a range of presenting issues including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. She works with individuals facing struggles in interpersonal relationships to develop healthy boundaries and patterns of relating. Ms Lascher’s approach is empathic, supportive, compassionate and non-judgmental, assisting clients in uncovering and understanding their true inner thoughts and feelings.

Maria Montesano, MA, MHC-LP

Psychotherapist

Ms. Montesano, MHC- LP holds a BA in Psychology from City College and Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College. Her desire to explore the structural and societal elements that impact individuals’ mental health inspired her to study Sociology and obtain a Master’s Degree in Sociology at Hunter College. Ms Montesano also completed post graduate training in Motivational Interviewing and trauma-informed care.

Ms. Montesano has many years of experience working with diverse populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings in the mental health and substance abuse field. Her work is informed by an integrative perspective that incorporates elements of person-centered, psychodynamic, attachment theory and cognitive behavioral approaches. She can assist you in resolving issues related to depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, trauma, substance abuse, sexual identity and career development.

Ms Montesano believes that therapy is one of the few places where individuals can express their hopes, fears and desires fully - without fear of judgement. She provides a warm and empathetic space for self-exploration and growth.

Peter Pascatore, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Mr. Pascatore, LMSW, received his Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. He was awarded a fellowship from the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis where he continued to earn a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He has continued his ongoing analytic training at the Lacanian École Freudienne du Québec. Mr. Pascatore has lectured at Loyola University Chicago and at a number of professional conferences. He has worked in clinics and social services agencies in both residential and outpatient mental health settings.

Mr. Pascatore listens closely to what his patients say because he believes that one’s words must lead the way to facing one’s self. Peter views therapy as an opportunity to expand personal possibilities and move beyond difficulties. His training in Lacanian psychoanalysis has prepared him to work with patients with a variety of problems from unsatisfying relationships, to anxiety, to psychosis.

Matt Pieknik, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Matt PieknikMatt Pieknik, LMSW, is a New York State Licensed Master of Social Work. With a background in art and literature, Mr. Pieknik studied Freud and Lacan at the Center of the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture at SUNY Buffalo, with clinical training in Lacanian Psychoanalysis at the Freudian School of Quebec. Mr. Pieknik has provided trauma-informed gender-, trans-, and LGBQ+ affirmative care. He has also worked with individuals and couples experiencing compulsive sexual behaviors, intimacy difficulties, and addiction. Mr. Pieknik presently continues post-graduate training in Lacanian psychoanalysis.

Mr. Pieknik's work focuses on uncovering and examining the internal contradictions, both conscious and unconscious, that inhibit change and development in the areas of depression and anxiety, gender and sexuality, love and relationships, trauma recovery, addiction, and aging. He enjoys working with people across the lifespan, with artists and writers, and with anyone committed to speaking about themselves in an unprecedented way.

Jenny Rella, LMHC

Psychotherapist

Ms Rella, LMHC, is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Ms Rella received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Albany and her Master of Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University Graduate School of Education. She is a New York City Department of Health Certified Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor, and has also completed Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

Ms Rella was a Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of New York where she provided outpatient individual and family therapy for adults and adolescents seeking treatment for eating disorders. Additionally, she has experience in suicide prevention and crisis intervention as a Licensed NYC Well Hotline Counselor. Ms Rella utilizes an eclectic therapeutic approach that blends elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with Psychodynamic-Relational based strategies. She values the importance of using the approach that is best suited to a client’s individual needs.

Stephanie Serur, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Ms Serur, LMSW, received her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services, and is a New York State Licensed Master of Social Work. She has extensive background in outpatient mental health, clinical care, mediation, and advocacy. Ms Serur works with late adolescence, college students, adults, and couples looking to better their lives and open their possibilities.

As a dedicated clinician, Ms Serur has immersed herself in a lifelong practice of helping others live lives more aligned with the vision of their best selves. During your sessions, you will feel supported, secure, and listened to, allowing the work to evolve in a manner which invites hopefulness, and mastery of skills towards goal-oriented change. By tuning your attention towards how the past frames the present, new thinking strategies are explored and narratives created to assist you in achieving your personal goals.

Paulina Ulano, LCSW-R, BCD

Psychotherapist

Paulina Ulano, LCSW-R, BCS, is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work with concentration in clinical practice as well as post graduate training at New York University, with additional post graduate training at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Over the course of her clinical practice, she has also completed advanced training on trauma informed care, suicide prevention and psychotherapy supervision.

Ms Ulano has been in practice since 2004, providing psychotherapy to adults, children and adolescents. She has extensive experience working with people covering a wide range of emotional, relational and life transitional difficulties, including: depression, anxiety, grief due to loss and separations, emotional trauma, work related and academic stress, and relational problems including divorce and parenting.

Ms Ulano works with with individuals from a wide range cultural and religious backgrounds. In her work, she is compassionate and empathic, and creates a warm, safe and supportive therapeutic framework to help individuals in their personal and emotional healing journey.

Approach

Counseling and Psychotherapy

In our work with clients, we take into account the myriad influences that make us who we are - our biology, psychology, social environment, current situation and history. Together we talk about the different influences, try to understand them and work towards changing the things the client would like to change. The purpose of the collaboration between the client and therapist is to assist the client in achieving their goals. Our task is to listen and respond in a way that is unique to each individual client.

We utilize a wide range of modalities in our work with clients. With a firm foundation in psychodynamic theory and practice, our clinicians augment their work with various theoretical and practical interventions that suit the client’s needs. This eclectic approach includes orientations such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), internal family systems (IFS) and mindfulness approaches.

Presenting Problems

People come to us for help with a wide range of reasons, including:

  • We help people who feel stuck and want to find a way to make changes in their lives
  • Life transitions, such as a breakup, divorce, relocation, illness or career changes
  • Feelings of depression and anxiety
  • Struggles with body image and eating patterns
  • Challenges managing alcohol and drug use
  • Recovery from childhood trauma and abuse
  • Recovery from recent trauma
  • Working through loss and grief
  • Dissociative identity experiences
  • Ongoing support for an existing mental health diagnosis

Services

We provide counseling and Psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, couples and families.

Individual Psychotherapy

In treatment, your therapist will first and foremost help you feel comfortable. The client is encouraged to talk as openly as possible. Speaking openly in this nonjudgmental, accepting environment opens the door to change. We discover new things about ourselves. We create narrative. We have new thoughts, which leads to an ability to take new actions. It becomes possible to find relief from repetitive, destructive behaviors and relationship patterns. We can learn how to become more accepting of who we are and find relief from inner turmoil. We are able to create productive, creative ways of being in the world that are true to who we are.

Our therapists are skilled in various modalities of treatment, including: Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical, Mindfulness, Humanistic, Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic and Trauma Theory. Our range of training enables us to tailor our approach to the specific needs of the person we are working with, based on the individual’s goals.

Couples Counseling

In relationships it is often challenging to find ways to meet the needs of both members of a couple. Communication can easily become reactive and contentious. Alternately, some individuals shut down or withdraw when confronted with emotional pain and disappointment.

Many aspects of couple life may go awry or be riddled with conflict, such as money, sex and parenting. The work of the couple is to sort through the conflicts whilst working on changing harmful patterns of relating and communicating. Space is created so both members of the couple can express themselves and be heard by each other. Working through feelings of frustration, disappointment, betrayal, anger and hurt can open the door to renewed feelings of love and longing. Learning to find forgiveness and to express love and affection, allows the couple to thrive again.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is an effective therapeutic intervention at any stage of the family, including families with adolescents or adult children.

Various life stressors and transitions, or just the ordinary demands of life, can make communication and collaboration challenging in the family system. As we all grow and change, whether we are children, adolescents or adults, these changes can be hard to manage in relationships – how to be with each other and communicate with one another as we or our circumstances transform. Through family therapy, communication is addressed with the goal of creating mutually respectful relationships for all involved. Creating a well balanced family system in which all are heard and feelings are processed, will facilitate finding workable solutions to day to day problems and conflicts, as well as working through dynamics of relationships, whether they are between parents and children, siblings or more complex dynamics with all involved.

Policies and Fees

Individual Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling

  • Initial individual psychotherapy consultation by appointment, 45 minutes.
  • Individual sessions are 45 minutes.
  • Couples Initial consultations and sessions are 50 minutes.

Confidentiality

All sessions are fully confidential as bound by New York State HIPPA Regulations. Signed consent by the client is required in order to disclose information or communicate with other healthcare providers.

Cancellation Policy

Our cancellation policy requires a 24 hour notice, or at least one business day. For Monday appointments, notice must be given on the Friday preceding the appointment. Less than 24 hour/one business day notice results in the full charge for the session. This amount is the agreed upon fee for self paying patients. For insurance patients, the fee for late cancellation is $100.

Getting Started

Please contact us with any questions or concerns. You may book an appointment here through Zocdoc. Once your appointment is booked, you will receive a welcome email from your assigned therapist. This email will confirm your appointment, its location, and, if you are using insurance, your insurance and payment details. If you are an out of network or self paying client, you will reach a mutually agreed upon fee with your therapist.

Fees

  • Individual Psychotherapy (adults and adolescents) – 45 minute sessions.
  • Our fee range is $125-$200 per session. The fee is set at the initial consultation.
  • Couples and Family – 45 minutes
  • Our fee range for couples and family therapy is $150-$225 per session. The fee is set at the initial consultation.

Insurance

  • We are in-network with Aetna. Your insurance will be verified prior to your initial consultation. You will receive an email detailing your benefits plan, including deductible, co-pay and co-insurance. You will be aware of your share and fee upon beginning your session.
  • All quotes of benefit coverage from this office come directly from your insurance company. This quote is not a guarantee of payment or benefits by your insurance company or this office. You are responsible for fees as outlined in your insurance contract and you will be charged accordingly. If your insurance company or existing policy changes, it is your responsibility to contact us to have a refreshed quote done.
  • We accept out-of-network insurance. Any paperwork necessary for claim processing is provided. Please check with your insurance carrier regarding your benefits.

Payment

We accept cash, personal checks and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express). You can pay by credit card in the office or using PayPal here.