Hal Brickman, LCSW-R, CHT, the founder and Co-Director of Alpha Psychotherapy Center, is an experienced and highly respected psychotherapist. He received his M.S.W., from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services in 1975. In 1979, Hal was awarded a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the prestigious Long Island Institute of Mental Health’s 3 year post-graduate training program. Hal Brickman has supervised staff psychotherapists for over ten years.
Hal’s literary contribution to the field of Psychotherapy has been embraced by Psychotherapists worldwide and has been translated into six foreign languages. He has been invited to appear as a featured guest on David Letterman’s Late Nite on two separate occasions. Hal was also invited to appear as a guest on a television health show pilot hosted by Dr. Rock Positano of The Hospital of Special Surgery.
Sessions starting at $295/hr
Allia Brickman, LMHC, C.HT. is the co-director of Alpha Psychotherapy Center and a Gottman Level-3-Certified couples therapist.
COUPLES: The Gottman approach utilizes over 40 years of research to provide proven tools, exercises, and guidance for relationship success. The Gottman Approach involves an extensive intake process since each couple is unique, which includes a joint session, an individual session with each partner, and a relationship quiz. Allia then provides a feedback session in which she and the couples go over the information gathered, the areas of their relationship that need repair, and how to reach their goals. From there, each session includes research-backed tools and exercises which are also provided for between sessions, so you’re not just getting the hour with her. Allia has a warm, empathic, and direct approach and works with couples of all ethnicities, sexualities, and ages.
INDIVIDUALS: With individuals, Allia primarily utilizes talk therapy. She primarily utilizes Talk Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but incorporates a variety of therapeutic styles geared toward the particular individual she’s meeting with. She believes her job as a therapist is to help you discover the power you didn’t know you had and to work with you in pinpointing, and ultimately stepping over, the roadblocks in your life.
Sessions starting at $250/hr
Tina Payne has been a Social Worker for over 20 years. She’s worked with clients of all age ranges from birth to the elderly. Ms. Payne has worked closely with individuals, couples and entire family units. In both the preventive services and within the foster care system, Ms. Payne was a direct care provider as well as a supervisor for other clinicians. She also ran multiple support groups and psychoeducational workshops during her time with these organizations. Groups ranged from couples’ therapy, parenting skills, trauma support groups as well as various other workshops. Ms. Payne has also provided training for the staffing of these agencies in the domain of clinical and assessment skills.
She has extensive experience with issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, self-image, relationship conflicts, communication, intimacy, family dynamics, parenting issues, identity/transitioning, and more. Ms. Payne provides a warm, compassionate, and supportive environment that emphasizes the importance of working as a team and towards therapeutic goals.
Junior Associate Therapist
Andrea studied public health and obtained her bachelor’s degree at the college of SUNY Old Westbury. She is currently finishing up her social work degree with a couples and family systems specialty at Adelphi University. As a current Junior Associate Therapist, Andrea’s approach is influenced by the Gottman Method, backed by 40 years of research, to improve communication, closeness, trust, and intimacy in relationships.
For many years Andrea has worked with young adults to help them navigate the challenges of college. She has led seminars and group sessions regarding transition impacts such as anxiety, depression, identity, and relationship challenges. In her work with couples, Andrea creates a non-judgmental space where she provides guidance, empathy, and research-backed successful approaches to help her couples increase their connection and work towards their goals. For individuals, Andrea provides a safe and honest space where clients can feel empowered to be themselves and grow not only internally but create the life they want for themselves externally as well.