We are a group practice who serves a diverse and dynamic clientele in New York City. We work swiftly and thoroughly, with passion and compassion to serve the needs of our clients in this fast-paced city. We strive to work ethically and morally sound and reduce/eliminate bias to gender, race and culture. The quality of our services matter to us and our clinicians are extremely well-trained professionals and experienced in a variety of approaches and theories who work creatively and with compassion.
At SYNC, it is our mission to help clients who suffer from issues ranging from anxiety to depression, relationship issues, trauma, cultural transitions, emigration and somatic issues. We attempt to achieve excellence in treating our clients within a close and collaborative therapeutic relationship, tailored to your personal needs and wishes for a happier life.
To see a clinician from our team, please fill out the contact form on the “getting started” page. http://syncpsych.com/get-started/contact
Founder and Clinical Director
Clinical Psychologist/ Psychoanalyst
Dance Movement Therapist (BC-DMT)
Certified Laban and Kestenberg Movement Analyst (CMA, KMP)
English and German speaking
PhD, MA, BC-DMT, LCAT, CMA, KMP
is a Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, Dance Movement Therapist and Movement analyst in private practice in NYC. She’s the founder and clinical director of SYNC Psychological Services, PLLC and SYNC SOMATICS ™ (Embodied Psychotherapy and Supervision). In the past, Dr. Birklein has worked in a variety of In-and Out-patient psychiatric hospitals in Berlin and NYC, and in University Counseling Centers. In addition, she worked for Reality TV shows as a psychologist. Currently, she’s the Founder and Clinical Director at SYNC Psychological Services, a clinical supervisor at Pace and the New School University’s doctoral programs, supervisor in private practice, faculty at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) and at Apollo Education Training Institute in Beijing, China.. Among other places, Dr. Birklein was trained at the Institute for Critical Psychology at the Freie University in Berlin, at the Fritz Perls Institute in Germany, at Antioch Graduate School, NH., The New School for Social Research, NY, at the William Alanson White Institute, NY, and in a variety of dance and body-movement/somatic programs; she is a 5+-years post graduate of the NYU Postdoctoral Program for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and specializes in Relational Psychoanalysis and Body and Movement in psychoanalysis.
Her interests and research are in the inter-generational transmission of affect, and about the body and movement in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with an emphasis on the nonverbal in the clinical setting. Dr. Birklein also offers Embodied Supervision for clinicians interested in nonverbal processes in the clinical setting. Dr. Birklein is available for psychodynamic, relational psychotherapy and psychoanalysis as well as for movement informed psychotherapy.
She teaches and lectures internationally, in Europe and China, on the topics of Trauma, Intergenerational Transmission, Psychodynamic Theories and Practice, and on Body and Movement in and Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Armin Kelleter
Clinical Psychologist, PhD
Armin Kelleter received his M.A. in General Psychology and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York where he was trained in a range of therapeutic approaches including long and short-term Psychodynamic Therapy, as well as cognitive-behavioral approaches including standard Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Schema Therapy. He has received Intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) from the Linehan Institute and has extensive training and experience in other mindfulness-based and meditative approaches.
Dr. Kelleter’s clinical experience includes work in hospitals with inpatient and outpatient populations, school-based mental health, as well as community and geriatric mental health. He has experience working with individuals experiencing a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, psychotic conditions, and the assessment and treatment of personality disorders.
Licensed to practice psychology in the State of New York, #019894-1
Dr. Sarah Fraser
Clinical Psychologist, PsyD
Sarah Fraser, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctorate at Yeshiva University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the William Alanson White Institute. She sees psychotherapy as a collaborative process to help individuals gain a fresh perspective on their lives, recognize repeating patterns in their behaviors and relationships, and find new solutions for old problems. Her approach is psychodynamic and eclectic, balancing both depth and real-world focus to address the unique needs of each patient at the intersection of their physical, mental, internal, external, interpersonal, and sociopolitical spheres of experience. Dr. Fraser’s passion is working with individuals who find themselves outside of the narrow band of supposedly “normal” identity and desire, including people who are “kinky”/involved in BDSM, polyamorous, in open relationships, queer, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and/or trans* (transitioning or not transitioning). She endeavors to use her concentrated graduate study and clinical experience in these areas to provide a warm, open, and supportive space to facilitate exploration and growth.
Miriam Olenick, LMSW
Licensed Master of Social Work
Miriam Olenick is a Licensed Master Social Worker who completed her masters at New York University Silver School of Social Work. Before her work at SYNC, Miriam worked for the Mental Health Service Corps, helping to increase access to mental health care by providing psychotherapy in a collaborative care hospital setting. Ms. Olenick has experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma related disorders.
Miriam takes an integrative approach in her sessions with patients. She is trained in a number of modalities – including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy – which she weaves together to best suit her patients’ needs. Miriam’s approach to care is person centered and strengths-based; she focuses on ensuring her patients have a safe, nurturing space where they can feel heard and understood, in order to better hear and understand themselves. She is also currently immersed in advanced psychodynamic therapy training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP).
Miriam also has experience working with people of many different cultural backgrounds, in particular members of Caribbean-American and Ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities. She understands the importance of addressing issues related to race, ethnicity, and religion in therapy and approaches these conversations with cultural humility and curiosity.
Carlos Padrón, MA, MPhil, LP
Carlos Padrón is a bilingual (Spanish, English) licensed psychoanalyst/psychotherapist who has advanced training in psychoanalysis at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), a component member of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He originally studied philosophy, then earned an MA in philosophy with a concentration in psychoanalysis at the New School for Social Research, and finally an MPhil in Latin American literature at New York University.
He has been a teaching fellow at NYU and a faculty member at John Jay College (CUNY), the Contemporary Freudian Society, and the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance. Carlos is currently a faculty member at IPTAR where he co-teaches a class on clinical aspects of diversity. He also teaches a Seminar on Psychodynamic Theory at the Silberman School of Social Work in Hunter College (CUNY).Carlos participated in the documentary Psychoanalysis in El Barrio, a film on working psychoanalytically with underprivileged Latinx patients in the U.S., and has given many talks and published on this topic. Lately he published an essay in the edited volume Psychoanalysis in the Barrios (Routledge, 2019). Carlos has been supervisor in different settings and is currently a clinical associate of the New School Psychotherapy Program.
Carlos has years working in outpatient mental health clinics and in a private setting. Carlos’s experience as a professional listener, together with his background in the Humanities, have made him especially attuned to the question of how to embrace and find strength in our difference and uniqueness while remaining engaged with the world. He has worked with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, sexual trauma, PTSD, relationship-related, work-related, academic, and personality disorders, and is deeply committed to working with issues related to cultural, racial and sexual difference, as well as immigration.
Lorena Strunk, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
After a few years of practicing as a lawyer and law professor, Lorena received her MSW from Stony Brook University and later earned her LCSW after completing a supervised practice at a community mental health clinic in East Hampton, NY. Lorena is also a corresponding member of the French psychoanalytic association “Association Lacanienne Internationale” (ALI) in Paris.
Lorena’s clinical experience encompasses work with children and adolescents, couples and adults. She has special interest in working with women and the particular issues they face as daughters, mothers, wives and professionals. She has confronted cases of sexual abuse, incestuous relations and molestation in various degrees and she feels comfortable working with patients who have experienced trauma from such experiences. She has also addressed issues related to exile, adaptation, and nostalgia.
Lorena’s approach to cases is based on her strong formation in psychoanalysis. She works to understand the uniqueness of each individual, employing the powers of free association and transference. She is an excellent listener and develops strong therapeutic relationships with her patients.
Lorena is fluent in French and Spanish and can work with patients in these languages as well as English.
Melanie Borisoff, PhD
Melanie Borisoff, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who received her doctorate from the New School for Social Research. Dr. Borisoff’s approach to therapy is flexible, collaborative and supportive. Her goal is to help clients develop awareness of thoughts, emotions, relationships and experiences that may perpetuate symptoms and inhibit their potential to feel fulfillment in their lives. Dr. Borisoff helps clients gain insight into potentially harmful patterns and develop strategies that promote long-term change and alleviate distress. Dr. Borisoff treats a variety of problems and has extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, obsessive behaviors and career, identity, parenting and relationship issues.
Dr. Borisoff has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings at Beth Israel Medical Center, Bronx Psychiatric Center and at the James J. Peters Veterans’ Affairs Hospital. At the VA hospital Dr. Borisoff treated PTSD and depression and assisted a suicide prevention research program. Dr. Borisoff has a background in modern dance and is a certified yoga instructor. She has been teaching and practicing yoga and meditation for the past twenty years. She considers the integration of mind and body and the affect one can have on the other in her work with clients.
She worked for several years in Japan at an international counseling center treating adolescents and adults from across the globe and served as interim clinical director providing supervision to therapists. She developed an acute awareness of the kinds of challenges that may arise for individuals, couples and families while adjusting to a new environment and is particularly attuned to understanding clients’ issues and therapeutic goals within a cultural context.
Dr. Borisoff is currently studying psychoanalysis as a postdoctoral candidate at New York University. She is a Clinical Associate at the New School for Social Research providing supervision for doctoral candidates.