Our Team


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Dr. Silvia Birklein

Founder and Clinical Director

Silvia B. Birklein, 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) and the Institute for Movement Informed Psychotherapy (IMIPSY). She’s a clinical supervisor at Pace and New School Universities and faculty at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP).

Her interests and research are in the intergenerational 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. Armin Kelleter

Independent Contractor

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

Independent Contractor

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.

Shelley Stern, LCSW

Independent Contractor

Shelley Stern is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s in Social Work from Yeshiva University and completed her Psychoanalytic Post-Graduate Training at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy-NYC, where she is on the faculty of the Trauma Studies Center’s Integrated Trauma Training Program. Ms. Stern’s clinical experience has encompassed work with parent-child dyads, children and adolescents; couples and adults . She has supervised and consulted in a variety of settings.
Shelley is experienced in working through difficulties many people encounter in attempting to cope with trauma, loss, and the complications inherent to the mourning process. Her advanced trainings in Family Systems, EMDR, Feldenkrais therapy, PTSD, Anxiety, and Dissociative Disorders enable her to treat a wide range of problems and clinical issues.
Shelley’s approach invites open inquiry and exploration of feelings and experiences affecting personal wellbeing, social relationships, and navigating life’s complex challenges with respect and sensitivity for the multiplicity of how we know ourselves. Together, we explore emotional and physical space open enough and safe enough to nurture inquiry and growth.

Miriam Olenick, LMSW

Independent Contractor

Miriam Olenick is a Licensed Master Social Worker who completed her masters at New York University Silver School of Social Work. For the past few years Miriam has 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.