I.C.P. was the first New York City psychotherapy training institute to offer comprehensive training in the theory and treatment of psychological trauma. We are deeply committed to trauma training that is integrated with more traditional clinical modalities. Since 2004, our program has been successively refined so that what you learn and when you learn it can successfully integrate theory and clinical practice.

Our faculty are all seasoned practitioners who are skilled in one or more methods of trauma processing. Many have published articles on trauma and other subjects. All of us are in active clinical practice ourselves. As a team we offer you literally thousands of hours of treatment and supervisory experience. Above all, we care deeply that the process of your learning is both challenging and supportive.

Training Committee

Marilyn Ingber MS, LP, Chair
Mohammadee Bhaiyat, LMHC
Antonieta Contreras, LCSW
Lydia Denton, LCSW
Judith Friedman, PhD
Rosemary Masters, J.D., LCSW
Jessica Steyers, LCSW
Fran Vazquez, LMHC
Simona Yland, MD, MPH, LMFT
Yaelle Yoran, LMSW



Simona Yland MD. is a psychotherapist specializing in individual, couple and family therapy, maintaining a private practice with offices in Huntington, NY and Manhattan, NY. With over twenty years experience in healthcare, she is a graduate of Hofstra University specializing in marriage and family therapy, Yale University specializing in public health, and Iasi School of Medicine, with a degree in general medicine. She currently works with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are trauma specific psychotherapy includind EMDR, AEDP, family and couple therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and mindfulness based therapeutic interventions. Her research and clinical work has been presented at national and international conferences, on topics including genetics of depression and bipolar disorder, geriatric psychiatry, family therapy and DBT. She have numerous publications in peer reviewed medical psychiatric journals. https://www.therapyvoice.com/ 

Nancy Payne, PhD, LCSW; I am a clinician with 14 years of experience, following a career as an organizational psychologist. After completing my MSW in 2000 and obtaining my LCSW in 2004, I worked as a research social worker in a depression study at New York State Psychiatric Institute for seven years, during which I completed the Two-Year Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program at ICP. I began my doctoral studies in Social Work school at NYU in 2007. In 2013, I completed the ICP Trauma Studies Training Program as well. Presently I maintain a private trauma-focused private practice in the Columbus Circle area while continuing to pursue my doctorate. I am EMDR-trained, completed Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I, Sand Therapy Levels I-IV, Clinical Hypnosis Levels I & II, and plan to begin IFS next year, which I have been supervised. http://nancypaynetherapy.com/

Antonieta Contreras, LCSW –a former banker and consultant— is Gestalt-trained with a Masters in Social Work from NYU. She holds a specialization in Trauma Studies from ICP and on Human Sexuality from NYU School of Medicine. She is Board Certified Neurofeedback clinician, EMDR certified, and has training in several other trauma treatment modalities like IFS, AEDP, EFT, Imago, REBT, ACT, hypnosis, among others. She has worked for years at agencies in high-risk, low-income communities. She maintains a private practice in Chelsea where she treats adults and couples who present problems with trauma, attachment, relationships and sexuality. Adds to her practice the contemplative techniques that she acquired through her studies in India and the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. She is currently serving as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Our Home Base; and is ICP chair of the Curriculum Committee. www.NYCounselingServices.com

Lydia Denton, LCSW was educated in France and graduated from the Sorbonne, Paris, as a clinical psychologist. She is a graduate from the Ackerman Institute. She got her LCSW from NYU and did her analytic training at IPSS (The Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies of Subjectivity). She is EMDR certified and specializes in Energy Psychology. She is a supervisor at ICP and NIP (National Institute for Psychotherapies). She is in private practice in Manhattan. https://www.emdrtherapistnetwork.com/lydia.denton

Rose Latino is in private practice in Brooklyn, graduated from the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in 1996 and earned her PhD at the Smith College School of Social Work in 2011.

Lana Epstein, LCSW is an EMDRIA-approved consultant in EMDR, a senior trainer for the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, a former ASCH-approved consultant in Hypnosis, a Consultant and past supervisor at the Boston Trauma Center founded by Bessel van der Kolk and was a Member of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation Board for 6 years. Integrating a number of therapeutic models, Lana presents nationally and internationally and maintains private practices in Lexington, MA and NYC focusing on adult survivors of childhood trauma.

Karen Chasen, esq. is Vice President of Prepare, Inc. and the Board Chair for Emerging Strategies. She is a certified IMPACT Instructor, has completed a year-long certificate program at the International Trauma Studies Center at NYU (now at Columbia University), and is a certified Project Alert instructor and a certified LifeSkills instructor (adolescent substance abuse prevention). Ms. Chasen has edited two award-winning books on personal safety, is the co-author of the IMPACT Personal Safety Workbook, and has written numerous articles on safety and empowerment. She served on the Board of Directors for the Family Business Foundation where she developed and coordinated programs and conferences designed to build and preserve businesses and family relationships. https://prepareinc.com/back-up-is-all-it-took-karen-instructor/

Judith Kurzer, LCSW is an extensively trained psychotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, competent to help people with a broad range of issues in her practice. In addition, she is a teacher, supervisor, and consultant in Clinical Hypnosis for health and mental health professionals. She is also an Assistant at Somatic Experiencing trainings and offers SE Personal Sessions at the Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Judy utilizes cutting edge techniques which incorporate the contemporary understanding of the mind/body connection. She is the Co-Founder, Faculty, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Training in Clinical Hypnosis (CATCH) New York, NY where she Teaches Clinical Hypnosis courses approved by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) to health & mental health professionals, including social workers and psychologists. http://judithkurzerlcsw.com/home/

Gina Colelli, LCSW, has been a psychodynamically trained therapist for 30 years and an EMDR trained therapist for 20. She has presented at numerous conferences on EMDR and conducts a weekend workshop on “Integrating EMDR into a Long Term Psychodynamic Therapy”, and the “EMDR Refresher and Advanced Technique Workshop”. She has been the coordinator of the NYC Trauma Recovery Network since 9/11 and the Clinical Consultant on EMDR and Hurricane Katrina. She has a private practice in Manhattan where she is assisted by her therapy dog, Pilot. She spends her days off hiking, motorcycling and Salsa dancing.

Martha J. Klein, LCSW-R has been in private practice for 32 years specializing in the treatment of trauma, eating disorders, GLBT issues, and couples’ therapies. She is in private practice in Manhattan, and is a founder member of the Trauma Training Program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy where she is also a supervisor and faculty member. She completed her Psychoanalytic training at the Object Relations Institute of New York in 2009, and was trained in EMDR in 1998. She is available for individual or group clinical supervision, and can be reached at 917.684.9800.

Gregory D. Carson, L.C.S.W. is Chair of The National Institute for the Psychotherapies’ Integrative Trauma Program’s Clinical Affiliate Program as well as Co-Founder of their Trauma Group Therapy component. He is an EMDRIA Certified Consultant in EMDR, a graduate of the Somatic Experiencing Institute’s 3-year training program, graduate of the Center for Self Leadership’s 3-year training in Internal Family Systems, a graduate of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society’s 1-year training in Group Psychotherapy, has trained in IFS for Couples (IFIO) with Toni Herbine-Blank, as well as in Coherence Therapy and is in regular consultation with its creator, Bruce Ecker. He has served as faculty at The National Institute for the Psychotherapies, The Training Institute for Mental Health, and has a specific interest in teaching and promoting an integrated understanding of psychotherapeutic effectiveness. He maintains private practices in Manhattan and Montclair, NJ. https://therapynext.com/Profile/GregoryDCarson

Denise Clay, LCSW is a certified AEDP therapist in private practice in NYC. In addition to her AEDP roots, Denise has extensive training in Dan Siegel’s Interpersonal Neurobiology model, has competed ICP’s trauma training program and has trained in IFS and had many years of IFS supervision. She is a speaker and educator, and presents to a broad range of groups in NYC, and she recently created the Brooklyn Parenting Collective, a coaching service with a brain informed approach to helping struggling parents. http://www.deniseclay.com/contact.html

Hatti Figge, LCSW maintains a small private practice addressing trauma, anxiety, depression, bereavement, and life transitions. She is also on the clinical team at The Stephen and Alexandra Cohen Military Family Clinic at NYU Langone Medical Center. Ms. Figge has been a certified and practicing yoga instructor since 2003. She has trained and volunteered as a Zen chaplain through The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care in conjunction with The Visiting Nurse Services of New York. http://www.hattifigge.com/

Maryam Sajed is a trauma therapist who sees individuals and couples in Manhattan. She completed training in IFS (levels 1 and 2), EMDR (levels 1 and 2), as well as post-graduate training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s Trauma Studies Program. Before starting her own practice, she worked for several years for the Family Wellness Program, a program dedicated to working with all members of families impacted by intimate partner violence, as a therapist, supervisor and group coordinator. She currently consults at the Family Wellness Program as a clinical supervisor and also provides clinical consultation to social workers at the Harlem Village Academy charter schools. Maryam is also a part of the staff at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and the Center for Self Leadership. https://www.maryamsajedlcsw.com/

Margaret Hainer, LCSW is a psychotherapist for individuals, couples, and groups in private practice in Manhattan. She has specialized in working with survivors of childhood abuse for 20 years and has been a longtime member and presenter at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies and the International Society for the Study of Dissociation. Her clinical work has involved her with all types of trauma—from domestic violence to war—and with the effect of neglect and chronic environment. She received a certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Women’s Therapy Centre Institute in 1992 and, a supervisor to the Trauma program at ICP, is currently an instructor and supervisor at the Trauma Program of NIP. In 1996, she traveled with a post-traumatic stress delegation to South Africa, led by Bessel van der Kolk and later that year completed her EMDR training. She also trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and has led an incest survivor and trauma group for over 15 years. Her previous career was as a writer, editor, and researcher and social activist. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/margaret-l-hainer-new-york-ny/229130

Verena Salvi, LCSW, is a clinical social worker in the crime victim unit of NY Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University MC, where she provides crisis intervention and trauma-focused psychotherapy to survivors of sexual violence and intimate partner violence. In the past ten years, Ms. Salvi has worked exclusively with survivors of violent crimes, has served as a Rape Crisis Coordinator in the South Bronx and oversaw the Supervised Visitation Program in the Bronx Family Court. Ms. Salvi is an international consultant to Women’s Crisis Care International, the first and only Rape Crisis Center of its kind in the Middle East region, and a freelance consultant and trainer for the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault. Ms. Salvi incorporates different trauma treatment modalities in her work, with an emphasis on body-oriented and memory reconsolidation techniques; she is trained in EMDR, IFS and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University.

Gerard Ilaria, LCSW holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University. He has dedicated his career to the provision of mental health and health care to stigmatized and underserved populations. Gerard has practiced as a clinician as well as serving in administrative-leadership capacities. He currently serves as the Division Administrator for the Division of Public Health Programs in the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. He is the Director of Operations and a trauma clinician for Headstrong Project, a program that provides cost free, stigma free and bureaucracy free mental health care to returning Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans.

Jan Niemera is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been practicing psychotherapy since 2002 when he completed my graduate training at NYU. In addition to private practice, he have many years of experience working with culturally diverse adults, adolescents and children, couples and groups, in community psychotherapy clinics. He completed six years of post-graduate training in Object Relations psychoanalysis at the Object Relations Institute and also has extensive training in Gestalt psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral techniques. He has an undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in women’s studies, concentrating in race, class, sex and gender. I’m currently ICP faculty where he teaches in both the Trauma Study Division and PCGS. He is certified in the treatment of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse by New York University’s Institute Against Violence and has a violence prevention certificate from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. He is also trained in EMDR. http://www.janniemira.com/

Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT, is a nationally recognized sex therapist and NY Times best-selling author of numerous books, including She Comes First. He writes regularly about sexuality for CNN, and is also on the faculty at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Ian currently sits on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). https://www.iankerner.com/

Jules Perkél, LCSW (she/her pronouns) (MSW from Columbia University) has been practicing domestic violence counseling and trauma informed psychotherapy at Secret Garden, Barrier Free Living’s community-based domestic violence program since 2011. She specializes in working with survivors who have disabilities in addition to complex and acute traumas. With the collaborative nature of social work roles in the program, Jules worked in partnership with the Queens Family Justice Center, as part of the New York City Family Justice Center Initiative of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence in addition to other community based organizations. She transitioned into Program Director of Secret Garden, and still maintains a caseload of clients in addition to clinically supervising staff. Jules completed the two-year trauma studies program at the ICP in 2014 and has been trained and certified in the use of EMDR. She is studying at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies in the one-year program as well as endeavors to complete IFS Level 1.

Elizabeth Janssen, MA, NP, PMHCNS, BC is a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has extensive clinical experience in both emergency room and inpatient psychiatry and substance abuse detox. After graduate school she began her training in family systems theory and believes this sensibility uncovers attachment patterns that come alive in relational patterns throughout life. She added an intrapsychic lens to these patterns through psychoanalytic training and group training. Recognizing that such insights fall short of what is needed when working with traumatic memory she became interested in techniques to work with affect regulation and body memories such as somatic experiencing, EMDR, and hypnosis. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/psychiatrists/elizabeth-janssen-new-york-ny/65817

Rachel Mann, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with over fifteen years of experience working in the field of addiction treatment. Rachel is a couples and family therapist who specializes in working with individuals and family systems that have been impacted by addiction. Other areas of focus in Rachel’s practice include the treatment of grief, intergenerational trauma, anxiety and depressive disorders. Rachel also devotes a portion of her practice to the supervision of other clinicians. Rachel is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work and the FACTS program at ICP.


Supervisors are selected for their experience and interest in new modalities of trauma treatment. In addition to their trauma specialization, most have analytic or other advanced training.

Arkin, Linda LCSW
Bezark, Robin LCSW
Bryant, Valerie PhD
Bolden, Wanda LMHC
Contreras, Antonieta LCSW
Dando, Holly LCSW-R
Dixon, Andrea LCSW-R
Figge, Hatti LCSW
Friedman, Judith EdD
Gottleib, Paula MA, LMFT
Hainer, Margaret LCSW
Janssen, Elizabeth MA, NP,PMHCNS, BC
Kocieniewski, Linda LCSW
Kim, Lily LMHC
Landers, Zoe LCSW
Latino, Rose PhD
Mann, Rachel PhD, LCSW
Masters, Rosemary JD, LCSW
Payne, Nancy LCSW, PhD
Perkel, Jules LCSW
Ritter, Michael PhD
Sajed, Maryam LCSW
Salvi, Verena LMSW
Solday, Alidra LCSW
Tidwell, Patricia PhD, LCSW
Vazquez, Fran LMHC
Yland, Simona MD, MPH, LMFT
Young, Eva MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT