All HPS Professionals have expertise in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and other techniques for the treatment of Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks, Phobia, Marital Difficulties, Social Skills Training, Assertiveness Training, Eating Disorders, Parenting Skills, Anger Management, Learning Disabilities (including ADD-ADHD) and Self-Esteem Improvement. Our therapists treat children, adults and couples. For more information on the backgrounds of our professionals click on their names above, or see below.
Executive Director of HPS, Psychologist
Education: PhD in Clinical and School Psychology – Hofstra University, MA with Distinction in Clinical and School Psychology – Hofstra University, BA in Psychology – SUNY Stonybrook, AA in Liberal Arts – Nassau Community College
Ages Treated: 12 to Adult
Fred L. Holtz, PhD is Executive Director of Holtz Psychological Services. He received his Doctorate from Hofstra University and did his undergraduate work at SUNY Stony Brook and Nassau Community College. His Master's degree, also from Hofstra, was granted "With Distinction" for outstanding academic, research, and clinical accomplishment. He was given numerous awards of recognition for clinical excellence. Dr. Holtz is the author of Ten Ways To Reduce Stress and Anxiety TODAY, a practical booklet on identifying and reducing anxiety. His articles and workshops on coping with stress, and on improving communication in relationships have been featured on Long Island NEWS 12 and in NEWSDAY.
Dr. Holtz has extensive experience in individual and marital therapy, learning disabilities and psychological evaluation. Dr. Holtz has been in private practice for over twenty-two years, and has been a guest lecturer and workshop leader for businesses and civic organizations. The Therapy-Now website was established over sixteen years ago and was one of the first sites of its kind. The website remains on the cutting edge of quality. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Holtz is adjunct Professor of Psychology at Suffolk County Community College. Dr. Fred has an obvious passion for providing the very best Psychological services to Long Island residents. He will do whatever it takes to make the therapeutic experience the most comfortable, pragmatic and effective available. He is dedicated to having both clients and colleagues reach their ultimate potential.
"I was always good at listening to people. Way back in high school my friends would call me for advice with personal decisions and relationship issues. I took an interest in Psychology at Nassau Community College where I started to do well in psychology courses. I received excellent feedback from my professors at NCC. I became a Psychology major because I was always fascinated with helping people. My Father always had a calm wisdom in giving advice and dealing with family issues, and my Mother is a boisterous, engaging woman truly enthralled with getting to know other people. I like to think that I am a combination of the two.
In graduate school I worked with individuals with physical and emotional disabilities, Asperger's and mental retardation. I took special interest in anxiety disorders, relationship issues and Attention Deficit Disorder. I excel in helping individuals who are going through life changing situations cope more effectively and achieve their life goals. By the end of therapy clients will better reach their own potential so that they can succeed in challenging daily situations and navigate through future problems. I want them to improve their lives and be more satisfied, relaxed, and comfortable with themselves. I approach each client in a relaxed, informal, pragmatic manner. I attempt to understand each person, their unique set of circumstances, and their individual goals and aspirations. clients leave the very first session with something to think about so the therapy starts immediately. I have always been interested in creative activities: photography, music production, media, books, and reading. I encourage my clients to develop and pursue hobbies and pastimes as well."
Other Interests: Photography, Music Recording, Graphic Design, Movies, Books
Coordinator of Assessment Services, Psychologist
Education: PhD in Clinical Psychology from St. John's University
Ages Treated: 11 to Adult
Dr. Miello has been working with clients for 15 years providing psychotherapy and psychological assessments and has been a New York State licensed psychologist since 2007. In his graduate work he specialized in treating adults, couples and families. His doctoral research focused on individuals with ADHD adapting to the challenges of college. He has most recently worked for the Department of Veterans affairs where he provided individual and group psychotherapy to Veterans in acute crisis, as well as those struggling with anxiety, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has worked in an emergency room setting, community outpatient clinic setting, adult living facilities, and a Neuropsychology practice.
Dr. Miello has expertise in treating panic disorder, depression, ADHD, adjustment disorders, and relationship difficulties. He also has experience in working to foster social skills, assertiveness, motivation for change, mindfulness skills and self-care skills. He is warm, empathic and approaches life with a gentle sense of humor.
"I have had the privilege to work with many diverse individuals including children in the process of learning strategies to enhance concentration, adolescents struggling to find their identity, adults coping with major life changes, and soldiers readjusting to civilian life after the trials of war. Though the details are always unique, we all are looking to make the most of our human potential, and to find a way to find all the enjoyment we can."
"Each person's journey is unique. Through therapy, I will pay careful attention to your goals and offer you the tools that will help you overcome the obstacles you find in your way. Much of my technique originates in the cognitive-behavioral (CBT) approach and a newer form of CBT called ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.) I find these techniques very useful because often the way we respond to our thoughts and emotions determines the quality of our inner life. I see the goal of psychotherapy as finding a way to balance the different priorities and relationships that define us. At the end of therapy I believe we are far more in touch with our unique set of personal values and are able to live in accordance with them. What results is an authentic life and a clear path for how we can live in the world as it really is."
Other Interests: Creativity, reading, visiting historical places, hiking
Education: PsyD – Saint John's University, MS in Psychology – Saint John's University, BA in Psychology – St. John's University
Ages Treated: 6 to Adult
Dr. Tracy Gangi has more than 15 years of professional experience helping children, teens, adults and couples to reach their maximum potential. She is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and has practiced Psychology at United States military bases in Germany, been a School Psychologist in Scottsdale, Arizona and has worked in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. She is a skilled diagnostician, psychotherapist and consultant as well as a pivotal team leader on Special Education Committees. Dr. Gangi is a highly engaging and effective professional with adults and an impassioned advocate for children with special needs. She has excelled at HPS and is a valued professional resource. Tracy's enthusiasm and pragmatic approach helps clients remain focused on important goals and achievements.
"I enjoy people tremendously. I am fascinated by people and the nuances and quirks that every person has. I was a school psychologist for 16 years and worked with the military in Germany and Scottsdale, AZ. I worked with children, parents and families. I have been successful in helping clients let go of guilt, overcome obstacles and anything holding them back from their full potential. I can help with anxiety, depression and anger. I perform psychological and educational evaluations for all ages. At our first meeting I make sure we work together in making goals to accomplish by the end of therapy. My approach is warm, engaging, direct, supportive, encouraging, enthusiastic, and accepting. Mostly my orientation is cognitive behavioral therapy and commitment and mindfulness therapies."
Other Interests: Eastern Long Island, Pets
Education: PhD in Clinical Psychology - Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies Adelphi University. Bachelor of Science, Psychology - Union College, Schenectedy
Ages Treated: 6 to Adult
Dr. Karen Jason has extensive experience in individual and group therapy, psychological assessment and working with children, teens, adults and families. For more than fourteen years she has been providing crisis intervention, parental and family support, individual and group counseling within an elementary school setting as well as supervising the assessment of school-age children. Dr. Karen's comfortable style works well with children and teens. She has special interest in helping people cope with eating disorders and improving communication in relationships. Dr. Karen's engaging and empathetic style, integrating both dynamic and Cognitive-Behavioral techniques, makes the therapeutic process very comfortable and rewarding. Her positive approach is inspiring to others.
"I have always liked figuring out tough problems. Working at an Eating Disorders clinic was very rewarding. What began as a volunteer position after college developed into an administrative position. I enjoy helping people find their own internal resources, as well as invent and utilize new coping skills. By the conclusion of therapy I want clients to find their strengths and use them effectively. My approach is empathetic."
Other Interests: Theater and performing arts
Education: PsyD in School-Community Psychology – Hofstra University, NY, MS in Psychology (with Distinction) – Hofstra University, NY, BA in Psychology – Rutgers University, NJ
Ages Treated: 5 to Adult
Dr. Monique Griffith is a Licensed Psychologist who has training in adult inpatient and outpatient community mental health settings. She helps children with learning disabilities, behavioral challenges and autism spectrum disorders cope effectively with academic, emotional and social difficulties. As a certified School Psychologist in New York and New Jersey, Dr. Monique is skilled at developing behavioral interventions, and conducting psycho-educational evaluations for children, adolescents and adults. She also has experience providing mental health support to adjudicated juveniles and adolescents residing within residential settings. Dr. Monique is a dedicated Psychologist with a confident and engaging demeanor.
Dr. Monique adopts a cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approach when working with individuals, groups and families. She has a special interest in working collaboratively with clients to help them recognize their potential. Dr. Griffith specializes in the treatment of behavioral issues, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorders.
Other Interests: Visual and Performing Arts
Education: PsyD in Clinical Psychology - Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Master of Arts in General Psychology - Adelphi University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Long Island University, CW Post
Ages Treated: 6 to Adult
Dr. Marisa Hammock is a licensed psychologist specializing in individual, group and couple's therapy. She treats children and adults. Dr. Marisa's special interests include mood disorders (treating anxiety and depression), coping strategies and self care, relationship issues, healthy living/wellness, and stress management.
Dr. Marisa has an extensive background and has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient mental health clinics, inpatient psychiatric units and a county correctional facility. Dr. Marisa adheres to an integrative approach of therapy including cognitive behavioral therapy and a psychoanalytic therapy.
Dr. Marisa has known since 7th grade that she wanted to become a psychologist. She has always been the person her friends have sought comfort and guidance since childhood which inevitably shaped her interest and devotion to the field. Today she is dedicated and committed to helping people reach their goals in therapy.
Other Interests: Nutrition, Exercise, Tennis, Animals/Pets, Faith Based Counseling.
Education: PsyD in School and Clinical Psychology – Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Dual Masters in Special Education and Elementary Education K-6 – NYU Bachelor of Arts, Psychology – Hofstra University, Currently in certification program for Neuropsychology
Ages Treated: 3 to 17, Parents, Geriatrics
Dr. Jodi has had extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. She has expertise in individual and group therapy, comprehensive psychological assessment, social skills counseling, bereavement counseling, parental and family support, as well as in providing individual and group counseling within multiple school level settings. She has also supervised assessments of school-age children.
Dr. Jodi's subtle, supportive style is effective in reaching and treating children and adolescents, as well as helping families communicate more effectively. Dr. Jodi's engaging and empathetic approach integrates both dynamic and Cognitive-Behavioral techniques. She allows a relaxing environment to navigate therapy, resulting in a comfortable and rewarding process. Her sincerity and genuine concern for people is beyond a mere theoretical approach, it is an inspirational synthesis of empathy and hope.
"I bring to my practice my sensitivity not only as a professional but as a mother who understands the challenges which may confront any family. I understand, in a microscopic way how others may feel in a larger, more exponential way. I am sincerely driven to help provide the tools children, adolescents and their parents need to help them have effective and more fulfilling lives."
Other Interests: Cooking, reading, exploring museums and zoos, and hiking.
Senior Business Manager
Education: BA in Psychology, Dowling College (Future Physician Assistant)
Sandy Del Carpio will match you with one of our expert, Licensed Psychologists who will be able to address your difficulties immediately. She will set up and change appointments, obtain initial intake information, verify insurance claims, provide reminder calls and set up appointments.
Sandy is currently in the Medical Studies program at SUNY Farmingdale where she will become an amazing Physician Assistant in the near future. She has an endearing and empathetic personality and has significant insight into medical and Psychological difficulties.
Sandy can be reached at the main office phone number: (631) 427-6669
Assistant Office Manager
Education: Currently working on a B.A. in Applied Psychology at Farmingdale State College, working toward a PhD degree in Neuropsychology
Kaitlyn Catoggio will assist with making appointments and acquire preliminary intake information, as well as describe all of the services available from our expert staff. Kaitlyn is a caring, bright and organized aspiring professional.
Kaitlyn can be reached at the main office phone number: (631) 427-6669