At Downtown Psychological Services, we have designed a simple process for connecting you to the right therapist. After you contact us by phone or email, we will schedule you for a free, 15-minute phone consultation to find out what brings you to therapy and to answer any questions you have about our practice.
Following that discussion, we will assign you the therapist who best fits your needs and preferences. We believe, first and foremost, that comfort with your therapist is of the utmost importance to a successful therapeutic relationship. In rare instances, you may feel the dynamic is not working for you after a few meetings. If this arises, we will help you find another therapist in our practice or elsewhere. Our main goal is to ensure the relationship is right for you so that you can connect with and open up to your therapist so you get the most out of the process.
Michael C. Klein, PhD
Dr. Michael C. Klein is Founder/Executive Director and Senior Psychologist at Downtown Psychological Services. Dr. Klein holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus. After completing his degree in 2006, he was a post-doctoral fellow, then staff psychologist at NYU’s Counseling and Behavioral Health Center. During this time, he was founding faculty and co-director of a national project aimed at improving depression care on college campuses (www.ncdp.nyu.edu).
Dr. Klein's career has continued to focus on working with young adults, many of whom are undergraduate and graduate students. He has treated hundreds of students and other adults utilizing short-term and long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy approaches. He currently treats adults and couples with a variety of concerns ranging from depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and ADHD to writer’s block, academic difficulties, and relationship problems.
He continues to expand his skills in post-doctoral study at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Barnard College in the Department of Psychology.
Lauren Ginsberg, LCSW
Lauren Ginsberg, LCSW is the Clinical Director and Senior Therapist at Downtown Psychological Services. Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Psychoanalyst in private practice for over 12 years. A graduate of New York University School of Social Work, Lauren has worked in a variety of clinical settings since 1996, most recently as a clinician at NYU’s Counseling and Behavioral Health Center.
Lauren’s practice continues to focus on working with young adults addressing issues with relationships, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and trauma. She works with both individuals and couples utilizing a variety of approaches in both short-term and long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. Lauren brings a depth of understanding through her psychodynamic/psychoanalytic training while including a breadth of skills including mindfulness-based modalities and hypnotherapy.
Melissa Tihinen, LCSW
Melissa Tihinen, LCSW is the Director of Operations and Senior Therapist at Downtown Psychological Services. She holds a Master of Social Work from New York University and a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Gender Studies from The George Washington University. Melissa continued her post-graduate work in psychoanalysis at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, where she served on various committees including the Committee on Psychoanalytic Addictions Treatment.
Melissa has extensive experience working with adults on various types of concerns including depression, anxiety, sexual assault/abuse, relationship difficulties, trauma, LGBTQ+ concerns, and substance use. When working with individuals, Melissa draws on a variety of approaches including relational intersubjective psychoanalysis, mindfulness-based therapies, dialectical behavioral therapy among others. She has also built a rigorous couples therapy practice and has completed advanced training Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples.
In addition to her career as a therapist, Melissa has worked in student affairs at several universities and enjoys working with undergraduate and graduate students. She has also worked as an advocate for survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence for over 15 years in a variety of capacities.
Alex Buckner, PsyD
Dr. Alex S. Buckner is a Staff Therapist at Downtown Psychological Services. He recently completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. He has worked in a variety of settings, such as community mental health clinics, private and state inpatient hospitals, and NYU’s Counseling and Wellness Services.
Dr. Buckner enjoys working with young adults, especially with issues related to identity, relationships, sexuality, and gender. He has been trained in a number of therapeutic orientations and generally approaches his work with patients using a psychodynamic perspective. He also integrates methods from dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy depending on the unique needs of his patients. He has experience working with patients with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, and personality issues, among others.
More than anything, Alex believes in being a genuine, empathetic therapist who offers honest, gentle, and supportive feedback to his patients. He strives to help his patients achieve insight into themselves, others, and the world, while at the same time helping them to develop skills to solve the problems that are affecting their lives.
Alexandra Robbins, LMSW
Alexandra Robbins, LMSW joined Downtown Psychological Services P.C. as Staff Therapist in 2015. She holds a Masters of Social Work from New York University and a B.S.ed from The University of Miami where she studied psychology and education.
Alexandra has experience providing psychotherapy to various populations of adults, including people with severe mental illnesses, substance abuse issues, people of the LGBT community, and both undergraduate and graduate students with a variety of presenting concerns. Alexandra tailors her approach to meet the unique needs of the specific person she works with, drawing on a strengths-based perspective and utilizing a psychodynamic framework to inform the therapeutic process.
She continues to expand her skills by attending post-graduate seminars at various psychoanalytic institutes.
Michelle Goggin, PhD
Michelle Goggin, Ph.D. is a consulting therapist at Downtown Psychological Services. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus and a B.A. in psychology from Barnard College. After completing her degree, she worked as a staff psychologist on an acute inpatient unit and currently serves as a supervising psychologist for early-career clinicians as part of a new citywide initiative to expand access to mental health treatment. Dr. Goggin’s clinical experience includes treating adults with anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties as well as suicidality and self-harm. She has a particular interest and expertise in working with adults experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder and psychosis. Dr. Goggin works with individuals in a psychodynamically-informed manner on both a short-term and long-term basis.
Maureen Sheridan, LMSW
Bio coming soon.