WHO WE ARE
Dr. Satinover is board-certified in adult and geriatric psychiatry, with a year of child psychiatry fellowship, all at Yale University. He has been in psychiatric practice since 1986 and is a diplomate Jungian psychoanalyst (Zurich).
Double board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Mathias is known by patients and colleagues for her deep expertise, kindness and care. She meets each patient where they are and works tirelessly to take them where they want to go.
Dr. Mathias’s diverse background allows her expertise in treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, mood disorders, panic disorders, and eating disorders.
Dr. Mathias has been in private practice in Connecticut since 2013 and an integral part of Sterling Institute since its onset. Prior to moving to Connecticut, she had a thriving private practice in Manhattan and was a clinical instructor of psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center. She was also an attending emergency room psychiatrist at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Mathias was an outpatient psychiatrist at both the Montefiore Family Health Center and Montefiore Child Advocacy Center as well.
Dr. Mathias completed her residency and fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC and it was there that she won the AACAP Outstanding Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Resident Award. She received her MD from the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel and graduated college with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Passionate about teaching the next generation of doctors, Dr. Mathias was a lecturer of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center and at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She’s also published in Psychiatric Pearls on Anorexia Nervosa.
Dr. Mathias’s extensive experience allows her to give patients the highest level of care. She recognizes that each person who comes through her door is an individual with unique needs and goals. Her aim is to best serve each and every patient.
Dr. Sadana joined the Sterling Institute in 2017 following completion of residency in psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. Dr. Sadana, an eternal student of human behavior, attended New York University as an undergraduate. There, she studied anthropology, with a particular interest in cultural anthropology and behavioral ecology. Dr. Sadana worked as an intern at the American Museum of Natural History before deciding to change career paths and study medicine. Dr. Sadana graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York University and went on to complete her post-bacclaureate studies at Rutgers University, Newark. During this time, she worked in biological cancer research at the Garden State Cancer Center. While attending New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Sadana discovered that her flexibility of thinking, calm interpersonal style, and interest in human behavior was a perfect fit for the specialty of psychiatry.
Dr. Sadana served as Chief Resident at the Long-Term Inpatient Unit at Bronx Psychiatric Center, where she had the privilege of working with severely mentally ill patients on a process-focused unit. Throughout residency, Dr. Sadana cultivated a strong knowledge base in psychopharmacology and multiple psychotherapeutic modalities, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, transference-focused psychotherapy, and cognitive based psychotherapies. More recently, she has explored interests in Acceptance-Commitment Therapy and mindfulness practices.
Dr. Sadana has treated patients with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, attention deficit disorders, mood disorders including bipolar illnesses and psychotic disorders. She particularly enjoys building a therapeutic alliance, forming long-term relationships with patients, and utilizing the combination of medication and psychotherapy, when appropriate, to foster healing.
Dr. Sadana is licensed to practice medicine in CT and NY.
Theresa (Terry) Pizzo, M.S., L.P.C., is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Connecticut. Terry graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from Western Connecticut State University.
Terry’s theoretical orientation incorporates Neurocounseling, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (CBT) treatment modalities to help clients improve their emotional, behavioral and physiological self-regulation, and achieve wellness and optimal performance.
She enjoys working with adults, adolescents, couples, and families. Her specializations and interests include: Treatment for Depression and Mood Disorders, Anxiety and Panic Disorder, Grief and Loss Counseling, Substance Abuse: Addiction and Recovery, Coping with Divorce, Life Transitions, Stress Management, Anger Management, ADHD, Women’s Roles and Issues, LBGTQ Issues Across the Life Span, Parenting Skills, and Life Coaching.
Before joining Sterling Institute, Terry was in private practice for 13+ years in Danbury, CT and Greenwich, CT. At Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT, she provided supervision for Mental Health Professionals, as well as facilitated therapeutic and psychoeducational groups. She held the position of Director at the Danbury Regional Commission on Child Care, Rights, and Abuse in Danbury CT, where she trained and supervised individuals and graduate students to counsel and mentor parents at-risk of child abuse. She also developed programs and statewide initiatives for the growing population of grandparents raising grandchildren, and programs for adoptive and foster families. At a New York State prison, she developed parenting programs for incarcerated mothers and facilitated domestic violence and stress management groups.
Nancy Notaro graduated from Adelphi University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and continued on to complete her Master’s degree in Social Work, also from Adelphi University.
She is a licensed clinical social worker with over twenty years of experience in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and family service agencies. She works with individuals, couples, groups, and families, specializing in a client-centered problem solving approach to uncover and discover more adaptive skills to enhance overall quality of life and interpersonal relationships. Nancy has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations.
Nancy specializes in the treatment of ADD/ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders, as well as grief and trauma, and relaxation techniques. More recently Nancy has continued her education to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the treatment of personality disorders and is training to become a certified hypnotherapist.
Judy Spindel-Brown is an experienced, licensed clinical social worker who listens. She listens to how each patient feels about herself/himself because self-esteem is the foundation of so many out-patient therapy issues. She listens to how each patient functions in life. Do they like to talk or listen? Do they like to journal? Do they like relaxation and visualizations? She believes that one size does not fit all.
Judy brings vast experience to her practice. She has worked with patients as young as 5 and all the way up to 87. She works with individuals, couples, families and groups. She works with patients with issues of coping in their lives in whatever way they manifest.
Judy holds an MSW from Adelphi University, a BA from Goucher College and a Post-Graduate Certficate from The DiMele Center. She has presented many workshops and even had her own radio show dealing with eating disorders. She has had articles published in various magazines, including a monthly column.
Laurel (Laurie) Bonney is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with over 17 years of clinical experience in a variety of treatment settings. Laurie is currently licensed to practice clinical social work in FL, NY and CT. She joined Sterling Institute in December of 2017 after relocating to the area with her family.
Laurie enjoys working with children, adolescents, young adults, individuals and families. Her therapeutic approach always begins with recognizing and honoring the strengths of her clients. She strives to establish an emotionally safe and secure therapeutic relationship with each client. She believes the quality of this relationship is invaluable to a client’s growth toward achieving personal goals and optimal functioning. Laurie utilizes an integrative therapeutic approach that is tailored to the needs of each client. She relies on her training and expertise with evidence-based modalities that include dialectical and cognitive behavioral therapies, along with attachment-informed and family systems interventions.
Laurie has extensive experience as a therapist and educator in the areas of adoption, therapeutic foster care, family preservation, and adolescent and family mental health. Laurie’s prior clinical experience also includes training and consultation with the Mary D Ainsworth Child-Parent Attachment Clinic in VA. In this context, she provided therapy for foster and adoptive families utilizing an attachment-informed, evidenced-based intervention called the Circle of Security. Over the past 6 years, Laurie has worked as a therapist in outpatient behavioral health care in NY and FL. Additional interests and specializations include: trauma resolution, anxiety, depression, affect regulation, mood disorders, grief and loss, effective communication, coping with life transitions and stress management.
Laurie holds an M.S.W. from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work and a B.A. from Northwestern University.
Mr. Philip Wiener, LCSW, is a psychodynamically trained psychotherapist who received his MSW from Columbia University. He has been a psychotherapist for forty-one (41) years and works with adults, couples, and families. He has advanced training in the treatment of anxiety disorders, the treatment of trauma, grief counseling, treatment of depression, couples therapy, family therapy, short term treatment, and crisis intervention. Philip has extensive experience in running workshops on a wide number of issues including on parenting, single parenting, the blended family, and the treatment of holocaust survivors.
Early in his career, Philip ran a Crisis Intervention Center in Bronx, New York. Subsequently he moved with his family to Connecticut, where he served as Executive Director of two different State Licensed Outpatient Psychiatric Agencies for twenty five (25) years. These experiences offered him the opportunity to supervise and train many other psychotherapists while managing the growth of these multi-service agencies. One result of the preceding is that Philip brings a particular skill set to the challenges faced by employees, managers, and executives in the business world.
Philip is deeply committed to his clients and truly values the strength and courage that it takes for people to reach out for help. His engaging, supportive, skillful, and productive approach to each individual encourages hope and progress in the face of crisis.
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