Our Expert Team in Hackensack, New Jersey
Our Medical Providers:
Our Medical Providers:
Lucille Green, MSN, RN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ms. Lucille Green has an extensive and diverse nursing experience encompassing various health care delivery settings. She has gained comprehensive training and experience as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Mental Health environments, with responsibilities in prescribing medications and treatments, under joint protocol for psychiatric populations under a practice agreement with a collaborating physician.
Ms. Green has excellent assessment, diagnostic, and treatment planning abilities as well as strong clinical, patient, patient, and professional relations and problem solving skills. Ms. Green is experienced in Brief therapy for individuals, families, crisis intervention and support therapies/group therapy: she leads the Domestic Violence Group.
Ms. Green' has received her professional education at the following institutions: BSN - Herbert Lehman College;
MSN - Columbia University (Nurse Clinical Specialist); Post Graduate study - Rutgers University (Pharmacology);
Post Graduate study - Family Therapy Institute (Family Therapy). She is a a Board Certified Christian Counselor Diplomat (United Association Of Christian Chaplains and Counselors International).
At the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry Ms. Green treats adults and geriatric population performing Psychiatric Evaluation and Psychiatric Medication Management.
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Azra Mansoor, MD
General and Addiction Psychiatrist
Dr. Mansoor treats adults performing psychiatric evaluations, psychiatric medication management and Substance Abuse treatment. Dr. Mansoor is certified to prescribe drugs for addiction treatment.
Marina Nesterenko, MD
Dr. Marina Nesterenko finished Medical school in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1997 and worked as a child psychiatrist in Ukraine. After relocation to USA, she completed a Psychiatry Residency program in SUNY Upstate, followed by Child Fellowship in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Nesterenko is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Area of Interest: autism, aggression, developmental delay, ADHD, depression, and PTSD. Dr. Nesterenko has experience working with veterans.
At the Sarasota Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry Dr. Nesterenko provides treatment as a psychiatrist for children and adult population. She is the medical supervisor of the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program at CRP.
Gina Pitocchelli, ARNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Gina brings empathy, compassion, an easygoing communication style, and a sweet sense of humor, making it easy for her to talk to patients and family members.
A typical day for Gina includes assessing and diagnosing patients on mental health issues such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, or those who struggle with substance abuse or the heartbreak of dementia. She specializes in sleep evaluation, insomnia, nightmares, sleep cycle and sleep anxiety. Although Gina is able to prescribe medication as a viable option, she has been very successful with the holistic approach of listening and educating the patient before resorting to medication, and many times it is a combination of all three. Gina is a firm believer that the patient really understands why they are taking medication, and discusses with them how they feel about the treatment plan.
Vera Solovieva, MD
Dr. Solovieva received her medical degree in Irkutsk, Russia in 1966 from the Irkutsk State Medical University. Prior to emigrating to the United States she worked as a psychiatrist for 19 years. Upon coming to the US in 1994, she completed the Psychiatric Residency Program at the University of Utah, is Salt Lake City and the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. She continued her training in Addiction Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in Bronx, NY.
At the Hackensack office, Dr. Solovieva treats adults and the geriatric population performing psychiatric evaluations and psychiatric medication management.
Marina Tourkova, MD
Medical Director, Geriatric Psychiatrist
Dr. Marina Tourkova received her medical degree in Ukraine where she worked as a psychiatrist for 12 years. Upon coming to the US, she completed the Psychiatric Residency Program at Westchester Medical Center/Behavioral Health Center, Valhalla, NY. While in training, she was certified in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy by Psychoanalytic Institute of New York Medical College.
Dr. Tourkova received additional training as a Geriatric Psychiatrist through a Fellowship Program at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York. In 2003, Dr. Tourkova founded the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry, and has since been leading and managing it as a Medical Director. The Center provides a full spectrum of outpatient psychiatric and psychotherapeutic services for children, adults and elderly in the Bergen County area. Since 2003, the Center has been able to help more than 12,000 patients. In 2012, Dr. Tourkova opened a second branch in Sarasota, FL area. Dr. Tourkova is well-known and respected by the community and has been chosen by her patients for the Patient’s Choice Physician Award 5 years in a row.
At the Hackensack office, Dr. Tourkova serves as the Medical Director, treats adults and geriatric population performing Psychiatric Evaluation and Psychiatric Medication Management, as well as provides clinical consult to the Center's providers.
Our Specialists and Psychotherapists:
Mike Bellamy, LCSW, LCADC
Mike Bellamy is skilled and empathetic psychotherapist, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker(LCSW) and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor(LCADC), with a wide range of experience both in private practice and in 12 plus years as a therapist in the psychiatric out patient unit of the largest hospital in New Jersey. During his tenure with the hospital Mike treated almost all identifiable major diagnosis in age groups from 13 to 90. Mike has specialized training in addictions, gerontology and trauma.
Mike believes that his clients have been his best professors in developing his compassionate strength based approach toward therapy and that all of his clients have the ability to heal themselves. But, he also sees that everyone needs help sometimes and that his job is to guide clients toward their personal goals, elicit their innate abilities and instill in them his steadfast belief in their possibility until that belief becomes their own.
Before becoming a therapist Mike had a successful career in the corporate sector; but, he says that on 99 days out of a 100 he prefers the rewards of being a therapist.
Yulia Braginsky, LCSW
Ms. Yulia Braginsky is a knowledgeable and caring clinician with over 10 years of experience in different treatment settings. She worked as a Clinical Supervisor at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program at the Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx and ran Partial Hospital at the Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, NJ. Ms. Braginsky has experience in research and teaching. She supervised a number of graduate students, internships, and as an Adjunct Professor, taught the course Diagnosis and Assessment in Clinical Social Work at Kean University, Union, NJ.
In her work with clients, Yulia believes that every person has inherent strengths and strives to grow and develop. The goal of therapy to alleviate personal suffering and encourage change is best achieved in a safe atmosphere of unconditional positive regard where a person feels respected and understood. Ms. Braginsky's practice is based on promoting a genuine relationship of partnership between the client and therapist that helps individuals feel empowered and regain control over their lives.
Yulia's areas of expertise include depression, bipolar illness, anxiety disorders and different forms of addiction. She is committed to helping women and their families to face mental health issues in pregnancy and postpartum period (Postpartum Depression).
In addition to treating individuals, couples, and conducting psychotherapy groups (e.g., Young Women support group), Ms. Braginsky serves as a Clinical Director for the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) of the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry, Hackensack, NJ.
Yekaterina (Katya) Chizhova, MSW, LCSW
Mrs. Katya Chizhova is a New Jersey and New York State licensed psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience, specializing in adults and children.
Born and raised in Russia and educated in the United States, Mrs. Chizhova has a strong understanding of cultural diversity, immigration issues, and hard challenges of integrating into a new society. She has worked in a variety of settings dealing with child, adult and family issues, crisis intervention, loss and bereavement and geriatric help. Mrs. Chizhova has counseled people afflicted with temporary or permanent physical, neurological and mental disabilities, helping them through all phases from the coming to terms with their problem to making necessary and often difficult adjustments to the genuine acceptance of a new lifestyle.
Mrs. Chizhova is an active member of ASPEN, a non-profit organization that provides education, support and advocacy for high-functioning autistic people. She is professionally and personally involved in helping families raise children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum disorders. Herself a mother of such a child, Mrs. Chizhova can relate to the emotional, educational and social challenges of these children and their parents.
As a clinician, Mrs. Chizhova seeks to help parents understand the unique needs of the 'spectrum' children and develop the therapy and support framework essential for healthy bonding with such children and helping them realize their full potential. Dr. Chizhova has recently organized a new support group - Survival Strategies for Parenting Children with Mental and Developmental Disorders (ADHD, Bipolar, Autistic Spectrum, Obsessive Compulsive, Generalized Anxiety Disorders). Mrs. Chizhova strongly believes that people struggling with manifold stresses of modern life need to learn to pause and reflect, getting in touch with themselves and their life. For many, the first step is to call for an appointment with a therapist.
Satya Indukuri, LPC
Ms. Satya Indukuri is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with over 15 years of experience in the field on mental health.
Ms. Indukuri has working knowledge of different settings such as Hospitals, Out Patient Clinics, State Agencies. She has been providing her expertise at our facility as a Psychotherapist to adult population. She works with diverse Cultures and has an Eclectic approach with emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral techniques.
Ms. Indukuri specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) providing Individual and Group Psychotherapy for a spectrum of mental health issues at the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry in Hackensack, NJ.
Anna Kaplan, LCSW
Ms. Anna Kaplan is a licensed psychotherapist, for whom psychotherapy is not just her profession, but it’s her life’s calling. Ms. Kaplan started counseling people more than 30 years ago after receiving a masters degree in psychology from Moscow University. Ms. Kaplan's career in the US began soon after her arrival to the U.S. as a Russian refugee, when she began working with various groups of immigrants while receiving her Masters degree from Hunter College School of Social Work. During these studies, she received classical training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, which expanded her already wide repertoire of techniques, including CBT, interpersonal neurobiology, brain spotting, Ericsonian hypnosis and Internal Family Systems therapy.
Ms. Kaplan does not believe in a “one size fits all” approach to counseling. Psychotherapy is a collaborative process in which the therapist has the necessary training and skill to help each client gain access to the resources that person already possesses. Her approach tends to emphasize health over illness, and client strengths over weakness. Ms. Kaplan strongly believes in mindfulness, working with the mind-body connection, and the healing power of laughter.
Ms. Kaplan has a great deal of experience working with trauma (PTSD), depression, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, anxiety, and gender identity issues. She enjoys working with adolescents and has a strong interest in parenting issues. Couples therapy is her passion as well as her forte. She is endlessly interested in human nature, and promises to never stop studying it, while her love of travel exposes me to different cultures, as does her love of literature and the arts.
Ms. Anna Kaplan is currently accepting new patients.
Mariya Martynenko, LPC
Ms. Mariya Martynenko is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of New Jersey. She holds a B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from Kharkov State University in Kharkov, Ukraine and also six years of post graduate education and practice at Modern Psychoanalyses.
During her pre-doctoral internship and clinical practice, Ms. Martynenko provided individual psychotherapy and crisis intervention to adults, adolescents, and elderly adults with a wide array of psychological concerns, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, phobias, and fears. She also facilitated group psychotherapy as well as worked with couples and families. Additionally, Ms. Martynenko facilitated geriatric groups for male and female participants of 70-92 years old. Finally, she provided individual psychotherapy, psychological support, and crisis intervention for immigrant families at Beth Israel Hospital and Jewish Family Service.
Ms. Martynenko is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy with adults, adolescents, elderly adults, couples, families, and groups. Her specialty training and areas of expertise include multicultural counseling, geriatric psychology, trauma, parenting, and self development.
Ms. Martynenko provides Individual, Couples and Group psychotherapies. To sign up for one of the Support Groups and/or schedule appointment with Ms. Martynenko please call 201-488-5161.
George McDermott, PhD
George McDermott (or Dr. Mac), is a clinical psychologist with over 45 years of experience in the field. For almost 20 years, Dr. Mac has served as a psychologist on the Board of Education of the State of NJ. In parallel to this position, he also worked as a psychologist at various hospitals. Dr. Mac moved on from this long tenure on to a new role as a Director of Psychology at the Department at the Department of Defense, while also maintaining his private practice. More recently, Dr. Mac had joined the team at Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry, where he sees adult patients for psychotherapy. Dr. Mac obtained his Doctorate Degrees from United States International University, and his Masters Degree in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University.
Brett Sondag, LMHC
Brett Sondag, LMHC, received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (Counseling Practice) from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL in 2017, and has received his LMHC license in early 2021. He has worked with substance abuse populations since 2014, and has developed an integrative model for substance use behaviors. Brett completed his graduate level training at Hartgrove Behavioral Health System in Chicago. During this time, he facilitated CBT education with acute inpatient groups, and practiced individual therapy in their outpatient clinic with children, adolescents and adults with mental health concerns. He enjoys utilizing CBT and ACT skills based approaches to help clients develop the self-efficacy to achieve behavioral wellness. While he also enjoys the use of Person-Centered and Psychodynamic approaches to help clients develop insight into their own thoughts and ways of being that contribute to their present stress. Brett moved to Sarasota, FL in June 2018 when started with CRP. At the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry, Brett conducts individual psychotherapy as well as helps to coordinate the adult mental health, adolescent mental health and substance abuse IOP programs. Brett provides all mental health services to the NJ patients of CRP, via telehealth.
Jeanne E. Palazzo, LCSW
Clinical Director of Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program (MH IOP)
Ms. Jeanne E. Palazzo is a compassionate and educated professional with over 18 years of experience in different treatment settings including outpatient therapy, intensive case management, and hospice. She is highly qualified to help individuals (primarily age 16 to 80) develop and implement skills to reduce symptoms of a variety of mental conditions including Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, etc. Ms. Palazzo is highly qualified to help people work through ordinary and extraordinary life adjustments. Additionally, Ms. Palazzo works with couples and families psychodynamically to develop relational mindfulness and mutual help. She works with couples and families to improve communication. Ms. Palazzo's scope of practice includes Dialectic Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She applies theoretical frameworks including empowerment, life coaching, object relations, and attachment theory. Additionally, Ms. Palazzo is currently learning about and incorporating Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples into her work with people, and has been accepted to the Institute of Psychodynamic Therapy in New Jersey. Ms. Palazzo provides a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. She is down to earth and enjoys helping people work through and experience transformation through life’s losses, challenges, beginnings, and opportunities. Ms. Palazzo believes a sense of humor, in the words of Milton Berle, “is an instant vacation.” She wants you to relax and be yourself, be playful. She explores with all of her patients how they have fun.
Linda Poskanzer, LCSW
Ms. Linda Poskanzer is a seasoned, compassionate, and skilled psychotherapist who has a long history of successfully working with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors in individual, couples, and family therapy. She is exceptionally knowledgeable in the areas of child welfare and special education services. She has helped people at all ages and stages deal with behavioral issues as well as depression, anxiety, loss, illness, family concerns, and relationships. She focuses on helping people to realize their own life-strengthening possibilities.