our team

Clinical Director, Co-Owner

Josh A. Jonas, LCSW-R​

Josh Jonas is the Clinical Director and co-owner of The Village Institute.

Business Director, Co-Owner

Jill Morrison Jonas

As co-owner and Business Director of TVI, Jill aims to bring psychotherapy and mental health to the forefront of self-care.

Staff Therapist

MEREDITH AMBROSE, PhD

Meridith Ambrose, Ph.D., completed her graduate training at The Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University and has been with The Village Institute since 2016.

Staff Therapist

Olivia Verhulst, MHC

Olivia completed her Masters of Mental Health Counseling at Baruch College. She has experience in working with diverse populations, including sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, and adolescents with behavioral issues.

Staff Therapist

Enid Zuckerman, LMSW

My goal in practicing psychotherapy is to establish an ongoing conversation with individual patients and couple , liberation of repressed feelings and the healing of trauma.  

Staff Therapist

Álvaro Moreira, PhD

I received my PhD in clinical psychology from The Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University. I was born and raised in Chile, where I graduated as an architect in 2005. I worked as such in London for seven years, prior to moving to New York to study psychology in 2012.

Staff Therapist

Cindy Arlinsky, MHC

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Yoni berkowitz, Phd

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JOSH A. JONAS

Clinical Director, LCSW-R

Josh Jonas is the Clinical Director and co-owner of The Village Institute.

His specialty began in the world of trauma and addiction and has grown to include, as he calls it, “high achievers who are miserable.” He is passionate about working with couples, having trained specifically in EFT. Josh also feels a special calling to the work he does with men, which involves the embracing and growing of the positive aspects of their masculinity.

His courses The Therapeutic Search for Meaning, and The Art of Fulfillment have been requirements as part of the The Village Institute’s doctoral internship.  His writing has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post and Quartz Magazine, and he is also co-creator and host of the podcast “Session Lessons”; a podcast whose mission is to show how powerful and effective therapy can be. 

He is a music junky, a Mets fan, and believes that good therapy can change the world.

Jill Morrison Jonas

Business Director

As co-owner and Business Director of TVI, Jill aims to bring psychotherapy and mental health to the forefront of self-care. Through her understanding of business strategy, technology and her fearless creativity, Jill is developing a business platform that will enable the TVI team to provide the highest level of psychotherapy in the world.

Jill is also co-creator and producer of the TVI podcast “Session Lessons”; a podcast whose mission is to show how powerful and effective psychotherapy can be. She has her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and is originally from St.Louis, MO.

Meredith Ambrose

Staff Therapist, Ph.D

Meridith Ambrose, Ph.D., completed her graduate training at The Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University and has been with The Village Institute since 2016. Meridith is psychodynamically focused and strives to consider both feelings and private musings, as well as the outside environments and relationships of each person she works with.

Meridith works with adults of all age groups who vary in their unique experiences and struggles. She has a particular interest in the mindbody connection, as well as experience working closely in therapeutic teams—i.e. with prescribing psychiatrists. Meridith is also particularly interested in and works with the impact of gender on emotional well-being across the gender spectrum.

Meridith considers therapy to be a collaborative endeavor between the therapist and client, and one that reaps great rewards socially, occupationally, and personally for those willing to challenge themselves to seek better ways to communicate with themselves and with others.

She is currently completing her post-doctoral training at The Village Institute and The White Institute.

You can see some of Meridith’s writing here.

Olivia Verhulst

Staff Therapist, MHC

Olivia has her Masters of Mental Health Counseling from Baruch College. She has experience in working with diverse populations, including sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, and adolescents with behavioral issues. She has experience in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, stress management, and career and academic guidance. Olivia works with individuals in therapy, and also runs therapy groups.

Do you ever feel depressed or anxious, with no reason or solution in sight? Olivia will help you to explore the roots of your feelings, help you to develop an understanding of yourself and will work proactively with you toward everyday solutions. She brings a sense of genuineness and authenticity to her work utilizing an integrated approach of psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness practice. She has studied and earned her certificate of completion in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

Enid Zuckerman

Staff Therapist, LCSW

My goal in practicing psychotherapy is to establish an ongoing conversation with individual patients and couples, a relationship that engenders greater self-knowledge, access to inner resources, liberation of repressed feelings and the healing of trauma.  Insight-oriented, I also strive to find practical applications to create more choices in family, work, social, and spiritual life. I encourage patients to seek non-verbal and other therapeutic experiences to supplement our work in overcoming self-blaming, restrictive beliefs and to allow the real-self to flourish. I consider liveliness and humor to be essential to my work.

My educational background and training include: B.A.,Psychology, Hunter College; M.A. Psychology, New York University (NYU); MSW with an emphasis on clinical psychology, NYU.

Post graduate studies include: 1 year of psychoanalytic coursework at New York Counseling and Guidance; Certificate in Palliative and End of Life Care, Trauma Workshop led by Bessel Van der Kolk, Addiction Treatment studies with Dr. Frederick Woolverton; Acceptance and Commitment therapy workshop.

My education was profoundly amplified and deepened by clinical research in cancer patients’ quality of life at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center under the leadership of Dr. Jimmie Holland, a founder of the field of psycho-oncology, as well as bereavement groupwork. My personal interests include the mindfulness practices and meditation teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh; Tai Chi; theatre; poetry; mysteries; social justice.

Álvaro moreira

Staff Therapist, Ph.D

I received my PhD in clinical psychology from The Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University. I was born and raised in Chile, where I graduated as an architect in 2005. I worked as such in London for seven years, prior to moving to New York to study psychology in 2012. The aim of my work is to raise our curiosity over behavioral patterns that do not fit with the way we think of ourselves. My theoretical orientation is psychodynamic, which means that my approach places great emphasis on our unconscious desires. I believe the strength of this method lies in helping people to expand their understanding of complex issues, not only by listening to their explicit and implicit narratives, but also paying attention to body language, dreams, and to the experiences and images that arise during sessions. I use psychoanalytic theory as a lens through which I can process what takes place—an approach that does not need a couch or multiple sessions a week and can be helpful to people even during deep crises. I have experience with individuals suffering from a diversity of issues including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and the effects of social stressors on members of the LGBTQ+ community.

As a therapist and as a writer, I approach my work with an endless curiosity to explore—I have a deeply rooted interest in psychoanalytic theory and have published several papers and book chapters on a variety of themes that reflect my commitment to working with people who occupy the in-between.

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