our clinical team

Clinical Director, Co-Owner

Josh A. Jonas, LCSW-R​

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

Senior Psychologist

Meridith Ambrose

Meridith Ambrose, PhD,  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. 

Staff Therapist

Olivia Verhulst, MHC

Olivia completed her Masters of Mental Health Counseling at Baruch College. She has experience in working with diverse issues from  sexual assault and domestic violence to adolescents with behavioral issues, as well as exploring sexuality,  depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Staff Therapist

Enid Zuckerman, LMSW

My goal in practicing psychotherapy is to establish an ongoing conversation with individual patients and couples, allow for liberation of repressed feelings and the healing of trauma, depression & anxiety.

Staff Therapist

Yoni Berkowitz, PhD, MA, M.Phil

Yoni has his Ph.D. in Psychology from CUNY’s City College. His interests include individual psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and couples and group work. 

Staff Therapist

Cindy Arlinsky, MHC

Cindy is a Mental Health Counselor providing individual and group psychotherapy.   Self-esteem, career, life transitions, relationships, disordered eating, substance abuse and women’s issues are among her areas of interest.  

Staff Therapist

Akiva Goldschein

Akiva is currently completing his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at The Derner School, Adelphi University. Akiva is passionate about helping people gain ownership over their lives and the freedom to experience life in new, vitalizing ways.

Staff Therapist

Liam Doherty

Liam is nearing the completion of his Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Baruch College. Liam merges a psychodynamic approach with a variety of techniques from humanistic, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral models in order to meet each individual’s needs.

Clinical SUpervisor

Linda Jonas, PhD

Dr. Jonas is the Clinical Supervisor at TVI and has been practicing clinical psychology for over 25 years. She has experience dealing with varied disorders and issues from trauma and anxiety to PTSD, depression, abuse and loss.

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. 

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.

Meridith 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 degree from Baruch College. Olivia will help you to explore the roots of your feelings in attempt to understand yourself better, challenge you in a unique and collaborative way and work proactively toward everyday solutions. She has experience in working with diverse populations, genders and age groups while maintaining an individualistic and culturally sensitive approach tailored to each patients needs. She brings a sense of genuineness and authenticity to her work, committed to a safe and open therapy environment.

Olivia has experience in working with depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual assault, relationship issues, self-image and in providing career and academic guidance. Olivia works with individuals in therapy, and also runs therapy groups with an emphasis on women’s mental wellness.

Olivia’s approach to therapy is grounded in a psychodynamic framework allowing her to help you explore what unconscious patterns and beliefs may be holding you back, while utilizing everyday CBT tools and mindfulness practice. She has studied and earned her certificate of completion in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Olivia is currently working towards her Certificate of Trauma Studies at The Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. 

Enid Zuckerman

Staff Therapist, LMSW

My goal in practicing psychotherapy is to establish an ongoing conversation with individual patients and couples, and to develop 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.

I have experience in helping patients deal with trauma, depression, anxiety, abuse, addiction and sexual identity.

Yoni Berkowitz

Staff Therapist, MA, M.phil

Coming Soon

Cindy Arlinsky, MHC-LP

Staff Therapist

Cindy is a psychodynamically focused mental health counselor who sees therapy as a springboard to change. She aims to help individuals identify and explore recurrent patterns in their lives and to establish new, healthier ways of relating and being.  She works with individuals and groups and has experience counseling those challenged by anxiety, depression, relationship dynamics, disordered eating, anger issues and life transitions.   Having taken a non-linear path to becoming a therapist, Cindy is also passionate about helping others work through career angst to discover their ideal vocational fit.  In addition, Cindy has a sub-specialty working with individuals struggling with chronic disorganization and hoarding issues.
 
Cindy completed her Master of Arts in Mental Health counseling at Baruch College, and holds a BA in psychology from Rutgers University.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association and New York Mental Health Counselors Association.  Cindy believes therapy can help us to achieve our best selves.  Her great joy is guiding individuals through a process of self-awareness and of growth toward healing, change, confidence and tranquility.

“We always may be what we might have been” – Adelaide Anne Procter

 

Akiva Goldschein

Staff Therapist

Akiva is currently completing his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at The Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University.

Akiva is passionate about helping people gain ownership over their lives and the freedom to experience life in new vitalizing ways. He will help youidentify the conscious and unconscious patterns that keep you “stuck” and help you work through the underlying causes that facilitate these patterns. Your work with him will enable you to let go of these habits and develop the knowledge, courage, strength and self-compassion to choose new ways of being that enable you to live life to its fullest.

Akiva works with individuals, couples and groups and has expertise working with people suffering from drug and alcohol addictions, trauma disorders (PTSD) and has extensive experience treating people with mood disorders including anxiety and depression.

He also is actively conducting research in addiction and he is especially interested in working with people who struggle with their internet and technology use. His work is meant to help clients discover themselves, heal their underlying pain and develop new relationships with themselves.

Akiva is interested in psychoanalysis, mindfulness and somatic experiencing. He is also a cycling enthusiast.

Liam Doherty

Staff Therapist

Liam is delighted to join the Village Institute team as he nears the completion of his Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Baruch College. In his work with clients in therapy, Liam merges a psychodynamic approach with a variety of techniques from humanistic, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral models in order to meet each individual’s needs. Liam seeks to provide guidance and support to clients through times of hardship, transition…or just life. He has a special focus on helping clients explore the outcomes of personal trauma, across challenged interpersonal relationships, substance use, self-esteem issues and anxiety. He aims to help his clients find working solutions to their problems and process painful feelings —exploring harmful behaviors and negative patterns, while emphasizing personal strengths and positive characteristics that will support their journey.

After a perilous motorcycle crash in 2103, Liam developed a deeply personal understanding of several methodologies in his recovery, drawing insights from Vipasannā training and cognitive-behavioral approaches to interpret pain in the context of a spiritual framework. Liam also engages in a diverse range of volunteer and professional work; 12-Step settings, college counseling and broad support for the elderly population.

Linda Jonas

Clinical Supervisor, Ph.D

Dr. Jonas is the Clinical Supervisor at TVI and has been practicing clinical psychology for over 25 years. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from The Derner Institute at Adelphi University (’86) and also completed post-doctoral training in psychoanalysis. Her clinical experience includes interpersonal psychotherapy groups (including a group for parents who lost children on 9/11) and individual psychotherapy dealing with varied disorders and issues from trauma and anxiety to PTSD, depression, abuse and loss.

She enjoys working with patients who are at a transitional time in their lives from leaving home for the first time, to coping with divorce or dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Dr. Jonas is a member of the American Psychological Association and the New York State Psychological Association.