Meet Our Directors

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LEE KRAMER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Lee Kramer graduated from TI's psychoanalysis program in 1985. Over the next 15 years he supervised clinicians in a number of agencies, while also working in private practice. He was president of the Nassau chapter of the NY State Society of Clinical Social Workers and has been on the board of Psychoanalytic Practitioners of LI since 2002. He returned to teach & supervise at TI in 200 & became a director in 2001.

 
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JASON KURTZ, DIRECTOR OF TRAINING

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CHRISTINE GROUNDS, CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Christine Grounds has a private practice in psychodynamic psychotherapy and is the Director of Clinical services at The Training Institute for Mental Health, a position she has held since 2009. She graduated from TI’s 2 year program in supervisory practice in 200?, and the 4-year program in psychoanalysis in 2006. Prior to entering social work school, she was an Assistant Vice President at the auction house Christie’s, where she worked since graduating college.

 

Albert J. Brok, CO-Director of Group & Couples Therapy

 

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Ellen GussAroff, Assistant Director of Couples Therapy

 

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George L. Lynn, Co-Director of Group Therapy

 

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Heather deCastro, Assistant Director of Training

 

 

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Lauren Gargano, Assistant Clinical Director

Lauren Gargano, LCSW is a graduate of T.I.'s psychoanalytic psychotherapy program. In addition to her duties as the Assistant Clinical Director, she also heads up the intern program and teaches in the psychoanalytic program. She maintains a private practice in NYC.

 

Leah Kramnick, Director of Teen Talk Center

 

 

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Dayna M. Kurtz, Director of the Women's Center

Dayna M. Kurtz, LMSW, CPT, is a leading authority on the subject of women transitioning to motherhood and serves as Director of the Anna Keefe Women's Center at the Training Institute for Mental Health in Manhattan. She is a licensed social worker and NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer with an additional certification in training pre- and postnatal clients.  

 
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John McCaffrey, Director of Development

For the past 15 years, John McCaffrey has served as the Director of Development at the Training Institute.  A graduate of Villanova University, he holds an MA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York. 

 

Susan Spieler, Director of Continuing Education

 

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Alan Steinberg, Director of Admissions

 

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Kristin Wynn, Director of the Mind Body Center

 

 

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