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“I started going to Laura at a time when I was unhappy with my situation and how it was affecting my interactions with people I cared about. Thanks to our visits, I’ve been able to identify what’s most important to me and be more forthcoming with what I want in my career and relationships. I have a lot more foresight and feel much more in control of my independence, and therapy with Laura has been instrumental in getting to this point." ~Former client

Laura Athey-Lloyd, PsyD

Owner, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

I have been in practice for over ten years serving adults and children with a variety of presenting problems including anxiety, depression, relationships, transitions, trauma, and grief. I work primarily from a relational psychodynamic framework. This means that through collaborative discussion, we will identify patterns in your early, formative relationships that may be repeating as a particular attachment style in your current relationships with friends, family members, partners, and colleagues. Some of these patterns may be adaptive and bring joy and depth to your interactions with others, while other patterns may be causing both internal and interpersonal conflict for you. Insight and awareness of these patterns is the first step on the road toward relating in a new way to others and oneself. The active part of this work is in practicing new ways of relating both in session and in "the real world," and I enjoy being a source of clarification and accountability on this journey. I also incorporate and integrate internal family systems (IFS), cognitive behavioral (CBT) and dialectical behavioral (DBT) concepts to broaden the scope of our work. I would call my approach collaborative, active, and optimistic. 

I've had clients come to me because they want to explore analytic psychotherapy but have had negative experiences with former therapists who didn't provide adequate feedback. Unlike traditional psychoanalysts, my psychodynamic style is more conversational, using moment-to-moment processing to help you uncover and identify patterns to create rapid and lasting change in your primary relationships. I am active, collaborative, and won’t hesitate to point out differences between your intentions and your actions, or patterns that may be just outside of your awareness. We may begin a session by discussing an emotional state or interpersonal difficulty that arose during the week, and we will move between past and present to identify what might be fueling it and how the same problem might be approached differently in the future. While we may also explore early childhood experiences, it is always in the service of improving how you feel and relate to others in the here and now.

I grew up in Washington, D.C. in a diverse and blended family, which shaped my early curiosity in family dynamics. I am a graduate of Tufts University (BA) and Long Island University (MS and PsyD). I completed two postdoctoral fellowships: one in adult psychodynamic therapy at The William White Institute in Manhattan, and the other in child and family therapy at Andrus Children’s Center in Westchester. I founded a solo private practice in 2013 and expanded to a group practice in 2021. I am also an adjunct faculty member at Long Island University, supervising doctoral-level graduate students in their clinical work. I enjoy presenting at conferences, leading webinars, and writing on a variety of mental health topics.

Laura Athey-Lloyd, PsyD


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“I started going to Laura at a time when I was unhappy with my situation and how it was affecting my interactions with people I cared about. Thanks to our visits, I’ve been able to identify what’s most important to me and be more forthcoming with what I want in my career and relationships. I have a lot more foresight and feel much more in control of my independence, and therapy with Laura has been instrumental in getting to this point.”
~Former client

Susan Marchal, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I am a licensed clinical social worker with over ten years of experience working with patients whose lives have been impacted by cancer, at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell.  I have experience working with patients and families who are dealing with anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief and trauma.

I see a diverse population of clients who have suddenly been confronted with an unexpected challenge, and who seek therapy because they become aware that the patterns of behavior that have worked for them in the past no longer serve them. 

My approach to therapy is humanistic and holistic, and I believe that it is through the development of a trusting relationship with a therapist that people can safely explore the underlying causes of their issues, and shift the way they relate to themselves and the world around them.  My style of work is relational, non-judgmental, compassion based, and I integrate a variety of tools and skill based approaches such as CBT, mindfulness, positive psychology and resiliency skills training, to help people identify their strengths, develop resilience and feel empowered in their life.

In my work at New York Presbyterian I have gained an appreciation for complementary medicine and see how people’s thoughts affect their mind and body. I have expertise in palliative care and bereavement, and support people as they deal with powerful emotions such as grief and loss.  I believe that by creating a space where people feel supported, they are able to process these powerful emotions.  I teach mindfulness-based exercises and lifestyle skills to help clients cultivate an awareness of their feelings and to create space, so that rather than be being reactive, they can chose how they behave and respond. It is with this awareness that clients are able to change their patterns of behavior, and find or restore balance to their lives.  I consider it an honor to partner with clients, to allow them to be vulnerable with themselves, and work with them to develop self-compassion, reduce stress and increase the quality of their life. 

I have training in multiple modalities and have done post graduate work in New York University’s Advanced Clinical Practice program, am a graduate of Weill Cornell Medicine’s Palliative Care program, and I have completed a two year certificate program in mindfulness and compassion training at Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Psychotherapy.  I have enjoyed teaching Weill Cornell doctors, nurses and social workers Compassion-Based Resiliency Training which has been especially important during the Covid-19 pandemic, and have been a speaker at national oncology conferences, where I share coping strategies to assist people in managing both physical and emotional challenges.

In addition to my training as a LCSW and psychotherapist, I also have worked as a management consultant. I have lived in NYC with my husband for 25 years, and am a mother to two wonderful young women.  I look forward to working with you. 


Susan is a graduate of Boston University, BA (1987), George Washington University, MBA (1994), and Hunter School of Social Work, MSW (2012).


Paige Siek, LMSW

Licensed Master of Social Work

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker who specializes in working with children, teens, parents, and adults. I have a diverse background as a hospital social worker, teacher, and a director for a private education company. As a teacher and therapist, I have worked with individuals with anxiety, depression, educational challenges, and those diagnosed and living with chronic illness.

I aim to develop a strong therapeutic alliance with each individual built on honesty and empathy. I work with my clients to help them identify what is important for them achieve in therapy. This will inspire and guide our work together. Though my work with individuals and families can be characterized as goal-oriented, it is also flexible and allows the space for our work to evolve over time. 

I use CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) as well as ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) in my approach; however, I believe in doing what works for each individual. Thoughtful listening and providing honest and positive feedback is at the cornerstone of my approach. I think it is important to focus on the here and now while also reflecting on events of the past that helped to shape the individual, their core beliefs about themselves, their family and the world around them.

I grew up in Miami, Florida in a blended family. I attended the University of Maryland and received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) and began my career working in community mental health and working with children and their parents at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). I ran an adolescent support group and have done a great deal of work in recent years with adolescents with test-taking anxiety. I have lived in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, London, Connecticut and New York and have a passion for travel and experiencing other cultures. 

Sarah Kornhauser

“Sarah has a remarkable ability to create a safe and nonjudgmental space where I felt comfortable sharing my deepest thoughts and emotions. What sets Sarah apart is her genuine care for her clients. She consistently went above and beyond to ensure I felt heard and supported. She didn't just treat my symptoms; she helped me with my underlying issues and work through them at my own pace. With her guidance, I not only learned to manage my anxiety and depression but also developed the tools to lead a more organized and fulfilling life.” ~Former client

Sarah Kornhauser, MHC-LP

Mental Health Counselor

I am a mental health counselor with over 15 years of experience working with adults, young adults and teenagers in New York City. In addition to private practice, I have served as a guidance counselor at one of the city’s specialized high schools. Through my work as a therapist, guidance counselor, and executive function coach, I have supported clients through the emotions and responsibilities of living in a world that moves quickly, expects much and is often unknown.

As a therapist, I offer a collaborative and integrative style that draws from relational, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), somatic, and mindfulness-based theories. My pragmatic approach combines both therapeutic and coaching techniques to treat anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress, and trauma. I am LGBTQ-informed and affirming. 


I completed a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, an M.S. in Applied Educational Psychology from Northeastern University and an Advanced Certification in Mental Health Counseling from Alfred University. I am also a certified yoga and meditation instructor, and use mindfulness in my sessions to address anxiety and tackle problems effectively.

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