OUR TEAM

Our therapists believe in treating our clients with an individualized approach based on therapy techniques rooted in scientific evidence. Get to know more about us before we get to know you.

Let our caring, honest, scientifically based approach to therapy give you the tools and strategies you need to get unstuck and start living your life more fully. We integrate gold-standard treatments such as CBT, ACT, and ERP as we focus on helping each client reach their goals.

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BROOKE ROBYN DAIRMAN, MSW

Clinic Director

BIO

Brooke Robyn Dairman is an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received her Masters degree in Social Work from Columbia University. Shortly after completing her education, she launched a successful performance career in musical theater and dance that spanned a decade.  She also worked 'behind the table,' serving as dance captain/assistant to several Broadway choreographers and as a professional choreographer herself. 


After retiring as a performer, Brooke continued to foster her passion for performance through teaching and now serves as Co-Director of The Dance Loft and Director of Professional Youth Theatre, two thriving arts education programs in Long Beach, NY. Throughout her time in the high-pressured performing arts industry, Brooke observed a profound need for more emotional and mental health resources for actors, singers, dancers, and artists of all types. As Clinical Director of PCBT, Brooke is excited to marry her knowledge of the performing arts with her expertise in mental health and provide clients with the tools needed to explore a fulfilling career and a healthy, joyful life.

 
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MICHAEL JACOBS, PHD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

BIO

Dr. Michael Jacobs has pursued a variety of interests that have led to his passion for mental health treatment. He has over 15 years of experience working with clients with a variety of mental health challenges as a psychologist, vocal coach, and voice teacher, as well as a decade of experience as a professional musical theater performer.

In 2010, Michael began training therapists across the country in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for psychosis and Group and Family-Based CBT for the prevention of paranoia. The mental health needs of performing artists holds a special place in Michael's heart. He has been able to pursue his combined interests in psychology and theater through research which has informed his practice as a psychologist. Both his thesis and dissertation projects involved the adaptation and testing of an acceptance and commitment therapy protocol to treat audition anxiety in professional musical theater performers (ACT for Actors).


As a therapist, Michael has developed a caring, honest, creative and direct style that helps him to better connect to his clients to help them meet their individual goals. He is trained in CBT and ACT to treat a range of mental health issues. He believes that psychology involves both an art and a science. The implementation of therapy is art that should be informed by scientific research.


In addition to training other mental health professionals and medical professionals, Michael provides mental health awareness training to performing arts educators through workshops and presentations. These workshops allow teachers to recognize the mental health challenges of their students, adapt more effective teaching styles and collaborate with mental health professionals to provide better training for students.

Michael holds a PhD with distinction in clinical psychology from Hofstra University as well as a BFA from Ithaca College. He is a member of  APA (American Psychological Association). He lives in Bethel, Connecticut, a short commute from NYC where he called home for 15 years.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Social Anxiety Disorder

    • Performance Anxiety​

    • Audition Anxiety

  • Panic Attacks

  • Mental Health of Performing Artists

  • Clinical Perfectionism

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Depression

  • Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)

  • Psychosis Risk

  • Insomnia

  • Relationship Difficulties

    • Non-Monogamy​

    • LGBTQ+ Relationships

  • Life Transitions

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Eating Issues

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • Stress Management

  • LGBTQ+ Counseling

  • Grief, Loss, or Bereavement

  • Other Issues 

LICENSED TO PRACTICE IN:

In Person or Via Telehealth:​

  • Maryland (License #06770)

  • New York​

  • New Jersey (License #

 
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MICHAEL ITZKOWITZ, PHD

Licensed Clinical Supervisor

BIO

Dr. Michael Itzkowitz specializes in the treatment of anxiety,  depression, insomnia, and trauma. He utilizes cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches. This includes aspects of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He is also certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), a brief exposure-based trauma treatment designed for delivery within primary care settings, and problem-solving interventions. Dr. Itzkowitz also focuses on health behaviors with his patients, including tobacco-cessation and chronic illness/pain management. He places a strong emphasis on the client’s values and goals, as they serve as motivation for change. Dr. Itzkowitz previously served as the chairperson of his the internship diversity committee and the LGBTQ+ special emphasis manager.


Dr. Itzkowitz received his Bachelor’s from Queens College, with an Honors in the Social Sciences designation, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University. His dissertation was focused on the importance of message framing as it relates to patient acceptance and engagement in web-based treatments, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of his clinical training, prior to internship, has been focused on exposure-based treatments for anxiety reactions, specifically phobias and trauma. He completed his predoctoral internship at the Lebanon VA Medical Center. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society, Psi Chi International Psychology Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, American Psychological Association, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Itzkowitz also works at the Brooklyn VA Medical Center, providing care to our nation’s veterans within an integrated care model.


Personally, Dr. Itzkowitz recently moved back to the New York area, where he grew up, after spending a number of years in Pennsylvania. Outside of work, he can typically be found spending time with his dog, family, and friends. He enjoys exploring new neighborhoods as well as spending time out in nature.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Life Transitions

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Insomnia

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • College/Graduate School Issues

  • Medical and Health Concerns

  • Pain Management 

  • Stress Management

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Spirituality

  • Gender Identity Support

  • LGBT Counseling

  • Grief, Loss, or Bereavement

  • Other Issues 

LICENSED TO PRACTICE IN:

  • Maryland

  • New York