Who We Are

Who We Are

The Midtown Practice (TMP) is a professional psychotherapy and psychiatry practice in Midtown Manhattan NYC. TMP was started by Drs. Dan Goodman and Julia Samton, two Ivy League psychiatrists and long-time friends who came together to create a group practice of skilled clinicians offering a broad range of services to an expanded clientele.

Together, our group of psychotherapists and psychopharmacologists are committed to helping our clients live with greater fulfillment, vitality and peace of mind.

Curiosity, warmth, flexibility, compassion, and professionalism are essential personal characteristics of our clinicians. Our team is particularly committed to staying abreast of the latest research and clinical techniques, continually working on improving our skills and expertise to ensure our clients receive the best and most effective possible care.

JULIA SAMTON, MD

Julia’s board certification in Neurology and Psychiatry provides a unique perspective of both brain and mind. Her expertise combines a deep knowledge of neuroscience with more than a decade of clinical work.

After graduating medical school from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1998, Julia pursued residency training in Neurology and Psychiatry at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. Julia’s unique dual board certification gives her perspective on both the medical and emotional aspects of the brain and mind. Her clinical expertise combines a deep scientific knowledge of neuroscience with more than a decade of clinical work. She has experience in diagnosing and treating a variety of psychiatric conditions with a range of psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches. She customizes her approach according to the individual needs of each client, combining aspects of her diverse training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In working with clients who are candidates for psychopharmacology, her knowledge of the brain pathways and neurotransmitters implicated in mood and behavior helps her select medications with optimal benefit and minimal side effects.

After years of working with urban professionals to cope with the stresses of modern life, Julia was inspired to pursue studies in the science and application of mindfulness and meditation. She participated in multiple trainings at the Omega, Kripalu, and Mindsight Institutes, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training, and a 100 hour Meditation Teacher Training Workshop. She teaches meditation and mindfulness to individuals, instructing them to use these skills to improve self-awareness and overall wellbeing. She has also brought her knowledge to the organizational level where she lectures to community and corporate audiences on the application of mindfulness to psychological and physical health, professional performance, communication, and relationships.

DAN GOODMAN, MD

Dan believes deeply in the importance of working collaboratively with his clients in a warm, down-to-earth, and practical manner. An enthusiastic follower of the latest research in both biology and psychology, Dan is excited by the potential for science and technology to improve peoples’ lives.

Dan graduated from Yale College, summa cum laude, after which he attended the University of Cambridge as a Churchill Scholar. He then received his MD from Harvard Medical School and completed residency training in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he continues to serve on the faculty and, for many years, has been a highly-rated teacher. After developing an interest in entrepreneurship, Dan later earned an MBA from Columbia Business School.

In his more than two decades of practice as a psychiatrist, Dan has seen how treatment is most effective when it builds upon a strong therapeutic relationship. He believes deeply in the importance of working collaboratively with his clients in a warm, down-to-earth, and practical manner. He draws inspiration from many different perspectives.

He has extensive training in a range of psychotherapies, including Supportive Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and particularly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), having studied privately with or attended ACT workshops led by Drs. Steven Hayes, Kelly Wilson, and Jason Luoma, among others. Dan is also an expert psychopharmacologist.

Dan’s interest in translating science into better treatments also motivated him to found three biotechnology companies which, collectively, raised more than $80M in private capital. Given his entrepreneurial experiences, at times some of Dan’s clients enjoy working with him in a manner that is more akin to executive coaching than to traditional psychotherapy. He deeply appreciates the opportunity to work flexibly and in a highly customized manner with his clients in the service of whatever is most meaningful to them.

SHIRA LEE SILVER, LCSW

SHIRA LEE SILVER, LCSW

Shira Lee believes that there is no one-size-fits-all therapeutic approach and therefore works with her clients to find the approach that best suits his/her needs to help the client achieve success.

Shira Lee earned a master’s degree from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and a B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University. Since graduating social work school, she has worked in clinical settings providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. Shira Lee aims to create a warm and supportive therapy environment where clients feel understood and validated. She has worked with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, family issues, grief and bereavement, substance abuse, trauma, and career challenges. She works from a strength-based, relational, and psychodynamic perspective.

Shira Lee is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Functional Family Therapy (FFT). She also incorporates elements of mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) into her work. She believes that there is no one-size-fits-all therapeutic approach and therefore works with her clients to find the approach that best suits his/her needs to help the client achieve success. She also believes that the therapeutic alliance, the bond and trust between client and therapist, is at the crux of achieving positive change.

Shira Lee also has experience facilitating group psychotherapy.  As she is particularly interested in the interconnectedness of mind and body, she has led a Self-Care & Wellness group. Additionally, she has facilitated a Coping with Loss group designed for those learning to cope with grief, loss, and bereavement.

LESLEY ALDERMAN, LMSW

LESLEY ALDERMAN, LMSW

Lesley’s style is curious, collaborative and compassionate. She creates a safe space in which clients can freely explore their thoughts, feelings and frustrations.

Lesley earned a Master of Social Work degree from New York University and a B.A. in psychology, magna cum laude, from Hamilton College. She has done advanced training in interpersonal psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute and in couples therapy through the Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. Lesley also writes regularly about mental health and wellness topics for The New York Times.

Lesley’s therapeutic approach is relational, but she also draws on the tenets of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness.  When appropriate, she provides clients with writing assignments to help them explore stressful events or complex feelings. She currently treats adults and couples with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, grief, mood disorders, relationship issues, and career challenges.

Lesley is certified as a yoga teacher through Om Yoga, and has taught yoga to adults and to children in New York City public schools. She is a former Time Inc. magazine editor—which informs her work with individuals in creative and demanding careers.

JORDANA COTTON, NP

JORDANA COTTON, NP

Jordana began at MGH as a researcher investigating the neural pathways of thought disorders and the brilliant mind. She became fascinated with restructuring negative thought patterns and enhancement of cognitive abilities, and was inspired to transition from research to clinical practice.

Jordana is a Doctorally prepared Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 15 years of health care experience. She received her Doctorate and Masters degrees from the prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) IHP in Boston. Jordana began at MGH as a researcher investigating the neural pathways of thought disorders and the brilliant mind. She became fascinated with restructuring negative thought patterns and enhancement of cognitive abilities, and was inspired to transition from research to clinical practice.

Her vast experiences as a researcher, nurse, and clinical nurse specialist inform her understanding of human emotions and enhance her ability to diagnose and manage various psychological and psychiatric conditions. She has expertise in treating depression, anxiety, attentional disorders, addictions, panic, bipolar disorder, and other conditions such as insomnia.

She is trained in motivational interviewing and focuses on creating a therapeutic environment where clients are free to share their inner experience and emotions. Using an eclectic approach which incorporates holistic and psychopharmacology techniques, Jordana works with clients across the lifespan, including adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. She recognizes that medications affect everyone differently, and customizes treatment for each individual client. Her main goal is to maximize treatment benefits with minimal side effects.

Jordana relocated to NYC in 2010 to join the National Health Service Corp. She worked at NYU Langone’s Brooklyn campus with underserved clients from 2010 to 2016. Jordana continues to moonlight at NYU Langone Hospital. She has been a board member of Nurse Practitioners of NY since 2010. She is the present Chair of the Educational Committee and strives to bring continuing education to primary care and specialty health care professionals in the NYC area. She has lectured to numerous primary care practitioners on psychopharmacological therapies.

ELBA SETTE-CAMARA, LCSW-R

ELBA SETTE-CAMARA, LCSW-R

Although we cannot always remove obstacles, we can develop resiliency and coping skills that help us navigate towards fulfillment. A strong element of Elba’s clinical practice is the concept of progress, not perfection, and honing personal strengths to achieve personal goals.

Are you overwhelmed by the challenges in your life? Elba Sette-Camara LCSW-R is passionate about helping you address difficulties and develop solutions that are right for you. Anxiety, depression and problematic relationships can make you feel stuck and interfere with reaching your potential. Although we cannot always remove obstacles, we can develop resiliency and coping skills that help us navigate towards fulfillment. A strong element of Elba’s clinical practice is the concept of progress, not perfection, and honing personal strengths to achieve personal goals.

In her clinical work, Elba creates a safe therapeutic environment where thoughts and feeling are processed. Through cognitive therapy and mindfulness training, you will learn to strategically respond, rather than react, to stressors.  Elba will work simultaneously to help you identify and develop adaptive coping mechanisms, and set reasonable boundaries in relationships. Through your work together, you will gain tools and real life solutions to create a satisfying personal and professional life. Using an eclectic therapeutic style which incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Elba will work with you to discover what’s keeping you from enjoying life. You CAN feel better and you CAN live the life you want.

Elba Sette-Camara, LCSW-R has been a practicing psychotherapy in New York for over 9 years. She has Masters in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University as well as a MFA from the The New School University. In addition, Elba has a significant background in the performing arts, which informs her clients currently in creative fields or those that are exploring career transitions.

STEPHANIE (“STEVIE”) BLUM, LCSW

Stevie is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the Ackerman Relational Approach. Stevie deeply values a postmodern and collaborative approach to therapy, which views the therapeutic alliance as a major driver of positive change.

Stevie received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Following graduation, she pursued her Masters in Social Work at Columbia University, where she graduated magna cum laude. After developing an interest in couples and family work, Stevie received postgraduate training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. At Ackerman, she became a contributing writer for The Encyclopedia of Couples and Family Therapy.

Stevie is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the Ackerman Relational Approach. Stevie deeply values a postmodern and collaborative approach to therapy, which views the therapeutic alliance as a major driver of positive change. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults from various backgrounds presenting with a wide range of issues in both individual and group settings. Combining behavioral and relational principles, Stevie’s practice is dynamic and well-rounded. She is warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental. She offers strategies to help her patients define their problem areas, identify their authentic needs, and develop effective coping mechanisms. Her clinical experience and comprehensive training allow her to leverage a diverse set of tools and strategies in her work.

MELISSA WRIGHT, LCSW

MELISSA WRIGHT, LCSW

Melissa is an enthusiastic clinician who cares deeply about human flourishing. She is trained extensively in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and offers her clients a behaviorally focused approach intended to clarify and cultivate the elements of a meaningful life.

Melissa is trained extensively in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and offers her clients a behaviorally focused approach intended to clarify and cultivate the elements of a meaningful life. Her style is active and engaged, and she invites clients to take real steps in the direction of who they want to be. Melissa puts an emphasis on mindfulness and pays close attention to the experiences that occur during each session, while also recognizing the importance of practical ideas for change and growth outside the office. Melissa has expertise in the treatment of eating disorders and also works with a variety of other concerns, including anxiety, depression, and patterns of maladaptive coping.

In addition to her practice at TMP, Melissa works at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where she is an Advanced Clinician for the social work department. She has developed innovative group programing to bring ACT into the hospital setting and is engaged in research to better understand the impact and value of this therapeutic approach.

Melissa earned her earned her BA from The Colorado College, where she graduated magna cum laude and with distinction. She earned a master’s in clinical social work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

jill sammak

JILL SAMMAK, LCSW

Jill is an authentic, engaged, and expressive psychotherapist who is comfortable bringing her whole self to the work with her clients. She plays an active role with her clients by offering potential solutions and reframing perceptions of current circumstances.

Jill earned a Master of Social Work degree with a clinical concentration from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science in business administration, cum laude, from Villanova University. She blends psychodynamic therapy with a cognitive behavioral approach.

She partners with adults and couples working through a myriad of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, issues of race and identity, relationship and family conflicts, and career challenges and transition. Jill brings warmth and a sense of humor to her work. She approaches clients from a strengths-based perspective, believing that with support, they can find important answers in themselves.

Her goals are to establish trust, provide a safe environment, allow clients to feel understood, and ultimately, close the gap between what her clients want in their lives, and what they have. In addition to her work as a psychotherapist, Jill has over 25 years of business experience from Fortune 50 firms to start-ups to nonprofits. This helps her to understand the challenges and stresses of navigating organizational structures and cultures.

Together, our group of psychotherapists and psychopharmacologists are committed to helping clients live with greater fulfillment, vitality and peace of mind. 

Curiosity, warmth, flexibility, compassion, and professionalism are essential personal characteristic of our clinicians. Our team is particularly committed to staying abreast of the latest research and clinical techniques, continually working on improving our skills and expertise to ensure our clients receive the best and most effective possible care.

Together, our group of psychotherapists and psychopharmacologists are committed to helping clients live with greater fulfillment, vitality and peace of mind. 

Curiosity, warmth, flexibility, compassion, and professionalism are essential personal characteristic of our clinicians. Our team is particularly committed to staying abreast of the latest research and clinical techniques, continually working on improving our skills and expertise to ensure our clients receive the best and most effective possible care.

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TMP reserves a limited number of appointments for those using in-network insurance benefits. Please contact us directly to check your eligibility and the availability of these appointments.

We do not participate in Medicare nor Medicaid. If we cannot accommodate your in-network benefits and you have “out-of-network” benefits, we will help you, if you like, apply for reimbursement from your insurance company by providing you with a receipt that you can submit for out of network benefits.

Since every insurance plan is different, you may want to call your insurance company directly to ask how much you will be reimbursed for your visit. It might be helpful to supply the insurance company with the specific codes we use for our initial therapy visit (CPT code 90791) and for follow-up visits (CPT code 90834). For visits with our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, we use for our initial visit (CPT code 90792) and follow-up visits (CPT code 99214).

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