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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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LESLEY ALDERMAN, LMSW

LESLEY ALDERMAN, LCSW

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.

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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.

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CHRISTINA HOLLINGSWORTH, NP

Christina’s approach to treatment is collaborative and research-driven with high prioritization on each patients’ individual needs and life goals. While medication management plays a distinct and important role in the treatment of varying mental health issues, she strongly believes in the importance of adjunct therapy and the behavioral changes that can be utilized to effectively live a healthy, happy, and productive life.

Christina’s practice embraces the ideal and gold standard that psychiatric treatment is a dynamic and evolving process and patients can expect healing and continual growth when engaging in treatment with her.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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jackie siegal, LCSW

Jackie Siegal, LCSW

Jackie is a supportive, collaborative and empathetic therapist who tries to look at life’s challenges with a sense of humor, and employs a practical approach to problem solving. She encourages her patients to express their innermost thoughts and feelings in a safe and judgement free environment. Jackie earned her M.S.W. from New York University, Silver School of Social Work, her M.B.A. from New York University, Stern School of Business, and her B.A. in Political Science and Near Eastern Studies, cum laude, from The University of Pennsylvania.

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Holly Alderman, LCSW

Holly Alderman, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with experience providing individual and group psychotherapy to children, adolescents, couples, and families. She works to support clients through difficult emotions and challenging interpersonal relationships through the use of various therapeutic modalities. Her approach to treatment is collaborative, strengths based and relational, focusing on empowering individuals to better understand themselves and build deeper connections with others. While she tailors her approach to the particular needs and style of the person in the room, Holly draws primarily from psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approaches. Much of her work focuses on issues in relationships, challenges with parenting, the process of changing behaviors related to substance abuse, and the exploration of issues related to identity.

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Azat Oganesian LCSW

Azat Oganesian, LCSW

Azat believes that therapy is most successful when a collaborative and tailored approach is used. After forming a therapeutic alliance and gaining a better understanding of his individual client, he provides tools to navigate negative emotions and realize psychological growth. Drawing from a range of traditions, he works with his clients to build resilience and flexibility while reducing destructive patterns of behavior. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness, and supportive psychotherapy are some of the approaches Azat uses to help his clients gain a better understanding of their emotions, reactions, personal values, and goals.

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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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Please note: that we do not take insurance in most cases. Click the toggle to read more.

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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