How We Are Different

Our approach combines the latest insights in relationship and individual therapy with real world solutions based on more than 25 years of experience.

Deep Expertise

We have more than two decades of training and experience in multiple areas -- sexual addiction, sexuality issues, substance abuse and addictions, trauma and recovery.

A Strategic Approach

We focus on the underlying issues of the conflicts in your relationships and your life.

Pragmatic and Empathic Solutions

We provide tools and techniques to help you feel better about yourself
and those you love.

A Clear Direction

We help expand your possibilities and options -- and get results fast. Therapy doesn’t need to take forever.

 

Our Therapists

 
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Merry Frons, PhD, LCSW, CAC, CSAT

Dr. Frons has been working with individuals’ and couples’ relationships issues for the past 25 years. Her training as a sex therapist grew out of her experience working with couples when she realized that sexuality issues were part of couples concerns and had a large influence on the underlying couples’ dynamic.  She received her Doctorate in Human Sexuality and became certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT is the gold standard for sex therapist certification) and is an active member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR). She enjoys working with couples because in her work she has experienced rapid and profound change in couples’ relationships by identifying and working with certain key dynamics in the couples’ relationship.  Clients often seek out Dr. Frons for individual work when they are experiencing difficulties with a partner.  Working with a partner who has experienced betrayal or is concerned about their spouse’s relationship with sexuality can be explored as a preliminary approach to dealing with the future of the couples’ relationship.

Dr. Frons has advanced training in addictions, trauma, mood disorders, anxiety and a variety of treatment approaches such as mindfulness, hypnotherapy, Emdr, cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment theory and psychodynamic therapy, including systems, narrative and strategic theories.  She completed Post Doctoral training in Couples and Family Therapy at NYU Post Doc Institute. Dr. Frons enjoys working with individuals as well as couples and is sought out frequently as a specialist for couples’ cases involving difficult and complicated issues. Dr. Frons lives in NYC and Wainscott, NY with her husband of 35 years and their dog Jasper. 

 
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Melissa Samuel, LCSW

Melissa is a licensed clinical social worker who has successfully treated many patients with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship and sexuality concerns.  Melissa has expertise in working with couples going through difficult relationship transitions. She has advanced training in CBT, mindfulness, couples therapy, sexuality, anger management, trauma treatment, family therapy and death and dying/bereavement work.  Her warm and empathic engagement style enable her to form a solid rapport and alliance with her clients and quickly gain their trust.  She has helped many individuals and couples successfully navigate difficult challenges and move forward with their relationships.

She completed her Masters Degree at New York University and worked in a variety of mental health settings in New York including schools, residential treatment facilities, family court and medical and psychiatric inpatient and outpatient centers. After working at Bellevue Hospital for many years she joined the staff at Renew four years ago.  She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and AASECT, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.  She is an in-network provider for Cigna and Aetna and is able to supply documentation for out of network benefits for all insurance companies.

 
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Anna Tseytlina, MS

Anna is a Marriage and Family Therapist who completed her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Mercy College and who joined Renew several years ago as an intern under supervision for psychotherapy training.  Young working professionals often find Anna can relate well with their career, relationship and dating concerns.  She uses a variety of therapeutic modalities that include narrative therapy, systems theory and cognitive behavioral therapy.  Clients are able to learn how their thoughts and feelings are creating an unhelpful narrative and influencing their moods and approach to life issues. They learn how to use therapy to understand how to modify their response to situations to achieve a happier and more fulfilling outcome.

 
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Talia Litman, MS

Talia is passionate about driving clients’ well-being by improving the quality of their relationships – with both themselves and with others. She works with individuals and couples to gain greater understanding around unhelpful patterns and to unlock new growth opportunities. Talia’s thoughtful, engaging and non-judgmental approach creates a safe environment for exploration and insight.

She received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from The University of Edinburgh and a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology from Goldsmiths, University of London. After seven years as a strategy and marketing consultant, Talia left the corporate world to become a psychotherapist. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Mercy College and is training in sex therapy at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. She believes in an integrated approach to therapy, using short-term solution-focused therapies alongside deeper systemic theories to make a sustainable impact. Talia also brings her expertise as a dating, sex and relationship writer to help clients navigate the modern dating environment.