NSAC South Florida, also known as The Center for the Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders, is located in Delray Beach, Florida. The Center has been providing care to adults, adolescents and children who suffer from social anxiety, and other anxiety and mood disorders, for over 30 years.
In recent years, the Center has expanded its services to offer additional help to individuals who suffer from problems with stress, marital issues, educational and vocational concerns, and those in need of Mindfulness and Resiliency Training. In addition, we recently opened a second branch, The Children’s Center for Psychiatry, Psychology, & Related Services, that focuses specifically on offering a variety of clinical, therapeutic, educational and supportive services to children ages two through twenty two in a warm and welcoming environment.
We offer families in the South Florida area the opportunity to access a multi-disciplinary staff practicing within one centralized location. We provide a wide variety of services for every member of the family.
Our mental health professionals are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of social anxiety, other anxiety problems, mood disorders, and stress disorders using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and other scientifically-based interventions. We strive to help others learn to overcome their problems and go on to fully enjoy productive and meaningful lives employing specialized psychotherapies, pharmacotherapy, and educational programs.
Contact National Social Anxiety Center
4600 Linton Blvd.
Delray Beach, Florida 33445
4600 Linton Blvd.
Delray Beach, Florida 33445
Staff at the National Social Anxiety Center
Dr. Andrew Rosen, PhD, ABPP , is the Founder and Director of the Center for the Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders in Delray Beach, Florida. He started the Center in 1984 in order to focus more attention on the problem of anxiety disorders. Through the Center, Dr. Rosen and his staff of highly trained psychologists and psychiatrists have helped numerous people effectively manage the stresses of daily life.
Dr. Andrew Rosen is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology. In addition, he is a Diplomate and Fellow in the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Rosen is an active member of the American Psychological Association, the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and the Florida Psychological Association. He is also a member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the Adelphi Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. In addition, he is a Past President of the Palm Beach County Psychological Society and the Anxiety Disorders Association of Florida.
David A. Gross, MD, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, is a board certified psychiatrist with almost 40 years of clinical practice experience. Dr. Gross’ career has been devoted to demystifying and destigmatizing the field of psychiatry, calling his approach ‘medical psychiatry.’ “My patients can only begin to recover when they are able to fully understand and accept the nature of their illness.” Taking a holistic approach, Dr. Gross combines traditional psychiatric treatment with that of alternative medicine. He has spearheaded the development of laser acupuncture protocols for addressing the symptoms of anxiety, panic, post traumatic stress disorders while incorporating state of the art pharmacologic therapies.
Dr. Gross remains in private practice in Delray Beach, Florida. He is active in the Florida Psychiatric Society after serving as their president. He has been married for over 40 years and is the father of two grown children.
Dr. Gross began his interest in the neurosciences at the University of Rochester where he received a degree in psychology graduating magna cum laude after successfully pursuing brain research studies. He continued his research interests in medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine graduating with honors. It was in medical school that he developed an interest in psychiatry, a discipline that allowed for the integration of neuroscientific advances into the study of human behavior. He pursued post graduate psychiatric training at Yale University where he was Chief Resident twice and remained on the faculty during the early years of his career.
Dr. Ryan Seidman, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in the treatment of children, young adults, parents, and their families. Her primary focus is on social and emotional concerns, developmental disabilities, employment and school-related difficulties, and behavioral challenges. She utilizes various modalities to treat each client’s unique needs including individual counseling, behavioral interventions, social skills training, family therapy, parent education and training, and group therapy. Dr. Seidman has provided consultative services to a variety of school personnel and medical professionals throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Moreover, she has extensive experience conducting developmental, psychoeducational, neuropsychological and psychological evaluations.
Dr. Seidman serves as the Clinical Director for our Children’s Center for Psychiatry, Psychology, & Related Services.
Dr. Seidman graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then went on to earn her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, non-profit agencies, community mental health centers, substance abuse rehabilitation facilities, schools, university clinics, and hospitals.
Dr. Elizabeth Falchook, MD, is board Certified in Adult, as well as, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Falchook provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management for children, adolescents, and adults. Her areas of interest include, but are not limited to, mood disorders, anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety, panic disorder, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder), ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder. She tailors treatment to the individual in a comfortable and supportive environment.
Dr. Joseph Brand, PhD, specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, insomnia depression, trauma, OCD, and related disorders (e.g., hoarding, skin-picking, trichotillomania) for children, adolescents, and adults. He values a warm, empathic approach to form a strong therapeutic alliance and work collaboratively with his patients. Dr. Brand provides both individual and group psychotherapy. He also works closely with families of patients when appropriate.
Dr. Brand also serves as a Clinical Psychologist for our Children’s Center for Psychiatry, Psychology, & Related Services.
Dr. Brand primarily uses cognitive-behavioral interventions (CBT) for the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and mood disorders across all age ranges. He has extensive training in exposure-based therapies, including exposure and response prevention (ERP), cognitive therapies, habit-reversal therapies, and mindfulness- based therapies.
Dr. Brand received his Ph.D. from the clinical psychology program at Fordham University. He completed his predoctoral internship at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. His previous clinical experiences include working in public hospitals, VA hospitals, and outpatient clinics, including the OCD and Related Disorders Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Brand has extensive experience providing CBT in a variety of settings, including home visits, off-site visits, and via videoconference (i.e., Skype, FaceTime). He has published work on the effectiveness of teleconference and videoconference psychotherapy, as well as obstacles to successful treatment using CBT.
Dr. Seth Grobman, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing in South Florida for over twenty years. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Rochester where he graduated cum laude with honors in psychology. He obtained his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University with a pre-doctoral certificate in psychoanalytic psychology. Dr. Grobman then worked ten years on staff at the Renfrew Center, the nation’s first residential treatment center dedicated to the treatment of women with eating disorders. There, he conducted evaluations and provided treatment to hundreds of young women from across the country. He has provided extensive supervision on the evaluation, treatment and management of eating disorders to practicum students, interns and postdoctoral residents. In his private practice, Dr. Grobman regularly provides psychotherapy to individuals with bulimia, anorexia and binge eating disorders. He works closely with family members to assist them in navigating this most challenging of mental illnesses. He regularly consults with other healthcare professionals (pediatricians, gastroenterologists, psychiatrists, nutritionists, exercise physiologists) in order to provide his patients a multidisciplinary approach.
Dr. KC Charette, PsyD, creates a professional environment where clients feel supported to share their experiences. She has years of experience in working with clients who have experienced a major life change, trauma, grief and/or loss and are experiencing adjustment difficulties, anxiety, and/or depression. She provides treatment for a range of psychological, relational and behavioral health concerns in individual treatment, as well as in couples and family therapy. She is genuine and warm and clients are empowered to navigate their experiences through therapy. She utilizes evidenced-based interventions, as well as incorporates holistic (wellness) approaches into treatment. While Dr. Charette provides services for a range of psychological concerns, she also brings prior experience of helping couples/families adjust to infertility, pregnancy, and parenthood and cope with postpartum depression/anxiety, to The Center for Treatment of Anxiety & Mood Disorders.
Dr. Charette earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Tulane University and her Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. The American Psychological Association (APA) is the highest level of accreditation for graduate training in psychology and Dr. Charette attended an APA-accredited graduate school and completed an APA-accredited internship. She was then selected to complete an additional, year-long APA-accredited residency specializing in trauma, anxiety & PTSD. Dr. Charette has provided professional psychological services in medical centers, hospitals, mental health centers, and on university campuses. In addition to her clinical work, she has provided clinical training, supervision, and consultation to Doctoral Interns & Doctoral Post-docs.
In addition to being part of The Center for Treatment of Anxiety & Mood Disorders, Dr. Charette also provides therapy services at a local university. She is licensed in Florida.
Dr. Steven Macchione, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders who specializes in treating adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, phase of life problems and marital issues. Before joining the Center, Dr. Macchione gained experience providing individual and group psychotherapy in university and community mental health clinics, as well as regional and state psychiatric hospitals. This broad experience has prepared him to help people at various stages in their problems.
Dr. Macchione uses an eclectic approach that incorporates existential and person-centered perspectives with components of cognitive behavioral therapy. He is a warm and patient therapist who effects lasting change through the development of a trusting and nonjudgmental therapeutic relationship.
David Krasky, PsyS, focuses on working with children, teenagers, and young adults in order to understand their learning strengths and weaknesses. Psychological, psychoeducational or neuroeducational testing can help determine how your child learns best and what they will need in order to be academically, behaviorally and/or socially successful. Specific areas that can be assessed are learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, emotional and/or behavioral disturbances and executive dysfunction. Our practice also conducts gifted testing which follows the guidelines of the Palm Beach County School District.
Before becoming a school psychologist, David worked as a teacher in Broward county working with children who have severe emotional disturbances. After a year-long internship in Palm Beach County, he worked for five years at the University School of Nova Southeastern University assisting students, parents, and faculty with educational and psychological difficulties. In addition, David has taught graduate level classes, conducted presentations to school faculty and parents, supervised graduate students, and consulted with public and private school educators.
Dr. Ali Cunningham, PhD, is a doctoral level, licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and qualified supervisor in the state of Florida. Her specialization is in counseling individuals with social and behavioral challenges to develop enhanced relational skills. Her clinical passion and professional niche is working with people with autism spectrum disorder(ASD) and their loved ones to improve these skills through an integrative treatment approach. She combines evidence-based practices from cognitive-behavioral therapy, positive psychology and family systems theory to accomplish positive treatment outcomes. Since 2007 she has worked with the local community helping families, professionals and the public learn how to offer best practices for people with ASD and other social, behavioral challenges. She has worked with a range of issues including helping parents with toilet training young children, enhancing communication across the lifespan, behavior management at home and in schools and building successful social skills. Her specialized experience and research is in working with family members of teens and adults affected by autism to enhance their social relationships, including friendships and romantic relationships.
Eden Kornblath, BA, is a behavioral therapist, who has been working in the field for 6 years. Her primary focus has been with developmental, behavioral, social, and educational difficulties. She has extensive training in applied behavior analysis and various strategies in treating Autism Spectrum Disorder. Eden holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University, and is a certified teacher (K-6). In addition, she is a Registered Behavior Technician that has worked in a variety of settings including home therapy, public schools, private schools, and non-profit organizations. Eden provides clients with behavior and play therapy, tutoring, educational support, social skills groups, as well as behavior and treatment planning. She works closely with clients, family members, teachers, and other clinicians, to better service the child, and address issues in a variety of settings. Utilizing various learning tools and materials, specific to each client’s needs, Eden also incorporates technology into the learning experience.
Dr. Jamie Levine, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, relationship difficulties, adjustment to life transitions, and ADHD. She uses a collaborative therapeutic approach to create a safe, supportive, and open environment to facilitate growth and change. She integrates a variety of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, interpersonal, and solution-focused therapy.
Dr. Levine graduated from Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She earned her doctorate degree in Clinical and School Psychology from Pace University in New York City. She received training at Columbia University Medical Center/ New York-Presbyterian Hospital where she provided evidence-based treatment and conducted neuropsychological assessments. She also provided therapy services to individuals across the lifespan at Nova Southeastern University’s Psychology Services Center and Pace University’s outpatient mental health center.
Alodia Diaz de Villegas, MD, is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult, as well as, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Diaz de Villegas provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management for children, adolescents, and adults. Her areas of interest include, but are not limited to, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and ADHD. She offers a comprehensive, personalized approach that is tailored to her patients’ individual needs.
Dr. Diaz de Villegas grew up in Wellington, Florida. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Miami where she graduated magna cum laude with a major in neuroscience. During that time she was accepted into the Medical Scholars Program for early admission into the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. After completing medical school she remained at UM for a residency in general psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Gabrielle Avery-Peck, PhD, specializes in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders including Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Specific Phobia, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in children, adolescents, and adults. She emphasizes a collaborative approach, working with clients to understand their fears and encouraging them to become their own therapists over time. Dr. Avery-Peck feels strongly about using evidenced-based techniques in her work with clients, and works primarily from a cognitive behavioral perspective. By emphasizing the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors clients will gain greater insight into their concerns and learn techniques for managing their anxiety. To target the behavioral aspects of anxiety she frequently incorporates exposure and response prevention (ERP) into her work and helps clients to engage in exposures both in the office and in real-world settings. Trained in sport and performance psychology, Dr. Avery-Peck also has a special interest in working with athletes. She emphasizes the connection between the mind and body while addressing issues relating to the optimal performance and well-being of athletes. In addition to working with individual athletes, Dr. Avery-Peck also provides services for teams, coaches and parents which includes conducting workshops on a variety of topics, such as leadership skills, team-building, coaching, and motivation.
Dr. Avery-Peck received her Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University, her Master of Education in Counseling and Sport Psychology from Boston University and her PH.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston University. She completed an APA Accredited predoctoral internship at Florida Atlantic University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. She was trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy at the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program, a division of McLean Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Services.
Dr. Carolyn Rubenstein, PhD, specializes in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in adolescents and adults. She has a particular interest in working with clients on identity development, relationship issues, body image concerns, academic struggles, and perfectionism.
Dr. Rubenstein utilizes an active collaborative approach with a focus on harnessing each individual’s unique strengths. She enjoys integrating acceptance-based cognitive behavioral tools as well as self-compassion and mindfulness into her therapeutic work. Trained in evidence-based techniques at Harvard University and the University of Miami, Dr. Rubenstein leverages the latest research findings to individualize treatment plans and optimize outcomes.
Dr. Rubenstein received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Duke University, graduating summa cum laude. She received a M.A. in Psychology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Miami. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Miami’s Counseling Center. She was trained in the treatment of anxiety disorders, including OCD, at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. She was also trained in psychoeducational assessment at the Mailman Center for Child Development, a division of University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, and in the treatment of eating disorders and body image concerns at Oliver-Pyatt Centers in South Miami. Dr. Rubenstein is the author of Perseverance: How Young People Turn Fear into Hope and How They Can Teach Us To Do The Same (Forge Books) as well as the co-author of numerous academic journal articles on the topic of well-being and flourishing.
Melissa Koniver, Psy.D, is a postdoctoral resident and specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and their families. She conducts comprehensive psychoeducational, neuropsychological, psychoeducational, developmental, and gifted evaluations with children and adolescents presenting with behavioral, social, emotional, and academic issues. Dr. Koniver works collaboratively with other treating professionals, parents, and teachers to improve her patients’ functioning both at home and school. Dr. Koniver has worked with children presenting with a variety of concerns including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, developmental disorders, and social-emotional/behavioral challenges. Her unique training in school psychology allows her to work with children, their families, and the school system to support their needs in multiple environments.
Dr. Koniver graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She earned her doctoral degree in School Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She received training in various settings including both public and private schools, private practice, and community mental health where she provided evidence-based treatment to children and conducted comprehensive psychological evaluations. In addition, Dr. Koniver is trained in the PRePARE Model for crisis intervention in the schools and has received training in crisis and grief counseling. Dr. Koniver has presented at both regional and national conferences on the assessment of self-regulation in young children, as well as working with transgender children in a therapeutic setting. She recently published author of Gifted and Talented Children in the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Intimate and Family Relationships, which discusses the academic, cognitive, and socioemotional functioning of gifted children and their relationships with their peers and families.
Dana Ball MS, OTR/L, Dana has been an occupational therapist for over 20 years. She received a Bachelor’s in Psychology at Indiana University and a Masters in Occupational Therapy at Florida International University. Her experience includes in patient rehabilitation, outpatient services, school settings and private practice. She brings a wealth of knowledge with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, ADD/ADHD, sensory processing disorders, learning disabilities, executive functioning disorder, and fine motor delays. Her treatment specialties include early intervention, fine motor skills, self help skills and handwriting.
Elise Yonon, M.S. CCC-SLP, is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She is founder and director of her company, Beyond Speech for Kids, LLC. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Florida and then went on to achieve her Master’s of Speech-Language Pathology at Florida International University. Elise is passionate about working in pediatrics and dedicating her life to treating those with communication difficulties and special needs. Having worked with various clients in private schools, daycares and clinical settings in the South Florida area, she has gained extensive experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, language delays and processing disorders, articulation and fluency disorders, as well as children with social and pragmatic delays. Elise also has experience with Augmentative and Alternative Communication. She is a certified provider for the Interactive Metronome, and is trained in PROMPT. Elise takes pride in focusing her career on helping children and in learning new approaches that will assist her clients in meeting their goals as quickly and effectively as possible.
Michael Klionsky, is a private tutor who works with middle and high school students. He has extensive experience working with individuals facing executive function challenges, including difficulty with planning and organizing, focusing, prioritizing, and processing information. Although his primary goal is to improve test scores and overall comprehension, Mr. Klionsky prides himself on his ability to provide students with the framework they need to master concepts independently by tailoring his teaching methods to meet their specific needs.
Mr. Klionsky graduated from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he received his B.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics. Prior to Caltech, he was the valedictorian of the International Baccalaureate program at Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach, Florida. For the past several years, he has focused his instruction on English, math, and science, as well as Test and College Prep, including the SSAT, ACT, SAT, and essay writing.