Vikas Malik, MD
Dr. Malik is board certified in both Child-Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. He completed residency in Adult Psychiatry followed by a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai-Elmhurst Hospital Center, NY. Upon completion, he worked for Behavioral Health Network, Inc., the largest non-profit mental health facility in Western Massachusetts. He also held teaching position at Baystate Medical Center through Tufts University, Boston as Assistant Clinical Professor. Dr. Malik was actively involved in teaching /supervising residents as well as Advance Practice Registered Nurse(APRN). Over the years, Dr. Malik has found a special niche for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and now concentrates on children, teenagers and young adults to help them and their families cope with myriad of psychiatric conditions.
Medical Education & Training
MEDICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Fellow, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Adult Psychiatry: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY (Chief Resident)
Medical School: Medical College Baroda, M.S. University, Vadodara, India
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology: General Adult Psychiatry
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Margaret McConnell, LCSW
Margaret is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializing in issues related to adolescents, adults and
families, including general anxiety, social anxiety, depression, family lifestyle changes, parenting and
stressful life circumstances.
Margaret received a Master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.
Margaret has an extensive history working with adolescents, young adults, adults and families with an
understanding that people grow, and change based on their strengths. Margaret’s work is guided by the
philosophy of assisting clients in putting the pieces of their lives together.
Margaret is available to provide weekly individual, group or family appointments at the Garden City location.
Anna Ebrani, LCSW
I am a Licensed Psychotherapist with many years of professional experience counseling individuals who have been suffering from Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and PTSD symptoms.
I have extensive clinical training and I utilize an eclectic and a holistic approach which is a combination of CBT and Psychodynamic modalities and it also focuses on Mindfulness and Relaxation. I offer individualized and tailored care with a strong humanistic and person centered approach to treatment. I focus on resolving childhood conflicts that can contribute to emotional challenges and I also help my clients modify and ultimately change their negative thoughts and behavioral patterns while empowering them to overcome personal obstacles confidently. I also believe in goal-setting and strategy building. I take pride in the belief that my biggest strengths are my compassionate and warm heart and a genuine desire to help my clients. I am aware that reaching out for help can be hard and anxiety-provoking. Therefore I provide my clients with a warm and non-judgmental environment to get them started on an insightful and an introspective journey which will give them an opportunity to self-reflect and would allow us to explore the issues that may be preventing them from living more fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Anna practices at the Brooklyn location.
Ellen Kipnis, LCSW
Ellen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the evaluation and diagnosis of children, adolescents, and adults experiencing behavioral and socio-emotional challenges. Ellen received her Masters Degree from Rutgers University. Ellen has worked extensively with children, adolescents, families, and adults. Ellen utilizes assessment tools such as, CARS-2 and ADOS-2 for the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and several tools for the diagnosis of ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and other behavioral disorders in children and adults. Ellen provides weekly individual and family sessions, as well as, behavioral modification counseling for Autism and ADHD.
Ellen practices at the Garden City location.
Tammy Bayewitch, LMSW
Tammy is a Licensed Master Social Worker and received her degree from Stony Brook University. Throughout her career, she has been diligently serving the mental health population through her work in community rehabilitation services and providing therapeutic interventions to individuals, couples and families. Tammy has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and adults with various mental health issues. Tammy engages her clients with empathy and support, which allows them to feel comfortable as they explore and process their internal and external stressors. Through the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Tammy encourages clients to expand their thought process to perceive conflict in a healthier and more productive manner. Tammy has experience working with people with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, personality disorders and mood disorders. More specifically, Tammy has helped clients with personal and environmental issues such as low self-esteem, unhealthy relationships, faulty thinking, societal pressures, substance use, family dynamics and trauma. Tammy’s objective is to create a safe therapeutic environment that fosters openness, acceptance and growth.
Tammy practices at the Garden City location
Arielle Mach, LMSW
Arielle is a Licensed Master Social Worker who works with children, teens, and young adults using a strength-based and person-centered approach to therapy. This means that she believes in the resilience of all human beings and works collaboratively and creatively to support her clients. Arielle’s areas of expertise include self harming behaviors, depression, anxiety and panic attacks, low self esteem and self worth, LGBTQIA+ identity exploration, substance use, and sexual trauma. Arielle believes that the most powerful vehicle for healing is fostering a therapeutic relationship rather than focusing solely on a diagnosis. She tailors her approach to each individual client, utilizing components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment and Schema-Focused therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, and Art, Music, and Play therapy. Arielle provides weekly 60 minute psychotherapy sessions. She is dedicated to providing a space that is inviting, comfortable, supportive, and built for self exploration and healing.
Arielle practices at the Brooklyn location
Palak Agrawal BDS, MHC, CASAC-T, NCC
Palak is a Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor and Tobacco Addictions Counselor and a licensed dentist in India. Her training as a medical professional helps her understand the biological processes that usually accompany the psychological disorders and helps her in providing an informed therapeutic approach to all her clients. Palak has a multicultural and multilingual background which also allows her to be increasingly aware and mindful towards the need of diverse communities and allows her to implement various psychotherapeutic interventions to help people from distinct cultures. Palak has extensive training in the various therapeutic approaches utilized in the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders, Anxiety and Mood Disorders and Identity/ Cultural acculturation for the First/ Second Generations. Palak believes in meeting the clients where they are at and providing an extremely non-judgmental and culturally sensitive environment.
Palak practices at the Brooklyn location.
Comprehensive Initial Evaluation
The initial visit takes about an hour and involves comprehensive assessment. It helps if all care providers/parents are present during initial evaluation as it provides a complete picture of the difficulties the patient is facing. Kindly bring with you to the appointment any copies of the prior psychiatric assessments including (but not limited to) neuropsychological testing, discharge summaries from hospital and recent medications. The assesment is followed by a thorough discussion of different treatment modalities available.
Wonder Years provides Neuropsychological Assessments for Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, ADHD, Anxiety & Autism in both Children & Adults. Call us for more details.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Wonder Years now offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy for patients suffering from depression and not responding to medications and psychotherapy. It's non-invasive and considered very safe. Learn more in our blog section.
Wonder Years provides the option of Tele-Psychiatry in the state of NY. Initial appointments must always take place in person however. A Tele-Psychiatry visit will be considered exactly the same as a regular in-person visit and so is the fees.
Sometimes parents and other treatment providers like psychiatrist, psychologists and primary care physicians want a fresh look at the diagnosis and treatment. These evaluations are as comprehensive as initial evaluations and involve about an hour. It is recommended that copies of prior assessments, psychological testing, discharge summaries from hospital and recent medications be brought with you during the appointment.
Follow up visits
The duration and interval of follow up visits is dependent on the complexity and treatment needs of each individual patient.