Commack Consultation Center
66 Harned Road
Commack, NY 11725

8573 (fax)

Clinical Staff

Mercedes Altshul, LCSW-R, obtained her Master's degree in social work from Stony Brook University and also holds an M.S. in special education from Long Island University. Her post-graduate training includes certification in Advanced Clinical Practice from New York University, membership in the Continuing Education Recognition Program (through the National Association of Social Workers), and on-going clinical supervision. She has presented a number of scholarly and research papers on topics including Attachment Theory, Parenting, and the Child in Therapy.  Although she sees patients of all ages, most of her clinical work is with children and adolescents, using a highly flexible approach to therapy and accommodating to the specific needs of each patient.

Diana Anklow-Bass, LCSW, obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in social work from New York University. Her post-graduate training includes Advanced Clinical Studies through the Training Institute for Mental Health in New York and Adelphi University's Institute for Parenting. In addition to on-going clinical supervision, she is a member of The National Association of Social Workers (NASW). As a clinical social worker, Diana has provided crisis  intervention, counseling and case management to diverse  populations including seniors, children, adolescents,  parents  and families. She tailors her therapy to the needs  of her  patients using multiple psychotherapeutic  approaches,  such  as family systems techniques,  supportive  methodologies  and play therapy. Diana is skilled at working with children and adolescents, particularly those  who  experience psychological  symptoms that interfere  with  productivity at school and emotional 
well-being at home and with friends.

Judith Charnet, Ph.D., 
received her doctorate in psychology at Union Institute and her M.Ed. in counseling at SUNY, Buffalo. Her experience includes working with a broad range of patients and patient populations: seniors in nursing homes, to develop coping strategies and improve daily living skills; students, to assist with academic, social, and personal issues; and couples and families (i.e., adults, children and adolescents), to manage the array of issues and disorders they face. She is on the faculty of the Center for Group Studies, in Manhattan, and trained at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis. Her orientation is Modern Psychoanalytic; she enjoys the "unfolding" process observed in individuals as they build ego strength and begin to use more adaptive approaches to meet life's challenges. She believes that responding directly to patients, and connecting with them during a session, is essential to producing a favorable therapeutic outcome.

 Steven Gordon, LCSW-R, received his Master's degree in social  work   from Stony Brook University. He has experience as a senior  social   worker at a trauma focused behavioral health center,  supervises   graduate students in their practice, and recently served  as the clinical   supervisor at a community mental health clinic. He  continues in on-   going clinical supervision and professional  education. His specialty is   child and adolescent therapy, with an  emphasis on projective play,   constructive communication, and  using the therapeutic rapport as a   healing tool. He emphasizes a  treatment approach that encourages   patients to verbalize feelings,  impulses, and desires in a constructive   and therapeutic manner.

Fred Russo, LCSW-R, obtained his Master's degree in social work frome Barry College. His post-graduate training includes courses workshops and conferences in modern psychoanalysis, as
 well as continuing clinical supervision. He works well with
 elderly patients and has been involved with long term care for over   ten years. His extensive post-graduate analytic training has prepared   him for in-depth work with adults and adolescents. While his primary   orientation is psychoanalytic, he uses a cognitive or behavioral   approach when more appropriate.


Linda Weber, LMSW, earned her Master's degree in social work from Fordham University and began her career as a substance abuse therapist for adolescents and families. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). 
Her post-graduate training includes courses, workshops and conferences and on-going clinical supervision. Her approach is psychodynamic, with a focus on modern analytic techniques. She treats patients with various anxiety disorders, depression and mood disorders. She offers play, individual, couple and family sessions. Linda is adept at helping patients  learn to live more adaptive and fulfilling lives.



 Claire Weinberg, LCSW-R, 
earned her Master's degree in  social work from Adelphi University and began her career as a  Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist in an elementary school  and later broadened her practice to also include high school  students. She is dedicated to helping children, adolescents and  families deal with issues such as
 academic decline, divorce, 
 depression, addiction and various  social problems. She offers  play, individual, group and family  sessions. Claire has a special  interest in working with families  facing the challenges in the often difficult process of adoption.  Her post-graduate training  has focused on cognitive behavioral  interventions, family systems theory and the 
psychodynamic process.


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