Steven H. Padnick

Steven H. Padnick, Ph.D.

Director & Founder of CCC

Steven H. Padnick,  Ph.D., entered the field of psychotherapy initially as a school psychologist and child/family therapist.  He then spent several years as a research psychologist studying the physical effects of stress on health and wellness. Dr. Padnick served as a psychological consultant to various Employee Assistance Programs (EAP’s), government agencies, and nonprofit organizations where he developed and implemented pro-health programs. This formed the basis of Dr. Padnick’s on-going interest and commitment to treating patients suffering from the ill effects of stress, psychophysiological, and pervasive personality disorders.


Dr. Padnick received intensive post-doctoral training at the Humanistic Psychology Center, the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, and the Center for the Advancement of Group Studies. He specializes in the modern psychoanalytic treatment of individuals, couples, and groups; supervises and trains practicing therapists; serves on the Board of Directors and teaching faculty of the Long Island Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies.

Christine Machlica

Christine Machlica, LCSW-R

Associate Director

Christine Machlica, LCSW, obtained her Master’s degree in social work from  Adelphi  University and is a  member of the  Academy of  Certified  Social  Workers. She has extensive post-graduate training in family therapy, anxiety disorders, and modern psychoanalysis, and receives on-going clinical supervision. She treats patients with various anxiety disorders, depression, and mood disorders, and has specific training in the areas of incest and sexual assault, PTSD, and family therapy. Her approach is psychodynamic, with a focus on modern analytic techniques.

Ms. Machlica accepts Medicare and is a member of the Northwell Health Premium Network, which includes CareConnect and the North Shore LIJ Clinical Integration Network IPA.