A few words from our current
and past team members
Shia Bochner, Ph.D.
I completed my postdoc training at Madison Park Psychological Services (MPPS). MPPS was the perfect transition from a psychology trainee to feeling competent as a psychologist in private practice. The practice is run by Dr. Saad who provides an excellent postdoc experience. Dr. Saad has a unique approach to psychology and psychotherapy and shares her knowledge graciously. Perhaps what is most unique about MPPS is the practice itself. The patients treated at MPPS are widely diverse in their cultural background, professions, and psychopathologies. Additionally, I also had the opportunity to become competent in treating couples. The feel at MPPS is one of a private practice. The patients expect competency. As postdocs, we are pushed, while being supported, to provide the best treatment possible. We are also trained to become comfortable navigating the complex world of insurance companies and develop an appreciation of the financial side of being a clinician. When I started at MPPS, I was a newbie and an anxious clinician. Seeing many patients, being supported, and the collegial atmosphere, helped me become a more capable and confident clinician. After two years at MPPS, it feels quite different. I feel confident as a clinician and confident to practice independently as a psychologist in private practice.
Marni Russo, Psy.D.
My experience at Madison Park Psychological Services has been quite rewarding. I did not know what to expect, having worked in community-based clinics, schools, and hospitals in the past, but I feel I have found a great match in MPPS. I feel incredibly supported by Dr. Yasmine Saad; I feel comfortable being my authentic self during supervision and I feel that she has found a way to brighten and enhance my clinical skills while allowing me to stay true to the clinician I am. Her wisdom in the area of western psychology is profound, and the addition of traditional eastern perspective breathes new life into the work. I appreciate the varying supervisor perspectives between Dr. Saad, Dr. Khadivi, and my post-doc mentor; I have ample time to reflect on patient dynamics as well as dive into my own countertransference, which has been vital. I felt accepted by the team of psychologists and post-docs who make up MPPS from the moment I began at the practice, which was a tall order given that I joined during the pandemic and all introductions and team meetings thereafter have been virtual. Nevertheless, this special group of people welcomed me with open and curious arms. Clinically, I feel like I have pushed myself more than I have in awhile and grown exponentially. Working with a high functioning private practice population required a learning curve initially, which altered my practice in a way I could not have expected. I am grateful that I wound up at MPPS. It feels like the perfect fit.
Kira Boesch, Ph.D.
I was drawn to MPPS by the promise of an experience in a thriving private practice, excellent supervision under Dr.’s Saad and Khadivi, and interaction with a diverse group of patients and colleagues. This has been exactly what I have had the opportunity to enjoy during my postdoc over the last year and a half. I have had a volume of patients greater than at any other point in my training, and have felt that each patient and case has moved my development forward as a therapist. I have benefitted from regular supervision from Dr. Saad and Dr. Khadivi and have found them to be helpful, available and containing, at the same time that they have each given me the freedom to help me develop my own voice and identity as a therapist. I have also really appreciated being a part of a group of colleagues with different therapeutic approaches and backgrounds. At the same time, I have had the flexibility I was looking for in a postdoc in order to keep various aspects of my life in balance. In my experience, MPPS provides a unique and meaningful balance of structure and independence, comfort and challenge, and is thus maximally conducive to growth as a therapist.
Lindsay Mathews, P.hD.
“I was looking to join a group practice where I could work among like-minded individuals while continuing to hone my skills as a therapist. I immediately felt connected and supported by Dr. Saad and Dr. Khadivi as both supervisors and colleagues. Each psychologist at the practice brings their own unique backgrounds and contributions to better understand and treat the complex patients that are drawn to the practice for our help. Dr. Saad is always striving to find ways to improve and refine the practice as a whole. There is an obvious, genuine desire to foster inner growth and promote self-care in order for us as therapists to best serve our patients. Dr. Saad and Dr. Khadivi are always available to provide warmth and support while challenging you to further develop your own talent in becoming an ever competent psychologist.”
Erica Gardner-Schuster, Ph.D
One of the greatest strengths of this training program is how it helps you to trust your clinical intuition as you continue to grow and strengthen your own voice as a therapist. The rewards and challenges of working with a very different patient population than that typically seen during the predoctoral training years leads to significant and rapid growth as a therapist. You get a real sense of what it’s like working within a group private practice, as you learn to deal with insurance and financial aspects of private practice, and its interaction with clinical work and your own professional development. You are also exposed to different clinical theoretical perspectives as well as the Eastern medicine approach to improving mental health and well-being.
Jasmine Dayan, Psy.D.
The post doc at MPPS is a great fellowship to gain experience in a private practice setting. At MPPS, you will be working with high functioning, high SES patients with diverse psychopathology. What makes this a unique fellowship is the eastern medicine approach that is a large part of the practice, providing wholistic treatment to patients. Additionally, working with supervisors and colleagues of different orientations and backgrounds who can provide different views and perspectives (including an eastern medicine perspective), allows for a special experience. Both supervisors at MPPS are very knowledgeable and talented psychologists. I have learned a great deal from both Drs. Saad and Khadivi who have been helpful in providing invaluable supervision to hone my skills. They have helped me become a more well rounded clinician, resulting in being able to provide the best service to my patients.
Melissa Kate McIntosh, Ph.D.
My time at MPPS has stretched my understanding of working with a diverse clientele, some of whom are dipping their toes into insight-oriented work. The challenge and supervision has supported me to develop a new lens of understanding of how to meet people where they are at. With this challenge, I have learned to work with individuals and couples while honing on developing my skills as a clinician. I have appreciated supervision that both supports my intuition while also challenging me to conceptualize things from different points of view. Additionally, the opportunity to incorporate Eastern thought has been a breath of fresh air that has supported me in better tending to myself so I might better tend to those I work with.
Ariana Moran, Psy. D.
To work at Madison Park is unlike any setting I’ve ever worked. Dr. Saad is warm and supportive and Dr. Khadivi is wise and pragmatic. Together they manage a team of wonderful psychologists. We meet once a week as a full team to discuss cases and I am regularly humbled by the amount of genuineness, interest, and sheer care that these therapists have for their clients and their work. The clientele are most often quite high functioning and come from a place of privilege, so it has been a unique experience to work with this population as I did not get exposure like this in grad school. One of the most notable aspects of the training here at Madison Park is Dr. Saad’s speciality in Eastern Medicine, particularly Qi Gong. She often conceptualizes cases using a blend of eastern medicine and western psychotherapy and encourages the postdocs to think more holistically. With Dr. Saad, you will learn to tap into your intuition and adopt a more free-flowing lens to communication and treatment. On the other hand, Dr. Khadivi will provide balance with scientific knowledge and rational thinking. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a six-week long Dragon’s Way Qi Gong course.
Eve Schwartz, Psy.D.
I felt compelled to join MPPS after learning I would become intimately acquainted with the private practice model. I have since not been disappointed, as MPPS is a flourishing private practice that I feel lucky to be a part of. I have learned how to navigate insurance companies as well as value myself at the out of pocket fee we offer, which is no small feat. The New York clientele is high functioning, diverse, and intellectually stimulating. I have the fortune of benefitting clinically from treating four of my patients twice-weekly. Consequently, the depth and expansion I have experienced has been rapid and unparalleled to other types of settings. I’ve appreciated the unique perspectives of Dr. Saad and Dr. Khadivi, both of whom model a refined skill set and an authentic passion for the field. I have appreciated the versatility provided through their respective supervision styles. I also look forward to weekly team meetings, where I prosper from sharing ideas with a diverse group of psychologists. Dr. Saad cares deeply about the happiness of her clinicians and continually integrates feedback from the team. MPPS has been conducive to my appreciation for independence, support, and challenge. I am grateful I chose to do my postdoc at MPPS, as it has undoubtedly fostered my professional and personal growth.
Remi Appel, Psy.D
My time as a postdoc at MPPS has been unlike any other training experience that I’ve encountered. I always knew I wanted to continue to grow and learn as an early career psychologist and, after 6 months, I can truly say I’m doing just that. My time so far has allowed me to work with a high-functioning patient population which has helped me develop trust within myself and my own clinical intuition. In addition, Dr. Saad and Dr. Khadivi's supervision has been rich with knowledge and extremely insightful. It has shown me different perspectives, enabled me to experiment with different types of interventions as well as take important risks which have fostered confidence in myself. Furthermore, and most importantly, their supervision has helped the treatment of my patients. All clinicians at MPPS provide a unique perspective to presenting problems and being able to consult and feel supported while working in a private practice setting has been extremely helpful. While I did feel anxious jumping into this type of setting, it has allowed me to grow into the psychologist I have always wanted to become. Something I’ve sincerely appreciated about this postdoc is the emphasis on developing inner growth both personally and professionally. This helps you become the best version of yourself so you can model that and help patients on the same path. I feel supported and challenged in the best possible way and am so glad I made the decision to come to MPPS for my postdoctoral training.
Thomas Whitfield, P.hD.
“The post-doctoral training I have received thus far at Madison Park Psychological Services has easily exceeded my expectations. One of the things that I have enjoyed most about the training are the weekly team meetings where we often present cases to each other and are given the opportunity to get insight from brilliant clinicians with a variety of backgrounds. As a therapist who specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy this has challenged me to integrate other perspectives into my practice. Although I am only eight months into my training I believe that my work has grown in both breadth and depth. Another aspect of the training that I’m thoroughly benefited from is the generous amount of supervision with Dr. Saad, Dr. Khadivi, and Dr. Sapoff. All three have provided me with valuing training and psychotherapy skills that have enriched my own work. I look forward to seeing what the rest of my post-doctoral experience at MPPS will bring me!” – Thomas Whitfield.
Mallory Sapoff, P.hD.
“The post doctoral fellowship at Madison Park Psychological Services provides a unique clinical experience developed to meet the needs, skills and varying approaches of individual trainees. Trainees are not only thoroughly trained and supervised but one’s own therapeutic orientation is enhanced and integrated with new ways of thinking about the therapeutic process, the therapeutic relationship, and oneself. Trainees are gradually exposed based on readiness and interest to increased independence, such as that of an experience of running one’s own private practice. Dr. Saad and Dr. Khadivi have varying styles and ways of conceptualizing and developing interventions that through supervision lead trainees to become more self aware and efficient in working effectively with patients from diverse populations and ages. The post doc experience at MPPS ultimately leads to both personal and professional growth, an increased understanding of the effectiveness of incorporating eastern medicine with psychotherapy; while providing a supportive yet flexible structure within a knowledgeable and collaborative community of clinicians.” Mallory Sapoff