Our Clinicians 

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Julie Baron, LCSW-C

Therapist, Practice Owner

Julie Baron graduated from Penn State University with a BA in Psychology and from Boston University with her Masters in Social Work. She has almost 30 years of experience working with adolescents, adults and families in community based mental health centers, residential treatment facilities, home based crisis stabilization programs, public and private schools, and private practice providing individual, group, and family therapy and advocacy services.

 

She practices evidence-based interventions and uses relational strategies to engage her clients and empower them in reaching their goals. She writes articles and blogs and trains adolescents, parents, and professionals on various topics related to adolescent development and social culture, such as bullying and cyber-socializing, positive school climate, and practicing therapy with adolescents and young adults.  Julie is the co-author of What Works With Teens: A Professional’s Guide to Engaging Authentically with Adolescents to Achieve Lasting Change, New Harbinger, April 1, 2015.

Julie is the founder and practice manager of Julie Baron and Associates and coordinates the practice's Comprehensive DBT Program.

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Masha Levy, LCSW-C

Therapist

Masha Levy is a licensed clinical social worker. She obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland. Prior to her social work clinical training, she spent fifteen years working with children, adolescents and adults as a massage therapist and a wellness consultant. Masha developed and taught massage classes and seminars for over a decade, working with trauma survivors and other special populations in group and individual settings.

 

Her holistic perspective, understanding of the mind-body connection and relational approach to engaging her clients empowers them toward reaching their goals. Masha is particularly skilled at connecting with reluctant teens and young adults, helping them overcome their social, academic and personal challenges and engage with their families in meaningful and positive ways. Additionally she enjoys working with adults at all stages of life.

 

She has experience in utilizing an eclectic combination of evidence based treatment approaches including CBT, Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing. In addition, Masha has completed extensive trainings in trauma recovery work, the mind-body connection, EMDR and DBT, and is a regular guest lecturer for the University of Maryland School of Social Work on these topics . Masha offers individual, group and family therapy.

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Gale Greenstein, LCSW-C

Therapist

Gale Greenstein is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in the treatment of adolescents and adults. She graduated with her Masters in Social Work from Hunter College in Manhattan, and has worked extensively with individuals, families, couples and groups in mental health agencies, hospitals, public schools, university, and private practice settings for over 20 years. In 2007, she was awarded the prestigious “PASEsetter of the Year” Award for her outstanding services and leadership to youth as the Social Work Director of a teen counseling program in New York City .

 

She practices with an eclectic approach and has extensive training in using evidence-based treatments such as CBT and DBT as well as other treatment modalities. Gale infuses art, drama, narrative work and other creative expression into her treatment approach to engage her clients, enhance their commitment to reaching goals, and enrich feelings of self-worth and confidence. She also has specialized training and experience in working compassionately with LGBTQ youth and their families and is currently pursuing  certification as a WPATH recognized provider.

 

Gale is particularly skilled at engaging hard to reach adolescents and young adults by fostering genuine connections and effecting lasting change with her clients. Gale is committed to providing compassionate, warm, and emotionally safe care and is often assisted in sessions by her hypoallergenic therapy dog, Tovie.

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Jennifer Merrill, Psy. D

Therapist

Jennifer Merrill, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of children, teens, and adults. She earned her doctoral degree from the George Washington University and completed a postdoctoral specialization in child, adolescent and family therapy. She has nearly 20 years of psychological experience across varied settings including adolescent residential treatment centers, private practice, community mental health centers, University clinics, and schools.

 

She integrates diagnostic expertise and evidence-based treatment modalities and strategies in her provision of individual, group and family therapy. Dr. Merrill utilizes a supportive and collaborative approach when understanding cognitive, emotional and behavioral distress in all stages of development. Through empathy and understanding, Dr. Merrill is easily able to form authentic connections, and support the acquisition of adaptive coping strategies, problem solving skills, empowerment and the building of healthy and supportive relationships.

 

Her specialties and areas of particular interest include anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive symptoms, affect regulation, identity development and life transitions. Dr. Merrill is practiced in the administration and interpretation of psychological assessments, particularly as the evaluations inform and enhance therapeutic goals.With seasoned advocacy skills, Dr. Merrill uses her professional and personal understanding of private and public educational systems to partner with schools and families ensuring social, emotional and academic needs are met.

 

She has served on the clinical faculty of universities, as well as provided advanced supervision to predoctoral and postdoctoral psychology students. Additionally, she provides training and consultation to parents, organizations, and in mental health policy.

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Dr. Jeffrey Kranzler, Ph.D., LCSW-C

Therapist

Dr. Jeffrey Kranzler, Ph.D., LCSW-C serves as the Parent Coach and Parent Skills Group Leader in the DBT program at Julie Baron and Associates. 

 

Dr. Kranzler has post-graduate training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. He served as the Social Work Supervisor of a child and adolescent unit of an Albert Einstein College of Medicine clinic and as Director of Social Services in a large K-12 school. He is also the founder of Leaf Mentoring, a consulting company that implements school-based mentoring programs. Dr. Kranzler is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and has treated clients with compassion and expert care in multiple practice settings for over 10 years.

Dr. Kranzler's expertise and passion lies in treating individual on the Autism Spectrum.  He recently launched Kranzler Autism Programs and Services (KAPS) where he currently provides individual and group treatment services (www.drjeffkranzler.com). He is also the author of The Crimson Protector (www.thecrimsonprotector.com), a superhero adventure that also teaches middle schoolers how to build confidence, overcome social anxiety and handle bullying

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Joy Martini, LCSW-C

Therapist

Joy Martini holds a BA in Interpersonal Communications from Bowling Green State University and a Masters in Social Work from Catholic University.   Prior to her clinical work, she has experience in early childhood development and providing advocacy and valuable supports to adolescents struggling with social and emotional challenges.

Joy is trained in DBT and currently provides individual DBT therapy at Julie Baron and Associates.  She integrates DBT theory and practice throughout her clinical work to help clients cope by teaching mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills. 

She specializes in providing therapy to adolescents and young adults in addition to providing parent guidance and family therapy.  She incorporates a range of therapeutic, educational and supportive methods to help her clients develop and practice techniques to stabilize mood, increase effective behaviors and develop healthy relationships. She is skilled in helping her clients target areas of concern and develop treatment plans that address identified problems and goals. Joy believes in understanding family dynamics, how family history impacts current challenges, the importance of interpersonal effectiveness, and guiding families in respectful communications while addressing challenges. 

 

When not engaged with her clients, Joy loves to spend time with family and friends including her 2 young adult sons. You will regularly find her on or near the water or engaging in anything outside including kayaking, hiking, and the occasional rock climb.  Joy is an avid yogi and practices mindfulness meditation.