Eating Disorder Resource Center
Primary Address:
330 W. 58th St. Suite 206
New York, NY 10019

Offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester and Long Island

Tel: 212-989-3987

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EDRC Affiliated Therapists | Meet Our Staff | Administrative Staff | Other Referrals

EDRC Affiliated Therapists

EDRC is based at 330 West 58th Street, with therapists working in private offices throughout Manhattan. We take into account location convenience when making a recommendation for a treatment referral.

All therapists are psychodynamically-trained and are skilled in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating and body dysmorphic disorders. We are specifically known for directly intervening with the symptom, while at the same time understanding the psychological meaning the symptom can have for each person. Particular attention is given to helping individuals develop coping strategies and finding resources to deal with feelings underlying the eating disorder. We also offer a range of expertise, including specialties in the treatment of substance abuse and sexual abuse, assessment for bariatric surgery, and the use of cognitive-behavioral techniques.

Judith Brisman, PhD - Founding Director

Judith BrismanJudith Brisman, Ph.D. was among the first to develop a program for the eating-disordered patient. She is well-respected in the eating-disorder community for her ongoing contributions to the field. In particular, she emphasizes the need for direct intervention with disordered eating, while maintaining a sensitive exploration of the psychological factors involved. She is co-author of Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends (Collins Living, 3rd ed, 2009) and is on the editorial board of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. She has published and lectured extensively regarding the interpersonal treatment of eating disorders. In addition to being the director of EDRC, she is an associate editor for the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and she is a supervisor of psychotherapy and is on the teaching faculty at the William Alanson White Institute. Dr. Brisman maintains a private practice in New York City. Please visit for more information.

Program Director

Shelly Dammeyer, LCSW, HHC - Program Management & Consulting Therapist

Shelly DammeyerShelly Dammeyer, LCSW, HHC, received a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University and completed the Post-Graduate Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Training Program with the William Alanson White Institute. She maintains a private practice in Midtown Manhattan where she specializes in eating disorders, body image issues, substance abuse, trauma, loss and grief, depression and anxiety. Shelly works from a Relational and Interpersonal Psychodynamic model of therapy incorporating CBT and DBT techniques. She is also a certified Holistic Health Coach integrating aspects of nutrition with mental, emotional and physical health for an individualized therapy. In addition to her practice, she is a therapist and coach with Maria Droste Counseling Services, and New York Clinical Recovery Specialists.

Consulting Therapists

Patricia Bellucci, PhD

Patricia Bellucci PhDPatricia Bellucci received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University. She is a graduate and faculty of the William Alanson White Institute’s Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program and the Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Services. Patricia has extensive experience in addiction research and treatment. She has worked at The Addiction Institute, the Comprehensive Addiction Program for Adolescents and the Women’s Health Project. Patricia maintains a private practice on the UWS of NYC where she works with adolescents, adults and families specializing in Alcohol/Substance Abuse, Depression and Anxiety, Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Personality Disorders. She works with a Harm Reduction approach integrating psychoanalytic psychotherapy with cognitive-behavioral strategies, relapse prevention techniques, moderation management and 12-step self-help models. Please visit for more information.

Shannon Bradley, ATR-BC, LCAT

Shannon BradleyShannon Bradley, ATR-BC, LCAT is a licensed creative arts therapist who received her Masters Degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute. Shannon maintains a private practice in Manhattan where she has experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, addiction, eating disorders, mental and medical illness. Shannon's theoretical view is an eclectic blend of psychodynamic, humanistic/client-centered, and existential therapies. "It's probably simplest to say I address problems holistically... with a mind/body/spirit and past/present/future focus."

Jamie Fialkoff, LMSW

Jamie FialkoffJamie Fialkoff, LMSW holds a Master's degree in developmental psychology from Columbia University, and is working towards her MSW at Fordham University. Jamie is currently an intake coordinator at EDRC and is the group leader for the monthly EDRC support groups. Jamie has worked extensively with eating disordered patients, and has a background in both cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic approaches to treatment.

Angela Giuffra, LCSW

Angela Giuffra, LCSWAngela Giuffra, LCSWR, BCD, SEP received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of Toronto, Canada. She also completed a Certificate in the Treatment of Interpersonal Trauma and Trauma-Focused CBT from Columbia University. Ms. Giuffra maintains a psychotherapy practice in Scarsdale, New York. She currently specializes in working with adolescents and young adults, as well as families and couples. She treats anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, self -injury and addictions including eating disorders. She also is recognized for her expertise in utilizing mind body approaches to women’s health issues. She integrates the practices of Somatic Experiencing, EMDR and Internal Family Systems to promote emotional regulation and mindfulness.

Gail Grace, LCSW, BCD

Gail GraceGail Grace, LCSW, received her MSW from New York University. She is a graduate of the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health Adult Psychoanalytic Program, a graduate of the Psychoanalytic Supervision program at the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies of Adelphi University, where she is also on the faculty in the Training Program in Adult Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and provides supervision to analytic candidates. Gail has worked in many areas related to women's health, maternal and child health, bereavement, pregnancy loss, couples, adolescent grief and professional boundaries. Gail maintains a full-time private psychotherapy practice in Manhasset, NY—with office hours in Manhattan—working with individuals, couples and groups.

Christine Piatek, LCSW

Christine Piatek, LCSWChristine Piatek, LCSW received her MSW from New York University. She has training and experience in various treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic approaches. She has worked extensively with adolescents and adults focusing on treatment of depression, anxiety/trauma and eating disorders. Christine has experience in various treatment settings including inpatient, school-based and outpatient mental health clinics. She is currently completing a post graduate training program in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education affiliated with NYU School of Medicine and maintains a private practice in Manhattan and in Brooklyn.

Danielle M. Porto, LCSW, CASAC, CGP

Danielle PortoDanielle M. Porto, LCSW, received her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University where she focused on substance abuse and co-occurring disorders and began her extensive work as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. She also completed training with EGPS and is credentialed as a Certified Group Psychotherapist. Danielle utilized this foundation to develop her specialty in working with young adults (ages 18 to 30) struggling with addiction and other co-occurring disorders including mood, personality, and eating disorders. Her psychotherapy practice focuses on supporting young adults and their families through this life stage with psychodynamic and behavioral-based modalities. While specializing in work with this cohort, Danielle has experience with all age groups. Prior to private practice, Danielle initiated and developed a young adult clinic in Manhattan for dually diagnosed individuals as part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Danielle also spends her time educating the mental health community about clinical work with young adults through presentations and media appearances. She currently has offices in Manhattan and Garden City, NY.

Toby Schwartz, LCSW

Toby SchwartzToby Schwartz, LCSW received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University.  She works in an outpatient mental health clinic in Queens and maintains a part-time private practice in Manhattan, treating both adolescents and adults. Her treatment focus is on:  anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image disturbances, self injurious behaviors, religious and spiritual issues, interpersonal difficulties, transition from adolescence to adulthood, and early childhood trauma.  Toby utilizes primarily a psychodynamic approach to psychotherapy, while incorporating cognitive behavioral interventions. 

Lauren Waine, PhD

Lauren WaineLauren Waine, Ph.D. has a full-time private practice in Greenwich Village where she treats individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, relationship issues, ADHD, body dysmorphic disorder, and specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University in 2004. Prior to private practice, she worked with adults, and children, adolescents and families in out-patient and in-patient settings at Woodhull Medical Center and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Her work is informed by a knowledge of play therapy, post-graduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the American Institute for Psychoanalysis, as well as experience in DBT and CBT treatments.

Bethany Ginn Waldrop, LCSW

Bethany Ginn WaldropBethany Ginn Waldrop, LCSW holds a license in Clinical Social Work in both the New York and Florida. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University. Bethany maintains a private practice in Soho, where she specializes in eating disorders, self-esteem issues, anxiety, and depression. She also has an extensive background in working with children, adolescents, individuals, and families in the realm of crisis intervention, developmental delays, and emotional and behavioral concerns. Bethany uses a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic theory, along with the use of arts and play in her therapeutic approach with clients.

Administrative Staff

Cassandra Lenza, M.S., LMSW - Marketing Consultant

Cassandra LenzaCassandra Lenza, M.S., LMSW is a licensed Masters-Level Social Worker who holds a Masters degree from Columbia University in Clinical Social Work and Bachelors of Social Work from Providence College. In her practice at LA PALESTRA Center for Preventative Medicine, Cassandra provides behavioral evaluations, short-term Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and ongoing treatment for adults and adolescents. She also manages clients in the Weight Management Program, an integrated program designed for individuals with Weight and Eating Disorders, and runs LA PALESTRA KIDS, a non-profit health education program for kids. She is in post-graduate training at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, a branch of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP), where she is specializing in the integrated treatment of Eating Disorders. Cassandra serves as EDRC's Marketing Consultant, dedicated to enhancing our professional presence and spreading awareness of eating disorder treatment at EDRC.

Limor Weinstein, MA, CEDS, FAED - Administrative Consultant

Limor WeinsteinLimor Weinstein, MA, CEDS, FAED., received her masters in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and completed the Post-Graduate Eating Disorders Training program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy – Center for The Study of Anorexia and Bulimia. Limor works at Behavior Therapy of New York where she specializes in eating disorders, anxiety and depression, relationship conflict and body image issues. Limor previously worked as a Primary Therapist at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia and at TeenScreen – Columbia University. She is known for her inspiring talks regarding eating disorder treatment, prevention and her own journey to recovery from an eating disorder.


Other Referrals

The complications of bulimia, anorexia and/or binge eating disorder often require the attention of different professionals to support the process of recovery. When needed, our therapists work closely with physicians, nutritionists, psychopharmacologists and school health care systems. We collaborate as a team in order to develop a thorough and consistent treatment approach for each individual. We also make referrals to other experts in the field and health care facilities as they are needed or requested.