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
Email: info@edrcnyc.com

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Founding Director | Consulting Therapists | Administrative Staff | Other Referrals

Our Professionals

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 drjudithbrisman.com for more information.

Shelly Allen, LCSW, HHC - Administrative Director & Therapist

Shelly AllenShelly Allen, 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 an active advocate for body positivity and greater awareness of the societal pressures and impact on all genders. She often gives media interviews and presentations on various related topics.


Associated Therapists

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."

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.

Gayle R. Lewis, PhD, MSCS

Gayle LewisGayle R. Lewis, Ph.D., MSCS, received her Doctoral Degree in Child Psychology from St. John’s University and her post-doctoral training in psychoanalysis at Karen Horney’s American Institute for Psychoanalysis. She graduated from William Alanson White’s EDCAS program as a certified specialist in the field of Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions. Dr. Lewis is also a certified specialist in the field of Multiple Sclerosis, having worked at NYUMC’s Langone’s MS Care Center for almost 10 years. In her private practice, she is very interactive and supportively directional in helping each person find  healthier means of dealing with the world. 

Asher Pandjiris, LMSW, MA

Asher PandjirisAsher Pandjiris, LMSW, MA holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School of Social Work and a MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Asher maintains a private practice in Manhattan, where she specializes in eating disorders, trauma and its impact on the body, depression, anxiety, self-injurious behaviors, body image struggles and work with the GLBTQ community. She also has an extensive background in working with adolescents, adults and families in the spirit of curiosity, warmth creativity and collaboration in short term crisis contexts and longer term treatments. Asher's practice is psychodynamically informed and inspired by a belief that Relationally driven, attachment-based therapeutic work can provide emancipatory possibilities for ourselves and our communities. She has published on intergenerationaltrauma transmission and somatic symptoms such as eating disorders. Asher will be pursuing post graduate training at the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies.

Toby Schwartz, LCSW-R

Toby SchwartzToby Schwartz, LCSW-R 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. 

Annalee Sweet, LCSW, CGP

Annalee SweetAnnalee Sweet, LCSW, CGP, received a Master's Degree in Social Work from Boston College and completed the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program at the William Alanson White Institute. She maintains a private practice in Manhattan where she works with children, adolescents, adults, families and groups. She specializes in eating disorders and body image issues, as well as depression, anxiety, problems with development and parenting, trauma and addictions. She focuses on nurturing healthy development for clients of all ages, and utilizes CBT and DBT skills within a psychodynamic and interpersonal framework. She has experience in multiple settings, including residential treatment, intensive outpatient and college mental health counseling. She is also a Certified Group Psychotherapist, and offers a variety of groups in her mid-town office.

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 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.


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, we work closely with physicians, nutritionists, psychopharmacologists and school health care systems. ALL TREATMENT PROFESSIONALS 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.

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