About Us

Our Approach

At the Center for Intimacy Recovery our approach to therapy is geared toward creating a safe space of trust and acceptance. Clients often share things with our therapists that they have never discussed with anyone and it is important to us that they feel comfortable enough to do so knowing that our sessions are confidential.


Through our team's training and experience we will work together to have a better understanding of what is going on and find solutions together to help you reach the goals you are striving for. Our clients are motivated, higher functioning individuals and couples committed to learning more about themselves, growing, and resolving issues that are holding them back. Our style is warm. We are straightforward while being compassionate and empathic. We are action–oriented and encouraging without being confrontational or pressuring.

Our Clinicians


Gary Katz, LCSW, CSAT

Gary Katz received his undergraduate degree in Education and his Masters of Social Work from Rutgers University. He is licensed in New York and New Jersey and has offices...

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Lindsay Ericksen, LMSW

Lindsay Ericksen, is a Licensed Master Social Worker, and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Hunter College.


Julie Jimenez, LMSW, CSAT-C

Julie is a Licensed Master of Social Work and a CSAT candidate. She has been trained under the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals, founded by Dr. Patrick Carnes.


Desiree Nazarian, LMSW

Desiree Nazarian is a Licensed Master Social Worker with a concentration in Health & Mental Health and holds her degree from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She is trained in Person Centered Trauma Informed Care (PCTIC) and explores the effects of utilizing holistic approaches to care in relation to trauma, PTSD and its specific triggers. 


Rosie Silva, MHC

Rosie received her Master of Arts and Master of Education in Psychology Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a concentration in Bilingual Latinx Mental Health Counseling. Rosie’s diverse education and professional background has given her a versatile and relatable style, which makes for an easier connection with a wider range of clients.

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Vanessa Dine

Vanessa is earning her Masters of Social Work (MSW) at Fordham University and works at the Center for Intimacy Recovery as an intern. Vanessa is focused on relationship healing and recovery and places an importance of validating and supporting her clients.  

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Clinical Consultants

Clinical Consultants are independent professionals with a specific area of expertise which the Center for Intimacy Recovery draws from and utilizes in our team based approach for our clients.

Dr. Amanda Lefkowitz, DNP, PMHNP

Dr. Amanda Lefkowitz, DNP, PMHNP, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who earned her doctoral degree from Columbia University, where she was the recipient of The Doctor of Nursing Practice Award for clinical excellence. Dr. Lefkowitz is experienced in diagnosing, assessing and providing medication management within the context of a holistic and culturally sensitive approach.