I am a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Manhattan treating adults, adolescents, couples, and families. I have extensive experience working with issues related to intimacy, relationship difficulties, coming of age challenges, anxiety, depression, bereavement, parenting, infertility/pregnancy, and a number of other areas of concern.
My approach is casual, warm, supportive, and interactive. I am an empathic listener but also an active participant in the treatment and feel that challenging both the patient and myself is a necessary part of any growth process. Treatment is individualized, calling on my training in various psychodynamic theories and general curiosity and good humor. I understand that sharing your most intimate thoughts with someone else can be difficult, I hope to make this process easier for you by establishing a comfortable rapport and a safe therapeutic environment based on trust and mutual respect. From there, we can work together to address issues in both your past and present that are causing you distress.
Adelphi University, Master’s in Psychology
William Alanson White Institute (Fellowship)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Elmhurst Hospital Center (Internship)
Awards and Publications
Kopp, A. K. & Szymanski, K. (2007). Trauma of parental loss, fear of intimacy, and adult attachment. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association 115th Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA. August 19, 2007.
Kopp-Smith, A. K. (2009). Long term effects of parental loss on romantic relationships of adults. Presentation to Psychology Department at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Elmhurst, NY. May 14, 2009.