THE KAHANE CENTER MISSION


The Kahane Center is committed to providing personalized, innovative, and comprehensive mental-health services that integrate all spheres of life through early intervention and an individualized, strength-based approach. The Kahane Center helps children, adolescents and adults learn to compensate for underlying emotional and mental health struggles and achieve psychological well-being.

The Kahane Center treats a wide range of children’s and adult mental health and learning problems in both individual treatment, and group programs. The conditions we treat include:


  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • ASD
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Depression
  • Executive Function Disorder
  • Learning Differences
  • Social Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Picky Eaters
  • Social Skills Struggles

The team


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Dr. Tamar Z. Kahane, Psy.D.

Tamar Z. Kahane, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice for over 25 years treating adults, couples, families, adolescents and children. She is the founder and clinical director of The Kahane Center, LLC an integrated mental health center providing comprehensive psychological and neuro-psychological services. Dr. Kahane is an expert and clinical pioneer in the field of social cognition, social skills groups, and has a sub-specialty in executive functioning. She frequently treats depression, anxiety, OCD, ADD, ASD, as well many other disorders. In addition to lecturing nationally, Dr. Kahane supervises and trains teachers in multiple public and private schools to help them become increasingly more effective in the classroom. She has developed a curriculum to remediate executive function deficits (The POWER Program) that is being piloted in multiple public and private schools as well as a curriculum to train shadows (aides and SIETS). Dr. Kahane also lectures regularly to parent groups, as a big proponent of integrating parents into the children’s treatment and providing them with effective tools and strategies to partner in helping their children. Dr. Kahane has appeared on National Television as a clinical expert in Aspergers and is a frequent psychological expert in the media.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (201) 894-9011 ext. 1

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Dr. Matthew Helfant, Psy.D.

Dr. Matthew Helfant has worked in private practice providing children, adolescents, and adults with psychological care. He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University Psy.D. Program in School Psychology. He received additional training at Rutgers University at The Institute for Families – as an Expert Witness in child custody. Dr. Helfant also worked with the Bergen County Court System providing custody/parenting time evaluations. Dr. Helfant has taught Orientation to Psychological Testing and Developmental Psychology at the graduate level. He worked as a school psychologist and as Director of Special Services. As Director of Special Services Dr. Helfant supervised school psychologists, learning disabilities teacher consultants, and social workers. In addition, he is currently also the superintendent of a public school district in NJ. Dr. Helfant is CBT trained and applies a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy in treating anxiety and depression. In addition, his unique background gives Dr. Helfant a deep understanding of the struggles that many children experience in the classroom and the supports that can be be put in place. Dr, Helfant has also developed Rapport Rebuilder; a therapeutic game used to enhance communication and build relationships.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (201) 894-9011 ext. 6

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Dr. Mark Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Mark Johnson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist/neuropsychologist specializing in psycho-educational, psychological and neuropsychological assessments, cognitive remediation and psychotherapy. He is a graduate of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, Culture and Human Development and has over twenty-five years of experience conducting evaluations in the fields of rehabilitation and neuropsychology. Dr. Johnson was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU/Langone Medical Center and completed post-doctoral training in neuropsychology at NYU’s Brain Injury Day Treatment Program. Currently, Dr. Johnson specializes in the evaluation and treatment of adolescents and adults with a variety of developmental and learning (ASD, PDD, LD), medical (acute and chronic medical conditions), neuropsychological (brain injury, concussion, stroke, dementia), and psychiatric conditions. Evaluations assist in school/university placement, vocational training, and facilitating treatment plans that optimize safety and quality of life. Dr. Johnson provides cognitive remediation to individuals with learning problems and ADHD. He also provides psychotherapy to individuals and couples using a combination of insight oriented and cognitive behavioral evidence-based therapies. He is an Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University and teaches graduate level courses in assessment, development, neuropsychology, and substance use. Dr. Johnson provides neuropsychological testing and individual therapy for adults at The Kahane Center.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (201) 894-9011 ext. 2

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Dr. Erica Samson-Pepose, Psy.D.

Erica Samson-Pepose, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist in the state of New Jersey. Dr. Samson-Pepose graduated from Pace University with a Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical-School Child Psychology. Dr. Samson-Pepose’s dissertation entitled, “Parenting Stress in the Dyad: Associations Among Parenting Stress, Parent Role Perceptions, Infant Temperament, and Mother-Infant Emotional Availability” explored the relationship between mother-infant interactions and levels of parenting stress. She completed her doctoral internship and post-doctoral training at the YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health in New Jersey. Dr. Samson-Pepose’s clinical work has been focused on providing psychotherapy to families with infants and young children in a variety of modalities including individual play therapy, dyadic therapy, and group therapy. Dr. Samson-Pepose also has experience in comprehensive psychological assessment, including neuropsychological batteries of infants, children, adolescents, and adults. These comprehensive psychological assessments are used to determine causes of academic and learning difficulties, assess underlying psychological mechanisms impacting daily functioning, and identify delays in multiple areas of development including social and emotional. In addition, Dr. Samson-Pepose has completed a post-graduate certificate program in Infant-Parent Mental Health at the University of Massachusetts, Boston Campus.

Dr. Samson-Pepose specializes in the areas of infant and early childhood mental health. She has received training in two evidence-based parenting programs, Circle of Security® and The Incredible Years®. Dr. Samson-Pepose believes that optimal functioning and resilience occurs within the context of relationships and family. Utilizing relational and neurodevelopmental models of infant and child social-emotional development, Dr. Samson-Pepose provides therapeutic support and guidance to families.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (201) 894-9011 ext. 4

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Dr. Lindsey Greenfield, Psy.D.

Lindsey Greenfield, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist in the states of New Jersey and New York. Dr. Greenfield graduated from Pace University with a Doctor of Psychology degree in School-Clinical Child Psychology. During this program, Dr. Greenfield received extensive training in neuropsychological assessment, with training in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of cognitive, academic, developmental, psychological, and neuropsychological disorders in individuals throughout the lifespan. Dr. Greenfield has received clinical training as a school psychology extern in the New Jersey public school system, performing psychoeducational assessments, including initial evaluations and re-evaluations, as well as counseling for elementary school children. Dr. Greenfield also completed an externship at a New York State psychiatric hospital, working on an adolescent day treatment unit and adolescent inpatient unit. Dr. Greenfield conducted individual, family, and group therapy using a CBT/DBT based approach. Additionally, she conducted psychological evaluations for adolescents admitted to the inpatient unit at the hospital. Dr. Greenfield completed her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Youth Consultation Services Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health in East Orange, New Jersey, with a focus on working with families and adolescents. Dr. Greenfield provided individual, family, and group therapy to mothers, infants, and children. During her internship year, Dr. Greenfield conducted comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for children and adolescents admitted to residential programs, with varied developmental, academic, psychological, and neuropsychological presenting symptoms. Dr. Greenfield was also the testing supervisor for pre-doctoral interns and externs during her postdoctoral fellowship.

Most recently, Dr. Greenfield has had extensive experience working for a multidisciplinary medical practice conducting comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for children and adolescents with a range of presenting concerns, including learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, mood disorders, developmental disorders, and behavioral disorders. In addition to conducting evaluations, Dr. Greenfield provides feedback and consultation to families and schools and participates in meetings and impartial hearings related to obtaining special education services. Dr. Greenfield continues to provide individual and family therapy, treating disorders including ADHD, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and other behavioral disorders. Dr. Greenfield focuses on providing comprehensive and individualized neuropsychological assessments that are informed by her background in clinical work and collaborating with families, schools, and other providers in order to help children succeed and reach their full potential.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 201-894-9011 ext. 2

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Dr. Stephanie Rosenblum, Ph. D. NCSP

Stephanie Seigel, Ph.D. NCSP is a nationally certified school psychologist. She joined The Kahane Center in November 2017 as a part-time post-doctoral candidate and is working towards licensure as a psychologist in the state of New Jersey.

She received her Ph.D. in educational psychology, with a specialization in school psychology, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2014. She completed her internship in the Newark Public Schools in Newark, New Jersey and currently works full-time as a school psychologist for a school in Bergen County for over 5 years. Dr. Seigel’s clinical interests include psychoeducational evaluations, self-regulation strategies, promoting inclusion, social skills interventions, and cognitive-behavior therapy. Dr. Seigel has experience in supporting academic achievement, emotional regulation, and social skill development for students, birth-21, with autism, cognitive impairments, mood disorders, anxiety, hearing impairments, ADHD, and more.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (201) 894-9011 ext. 7

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Rochelle Rubin, M.Ed

Rochelle Rubin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from NYU. She has extensive experience working with students with learning differences, executive functioning difficulties, as well as more generalized academic struggles.  

Rochelle has been a teacher at a private school for students with language-based learning differences for the past six years and uses her experience to help each child reach their full potential. She takes an individualized approach with each student and uses their unique strengths and areas of growth to craft specifically targeted goals. In her lessons, Rochelle teaches the importance of grit, perseverance, and resilience while still supporting a student’s social-emotional development. While helping a child become more self-aware of their needs as a learner, she utilizes her training in RULER, a systematic approach to Social and Emotional Learning. Rochelle is very skilled in supporting students with executive functioning, both at home and in the classroom. She is looking forward to embracing the methodology of POWER, supporting children with developing the POWER language and fostering their ability to apply these skills into their daily lives. This approach helps the child to become increasingly independent and successful in managing their life in and out of school. 

Rochelle is certified in the Orton-Gillingham Approach, a language-based, multisensory, structured approach that targets phonological awareness, fluency, spelling, and comprehension. She is skilled at identifying individual strengths and areas of growth through diagnostic-prescriptive teaching and strives to provide students with the tools to become more successful in these areas. Rochelle utilizes her training in the Hochman Writing Method to support students working through the writing process. She understands the cognitive and graphomotor demands that writing entails and works with students to break down assignments, create sophisticated sentence types, and organize their writing. Rochelle introduces strategies in a meaningful way in order to foster independent and more confident learners.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (201) 894-9011 ext. 3

 

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Carole Mueller, M.Ed

A veteran educator with over 30 years of experience, Carole Mueller-Farrell attended William Paterson University. She holds a New Jersey Elementary School Teacher and Teacher of the Handicapped Certification, and is a certified Orton-Gillingham Teacher of Reading Teacher and Dyslexia Therapist from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is Highly Qualified to teach high school language arts. Her interest in mindful learning recently led her to obtain certification as a Focusing Trainer from the International Focusing Institute in Garrison, New York.

Carole is an avid reader. She also writes and shares her poetry and songs. Her personal interest in literary arts keeps teaching interesting to her, and makes learning fun for her students. She believes it is critical that young people communicate with depth and clarity. In addition to teaching structured and organized writing instruction, Ms. Mueller-Farrell provides opportunities for students to share in classroom book clubs, Socratic discussions and literature circles.

Carole lives with her husband in their newly emptied nest. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and exploring nature – hiking, boating, and skiing throughout the year.

“It is my professional goal to foster academic success in the young people I teach; to deepen their self-confidence and enable students to effectively utilize language based skills as they interact in the world.”

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (201) 894-9011 ext. 3

Insurance


The Kahane Center is an out of network practice. We provide our families with insurance statements and all necessary codes to get reimbursed.

Internships


The Kahane Center offers a three month summer internship suitable for predoctoral or doctoral level students for a three month summer internship (June-August). Candidates should have some background in working with children and adolescents, excellent writing skills and some research experience. The intern will have the opportunity to assist in research as well as co-teach a unique program for children and adolescents who struggle with executive functioning. Interns also create new content for social media pages and strategies for outreach. The intern will have the opportunity to work along with senior licensed doctoral level psychologists and will receive training and supervision.

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