Our Team

Christine Knorr, LCSW CEDS

                  Clinical Director

Christine is a therapist and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist who founded Christine Knorr Psychotherapy Associates on the belief that those affected by eating disorders, trauma, and mood and anxiety disorders deserve competent, evidence-based care from providers with true expertise. She fosters an environment where each person is free to be their authentic self, without judgement, and believes that people begin to heal when they feel seen, heard, and respected. She has very carefully assembled a team  of caring, professional, wonderful therapists who are experts at treating eating disorders and who have extensive experience working with women, young adults, and teens. She has prioritized hiring therapists who are knowledgeable, energetic, and who can deeply tune in and relate well with teens and young adults in particular.       

 

Christine has extensive experience treating adults, teens, and children with eating disorders in outpatient, IOP, and Partial Hospitalization levels of care. Her prior experience includes providing intensive therapy to teens with dual diagnosis (substance abuse and mood/anxiety disorders) and behavioral problems as well as counseling pre-teens in a school-based setting. Christine is the co-founder and chairperson of the Rockland County Eating Disorders Task Force and is the former director of a community-based eating disorder  treatment program. In addition, she was formerly the team leader for an eating disorders Partial Hospitalization program, where she trained and supervised other clinicians. Christine is an adjunct professor at Dominican College and regularly speaks at schools, professional conferences, and awareness events. 

 

Christine supports the team at Christine Knorr Psychotherapy Associates by providing clinical oversight, disseminating research, and providing opportunities for each team member to provide the best possible care to our clients. Christine also handles business matters such as speaking individually with every potential client to ensure that they are matched with the therapist who is the best fit for their particular needs. 

Bernadette Kowalchuk, LMFT 

                       Therapist

Bernadette is a caring, experienced therapist with extensive experience treating women and adolescents with eating disorders, depression, self harm, anxiety, trauma, and problems with self esteem and body image. She previously worked for over seven years at one of the top Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Outpatient  eating disorder centers in the country. 

 

She collaborates with each client and his or her family to develop a multi dimensional treatment plan that addresses each individual’s unique situation.  She utilizes evidence-based interventions including CBT, DBT, and Renfrew’s Unified Treatment Model. She is also able to provide counseling from a Christian perspective for those who may find this to be a helpful element to their recovery. 


Bernadette currently has openings for after school and evening appointments and can utilize telehealth with residents of New York and New Jersey.

Hannah Smith, LMSW

Therapist 

Hannah is a warm, dedicated therapist with experience treating teens and young adults with eating disorders in IOP and Partial Hospitalization settings. She specializes in body image, Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia, Anorexia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and trauma. Her previous work has also  included counseling survivors of interpersonal and community violence, and offering home outreach therapy for children and families impacted by intergenerational trauma.

 

Hannah’s approach to therapy is eclectic, and she encourages the inclusion of your preferred method of healing (whatever that may be!).  She is adept at  modalities such as Psychodynamic, Liberation-Based Healing, Creative Arts Therapy, Play Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She strives to deeply understand the ways in which systems of oppression influence an individual’s mental health,  relationships, point of view, and the way they experience their body. 

 

 Hannah aims to provide care that is always social justice and trauma informed, and provides a safe, non-judgemental and accepting therapeutic environment. 

Hannah currently has openings for weekend and evening/after school appointments and can utilize telethealth with residents of NY. 

 

Hannah uses she/her/hers pronouns.

              Lauren Mazza, BA

      Mental Health Advocate 

Lauren is a passionate and caring professional whose aim is to increase access to mental health treatment and to ensure that engaging in therapy is a pleasant and productive experience. 

 

Lauren helps our current clients by resolving administrative issues and answering questions promptly, and ensuring that they are connected to resources they need. In addition, Lauren advocates for mental health for the general public by providing information, referrals and resources and works to increase public awareness of eating disorders and available treatments.

 

28 New Hempstead Rd

New City, NY 10956

(845)505-1119

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