About Westchester Psychotherapy Associates

Ana Gramlich, LMSW

Amanda Vassalo, LCSW

I am a licensed social worker with six years experience working in an outpatient mental health setting with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family, and group therapy.

I have founded my therapy practice on the notion of helping others live a fuller and more joyful life. Guilt, shame, and feeling “broken” can cause us to believe we are stuck and unable to meet our important emotional needs. My belief is that all individuals have the potential to experience enjoyment in life and heal from challenges, pain, and loss. We each possess innate strength and resiliency, that coupled with the necessary support and tools, allows us to change, grow, and truly thrive in all aspects of life.

In therapy, I offer a safe, empathic and non-judgmental space, where clients are empowered to identify their values, establish goals and learn skills to enhance their capacity to have meaningful relationships, engage in effective communication, and maintain emotional well-being. My treatment approach is to collaborate with each client to assess their own unique understanding of themselves, while providing caring, conscientious, and reflective treatment strategies, emphasizing problem-solving, building skills, and symptom management. The overarching goal is for clients to establish emotional well-being in a way that creates lasting change.

I graduated from Drake University with a BA in Sociology and obtained my Master’s degree in social work at Fordham University, where I completed specializations in clinical work with children and their families as well as trauma treatment approaches. Additionally, I have completed comprehensive training in evidence-based treatment including: Child- Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation/Narrative Story-Telling (STAIR/NST). My clinical expertise includes work with trauma and traumatic stress including abuse and domestic violence; disorders of early childhood including developmental disabilities and academic challenges; parent- child relational difficulty, as well as integrated medical and behavioral health care. I am particularly vested in self-efficacy and resiliency- building in children and families and reducing the negative impact of toxic stress, in order for children to have healthy, long, and enjoyable lives.

Marian Gruber, LCSW

Marian Gruber, LCSW

I have 15 years of experience as a psychotherapist, working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, in both an outpatient mental health clinic setting and in private practice. Having changed careers, from corporate human resources to social work, I am able to provide my clients with an eclectic yet pragmatic, solution-focused approach, using a variety of treatment modalities, including CBT, DBT, and problem-solving strategies, with a special interest in and focus on life-stage challenges and transitions. Each of us has our unique story, which informs our values, decisions, and self-perception. In working with clients to identify the themes in their stories to gain insight about themselves, I am able to help them utilize their personal strengths to set realistic goals, and to develop and utilize the tools to achieve them. My background includes working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, attentional and impulse-control problems, marital conflict, parent-child relationship difficulties and loss. In addition to providing individual and family psychotherapy, I have years of experience facilitating groups, in which I teach coping skills to manage symptoms of depression and anxiety and strategies to improve interpersonal communications and decision-making.

I graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. in History; from Brown University with a M.A. in Asian History and from Fordham University with a MSW, with a clinical concentration. I have extensive training in, and experience working with, evidence-based treatments, including CBT, DBT, STAIR/NST (for trauma) and PMT (parent management training). I was a social work intern at Children’s Village and at Phelps Memorial Hospital. As a volunteer, I work in therapeutic horseback riding programs, with children who are cognitively and/or physically challenged and with veterans experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Amanda Vassallo, LCSW

Amanda Vassallo, LCSW

I am a seasoned clinician with over fifteen years of experience and expertise working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I have provided individuals, couples, families, and groups with therapy in a variety of mental health settings including my private practice, outpatient clinics, day treatment and dual diagnosis programs,
and residential facilities.

My therapeutic style is empathic, compassionate, and interactive. I strive to create a supportive and collaborative space to help clients feel comfortable and empowered to explore and develop their emotional awareness and insight while learning various skills and techniques to help them cope with painful emotions and life’s challenges. I encourage and assist my clients in learning to employ changes to better their relationships and expand their lives.

My background includes treating clients seeking support for depression, anxiety, attentional and impulse control difficulties, relationship conflicts, trauma reactive symptoms, life transitions, loss, and family stressors. I have a particular expertise working with children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, low self- esteem, emotional regulation, self- injurious behaviors, and impulsive and risk taking behaviors. In addition, I have worked with parents individually, as well as in groups and family therapy to help support them in managing various parent-child stressors and conflicts.

I received my BA in psychology from New York University before graduating from Fordham University with a master’s degree in social work and a concentration in clinical work and a specialization working with children and families. While attending Fordham University, I was a Children’s FIRST Scholar.

I have many years of experience and training in various evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CBT), Parent Management Training, (PMT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, (TF-CBT), Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation/Narrative Story-Telling, (STAIR-NST).

I feel passionately about helping clients develop a deeper understanding of themselves, adapt to life transitions, and learn ways to achieve a more emotionally-balanced and positive quality of life.