Meet The Cedarhurst Team
Dov Finman, Psy.D.
Dr. Finman is a graduate of the Arizona School of Professional Psychology and the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and has been in private practice since 2011. Dr. Finman completed a Psychology Fellowship at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, as well as residencies at the Northern Arizona VA Hospital, Southwest Behavioral Health Services, the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, and the Chicago Public School system. Previously a faculty member at the Colorado School of Professional Psychology and the American School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Finman currently holds faculty positions at Adelphi Univeristy and St. John's Episcopal Hospital, a SUNY Downstate affiliate.
Alexandra Lemma, LMHC
Alexandra completed her clinical training at NSLIJ Glen Cove Hospital’s Women & Children’s Program and the Town of Babylon’s Youth Institute. She also completed post graduate training for substance use disorders and is currently a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). Alexandra specializes in co-occurring disorders and facilitating individual, family/couples, and group therapy sessions.
Alexandra is currently an adjunct faculty member for Nassau Community College. Alexandra utilizes a person-centered, eclectic approach of psychotherapy, focusing on using evidenced-based treatment modalIties (incorporating CBT, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing) to empower children, adolescents, and adults to begin the healing process.
Melissa Vasquez-Macklowe, LMHC
Melissa completed her Master of Education in Psychological Counseling and Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. Melissa completed her training with Family and Children’s Association as a Mental Health Counselor. She has experience providing individual counseling to the adult and geriatric population struggling with chronic and acute mental illness.
Melissa works with individuals to develop and implement coping strategies to improve their emotional and behavioral wellbeing. She provides a safe and non-judgmental environment for individuals. Her clinical experience includes case management and in-home counseling. She has experience working with clinical issues like anxiety, depression, substance use, relationship issues, adjustment disorders, and emotional distress. Melissa utilizes a CBT and other therapeutic approaches that include mindfulness, Person Centered, and grief/ bereavement counseling when working with individuals.
Robert Grabowski, LCSW-R
Robert is a graduate of New York University and the New School for Social Research with over 35 years of experience working with clients to better reach their goals in life. Clients enjoy Robert’s calm and engaging demeanor. He uses an integrated form of psychotherapy to meet the individual needs of each person.
Robert draws upon psychodynamic theory, CBT, and motivational interviewing to assist clients in uncovering their innate strengths. He believes that when people enter therapy, they already have the means necessary to create the change they seek in their lives. Therapy is the process that uncovers those strengths and creates insight toward change.
Robert greatly enjoys working with both adults and children. He has also seen much success in engaging struggling teens with helping them to understand themselves and their challenges.
Natasha Hashmi, MHC-LP
Natasha earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. She has years of experience working one-on-one and in groups with children and adolescence helping them achieve goals of improving self-esteem and body image, observing and reframing negative self-talk, fostering resiliency, and emotional recognition and regulation. She also has co-lead CBT and DBT based groups and using skills of using creative art, empathy and positive regard within the therapy setting to help individuals gain positive coping skills.
Natasha utilizes CBT and DBT in running her groups, providing individual counseling, and crisis intervention. She also uses creative art when working with children to assist them in expressing themselves.
Samantha is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work from Hofstra University. She has worked at Mercy Medical Inpatient Psychiatric Unit running therapy group sessions, one on one counseling, medical consultations for psychiatrist, and treatment planning. She has also provided mental health support to other students as part of her position as a graduate assistant at Hofstra University.
Tasha Sarvis, MHC-LP
Tasha received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She completed her Internship at Reality House Inc, where she assisted male residential clients struggling with substance use issues and co-occurring disorders. However, recognizing the unique needs of outpatient female clients at the facility, she wanted to support and empower them. Therefore, she restarted and facilitated a weekly Women’s Recovery Group.
Tasha is confident each client possesses the tools necessary to navigate the maze of life but may be unaware of or unsure how to manifest them. Therefore, she works collaboratively with each client to help them uncover and dissect the root cause(s) of their inability to progress. Her goal is to help her clients tap into their full potential, be their best selves, and live a life of fulfillment. Tasha utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Social Learning Theory as the basis of her approach, yet also implements Mindfulness Techniques. She has experience helping clients suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, grief, PTSD, and substance abuse.