About the Doctors

Konstantin Lukin, Ph.D.
Director, Co-Founder, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Konstantin Lukin, Ph.D., is a NY and NJ licensed clinical psychologist who maintains a private practice in Ridgewood, NJ and Hoboken, NJ. He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, and has extensive, robust clinical and research experience that spans individuals of all ages in inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Lukin worked for years as an associate clinician in an elite private practice in New Jersey, conducting outpatient therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. During his graduate career, Dr. Lukin worked with individuals of all ages as well as their families, including those considered severely and persistently mentally ill; co-led groups with individuals diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder as well as with children and adolescents in an outpatient setting; administered a variety of psychological test batteries, including neuropsychological, cognitive, and personality assessments; conducted diagnostic and intake interviews; and prepared evaluation reports. Through these experiences, Dr. Lukin gained training in cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavior, schema-focused, and emotionally focused therapy. Consistent with his commitment to linking theory and practice, Dr. Lukin also has been involved with research projects throughout his career, including two National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded studies. He has co-authored a book chapter, given numerous presentations, and attended many conferences.

Dr. Lukin specializes in men’s issues and couple’s counseling. His therapeutic approach focuses on providing support and practical feedback to help patients effectively address personal life challenges. He integrates complementary modalities and techniques to offer a personalized approach tailored to each patient. With compassion and understanding, he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth to which they are committed.

Dr. Lukin is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New Jersey Psychological Association, Northeast Counties Association of Psychologists, New York State Psychological Association, The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, The New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, IOCDF - International OCD Foundation, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACSB).

Paula K. Yanes, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Paula Yanes, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who’s research and treatment focus on mood and anxiety related disorders. Dr. Yanes is a graduate of the University of Buffalo, the State University of New York. She completed her internship training at the Hudson River Regional Psychology Internship Consortium, and her post-doctorate fellowship at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Yanes is currently working as Director of Psychology at the Pediatric and Mood Research Clinic/Children’s Day Unit located at the New York state Psychiatric Institutes, where she is involved in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with mood and anxiety difficulties within the context of a research setting. Dr. Yanes has spent many years being involved with the conducting of research, and this commitment has resulted in many publications and presentations. She has received several awards, including the Mark Diamond Research Grant (two time recipient), and the Arthur A. Schomberg Fellowship. Dr. Yanes’ clinical experience includes individual, group, and family therapy with adult and adolescent populations, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and behavioral activation for depression, as well as CBT for anxiety disorders in adolescents and adults. She uses evidence-based techniques in a warm and accepting atmosphere to elicit the best outcomes for her patients.

Andrea Tesher, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Andrea Tesher, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of adults with anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse, difficulties regulating emotions, and relationship problems. Dr. Tesher received her Bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University. She completed a Masters Degree in General Psychology at New York University and then received her Doctor of Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, part of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University. Throughout graduate school Dr. Tesher received extensive training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Couples Counseling, Group Therapy and psychological/neuropsychological testing in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, hospital inpatient units, and college counseling centers. Her experience volunteering in emergency rooms as an advocate for survivors of rape and domestic violence guided her research and clinical interests.

Dr. Tesher joined a research team that focused on women’s issues and she specifically studied the impact of trauma on treatment outcome for female inpatients at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Her interest in understanding and treating the affects of trauma continued when she completed her pre-doctoral internship at the VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System. There she had the privilege of working closely with veterans of all generations struggling with substance abuse disorders, anxiety, depression, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. After graduating Dr. Tesher began practicing in an outpatient clinic with private and Workers’ Compensation patients. She provided individual cognitive-behavioral therapy and relaxation training to adults with depression, anxiety, Posttraumatic Stress, head traumas, and chronic pain.

Dr. Tesher’s approach to treatment combines many elements of CBT, DBT, and psychodynamic therapies. She works collaboratively with each client to understand how current thoughts, behaviors, and feelings are impacted by past experiences. She focuses on understanding and building on client strengths as well as practicing new skills. She works with each client to determine the most effective techniques for achieving goals. Dr. Tesher believes that a warm, non-judgmental, and safe therapeutic environment is essential for work and change to occur.

Jessica Larsen, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Jessica Larsen, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in New Jersey and New York. She holds a Bachelor's degree from New York University and a doctoral degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Larsen completed her internship and fellowship training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, where she specialized in working with children, adults, and families coping with trauma and adversity including family conflict, separation/divorce, grief and loss, and various forms of abuse. In addition, Dr. Larsen has a keen interest in working with families struggling with child behavioral challenges, relationship problems, and perinatal mood disorders.

Dr. Larsen has been in clinical practice since 2009 and has worked with a wide range of clients with various backgrounds and identities --- children, adolescents, and adults.

Dr. Larsen practices from an integrated perspective, primarily drawing from cognitive behavioral, systems, and multicultural theories in her work with clients. Dr. Larsen believes in the importance of drawing from clients' strengths to support their recovery from stressful experiences and psychological challenges. Dr. Larsen in trained in several evidenced based treatments. For child behavioral challenges, Dr. Larsen is trained and certified in parent-child interaction therapy, considered by many as the gold standard in care for defiant or oppositional children. Additionally, she practices cognitive processing therapy and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy for adult and child survivors of traumatic stress. She is also trained and experienced in dialectical behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Her clients describe her as warm, empathic, intelligent, knowledgeable, and trustworthy.

In her free time, Dr. Larsen enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, cooking, doing yoga, and hiking.

Brian Amorello, Ph.D.
Licensed Professional Counselor

Dr. Brian Amorello, Ph.D, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in NJ and is in the process of becoming a Licensed Psychologist in NY and NJ. Dr. Amorello is a graduate of Seton Hall University where he obtained a Master's Degree in Professional Counseling and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. He completed an APA accredited internship at the University at Buffalo's Counseling Services and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of the Sciences Student Health and Counseling in Philadelphia working with college-aged clients. During his graduate training, he has had the opportunity to work with individuals across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, couples, and adults presenting with various concerns. Dr. Amorello's primary specialty is working with individuals who suffer from depression and anxiety, however he also has extensive experience with individuals struggling with substance abuse and LGBTQ people. He has worked with addicted individuals in both inpatient and outpatient settings, helping clients achieve sobriety at all levels of addiction. Moreover, his experience with the LGBTQ community gives him great strength in working with those who are struggling with gender/sexual identity, and he has written letters approving transgender people for hormone treatments and surgeries.

Dr. Amorello has skills working with individuals who present with a number of mental health diagnoses, most notably depression, anxiety, grief/loss, relationship issues, gender and sexual concerns, and adjustment disorders to name a few. He approaches his work using an integrative model that is grounded in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Dr. Amorello uses techniques from other models as well, including Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Psychodynamic Therapy. He believes that regardless of the approach, a safe and genuine environment is an essential component in facilitating change in those he works with. He tailors his work based on treatment goals that are collaboratively developed with each client. Dr. Amorello appreciates helping each client build off of their strengths to develop new ways of thinking and behaving in an effort to achieve optimal mental health. He has received specialized training in CBT, DBT, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Amorello has presented his research at various state and national conferences. His research interests include heterosexual attitudes towards the LGBTQ community and gay parenting. Dr. Amorello has also been active during his career in various professional associations, including the American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, and the New Jersey Psychological Association.

Erik Dranoff, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Erik Dranoff, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who divides his professional time and focus between clinical practice, professional service, teaching, and research. His clinical practice is focused in the areas of psychological, neuropsychological, and forensic evaluation for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Dranoff’s approach to assessment is comprehensive, scientifically driven, and adheres to the highest practice and ethical standards in the field of professional psychology.

Dr. Dranoff graduated with highest honors in Psychology from Rutgers University and went on to complete his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. During his doctoral training, he obtained a strong foundation in the area of psychological assessment with children, adolescents, and adults at Four Winds Hospital and specialized training in neuropsychology at Rehabilitation Specialists. completed his pre-doctoral internship at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn, New York where he received broad training with an inpatient and outpatient hospital population. His doctoral program and internship training are both fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.

After Dr. Dranoff earned his doctorate, he completed the postdoctoral fellowship at the Northern Regional Diagnostic Center for Child Abuse and Neglect within Hackensack Medical Center where he obtained specialized training in the area of forensic mental health assessment. As part of the fellowship year, Dr. Dranoff completed the postdoctoral certificate programs in family-civil and criminal forensic psychology at Montclair State University.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Dranoff is invested in teaching and research. He holds an academic appointment at Seton Hall University where he teaches a wide range of undergraduate classes. Complementing his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Dranoff conducts research in the area of judgment and decision-making in adolescents for the prevention bullying, sexual harassment and violence.

Dr. Dranoff is highly committed to advancing and protecting the integrity of professional psychology. He is an active member of the New Jersey Psychological Association and is a board member of the Committee of Legislative Affairs (COLA). Dr. Dranoff frequently attends political events and meetings aimed at advocating for the interests of psychologists and other mental health professionals.

Erin Weinstein, M.A.
Office Manager

Erin Weinstein, M.A. joined the Lukin Center in 2014 given her interest in working in a private practice in the future. She is currently in her last year of graduate training as a pre-doctoral clinical psychology intern at Mount Sinai Services - Elmhurst Hospital Center, and is a doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at Fairleigh Dickinson University; as of June 2016 she has completed her gradiate training.she will complete her graduate training in June 2016. Throughout her graduate training, Erin has gained experience working with culturally diverse children, adolescents, and adults struggling with varying levels of emotional, physical, developmental, and learning disabilities in multiple treatment settings, including a children’s state psychiatric center, a public NYC hospital, and a community-based mental health clinic. She has experience conducting individual, group, and family therapy with individuals of all ages using multiple theoretical approaches, intake and diagnostic assessments, and comprehensive neuropsychological batteries.

Anna Urbaniak, M.A.
Outreach Coordinator

Anna Urbaniak, M.A. joined the Lukin Center in 2016, and is the Outreach Coordinator for both Hudson and Bergen Counties of New Jersey. She is currently finishing her graduate training as a pre-doctoral clinical psychology extern at Behavioral Associates and is a graduate student in clinical psychology Ph.D. program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Throughout her graduate training, Anna has gained experience working with culturally diverse children, adolescents, and adults struggling with varying levels of emotional, physical, developmental, and learning disabilities in multiple treatment settings, including a private practice in New York City and a community-based mental health clinic. She has experience conducting individual, couples, and group therapy with individuals of all ages using CBT and third-wave CBT (ACT, DBT, mindfulness-based CBT) theoretical approaches, intake and diagnostic assessments, comprehensive neuropsychogical batteries, as well as biofeedback and neurofeedback. Her clinical interests consist of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, insomnia, and health psychology.

We strive to provide patients with an atmosphere where they can achieve set mental health and personal development milestones, utilizing the latest evidenced-based treatments and therapies.

- Konstantin Lukin, Ph.D. -