Christopher Brundage became a Staff Therapist at Pascack Mental Health Center in April of 2008. Chris has always been a keen observer and an empathetic listener, but after the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001, Chris was motivated to help people who were in emotional distress. He earned a Master of Science degree from Capella University in May of 2005 and embarked on a second career.
Chris’ practice at PMHC includes helping individuals and couples with emotional problems, relationship challenges, and vocational and career counseling. When he is not at work, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, their children, and their two dogs at home in Rockland County, New York. Chris is currently pursuing his second Master’s degree from William Paterson University, studying Education with a Counseling concentration.
Eve brings skills to her work from training and experience, along with her natural attitude of empathy and deep respect for individual differences.
No matter what the presenting issue, her approach is practical and optimistic, supporting discovery and realization of personal strengths and passions. This is primary in her efforts to help people experience fewer symptoms and live more authentically. Insight and cognitive approaches are often used along with support, role playing and problem solving.
Areas of Eve's clinical focus include helping people during recovery from addictive behavior, improving connections with others; alleviating depression, managing stress and anxiety; coping with grief and loss, and phase of life transitions. Special areas of clinical interest include personal growth and empowerment for people living with disabilities; assisting women in life phase transitions.
Kevin sees clients dealing with a variety of issues related to life transitions, relationships, identity, anxiety, and mood. He has been providing therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families in NNJ and NYC since earning degrees from Rutgers College and New York University. Kevin uses a warm, integrative approach that encourages emotional growth, healthier relationships,and clarity. He has a clinical interest in working young adults, creative individuals, and trauma survivors. Since 2010, Kevin has served on the board with the Rockland Chapter of the NYS Society for Clinical Social Work where he is currently the Education Chair.
Dr. John Kandera is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 50 years of experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health. He graduated from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary and completed his residency at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center and the New York Medical College Westchester Division. His main lines of treatment include pharmacological therapy for Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Schizophrenia and Addictive Disorder. Dr. Kandera is committed to providing quality care for adults who are experiencing emotional challenges in daily life.
Phyllis works at PMHC as a Clinician and Clinical Supervisor. She has over thirty years of experience in Behavioral Health. She has worked in Partial Hospital, Residential, and Hospital and Outpatient settings, in both clinical and administrative positions. For ten years she served as the executive director of three Assisted Living homes in Bergen County. She is also a liaison for the Rutgers University School of Social Work. She has served as the clinical resource in a local weight control center, and has presented at conferences.
Even after 30 years, Phyllis continues to marvel at the ability we all have to grow and change. She sees psychotherapy as a tool for growth and change that most people will benefit from in times of difficulty. Self-awareness is sometimes a hard or painful process, but is a helpful path to making good decisions and enjoying a better life. Phyllis’s interests are in the area of transitions and life changes, the effects of the family on the individual’s current functioning, marital issues and the issues surrounding aging.
Nancy Joi Frankel, LSW, earned her undergraduate dual degree in Psychology and Theater Arts from William Paterson University. Nancy received her Masters of Social Work from NYU Silver School of Social Work.
At Pascack Mental Health Center, Nancy works with adolescents, adults, and couples, primarily utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with a concentration in Mindfulness Practice. Treatment interventions may include meditation, art therapy, drama therapy and psychoeducational tools of 12-step programs to assist clients with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, parenting, relationship stress and addiction and recovery. Nancy is passionate about the ability to heal from the inside out. She specializes in empowering adolescents, young adults, and parents to utilize mindfulness practice to enhance positive behaviors in addressing life transitions; and encourage adaptive coping and communication strategies to experience inner peace and strength.
Acceptance and Commitment therapy is a form of psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is an empirically-based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in different ways with commitment and behavior-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. Acceptance and Commitment therapy invites people to open up to unpleasant feelings, and learn not to overreact to them, and not avoiding situations where they are invoked. Its therapeutic effect is a positive spiral where feeling better leads to a better understanding of the truth.
Board of Directors
Richard J. Beattie, President
James E. Healey, Vice President
George Mehm, Treasurer
Raymond J. Falcon Jr.
Jonelle von Autenried