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About the Team

Sam Klugman, Psy.D.

Sam Klugman, Psy.D.

Founder, Senior Clinical Psychologist

Bethany Bahl, MHC-LP

Bethany Bahl, MHC-LP

Staff Clinician

About Dr. Klugman

I am a licensed clinical psychologist providing individual and couples psychotherapy for adults of all ages struggling with emotional distress, relationship and family issues, identity and self-esteem concerns, and significant life events and transitions (e.g., illness, separation, loss). I provide a collaborative and safe environment in which you can feel heard and supported while developing new ways of understanding, coping with, and working through difficulties.

I provide flexible and tailored therapy that blends specific skills with active exploration, helping my clients enhance their inner resiliency, creativity, and confidence in order to meet their goals. My approach integrates cognitive-behavioral, insight-oriented, and multicultural orientations. I am an LGB-, queer- and transgender-affirmative provider.


In addition to my private practice, I am an adjunct clinical supervisor at the NYU Steinhardt Counseling Ph.D. program, and a volunteer clinical evaluator at the Health Right International Human Rights Clinic.  

I am trained in a wide variety of evidence-based treatments and modalities including cognitive and dialectical behavior therapies, mindfulness based interventions, and acceptance and commitment therapy. My areas of clinical specialty include:

  • Anxiety (e.g., chronic worry, social anxiety, phobias, OCD)

  • Perfectionism

  • Struggles with shame, self-criticism, self-worth

  • Depression and mood disorders

  • Bereavement and loss

  • Relationship concerns

  • Major life transitions (e.g., marriage, illness, separation, loss)

  • Coping with chronic illness or pain

  • Workplace issues (career identity, transition, workplace conflict)

  • Identity concerns (e.g., sexual, gender, racial, ethnic identities, acculturative issues, coping with discrimination)

  • Trauma

  • Substance use disorders

Prior to my work in private practice I was a staff psychologist at Columbia University Medical Center. I received my doctorate from Rutgers University and my B.A. from Brown University. I completed my predoctoral internship at the Brooklyn VA Hospital with rotations through PTSD/trauma and substance use disorders clinics, and was a postdoctoral fellow at NYU Counseling and Wellness Services. I am licensed to practice in the state of New York and as an out-of-state telehealth psychologist in Florida.

In addition to my private practice, I enjoy writing and presenting on a variety of topics in the field of clinical psychology. Below is a selection of recent topics I have presented:

  • Moving beyond crisis: Practical strategies for addressing trainee mental health problems in supervisory and clinical settings. (June 2018)

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy: Conceptualization and treatment approaches for social anxiety. (January 2018)

  • Campus connect: A suicide prevention training for gatekeepers. (October 2017)

  • Motivational interviewing: Principles and applications. (November 2016)

  • Cognitive processing therapy for PTSD. (July 2015)

  • Bridging the gaps: Outreach and advocacy strategies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer college communities. (February 2012)

Dr. Sam Klugman

About Bethany Bahl, MHC-LP

Bethany Bahl, MHC-LP

Bethany Bahl, MHC-LP, is a pre-licensed therapist holding an advanced degree in mental health counseling from NYU. She specializes in providing individual psychotherapy for adults struggling with life transitions (e.g. moving, starting a new job or school, relationship beginnings or endings), anxiety and worry, depression, LGBTQIA+ issues, identity concerns, and trauma.

Bethany provides a collaborative, affirming approach to therapy that combines mindfulness, skill-building, and empathetic exploration, working to challenge stuck patterns while celebrating and building upon her client’s existing strengths. She has a trained in the implementation of evidenced-based treatments such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds. Bethany often encourages conversations about identity, oppression, and privilege with my clients, as she believes therapy can provide an important space to understand and address the effects of  racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, and ableism on our lives.

Prior to working in private practice, Bethany trained at New York University’s Center for Counseling and Community Wellbeing, a community outpatient setting, while also obtaining her M.A. in counseling for mental health and wellness from NYU. Bethany’s passion for destigmatizing mental health and promoting wellness in underserved communities has led her to previous work experiences with The Trevor Project and Frontline Arts. In addition to work as a therapist, she is a volunteer for New York City’s branch of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

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