New York City Marriage & Family Therapy, PLLC

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About Us

About Us

Deborah Moore, Ph.D., LMFT, SAP, Director
Deborah C. Moore is an educator, clinician, and researcher. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a post doctorate certificate in neuropsychology  and  also has an accreditation from NAADAC as a SAP. Deborah’s areas of research include: self-influenced neuroplasticity, psychoneuroimmunology, and the neurobiology of mental health disorders.  She also has dual adjunct professorship in the department of psychology and department of marriage and family therapy. Deborah is also a retired lieutenant from the New York City Police Department.

Dorothy Kurlander, LPsy, MBA, Clinical Supervisor
Dorothy is a licensed psychoanalyst who specializes in adjustment disorders, personality disorders, relationship issues, and grief and bereavement. Previously, she taught business courses and was the director of administration at NYDCC, a nonprofit providing counseling services to first responders. She is also a certified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Inventory.

Evelyn Ellis, Administrator
Evelyn is the office administrator, responsible for the overall communication and logistics of our daily operations. Retired from the nursing profession as well as having served as director of a home health agency, Evelyn has come out of retirement to assist NYCMFT, PLLC.

Charlene Gayle, Student Intern
Charelene brings her unique background and robust social media skills to NYCMFT. Majoring in counseling, with an emphasis in family counseling and working with adolescents, she assists in many of the daily operations of the organization.

Our Story

After 20 years of service with the New York City Police Department, Deborah retired in 2012 and started her counseling practice. Originally called Human Development Services, she specialized in couples and individual therapy.

Her practice grew from treating couples to treating individuals with depression and anxiety. She also began conducting clinical evaluations. Her therapeutic orientation shifted once she observed that her clients' issues were somatogenic, a psychological characteristic resulting in physical manifestations. Her philosophy is grounded in believing that "a thought can be like a malignant disease that starts to eat away at the body.  Unhealthy thoughts must be removed before it can cause distraction."

This was the birth of Deborah's passion. She returned to school to learn all that she could about the brain-behavior relationship. After receiving a postdoctoral certificate in neuropsychology, Deborah transformed her treatment approach to another level by incorporating biofeedback and neurofeedback techniques to assist clients.

We are excited about our future and look forward to working with you. For more information about our services or training, please call (347) 594-5428.

We Are Hiring!

We are looking for licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed mental health counselors, licensed psychoanalysts, and student interns. Please send your resume or CV to

We are proud members of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN).

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