New York City Marriage & Family Therapy, PLLC

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About Us

About Us

Deborah C. Moore, Ph.D., LMFT, Founder and Director
Deborah C. Moore is an educator, clinician, and researcher. Deborah’s areas of research include: self-influenced neuroplasticity, psychoneuroimmunology, and the neuroscience of mental health disorders. She is an author of two books: “The Mindfulness Response: Inner Happiness Every Day,” and “Who Helps the Helper: Proven Stress Management Techniques for Law Enforcement Officers.” 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 Director
Dorothy is a psychoanalyst in private practice 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 E. 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.

Alexandra (Alex) Libertucci, Student Intern
Alex brings her unique background and robust social media skills to NYCMFT, PLLC. Majoring in psychology, with an emphasis in family psychology, she assists in many of the daily operations of the organization.

Our Story

After 20 years of exemplary 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.

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 biopsychology from a systemic perspective to assist clients.

Integrating traditional psychotherapy methods with neuroscience, NYCMFT, PLLC, began to help clients create profound emotional and behavioral changes. We are unique in that we provide a range of client services, from therapy and memory enhancement training to psychosocial evaluations.

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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