East Orange Psychiatric Associates

Meet the East Orange Psychiatric Health Care Team

Dr. Todd Rochman, MD
Ingrid Anderson, LCSW-R
Pamela Budnik, LCSW-R
Jennifer Folger, LMHC
Dr. Raina Griffiths, Psy D
Tanya L. Merritts-Carr, LCSW
George Toth, LCSW-R
Dr. James J. Weidel PhD,

Rochman | East Orange Psychiatric Associates Dr. Todd Rochman, MD received his Psychiatric training at St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in NYC as a Fellow of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr Rochman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Preventative Medicine in the specialty of addiction medicine. He is a long standing member of The American Psychiatric Association. In 1987 he moved to the Hudson Valley and began his career in mental health. Dr. Rochman has practiced in virtually every corner of the field including but not limited to; Attending Psychiatric Staff for fifteen years at St Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie NY. Twenty years of Forensic Consultative services for the Dutchess County Department of Mental Health. Six years serving as Chairman and Chief of Psychiatry at St Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh NY. Dr. Rochman has expertise in Adult and Adolescent care treating all mental health needs. As a board certified Psychopharmacologist, Dr. Rochman is available to provide Assessments and Medication management for all EOPA patients.

Anderson | East Orange Psychiatric Associates Ingrid Anderson, LCSW-R, has been providing a warm, caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere for the last 28 years. She helps each client develop a partnership of trust and mutual respect. Together with her clients, Ingrid helps identify and build on personal strengths for the purpose of resolving emotional, relationship, and life issues. These can include feelings of hopelessness, guilt, and low self esteem; panic and other forms of anxiety; losses such as family members, health, and relationships; and difficulty with communication, stress, anger, and codependency, among other concerns. Ingrid has worked with clients who are having problems with addictions and other compulsive behaviors. She also has experience with TBI and LGBTQ issues. She is known to ask thought provoking questions and to offer various suggestions for increasing self awareness and healing through changing attitudes and behaviors.

Ingrid uses cognitive behavioral, psycho dynamic, and mindfulness techniques and is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy which has been proven very effective in reducing effects of traumatic experiences whether they were recent or in the past. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient clinic treatment settings and was part of a team that created and facilitated an intensive mental health continuing day treatment program. She also provided early intervention and prevention services to adolescent children of substance abusers in a high school. Schooling : MSW 1995 SUNY Albany, MA Sociology 1994 SUNY New Paltz, LCSW-R 2004. Retired CASAC 1868 in good standing after 27 years in 2011. Training in Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in 2010, some training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in 2009.

Budnik | East Orange Psychiatric Associates Pamela Budnik, LCSW A graduate of Columbia University, Pamela Cunningham has been a licensed social worker since 2007. Ms. Cunningham brings with her over 15 years of experience in medical, mental health, educational and chemical dependency settings.

She was an integral part in the initiation of a New York State based child mental health initiative within school districts in Westchester County to help facilitate early mental health screenings and services to children and families in need.

Ms. Cunningham has developed proficiency in many areas of mental health service. She has significant experience in the provision of individual, group and family psychotherapy. Pamela has gained extensive clinical training in modalities such as structural family therapy, non-directive play therapy, CBT, DBT, crisis intervention and alcohol and substance abuse treatment. Pam applies an eclectic approach to treatment taking into account the individual needs and strengths of each client in order to identify and achieve their desired goals. Her primary specialties include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, life transitions, stress reduction, phobias, behavior modification and anger management.

Folger | East Orange Psychiatric Associates Jennifer Fogler, LMHC works with individuals and families to help them explore and develop their personal and social goals. She works to foster an environment of unconditional positive regard to create a safe and non-judgmental zone. Jennifer brings with her experience in mental health counseling, working with special needs populations, behavioral interventions, and education. Jennifer completed her Masters of Mental Health Counseling at the State University at New Paltz and her Master of Teaching at St. Thomas Aquinas.

Jennifer’s primary specialties include depression, anxiety, ADHD, developmental disabilities, parenting special needs children, family issues, stress management, behavior issues, and working with LGTBQ+ individuals and their families. She applies an eclectic approach combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Behavior Modification Therapy, and Trauma-Informed Care.

In addition to her private work, Jennifer is a Behavior Clinician working with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, as well as their families and staff, to help manage behaviors, identify triggers, and understand individual, family, and societal expectations.

Griffith | East Orange Psychiatric Associates Dr. Raina Griffiths earned her doctorate in psychology in 2011 from Long Island University-CW Post with a specialization in severe and persistent mental illness. She became licensed in New York State to practice psychology in 2012. Dr. Griffiths earned her Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Saint Thomas Aquinas College.

In addition to her private practice work, Dr. Griffiths is a psychologist at Highland Residential Center, a juvenile detention center for adolescent boys. Previously, she worked as a psychologist for CHE Services, providing mental health services to nursing home residents. For ten years she worked as a psychotherapist for St. Dominic's Home, a non-profit foster care agency in the Bronx NY, providing mental health services to foster children and their foster families. Dr. Griffiths was also an adjunct professor of psychology at St. Thomas Aquinas College, teaching Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Here at EOPA, Dr. Griffiths provides individual, couples, and family therapy to individuals across the lifespan presenting with varying psychiatric diagnoses.

Dr. Griffiths is a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley and currently lives in Newburgh NY with her husband and daughter.

Tanya L. Merrits-Carr | East Orange Psychiatric Associates Tanya L. Merritts-Carr, LCSW-R (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) received a Masters of Social Work from Yeshiva University-Wurzweiler School of Social Work, New York, New York. She has a Bachelor in Science (Social Work) from Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD.

Tanya is known for her warm, insightful approach to clinical treatment. Tanya is an experienced psychotherapist able to work with many unique different populations, which include, children through play therapy; adolescents; adults; and the facilitation of an adolescent girls’ emotional wellness group. Tanya has a passion in working with the mother-daughter relationship. Tanya is able to supportively work with individuals with depression; anxiety; self-esteem, and family concerns.

George Toth | East Orange Psychiatric Associates George Toth, LCSW-R, is a psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist, with over 40 years experience. He is co-founder of Alternative Counseling. He is Adjunct Professor of Family Counseling, Long Island University. He was formerly Director of Army Community Service, United States Military Academy. He is author of the book, Marble Mindfulness : Unlock Your Family’s Hidden Messages . He is a featured therapist on the popular Discovery Channel reality television series, Orange County Choppers (American Chopper). He has presented workshops and seminars globally. View Mount Saint Mary College Desmond Campus course list . View Long Island University, Hudson Graduate Centers course list .

James Weidel | East Orange Psychiatric Associates Dr. James J. Weidel PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, received his PhD in Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. He holds masters in family nurse practitioner from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, and a post-masters certificate in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR. He is an active member in the American Nurses Association, the Psychiatric Nurses Association, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. He serves on the finance committee for Nurses House, a non-profit organization, with a mission to help registered nurses in need. He holds an adjunct professor position at Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University. James has worked with the pediatric and adult populations in residential and outpatient settings for over 20 years. James was raised in the Hudson Valley/Catskill region, and after some time away, has returned. His primary area of specialty is medication management and cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic approaches in individuals with impulsivity and attention disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and autism.

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