Our Staff

Our Staff 

Our Staff at The Village Institute for Psychotherapy is selected based on their strong commitment to, and belief in, the practice of psychotherapy. Our Staff shares the philosophy that becoming a psychotherapist is a life-long pursuit that requires ongoing self-reflection, training, and practice. At The Village Institute for Psychotherapy, patients can be assured that their therapists have been hand-selected by the Director, for their warmth, curiosity, and knowledge.


Dr. Frederick Woolverton is the founder and director of The Village Institute for Psychotherapy. Dr. Woolverton learned the art and science of psychotherapy at The Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies where he was awarded his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) in 1982. In 1990, he received his Certificate in Psychoanalysis, an advanced degree reflecting his love of and commitment to psychotherapy. Additionally, he is a licensed clinical psychologist in both New York and Arkansas and is a Certified Practitioner in Substance Abuse and Addictive Disorders.

Dr. Woolverton’s success in the treatment of substance abuse and addictive disorders has been reported in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post and numerous other publications.

Dr. Woolverton practices a unique form of psychotherapy that emphasizes both attention to immediate problems coupled with curiosity about and insight into the origins of these current problems. He links his professional enthusiasm and success to a deep connectivity with his personal experiences, including growing up in an abusive, alcoholic home and living 2 blocks from the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attack. Dr. Woolverton has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years.
Dr. Woolverton has also authored an American Psychological Association Continuing Education course titled The Development of Addictive Disorders: Theory and Treatment and has co-authored Unhooked, a book about substance abuse disorders.
In addition to being a psychotherapist, Dr. Woolverton trains students of mental health. He has successfully launched many exceptional, well trained psychotherapists into the community and their own practices. He has provided continuing education on the effective treatment of substance abuse disorders, encouraging therapists to be proactive and creative in their clinical work with patients. 


Dr. Lauren Barnet is a licensed Clinical Psychologist dedicated to the practice and training of psychotherapy. Since 2012, Dr. Barnet has been the Clinical Director at The Village Institute (New York) and oversees the quality of clinical services we provide. She is uniquely qualified given her extensive education and experience as a supervisor/clinician, her commitment to the practice of psychotherapy, and her belief in the importance of training therapists to be curious, engaged and creative. Dr. Barnet has contributed to the field of psychology through scholarly presentations and publications.


Josh Jonas is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who, as Associate Director (New York) since 2014, serves as a valuable link between The Village Institute and the New York metropolitan area community. Mr. Jonas combines his extensive psychotherapy experience and training with his previous background as an actor and writer, to introduce psychotherapy and its curative powers to people through community projects, lectures and articles/blogs. Additionally, he brings his creativity to the practice of psychotherapy at The Village Institute, challenging staff to incorporate engaging, effective strategies in their work.
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