Counseling and Psychological Services
MEET OUR STAFF
The VRCaPS Team of Compassionate Therapists
Kane Tung, Ph.D.
As a father of a child with Autism and Staff Psychologist for one of the premier centers for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Westchester, NY: Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS), Dr. Kane Tung has extensive personal and professional experience managing and bringing fulfillment to individuals and caregivers of Developmental Disabilities. Kane’s style was also profoundly shaped by his years of work with Older Adults at Long Island Jewish Hospital and nursing homes as he specialized in Grief and End of Life cases bringing all events of a client’s life together to make sense of it honestly and genuinely. It was during that time he first came up with integrating Virtual Reality with therapy to the benefit and wonder of his clients.
Forming VRCAPS, Kane is excited to be marrying his clinical practice and wide spectrum of experiences from being a Producer at SyFy Channel and SONY, as well as a newspaper journalist and playwright to his considerable work with the early Anime and Gaming community.
N.J. Psychologist License #35SI00571300
Mental Health Fellowship
Xinyu is a fellow in training and a full-time master student in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness at New York University. She has had a diverse cultural experience growing up in mainland China, living in Hong Kong for four years, and now studying at NYU, giving her a focus on diversity and working with individuals’ unique experience in their sociocultural contexts as well as through different cultural and life experiences. She has a focus on identifying where you are in your life journey and believes that the therapy room is not only a safe environment for clients to process their past experiences but also a place to work on the here-and-now. Xinyu is able to conduct therapy in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Elise S. Nerenberg, LCSW
Elise Nerenberg received her Bachelors in Social Work from Penn State University and her Master of Social Work from Fordham University. She specializes in the treatment of adults and teens with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and job stress. Her methodologies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a Family Systems approach and a Psychodynamic Model.
Elise believes that it takes courage to come to therapy and provides a warm, non-judgemental atmosphere where you can be seen and head. With over 20 years of experience, her aim is to help each individual to relieve stress and to empower them to lead a happier more purposeful life.
N.J. Lic Clinical Social Worker #44SC0281300
Barry Wasser, LCSW
Barry earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Yeshiva University, his Master of Social Work from Touro College’s Graduate School of Social Work, and specializes in the treatment of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.
He has over 7 years of experience working with adults, the elderly, and their families. He utilizes various therapeutic techniques and methods during his sessions in order to meet his clients’ needs and establish a trusting and comfortable relationship. In turn, Barry aims to provide clients with a safe environment in which they feel comfortable expressing themselves and exploring obstacles that hinder quality of life, all while working towards the achievement of their short and long term goals.
He has worked with adults of various ages across different settings including a mental health homeless shelter and a transitional residence for adults with mental illness. He also has experience facilitating group therapy sessions and mental health case management, both of which have proven to be beneficial to both clients and their families. Barry’s experience has helped him focus on taking into account all factors that influence the well-being of his clients. Barry values supportive therapeutic partnerships, assertiveness, and open-mindedness; these form the foundation of his therapeutic style. Each therapy session or family meeting is viewed as a new opportunity to find ways to achieve and promote sustained personal growth.