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Our mission is to connect dynamic, well-trained mental health professionals to individuals, couples, families, and groups in the Catskills and Hudson Valley communities.

We understand that the human struggle takes many forms: relational, social, physical, sexual, emotional, educational, economic, cultural, political.

We are passionate about supporting the whole person’s innate capacity to heal.



About Us

Maverick Psychotherapy Group, formerly Maverick Family Counseling, began over 30 years ago when founder Barbara Rissman and her husband Dr. Randall Rissman saw the need to offer both medical services and psychotherapy to the Hudson Valley/Catskills community. This mind-body perspective (or bio-psycho-social perspective) continues to be at the core of our work at Maverick Psychotherapy Group.

Today, we’ve evolved into a collaborative collective of expert, cutting-edge clinicians providing individualized, deeply personal mental health services, responsive to the family, the community and world around us.

We have three New York locations: Woodstock, Kingston and Margaretville.

Maverick Psychotherapy Group is proud to be an independently owned and operated small business.


Our Services

Maverick Psychotherapy Group provides a wide range of psychotherapeutic services. We create a treatment plan that fits the needs of each client.

  • Individual Psychotherapy

  • Couples Therapy

  • Family Therapy

  • Group Therapy

  • Psychiatric/Medication Services

  • School Based Counseling and Social Work Services

At MPG we treat a variety of mental health concerns, including:

  • Anxiety, fear, stress, panic attacks, phobias, trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Depression, grief and loss, isolation, chronic pain, adjusting to illness and disability

  • Relationship problems, couple difficulties, divorce or separation issues, sexuality concerns

  • Parenting, child or adolescent issues, school and behavioral problems

  • Difficulty managing anger or conflict

  • Improving self esteem, personal growth or communication


Our Process

There are many ways to facilitate healing. We offer several modalities in order to serve our community’s diverse needs.

Our skilled clinicians use a variety of modalities to facilitate personal transformation. Many of us specialize in trauma work and are educated in Somatic Experiencing®. The SE method is a body-oriented approach to healing from trauma and stress. The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.


Please call 911 if you are in a crisis that requires immediate attention. Or call the Ulster County Mobile Mental Health Unit at 1 (844) 277-4820 or the Delaware County Mobile Crisis Assessment Team at 1 (844) 732-6228.