Empower | Inspire | Transform

Healing happens in mysterious ways. Much of it is emotional and soulful as well as physical. Regardless of the challenges you are facing, INSPIRE Psychological Wellness aims to EMPOWER clients to take charge of their life story rather than live at the mercy of difficult circumstances or emotional experiences, INSPIRE them to their purpose, and TRANSFORM emotional adversity into resilience and hope. We strive to help clients learn how to better respond to thought patterns perpetuating their struggles, let go of societal and self-imposed rules that can often be life-constricting or destructive, and embrace the arc of emotions that come with living a full and rich life. “Becoming whole is not about eradicating our wounds and weaknesses; rather the way we deal with losses, large and small, shape our capacity to be present to all of our experiences” (Rachel Naomi Remen, MD).

Our clinicians specialize in working with adolescents and adults struggling with various psychological challenges including depression, anxiety and trauma. We also see many individuals presenting with concerns related to relationship difficulties, impulsivity, life transitions, perfectionism, reduced self-esteem, and difficulty connecting with a sense of meaning and purpose. INSPIRE’s psychologists provide psychotherapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as wellness coaching focused on improving health behaviors and cognitive remediation. Additionally, we offer specialized psychological assessments to support individuals in preparing for and healing from medical procedures as well as treatment to promote effective coping with chronic and acute medical conditions. We welcome you to learn more about the services we offer  and our philosophy towards emotional and physical wellbeing.

Identifying the right client-clinician match is integral to treatment outcome and achieving desired long lasting improvement. We appreciate that psychological treatment and assessment are a significant emotional and financial investment and commitment. We thus offer a complimentary 30 minute initial consultation to see if this is the right next step for you. 

To accommodate our clients’ schedules, we offer early morning, late evening and a limited number of weekend appointments depending on the psychologist – please check with your clinician regarding their availability.


“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being”
- Carl Gustav Jung, MD

Meet Our Psychologists

  • Danielle M. Shpigel, PhD
    Danielle M. Shpigel, PhD

    Prior to launching INSPIRE Psychological Wellness, Dr. Shpigel trained and worked in medical and mental health settings within several of New York’s major hospitals including Weill Cornell Medicine, New York–Presbyterian Hospital, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Veteran’s Health Administration, Columbia University’s New York State Psychiatric Institute, and New York City Health + Hospitals.

  • Mana K. Ali Carter, PhD, ABPP
    Mana K. Ali Carter, PhD, ABPP

    Prior to joining INSPIRE Psychological Wellness, Dr. Ali Carter trained and worked in medical and mental health settings across the Washington DC Area including St. Elizabeths Hospital, VA Medical Centers (trauma clinic, medical rehabilitation, and hospice), Children’s National Medical Center, neuropsychology private practice, DC Public School System, Inpatient Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Center, and Howard University’s Counseling Center.

  • Jennifer (Jen) Stewart, PhD
    Jennifer (Jen) Stewart, PhD

    Prior to joining INSPIRE Psychological Wellness, Dr. Stewart trained and worked in a variety of mental health settings in New York City and Washington state including inpatient psychiatry and a partial hospitalization program at New York City Health + Hospitals, private practice, the Counseling Center at the City College of New York, and the Veteran’s Health Administration (VA New York Harbor and VA Puget Sound).

  • McLaughlin
    Elizabeth (Liz) McLaughlin, PhD

    Dr. McLaughlin previously worked as a Clinical Psychologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC and Lifespan Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. In these medical centers she served as a clinician in general mental health, substance use, chronic pain, and other medical clinics.

  • Lauren Foley, PhD
    Lauren Foley, PhD

    Prior to working at the Alaska VA, Dr. Foley trained and worked in various medical, educational and mental health settings within New York and the surrounding area including the Dubin Breast Center of the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital, Friends Academy and the Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services at Teachers College, Columbia University. Outside of the New York area she also trained at the Center for Change in Orem, Utah.