The Mel Bornstein Clinic
For Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy

Staff

Meet Our Team

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Nitin Rajhans, M.D.

Dr Rajhans received training in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry at Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University. He works as a staff psychiatrist at Development Centers, Detroit and has a private practice in Troy, MI. He is currently a candidate in training in Adult Psychoanalysis at Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.

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Michael McNeece, LLMSW

Mr. McNeece is a Master’s level clinical social worker and received his Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. He specializes in working with children and families on issues commonly involving depression, anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, and behavior problems. Mr. McNeece also has experience working at DMC’s Autism Center engaging in behavioral therapy with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Mr. McNeece places emphasis on cultivating a therapeutic relationship and engaging personally with each individual. He focuses on increasing effective communication and developing awareness of inner thoughts and emotions. In his free time, Mickey enjoys staying active and being outside. He believes being outside is naturally therapeutic and enjoys refreshing his mind and soul in the outdoors.

 
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Marla McCaffrey, LMSW

McCaffrey has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan, and pursues training opportunities through MPI. Her experience includes 10 years of treating adults with mental illness. Areas of interest and specialty include trauma, substance use disorders, women’s issues, depression, anxiety and self-esteem issues. Additionally, she works for Ascension Health System as a Social Worker, providing telebehavioral crisis intervention support to emergency rooms throughout the state of Michigan.

In addition, she currently serves on the board of directors of The Art Experience, a non-profit organization that provides art therapy for adults with disabilities, and art classes for underserved children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with family.

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Jacalyn Harden, LPC

Harden has a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University. She is a candidate in psychoanalysis at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University. She has worked with children and adults, in individual and group therapies and has experience with cultural and intergenerational issues, trauma, anxiety, and depression.

She specializes in psychodynamic psychotherapy, in which she works with patients to better understand their past and present. She listens closely to what you say with an open mind, while encouraging and helping you to see patterns and trends in your life that you may not be totally aware. By widening awareness of your life, you can recognize your inner conflicts and explore your desires and aims.

 
 
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Catherine Lennington MA TLLP

Ms. Lennington is a Master’s level psychologist who enjoys working with adolescents and adults. She specializes in anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, parent guidance and sexual addictions. Ms. Lennington’s approach to therapy focuses on exploring the past in order to make sense of the present. She feels that therapy is a collaborative experience that requires mutual dedication and commitment to ensure growth and development. Ms. Lennington is currently enrolled in the Advanced Child & Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Ms Lennington is also fluent in French.

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Max Smith, LLMSW

Max is known as a warm, caring, attentive and insightful practitioner that works with client’s strengths to develop a deep understanding of their thoughts and behavior. He specializes in working through issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relationship problems, identity as well as aging and intergenerational issues. His training has emphasized work with people of all ages from childhood to older adults. With extensive experience using both cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic therapy, he is flexible and skilled in helping clients achieve their goals.

Max graduated from Wayne State University with a Masters of Social Work (MSW), specializing in interpersonal practice and psychodynamic therapy. He has conducted ethnological research into the social, relational, and mental health consequences of the Flint Water Crisis for older adults. On this topic, he has been a co-author and presenter of numerous presentations around the country as well as a paper awarded the Cleckley Minority Research Award by the American Public Health Association in 2017.

 
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Lesley Jones, LMSW

Lesley Jones has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She is also pursuing post-graduate training with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Her professional experience includes providing therapy to adults, children and families. She has also worked in schools and substance abuse treatment facilities. Most recently, she has taught college level social work classes. Her areas of interest include anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and trauma. As a therapist, Ms Jones enjoys partnering with patients to explore their unique insights and resiliencies.

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Mohamed A. Salam

Mr. Mohamed A. Salam an advance standing Social Work graduate student with a Mental Health specialization at Madonna University. Additionally, he is an Academic candidate at Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, where he is studying psychoanalytic theory with the goal of becoming a psychoanalyst. He is also pursuing an addiction certificate through Madonna University. He is a bilingual in English and Arabic and familiar with middle eastern norms, cultures and tradition. He has volunteered and worked with immigrant communities affected by trauma.

 
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Dr. Mohammed Elbashir

Dr. Elbashir received training in Internal Medicine at Detroit Medical Center/Sinai Grace Hospital. He is currently practicing as an Internist. Recognizing the negative impact of psychological suffering on the body, including addiction, obesity and other chronic diseases, he turned to psychoanalytic psychotherapy to better understand and help his patients. He has found therapy to help his patients navigate their personal lives and find greater fulfillment.

Dr. Elbashir has great interest in the psychological impact of migration on the psychological well being of individuals, and how to bridge the inter-generational gap in families. Other areas of interest are pre-marital counseling, couple therapy, and incorporating art and literature in increasing awareness in mental health in local communities. Dr. Elbashir is fluent in Arabic.