I am a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in New York City, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. In my work as a psychologist, I assist adults dealing with anxiety and mood disorders, difficulties handling stress, and health-related difficulties. I specialize in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness, and in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, and various types of anxiety. My clinical practice is part of the Manhattan Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, located at 315 Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on our thoughts and our actions as a way to reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, OCD, and other problems. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be the most effective type of psychotherapy for several different types of anxiety, mood, and behavioral disorders. Instead of focusing on trying to find the root of a problem, CBT focuses on teaching you specific techniques and tools that have been shown (through scientific research studies) to help manage things more effectively. By improving at these techniques you can learn to handle episodes of depression or anxiety well enough that eventually they have much less impact on your life.
Mindfulness is a skill that was originally developed in the context of meditation practice. It has also been shown to be helpful for people suffering from stress, anxiety, and difficult emotional experiences. Mindfulness and related skills are used by a growing number of psychologists in their clinical work, and do so because a growing body of research suggests that it can be an excellent augmentation to cognitive-behavioral therapy. Mindfulness training can help us become less reactive to the very thought processes that push us toward depression and anxiety.