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Overview

Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants of Westchester and Manhattan is a private group practice of internationally recognized mental health professionals who specialize in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and provide the highest quality of clinical, consultation, and coaching services. Through the use of evidence-based approaches, we provide the necessary structure and tools to assist individuals with issues ranging from life stresses and problems to the full range of mild to severe psychological disorders. We serve adults, adolescents, children, couples and families, as well as provide consultation to the community and other professionals.

Mission

As a group of dedicated clinicians and researchers, we are committed to helping clients identify goals, overcome obstacles, and resolve problems that may be impeding their lives. We aim to help each individual achieve life-enhancing and enduring change.

Our Staff

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  • Lata K. McGinn, PhD - Co-Founder
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    Dr. Lata K. McGinn is a clinical psychologist and Co-founder of CBC. Dr. McGinn is also Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of the Doctoral Clinical Program, and Director of the University-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program for Anxiety and Depressive Disorders at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is Co-Founder of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants of Westchester and Manhattan.

    Dr. McGinn is an expert in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and mood disorders (panic disorder, agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress, generalized anxiety, specific phobia, stress, depression, dysthymia), stress management, and habit and relationship problems, and has been treating and conducting research on these problems since she received her PhD in 1993. She has authored numerous publications on anxiety and depressive disorders, including two books, titled "Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder" published in 1999 by Jason Aronson, Inc. and "Treatment Plans and Interventions for Anxiety and Depression," published by Guilford in 2011. Dr. McGinn presents her research worldwide and is regularly invited to conduct lectures, seminars and training workshops throughout the world to professionals and consumers. Her research focuses on the prevention of anxiety and depressive disorders. Dr. McGinn examines the effects of environmental and cognitive styles on anxiety and depression, evaluating whether certain environmental factors increase the risk of developing or maintaining anxiety and depression. She has also recently developed an intervention to prevent the development of depression and is currently testing the efficacy of this intervention in a NIH funded research study to prevent pharmacologically-induced depression. Her expertise has been highlighted by various popular media outlets such as Shape Magazine, Parents Magazine, and BBC radio.

    Dr. McGinn is President of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy and is on the board of directors of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and was appointed a Beck Scholar in recognition of her contributions to the field of cognitive therapy. Dr. McGinn was appointed to serve of the Trauma Taskforce set up by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy following September 11, 2001, to meet the needs of individuals suffering from the psychological aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center. Among other goals, the Trauma taskforce developed guidelines to educate the general public and train mental health professionals on effective treatments and ways of coping with traumatic stress. Dr. McGinn was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy in recognition of her professional contributions made following September 11, 2001.

    To contact Dr. McGinn, please click here.

  • Alec L. Miller, PsyD - Co-Founder
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    Alec L. Miller, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Co-Founder of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants, LLP. He is also Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Director of the Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program, and Associate Director of the Psychology Training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.

    Dr. Miller is an expert in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, stress management, borderline personality disorder, as well as suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. Since 1995, he has headed a clinical-research team adapting DBT for outpatient suicidal multi-problem adolescents, as well as contributing to the adaptation of DBT for other populations and settings. He has received federal, state, and private funding for his research and has been an invited member of NIMH consensus meetings regarding adolescent suicide. He has authored or co-authored over 60 journal articles and book chapters and is first author of a book titled, Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents (2007) published by Guilford Press. Upon invitation by the American Psychological Association, Dr. Miller developed a psychotherapy training video titled, DBT for Multi-Problem Adolescents (2007). In addition, he co-authored a book titled Childhood Maltreatment, Advances in Psychotherapy-Evidence Based Practice (2006). He has two new books in press involving DBT skills training with adolescents in various settings including schools.

    Dr. Miller has received numerous awards and honors. Dr. Miller was nominated to be a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), in both Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) and Division 53 (Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology). He has served on the Board of Directors of APA, Division 12, and is past president of the Clinical Emergencies and Crises section. He also served as the 2007 Division 12 Program Chair of the APA Convention. In 2002, he received the Service Award from the International Society for the Improvement and Training of DBT (ISITDBT), served as the ISITDBT Conference Chair in 2005 and 2006, and currently serves on its Executive Board. In 2008, he received the Lauretta Bender Honored Lecturer Award and in 2013 he received the Rhodes Spirit of Leadership Award. He is an invited member of the International Academy for Suicide Research, a scientific advisory council member of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, a past consultant on the FDA's Suicide Classification Project. He is past Associate Editor of the journal, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, and a reviewer for over a dozen professional journals. He is an active member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), he's a founding member of NYC-CBT, and a scientific advisory to the National Educational Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD).

    Dr. Miller has conducted over 400 lectures and workshops around the world to both lay and professional audiences. He was the lead trainer, supervisor, and co-investigator, of the first randomized trial of adolescent DBT recently conducted in Oslo, Norway. He is a consultant to numerous DBT research studies internationally as well as to over 10 school districts in New York that are implementing DBT in their schools. In addition, Dr. Miller is a School Board Trustee of the IDEAL School in Manhattan.

    As a clinician, Dr. Miller is a practitioner of CBT and DBT and treats adults, adolescents, couples and families. His clinical expertise has been highlighted by various media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, CBS TV, MSNBC, PBS TV, Teen People Magazine, Redbook, WebMD, and the Associated Press.

    To contact Dr. Miller, please click here.

  • Sara Steinberg, PhD - Assistant Director

    Dr. Sara Steinberg is Assistant Director of CBC and a full-time clinical psychologist working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Steinberg received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate in clinical psychology from SUNY Stony Brook. She completed her predoctoral internship at Long Island Jewish/Hillside Hospital in Queens, N.Y.

    Dr. Steinberg is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy across the lifespan, and has particular expertise in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders (including panic disorder, generalized anxiety, OCD, social anxiety, and school refusal), stress management, relationship and family problems, and eating disorders. She also has experience treating ADHD and behavioral problems among children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Steinberg has experience working with couples, families, and with parents of children with emotional and behavioral difficulties.

    Dr. Steinberg has also been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a comprehensive treatment for individuals with significant emotional difficulties, suicidal and non suicidal self-injury, and other interpersonal and behavioral difficulties. She conducts both individual therapy and group skills training as part of the adolescent and adult DBT programs. Additionally, Dr. Steinberg provides DBT supervision and consultation to other professionals and programs. She currently consults to local middle and high schools who are implementing DBT programs within their schools.

    Additionally, Dr. Steinberg has conducted research on adolescent depression and romantic functioning, and adolescent-parent relationships. She has co-authored professional articles and book chapters, and has presented research at conferences on a variety of topics. Dr. Steinberg has given presentations and workshops on CBT for eating disorders, CBT for school refusal, and DBT for multi-problem adolescents. She is an active member of the Association for Advancement for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She served on the planning committee for the 2008-2010 annual programs for the International Society for the Improvement & Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dr. Steinberg serves as an adjunct clinical supervisor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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  • Jennifer Steinberg, PhD - Director of Training

    Dr. Jennifer Steinberg is Director of Training at CBC and specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Steinberg received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Temple University. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Zucker Hillside Hospital. Dr. Steinberg has obtained extensive training and experience in the application of CBT to a wide range of disorders, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, behavioral difficulties, and relationship problems. In addition, Dr. Steinberg has received specialized training and experience in couples and family therapy, and has treated families coping with such difficulties as separation and divorce, grief, chronic illness, and diagnosis and treatment for cancer. Dr. Steinberg has been intensively trained in DBT for self-injury and borderline personality disorder, and has been involved in both the adolescent and adult DBT programs at CBC as an individual therapist and a skills trainer. Dr. Steinberg has conducted research examining the role of the self-concept and self-esteem in the etiology of depression. She recently joined a research study, headed by Dr. Lata McGinn and funded by the National Institute of Health, investigating the efficacy of a new cognitive behavioral intervention protocol for pharmacologically-induced depression. Dr. Steinberg has been the recipient of several awards for her research, and has presented findings in professional articles, book chapters, and conferences. Dr. Steinberg has taught, supervised, and mentored students at the graduate, undergraduate, and postdoctoral level, and currently serves as an adjunct clinical supervisor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Steinberg is an active member of the Association for Advancement for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the International Society for the Improvement & Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

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  • Michelle Greenberg, PhD - Director of Clinical Intake Services

    Dr. Michelle W. Greenberg is Director of Clinical Intake Services at CBC and is a licensed psychologist. Dr. Greenberg received her B.S. in psychology from The University of Florida and her Ph.D. in school psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospital Centers in New York. She has extensive experience in cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy with children, adolescents, adults, and families.

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  • Arva Bensaheb, PhD - Director of Psychology Externship

    Dr. Arva Bensaheb is Director of Psychology Externship training and a full-time licensed clinical psychologist at CBC. She treats children, adolescents, adults, and families. She received her doctorate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas after completing an APA accredited internship at the Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium in Baton Rouge. Her post doctoral training was at the Cognitive Behavioral Institute of Albuquerque in New Mexico. She has worked in a variety of settings including mental health outpatient and inpatient settings, community and college counseling centers, as well as forensic,settings. These experiences have prepared her to work with individuals suffering with general adjustment, mood and anxiety problems and relationship difficulties, as well as more severe emotional, interpersonal and behavioral difficulties.

    Dr. Bensaheb is a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy  and specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and mood disorders across the life span. Specifically, she has experience working with panic disorder, general anxiety, OCD, social anxiety, perfectionism, depression, bipolar disorder, and trauma. She also has experience working with children struggling with school refusal and selective mutism. In addition to her expertise in cognitive behavioral therapies, Dr. Bensaheb has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and has experience working with individuals who struggle with emotional dysregulation, self-harm and suicidal behaviors. At CBC, Dr. Bensaheb works as a DBT individual therapist and group leader. Her treatment approach is collaborative, tailored to address her client’s unique combination of concerns and geared towards improving day-to-day functioning as well as overall comfort and life satisfaction.

    In addition to direct clinical work, Dr. Bensaheb has a deep interest in training other mental health professionals. She regularly supervises, lectures, and trains other mental health professionals on applying cognitive behavioral therapy, and remains active in projects geared towards disseminating evidence based practices to public mental health settings. Dr. Bensaheb was on faculty at Northwestern University in Chicago prior to joining CBC, and continues to maintain her affiliation as contributing clinical faculty. She is currently responsible for all aspects of training and supervision of externs (advanced graduate students) at CBC. She is an active member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) as well Academy of Cognitive Therapy(ACT).

    To contact Dr. Bensaheb, please click here.

  • Colleen Lang, PhD - Director of Consultation Services

    Dr. Colleen Lang is the Director of Consultation Services at CBC and works in both the Manhattan and the White Plains offices. Dr. Lang works with children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Lang specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety, trauma, depression, anger and aggression. She is also intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and serves as both an individual DBT therapist and skills trainer. Dr. Lang is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the psychology graduate programs at St. John's University and Yeshiva University, where she teaches and supervises doctoral students training to be therapists, in the provision of cognitive behavioral therapy and other evidence-based treatments.

    Prior to joining the staff at CBC, Dr. Lang worked as an Attending Psychologist in Montefiore's School-Based Health Program and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. There she worked on a multi-disciplinary team and applied evidence-based treatments, including CBT and DBT, to youth presenting with a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties. Dr.Lang received her B.A. in psychology from Colgate University and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from St. John's University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Zucker Hillside Hospital of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where she applied cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy to adolescents and their families in outpatient and inpatient settings. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Partners Program of St. John's University, where she served as Clinical Coordinator and assisted with the dissemination and evaluation of evidence-based treatment for traumatized children. She continues to serve as a consultant on grant-funded projects regarding the treatment of complex trauma andviolence exposure. Dr. Lang has co-authored papers about community violence exposure, the treatment of anger, and the link between trauma and self-injury. She provides reviews for academic journals, and presents on issues related to the treatment of trauma and cognitive behavioral implementation issues. She is an active member of the Association for Advancement for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies,the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.

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  • Courtney Berry, PhD - Director of Group Programs

    Dr. Courtney Berry is a full-time licensed psychologist at CBC and treats children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Berry received her B.S. from Cornell University with Honors and Distinction in Human Development. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Fordham University. Prior to joining the CBC team, she completed her predoctoral internship at Westchester Jewish Community Services where she worked with clients of all ages using evidenced-based practices including DBT and CBT treatments. Dr. Berry has experience in outpatient, day treatment, and inpatient settings and has worked with clients experiencing a wide range of problems, including depression, anxiety, attentional disorders, oppositionality, and trauma. Dr. Berry has substantial experience conducting group therapy with children who have social skills, anger management, and self-esteem issues, as well as CBT and DBT groups for adults and parent management training. For three years Dr. Berry served as the research coordinator for a CBT treatment study of adult inpatients at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Berry is an active member of American Psychological Association, the New York State Psychological Association, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and has published articles and presented her research at national conferences.

    To contact Dr. Berry, please click here.

  • Margaret Areizaga, M.A. - Staff

    Margaret Areizaga is a psychology fellow specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, depression, and disruptive behavior. Ms. Areizaga has expertise in providing evidence-based treatments to children, adolescents, adults, and families, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), parent management training, trauma-focused, cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and exposure and response prevention (ERP). Margaret Areizaga is certified as a Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) International therapist and trainer. Additionally, she has received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Ms. Areizaga completed her B.A. at Mercy College in psychology, M.A. in clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and is completing her doctorate at Rutgers University.

    Margaret Areizaga has gained extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, selective mutism, oppositional defiant disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder across a wide range of ages and in different settings. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Child Mind Institute in New York, NY, where she provided individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults, as well as parent training and family therapy. While on internship, she conducted group therapy for children and consultation to teachers in New York City public schools. Additionally, Ms. Areizaga gained clinical experience at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, where she provided individual and group TF-CBT to children and adolescents who had been sexually and/or physically abused. As part of her doctoral training, she served multiple roles at the Youth Anxiety & Depression Clinic (YADC). In particular, she gained extensive experience in conducting psychological evaluations to assess for anxiety and mood disorders, provided CBT to youth with internalizing disorders, and served as project coordinator on a research study focused on developing a school-based, group treatment program for youth with co-occurring anxiety and depression.

    In addition to her clinical interests and experience, Margaret Areizaga, has taught several undergraduate courses, and has remained involved in research. Ms. Areizaga spent five years working at the New York State Psychiatric Institute where she served as laboratory manager on a research project investigating the effects of prenatal risk factors, including maternal stress and anxiety, on autonomic nervous system development in infants. She has also implemented teacher-child interaction training (TCIT) and worked as a program coordinator on a study evaluating TCIT in NYC public schools. Ms. Areizaga has presented several posters at professional conferences, co-authored a peer-reviewed article that was published in Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, and has additional manuscripts currently in preparation and under review. Ms. Areizaga is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

  • Johanna Berger, Ph.D - Staff

    Dr. Johanna Berger is a psychology extern at CBC. Dr. Berger received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Maryland and her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Florida Atlantic University.  She currently attends Hofstra University where she is completing the Postdoctoral Respecialization in Clinical Psychology.  

    Dr. Berger has experience working in outpatient settings with children, families, adolescents, and adults.  She specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and has worked with clients experiencing a wide range of problems, including relationship difficulties, anxiety, and attentional disorders.  Dr. Berger was intensively trained in the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) program, which is aimed at helping children with disruptive behavior problems.  She has extensive training in exposure therapy for anxiety disorders and received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

    Dr. Berger uses empirically validated treatment approaches and applies them in a supportive and non-judgmental manner.  She highly values collaboration while striving to bring positive life changes to families and individuals.  She is an active member of various professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association.

  • Chad Brice, Ph.D - Staff

    Chad Brice, Ph.D. is a full-time licensed psychologist who works with children, adolescents, adults and families.  Dr. Brice has extensive training and experience with a range of evidence-based CBT interventions and has worked on clinical trials validating treatments for both internalizing (e.g. anxiety, OCD, and depression) and externalizing disorders (e.g. conduct disorder and substance abuse). Dr. Brice has worked in a number of clinical settings including outpatient clinics, residential programs, as well as public and private schools. In addition to individual therapy, Dr. Brice has expertise working with couples and providing parent-training.  Additionally, Dr. Brice is intensively trained in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), a comprehensive treatment for individuals with significant emotional difficulties, suicidal and non-suicidal self-injury, and other interpersonal and behavioral difficulties. He conducts both individual therapy and group skills training as part of the adolescent and adult DBT programs at CBC. He also consults to local elementary, middle, and high schools implementing DBT programs within their schools.

    Dr. Brice completed his undergraduate training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his Ph.D. from West Virginia University with a specialization in clinical child and developmental psychology. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Casa Pacific – Center for Children and Families.  As part of his post-doctoral fellowship at New York University, Dr. Brice participated in a clinical trial funded by the National Institute for Mental Health implementing CBT for social anxiety in public schools. He is an active member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Brice serves as an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Developmental Psychopathology to Master’s students.

  • Karen A. Burns, PsyD - Staff

    Dr. Karen Burns is a staff psychologist at CBC with expertise is in the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders in adolescents, young adults, and adults. Dr. Burns received her B.A from The New School and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University, where she was the co-coordinator of the Parnes Clinic's Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program for Anxiety and Depression. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Zucker Hillside Hospital, Long Island Jewish Health System, where she received advanced training in the delivery of evidence-based treatments, including CBT and DBT, to adolescents and adults with a wide range of presenting problems. Dr. Burns has extensive clinical experience in the treatment of anxiety, depression, panic disorder, psychotic disorders, suicidality, self-injury, and behavioral disorders, and has worked in outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospital settings. Dr. Burns has received clinical training at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, and received training in neuropsychological evaluation at Montefiore Medical Center. Additionally, she was a therapist on a research study at Brooklyn College implementing a cognitive-behavioral intervention in adolescents with anxiety disorders and chronic medical illnesses. Dr. Burns was named Assistant Program Chair for the 2009 annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, under Program Chair Dr. Lata McGinn.

    The focus of Dr. Burns's research is is the relationship between therapist fidelity to treatment protocols and treatment response. Specifically, Dr. Burns has studied whether levels of therapist adherence and competence were correlated with clinical outcomes in a group-format intervention for the prevention of depression. . Dr. Burns is an active member of the American Psychological Association, the New York State Psychological Association, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

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  • Elizabeth A. Courtney-Seidler, PhD - Staff

    Dr. Elizabeth Courtney-Seidler is a full-time licensed psychologist at CBC who has expertise in the cognitive-behavioral treatments of anxiety and depressive disorders, trauma, self-injury, autism-spectrum disorders and disruptive behavior disorders with children, adolescents, adults, and families. In addition, prior to joining CBC she was intensively trained and supervised in DBT by Dr. Alec Miller and colleagues for two years at Montefiore Medical Center's Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program where she treated multi-problem youth and their families. Dr. Courtney-Seidler earned her B.S. from Fairfield University, her M.A. in Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Hofstra University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she received further training in cognitive behavioral and family therapies for youth, adults, and families in an intensive outpatient setting. In addition, she worked part-time in the Children's Hospital at Montefiore treating youth learning how to cope with various medical disorders. Prior to internship, Dr. Courtney-Seidler completed a practicum at Montefiore Medical Center's Child Outpatient Psychiatry Department treating youth with a range of psychiatric disorders, including ADHD, anxiety, mood, and personality disorders. In addition, she worked with abused youth and families at the Child Advocacy Center at Mt. Sinai Medical Center providing trauma-focused psychotherapy. At CBC, she conducts both individual therapy and group skills training as part of the adolescent and adult DBT programs. Additionally, Dr. Courtney-Seidler provides consultation to local schools who are implementing DBT programs within their schools.

    In addition to her clinical repertoire, Dr. Courtney-Seidler enjoys conducting research and teaching. She has numerous publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and book chapters in the areas of childhood maltreatment, adolescent depression, borderline personality disorder, and DBT. One of her recent areas of interest is the impact impaired sleep has on adolescent's mood and self-harm behaviors. Dr. Courtney-Seidler has presented her research at national conferences and to local hospitals and agencies and is an active member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

     

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  • Suzanne Davino, PhD - Staff

    Suzanne Davino is a part-time psychologist working with children, adolescents, adults, and families at CBC. She also currently serves as Director of Partial Hospitalization Programs at Four Winds Hospital, where she runs DBT-based day programs for children, adolescents and adults. She has worked at Four Winds in various capacities since 2000. Prior to that she spent three years conducting psychotherapy for Westchester Jewish Community Services.

    Dr. Davino completed her B.A. in psychology at SUNY Cortland, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Binghamton University where she received specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, mood disorders, and stress. She completed her doctoral internship at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. Throughout her training years, Dr. Davino specialized in cognitive behavior therapy and health-related cognitive psychology. She also worked as assistant supervisor of the Laboratory of Human Chronobiology at Weill Cornell Medical College in White Plains, NY, and conducted clinical-research focused on sleep, nutrition, and coping with medical disorders. Dr. Davino has presented research at conferences on a variety of topics including visual imagery, sleep disorders, intelligence testing, and the relationship between mindfulness and rumination. Dr. Davino has extensive experience working with individuals of all ages who demonstrate multi-problem behaviors, as well as those who engage in suicidal and self-injurious behaviors. She also has expertise in training parents to manage and support their children of all ages who struggle with emotional and behavioral difficulties.

    Dr. Davino currently serves as an adjunct clinical supervisor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is also an active member of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. Finally, Dr. Davino is also a Founding Member/Board Member of the New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association.

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  • Amanda Edwards, LCSW - Staff

    Amanda Edwards, LCSW, is a pyschotherapist who works part-time at CBC. She specializes in cognitive behavior therapy and is intensively trained in dialectical behavior therapy, with experience providing both CBT and DBT to children, adolescents, adults, and families. Ms. Edwards obtained her B.F.A. from New York University and received her Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. During the past decade, she has provided evidence-based interventions to clients in outpatient clinic settings at the South Bronx Mental Health Council, Lutheran Medical Center, as well as the Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Services (CARES) Program of St. Luke's Roosevelt, a partial hospitalization program for adolescents coping with emotional, behavioral, and substance abuse issues. During the past two years, Ms. Edwards has worked on an inter-disciplinary team at Montefiore Medical Center's School-Based Health Program. There, in collaboration with Dr. Alec Miller and colleagues, she has contributed to the adaptation of DBT for elementary school-aged children and DBT-informed parenting strategies. Many of the clients she has treated in these various settings have had anxiety, depression, disruptive behavior disorders, traumatic adjustments to loss, self-harm, and relational issues. Additionally, Ms. Edwards has been trained in utilizing a range of approaches, including Webster-Stratton's Incredible Years Program with children with disruptive behaviors, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, psychodrama, and motivational interviewing. Ms. Edwards is also bilingual in English and Spanish.

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  • Ruth Glass, M.S. - Staff

    Ruth Glass, M.S. is a psychology extern at CBC. She earned her B.A. from Columbia University and her Master's degree from Yeshiva University, where she is currently a fourth year doctoral student in Clinical and School Psychology. Ms. Glass treats children, adolescents, adults, and families, and has worked in outpatient, inpatient, and school settings. Ms. Glass has had extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy, specializing in treating anxiety disorders, depression, and providing parent training for youth with behavioral difficulties. She has also been intensively trained in dialectical behavior therapy.

    Ms. Glass has completed pre-doctoral externships and practica at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Adolescent Unit, New York Presbyterian-Westchester Division's adult inpatient unit, Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy, and the Parnes Clinic at Yeshiva University. In addition to conducting psychotherapy, Ms. Glass has extensive training and experience administering psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations. 

    Ms. Glass' research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and she has presented it internationally. Some of her work focuses on beliefs about the malleability of emotions among adolescents with depression, and the impact of those beliefs on their responses to cognitive behavioral treatment. In addition, she also studies dissemination of evidence-based practice to community settings. She is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, as well as the American Psychological Association. 

  • Becky Hashim, PhD - Staff

    Dr. Becky Hashim is a part-time psychologist at CBC and works with children, adolescents, adults and families. Dr. Hashim is a licensed clinical and school psychologist who specializes in cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. Dr. Hashim has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, depression, behavioral disorders, learning disorders, and personality disorders. Her versatile practice includes individual therapy, family therapy, parent training, and group therapy. Dr. Hashim is also an Attending Psychologist on the Behavioral Consultation Team at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center (CHAM) and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. There she works on a multi-disciplinary team and applies evidence-based treatments, including CBT and DBT, to youth with chronic medical illnesses who present with a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties. She also teaches and supervises mental health professionals and medical residents in training.

    Dr. Hashim earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her doctoral degree in clinical and school psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she was trained by Dr. Alec Miller in dialectical behavior therapy, as well as received further training in cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy with children, adolescents, and their families in an intensive outpatient setting. Prior to her internship, she had worked with youth and families in a variety of outpatient, inpatient and school settings. Dr. Hashim has co-authored papers and book chapters about separation anxiety in children, DBT with multi-problem adolescents, and non-adherence among youth diagnosed with chronic medical illness. She has been regularly invited to present at local and national psychiatric and pediatric conferences on issues related to the treatment and management of chronic medical illness. She is an active member of the Association for Advancement for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Psychological Association, The Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the Society of Personality Assessment.

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  • Dena Klein, PhD - Staff

    Dr. Dena Klein is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the use of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) with adults, children, adolescents, and families. She has particular expertise in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders, learning disabilities and personality disorders. Depending on the needs of the case, Dr. Klein provides treatment in a variety of modalities, including individual, family, parent training and group. Using empirically supported approaches, Dr. Klein aims to bring about symptom relief and positive life changes in a supportive non-judgmental manner.

    Prior to joining the staff at CBC, Dr. Klein served five years as an Attending and Supervising Psychologist and the Director of Psychological Assessment Services in the Child Outpatient Psychiatry Department and Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program at Montefiore Medical Center. She provided CBT and DBT to youth and their families presenting with a range of emotional and behavioral difficulties. Additionally, she co-developed and led an adaptation of the Adolescent Coping with Depression group therapy program for teens suffering from depression. Dr. Klein continues to serve as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she teaches and supervises psychology externs and interns.

    Dr. Klein graduated with High Distinction from the University of Michigan and earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She completed her pre and postdoctoral training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Klein gained extensive clinical and research experience as a clinical psychologist in major medical centers and academic institutions in the New York area, including Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center.

    Dr. Klein is an active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the American Psychological Association. She has co-authored professional articles and book chapters and presented research at national conferences on topics including depression, borderline personality disorder, suicidality and non-suicidal self-injury, social and emotional learning, and social support. Lastly, Dr. Klein also gives presentations and workshops to mental health practitioners, school personnel, and students, on various topics including CBT for depression, CBT for disruptive behavior disorders, non-suicidal self-harm and suicidality, and DBT for multi-problem adolescents.

    To contact Dr. Klein, please click here.

  • Yeraz Meschian, PhD - Staff

    Dr. Yeraz Meschian is a part-time clinical psychologist at CBC and works in both the Manhattan and the White Plains offices. Her clinical interests are in the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders in children, adolescent, and adults. Dr. Meschian received her B.A from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University where she was given numerous awards for her academic excellence. She practices evidenced-based therapies, including DBT and CBT, to treat children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Meschian has specialized training and extensive clinical experience in the treatment of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, suicide, self-injury, trauma, dissociation, and attentional disorders in multiple settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and private practice. Dr. Meschian received additional clinical and research training at Bellevue Hospital and NYU's World Trade Center Program, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Mount Sinai Medical Center. She currently resides on the faculty at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in New York, NY.

    Dr. Meschian's research interests focus on the treatment of individuals struggling to adjust to a new life after medical illness, as well as the phenomenology of anxiety disorders in children. Specifically, Dr. Meschian has studied disorder-specific cognitive risk factors in the development of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, as well as the potential for change in parental beliefs as they relate to anxiety in offspring. Dr. Meschian is an active member of the American Psychological Association, Society of Behavioral Medicine, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

    To contact Dr. Meschian, please click here.

  • Linda Spiro, Psy.D. - Staff

    Dr. Linda Spiro is a post-doctoral fellow who works full time at CBC with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Spiro has expertise and specialized training in the delivery of evidence-based treatments for anxiety and mood disorders across the lifespan.  She received her bachelors’ degree in Psychology from Binghamton University, and earned both her masters in School Psychology and doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology from Yeshiva University.

    Dr. Spiro completed her pre-doctoral internship at Nassau University Medical Center, where she provided individual and group therapy as well as psychological evaluations to patients coping with a wide range of mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.  She was an active group leader and individual therapist on NUMC's child and adolescent inpatient unit, and also conducted psychiatric assessments and bedside counseling in the emergency room and on the medical floors. Dr. Spiro was a full time therapist at NUMC's child and adolescent outpatient clinic, where she provided individual therapy and parent training for anxiety, mood, and disruptive behavior disorders, as well as individual outpatient treatment to adults with chronic mental illness.

    Dr. Spiro has been extensively trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and also received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Her specializations include anxiety disorders, particularly Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), as well as generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, social anxiety, and selective mutism. Dr. Spiro completed a year long externship at the Child Mind Institute in NYC, where she provided exposure and response prevention and conducted parent groups in the intensive pediatric OCD treatment program.  Her doctoral dissertation focused on the factors that contribute to parents' involvement in their child's OCD symptoms. Her training also included an externship at NY Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains, where she co-led groups and delivered individual therapy on an inpatient unit for adults diagnosed with personality, mood, and psychotic disorders. Additionally, Dr. Spiro completed an externship at Lawrence Middle School where she provided individual and group services to adolescents, consulted with school staff, conducted evaluations and participated in IEP meetings. Prior to beginning her psychology career, she worked for HealthCorps, an organization that promotes both physical and mental health by providing education and outreach to underserved student populations 

    Dr. Spiro is an active member of the American Psychological Association as well as the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

  • Johanna Wekar, LCSW - Staff

    Johanna Wekar, LCSW, is a psychotherapist who works part-time at CBC using evidence-based treatments with adolescents, adults, and families. Ms. Wekar received her BA with honors in psychology from Franklin Pierce College before graduating from Columbia University with her master's degree in social work. She was an intern at Four Winds Hospital where she provided treatment to adolescent inpatients and their families. Ms. Wekar is an intensively trained DBT therapist who conducts individual therapy, skills training groups, and family therapy. Prior to joining CBC, she developed and successfully led for 10 years one of the first community mental health DBT programs in Westchester County.

    Ms. Wekar specializes in the treatment of individuals who struggle with managing emotions, engaging in impulsive behaviors, and others who have relationship difficulties, disordered eating, substance abuse, as well as suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors. Ms. Wekar also has expertise in parent training as well as conducting cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.

    To contact Ms Wekar, please click here.

  • Irene Zilber, Ed.M., M.S. - Staff

    Irene Zilber, Ed.M., M.S., is a pre-doctoral psychology fellow at CBC with expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety and depressive disorders, impulse-control disorders, autism-spectrum disorders, and disruptive behavior disorders with young children, adolescents, adults, and families. Irene Zilber received her B.S. from Cornell University in Developmental Psychology, an Ed.M. in Risk and Prevention with Children and Adolescents from Harvard University, an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University, and is completing her doctoral studies in clinical psychology at Rutgers University. Irene Zilber completed her pre-doctoral internship at Maimonides Medical Center, in Brooklyn, New York where she provided individual, and group therapy to a diverse population of young children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of presenting problems. Irene Zilber completed her neuropsychological evaluation training at McGill University, Montreal Children's Hospital, Jewish General Hospital in Montreal and at Maimonides Medical Center, conducting full assessment batteries with children, adolescents, and adults.

    Irene Zilber has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety, depression, Tourette syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, selective mutism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, psychotic disorders, autism-spectrum disorders, and developmental disabilities across outpatient, inpatient, day treatment, and wellness and recovery hospital settings. Ms. Zilber received specialized training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for the treatment of various anxiety and depressive disorders, impulse control disorders, and disruptive behavioral disorders while working at CBT clinics at the Montreal Children's Hospital, Psychological Services clinic, Tourette Syndrome clinic, and at the Child Mind Institute. Ms. Zilber received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has extensive treatment experience through the DBT clinic at the Rutgers University DBT clinic. Ms. Zilber has conducted Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at the Rutgers Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, and Habit Reversal Therapy (HRT) in individual therapy and parent skills training at the Tourette Syndrome clinic. In addition, Irene Zilber conducted Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and has specialized training and experience conducting CBT protocol for selective mutism through her work at the Child Mind Institute.

    In addition to her clinical interests, Irene Zilber, enjoys teaching and conducting research. She has numerous co-authored publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, book chapters, and has presented at various national and international conferences in the areas of child and adolescent anxiety and depression, and developmental disabilities. Ms. Zilber has conducted research examining vulnerability factors for anxiety and depression among children and adolescents to elucidate the knowledge about preventative measures of child and adolescent psychopathology. Ms. Zilber's research with developmental disabilities has focused on individualized interventions utilizing techniques from applied behavior analysis, and group interventions for siblings of children diagnosed with autism-spectrum disorders. In addition, Ms. Zilber conducted research on adult schizophrenia and bipolar, pediatric mood and anxiety disorders, and the earliest markers of diagnosing autism. Ms. Zilber is an active member of various professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association.

    To contact Ms. Zilber, please click here.

  • Amanda D Winters - Office Manager

    Amanda Winters is CBC's Office Manager and is responsible for ensuring that day-to-day operations run as effectively and efficiently as possible. She also serves as Executive Assistant to Co-Founders Dr. Lata McGinn & Dr. Alec Miller. Amanda holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Amanda's background involves helping serve the needs of others, project and administrative management. Amanda truly enjoys forming relationships with patients to decrease stress and form a sense of family and community.

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