Welcome to CBT/DBT Associates

CBT/DBT Associates is a private psychology practice group specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy across the lifespan and dialectical behavior therapy for adolescents and adults, under the directorship of Lisa A. Napolitano, Ph.D.  We are a group of behaviorally trained psychologists committed to providing the highest quality, research-based, and cutting edge cognitive-behavioral treatments for anxiety, depression, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, phobias, worry, relationship issues, and emotion regulation problems.


Office 1 version 2What makes the CBT/DBT Associates approach unique?

CBT/DBT Associates is more than a practice: it’s a community. Our consultation team has been united in providing valuable collaboration for our clients for years. Because we are a group of specialized psychologists, treatment is tailored to your individual concerns in order to provide you the very best quality of care.

CBT has evolved over the decades, changing to reflect the latest research findings. Our psychologists implement the newest cognitive-behavioral approaches, incorporating mindfulness and emotion regulation techniques. All our clinicians have been trained at leading CBT institutions.

CBT/DBT Associates provides state-of-the-art treatment in a tranquil and calming environment. We are conveniently located in midtown Manhattan, New York with evening hours available. Each individual client benefits from the knowledge and expertise of our treatment teams. In addition to helping clients gain control over negative moods, our psychologists teach strategies for effectively managing stress and enhancing life satisfaction. Because we train doctoral candidates in psychology, we are able to offer CBT in NYC at reduced rates.

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a collaborative, present-focused treatment that focuses on changing patterns of thinking, behavior, and emotional responding that are associated with distress. CBT is a time-limited, research-based treatment for a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, worry, relationship conflicts, eating disorders and substance abuse. In CBT, clients learn techniques to recognize and change these patterns to improve daily functioning and life satisfaction.

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What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), is a highly specialized form of CBT designed to help people who have pervasive difficulties managing their emotions. These difficulties may be apparent in a variety of ways including self-destructive or self-injurious behavior, anger management problems, binge eating, ongoing relationship conflicts, and self-hatred. DBT is a mindfulness-based therapy that balances the use of change strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy with acceptance strategies from Zen.

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What is empirically supported treatment?

Empirically supported or research-based treatment is a therapy with evidence from at least two research studies demonstrating its superiority to another bona fide treatment or a psychological placebo in treating a particular problem (American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on the Promotion and Dissemination of Psychological Procedures, 1993; Chambless & Hollon, 1998).


Why should I care whether my treatment is empirically supported?

As a consumer trying to navigate the sea of therapy options, information about research demonstrating the effectiveness of a particular therapy is invaluable. Such information can help you identify beneficial treatment and avoid the investment of time and money in an ineffective or even harmful treatment. If there is an empirically supported treatment for your problem, why choose an alternative without this support? The overwhelming majority of empirically supported treatment is CBT. More information about empirically supported treatments for psychological problems can be found at the American Psychological Association (APA)Academy of Cognitive Therapy and Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (ABCT).


Problems Addressed in Treatment

In CBT and DBT therapy, the client and therapist collaboratively decide which problems will be the focus of treatment. For this reason, problem definition is an important part of treatment. Before you begin treatment at CBT/DBT Associates, you will be asked to complete a variety of questionnaires that assess current symptoms and are helpful in identifying specific problems you may have. Additionally, you will be asked to indicate which of the following are problems you’d like to work on in therapy:

ADHDAnger ManagementAnxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, DepressionEating DisordersEmotion RegulationFear of Public SpeakingGeneralized Anxiety DisorderHealth Anxiety/Hypochondriasis, Impulsivity, Insomnia, Low Self-Esteem, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)Panic Attacks, Perfectionism, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Postpartum Depression, Procrastination, Relationship Issues, Social PhobiasTest Anxiety, Worry



CBT/DBT Associates
501 Madison Avenue, Suite 303
New York, NY 10022
(212) 546-9200

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