Lisa A. Napolitano, Ph.D.
New York, NY 10022
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.
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.
CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, focuses on the patterns of thinking, behavior, and emotional responding that are associated with distress or life dissatisfaction. In CBT, clients learn techniques to recognize and change these patterns to improve daily functioning and life satisfaction. CBT is an empirically supported treatment for a wide variety of problems including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions, compulsive behaviors, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and test anxiety. CBT is a time-limited treatment, typically lasting from 10 to 20 sessions rather than years. Between weekly individual sessions, clients practice skills learned in session through homework exercises. Practice of the skills increases the likelihood that they will generalize to your life outside of therapy and remain part of your repertoire after treatment has ended.
DBT, or Dialectical Behavior Therapy, 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. DBT asserts that pervasive difficulties in managing emotions arise in part from skills deficits. Accordingly, part of DBT is a weekly skills training group designed to remedy those deficits. In group, clients learn skills for better management of emotions, relationships, distress and focusing on the present moment. In conjunction with the group, clients in DBT attend once weekly individual therapy that is focused on applying the skills to their particular problems and goals. In between sessions, the individual therapist is available to provide coaching in the skills.
An empirically supported 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).
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? More information about empirically supported treatments for psychological problems can be found on the APA’s website: http://www.apa.org/divisions/div12/cppi.html
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