A boutique psychology practice group specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy
Dr. Lisa A. Napolitano, J.D., Ph.D.
Founder and Director
Dr. Lisa Napolitano is the Founder and Director of CBT/DBT Associates, as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at Mount Sinai Hospital, and a fellow and Certified Trainer/Consultant of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.Meet Dr. Napolitano
Who We Are
Each member of our team is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality, research-based treatments to fit your needs. We have specialties in specific fields including stress, emotion regulation, trauma, OCD, generalized anxiety disorder, perfectionism, and more.Meet Our Team
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
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. In CBT, clients learn techniques to recognize and change these patterns to improve daily functioning and life satisfaction.Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a highly specialized form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy designed to help people who have pervasive difficulties managing their emotions. DBT is a mindfulness-based therapy that balances the use of change strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy with acceptance strategies from Zen.Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
What We Treat
Both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can successfully address a wide variety of problems.
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We all have three states of mind: reasonable mind, emotion mind, and wise mind. Reasonable mind is the cool, rational state of mind where you are ruled by facts and logic. On the other hand, emotion mind is hot and ruled by emotions and feelings. Both of them have value, but it’s easy to become polarized into one state of mind, feeling either controlled by our emotions or being completely cut off from our emotions.
In today’s society, there always are so many things fighting for our attention. We live at a frenzied pace, running from one event to the next or trying to do five different things at once. We are taught to be multitaskers because of all the things that demand our time and attention, from advertisements to Instagram posts to tasks on our to-do lists. We never seem to have enough time, so we talk on the phone while replying to emails, we reply to a text while walking on the treadmill, and we scroll through Instagram while stirring something on the pan.
“How was your day?” “What did you learn at school today?” “How was work?” “What did you do today?”
These are the kinds of questions that people typically ask each other, whether between friends or family members. Asking these questions can be beneficial at times, but because they revolve around work or school, they make it hard to dive into someone’s emotions and mental state. Rather than sticking to these questions, we can try asking more specific questions that encourage people to talk more openly about mental health and emotions.