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Michelle Litwer, Psy.D. | Postdoctoral Fellow

cropped-me-bio-e1436196603748Michelle Litwer earned her Psy.D in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to attending Nova, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida with a B.S. in psychology. Dr. Litwer completed her pre-doctoral, APA-accredited, clinical internship at the Faulk Center for Counseling. During her internship year she conducted individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults presenting with mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, trauma and-stressor related disorders, disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders. Dr. Litwer also conducted school psychotherapy groups implementing cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) lessons focusing on decreasing problem behaviors, improving social skills, problem-solving skills, conflict resolution skills, autonomy, and self-esteem in children. She incorporated mindfulness in the school groups as a tool to support children in calming themselves, focusing their attention, and interacting effectively with others. During her internship year, she co-led a DBT skills group with adults who struggled with suicidality, trauma, relationship difficulties, and substance abuse. Additionally, she led a weekly semi-structured Young Adult counseling group (ages 18-28) focusing on coping with anxiety and depression, emotion regulation, stress management, and building relationships while incorporating cognitive-behavioral therapies. Dr. Litwer also administered comprehensive psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults to assess learning preferences, behavioral and emotional difficulties, and to improve overall academic achievement.

Prior to Dr. Litwer’s internship training, she held practicum rotations where she received extensive training and experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. While at Hallandale Medical Center, she conducted comprehensive neuropsychological, intelligence, achievement, and objective assessments in a diverse outpatient medical facility while providing psychotherapy and cognitive retraining. At Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services, she provided comprehensive psychotherapy with individuals and families with a wide range of psychiatric disorders including mood and personality disorders, anxiety and ocd-related disorders, schizophrenic spectrum disorders, and disruptive disorders (ages 4 to 65). Dr. Litwer also provided parent training to families that have children with diagnoses such as ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Autism-spectrum disorders. At the Anxiety Treatment Center at Nova Southeastern University’s Psychology Services Center, she gained extensive training providing evidence-based treatments including CBT and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for adults with a variety of anxiety and phobic disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, mood disorders, and personality pathology. Dr. Litwer is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

Select Presentations

Litwer, M.., (2016, November) Bullying and the Bystander Effect. Skill-building (110 min.) presented at the Florida Association of School Psychologists 43rd Annual Conference, Palm Harbor, FL.

Litwer, M., Weiser, A. (2016, June). Applying Positive Psychology to Assist Victims of Bullying. Presented to school psychologists, school nurses, teachers, and other school educators at the Student Mental Health and Wellness Conference. Park Vista High School, West Palm Beach, FL.

Lyons, J. & Webster, S., Feldman, C., Levy, D., Litwer, M., Brenes, M., & Nierenberg,B. (2015, May). Interpersonal Relationships and Stress Resilience: Examining the role of communication and social support among psychology doctoral students. Poster session presented at the Association for Psychological Science 2015 Convention, New York, NY.

Silverman, S., Guerra, S.,, & Lundell, L., Milano, N., Turcoane, C., O’Neill, C., Samour, K., Litwer, M., Feldman, C., Coad, S., & Nierenberg, B. (2014, May). Perceived level of stress among clinical psychology doctoral students. Poster session presented at the Association for Psychological Science 2014 Convention,San Francisco, CA.