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As a therapist, I make every effort to create a supportive and empathetic environment that helps you feel comfortable engaging in the therapy process. By forming a genuine and trusting therapeutic relationship we can work together and strive for the outcomes you seek. To be truly effective, I believe it is essential that we work collaboratively to set priorities and develop strategies that are meaningful and relevant to you and your personal goals. Several approaches can be implemented from my training and broad professional experience including psychodynamic relational approaches, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Psychotherapy for Adolescents
I believe that adolescents are most available to therapy when they see that the process offers them strategies to address their concerns and worries in life. I often find it effective to join in a partnership with adolescents so we can develop new perspectives and skills that help them achieve the solutions they seek. Our sessions typically focus on increasing emotional regulation, increasing distress tolerance, decreasing impulsiveness and improving relationships with peers and family.
I have extensive experience in treating adolescents with anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, school-related or situational adjustment difficulties and relationship conflicts. I am also available to help families navigate the process of seeking services or program changes at school.
Psychotherapy for Adults
People come to therapy for a variety of reasons. Whether you come to therapy to address difficulties in your life or to gain insight about yourself, I believe it is important for you to understand how your feelings and thoughts work together, and what relationship they have to your past experiences. This greater understanding helps you know what is in truth for you, and therefore makes you a better decision-maker on matters related to your life's circumstances. It also enables you to have stronger relationships, more satisfying work experiences, and greater emotional well-being.
"Happiness is not out there for us to find. The reason that it's not out there is that it's inside us."
Psychological and Educational
Pursuing a psychological evaluation can be an overwhelming and confusing process. I am prepared to help you navigate this process by clearly outlining what to expect and how the evaluation will meet your needs. Evaluations are most effective when tailored to each unique individual. The assessment materials will be chosen based on your referral concerns and questions. The areas of focus may include intellectual functioning, executive functioning, academic performance and social-emotional functioning. Evaluation reports will include clearly articulated interpretations of the assessment results along with recommendations and diagnostic implications. In addition, I am available to help navigate the complex process of engaging your school district or other professionals to address the concerns and recommendations that arise from these evaluations.
“a problem well put is half solved.”
~ John Dewey
Dr. Richard Brodsky
I am a New York State licensed psychologist with more than 15 years of experience as a private practitioner and over 20 years as a certified school psychologist. As a licensed psychologist in private practice in Jefferson Valley, NY, I provide psychotherapy and evaluation services to adolescents, teenagers and young adults. I enjoy helping people explore the solutions and insights they seek through therapeutic and diagnostic processes.
I earned my doctoral degree in school-clinical-child psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Post-doctoral training has included Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with Cognitive Behavioral Consultants in White Plains, NY.
As an adjunct professor, I teach graduate level courses in assessment, cognitive behavior therapy, and internship in the Department of Applied Psychology at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Previously, I taught graduate and undergraduate psychology courses in ethics, psychopathology, assessment, and personality theory at Fairfield University and Mercy College.
I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the APA Practice Organization (APAPO), and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). I also participate in the Backline Care network, a non-profit organization that connects music industry professionals and their families with a trusted network of mental health and wellness providers.
My office in Jefferson Valley is centrally located in Northern Westchester and very close to Yorktown, Mahopac, Putnam Valley, Mohegan Lake, Somers, Cortlandt Manor and Shrub Oak. Additionally, I am licensed and insured to provide telehealth services in New York, as well as the state of Florida http://www.floridahealth.gov/.
During the pandemic, many states have waived licensure requirements for out-of-state practitioners. Information about licensure changes frequently, yet at the time of this writing I am able to provide telehealth services in several states. 3/15/2021