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Child and Adolescent Services

The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy is pleased to offer a variety of treatment options for children and adolescents (ages 6-18) with emotional, behavioral, and/or developmental problems and their families in an outpatient setting. Our treatment providers work with you and your child to assess, diagnose, formulate, and provide individualized treatment using evidence-based psychotherapies determined by your child's needs. Our team of psychologists further act as liaisons with families, schools, psychiatrists, and other relevant organizations as needed to ensure coordinated care and to provide advocacy and consultation. We are happy to offer treatment for children and adolescents that promotes emotional wellness and engagement, alleviation of symptoms, and help in reaching developmental milestones.

Services provided include individual psychotherapy, parent training/support, child skills training, behavioral therapy, family therapy, and dialectical-behavioral therapy. Therapeutic interventions are designed based on evidence-based treatments for depression, generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, social phobia, OCD, eating disorders, substance abuse, exposure to trauma, disruptive disorders, ADHD, adjustment issues, and emotion dysregulation disorders. Our licensed clinical psychologists are extensively trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the above disorders, Trauma-Focused CBT, parent skills training, family therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

Treatments may also address the following problem areas:

  • Distress following parental divorce/remarriage 
  • School refusal 
  • Bed-wetting 
  • Excessive worrying and/or fears
  • Socially-impairing shyness 
  • Bullying
  • Repetitive, time-consuming behaviors (e.g. frequent hand washing, counting) 
  • Problems with family and/or peer relationships 
  • Intrusive images or nightmares 
  • Chronic pain or nonmedical physical symptoms 
  • Adjustment to medical diagnoses
  • Repeated rule-breaking or failure to comply with requests of teachers/parents
  • Grief related to the loss of a loved one
  • Coming out issues
  • Adjustment to foster care/adoption
  • Difficulty following directions and/or paying attention in class
  • Overeating and difficulty losing weight 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a problem-focused, goal-oriented and proactive treatment approach, with particular emphasis on the present and future. CBT is a form of psychotherapy based on the premise that thoughts, emotions and behaviors are interconnected. Treatment emphasizes identifying, evaluating and modifying dysfunctional thinking patterns and problematic behaviors to improve overall quality of life. CBT teaches strategies to effectively cope even as difficult situations change and evolve. Collaboration and psychoeducation are key elements in guiding adolescents to improved emotional well-being. CBT is offered in individual sessions and does not require group attendance.

Trauma-Focused CBT

In response to those patients affected by trauma we provide screenings, assessments, and trauma-focused therapy. Treatment includes Trauma-Focused CBT which combines age-appropriate psychoeducation, relaxation skills, cognitive restructuring, emotion regulation, and exposure work with both the child and caregiver(s).

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Our Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) program is aimed at adolescents (ages 13-18) and pre-adolescents (ages 11-13) who are having difficulty controlling their emotions, relationships, or are engaging in impulsive and/or self-harm behaviors. Children/adolescents and their parents participate in skills groups together and children/adolescents also work with an individual DBT therapist. Learn more here.

Other Treatment modalities include:

  • Behavioral Activation 
  • Exposure
  • Stress Management
  • Parent Skills Training 
  • Emotion Regulation Skills
  • Relaxation Training
  • Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness Skills Training
  • Behavior Management
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • School Consultation
  • Social Skills Training
  • Pain and Health Management
  • Cognitive Reframing
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy

In order to obtain any child or adolescent services at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy please call (212)-308-2440 or email us at intake@cognitivetherapynyc.com

No person is denied access to service on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. In the event we are unable to meet a special need of a client, an appropriate referral will be made.

Victoria Taylor, Ph.D., Director of Child and Adolescent Services, is a New York state licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University and her bachelor’s degree from McGill University. Dr. Taylor specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based therapies, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and trauma-focused therapies. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Montefiore Medical Center, and is intensively trained in DBT for high-risk, suicidal adolescents and adults. Dr. Taylor treats mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, trauma, and ADHD in children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Taylor believes that successful therapy stems from a close, non-judgmental alliance between therapist and client, and offers evidence-based interventions specific to clients' needs in a warm and compassionate atmosphere. She provides particular understanding and guidance around the difficulties inherent in identity development among adolescents, college students, and young professionals. Dr. Taylor also has extensive experience and a specific interest in helping clients struggling with issues specific to the LGBT community. Along with Dr. Horowitz, Dr. Taylor runs our Adolescent DBT program, and is also the program director for our Parenting and Family Enrichment Program. She recently collaborated on a book chapter on the transdiagnostic nature of DBT, as well as on a review article comparing CBT, ACT, and DBT. Dr. Taylor has taught seminars on DBT to medical students and provides DBT supervision to graduate students.

Melissa D. Horowitz, PsyD, Director of Eating Disorders and Weight Management Program, Clinician, received her PsyD in clinical psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Horowitz received advanced training at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research and the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Horowitz specializes in working with adolescents, adults and couples. She has extensive experience in the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, chronic illness, eating disorders, weight management, obesity, school/career issues, and relationship/marital conflict. Read more here.

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