Amelia  Aldao

Amelia Aldao

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for afternoon, evening, daytime, & weekend appointments in Midtown West practice (updated December 03, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Social anxiety
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Depression
  • Mindfulness
  • Generalized anxiety disorder

Professional statement

Dr. Amelia Aldao is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and the Founder of Together CBT. She specializes in anxiety, particularly social anxiety, as well as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), stress, and depression. She is a science blogger for Psychology Today and holds leadership roles at the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). She obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University and conducted her pre-doctoral internship (residency) at Weill Cornell Medical School – New York Presbyterian. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with honors in Psychology. Dr. Aldao has previously been a tenure-track research professor of Psychology at The Ohio State University (60+ scientific publications) and a Management Consultant at a “Big 3” firm,  Boston Consulting Group.

Dr. Aldao’s approach is firmly rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a skills-based approach to talk therapy that allows clients to identify and address individual problems and concerns. She also implements emerging, evidence-based techniques like acceptance-based approaches, mindfulness-based CBT, and emotion regulation therapy.

Dr. Aldao oversees a number of therapy groups, which empower clients to gain perspectives on their struggles and connect with others. Groups often entail exposure, coping techniques, as well as buddy systems outside the group. 

In her work with OCD, Dr. Aldao is an expert in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which is widely acknowledged as the most effective, evidence-supported treatment for the treatment of OCD with or without medication.

In addition to her private practice clinical work, Dr. Aldao is extensively involved in mental health research, having authored and co-authored papers on anxiety and mood disorders. She also trains Psychiatry Residents at Mount Sinai Hospital and Graduate Students in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University.
 

Dr. Aldao is progress-oriented, and sets up treatment to ensure clients both attain and understand their personal developments over time. Her office is located in the Garment District, steps away from Penn Station.


Message to clients

Hello! I'm Dr. Amelia Aldao and I have 10+ years of expertise delivering CBT to clients struggling with anxiety disorders as well as teaching and supervising clinical psychology doctoral students learning CBT. I was a tenure-track research professor at Ohio State for 4+ years. In that capacity, I have conducted extensive research on anxiety disorders and have published over 60 scientific articles. I'm a therapist and a scientist! Crucially, I'm a strong believer in evidence-based medicine, particularly in the power of exposure therapy in helping clients overcome their fears and open themselves up to new possibilities. I'm very action-oriented, but also highly empathetic. I focus
 a lot on exposure exercises, while also keeping in mind that each client has their own journey and will be ready to do exposures in their own time. My ultimate goal is to teach clients CBT skills so that they can become "their own therapist," feel empowered, and gain control over their lives. I have deep expertise in social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic, and OCD. 


Specialties

Social anxiety - Skill-building to increase interpersonal efficacy and decrease discomfort in social settings; boosting self-esteem

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions

Panic disorder - Building coping skills to identify and manage triggers; explore underlying causes related to feelings of panic

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

Generalized anxiety disorder - Help with persistent and excessive worry and anxiety that gets in the way of daily activities


General expertise


Insurance

Amelia Aldao is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $350 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $300 - $350
  • Initial session: $250 (60min)

Therapist's note

Dr. Aldao can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Midtown West practice

315 West 36th Street

New York, NY 10018

Hours
  • Mon 7:00am-9:00pm
  • Tue 7:00am-9:00pm
  • Wed 7:00am-9:00pm
  • Thu 7:00am-9:00pm
  • Fri 7:00am-9:00pm
  • Sat 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Sun 10:00am-4:00pm

Work and Education

Columbia University, Visiting Scholar
Psychiatry Residents at Mount Sinai Hospital, CBT Consultant 
The Ohio State University, Tenure Track Professor 
Management Consultant,  Boston Consulting Group
New York Presbyterian Hospital, Pre-doctoral Intern 
Yale University, PhD
University of Pennsylvania, BA


Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Therapy Groups

Amelia  Aldao
CBT Therapy Group for Social Anxiety Disorder

This 12-week group run by Dr. Amelia Aldao, PhD provides a place for individuals struggling with intense social anxiety to learn CBT skills, get support from an experienced therapist, and become part of a group community.

Amelia  Aldao
CBT Support Group for Anxiety

This weekly group run by Dr. Amelia Aldao, PhD provides a safe space for individuals to learn CBT skills, decompress from their busy lives, and receive support from a therapist and peers.


Professional endorsements

Katie Dixon-Gordon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Dr. Aldao is the epitome of what a clinical psychologist should be! She harnesses her clear understanding of affective science and evidence-based practice to directly help her clients. Dr. Aldao incorporates cutting edge advances to provide treatments that work.

Nathan Thoma, PhD, President of the NYC-CBT Association

Dr. Aldao is a warm and approachable therapist who provides excellent, evidence-based psychotherapy for anxiety and related disorders. She is also one of the smartest people I know! After a distinguished academic career, I'm glad to see her now primarily applying her considerable skills and expertise to providing direct patient care.

Andres De Los Reyes, Ph.D.

Dr. Aldao is a consummate professional who leverages the latest scientific evidence on mental health services to improve the lives of her clients.


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