Dr. Pria Alpern is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist on the Upper West Side of Manhattan who specializes in working with clients navigating depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, trauma, the challenges of young adulthood, and pregnancy/postpartum emotional health. The majority of her clients are young adults and mothers, but she works with individuals across the lifespan.
Dr. Alpern specializes on work surrounding trauma, including sexual assault. She is also dedicated to helping clients navigate life transitions, including becoming a mother, emerging adulthood, and shifting identities. In addition to her work with individuals, she currently facilitates a six-week new moms group at the JCC Manhattan for mothers and their new babies from birth-five months to gain information, share their experiences, and support one another in the early days of motherhood. She also runs an ongoing, weekly group for women who are pregnant after having lost a previous pregnancy.
Dr. Alpern’s style is warm and collaborative, and she uses a combination of therapeutic approaches, including Psychoanalytic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness practices. She also uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a technique designed to aid clients in unblocking and releasing painful memories.
Dr. Alpern's clinical training includes work at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, the Long Island University Psychological Services Center, the Rebecca School, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mt. Sinai West Hospitals. Her postdoctoral fellowship at the Rosemary Furman Counseling Center at Barnard College included specializations in late adolescence, early adulthood, and trauma.
Prior to beginning her doctoral training, Dr. Alpern worked at Weill Cornell Medical College’s Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry, where she worked within a team of researchers investigating the treatment of geriatric mood disorders.