This is a CBT support group for those who experience intense anxiety and worries and would like to have a space to decompress, get support from peers and a therapist, and learn CBT skills from a therapist. Unlike CBT therapy groups, which tend to have a lot of structure and emphasize skill building, CBT support groups place equal emphasis on social support and skill building. As such, they provide members with much greater flexibility. They also tend to be more cost effective.
Another key difference is that there is no set start and end date, so members can come and go as they need – for example, they might come more regularly during periods of intense stress and less frequently during calmer periods.
This CBT support group for anxiety meets for 60 minutes every week and runs through the Spring.
There is an initial evaluation session in which Dr. Aldao will meet with new clients to determine what type of care they need. It is possible that some clients might need to attend individual therapy or psychopharmacology before being able to join the group. The fee for the evaluation is $125.
Dr. Aldao is very excited to be running CBT groups because they provide a fantastic environment for clients to not only learn from an expert therapist, but also from peers going through similar struggles. Groups allow members to share their experiences and make strong connections. As so many of us are spending more time at work and on our phones and becoming progressively more isolated, building community is becoming more important than ever!
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.