This is a CBT group for those who experience intense anxiety and worries about social situations. For example, meeting new people, making small talk, going on dates, exercising in front of others, or giving a presentation. It is for those who would like to learn CBT skills to manage their anxiety about these situations. The group meets for 60 minutes every week and runs for 12 weeks. Dr. Aldao welcomes collaborations with individual providers (therapists, psychiatrists, etc) to align on treatment goals. 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!
What You’ll Learn:
- Reframe Your Anxious Thoughts: Learn to identify anxious thoughts and what triggers them, critically examine how useful and accurate they are, and reframe them so that you can take the power from them
- Build Community: Give and get feedback in a group of peers going through the same struggles, support and challenge one another, and build a community together!
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.