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Mindfulness - based 
Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy

"When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides, and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within." - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

I began my mental health training in 1998. I have been providing evidence-based therapies in New York since 2000; training in evidence-based and effective Mindfulness practices since 2008; adapting Mindfulness-based approaches to Cognitive Therapy since 2005.

I am an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Psychotherapy Privilege, and I am an Out-of-Network Provider, so my patients with Out-of-Network benefits, seek reimbursement from their Health Insurance. I am also in-network with the following: Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna & ValueOptions, to name just a few. If you would rather pay cash, I am sure we can agree to a mutually acceptable fee.

I am a Cognitive Therapist, Psychotherapist, Mediator, Analyst, Telemedicine Telemental Health Virtual Online Therapist, and an LCSW-R Supervisor, Trainer and Mentor. I have a proven ability to help those in need of Anger Management, with treatment of Anxiety, Depression, Trauma/PTSD, and Insomnia. I currently have Immediate Availability.

Effectively helping individuals, couples, groups, families & veterans since 2000

I meet my patients right where they are, emotionally, especially in terms of encouraging feelings of emotional safety. I work with my patients on their agenda and goals for therapy and life; to patiently move through and past dilemmas, challenges, and difficulties towards inner emotional and social peace, and physical well-being. 
My career in clinical mental health began in 1995, and has included work with children and their guardians (parents, grandparents and caretakers) in community-based clinics, public schools; with adults suffering from severe mental illness, and in clinical and administrative supervision, consulting and program administration. 
I provided pro-bono individual therapy for US Military Veterans just returning from Afghanistan, Iraq, etc., and I have worked with children, parents and guardians in the child welfare system, in the homes of parents and children 0-to-3 years old in Early Intervention, and with children and families in youth development. I have also worked in the role of  insurance company Clinical Care Manager and advocate in managed Medicaid, Medicare, Long Term Care, and FIDA as well as clinical utilization management and clinical review.  My most recent specialization is in the support of patients  suffering from Dementia, Spinal disabilities, and Chronic diseases,and their support persons (family, caretakers, etc.)
Alex's therapy practice specializes in the use of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy that addresses anger, anxiety, depression and mood disorders, substance use and abuse, sleep disturbanceand insomnia, ADHD, and Trauma/PTSD. 
Therapy and counseling services are available via secure online video (and in-person once  social/physical distancing recommendations have been relaxed). Get in touch to set up a free consultation or use the contact form at the bottom of this page.


Therapist, Clinical Social Worker, 

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy

in Practice: since 2000


Columbia University School of Social Work, 2004

Hunter College School of Social Work, 2000

Hunter College, 1995


License: R-062099, New York State

NPI: 1477623262

Seminar in Field Instruction, Columbia University, 2004
R - Psychotherapy Privilege

Certificate Date: 2014
National Council Certified Dementia Practitioners
Certificate Date: 2019

Accepted Insurances:

Anthem, Beacon, Cigna, EmblemHealth, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, GHI-Value Options


"R" Psychotherapy privilege  

Insurance carrier reimbursement.

Self-Pay Cost per Session:

Sliding Scale $125 - $250

Flexible Payment & Billing:

Venmo, ACH Bank transfer/Zelle, American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Health Savings Account



Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy based on the cognitive model premise, where thoughts, feelings and behaviors are interconnected.  CBT is a popular form of therapy to help individuals disidentify with their rote unhelpful thinking, in order to develop new ways of thinking, improve behavior patterns, treat mood disorders such as depression, and understand and cope with the behavior patterns of those around them.


Unlike traditional forms of therapy that take time to analyze problems, pathology and past life events, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy ("SFBT") concentrates on finding solutions in the present time and exploring one’s hope for the future to find quicker resolution of one’s problems. This method takes the approach that you know what you need to do to improve your own life and, with the appropriate coaching and questioning, are capable of finding the best solutions. Source:PsychologyToday


Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment around understanding and dialogue between an individual and a trained psychologist. Psychotherapy assists those who are suffering with stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, negative behavior patterns, debilitating feelings.  Signs that you could benefit from psychotherapy include:  a prolonged feeling of sadness, a frequent sense of helplessness, excessive worry or feeling constantly on edge, having problems that never seem to go away, and/or experiencing difficulty concentrating on everyday activities.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy ("DBT") provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT focuses on (i) improving an individual's ability to  be present in the current moment, (ii) increasing a person’s tolerance of negative emotion, (iii) strategies to manage intense emotions, and (iv) techniques that allow a person to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships. Source:PychologyToday.

Areas of Practice

“Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there you recognize the condition of happiness that you have.”


  • Is as effective as in-person therapy.

  • Is covered by insurance.

  • Is convenient regardless of whether you work at home or in the office.


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