Outpatient Treatment Services

For adults and adolescents who live in the New York City area, I provide outpatient treatment for a variety of problems and concerns.

I treat a full range of psychiatric disorders and conditions. My areas of particular expertise are:

  • Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and body image concerns (preoccupation with perceived defects or flaws in one's physical appearance)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) -- unwanted obsessions and/or repetitive compulsive behaviors that focus, for example, on worries about contamination, harm occurring to oneself or others, or making a mistake
  • OCD-related conditions, such as olfactory reference syndrome (ORS; worry about body odor) and compulsive skin picking
  • Anxiety

I offer an initial expert evaluation, which is followed by treatment with medication, therapy, or both. These treatments often substantially - sometimes dramatically - improve symptoms, functioning, quality of life, and sense of well-being. Choice of treatment depends on your preference and what's likely to be most helpful to you. Treatment is provided in a friendly, relaxed, and supportive setting.

Treatment with Medication

I have expertise in prescribing medication for emotional problems. I offer medication treatment in combination with support. If desired, medication sessions may also include therapy.

My particular areas of medication expertise are body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related conditions such as olfactory reference syndrome (ORS) and compulsive skin picking. I have conducted most of the published medication studies that have evaluated the effectiveness of medication for BDD.

Therapy

I have extensive training in various types of therapy, including supportive psychotherapy, insight-oriented psychotherapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). I co-developed and tested the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral therapy for BDD, which led to publication of a CBT treatment manual for therapists to use when treating people with BDD (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Treatment Manual).

Integration of Medication and Therapy

If you would like treatment with both medication and therapy, I can provide both. This allows you to receive comprehensive treatment from one clinician.

Other Areas of Treatment Focus

If potentially helpful, I integrate a range of approaches into medication and therapy visits, such as approaches to improving sleep, exercise, and other aspects of self-care; relaxation techniques and mindfulness; and enhancement of your day-to-day functioning and sense of well-being.