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Mental health care that meets the needs of the community

The doctors of Williamsburg Therapy Group have diverse backgrounds with areas of practice that benefit many in the neighborhood. Whether seeking help with relationships, mental illness and/or recovery from substance abuse, Williamsburg Therapy Group provides a safe and confidential environment that is right around the corner.


The psychologists and psychiatrists at Williamsburg Therapy Group have expertise in couples therapy, family therapy and individual growth work all designed to enhance desired relationships.Most individuals find themselves repeating the same cycles in relationships. Whether patients experience repetitive conflicts with a partner or similar problems across multiple relationships, Williamsburg Therapy Group can help them break the cycle. Therapy can improve one’s ability to effectively communicate and work through conflicts with significant others. This may include confronting and tackling issues with a partner or spouse (eg, insecurity, jealousy, controlling behaviors, or infidelity); family of origin (eg, unresolved, chronic problems stemming from childhood); or friends/colleagues (eg, difficulties initiating and sustaining cooperative, functional relationships).With a focus on helping patients understand how dysfunctional patterns are developed and unknowingly repeated, therapy can serve as the bridge between now and a future life full of possibilities.

Anxiety & Depression

Most people feel anxious or depressed at times. Losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, and other difficult situations can cause a person to feel sad, lonely, scared, nervous, or anxious. These feelings are normal reactions to life’s stressors.But some people experience these feelings daily or nearly daily for no apparent reason, making it difficult to carry on with normal, everyday functioning. These people may have an anxiety disorder, depression, or both.

It is not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. The good news is that these disorders are both treatable, separately and together. The doctors at Williamsburg Therapy Group effectively treat anxiety and depressive disorders by synthesizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapeutic perspectives.
Neuropsychological Assessment/Testing

Neuropsychology examines the relationships between the brain, behavior, and emotions. Neuropsychologists conduct evaluations to characterize changes in behavior and cognition due to a range of conditions including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction, concussion/TBI, ADHD, PTSD, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, stroke, diabetes, lupus, Moyamoya, epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, encephalitis, brain cancer, developmental disorders, spinal cord injury, amongst other complex psychiatric and medical conditions.

The evaluation consists of an interview and the administration of standardized tests and tasks that assesses cognitive skills. These tests are typically paper and pencil/question and answers, and self-report measures that indirectly produce information about the strengths and weaknesses of the brain’s function and structure. Areas of functioning that are examined by these measures are: intelligence, attention, executive functions (e.g., planning, organization, abstraction, and conceptualization), language, memory, visual perception, sensorimotor functions, motivation, mood and emotion, quality of life, and personality styles. The specific areas assessed during an evaluation depend on the referral question, the patient’s complaints and symptoms, and observations made during the interview and test administration. An evaluation ranges in the amount of time it takes to complete depending on the complexity of the problems and concerns being addressed, and the patient’s status during the evaluation (e.g., fatigue, confusion). Generally an evaluation will last between two and five hours. In order to obtain the most accurate information all attempts are made to elicit the patient’s best achievable performance under advantageous conditions.

Following an evaluation, a neuropsychologist documents the individual’s strengths and weaknesses, and provides recommendations for how to best address their difficulties and concerns. Recommendations address many areas including psychological, best brain health practices, behavioral, and coping strategies. Neuropsychologists can also conduct remediation of or help with adaptation to behavioral and mental changes due to these conditions and other symptoms. Additionally, behavioral remediation for health behaviors/problems (e.g., insomnia, Diabetes management) are also treated.

Group Therapy

Williamsburg Therapy Group is proud to offer Group Therapy. Group Therapy provides the opportunity to explore personal issues, develop greater awareness of one’s feelings and behaviors, and experiment with new ways of relating and interacting in a safe and confidential environment.

WHY GROUP THERAPY? Studies have demonstrated that group therapy is just as effective as individual therapy (and even more effective for certain issues). You will broaden your self-understanding through receiving multiple perspectives. In group therapy, you benefit through both active participation and through observing others. This means that you can get a lot out of the experience even if you say very little. Listening carefully to someone else’s experience and the issues that they are working through causes you to reflect upon and learn about yourself. In hearing other’s experiences, you may find yourself becoming acutely aware of feelings and thoughts that have been unacknowledged or were previously unknown to you.
What makes group therapy unique:
You will experience connection and belonging.
Group therapy gives you the opportunity to feel truly understood and heard by others. You will find that many of your struggles are shared by others.
You will improve the quality of your relationships outside of group, by learning about how you relate to others inside of group.
Group therapy helps you better relate to others and teaches you how to communicate your thoughts, feelings, and needs more effectively. You may find that the roles and patterns of relating that you experience in life become replicated in the group (e.g., the clown, the caretaker, the scapegoat, the invisible one, etc.). It is common to re-experience some of the same interpersonal difficulties within the group that brought you into therapy in the first place. This is a good thing! Group therapy gives you the opportunity to observe these patterns with others, learn the ways your behavior contributes to them, and then experiment with finding other ways of relating that will lead to more satisfying relationships.
You will help others through helping yourself.
Group therapy allows you to work through your personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment, while also helping others to work through their personal issues. You will have the opportunity to provide support to others and share your experiences. You may be amazed about how much of a positive impact your input can have on others.
The group consists of 5-7 members and one leader (a psychologist). The sessions occur weekly and last 80 minutes. The sessions are unstructured, meaning no specific topics or exercises are assigned. Members are encouraged to initiate conversation by discussing any personal topics that they believe are important and/or are troubling them. The leader guides the discussion, demonstrates effective communication techniques (such as active listening and giving and receiving constructive feedback) and ensures the safety and respectfulness of the space.
The first few sessions will focus on establishing trust among the members. Once commitment to therapy is known and members have established a sufficient level of confidence to begin to communicate openly and honestly, the primary focus of the conversations will shift to interactions among the members. Members are encouraged to give support and feedback to others, as well as share their reactions to what other members’ contributions are bringing up for them.
You will never be forced to talk. You are in control of what and how much you share and are encouraged to do so at your own pace.
Severe Emotional Conditions

Some of the strongest, most resilient people are those who live with such conditions as Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder and severe personality disorders. The doctors of Williamsburg Therapy Group have extensive experience practicing psychotherapy with patients who struggle with severe emotional conditions in both inpatient and outpatient continuing day treatment settings, as well as private practice. Living with mental illness can make it challenging to keep up with relationships, work, and self-care. Friends and family may become frustrated by the unusual beliefs and actions of a person suffering from an emotional condition.Therapy can offer practical solutions to living a more joyous life, one unencumbered by the burden of mental illness. The doctors of Williamsburg Therapy Group partner with patients to uncover the ways in which they see the world. The collaborative process of understanding such meanings can go a long way toward making life with mental illness more manageable and productive.

Psychiatric Services

In addition to our psychological services, the Williamsburg Therapy Group offers Brooklyn, New York residents top-notch psychiatric care.  Our full time Psychiatrist provides adjunctive treatment to therapy and is also available for independent consultations, evaluations, medication management, and diagnostic refinement.   The Williamsburg Therapy Group model ensures that all of the necessary components of mental health care are found under one roof.

This unified approach provides patients with an alternative to traditional fragmented treatment models. Our psychologists and psychiatrist work in tandem to provide each patient with individualized coordinated care . Our Psychiatrist provides comprehensive assessments and treats the full range of psychiatric conditions including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, trauma related disorders, substance abuse, and ADHD.

The Director of Williamsburg Therapy Group is an expert in the field of addiction, having created the largest jail-based substance abuse treatment program in the country.

Drug and Alcohol addiction are ubiquitous afflictions that affect so many lives around us. People become dependent on drugs and alcohol for a number of reasons. Every person has their own unique story and road that took them there. One common thread most people share when they become dependent on alcohol and drugs is the emotional and physical effects dependency causes. If left untreated, addiction adversely impacts self-esteem, relationships and, eventually, every aspect of life.

Since the reasons for becoming dependent on alcohol and/or drugs are individual, every person must find their own solution or path to abstinence and recovery. At Williamsburg Therapy Group each patient is helped to find the right way for them. In general, when people get the help they need and subsequently recover, life becomes bearable again: self-esteem increases, relationships heal, and quality of life improves.