About Us

The entire staff at Suffolk Cognitive-Behavioral, PLLC & its satellite, Brooklyn Cognitive Behavioral, specialize in state-of-the-art mindfulness informed Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  Our centers are currently the only treatment centers in Suffolk County & Brooklyn with staff officially credentialed and certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Many might call themselves “cognitive-therapists” very few are credentialed to provide this scientifically researched and proven therapy. We are also well extensively trained in the latest developments in third generation forms of mindfulness based CBT’s, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Functional Anyaltyic Psychotherapy (FAP), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapies.  Whether symptoms are disabling, or our clients are trying to make life changes to re-vitalize their lives, our commitment is to help our patients take effective action and to live life in a more balanced and vital way.  We want to help you be your most courageous self.

What services are available?
We are committed to providing the latest scientifically supported treatments to our patients. While the most common problems treated are anxiety disorders and depression, cognitive-behavioral therapy has been proven effective for a variety of psychological problems. Our commitment is to help our patients take effective action so as to live life in a more balanced and vital way.

Individual Therapy:
The majority of patients at our center are utilizing one on one, individual therapy. We provide a variety of experienced therapists to address the entire age range of patients, from pre-schoolers to senior citizens. Most of our individual therapy is done on a once a week basis, with sessions lasting 45 minutes. More frequent weekly visits are sometimes recommended for more intense problems or faster progress.

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Children & Adolescents:
Our therapists are also trained to meet the special needs of children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Especially with younger children we help parents to simultaneously improve parental effectiveness and parental coping skills. Adolescents and their parents, are often both facing a variety of stressful developmental changes, so individual adolescent sessions are often complimented with parent individual and family sessions.

Couples :
In addition to individual therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy (CBCT) has proven itself to be an excellent form of couples therapy. Our staff has been trained in, Integrative Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy (ICBT), a type of couples therapy developed by leading couples researchers at the “love lab” (University of Washington, Neil Jacobsen, PhD). ICBT therapy helps partners to balance mutual problem solving with acceptance and challenging of our expectations. These are the two of the most basic dialectical skills explored. Other skills used to help develop and maintain intimate relationships include; positive tracking, active listening, pleasure planning, mutually identifying and challenging marital assumptions.

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Groups :
Groups can be a powerful compliment to individual therapy and are sometimes used to supplement individual therapy . Depending on the need, we offer a variety of time limited treatment groups (e.g. social phobia, panic & agoraphobia, mood disorders, etc.). Community support groups are also utilized to give sufferers and their families a chance to provide mutual support, exchange experiences regarding living with these disorders and decrease isolation and stigmatization.

Professional Training and Supervision :
An equally important aspect of the centers mission is our commitment to advancing the general knowledge of cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) through the training of mental health professionals, supervison and research. Our center provides training for all mental health professionals looking to learn traditional CT as well as third wave therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). As a certified trainer in CBT, by the academy of CT, we provide all levels of training from the fundamentals of cognitive therapy to those seeking to advance beyond the basics of cognitive therapy. The center is affiliated with several local universities (Long Island University, Hofstra, CW Post, Albert Einstein) and provides ongoing supervision for doctoral externs and interns. The staff at the center also provides cogntive therapy seminars and symposiums. These are intermittently offered through the center and/or in conjunction with various outside agencies and institutions. Research into CT is also and ogoing aspect of what keeps the center up to date Advancing the scientific bases of CT is also an ongoing commitment of the center.  As a trainee and trainer in ACT, and FAP, Dr. Sisti also supervises many professionals in these latest third generation forms of CBT.

Contact

Contact us to make your next appointment today or call us at:
Long Island Offices - 631–696-2896
Brooklyn Offices - 347-687-6353

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