Colleen Lang, Ph.D., Practice Founder
I specialize in the practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior therapy (DBT) with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. The following describes my experience and background in the treatment of trauma, self-destructive and impulsive behaviors, depression, anxiety, anger, relationship difficulties, and general stress management.
I graduated magna cum laude and in Phi Beta Kappa, with a major in psychology, from Colgate University. I received my doctoral degree in clinical child psychology from St. John's University. I completed mypre-doctoral internship at Zucker Hillside Hospital of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where I applied CBT to adolescents and their families in outpatient and inpatient settings. Immediately following graduate school, my postdoctoral work was at the Partners Program of St. John's University, where I served as Clinical Coordinator and assisted with the dissemination and evaluation of evidence-based treatment for underserved, traumatized children.
I subsequently worked for about three years as an Attending Psychologist in Montefiore's School-Based Health Program and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. At Montefiore, I was part of a multi-disciplinary team in a high school clinic providing comprehensive medical, dental and psychological care. I worked as a clinician and clinical supervisor, applying evidence-based treatments, including CBT and DBT, to youth within the high school.
I was intensively trained in DBT and then worked for about three years at Cognitive Behavioral Consultants, PLLC (CBC), a large group private practice that specializes in both the provision of evidence-based treatment, as well as in the training of professionals, schools and agencies in implementation of DBT and CBT. At CBC, I served as the Director of Consultation Services, a role within which I coordinated, trained and consulted to schools and agencies on implementation of DBT and CBT. I provided numerous DBT and CBT trainings and presentations on topics such as School-Based DBT implementation, DBT skills for younger adolescents, CBT for childhood anxiety and the treatment of trauma.
I am a Clinical Supervisor at Teacher’s College of Columbia University, and have served as Adjunct Clinical Professor in the psychology graduate program at St. John's University, teaching and supervising clinical and school psychology doctoral students training to be therapists. I also served as an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where I conducted a CBT skills laboratory and provided individual supervision to graduate students in training.
I have co-authored papers and chapters about community violence exposure, the treatment of anger, the link between trauma and self-injury and lifespan perspectives on trauma, the treatment of adolescent trauma using DBT, and the implementation of DBT in private practice. I provide reviews for academic journals, and present workshops and trainings related to the treatment of trauma and to the practice of CBT and DBT broadly. I have been an active member of the Association for Advancement for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the New York City Cognitive Behavioral Association and The American Psychological Association.