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Dr. Michelle P. Maidenberg

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Dr. Michelle P. Maidenberg

Michelle P. Maidenberg, Ph.D., MPH, LCSW-R, CGP ( maintains a private practice in Harrison, NY. She treats individuals, families, and couples. Dr Maidenberg sees children/adolescents ages 8 and up, teens, young adults, and adults. She specializes in anxiety, health and wellness, trauma, interpersonal relationship challenges, parenting, grief and bereavement, and mindfulness.

Dr. Maidenberg is an adjunct graduate professor of Mindfulness Practice at NYU. She is a contributing editor of GROUP, the journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society. She has also published in varied professional journals and was quoted in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Fitness, Woman's Day, Parents, and many other publications. Her book Free Your Child from Overeating: 53 Mind-Body Strategies for Lifelong Health utilizes strategies underpinned in CBT, ACT, and Mindfulness. Dr Maidenberg is also a blogger for PsychCentral under Thoughts of a Therapist (

Dr. Maidenberg is the cofounder and clinical director of the Thru My Eyes Foundation (, a 501c3 organization that helps individuals with life threatening illnesses create a video legacy for their loved ones. She is on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club in Mount Vernon, NY, and volunteers as a Disaster Mental Health Practitioner with the American Red Cross and as a Volunteer Clinician with the Westchester County Trauma Recovery Network (TRN).

Dr. Maidenberg is a Certified Group Therapist through the American Group Psychotherapy Association. She has advanced training in CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Structural Family Therapy, and is a Level II trained Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist. Her website and blog can be found at and, respectively.

Dr. Maidenberg provided a video describing her training and her practice:

What are your personal strengths as a practitioner?

I thoroughly enjoy working with my clients. Building a strong therapeutic alliance with them is of the utmost importance to me. I am genuine and authentic in my interactions and therapeutic interventions. I continually engage in continuing education to ensure that I am current, to reinforce my clinical skills, and to enhance my knowledge regarding varied evidenced based interventions and treatments. I am open to learning and growing both in my personal and professional life and consistently practice health, wellness, and mindfulness.

What "tips" can you offer to colleagues just opening a practice?

  • Attempt to find a niche that defines you in a unique way.
  • Marketing is key - dedicate yourself toward building a brand and creating a website, marketing materials, participate in networking events, present at professional conferences and community workshops, etc.
  • Let colleagues know that you are looking to develop your practice and what type of client populations would best suit you.
  • Collaborate with other practitioners and professionals.
  • Always thank referral sources for their generosity in referring to you.

We would also like to know a little about you personally. When not practicing CBT, what do you do for fun?

I have a spouse, four children ages 12-20, and three dogs. I love everything and anything nature related. I found my voice in adulthood through my love of writing and expressing myself through my contributions and publications. I am currently working on a new book. It is the book I always dreamed of writing and explains the model of treatment I use. I am an exercise and fitness enthusiast. In my former life I taught group fitness, now I continue to enjoy participating in it. Throughout the pandemic I have dedicated some of my time creating dharma talks and guided meditations for the public to lend support via varied social media outlets and YouTube.

What do you think is the single most important thing CBT can do for your clients?

I thread CBT throughout my treatment with my clients. I have always found explaining cognitive distortions essential in the onset of treatment, especially with anxious clients. I use a whole host of interventions that help afford clients with increased self-awareness and assist them from getting unstuck and move toward more healthful positive behaviors and improved functioning.

How do you use the local or social media to educate your community on the benefits of CBT?

I consistently use print and social media to educate, market, and highlight the effectiveness of CBT to the broader public. I do this through the articles to which I contribute, my blog posts, my website, and through my published articles and books.

How long have you been a member of ABCT? How has ABCT helped you professionally? What services do you consider the most valuable from ABCT?

I have been a member of ABCT for over 25 years. I greatly appreciate the teaching, research, and clinical resources available for practitioners. I have seen many podcasts and videos over the years and have found them incredibly informative, thought-provoking, and clinically helpful to enhance my practice.

Dr. Amy Jacobsen

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Dr. Amy Jacobsen

Dr. Amy Jacobsen is a KS-licensed psychologist in the Kansas City metro area specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive spectrum conditions. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2005 from the University of Georgia, with a specific emphasis in the study and treatment of childhood anxiety disorders. She completed her internship in Clinical Psychology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, followed by a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She served as an Assistant Professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Hoglund Brain Imaging Center/University of Kansas Medical Center, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dr. Jacobsen's clinical work has focused on specialty Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) services for anxiety conditions, OCD, and OC spectrum conditions across all age groups, including intensive Exposure/Response Prevention (ERP) protocols and core CBT services for anxiety, obsessive compulsive spectrum conditions, and related difficulties.

In 2015, she transitioned to full-time private practice offering specialty evidence-based CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) services for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum conditions. More information regarding her practice can be found at

She is an active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the International OCD Foundation, and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and regularly presents at both local and national levels. She also serves as a board member for OCD Kansas, the local non-profit affiliate of the International OCD Foundation, dedicated to raising awareness about obsessive-compulsive and related disorders and building a community to support those affected.

First, we would like to know a little about your practice.

What are your personal strengths as a practitioner?

I believe strongly in starting with a thorough assessment to elucidate the person's needs and the diagnostic impressions. If the services that I offer do not fit their needs, I want to help them get connected with the right resource. I seek a positive balance of rapport and evidence-based treatment, monitoring progress along the way. I also spend time on building motivation for change and helping individuals define the outcome picture and valued life for which they are striving through the treatment process.

How do you remind your patients of their strengths during the therapy process?

I aim to look for the strengths that naturally come out within the treatment process and then help individuals to recognize these. I also incorporate strengths assessments to encourage an awareness of one's strengths and work with individuals to identify specific behaviors that align with their strengths.

We would also like to know a little about you personally.

Who was your mentor?

I've been fortunate to work with several amazing mentors over the year, including Drs. Kimberly Shipman and Nader Amir during my graduate school years and Drs. Steven Whiteside and Jonathan Abramowitz during fellowship.

When not practicing CBT, what do you do for fun?

I enjoy hiking, cooking, and spending time with my family.

Finally, we would like to know your opinions about ABCT.

How has ABCT helped you professionally?

I first joined ABCT during graduate school, and it quickly became a favorite organization to build professional connections and strengthen my education and skillset as a researcher and clinician.

Thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions!

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