Featured Therapist Interview | Dr. Michelle P. Maidenberg

Dr. Michelle P. Maidenberg

Featured Therapist Interview

Dr. Michelle P. Maidenberg Michelle P. Maidenberg, Ph.D., MPH, LCSW-R, CGP (www.michellemaidenberg.com) 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 (https://blogs.psychcentral.com/thoughts-therapist/author/maidenberg/).

Dr. Maidenberg is the cofounder and clinical director of the Thru My Eyes Foundation (www.ThruMyEyes.org), 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 www.michellemaidenberg.com and www.ThruMyEyes.org, 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 (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxczSwlJhkuD6s8jieytl8A).

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.

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