Dr. Lauren Steffel
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of New York and California who works with adults 18 and over. My areas of expertise include evidence-based treatments for mood and anxiety disorders, emotion regulation problems, trauma, and substance use disorders. I also enjoy working with adults navigating life transitions, relationship issues, and career and academic goals.
Over the course of my career, I have completed intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing for substance use disorders, CBT for mood and anxiety disorders, and trauma treatments including Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and STAIR. I have published on a range of topics including emotion regulation, mindfulness, borderline personality disorder, and DBT. More recently I have trained in EMDR and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy to expand the tools and approaches I can offer clients working on difficult to change patterns that have developed over the course of life.
In addition to individual psychotherapy, I conduct pro bono psychological evaluations for immigration and asylum proceedings. I assess for evidence of mental, emotional, and/or physical trauma that resulted from torture or other human rights abuses and I provide affidavits to support asylum applications.
I received my doctorate from Rutgers University and my B.A. from Yale University. I completed my pre-doctoral internship working with veterans at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center and my post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive & Dialectical Behavior Therapy. For several years, I worked with survivors of the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center Environmental Health Center at Bellevue Hospital and served as a clinical instructor of psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center.
In my earlier life, I was a classically trained dancer and have worked in the music industry and in the field of international health and human rights.