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About Dr. Kessler

I am a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Park Slope,  Brooklyn,  where  I primarily work with teens and adults.


I received my doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York and completed my clinical internship at the university of North  Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I had  the good fortune of being the TEACCH intern and postdoctoral fellow.  My clinical internship and  postdoctoral training allowed me to simultaneously pursue my interests in using evidence-based  treatment approaches for individuals with anxiety, depression,  OCD,  panic attacks, ADHD, and a variety of other concerns across a range of ages and settings, as well as  to obtain specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.  I am trained in the use  of the ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) for  the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and have extensive experience training other clinicians in its use.  

Since completing my formal training, I have sought to stay current in the field through professional conferences and ongoing participation in a peer supervision group.  


My training is in evidenced-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and I seek to use these approaches flexibly and in the context of a strong relationship with my client in order to best help them get what they want out of therapy.  

Outside of work...

When I am not working, I am typically spending time with my husband, our two sons, and our bulldog, Cereal.  But when they are busy, I am an avid exerciser, an amateur piano-player, and an enthusiastic cookbook reader. 

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