I believe that the relationship between the therapist and client is the foundation for growth and change. Therefore, the focus of the initial phase of therapy is on building a solid foundation and creating safety. An additional focus of this early phase is collaboratively developing a plan for therapy.
I completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University in 2001 with an emphasis in Biological Science and a minor in Neuroscience. I completed my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus in 2009. My dissertation explored changes in attachment style over time in a group of older adults. I completed a Clinical Psychology internship in 2009 and a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral fellowship with an emphasis in Geropsychology and Neuropsychology in 2010 at the Brooklyn VA. I completed a specialization in Geropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology in 2020. I am licensed in the state of New York (license # 018666).
Deciding to put an emphasis on taking care of your mental health is one that should not be taken lightly, and should not be a one-sided decision. A plan for therapy should involve collaboration between us.
My training has covered a number of treatment modalities appropriate for treating a wide variety of psychological concerns. I have extensive training in psychodynamic long-term and short-term models of treatment. I am a Level II AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) therapist. I am certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In addition, I have received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), STAIR-NT for trauma, and Motivational Interviewing. Most often therapy with me utilizes multiple modalities. However, I aim to be transparent about specific decisions regarding what we're doing and why.
Michelle M. Kehn, Ph.D., ABPP