Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) Westchester

Specialty Outpatient Clinic
Director: Anthony Puliafico PhD
Contact Name: Alyssa Bernstein, LCSW
155 White Plains Rd
Tarrytown, New York 10591

CUCARD Westchester is dedicated to delivering evidence-based interventions for OCD and anxiety disorders. We provide cognitive behavioral treatment, which is focused on modifying behavior and thoughts through active therapeutic interventions. For OCD, treatment typically involves Exposure and Ritual Prevention (EX/RP). In EX/RP, a therapist guides an individual in gradually facing anxiety-provoking situations while resisting urges to engage in compulsions or rituals. Exposure treatment is also typically used to treat the range of anxiety disorders and cases of school refusal. Treatment for tic disorders and trichotillomania typically involves a type of intervention known as habit reversal training (HRT). Although we do not provide medication management at CUCARD Westchester, we actively collaborate with psychiatrists to coordinate care.

CUCARD Westchester provides standard outpatient therapy in which sessions are held 1-2 times weekly. We also offer intensive courses of treatment in which sessions are held 3-5 times weekly for an acute period of time. For individuals and families in New York State who do not live close to our clinic, we provide telehealth services, in which treatment is provided online via HIPAA-secure web technology.

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