In my experience, effective therapy aims to deepen self-understanding while maintaining a focus on resolving current life problems. I approach my clients with an empathic concern for relieving their current distress, while helping them to address what’s underneath – the core issues that drive recurring problems. Understanding a problem is an important part of the solution; however, I find that most people also need practical tools to take what they’ve learned to make changes in their lives. An integrative approach not only focuses on self-insight, but on translating insights into productive life changes. My experience as a psychotherapy researcher at Columbia University has enabled me to flexibly combine a wide range of therapeutic techniques, including cognitive-behavioral and other solution-focused approaches. Identifying a path towards change is critical to progress. Therapy is rarely a linear progression: productive periods in therapy are often “off-road” — and veer from the initial focus. Drawing the roadmap, however, is essential.
My style is warm and collaborative. I strive to provide a supportive, yet challenging environment that fosters emotional well-being, insight and change. Many clients who work with me have been in therapy before and felt alone or uninspired with an overly reserved therapist. I find that most people need a therapist to be “in it” with them — engaged and involved — to help regain their footing and make meaningful, enduring changes in their lives. I strive to provide a supportive, yet challenging environment that fosters emotional well-being, insights and change. My style is warm, focused and collaborative. I’m an active participant in the therapeutic process.
City University of New York, The Graduate Center, PhD in Clinical Psychology
New York University Elaine A. and Kenneth G. Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center (Internship)
Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute (Fellowship)
Awards and Publications
Fraenkel, P. & Capstick, C. (2011). Contemporary two-parent families: Navigating work and family challenges. In F. Walsh (Ed.), Normal family processes (4th ed.). New York: Guilford Press
Hien, D. A., Jiang, H., Campbell, A.N.C., Hu, M.C., Miele, G.M., Cohen, L.R., Brigham, G.S., Capstick, C., Kulaga, A., Robinson, J., Suarez-Morales, L. & Nunes, E. V. (2010). Do treatment improvements in PTSD severity affect substance use outcomes? A secondary analysis from a randomized clinical trial in NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network. American Journal of Psychiatry, 167 (1): 95-101
Hien, D. A., Cohen, L. C., & Capstick, C. (2005). The role of neurocognitive deficits in parenting and adverse child outcomes for inner-city depressed and substance-using mothers. Poster for presentation at the Society for Research on Child Development Biennial Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
New York University International Trauma Studies Program, Graduate Certificate Program in Trauma Studies