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Professional Statement

  • 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

Language Spoken

  • English