Dr. Alyssa Austern
Approach to Treatment
Life can be tough sometimes! Whether you are struggling with your relationships or self-identity, navigating a new role, adjusting during a transitional period in your life, or feeling anxious or depressed, I can help you learn to cope and better manage your life. Having previously worked with children in a variety of clinical settings, my work with teens, adults, and parents is informed by my understanding of how our early experiences can continue to impact us throughout our growth and development.
As a working mother and New Jersey native, I am keenly aware of pressures and stressors that teens and adults endure today, as well as the challenges associated with managing various roles. It’s important to find balance in caring for yourself and others, and to navigate the competitive environment we live in with greater ease, and self-confidence.
Through the convenience of teletherapy, we will work together to gain insight into what you are struggling with, in order to improve your relationships and experience greater satisfaction in your life. I aim to create a warm and nurturing environment, in which you can feel safe and comfortable to explore and process difficult thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and to tell your own unique story.
I primarily use psychodynamic approaches to help patients gain an understanding into their thoughts and behaviors. This approach gets to the root of the problem so you can understand why it’s happening and to feel that you can handle it, if and when the same situation recurs in the future. It is this insight that you will develop that will be the key to long-lasting change in your life.
Experience & Training
I received my Doctorate in Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, and completed my pre-doctoral internship at Youth Consultation Services Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health. With a longtime interest in child development, my dissertation examined the relationships preschool children have with their teachers, and my post-doctoral fellowship was spent working in public charter schools, performing behavioral support services, and conducting psychological evaluations.
My clinical background is extensive, having worked in settings such as community mental health centers, therapeutic nurseries, adolescent residential treatment centers, college counseling centers, and outpatient private practices. Additionally, I served as an admissions consultant to The Pingry School, a private school in NJ, and I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the New Jersey Psychological Association. These experiences inform the treatment I offer to all my patients, to cater to your unique needs in a supportive environment.