Laura Oliff

meet Dr. Laura Oliff

Laura Oliff, Ph.D., Associate Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, is a New York State licensed psychologist, Founding Fellow and Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She has extensive experience in both cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy with individuals, couples and families. Dr. Oliff specializes in the treatment of generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, health anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, a wide range of eating disorders and adult ADHD. Other areas of specialization include the development of effective interpersonal and workplace communication skills, interpersonal conflict resolution, problem-solving strategies, relationship enhancement and infertility. Managing life transitions such as divorce and dating in mid-life, death of a parent or spouse, caring for an elderly relative, retirement and aging are also areas of interest.

Dr. Oliff received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research. She began her training in CBT at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy under the supervision of Robert Leahy, Ph.D. and has been a senior staff member of the institute for over twenty-five years. Dr. Oliff has been responsible for supervising and training numerous psychology externs and post-doctoral candidates in cognitive behavior therapy at the institute. She continues to incorporate mindfulness as well as acceptance and commitment therapy skills with cognitive behavior therapy in her work with young adults, adults, couples and families. She has most recently completed Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 training: Bridging the Couple Chasm.

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