Maren Westphal

meet Dr. Maren Westphal

Maren Westphal, Ph.D., Clinician, is a licensed psychologist who received her B.A. (Honors) in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (With Distinction) from Columbia University. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at Pace University and also serves on the faculty of Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Westphal investigates individual differences that explain variability in response to adversity, ranging from resilience to psychopathology, with focus on emotion regulation, mindfulness, and self-compassion. Her research on these topics has included diverse populations including psychiatric outpatients, college students, patients with acute and chronic medical issues, and emergency care personnel. At Pace University, she teaches doctoral and graduate courses in counseling theories and techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy and other evidence-based practices, health psychology, and cultural differences in counseling. Prior to joining AICT as a clinician, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the mood and anxiety disorders program at Mount Sinai and worked as a clinician and researcher in the Trauma and PTSD program at Columbia University. Dr. Westphal is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and a certified Diplomate in the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. She has also been trained in psychodynamic therapy and structural family/couples therapy, and regularly incorporates strategies from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression (MBCT) into her clinical work. Dr. Westphal has taught ten workshops on cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders, including four at national conventions. Dr. Westphal specializes in treating adults and adolescents facing a variety of stressors, ranging from career transitions, family conflict and relationship problems, college admission, and difficulties thriving in college. She is experienced in treating mood and anxiety disorders as well as psychological problems that co-occur with health issues such as infertility, pain, and obesity. Born and raised in Germany and having lived in Cambridge, London, San Francisco, and New York City, Dr. Westphal enjoys working with expats and other individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds. She draws on her research on resilience in helping individuals and couples transform life challenges into opportunities for growth and well-being.
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