Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Devorah Bernstein, Psy.D

"Becoming is better than being" (Carol S. Dweck). For me, and my work as a psychologist, I want to help others enjoy the process of life. This means accessing and utilizing one's sense of gratitude, innate creativity, curiosity, and mindset of growth when faced with challenges or problems. The path to shifting from "stuck" to brainstorming is something I believe we can all do. Through testing and therapy, weaknesses and strengths can be explored and dealt with in an empowering way.  

In the past,  I have worked in school settings, an outpatient ambulatory center on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and private clinics, servicing diverse populations. There, I have had multiple opportunities to work with individuals and groups to improve their mental health. My training and clinical experience as a school-clinical psychologist, has been primarily in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for work. Additionally, I have spent several years administering comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, which have enhanced my understanding of multiple diagnoses and how they manifest in one's life. I believe in the choice and ability we have to grow, and excited to work with individuals motivated to BECOME.

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What was your path to becoming a provider?

I never doubted that I wanted to empower others. I think the world changes when people change, when they heal, when they take steps to taking better care of themselves and their future. Initially, I thought that meant being a medical doctor or educator. Then I realized being a psychologist gives me a blend of many things I loved doing, and the platform I need to do it... so, here I am.

What advice would you give to a family who is on the fence about signing up for a learning assessment (or counseling/therapy)?

Knowledge is power. Uncertainty is kind of analogous to the "ghost in the closet". As long as you do not open the door out of fear, you are allowing the ghost to become more real, more scary. Open the door, see what's there. Give yourself, and your child, the opportunity to deal with WHAT IS, whatever that IS. There is support available, there are options, and dealing with that "ghost" will always be a lot more time and energy saving than avoiding it.

Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?

By identifying and working to learn best despite differences, I believe you will open yourself up to so many future opportunities. I am passionate about enabling each student to live their fullest life.

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