My Approach to Helping
Psychotherapy is an endeavor that many people seek to improve the overall quality of their lives. Whether one is experiencing conflict within relationships, difficulties coping with stress, a specific life problem, or acute symptoms, the insights, skills and increased awareness that come from psychotherapy can be invaluable.
Given the complexity of our lives and the reasons we seek psychotherapy, treatment should be not only goal oriented and focused, but flexible and sensitive to the uniqueness of who we are. I employ a variety of evidence based therapeutic strategies and techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness/Mentalization based practices to help individuals, couples, and families improve the quality of their lives.
More Info About My Practice
Anthony P. DeMaria, Ph.D. is a New York State licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. He is currently the Associate Director of Adult Psychology Training and Education at Mt. Sinai St. Luke's & West Hospitals, a supervising psychologist at Mt. Sinai's Center for Intensive Treatment for Personality Disorders, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Mt. Sinai's Icahn School of Medicine, and sees patients in private practice.
Dr. DeMaria holds his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The New School. He has also completed specialized training in the treatment of adults with personality disorders at Mt. Sinai-Roosevelt Hospital's post-doctoral psychology fellowship program at the Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders. Further, he has also trained at NYU-Bellevue Hospital Center, Beth Israel Medical Center, and various other NYC based hospitals.
Dr. DeMaria has authored several published peer-reviewed manuscripts on the topics of evidence based therapy practices, psychotherapy training, and ways to improve doctor/patient relationships. He also has presented at both conferences and hospital-based grand rounds presentations on the treatment of personality disorders.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Therapy can be an effective tool to:
Help people create and maintain satisfying relationships
Decrease the intensity of symptoms and negative emotional states
Develop healthy coping strategies to deal with painful emotions
Improve communication with others, and develop healthy interpersonal behaviors
Assist individuals in defining how they wish their lives to be different, and identifying the steps needed to meet their goals
Help develop and cultivate feelings of self-esteem, self-acceptance, and self-worth
More fully enjoy life
What Makes up a Problem?
"...the symptom is not a 'disorder', it is a silenced truth that needs to be heard." -Agnes Aflalo
We all have aspects of ourselves that remain hidden, suppressed, outside of our awareness, unquestioned, etc. These aspects of our minds, though silenced, exert their influence on how we live our lives. Through meaningful therapy, we can gain insight and awareness into these forces, and freedom from them. This freedom can improve our relationships with others, improve our self concept, and allow us to become effectively responsive, not reactive to our emotions.