Carrie Spindel Bashoff
Featured Therapist Interview
Carrie Spindel Bashoff is a clinical psychologist, licensed in NY and NJ, with a private practice in West Orange, New Jersey. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and other related disorders, such as OCD, tics/Tourettes Disorder, and other impulse control disorders. Dr. Bashoff also has advanced-level training in mindfulness-based approaches, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy. Her practice is geared towards individual therapy with children, adolescents, and adults, and well as parent training.
After graduating with a bachelor's of science in Child Development from Cornell University, Dr. Bashoff pursued her doctorate from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. Prior to establishing her private practice, she worked as a clinical psychologist at the NYU Child Study Center in both their New York City and New Jersey offices. Dr. Bashoff has a strong interest in teaching and supervising students. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Faculty member at NYU, and teaches an undergraduate seminar in childhood anxiety. In addition, she is a volunteer supervisor at Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. To see more about Dr. Bashoff, view www.drspindelbashoff.com
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Tips: Opening a private practice can be overwhelming!! It is so important to create a network of colleagues to help with advice and support, as well as to set up a consistent supervision group. Patience is also a key component; it takes time to build the practice infrastructure and a caseload. Furthermore, I recommend reaching out to clinicians in the community to introduce yourself and discuss your practice. This not only helps to create a professional community to be a part of, it also helps build a strong referral network.
Other Professional Activities: Outside of spending time engaging in clinical activities, teaching, and supervision, I enjoy participating in professional organizations. In addition to ABCT, I am a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Finally, I enjoy being involved in the local communities near my practice and where I live. I volunteer to give talks and workshops at local school districts and participate in local mental health advocacy events.
Mentors: I have been extremely fortunate to have a number of outstanding mentors throughout my training and career thus far. During graduate school, my mentor Dr. Lata McGinn, Clinical Director of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, introduced me to CBT and provided me with all of the foundational knowledge one needs to understand CBT's theory and practice. Upon starting internship, Alec Miller took me under his wing, introducing me to and advancing my expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, while also shaping my ability to work with clients within more challenging environments. Mentorship doesn't stop, though, when your training ends. I am so grateful for the colleagues I have worked with, especially during my time as an early career psychologist, who mentored me on how to create (and constantly continue to modify) the work-life balance.
Personal Strengths as a practitioner: I have found that a personal strength of mine is my ability to form therapeutic alliances with clients of all ages. I try to create an environment of warmth and acceptance from the very first time I speak with a client on the phone. I've heard that clients' parents call me the "teenage girl whisperer."
When not practicing CBT…. Outside of work, I love to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy spending time outside - running, biking, and playing games with my children. I very much enjoy my volunteer job at the local NICU where my daughters were born.
How long have you been a member of ABCT? I have been a member of ABCT since graduate school, a little more than 15 years.
How has ABCT helped me professionally? ABCT provides me with ongoing opportunities to meet like-minded professionals, continue to learn, and advance my training in CBT, as well as learn about new advances in treatment and research from experts in the field.
Dr. Rachel Hutt
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Dr. Rachel Hutt is Co-Founder of MindWell NYC, a group private practice located in the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan, New York. She provides individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety, depression, and behavioral challenges, as well as emotion dysregulation, Borderline Personality Disorder, and PTSD. She also specializes in parent coaching/parent management training. She is Board Certified in DBT through the Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC™), trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and is the author of "Feeling Better: CBT Workbook for Teens."
MindWell NYC provides CBT and comprehensive DBT for children, adolescents, and adults. It also offers Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, the Daring Way program based on the work of Brene Brown, and Virtual Reality Therapy to treat various phobias.
Dr. Hutt earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, where she trained in outpatient clinics, schools, and research settings. She received her B.S. from Cornell University in Human Development. Dr. Hutt completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at Westchester Jewish Community Services, and her postdoctoral fellowship at CBT/DBT Associates. She participated in a multidisciplinary DBT consultation team and provided individual and group DBT to adolescents, young adults, and adults. Dr. Hutt additionally gained expertise in the delivery of cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders and depressive disorders, as well as PTSD. For more about her practice, see www.mindwellnyc.com
First, we would like to know a little about your practice.
What are your personal strengths as a practitioner?
I am very fortunate to have had a very diverse range of training. I was in a child clinical psychology graduate program, so my background is working with children and adolescents. Through that work, I also was extensively trained in working with parents. I sought out additional adult training, and began doing individual therapy with adults as well. I have also been trained in a variety of evidence-based treatments for behavioral challenges, depression, anxiety, PTSD, emotion regulation challenges, and BPD. Because my training was heavily research-based I truly bring the scientist-practitioner model to my clinical work. I continue to keep myself updated on the latest clinical research, and I am able to integrate new types of therapy as I get additional training. I am able to take evidence-based treatments and flexibly implement them with each individual based on their unique presenting challenges.
What "tips" can you offer to colleagues just opening a practice?
It is very important to spend time thinking about your ideal client and population. Although you may be tempted to take anyone who is willing to see you at first, that can lead to burnout and stress much more quickly. It will also help you with branding and marketing, and will help you carve out a niche early.
How do you remind your patients of their strengths during the therapy process?
Each week I try to start out with my clients by reviewing the skills that they have used during the past week, whether intentional or not. I also work with them to see any progress, especially small steps that may not even be within their awareness. We discuss ways they have already incorporated our work and are using strategies more automatically as well.
Are you involved in other types of professional activities in addition to your private practice?
I currently supervise a postdoctoral fellow in our practice, and I have also supervised graduate students in several different programs in NYC. I enjoy teaching and have taught a graduate-level CBT course, and I occasionally do guest lectures for different graduate and undergraduate classes in NYC. Given my interest in mindfulness-based therapies, I have also been involved in a professional mindfulness sangha consisting of local practitioners implementing Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and other mindfulness-informed treatments.
We would also like to know a little about you personally.
Who was your mentor?
In graduate school I worked with Dr. Ginger Moore, who greatly assisted me in understanding the importance of research informing clinical work. On my internship my director of training was Dr. Leslie Bogen, who significantly helped develop my clinical interests and professional goals.
When not practicing CBT, what do you do for fun?
I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter who give me so much joy and laughter. I also enjoy doing yoga and mindfulness, hiking and spending time in nature, and seeing friends and family.
We are also interested in some of your views of CBT.
What do you think is the single most important thing CBT can do for your clients?
I always tell my clients that I want them to learn these skills and strategies so that they no longer need me. I love that the goal of CBT is to teach my clients ways to help themselves to make myself obsolete.
Finally, we would like to know your opinions about ABCT.
How long have you been a member of ABCT?
I joined during my postdoctoral fellowship year and have attended the annual meeting and continued my membership ever since.
How has ABCT helped you professionally?
I enjoy attending the annual conference to keep up to date on research and attend new clinical trainings. I also enjoy meeting other professionals and expanding my network. It has helped me get connected with practitioners in other cities and states when we need referrals, or are looking for new clinicians to join our practice.
What services do you consider the most valuable from ABCT?
I really appreciate the list serve and some of the useful topics that have been discussed, as well as the annual meeting.