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Dr. Anna Breytman

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Dr. Anna Breytman

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New York City Psychotherapist

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If you are encountering worsening anxiety, mood impairment, interpersonal, academic or work related challenges, CBT of NYC can help you.

About Anna Breytman, Ph.D.

Dr. Breytman is a licensed psychologist working with children, adolescents and adults experiencing a wide range of psychological problems. With an emphasis on the gold standard of treatment, Dr. Breytman combines compassionate care with evidence based interventions for anxiety disorders, mood dysfunction, attentional difficulties, as well adjustment through early adulthood and college.

Furthermore, Dr. Breytman specializes in using Cognitive Behavioral interventions with particular emphasis on exposure and response prevention for OCD and related anxiety disorders. Other treatment specialties include depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD.

Through her expertise in evidence based approaches, Dr. Breytman combines a variety of CBT techniques, including Acceptance and Commitment therapy and other mindfully informed strategies. Additionally, Dr. Breytman has extensive training in the DBT model assisting patients with developing tools for distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and effective interpersonal relationships.

Emphasis is on a collaborative approach with patients to determine the most effective treatment options to address their unique needs. Dr. Breytman’s treatment is dynamic, patient oriented and focused on patients developing skills to support their stability and well-being through the life span.

Supporting the growth of emerging adults

Dr. Breytman assists emerging adults in their transition from adolescence to adulthood. She employs evidence-based and culturally sensitive techniques. With over 20 years of experience, she is thoroughly familiar with the unique challenges faced by students at top universities across the country.

Emerging adults often describe being pulled between adolescence and adulthood, attempting to develop autonomy and a separate identity. The additional responsibilities and commitments of applying to college, career exploration, dating and establishing new friendships can be overwhelming. There are seemingly endless possibilities and at times a sense of instability. Individuals may need support and, at times, specific skill development. Dr. Breytman aides young adults in progressing towards independence and a mastery of skills that are age-appropriate using evidence-based treatment strategies.

Her extensive training and knowledge allow her to provide young adults with the most effective tools for their anxiety, mood fluctuations, social difficulties, academic and work stressors.

Common difficulties in emerging adulthood

Anxiety and mood changes

Psychotherapy can dramatically change lives. People who are experiencing distress or symptom interference in their daily lives, may have trouble staying motivated and managing their unpleasant emotions. They might also have difficulties developing and accomplishing certain goals. Mood fluctuations and elevated anxiety can effect all aspects of life. Psychotherapy can improve your quality of life by helping you develop tools that reduce anxiety, improve mood, increase motivation, and enhance a sense of self-efficacy. At the start of treatment, we work towards understanding the connection between thoughts, emotions and behaviors. We then establish skills for increasing awareness of beliefs that interfere with goal achievement. We use reframing, problem solving strategies and activation, as well as focusing on healthy habits and relationships.

The effects of social pressures

Many students and young adults find interpersonal situations challenging and have difficulty coping with social distress. As a result, they may choose to avoid their peers, reduce social commitments or find themselves ruminating and judging their interactions. Negative self evaluations and diminished confidence can further deepen distress. This results in significant functional impairment and diminished life satisfaction. Intervention aims to improve skills by using adaptive cognitive and behavioral techniques. This could include strategies, such as exposure and response prevention, behavioral experiments and reframing beliefs.

The value of time management, organizational skills and effective study habits

The development of these skills is crucial to every aspect of our lives. People who have difficulty organizing their time and environment and have poor study skills can experience significant academic, personal and professional consequences.

Psychotherapy that focuses upon executive functioning skills can help with:

  • Disorganization
  • Procrastination
  • Avoidance
  • Impulsivity
  • Distractibility

Time management

Roadblocks associated with the above can make it more difficult to function efficiently and can exacerbate stress. It can hinder your ability to be decisive and focused and disrupt short and long-term tasks, and goals. Learning to manage and keep track of important assignment and deadlines can give you the tools necessary to succeed in life.

At the start of treatment, an assessment of the individual’s specific executive functioning deficits can help us to create an action plan that includes recommended strategies for addressing any lacking skills and potential obstacles. We focus on a specific set of abilities and then troubleshoot to create a highly customized system that addresses all aspects of organization, time management, and goal achievement.

Sessions with Dr. Breytman may include developing a time management plan, task initiation and the examination of any habits or cognitions that are interfering. Additional clinical goals could involve emotion regulation skills which are essential for reducing impulsivity, improving motivation and reducing procrastination.

The Impact of Perfectionism

Extreme perfectionism can lead to significant suffering and interfere with one’s ability to achieve valuable goals.

If an individual identifies this as a treatment goal, Dr. Breytman discusses adaptive versus maladaptive perfectionism as part of the CBT formulation. Together with the patient, she evaluates any cognitive biases and faulty beliefs that might be preventing them from succeeding. Treatment involves reevaluating goal interfering beliefs and encourages novel ways of thinking with an emphasis on flexibility and utility. Dr. Breytman incorporates elements of Acceptance & Commitment therapy to help with determining valued goals and direction.

Support for parents whose children experience a failure to launch

As young adults struggle to launch, parents often go through their own adjustments and may experience a sense of helplessness and distress in the wake of their child’s difficulties. They often request assistance and guidance on how to best support the young adult in their family. They might be experiencing their own worry and anxiety in seeing their child contend with life’s difficulties during this crucial period. Dr. Breytman provides parent coaching that aligns with the emerging adults striving for independence, stability and success.

Ready to give therapy a try?

Dr. Breytman uses research-based methods to help parents make positive changes to support their child. In order to provide the best possible care, she partners with families to give them the tools they need to succeed. Through their work together, parents can use the CBT framework to help them develop strategies to assist the emerging adult face their fears, reduce goal-interfering behavior, and develop adaptive coping strategies all of which allows them to excel in their lives.

Reach out today if you have any questions. Call 201.694.2129, text, or use our online form.

New York City

New York, one of the most vibrant cities in the world, has so much to offer. Landmarks include Central Park, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. You can experience world famous museums, such as the Met and the Guggenheim and epic concert halls and sport venues, including Madison Square Garden, Barkley Stadium and the Metropolitan Opera House. Explore Hudson Yards and its new art center, The Shed, as well as the Vessel, a public art piece. For theater lovers, Broadway will offer something for everyone. Unique dining can be found on nearly every street and there is no end to the possibilities. And if you are looking for the shopping experience of a lifetime, look no further than the flagship Bloomingdale’s store or the shops and boutiques of Soho.

If you are living in NY or just visiting for a while, and you need support with the challenges of everyday life, please call Dr. Breytman for a consultation.

About Anna Breytman, Ph.D.

I established my practice in NYC in order to provide high quality Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children, adolescents, adults and family members. In 2010 I decide to expand my practice to Princeton, NJ.

Throughout my more than 20 years of practicing as a psychologist, I have developed a set of highly effective and evidence based treatments that are designed and structured around your specific difficulties and goals.

My style is dynamic, compassionate, collaborative and skill based. Therapy is conducted in an empathic environment where individuals can address their concerns around anxiety, depression, interpersonal problems, academic and career stress.

Have a question or ready to schedule? Call 201.694.2129, text, or use our online form.

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Two Office Locations:

New Jersey office location:
194 North Harrison Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

New York City, Manhattan,
Upper West Side:

27 West 86 Street, Suite 1B
NYC, NY 10024


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