Amy Colley, PhD

Amy Colley

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients at Elevate 360 and Hastings on Hudson offices for daytime appointments; not accepting new clients at Midtown East office


 
 
 

Clientele

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Seniors (65+)

Hours

Mon: 5:30pm-8:30pm (NYC)
Tue: 9:00am-7:15pm (Hastings)
Wed: 9:00am-7:15pm (Hastings)
Thu: 9:00am-7:15pm (Hastings)
Fri: 9:00am-1:00pm (NYC)
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Substance use

  • Trauma

  • Anxiety

  • Depression


Professional statement

Dr. Amy Colley is a licensed clinical psychologist with offices in Midtown East Manhattan and Hastings on Hudson, NY, as well as at Elevate 360, an addiction treatment center in Midtown Manhattan. She specializes in the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction, as well as trauma, anxiety, and depression. As the former director of admissions at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Division of Substance Abuse and faculty member at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Colley has extensive training and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders. She is passionate about developing a therapeutic relationship with each client and facilitating healing in a safe, nonjudgmental environment for recovery.

Dr. Colley takes special care in tailoring her approach to the needs of each client. Her techniques are guided both by psychodynamically rooted theories and evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing.

Dr. Colley received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University. In addition to her work with clients in recovery, she sees individuals with a wide array of challenges, such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and adjustment issues. She enjoys working with young adults, college and graduate students, adults, and seniors.


Specialties

Substance use – Reducing the harmful impact of drugs and alcohol through compassion, collaboration and healthy skills building
Trauma – Addressing childhood trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and dissociative disorders through safety, trust, and better coping skills
Anxiety – Treating excessive worrying, panic attacks, social anxiety by challenging distorted thinking and developing relaxation techniques
Depression – Providing support and healing of disabling sadness and hopelessness through empathic listening and encouraging self-care

General expertise

Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support


Insurances

  • Aetna

  • Medicare

Please note that insurance is only accepted at private practice locations and not at Elevate360.

Out-of-pocket fees

Private practice

  • Initial session: $250 (60min)

  • Ongoing sessions: $200/session (45-50min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

Elevate360

  • Initial session: $275/session (60min)

  • Ongoing sessions: $275/session (45min)

  • Group sessions: $125

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $200 - $275 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive individual therapy. 


Message to clients

"The most important aspect of psychotherapy is finding the right fit with regard to the therapist--someone you feel safe and comfortable with."


Treatment approaches

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)

Education and work experience

Private Practice, 2010 - Present
Thrive NYC, 2016 - 2018
Albert Einstein of Medicine, 2008 - 2009

Long Island University, PhD, 2001


Languages

English