Amelia  Aldao

Amelia Aldao

Psychologist, PhD
New York Accepting Online
Midtown West Accepting In-person
Updated July 6, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Social anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Stress management
  • Depression

Professional statement

Dr. Amelia Aldao is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Founder of Together CBT. This practice specializes in social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), body-focused repetitive behaviors (such as trichotillomania and skin picking), sleep, stress, and depression. Together CBT has clinical psychologists and therapist trainees (PhD students from Columbia) who work with adults, children, and adolescents.

Together CBT's approach is firmly rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a skills-based approach to talk therapy that allows clients to identify and address individual problems and concerns. This includes exposure and response prevention (ERP), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for anxiety disorders, emotion regulation therapy (ERT) for generalized anxiety disorder, habit reversal training (HRT) for body focused repetitive behaviors (skin picking, hair pulling), trauma-focused CBT for post-traumatic stress disorder, and mindfulness-based therapy for stress reduction.

In addition to her private practice clinical work, Dr. Aldao is extensively involved in teaching: she trains Psychiatry Residents at Mount Sinai Hospital and Graduate Students in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University and Yeshiva University. She is a science blogger for Psychology Today and has held leadership roles at the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). She obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University and conducted her pre-doctoral internship (residency) at Weill Cornell Medical School – New York Presbyterian Hospital. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with honors in Psychology. Dr. Aldao has previously been a tenure-track research professor of Psychology at The Ohio State University (60+ scientific publications) and a Management Consultant at a “Big 3” firm,  Boston Consulting Group.


Message to clients

Hello! I'm Dr. Amelia Aldao and I have 14 years of experience delivering CBT to clients struggling with anxiety disorders as well as teaching and supervising clinical psychology doctoral students learning CBT. I was a tenure-track research professor at The Ohio State University for 4+ years. In that capacity, I conducted extensive research on anxiety disorders and published over 60 scientific articles. I'm a therapist and a scientist! Crucially, I'm a strong believer in evidence-based medicine, particularly in the power of exposure therapy in helping clients overcome their fears and open themselves up to new possibilities. I'm very action-oriented, but also highly empathetic. I focus a lot on exposure exercises, while also keeping in mind that each client has their own journey and will be ready to do exposures in their own time. My ultimate goal is to teach clients CBT skills so that they can become "their own therapist," feel empowered, and gain control over their lives. I have deep expertise in social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic, and OCD. At my practice, Together CBT, we have a team of psychologists and PhD student therapists from top academic programs in clinical psychology offering services to adults, adolescents, and children at a wide range of fees.


Specialties

Generalized anxiety disorder - Help with persistent and excessive worry and anxiety that gets in the way of daily activities

Panic disorder - Building coping skills to identify and manage triggers; explore underlying causes related to feelings of panic

Social anxiety - Skill-building to increase interpersonal efficacy and decrease discomfort in social settings; boosting self-esteem

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Amelia Aldao is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $375 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $375
  • Initial session: $375 (60min)
  • Session with PhD fellow: $350 (60min)
  • Session with PhD student: $150 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

Dr. Aldao's fees are $375/session. Her team includes clinical psychologists (fees are $375/session) and PhD graduate students from Columbia (fees are $150/session). We all specialize in anxiety, OCD, body-focused repetitive behaviors, sleep stress, depression, and related conditions. We work with adults, children, and adolescents.


Location(s)

Midtown West practice
315 West 36th Street, New York, New York 10018
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 7:00am-9:00pm
  • Tue 7:00am-9:00pm
  • Wed 7:00am-9:00pm
  • Thu 7:00am-9:00pm
  • Fri 7:00am-9:00pm
  • Sat 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Sun 10:00am-4:00pm

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 7:00am-9:00pm
  • Tue 7:00am-9:00pm
  • Wed 7:00am-9:00pm
  • Thu 7:00am-9:00pm
  • Fri 7:00am-9:00pm
  • Sat 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Sun 10:00am-4:00pm

Work and Education

Mount Sinai Hospital, CBT Consultant for Psychiatry Residents, 2019 - Present
Columbia University, Visiting Scholar, 2019 - Present
Yeshiva University, Clinical Supervisor, 2021 - Present
Boston Consulting Group, Management Consultant, 2017 - 2019
The Ohio State University, Tenure Track Professor, 2012 - 2016
New York Presbyterian Hospital, Pre-doctoral Intern, 2011 - 2012

Yale University, Clinical Psychology PhD, 2012
University of Pennsylvania, BA in Psychology, summa cum laude, 2006


Languages

English

Spanish


Professional endorsements

"Dr. Aldao is the epitome of what a clinical psychologist should be! She harnesses her clear understanding of affective science and evidence-based practice to directly help her clients. Dr. Aldao incorporates cutting edge advances to provide treatments that work."

- Katie Dixon-Gordon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor • October 2019

"Dr. Aldao is a warm and approachable therapist who provides excellent, evidence-based psychotherapy for anxiety and related disorders. She is also one of the smartest people I know! After a distinguished academic career, I'm glad to see her now primarily applying her considerable skills and expertise to providing direct patient care."

- Nathan Thoma, PhD, President of the NYC-CBT Association • October 2019

"Dr. Aldao is a consummate professional who leverages the latest scientific evidence on mental health services to improve the lives of her clients."

- Andres De Los Reyes, Ph.D. • October 2019