This group will teach skills for managing triggers, cravings, relapse justifications, lapses in motivation, etc. There will also be space for relating with each other and providing support as everyone works on making changes (whether it is moderation or abstinence). This is especially a good fit for people who are looking for alternatives to AA or simply need more practical support.
Dr. Justina Dillon is a psychologist with offices in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan. She works primarily with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, alcohol and drug use, and relationship difficulties.
She employs a range of evidence-based modalities, including Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and has training in specific trauma-focused treatments, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD, and Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR). She describes her therapeutic style as warm, gentle, and engaged.
Many of Dr. Dillon’s clients come to see her for general issues; sometimes these clients wind up uncovering unprocessed trauma through their work together. Dr. Dillon follows what she calls the scholar-practitioner model of treatment, embracing the integration of research and clinical acumen. In addition to her private practice, in the past she has provided psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, children, and families in inpatient, outpatient, and intensive day program settings, as well as in schools and community clinics.
Dr. Dillon received her PhD from Adelphi University and has been in practice for six years. Her clinical training includes placements at the Center for Motivation and Change, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Nassau University Medical Center, and the Western Queens Consultation Center. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Dillon has conducted extensive research on the legacy of trauma in post-Soviet Lithuania, and co-authored a chapter about therapist adherence and competence in psychotherapy research for a psychology textbook.