ABOUT DR. LEVY
I am the Co-Director and Founder of North Jersey Psychology Associates which is a private practice that specializes in the treatment of OCD and Anxiety Disorders. I currently lead a team of accomplished professionals who also specialize in treating OCD and Anxiety Disorders. Those who join my practice receive intensive training and are either currently supervised by me or were previously supervised by me.
Prior to starting my own private practice in 2017, I had received extensive training from a world-renowned expert in the treatment of OCD at the esteemed Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy. In addition to providing high quality psychological services to many individuals at the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy, I previously established an innovative online OCD support group and was fortunate to co-found a comprehensive intensive treatment program for individuals with OCD.
My pre-doctoral internship experience concentrated on working primarily with children and adolescents facing a variety of challenges. Child-focused treatment took place in home-based and in-school environments. During this time, I delivered effective individual and family therapy and conducted comprehensive cognitive and personality evaluations.
I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from Hofstra University during which I produced research in the field of relationships, sexual behavior and sexual dysfunction. I have presented my research at national and international conferences. While the majority of my time is devoted to providing therapy and running my practice, I am also currently functioning as the Vice President of OCD New Jersey. I work within a behavioral framework which is goal-directed, skills-focused and solution-oriented. I believe in fostering self-change by allying with individuals and creating a supportive relationship in order for those I collaborate with to reach their potential. The application of skills within Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, aligned with a compassionate, trusting relationship is at the core of successful therapy outcomes.
LINDSEY LEIMAN, PSY.D.
As a specialist in OCD and anxiety disorders, my bread and butter is Exposure and Response Prevention, the gold standard for these disorders. This treatment involves empowering clients to purposefully seek out challenging experiences in order to build a tolerance to uncertainty, risk, and discomfort. There is no panacea for any particular client; therapy is a living, breathing, dynamic process, and we have to work together to identify what works best for you. As such, I incorporate elements of additional modalities such as ACT and DBT, and approach assessment, diagnosis, and treatment holistically, considering the role of your broader context in your current presentation. OCD rarely shows up on its own, and I have experience treating co-occuring PTSD, depression, concerns related to gender and sexual orientation, relationship problems, and various other disorders and concerns. You are the expert on your experience, so this has to be a collaborative process. I’m here to accompany you on this journey and to point you in the direction of positive change, but you are always in the driver’s seat. I look forward to speaking with you further about personalizing a plan to get you feeling better!
I earned my doctorate from Pacific University in Hillsboro, OR, where I received both generalist and specialized training with adults and children. During this time, I completed a practicum placement at Portland’s NW Anxiety Institute, where I honed my skills as an OCD therapist in individual, group, and intensive outpatient settings. I completed an APA-accredited internship at Wellspan Philhaven CBT, where again I had the opportunity to treat a wide variety of disorders in addition to OCD using evidence-based interventions. I was fortunate to be able to further train in the treatment of OCD as a postdoctoral fellow under Dr. Jordan Levy. During my postdoc, I gained exposure and experience treating a wide range of OC-spectrum disorders, with particular focus on compulsions that present internally (sometimes known as “Pure O”).
MADDY FREE, PH.D.
I am a licensed psychologist with expertise in providing cognitive behavioral treatment for children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety and mood disorders. Additionally, I specialize in treating OCD using Exposure Response Prevention (ERP). Through the lens of family systems theory, I believe a child’s functioning is better understood through the interconnected relationships within the family system. While working with families, I lead with a collaborative approach including parents in psycho-education, reward systems, and determining and achieving goals.
I earned my PhD in School Psychology from Fordham University and throughout my education I had the opportunity to learn from experts in the field through field placements in private programs, public schools, and hospital settings. Most notably, I worked in public education at the elementary and high school level for six years where I deepened my understanding of special education and tailored interventions. I rounded out my experience in a school setting with my APA-accredited internship at Pleasantville High School where I sharpened my skills in assessment and provided counseling to classified students with a range of challenges including anxiety, mood disorders, and school avoidance. I developed an interest in treating OCD while conducting my externship at New York Presbyterian’s adolescent and adult inpatient units. During this time, I received exceptional training in CBT and ERP to treat anxiety and OCD. Due to my interest in OCD and ERP treatment, I volunteered to work with some of the unit’s most challenging and extreme cases and as a result, I developed increased empathy and understanding of the disorder. I advanced my training in the treatment of OCD as a postdoctoral fellow under Dr. Jordan Levy. As a fellow, I furthered my ability to conceptualize cases from a cognitive behavioral perspective and treat OCD using a warm, personalized, and collaborative approach.
Postdoctoral Fellows have earned their doctorate and are currently awaiting licensure. Postdoctoral Fellows are supervised which means that we sit down for multiple hours every week to discuss their cases. The state of New Jersey does not permit the advertising of specific Postdoctoral Fellows. Please contact us for more information about Postdoctoral Fellows.