Assessment and Consultation
Psychological assessment can be an important first step in seeking therapy, as well as a way to clarify and provide a diagnosis. This involves a thorough review of medical and psychological treatment history, and collaboration with other treatment providers as necessary. Careful review, explanation, and discussion of all diagnoses will be provided. Clear recommendations of treatment will be discussed and all treatment options will be reviewed and explained. This often requires coordination with current and previous treatment providers such as pediatricians, psychiatrists, and previous therapists. In addition, sometimes speaking to school personnel can be a useful step in this process. All coordination will only be done with full written consent.
Options for evidence-based therapy are available depending on the presenting issue. Typically, this involves weekly sessions designed to teach strategies to cope with presenting problems.
Sometimes parents need more support and coaching than a book or manual can provide. This is partially because some children tougher to manage, due to anxiety or disruptive behaviors, than others.Dr. Galanti specializes in teaching parents how to use praise, or positive reinforcement, more effectively in order to encourage specific behaviors. She also teaches parents how to use consistent consequences, or to help their children face their fears. The result is that kids learn to modulate their behavior to meet expectations and enjoy much more positive interactions with their parents.
Comprehensive treatment is available for children, families, and adults in New York State via videoconferencing and phone. This is a good option for those who cannot find an expert in their area, or has difficulty with scheduling.
consultation and training
Dr. Galanti provides ongoing consultation to therapists interested in learning more about evidence based treatments, including CBT, Exposure Therapy, and PCIT.
Areas of Specialization
Anxiety is one of the most basic emotions, and part of the normal human experience. When it disrupts quality of life or impedes functioning, it may be time to seek help. Fortunately, anxiety disorders can be treated with short-term, effective methods of treatment.
There are a number of different disorders that fall under the category of anxiety. They include:
Panic - people experience spontaneous, seemingly out-of-the-blue, panic attacks and are very preoccupied with the fear of a recurring attack. These attacks include shortness of breath, heart racing, a fear of dying or going crazy.
Generalized Anxiety - recurring worries related to multiple areas of life
Phobias - specific fears, including fear of animals, insects, heights, and needles
Social Anxiety Disorder- fear of specific social situations
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and PANS/ PAnDAS
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder characterized by a person getting caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images or urges that trigger intensely distressing feelings. Compulsions are behaviors an individual engages in to attempt to get rid of the obsessions or decrease his or her distress.
PANDAS is the sudden, rapid-onset of obsessive compulsive behavior, as well as possible movement and behavioral symptoms, following a Strep infection. It can be treated similar to OCD.
Exposure and Response Prevention is the best known treatment available for OCD in children and adults.
Trichotillomania, Tics and Skin Picking
Body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) is a general term for a group of related disorders that includes hair pulling, skin picking, and nail biting. These behaviors complex disorders that cause people to touch and pull their bodies in a way that results in physical damage.
Tics are involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations.
Both Tics and BFRBs can be treated using CBT technques.