Meet Our Therapists

Ariel Butterfass, LCSW


Ariel Butterfass is a licensed clinical social worker with experience providing evidence-based psychotherapy treatment to adults, adolescents, and families.

Prior to joining WCDBT, Ariel worked in a variety of settings providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to adults, adolescents, and families, treating depression, anxiety, mood, and eating disorders. In addition to her individual work, Ariel has led DBT skills groups for adults and adolescents. She has also supervised social work interns. Currently, Ariel provides both Dialectical and Cognitive Behavior Therapy to individuals and families and co-leads DBT skills groups for adolescents and their parents or caregivers.

Carol Ehler, LCSW


Carol Ehler is a licensed clinical social worker providing evidence-based treatment to adolescents, adults and families. After earning bachelors and masters degrees in the fields of art history and arts administration, Carol worked for a number of arts organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Harvard Art Museums. After over ten years in the field, without losing her love of the arts, she realized it was time to act on a core value and passion, which drew her to work in the field of mental health. She returned to school completing a masters degree, in 2005, from the Columbia University School of Social Work.

In her career as a clinical social worker, Carol spent eight years at Westchester Jewish Community Services providing direct service to individuals experiencing depression, bipolar disorder and a variety of anxiety-related disorders, through the evidence-based treatments of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She also served as supervisor to social work interns as well as to psychology fellows while in their DBT rotation. Since 2014, as co-founder of WCDBT, Carol provides service to clients with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD and insomnia. As a clinician who values life-long learning, Carol has completed a number of advanced trainings and, thus, in addition to DBT and CBT, offers Exposure and Response Prevention to treat obsessive compulsive disorder as well as the two leading, evidence-based trauma treatments of Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Furthermore, over years of clinical work encountering a variety of sleep problems, she has developed a specialty providing cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, or CBT-I, a highly effective, short-term protocol.

Gila Schechter, LCSW


Gila Schechter is a licensed clinical social worker with over fifteen years of experience providing evidence-based psychotherapy treatment to adults, adolescents, and families. Recognizing that she was passionate about helping people address their emotional and psychological struggles to enhance satisfaction and meaning in life, Gila left a career in the financial world as a Certified Public Accountant with a Masters in Business Administration from New York University and returned to New York University, this time earning a Masters in Social Work. For over a decade, she also volunteered with not-for-profit organizations whose missions were well aligned with her values.

Prior to co-founding WCDBT, Gila worked at Westchester Jewish Community Services during which time she received extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) and completed Intensive Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  While there, she treated adults, adolescents, and families seeking help for a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety related disorders, family conflict and parenting difficulties. In addition to individual services, Gila co-led DBT skills training groups for adults and families. She also served as supervisor to social work interns and psychology fellows while in their DBT rotations. At WCDBT, Gila continues to provide services to adults, adolescents and families, treating depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, and family issues.

Gila continues to hone her clinical skills through regular participation in professional trainings and seminars, strengthening her application of evidence-based treatments with a significant focus on DBT. She has received training in DBT–Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), both of which are evidence-based treatments for PTSD and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  Gila values being in conversation with other clinicians and has shared her expertise with mental health colleagues through various workshops and presentations. Throughout her work, Gila brings warmth, curiosity, active engagement, and authenticity in order to provide a purposeful therapy experience leading to the realization of meaningful goals.  

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