Carol Ehler is a licensed clinical social worker with over ten years of experience providing adolescents, adults, and families with evidence-based psychotherapy treatment. After earning bachelors and masters degrees in the fields of art history and arts administration, Carol worked in the arts field for a number of organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Harvard Art Museums before returning to school and completing a masters degree, in 2005, from the Columbia University School of Social Work.
In her career as a clinical social worker, she spent eight years at Westchester Jewish Community Services. While there, she provided direct service to clients treating depression, bipolar disorder and a variety of anxiety-related disorders, through the evidence-based treatments of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Change Therapy. She also served as supervisor to social work interns as well as to psychology fellows while in their DBT rotation. Since 2014, she has been in private practice and in this setting continues to provide direct service to adolescents and adults, with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and PTSD. She also co-leads DBT skills groups for adults and for families. Furthermore, she now has a specialty in treating insomnia, providing cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, or CBT-I.
Beyond direct clinical service and supervision, Carol has presented a number of workshops on DBT to colleagues in the mental health field.
Gila Schechter is a licensed clinical social worker with over ten 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 establishing WCDBT, Gila worked at Westchester Jewish Community Services, providing evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to adults, adolescents, and families, treating 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 rotation.
Gila has received extensive training in using CBT and DBT to treat depression, anxiety related disorders, trauma, family issues, parenting, substance use, and eating disorders. In addition, Gila has shared her expertise with mental health colleagues through various workshops and presentations.
Allison Hourani is a licensed clinical social worker with experience providing evidence-based psychotherapy treatment to a varied client population. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Media and Communications, Allison worked as a research assistant in psychiatry before returning to school to obtain a Master of Social Work from New York University.
As a clinical social worker, Allison has experience in inpatient, outpatient, and school settings providing DBT to pre-teens, adolescents, adults and families with a range of anxiety related disorders, depression, trauma, and family conflict. Currently, in addition to her work providing Cognitive and Dialectical BehaviorTherapy to individuals and families, Allison co-leads DBT skills groups for adolescents and their parents or caregivers.
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.
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