• Aleta Cohn, Psy.D.

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    M.A. in Forensic Psychology, M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (July 2022) (She/Her)

    Have you had these thoughts? “This is stupid.” “I can’t do this.” “Everything is terrible.” How about emotions like guilt, shame, or anger? What are the ways you tried to wish them away or pretend they’re not happening to you? You might even be having them as you read this. The good news is that I, like you, have had these things happen to me. What I have learned is that a vital, rich life has room for those thoughts and feelings. At first, that sounds contradictory. How can I be happy if I’m hurting?

    You might also feel yanked into the past or dread the future. When we focus on things we cannot control, we can lose sight of what matters most to us right now. We work hard to escape the present by hiding from the world, blaming others, and preparing for the worst. In therapy, we can do something about those tendencies. I can navigate those challenging experiences with you confidently and will not shy away from tough topics. My top priority is working with you as a team on taking action that matters and moving towards a more meaningful life.

    Working with you, I will draw upon experience spanning over a decade. At John Jay College of Criminal Justice, I obtained a graduate degree in forensic (i.e., legal) psychology. For that degree, I trained at a ‘dual diagnosis’ (i.e., addictions as well as other mental health) program in an NYC hospital where I provided group/individual therapy for adults. After that, I worked at a private drug and alcohol rehab in admissions before providing in-home cognitive rehabilitation therapy to individuals with neurological conditions. For my doctoral degree at PCOM, I did about three years of training. I provided group/individual therapy at Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital, as well as at the community mental health agency Intercommunity Action, Inc. In addition to being a capable therapist, I am experienced with personality testing methods (e.g., Rorschach Inkblot Method) and have volunteered and worked in numerous roles in community and academic setting at various points during the last 14 years.

    While I was ‘raised’ on psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapies and traditions, I will go beyond the standards. I’m highly skilled at treating traumatic stress in compassionate and effective ways. I have worked hard to ally with the LGBTQ+ communities I serve, and am a kink-aware, sex positive therapist. I stand for being pragmatic, capable, bold, and inventive. Whether it’s my job, cooking, writing, or fixing my sink, you can count on me to be doing something and learning from the process. Schedule a consult with me and let’s discover your way to live life right here, right now.

    My therapeutic approaches are:

    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    • Behavioral Activation
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Exposure Therapies for PTSD (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Exposure, Prolonged Exposure, Written Exposure)
    • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
    • Schema-Focused Therapy

    Certifications:

    • Clinical Suicidology
    • Crisis Prevention Intervention
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy

    Licenses:

    • Postdoctoral fellow working under the supervision of Dr. Christina Wohleber, PsyD (Licensed Clinical Psychologist)

    Memberships:

    • American Psychological Association
    • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
    • Pennsylvania Psychological Association
    • Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association