Alison Rivers, Ph.D.

Dr. Alison Rivers

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

arivers@westchesteranxietytreatment.com

Alison Rivers, Ph.D.

Dr. Alison Rivers is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to address a variety of disorders, symptoms, and complicating factors that arise from stressful experiences. Dr. Rivers received her Bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University, and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY).

Dr. Rivers has provided evaluation and assessment services and therapy in individual, couple, family, and group formats across a wide variety of settings for individuals with diverse backgrounds and presenting problems. Prior to graduate school, she worked for the Yale University School of Medicine and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, gaining experience in trauma research. During graduate school, she conducted research on ways that traumatic experiences affect the body and ways that chronic illnesses are experienced like traumas and impact relationships, mental health, and more. Dr. Rivers uses her research experience to bring advanced knowledge to her clinical practice.

Dr. Rivers uses CBT and other evidence based treatments to address anxiety disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, and other complicating factors that arise from stress, including relationship and family conflict, transitions into college and young adulthood, gender and sexuality identities, trauma, and chronic illnesses. Dr. Rivers builds collaborative, genuine, and warm working relationships with her clients and their families, helping individuals apply what they learn to their lives outside of the therapy room for long-term well-being.

Dr. Rivers trained and then supervised at a community mental health clinic providing evidence based treatment across the lifespan and trained at a specialized school for youth with behavioral problems. Dr. Rivers also trained at Albany Medical Center where she provided assessment and treatment for children in the Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic and helped to pilot a new Comprehensive Headache Clinic where she worked directly alongside a neurologist to treat headaches in children and adolescents. Dr. Rivers continued her training on the Behavioral Pediatrics Team at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore where she provided assessment and treatment to children, teenagers, and young adults with a variety of medical illnesses. Dr. Rivers then completed her Predoctoral Internship at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center where she worked with a team of medical and mental health providers to treat youth who experienced significant and multiple forms of trauma and, in the Transgender Health Services Program, youth who were questioning their gender identities and/or sexuality.

After earning her Doctoral degree, Dr. Rivers continued her specialized focus, treating college students with a multitude of mental health concerns, helping students prepare to graduate, and focusing on students who experienced interpersonal violence including sexual assault. Dr. Rivers has also taught undergraduate students as an Adjunct Professor at the University at Albany SUNY and St. Francis College and currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University.

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Young Adults
  • College Students
  • Adults
  • Individual
  • Groups
  • Parents
  • Families

Education & Experience

Dr. Rivers received her Bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University.

Dr. Rivers received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY).

Prior to graduate school, she worked for the Yale University School of Medicine.

Prior to graduate school, Dr. Rivers worked for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, gaining experience in trauma research, the ways that traumatic experiences affect the body and ways that chronic illnesses are experienced like traumas and impact relationships and  mental health.

Dr. Rivers trained at Albany Medical Center where she provided assessment and treatment for children in the Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic and helped to pilot a new Comprehensive Headache Clinic.

Dr. Rivers continued her training on the Behavioral Pediatrics Team at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore where she provided assessment and treatment to children, teenagers, and young adults with a variety of medical illnesses.

Dr. Rivers completed her Predoctoral Internship at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center where she worked with a team of medical and mental health providers to treat youth who experienced significant and multiple forms of trauma and, in the Transgender Health Services Program.

Dr. Rivers has also taught undergraduate students as an Adjunct Professor at the University at Albany SUNY and St. Francis College.

Dr. Rivers currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University.

Specialization

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems. Research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. In many studies, CBT has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications.

Anxiety Disorders

There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobias, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder and separation anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders can cause people into try to avoid situations that trigger or worsen their symptoms.

Evidence-Based Treatment

Evidence-Based Treatments(EBT) are based on scientific evidence. Psychologists and other mental health care professionals who use EBTs are dedicated to offering the best level of care available by constantly evaluating and comparing the effects of various treatments for a variety of children’s and adolescents’ mental health problems.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that seeks to reduce distress and conflict by improving the systems of interactions between family members. Family relationships are viewed as important for good mental health, regardless of whether all family members are participating in the therapy.

Group Therapy

Group therapy involves one or more psychologists who lead a group of roughly five to 15 patients. Many groups are designed to target a specific problem, such as depression, obesity, panic disorder, social anxiety, chronic pain or substance abuse. Other groups focus more generally on improving social skills, helping people deal with a range of issues such as anger, shyness, loneliness and low self-esteem.