Jennifer Allen

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

jallen@westchesteranxietytreatment.com
914-461-3228

Jennifer Allen, Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Allen is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety and disruptive behavior disorders in children and adults. She has extensive training in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) including behavioral parent training, and is a certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) therapist.

Throughout her career she has maintained a focus on using cognitive behavioral approaches to treat children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with anxiety disorders such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Selective Mutism as well as externalizing disorders such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). At Hofstra University, Dr. Allen was a primary PCIT therapist in the Child and Parent Psychological Services Clinic under the direction of Dr. Phyllis Ohr, an expert PCIT Trainer. Dr. Allen was also a member of the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Clinic at Hofstra University, and gained expertise in utilizing mindfulness-based approaches with adolescents and adults for a variety of presenting problems. Thus, Dr. Allen’s approach to treatment is characterized by principles of mindfulness and acceptance.

Prior to joining Westchester Anxiety Treatment, Dr. Allen worked in a variety of outpatient settings including the Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorders at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Child Study Center. Here, she served as a PCIT therapist, conducted behavioral parent training with parents of children exhibiting disruptive behavior, and consulted with numerous NYC schools in order to provide appropriate services and school-based interventions for school-aged children.

Additionally, Dr. Allen previously worked at Academics West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, combining her background as a certified K-6 educator with her expertise in CBT to help children and adolescents with executive functioning deficits and learning differences reach academic success.

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Families
  • Parent Training
  • Academics

Education

Hofstra University

Dr. Allen obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University in Long Island

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Dr. Jennifer Allen completed her pre-doctoral internship at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.

Specialization

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.

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.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a dyadic behavioral intervention for children (ages 2 – 7 years) and their parents or caregivers that focuses on decreasing externalizing child behavior problems (e.g., defiance, aggression), increasing child social skills and cooperation, and improving the parent-child attachment relationship.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a type of behavior disorder. It is mostly diagnosed in childhood. Children with ODD are uncooperative, defiant, and hostile toward peers, parents, teachers, and other authority figures. They are more troubling to others than they are to themselves.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.

Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. Inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD. Some people with ADHD only have problems with one of the behaviors, while others have both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity.Most children have the combined type of ADHD.

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.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is said to be a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life.