Dr. Tamar Blanchard

Dr. Tamar Blanchard

Tamar Blanchard, Ph.D.

Dr. Tamar Blanchard is a Postdoctoral Fellow specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD, and trauma. Dr. Blanchard earned her Bachelor’s degree from McGill University, where she studied Psychology and English Literature, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Throughout treatment, Dr. Blanchard creates a sense of safety, transparency, and understanding. Her approach is warm and collaborative, working together with individuals to help them achieve their goals and improve their well-being.

Dr. Blanchard has provided individual and group therapy and neuropsychological and diagnostic assessments across a variety of settings, including hospitals, high schools, and community clinics. She trained at sites including the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, and Jacobi Medical Center. Dr. Blanchard frequently collaborates with teachers and school counselors, psychiatrists, and medical providers to optimize treatment outcomes and help her patients thrive.

Dr. Blanchard applies an evidenced-based approach to treating anxiety disorders, OCD, mood disorders, and trauma-related disorders. Dr. Blanchard has particular proficiency in using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat various anxiety disorders and OCD in children, adolescents, and adults, and in conducting Trauma-Focused CBT with children exposed to trauma. She has specialized experience in addressing the unique developmental needs of adolescents and young adults, and in helping them navigate their emerging independence, gender and sexual identities, and transition to university and adulthood. Dr. Blanchard greatly enjoys working with parents, and has expertise in Parent Management Training for parents of children with ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders. In addition to providing individual therapy, she has led multiple therapeutic groups, including DBT skills groups and social skills groups.

Dr. Blanchard’s research interests lie at the intersection of trauma and resilience, and she has participated in research projects on trauma in Canada and Israel. She has co-authored publications and posters on topics such as protective factors for depression following an interpersonal loss, intergenerational transmission of trauma, emotion regulation and trauma, and trajectories of posttraumatic stress in mother-child dyads. She has also served as a consultant and led workshops on using character strengths to promote resilience and incorporating a strengths-based approach in the workplace. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and American Psychological Association.

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Young Adults
  • College Students
  • Adults
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Counselling for Parents
  • Family Therapy
  • Research & Studies

Education & Experience

Dr. Blanchard earned her Bachelor’s degree from McGill University, where she studied Psychology and English Literature.

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Fairleigh Dickinson University

Dr. Blanchard received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Dr Blanchard trained at sites including the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center.

Columbia University Department of Psychiatry - Division of Child and Adolescent Psychaitry
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Dr. Blanchard also trained at Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute,

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Dr. Blanchard also trained at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Jacobi NYC Health and Hospitals

Dr. Blanchard trained at Jacobi Medical Center (NYC Health + Hospitals).

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.

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.

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.

Parent Training

Parent management training (PMT), also known as behavioral parent training (BPT) or simply parent training, aims to change parenting behaviors. It involves teaching parents positive reinforcement methods for improving children’s behavior problems. PMT is one of the most investigated treatments available for disruptive behavior, and research studies show that it improves parental mental health.

Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Disruptive behavior disorders (DBD) can seriously impact a child’s daily life. Children with disruptive behavior disorders show ongoing patterns of uncooperative and defiant behavior. Their responses to authority figures range from indifference to hostility. Their behavior frequently impacts those around them, including teachers, peers, and family members.