Center for CBT
The Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) provides personalized, research-supported clinical services to children, adolescents, and families with wide-ranging social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.
As our name implies, the Center offers treatment strategies based upon the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy. We help you to understand the nature of your child’s challenges and offer specific tools to enable your child to make meaningful behavioral changes.
At the Center for CBT, we don’t believe in cookie-cutter solutions. Rather, we offer a wide variety of treatment options tailored to your child’s specific needs. Experience has demonstrated the importance of working as a team with the individuals and families we serve. Therefore, we encourage you to share your thoughts, feelings and opinions while we work together to meet the needs of your family.
In addition to traditional office visits at our Center, we observe children in the school setting and speak with their teachers and other school personnel. We collaborate with pediatricians, psychiatrists, neurologists, and other professionals that comprise your child’s treatment team to ensure that your child’s needs are being met. Frequently we provide training and consultation related to a variety of conditions because informed teams make better decisions, resulting in better outcomes for families.
Meet our Doctors
Dr. Meir Flancbaum
Meir Flancbaum, PsyD, a licensed psychologist, founded the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy with the goal of providing effective and efficient clinical care for children, adolescents, and their families. He provides therapy, school consultations, and professional development workshops focusing on the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, young adults, and families with a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Dr. Flancbaum’s approach to therapy utilizes cognitive behavioral techniques to treat children according to their individualized needs. He frequently collaborates with parents, school personnel, and medical providers, and performs school-based observations when appropriate. Dr. Flancbaum has a specialization in the assessment and treatment of Tourette syndrome, trichotillomania (hair pulling), skin picking, and related conditions such as OCD, ADHD, and the range of anxiety disorders. He also has an interest in school phobia/refusal and behavioral parent training.
Dr. Flancbaum advocates for students to receive appropriate supports and trains mental health and school professionals to provide practical and effective strategies. He served as a consultant to several schools and agencies in New Jersey and New York, where he conducted functional behavioral assessments, developed behavior intervention plans, and provided ongoing staff consultation and training. Dr. Flancbaum presented workshops at several conferences, such as the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), and at numerous public and private schools.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Flancbaum is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of CBT Training for the Child Psychiatry Fellows in the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he was awarded Teacher of the Year for the Fellowship Program in 2016. He served as Assistant Research Director at the Tourette Syndrome Program at Rutgers, where he conducted research, taught, and supervised doctoral students. Dr. Flancbaum served as a therapist in clinical trials for pediatric OCD and trichotillomania, and written several articles in peer-reviewed journals. He presented research at several conferences, such as the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and International Medical and Scientific Symposium on Tourette Syndrome.
Dr. Flancbaum earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University with a specialization in CBT for children and families, and completed his internship in child and adolescent psychology at the New York University Child Study Center/Bellevue Hospital Center. He also provided clinical services and received specialized training at the Child/Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich, and Anxiety Group at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Tourette Syndrome Program at Rutgers University, and the Institute for ADHD and Disruptive Behavior at the NYU Child Study Center.
Dr. Atara Hiller
Atara Hiller, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist at the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy with expertise in dialectical behavior therapy and trauma. Dr. Hiller has extensive experience providing evidence-based treatments to children, adolescents, and adults with trauma, depression, anxiety, and disruptive behavior, as well as complex psychosocial stressors. She is devoted to providing exceptional treatment to children, adolescents, and families, empowering them with tools to enhance their relationships and navigate life’s challenges effectively. Dr. Hiller has frequently written about and presented on DBT, borderline personality disorder, and treatment for child sexual abuse for students, mental health professionals, and school personnel.
In addition to her work at the Center for CBT, Dr. Hiller developed and coordinates the Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program in the child/adolescent outpatient department at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. In that capacity, she serves as a team leader and supervises fellow clinicians and psychology interns in the practice of DBT.
Dr. Hiller received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and English from Barnard College at Columbia University, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. At Rutgers, she conducted DBT under the mentorship of Shireen Rizvi, PhD, who was a student of Marsha Linehan, PhD, the developer of DBT. She has also attended an advanced intensive training with DBT experts, Charles Swenson, MD and Kelly Koerner, PhD, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in DBT at Trinitas, under the supervision of Essie Larson, PhD.
Dr. Jeremy Lichtman
Jeremy Lichtman, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist at the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Lichtman specializes in the treatment of Tourette syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorders, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, and depression. Through his work in school-based counseling settings, Dr. Lichtman has developed an expertise in counseling adolescents, particularly those exhibiting self-injurious behaviors, such as cutting, as well as social and academic difficulties.
In addition to providing individual counseling to children, adolescent, and adults, Dr. Lichtman has facilitated a number of groups on topics such as social skills and effective parenting techniques. He has also devoted extensive time to developing and presenting teacher trainings to increase awareness about psychological challenges among personnel working in school settings. An expert in the treatment of Tourette syndrome, Dr. Lichtman is a frequent presenter for the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and has served as a consultant and member of the medical review committee for the organization’s annual Tim Howard Leadership Academy.
Dr. Lichtman earned his doctorate in school psychology from Rutgers University in 2016. He completed his clinical internship at The Haven, a school based mental health counseling program located in the Piscataway School District, where he provided evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents, and families with a range of emotional and behavioral concerns. He completed clinical fellowships at the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and at the Rutgers University Tourette Syndrome Program, where he specialized in using CBT to treat individuals across the lifespan with Tourette syndrome and tics, OCD, ADHD, anxiety, and depression, as well provided behavioral parent training and social skills training.