We started the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy with one mission: to help children, adolescents, and young adults live more meaningful and productive lives. Both raising a child and being one are tall orders in today’s climate. And having a psychological condition often compounds the challenges. We envision a world where youth can succeed, both in spite of their challenges and because of them; where they will develop and implement the skills to overcome their challenges; and where they believe that they can accomplish anything to which they put their minds.
We provide practical, goal-oriented strategies grounded in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and behaviorism. CBT is the gold-standard and most well-researched psychotherapy treatment for a variety of psychological disorders and behavioral challenges. It is based on the idea that understanding the way individuals think, feel, and act are all related to each other. For example, persistent negative thoughts and feelings can result in a host of problematic actions. Working with a skilled psychologist, these patterns of negative thoughts and feelings can be adjusted, which in turn result in more positive actions. Behaviorism maintains that each of our actions are, at least in part, based on the circumstances that occur directly before them and after them. Therefore, treatment focuses on carefully understanding these circumstances, which allows us to actually shape and modify behaviors so that positive behaviors are increased and negative ones are decreased.
To accomplish our “why,” we have assembled a passionate and committed team of psychologists to provide a range of personalized services for families, professionals, and organizations.
- Work with children, adolescents, and young adults to provide them with the necessary education and skills to overcome their challenges and achieve their goals. We do this through the combination of regular meetings, practice exercises to complete between sessions, and phone coaching when needed.
- Work with parents and other caregivers to provide them with the knowledge and tools to be accepting, validating, and effective in raising children. Based on the particular concerns that need to be addressed, these meetings are scheduled regularly or as needed.
- Train and consult to school and agency personnel to help them better understand the nature of psychological and behavioral challenges. We provide practical strategies to help school staff manage the various challenges encountered by youth in their classrooms and the broader school environment. This may occur in the form of in-service workshops and trainings as part of our work with a school or agency as a whole, or in small groups on behalf of a particular client seen at our practice.
- Educate and train mental health professionals in the theory and practice of cognitive behavior therapy.
- Work creatively to serve as a resource to you. We recognize the ever-changing world we live in and the various challenges faced by children and families.
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. We frequently provide training and consultation related to a variety of conditions because informed teams make better decisions, resulting in better outcomes for families.
Meet our Team
Dr. Meir Flancbaum
Dr. Erica Dashow
Dr. Atara Hiller
Rebecca Herzog, LPC, ACS
Dr. Priscilla Morrison
Alycia Hinrichsen, BFA
Dr. Julia Brillante
Dr. Kayla (Carter) Owens
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 received an award for Outstanding Teaching in 2016 and 2019. He is also President of the Middlesex County Association of Psychologists. Dr. Flancbaum 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. Flancbaum is licensed to provide provide services to clients residing in New Jersey and New York.
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, and a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician. 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 is Director of the Institute for DBT and Allied Treatment at Trinitas Regional Medical Center, where she developed and coordinates the Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program. In that capacity, she serves as a team leader and supervises fellow clinicians and psychology interns in the practice of DBT. Dr. Hiller is also the author of DBT Skills for Teens with Anxiety (Penguin Random House).
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. Hiller is licensed to provide provide services to clients residing in New Jersey and New York.
Dr. Priscilla Morrison
Priscilla Morrison, PsyD, is a pediatric neuropsychologist at the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation of children, adolescents, and young adults who experience a variety of cognitive, behavioral, and social-emotional challenges. Dr. Morrison has particular expertise in assessing and diagnosing concerns related to attention problems, learning difficulties, and autism.
Dr. Morrison provides a range of testing services to help understand the strengths and weaknesses of each child. Her approach includes an intake evaluation, school observations, multiple testing sessions, and collateral interviews with professionals who work with the identified child. At the completion of testing, she provides a comprehensive set of accommodations and strategies that serve as a roadmap for education and treatment planning. Dr. Morrison provides clear feedback to parents about her diagnostic impressions and suggestions for interventions, as well as developmentally appropriate feedback to each child. Her reports are often used to aid in the development of individualized education programs (IEPs) and behavior intervention plans (BIPs), and she welcomes the opportunity to partner with school personnel to best support the students she evaluates.
Dr. Morrison works collaboratively with families, school staff, therapists, and other professionals to facilitate positive development for each child. She embraces the challenge of gathering information from a variety of sources and piecing them together like a puzzle to create a picture of how each individual learns. While structured in her testing approach, she also maintains flexibility to properly assess and understand each child’s unique needs.
Prior to joining the Center for CBT, Dr. Morrison was a pediatric neuropsychologist at the Child Mind Institute. Following the completion of her doctorate in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University, Dr. Morrison completed her internship at New York University’s Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine and her formal post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Sutter Medical Foundation. She has also received specialty training at the University of California Los Angeles and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Dr. Morrison has extensive training and experience working in a range of settings, including outpatient programs, inpatient hospitals, and the school system. The breadth of Dr. Morrison’s work in these settings enables her to effectively evaluate and advocate for youth from diverse backgrounds, with a range of medical and learning concerns.
Dr. Julia Brillante
Julia Brillante, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist at the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Brillante specializes in working with children and adolescents who struggle with depression, anxiety, emotion dysregulation, non-suicidal self-injury, and suicidal ideation. She is also well-versed in helping individuals cope with trauma and chronic medical illness.
Dr. Brillante is committed to using evidence-based techniques, coupled with a compassionate and collaborative approach that helps individuals and families to face challenges, identify strengths and supports, and build lives worth living. She has expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), as well as extensive training in interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for adolescents with depression. Dr. Brillante is passionate about working with bicultural and multiracial families to address concerns including misunderstanding, discrimination and trauma based on identities, and exploring one’s individual values while navigating cultural expectations. She also offers support to members of the LGBTQ+ community to address various struggles, including those related to gender and sexual identity. She is dedicated to bringing curiosity, a nonjudgmental stance, and an ongoing commitment to cultural humility to support the families with whom she works.
Dr. Brillante earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), with a concentration in children, adolescents, and families, and her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. She was intensively trained in DBT through Behavioral Tech, and completed specialized training at Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants (CBC), Zucker Hillside Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s Adolescent Inpatient Unit, and NYPH/Columbia’s Adolescent DBT program.
Dr. Brillante is licensed to provide services to clients residing in New Jersey, New York, and all of the PSYPACT participating States.
Dr. Erica Dashow
Erica Dashow, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is a licensed psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst at the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Dashow specializes in evidence-based treatment of feeding disorders, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, challenging behavior, and autism spectrum disorder. In addition to providing services to children and adolescents, Dr. Dashow also provides behavioral parent training to caregivers of children with challenging behaviors.
Dr. Dashow believes in working collaboratively with her clients to help them work towards increasing their quality of life. As such, she collaborates with parents and school-based professionals to enhance treatment outcomes. Dr. Dashow has presented at a number of local and national professional conferences on disruptive behavior, autism, and feeding disorders.
Dr. Dashow earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. At Rutgers, she received extensive training in working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder through the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center. Dr. Dashow completed her clinical internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, where she provided evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents in the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program and the Pediatric Developmental Disorders Clinic. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program and at the Center for CBT.
Dr. Dashow is licensed to provide provide services to clients residing in New Jersey, New York, Florida, and all of the PSYPACT participating States.
Rebecca Herzog, LPC, ACS
Rebecca Herzog, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor at the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She specializes in providing dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and works with adolescents, young adults and families who are experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and non-suicidal self-injury.
Rebecca strongly believes in providing evidence-based treatment using a nonjudgmental and accepting approach. She has over 15 years of experience providing individual DBT and co-leading DBT groups for teens, young adults, and families. In all of these modalities, she strives to incorporate compassion, warmth, humor, and creativity. Rebecca aims to empower her clients and their families to make effective changes and work towards a peaceful and satisfying life.
Rebecca received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Centenary University. She has also received intensive training in DBT by Dr. Adam Payne and Dr. Shireen Rizvi through Behavioral Tech, the primary DBT professional training organization. She possesses her Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) certification and has provided supervision and mentoring to numerous clinicians working towards full licensure.
Prior to joining the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Rebecca was the director of a DBT-oriented partial hospital program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) that provided individual and group treatment to adolescents and adults. She has experience working in a variety of settings, including residential, partial hospitalization, in-home, outpatient, and private practice. Rebecca has presented on borderline personality disorder and DBT to local NAMI chapters and in various high schools to provide education and support to families and the community.
Alycia Hinrichsen, BFA
Alycia Hinrichsen, BFA, is the Intake Coordinator at the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. As the first point of contact for individuals and families, she helps navigate available treatment options and provide administrative support. She also works to develop new programs through collaboration with community facilities, educational institutions, and clinical practices. Her goal is to provide informational resources, foster communication, and promote creativity among clientele and staff alike.
Additionally, Alycia is an active volunteer in the LGBTQ+ community and holds a seat on the Pride Center of NJ (PCNJ) Board of Trustees. As the Groups Coordinator, she helps to instate new groups, programs, and other engagement opportunities. She also co-facilitates Qmmunity, one of the social groups at PCNJ, planning a variety of activities and meetups for adolescents, young adults, and adults.
Prior to joining the Center for CBT, Alycia has enjoyed working in a variety of disciplines. She is an experienced in-home child care provider for infancy through adolescence, and has also worked in a number of design and administrative positions. Alycia obtained her bachelor’s in Interior Design from Pratt Institute. As part of her studies she pursued interests in writing, data visualization, intersectional design, and gender studies. Her work includes a Capstone project for residential treatment facilities, experiential design centered on crossmodal perception, and studies on the relationship between gender and spatial design. She takes a research-informed approach to turn ideas into actionable plans through the lens of interpersonal connection, and is excited to apply these skills at the Center for CBT.
Dr. Kayla (Carter) Owens
Kayla (Carter) Owens, PsyD, NCSP, is a nationally certified school psychologist and a licensed psychologist at the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, where she provides evidence-based therapy for children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Owens has particular expertise in the assessment and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), and challenging behavior, as well as anxiety and school refusal. She also works with youth on the autism spectrum and with social skills difficulties. Dr. Owens’ therapeutic approach utilizes CBT, DBT-informed, and systems oriented interventions.
Dr. Owens also provides consultation and training to teachers, counselors, and other school-based professionals to address social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. This includes leading professional development workshops as well as developing school-based behavior plans for clients with whom she is working. Dr. Owens has extensive experience working in the public school system, where she provided individual therapy, facilitated social skills groups, and consulted with teachers and paraprofessionals to develop behavior intervention plans. This experience makes her uniquely qualified to collaborate with school personnel as she strives to help her clients maximize their potential.
Dr. Owens earned her master’s in school psychology from Rider University and her doctorate in school psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. She completed her APA-approved clinical internship at The School at Columbia University and her postdoctoral fellowship in child psychology here at Center for CBT.