Gina Scharoun, Ph.D.

Dr. Gina Scharoun grew up in a family that was well versed in the medical profession.  She decided to pursue the psychological path after an especially powerful child development course that delved into the social and emotional development of children and adolescents.  Since then, Dr. Scharoun knew she wanted to help others understand and navigate obstacles that created distress in their lives.  Using the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy,  she could help people actively make changes by helping them understand the interplay between their thoughts, interpretations and assumptions and their current behavior patterns.   Dr. Scharoun's goal is to help people understand that despite past history, the current way of processing and acting can be actively modified to help clients reduce psychological distress and experience healthier and more fulfilling lives.   While many disorders can be addressed using cognitive therapy, at times a more integrative approach is warranted, thus the approach is collaboratively tailored for the individual client.  Dr. Scharoun is skilled at providing treatment for clients of all ages with a specialty in treating anxiety and depression in children and adolescents.  Additional areas of interest with adults include coping with depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, social phobia, stress management, general anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief and bereavement, trauma, childhood trauma,  maladaptive relationship patterns, women's issues and coping with medical conditions (including Cancer, Parkinson's, Stroke).

Dr. Scharoun received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont and her  Bachelors in Psychology from Brown University.  She completed her predoctoral internship at Crestwood Children's Center,  a community mental health center in Rochester, NY.  She followed up with a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Pederson-Krag Center in Huntington, LI.  Since then she has worked in community mental health centers and private group practices.  She had spoken at colleges and community settings regarding the treatment of childhood and adolescent anxiety and depression, child abuse, stress management and teens, and sleep problems in adolescents.  In addition to her work as a consultant at the Westchester Center for Behavioral Therapy, she also provides therapy one day a week at a Long Term care facility for the geriatric population and provides supervision and consultation at a private group practice in NYC.

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