BiographyDr. Binensztok has extensive experience in both counseling and counselor education. After years working in child welfare, Dr. Binensztok earned her masters in mental health counseling and completed an internship in a high-risk, locked psychiatric hospital unit, where she worked primarily with clients with severe and persistent mental illness, crisis/suicidality, and homelessness.
Dr. Binensztok also ran a special evidence-based group for clients with schizophrenia at the National Alliance for Mental Illness and served as the mental health counselor for a state college for two years. Currently, she is in private practice where her focus is on anxiety and depressive disorders, complex trauma, and relationships/families.
Dr. Binensztok has been teaching psychology and human services at the college level for more than seven years and now teaches graduate courses in counselor education. She has experience supervising counselors in training and created a reflective practice protocol designed to expedite acquisition of expertise by counselors. This protocol was found to be effective for improving procedural knowledge, through a quasi-experimental study.
Dr. Binensztok is the co-author of two texts, several chapters, articles, and a treatment manual. She frequently presents at both local and national conferences. She also serves on the fundraising committee for a local nonprofit that helps youth aging out of foster care and on the editorial board of the American Journal of Family Therapy.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Research Areas: Cognitive-behavioral interventions, reflective practice, case conceptualization, child maltreatment assessment, integrated care, individual psychology.
Specialty Practice Areas: Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, Complex Trauma, Schizophrenia
Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Cognitive Enhancement Therapy for Schizophrenia
Certified TeleMentalHealth Provider
Reading, creative writing, collecting and creating art, collecting rocks and minerals, spending time with friends, traveling, volunteering.