Cara Koch, Ph.D./NCSP
Dr. Koch is both a licensed psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She received her doctorate from Fordham University and is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. She is currently employed by a special education school in Manhattan where she provides individual and group therapy, teacher and parent workshops, behavior interventions, crisis management, and parent support. Her clinical specializations include autism spectrum disorders, developmental disorders, ADHD, anxiety, developing frustration tolerance, and social skill training.
Dr. Koch’s training has included positions at various schools and clinics throughout New York City, including The Gateway Schools, The Child Development Center at the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, and The Cooke Center. She utilizes psychodynamically informed play therapy with children and integrates behavioral techniques, mindfulness, and floortime approaches, when appropriate. She has experience helping even the youngest children build self-regulation and coping skills to more effectively manage frustration and anxiety. Dr. Koch also provides social skills training and frequently uses the Social Thinking program in therapy to help children develop the necessary skills to better read social cues and develop deeper social engagement. Her experience in school settings has helped her to analyze behaviors to determine the function and the lagging skills contributing to emotional challenges. This examination of what the child is attempting to communicate with behavior helps her guide children to develop more effective strategies to process their emotions and express themselves. Additionally, she helps children adjust to life’s stressors and transitions including medical procedures, divorce, adoption, the birth of a sibling, or new school settings.
In working with adults, Dr. Koch’s goal is to provide a non-judgemental environment to truly examine the stressors of life and provide support to help people find the tools within themselves to cope with this stress. Throughout her training, she has worked extensively with the LGBT community by conducting research to support mental health services within the community, providing counseling services, and supporting advocacy efforts.