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About

Dr. Amber Ufford

Dr. Amber Ufford (she/her) is a licensed clinical psychologist who treats children, adolescents, and adults. Her specializations include the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, social anxiety, specific phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, and disruptive behavior disorders. Additionally, Dr. Ufford sees clients for a variety of life stage difficulties, including parenting, perinatal and postpartum issues, and transitioning to college. Dr. Ufford strives to create a warm and accepting space in therapy that honors each individual's identity, values, and lived experiences. Dr. Ufford’s approach to therapy is to collaborate with clients to help them change behavior patterns and build a life in line with their values to improve their overall wellness.

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Experience

Clinical Background

Dr. Ufford has expertise in providing various evidence-based treatments. She is a certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) therapist from PCIT International and received her Within Agency Trainer training and certification from Dr. Cheryl McNeil, an internationally renowned authority on PCIT and one of only 21 PCIT International Certified Global Trainers in the world. Additionally, Dr. Ufford has received comprehensive training in Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE), SPACE for ARFID and FTL (failure to launch) populations, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP), Prolonged Exposure (PE), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), in addition to traditional Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Dr. Ufford often blends mindfulness-based treatments such as DBT skills and ACT within her individual CBT work. 

Dr. Ufford previously worked as the Director of the PCIT Program at Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants in Manhattan and Westchester for 5 years, where she supervised new therapists and provided evidence-based clinical care to children, adolescents, adults, and families. Prior to this, she worked in various outpatient, inpatient, and day treatment settings across NYC treating children, adolescents, and their families. Dr. Ufford completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Northwell Health – Zucker Hillside Hospital treating youth experiencing a range of psychiatric problems, including ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral issues, eating disorders, and psychosis within the outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospitalization services. Dr. Ufford completed her pre-doctoral internship at Mount Sinai – St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, which included rotations within the Parent-Infant Center conducting developmental assessments, the Child Outpatient Department working with multi-problem youth and their families, and the Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service (CARES), where she worked with adolescents struggling with emotional, behavioral, academic, and, substance abuse problems within a therapeutic high school setting.  Prior to internship, Dr. Ufford completed her clinical practicum at North Shore-LIJ Health System treating youth with a range of psychiatric disorders within the Child Outpatient Psychiatry Department, the Emergency Room consultation service, and the Adolescent Inpatient Service. In addition, she acted as an on-call crisis counselor for the student population at Hofstra University providing crisis assessment and intervention services.

Dr. Ufford received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University, winner of the Outstanding Training Program Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

Dr. Ufford strongly believes in the dissemination of evidence-based treatments and in providing equitable access to quality care. She provides peer consultation and supervision to other clinicians. She has guest lectured at Columbia University - Teacher's College and the Graduate Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Nyack College on issues related to child and adolescent psychotherapy. Additionally, Dr. Ufford has contributed to Parents Magazine and has provided free workshops on parenting and managing challenging young child behavior for the NYC and Westchester communities. Dr. Ufford's research interests include parenting, mindfulness, and attrition. 

Dr. Ufford is an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF), the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), and the Women's Mental Health Consortium (WMHC).

When she is not working, Dr. Ufford enjoys spending time with her two children and husband, reading, taking yoga and barre classes, baking, traveling, and exploring all that Brooklyn has to offer. 

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