Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy

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January 17, 2018

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Name of Externship: Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy

Name of Director/Coordinator: Steven Phillipson, PhD. Ivy Marcus, Ph.D., CDE.

Street Address:

137 E 36th Street
Suite # 4
New York, NY 10016

Telephone: (212) 686 - 6886

Fax: (212) 686-0943


Webpage: also

Site Information

About: The Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy ( is an internationally recognized group of clinical psychologists and psychotherapists providing the highest quality cognitive-behavioral treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, phobias, eating disorders, personality disorders, child and adolescent issues, relationship/couples, and family and marital problems. Behavioral medicine/health related issues, including diabetes, chronic pain, cardiovascular health.

The Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy is a group practice located in midtown Manhattan that serves a diverse array of patients on an outpatient basis. The majority of patients are adults with some sub-classification of anxiety disorders, but many clinical presentations are seen. The Staff at the Center (ranging between 18 to 21 therapists) are made up of Master level interns, 4 to 5 pre-doctoral externs, occasionally 1 clinical intern, 2 to 4 post-doctoral fellows, and 4 to 8 licensed psychologists. The majority of the senior staff have been at the Center since their training as pre-doctoral externs/interns.

Dr. Steven Phillipson, the Center's Clinical Director, has a very specific clinical specialty working with obsessive-compulsive disorder; Dr Phillipson is widely recognized as a world leading authority in the understanding and treatment of OCD. Dr Phillipson completed an internship at Johns-Hopkins Hospital and the Institute for Behavior Therapy. Dr Phillipson has been a site supervisor for the majority of many of the trip-state Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs for the past 25yrs. Dr Phillipson has served on the International OCD scientific advisory board. He has authored numerous articles on the treatment of OCD as well as sexual dysfunctions for persons with diabetes. Dr. Phillipson also specializes in the treatment of sexual dysfunctions and depression. Dr. Ivy Marcus, the Center's Administrative Director, specializes in treating patients with relationship issues and medical issues including diabetes, chronic pain, and eating disorders. She maintains a certification in diabetes education (C.D.E.) and works extensively with the issues related to living with diabetes, including the interface of many axis I disorders with diabetes. Dr. Marcus also holds certification in plant based nutrition from Cornell Univ.

Our staff provide evaluations and treatment for psychological problems, state-of-the-art cognitive-behavioral therapy, and training for other professionals. Many members of our staff teach and supervise in graduate programs. Our facility provides services for a variety of patients, including adults, adolescents and children. Our staff possess strengths in the following treatment areas: Depression, Anxiety (GAD,OCD, Panic, Health Anxiety, Social Phobia), Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, Marital and Family Therapy, Eating Disorders, Impulse Control Disorders, and the full range of Child and Adolescent Disorders. Currently, the center holds two case conference each week, provides workshops, and provides trainees with individual supervision. Staff members participate in supervision, case conferences, research projects and provide clinical services.

Although there has been recent increased encouragement placed on students to attend hospital based externships, the data from the past ten years clearly suggests that 90% of externs from the Center have received a match in the current APPIC system during the first round of selection. Following a full year at the Center externs are extremely proficient at developing and executing empirically based strategies in the treatment and understanding of anxiety disorders, mood disorders and Axis II conditions.

For more information, please visit the Center's website at and Dr. Phillipson's website at

What schools do you accept applicants from?: In general we tend to accept applicants from/but are not limited to, Rutgers, Fairleigh Dickinson, Fordham Univ. Pace Univ. Yeshiva, St. John's, Fordham, Hofstra, CW Post, Kean Univ., Adelphi Univ. and Columbia.

General Information

Start Date: Preferably May and June
End Date: Ongoing. 12 mo commitment. Possibility to be extended

Appropriate for:

Psychology Doctoral Programs
3rd and 4th year students with a minimum of 1-2 years adult therapy experience

Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):

16 hours a week. Scheduling is very flexible (Monday through Friday), but attendance is strongly encouraged for Friday afternoon group supervision.

Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):

PhD or PsyD in clinical psychology program
minimum 1-2 years adult therapy experience

Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):

Previous experience within the CBT framework – This is an advanced CBT training site

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 17


What materials need to be submitted?

Letter of Intent
2 Letters of Recommendation

How should it be submitted?

Email it to Dr. Phillipson:

Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):

Two interviews are required Dr. Phillipson and Dr. Marcus interview applicants. In addition applicants are required to conduct a 20 minute mock intake session.
A visit to and being familiar with at least two articles would highly advised before the initial interview.

Description of Externship

Externs can anticipate carrying a caseload of between 8 to 12 individual patients in addition to co-leading weekly group therapy for individuals with OCD. The age of patients typically ranges from early adolescence to the elderly, and the socioeconomic status ranges from lower middle to upper income families. Most clients present with anxiety disorders (especially OCD), but depression and social skills deficits are also common areas of focus. Many individuals have Axis II diagnoses as well, including borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, Narcissistic personality disorder, dependent personality disorder and avoidant personality disorder.

Students can anticipate gaining proficiency providing individually-administered cognitive-behavioral interventions for the full spectrum of anxiety-related disorders, depressive disorders, health-related disorders, Axis II diagnoses, and a wide variety of DSM 5 diagnostic categories. A working knowledge in both group interventions and group dynamics will also be provided. Additional priorities and goals for externs are the development of sharp and accurate diagnostic skills, the application of ethical standards, and the maintenance of healthy therapist-client boundaries. Students are continually guided with respect to the development of a strong sense of professionalism.

This is an advanced training site. Strong applicants will be capable of functioning with a good deal of autonomy while receiving excellent supervision to develop their growing skills. The Center is committed to fostering professional growth in a collegial atmosphere based on mutual respect.

You must be enrolled in an APA-approved clinical psychology doctoral program. Because this externship is an advanced training site, those applying should have at least one year of previous clinical experience working with an adult population. The externship is a 12 month commitment.

Populations commonly served:


If any of these populations are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Not specified.

Training models offered:


If any of these models are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Not specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy

If any of these intervention experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Not specified.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 8 – 12 patients

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:


If any of these assessment experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Not specified.

Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):


Expected number of assessment reports completed during externship (defined as writing reports based on a battery of standardized tests:



Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hour
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2 hours
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 0

Dr. Phillipson almost exclusively provides supervision. Dr. Marcus acts as an adjunct supervisor and provides referrals for cases pertaining to behavioral medicine (diabetes, relationship/couples therapy and the full spectrum of eating disorders). All externs attend weekly group supervision with Dr. Phillipson, and are invited to Dr. Marcus' group supervision as well, and receive weekly individual supervision from either Dr. Phillipson or Dr. Marcus.

Amichaelides 21:47, 29 Nov 2009 (EST)

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