“I help clients negotiate all forms of barriers to creative expression and professional achievement.”
Over the course of a 26-year career as a licensed clinical psychologist I strive to bring understanding, emotional warmth, and creative insights and solutions to clients in an accepting, non-judgmental therapy environment. My overall goal is to help clients embrace the possibility of change and growth. I have considerable experience working with culturally diverse adults, couples, and families and treat relationship conflicts, unproductive behavior patterns, mood difficulties, addiction, and distress due to longstanding or severe medical conditions. I help clients negotiate all forms of barriers to creative expression and professional achievement. I also have experience conducting neuropsychiatric assessments to aid in the diagnosis of a range of neurological and psychological conditions.
Training and Experience
Dr. Backfield-Weiss completed an APA-approved Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, NY, and two Masters’ degrees (M.S.,M.Phil.) at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY. She completed her postdoctoral Fellowship at State University of New York, Downstate and her predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology at Kings County Hospital, NY. Following graduation, Dr. Backfield-Weiss taught and trained doctoral clinical psychology students at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Backfield-Weiss has been treating individuals and couples in private practice since 1997. She has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York Medical College, NY and as the Executive Director of Clinical Services at the NY Center for Living: a recovery center dedicated to treating young adults and their families contending with substance abuse and co-occurring psychological and psychiatric problems. She has authored, published, and presented multiple clinical and research projects in the US and Europe and has been interviewed on a variety of mental health topics via broadcast, print, and digital media.
Dr. Backfield-Weiss is licensed in New York, Florida, Virginia, Washington, DC and via PSYPACT (Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology: APIT).