Dr. Elliot Kaminetzky is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and the founder/Clinical Director of My OCD Care. He specializes in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and other anxiety based disorders (phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety) in adults and children. His warm personality and sense of humor makes a potentially challenging treatment significantly more approachable.
He utilizes an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) enhanced approach to providing Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) the gold standard treatment for these disorders. When possible, Dr. Kaminetzky accelerates OCD treatment by providing intensive exposure courses of treatment. His highly customized treatment plan includes a hybrid of individual and group therapy, in-person and via teletherapy to maximize likelihood of treatment success which he will work collaboratively with you on designing. He works closely with prescribing OCD specialized psychiatrists and other professionals to ensure collaborative care.
Dr. Kaminetzky is deeply committed to the OCD and anxiety disorder community. Dissemination of treatment and access to care is extremely important to him. To accomplish this, he provides training in ERP as well as professional consultation. His acclaimed My OCD Care lecture series has provided information about OCD and its treatments to thousands of individuals around the globe at no cost. Dr. Kaminetzky has lectured nationally about anxiety and OCD, most recently at NYU’s student counseling center and at ABCT in Atlanta. As an adjunct faculty for Pace University’s doctoral students in Clinical Psychology, he provides weekly clinical supervision in cognitive behavioral therapy. Dr. Kaminetzky also founded CBT Base Camp, a community for mental health professionals.
His approach to treating anxiety and behavioral issues in children relies heavily on empowering the parents to implement the treatment on their own guided by the clinician. He is certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), by Dr. Steven Kurtz, one of only twenty-one PCIT master trainers. He has been trained by Dr. Eli Lebowitz of the Yale Child Study Center, Yale Medical School in Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) which provides parents with the skills to implement anxiety treatment for their child.
Dr. Kaminetzky received specialized training in the treatment of OCD and related disorders at The Reeds Center, a leading training center in Manhattan. He furthered his OCD and OCPD specialty training at Northwell Health’s OCD Center as a postdoctoral fellow under Dr. Anthony Pinto. Dr. Kaminetzky completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University, winner of the Outstanding Training Program Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). He is a member of the Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies as well as the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation.
Dr. Michael Ambrose is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) across the lifespan. He specializes in using empirically supported treatments for a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties, particularly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), disruptive behaviors, depression, anxiety, selective mutism, and body focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB; hair pulling, skin picking, etc.) He has extensive training and experience using CBT with children, adolescents, adults, parents and
Dr. Ambrose graduated magna cum laude from Yeshiva University with a bachelor’s in psychology. He received a master’s and PhD in clinical psychology from St. John’s University. Dr. Ambrose completed his APA accredited predoctoral internship at Kings County Hospital and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Empirically Supported Treatments for Children at NYU Child Study Center.
Dr. Ambrose has been involved in many clinical and research programs including Organizational Skills Training for children and teens, establishing a virtual intervention for selective mutism, and evaluating mental health concerns and bullying with food allergic
youth. He formally held academic appointments as a Clinical Instructor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Grossman’s School of
Dr. Ambrose is devoted to evidence-based, client-centered care. His approach to therapy is warm, collaborative, and practical. Dr. Ambrose acts in concert with the patient, family and other team members to meet therapy goals with a sincere, friendly and supportive approach.
Dr. Eli Felt is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of OCD and anxiety. After receiving his doctorate in 2017, he worked for NYC Health & Hospitals as well as private practice. He has led group therapy for patients with severe and persistent mental illness. Additionally, he has trained new staff in effective procedures and protocol working with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Down Syndrome.
Dr. Felt is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has advanced training from the world renowned OCD expert, Elna Yadin, Ph.D. in evidence based behavioral treatments for OCD such as exposure with response prevention (ERP) and prolonged exposure (PE).
Dr. Felt uses evidence based treatments to help his patients quickly and successfully control their thoughts and behaviors.
Dr. Felt is licensed in both New York and New Jersey, and has a passion for helping patients regain control of their lives.
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Dr. Stephen Puliafico is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of phobias, trauma, anxiety, depression and OCD. He is a graduate of Hofstra University’s PhD program and is licensed in New York State. Dr. Puliafico utilizes evidence-based approaches for adults, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center where he received extensive training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and treatment of substance use disorders. He has been working in private practice since 2018 and is thrilled to be joining the My OCD Care team.
Dr. Puliafico believes therapy is most effective when it is customized to a person’s particular context. He views the therapeutic process as a cooperative effort, meant to empower the client to live a fuller, freer life. He emphasizes self-compassion and mindfulness in his work, believing they are the basis for any meaningful and lasting change.
Dr. Naomi Bauman is a staff psychologist at My OCD Care, Child Behavioral Health division. She is a New York State (NYS) licensed psychologist and a NYS certified school psychologist. Dr. Bauman has experience working with children, adolescents, and families with a broad range of behavioral and emotional challenges. She has specific experience and training in CBT and psychoeducational assessment, as well as in the treatment of anxiety, OCD, depression, and behavioral challenges. Prior to her work at My OCD Care, Dr. Bauman completed her post doctoral training at Scarsdale Village CBT and worked for two years as School Psychologist for the Great Neck Public Schools. She has a PsyD and Master of Science in School-Community Psychology from Hofstra University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Yeshivsa University. Naomi completed her predoctoral internship at Interborough Developmental & Consultation Center in Brooklyn, NY and at the Great Neck Public Schools.
When Naomi is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and meeting with friends.
Dr. Thomas DiBlasi
Hi, Dr. DiBlasi here, and I am a Postdoctoral fellow at My OCD Care.
I think it takes a lot of courage to come in for therapy, and I want to be there to support you through it.
I graduated from Hofstra with my PhD, upon receiving general and specialized training, including in treating anxiety, depression, anger, and crisis counseling. I was lucky enough to receive specialized training in Motivational Interviewing (MI), which helps people resolve their ambivalence towards change. Change can be hard, and although sometimes we know what our goal is and how to change, it is difficult to follow through with it. That is where MI comes in, so that you can make the changes that help you live your best life. In addition, I have advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), from the renowned Beck Institute itself! Lastly, I have intensive training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ExRP), the most effective way to treat OCD.
In addition to clinical work (which I love!), I am also an Assistant Professor at St. Joseph’s College where I teach undergraduate students and research anger, aggression, and revenge. I am lucky enough to have nearly ten publications and over 25 presentations on such topics. I consider myself fortunate to have a clinical and a teaching job, where people trust me to be vulnerable and allow me to help them carve their path.
Although therapy can be hard work, I am confident we can get through it, together.