We know how difficult it can be to find help when you need it most.
At Grand Central Psychology, we pair you with a seasoned clinician who will teach you tools that will have long-lasting effects on your overall mental health and wellbeing. You will work with a therapist who is committed to providing you with effective, evidence-based treatment.
We specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for tweens, teens, and adults. We work collaboratively with our clients to tailor therapy to fit their needs.
Grand Central Psychology was founded by Dr. Jessica Hirsh Weiss and Dr. Deborah Neft with a commitment to treating a diverse client population in both New York City and Westchester.
We look forward to collaborating with you.
jessica hirsh weiss, ph.d.
co-director and founder
Dr. Weiss received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at McGill University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at St. John's University. She has previously worked in a number of private practice and hospital settings, including the Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy, the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, Beth Israel Medical Center, and Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. As a senior staff clinician at the Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy, she was a clinical supervisor of doctoral students from Columbia University, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Pace University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has presented at several conferences on the topics of obsessive-compulsive disorder and major depressive disorder. She has also served as a faculty member at Hunter College, where she taught undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Weiss is also an Executive Communications Coach at Decker Communications, where she focuses on women in leadership.
(212) 696-1355, ext. 1
Carly Bosacker, Psy.D.
Dr. Bosacker received her Bachelor of Arts degree in child psychology from the University of Minnesota and her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Bosacker worked as a research coordinator
at Yale University. Her pre-doctoral fieldwork was at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and at the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Bosacker completed her pre-doctoral internship at MercyFirst, a residential treatment center for adolescents and young adults. She then worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Therapy West and Academics West,and went on to serve as the Director of Therapeutic Services at Therapy West. In her role at
Therapy West, she was a clinical supervisor to post-doctoral fellows and provided individual therapy to children, adults, and families. Dr. Bosacker has received extensive training in treating those who suffer from anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(212) 696-1355, ext. 3
Debbie neft, ph.d.
co-director and founder
Dr. Neft received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Brown University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. Prior to graduate school, she coordinated psychiatric research projects at Cornell Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Neft completed her pre-doctoral externship at the Children’s Anxiety and Depression Clinic at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and her pre-doctoral internship at Montefiore Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After Dr. Neft completed her training, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow and senior staff psychologist at the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy where she received specialty training in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dr. Neft previously served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the NYU Child Study Center where she supervised child and adolescent psychiatry residents. She has published articles and presented at several conferences on the topics of depression, suicide, bullying and borderline personality disorder.
(212) 696-1355, ext. 2
Rivka Halpert, Psy.D.
Dr. Halpert received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Lander College for Women and her Psy.D. from Long Island University-Post. She completed her predoctoral internship at the New Jersey VA Medical Center, where she specialized in PTSD treatment and health psychology in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Stress and Anxiety Services of NJ, where she received specialized training in CBT for OCD, OCD-spectrum disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, adjustment disorders, and PTSD. She has extensive experience treating individuals across the lifespan and has specific interests in anxiety disorders, OCD, and trauma-related disorders. Dr. Halpert combines traditional CBT with mindfulness-based approaches including elements of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She has published and presented on topics related to DBT in adolescents and young adults.
(212) 696-1355, ext. 4
Vanessa Litoff psy.d.
Dr. Litoff received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Roosevelt University and her master’s degree in mental health counseling from John Jay College. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in the partial hospital program at McLean SouthEast Hospital and the outpatient clinic at South Shore Mental Health. During this time, she received extensive CBT training in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Litoff then completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at The Reeds Center, where she received specialized training in CBT for OCD, phobias, panic disorder and PTSD. In addition to CBT, Dr. Litoff integrates compassion-focused and mindfulness-based approaches into her work. She has extensive experience with CBT, with particular interests in treating clients with OCD and anxiety disorders. Dr. Litoff works with an adult and adolescent population at Grand Central Psychology.
(212) 696-1355, ext. 5
At Grand Central Psychology we provide individual outpatient therapy for adolescents and adults with a wide range of mental health issues. Typically, therapy sessions are once a week and last 45-50 minutes.
Below is a list of areas in which we specialize:
Depression, sadness, low motivation
Anxiety (general, social, phobias)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Interpersonal or Relationship Difficulties
Work/school related problems such as procrastination, attention difficulties, and poor time management
We also provide treatment for couples and families that typically aims to increase positive communication skills and support for one another and teaches strategies for effective problem solving and negotiation.
Below is a list of areas in which we specialize in couples/family treatment:
Parent and child conflict
Life transitions (e.g., new baby, retirement, empty nest)
ABOUT cognitive behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a well-known psychological treatment that has been proven to be effective by a wealth of scientific research.
CBT is a structured, directive, and cost-effective approach to psychotherapy.
As CBT therapists, we work collaboratively with our clients to bring about symptom relief as well as positive life changes. This is accomplished by identifying and restructuring perceptions as well as by learning strategies to modify unwanted behaviors and manage stress and anxiety.
CBT can be short- or long-term. Many of our clients come in for weekly sessions for a few months and then come in less frequently as their symptoms decrease. Other clients choose to remain in therapy for longer periods of time and regularly set new goals.
For more information on CBT, please click here.