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Our Therapists

Bruce Hubbard, PhD

For over 20 years Dr. Hubbard has helped people improve their lives with Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. After establishing one of the first cognitive-behavioral practices in New York City, he went on to found the Cognitive Health Group in 1999 where he pioneered the integration of CBT and mindfulness. 

Dr. Hubbard is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University-Teacher’s College, and President of the New York City CBT Association (NYC-CBT.org). He has previously served as Clinical Instructor at New York University Medical Center and as frequent lecturer at St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Hubbard has been quoted as an authority on CNBC, and in Real Simple, “O”, Maxim and the New York Post. He has published and presented papers on anxiety, depression, thought disorder and integrative evidence-based psychotherapy. He has also served as consultant to hospitals and clinics seeking to maximize effectiveness through cognitive-behavior therapy.

Equipped with the added insight that can only come through personal experience, Dr. Hubbard is committed to broadening the understanding of emotional disorders as valid, treatable health problems. His professional work is further enhanced by the practical study of mindfulness meditation and yoga.

Kristen Borg, LCSW

Kristen Borg specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of panic disorder, agoraphobia, OCD, eating disorders and depression. She believes cognitive behavior therapy is best achieved in the context of an accepting, supportive relationship, one in which the patient is closely coached through an effective process of change. Kristen’s work as a cognitive-behavior therapist is enhanced by her experience in the arts, as a principal dancer, and later, Assistant Director for the Stephen Petronio Company. In 1995, she won international recognition for her work when she received a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie). At the Cognitive Health Group, Kristen brings that same focus and dedication to helping people develop the skills necessary to overcome fears, manage impulses, fully and effectively face the full range of life’s challenges.

Hayley Pessin, PhD

Picture-003Dr. Pessin is a Licensed Psychologist and faculty member at New York Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center. She specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety and personality disorders. In addition to her expertise in CBT, she has received advanced training in Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In her work Dr. Pessin emphasizes mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal relationships. Dr. Pessin has extensive experience helping people with grieving, loss, and the emotional effects of illness, areas in which she conducts ongoing research and has been extensively published.

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