Talya Kook , PsyD

Psychologist & Child and Adolescent Program Director


New York, N.Y.

Ages Treated

5 and Up

Practice Philosophy:

Dr. Talya Kook is a clinical Psychologist who provides children, adolescents, young adults and their families with strategies to address and manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. She uses her naturally warm and friendly demeanor to create a safe and compassionate space where patients of all ages feel comfortable addressing their concerns. When working with children and adolescents, she employs age-appropriate treatment and provides guidance and support to parents. She works closely with each patient to create achievable and realistic goals, resulting in an increased sense of self-confidence and hope that change is possible. Using humor and compassion, she teaches patients more effective ways to address negative, irrational, anxious or self-defeating thinking patterns, helping people conquer their fears and live the life they want.

Areas of Expertise:

Dr. Kook specializes in offering solutions to those struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma. Young adults find her relatable and genuine, and she provides insights and concrete strategies to address complicated life transitions including moving, job change, break ups, relationship difficulties, and evolving independence. For children and teens she helps minimize the symptoms of anxiety and depression, focusing on issues relating to self-esteem, management and regulation of emotions, and navigation of life stressors including family conflicts, social life concerns, and relationships. She successfully treats children who refuse to go to school by using exposure therapy, a treatment that has proven effective in gradually reducing a child’s anxiety and allowing them to return to normal functioning. In addition, Dr. Kook has expertise in treating more complex situations involving trauma and post-hospitalization care. For each patient, Dr. Kook devises a customized treatment plan using the most appropriate therapeutic techniques from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, exposure therapy, or play therapy.

Experience and Training:

Dr. Kook received her Masters in Education and Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Child Psychology from Pace University. She has extensive experience in treating anxiety, depression, trauma and loss in children, teens, and young adults. Her expertise has been honed through experiences in a variety of treatment facilities, including residential, day treatment, outpatient and juvenile detention. Dr. Kook also has a strong background in psychological assessment, which includes psycho-educational testing, as well as diagnostic formulation and school consultation. She empowers patients with the skills and tools they need to make the changes they seek in their lives.

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