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 The Center for Chronic Medical Conditions 

The mission of the Center for Chronic Medical Conditions (CCMC) is to provide specialized support and care to address the psychological sequelae of a chronic or life-threatening medical illness for clients and their families across the lifespan, from pediatrics to older adulthood. Specific areas of treatment offered by CCMC include:

Individual therapy

Being diagnosed and living with a chronic or life-threatening illness can bring many challenges.  With the aim of helping clients regain one’s sense of control and identity, CCMC provides individual therapy to address the various difficulties with adjusting to an illness, and the challenges of negotiating school, work, and one’s social life while living with a medical condition. 

Pain Management

The impact of chronic pain on one’s life can go beyond physical discomfort.  CCMC offers cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help

clients identify how feelings, thoughts, and behaviors impact the pain experience and to develop effective coping strategies to manage physical discomfort. 

Family Therapy

A chronic or life-threatening illness of a loved one can have a significant impact on the family.  With the goal of maintaining a healthy and supportive home environment, CCMC offers family therapy to provide support to caregivers and facilitate improved communication among family members regarding the changes in family roles and the increased stress and demands that an illness can have on a family.

Support Groups

One of the greatest challenges of being diagnosed with a medical condition is feeling alone in your experience.  The aim of CCMC’s support groups for children, teenagers, and adults is to allow clients to come together to share their experiences, the challenges they face, and learn CBT-based strategies together that reinforce healthy adjustment to one’s illness.  Parent and caregiver support groups are also offered.

Bereavement

CCMC offers bereavement support to parents, siblings, and caregivers to create a space to express the multitude of emotions that one experiences when their loved one dies.

Additional Supports

Living with a chronic or life-threatening illness can have a complex presentation with potential co-occurring psychological challenges.  Therefore, we offer a wide range of other services that can be paired with traditional treatment.

These include:

- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  Groups for Social Anxiety and  

  Social Skills

- DBT Skills Groups

- Psychiatry and Medication 

  Management

- Neuropsychological

  Assessment & Educational  

  Advocacy

- Whole Health &

  Nutritional Counseling  

- Parent Training

CCMC Clinical Team

Leslie Cunningham, Ph.D., Clinical Director

Dennise Garcia-Sevilla, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Rebecca Sinclair, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

John DiLallo, M.D., Senior Consulting Psychiatrist

Alison Rivers, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Tamar Blank, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Adam S. Weissman, Ph.D.

CFI-Scarsdale:
14 Harwood Court, Suite 512/514
Scarsdale, NY 10583
 

CFI-Greenwich:
2 Greenwich Office Park, Suite 300
Greenwich, CT 06831
 

CFI-Mt. Kisco:
118 North Bedford Road
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
 

CFI-Manhattan:
20 East 49th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10017
 

CFI-Park Slope:
83 8th Ave., Ground Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Intake Line: (914) 361-5283
Email: info@childfamilyinstitute.com
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Content Copyright © 2011 Adam S. Weissman, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved.

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