MEET DR. JUDITH ZACKSON, Ph.D.

Dr. Zackson is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience, and holds a license to practice psychology in both Connecticut and New York State. She graduated with honors from Columbia University and earned her Ph.D. from the City University of New York. Her private practice focuses on depression, anxiety, panic attacks, relationship issues, and parenting issues. She also specializes in various forms of eating issues and addictions. Dr. Zackson works with a range of clients, from adults, adolescents, parents, couples, to business leaders and corporations. Her treatment approach is solution-focused, helping clients identify and manage emotions that might be getting in the way of achieving their goals so they can live a better quality of life.

Based on her experience as a child of volunteering at a local hospital and nursing home, Dr. Zackson initially decided to acquire training as an operating room nurse. She developed clinical expertise in patient care, an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and a deep interest in the mind-body connection. This led her to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, which enhanced her clinical expertise and deepened her understanding of the mind-body connection, as well as of the importance of understanding people through a holistic (biological and psychological) lens.

She completed her clinical training at Columbia University Medical Center, New York University, and Kings County Hospital. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship and is an advanced candidate in psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute. Dr. Zackson has also completed training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT; developed by Dr. Aaron Beck) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR; pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts Medical School).

Dr. Zackson has completed advanced training for eating disorders, addictions and compulsions, and trauma treatment, based on the work of Dr. Fritz Perl, the founder of Gestalt therapy. She is also trained in transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP; based on Dr. Frank Yeoman’s work at Weil Medical College of Cornell University). Dr. Zackson was a researcher on a NIMH funded-study at Columbia University, which focused primarily on adolescents abusing chemically-addictive substances or who were at imminent risk of developing substance abuse problems.

AFFILIATIONS

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PRESENTATIONS

Zackson, J. (2012, April). The impact of primary maternal preoccupation on therapists’ clinical work. Thesis presented at City College of New York, NY. Zackson, J. (2012, June). Transference and countertransference to cultural issues: Similar, but different, in the Jewish dyad. Paper presented at the William Alanson White Institute, New York, NY. Zackson, J. (2011, June). Psycho-oncology and traumatic migration. Paper presented at Kings County Hospital, Behavioral Health, Brooklyn, NY. Zackson, J. (2010, October). Cultural sensitivity in psychotherapy: Treatment of the Orthodox Jewish population. Paper presented at Kings County Hospital, Behavioral Health, Brooklyn, NY. Zackson, J. (2008, November). Intergenerational transmission of trauma of Holocaust survivors. Paper presented at New York University. Zackson, J. (2004, October). The effects of early war trauma on late life. Master’s thesis presented at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA)
  • Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA)

LICENSES

Licensed Psychologist, State of Connecticut (#003398) Licensed Psychologist, State of New York (#020344)