About Patrick Russolillo
I am a licensed psychologist with over 30 years of experience. I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and I have completed a certification in the area of Parent Management Training or PMT. In the early part of my career I received training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Over the past 30 years I have also taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of special education, behavior analysis, child development and abnormal psychology. I have completed advanced training in Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions for Sleep and Insomnia.
I have a behavioral orientation which influences how I view mental health problems and their treatment. While I am certainly concerned and interested in how each person’s history, genetics and past experiences shape their present behavior; I view behavior as primarily being influenced by learning. if a particular behavior is learned then it can be unlearned.
Our initial meeting will be an opportunity for you to ask questions about how I work and whether my approach will be a good fit for your problem. What you can expect from an initial session is a review of why you need help and your past history of receiving help. I am interested in when you first began to experience your difficulties. It will certainly be important to know if you have any medical or physical issues that may be effecting your life. I will be particularly interested in defining your problem and having an understanding of the circumstances in your life that are most likely to effect how you think, feel and behave. It would be important to developed specific goals so that treatment is focused and so we will be able to evaluate whether you are changing. Changing and getting better is a process that involves experimenting with new ideas and strategies.
I look at therapy and treatment as an opportunity to problem solve and generate new solutions. I would be very interested in your ideas and what has worked in the past. My personal style tends to be more directive with an emphasis on encouraging individuals and their families to develop specific strategies to increase frustration tolerance and an adaptive response to managing stress through experimentation and practice.
My spectrum of practice and professional interests are listed below:
- Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- Child and Adolescent Behavior assessment and Therapy
- Parent Management Therapy-working on strategies to help parents improve child behavior
- Psychological Evaluations
- Assessment of Learning Disabilities and Cognitive Impairment
- Treatment of Anxiety and Depression
- Pediatric Psychology
- Cognitive Behavior Treatment for Couples
- Consultation to parents of children with autism and developmental disabilities
- Behavioral Consultation to staff and programs that services individuals with developmental disabilities
- Program development and evaluation.
- American Psychological Association
- Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapist
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Society Society for Research in Child Development
- Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine