Michigan State University
New York University, MSW
Training & Certifications
ACT for Beginners
Beck Institute: Beck CBT for Anxiety
Crisis Recovery Training
NYU School of Social Work: Emotional Dysregulation in Youth
NYU School of Social Work: Lifecycle of an Adoptive Family
NYU Steinhardt School of Education: Critically Conscious Educators Rising
Social Thinking Clinic Boston: Social Thinking Clinical Training Level 1A
Teachers College, Columbia University: PBIS(Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies)
New York State License Number: 077675
Alisha Bennett, LMSW
Brooklyn Heights / Midtown
“No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.” —Maya Angelou
Children and Adolescents
Hi I’m Alisha and I’m a therapist at Cobb Psychotherapy LCSW. I believe that everyone has the ability to make changes in their lives in order to be their best selves. I have over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. I also have experience working with adults to improve relationships, overcome anxiety and depression, establish better boundaries with loved ones, and improve coping skills. My approach is positive, encouraging, and builds self-awareness to support clients in reaching their goals. Throughout treatment, my hope is that clients will have a better understanding of different parts of themselves and build off of their strengths.
I specialize in helping children and teens with a wide range of needs including anxiety, depression, ODD, ADD/ADHD, and Autism/ASD. I have clinical training in Social Thinking methodology, which helps children build the skills and social understanding that they need to be more successful in school and have improved social relationships. I believe in Dr. Ross Greene’s approach to children and adolescent behavior that, “children do well if they can,” and “challenging behavior is behavior that occurs when the demands of the situation exceed the student’s capacity to respond.”
Other specialties of mine include: running social groups for school-aged children with the Social Thinking approach, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help children and adolescents manage stress related to school work and testing anxiety, and coaching parents either with consultations or ongoing to support for their children’s behavioral, emotional, and social needs. I also have training in Social Thinking’s Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment. This assessment and evaluation can be completed for children 8 years and older.
How I Help
My approach is multi-disciplinary and includes cognitive behavioral therapy concepts, goal setting, and problem solving techniques to achieve those goals. I utilize psychodynamic and CBT techniques to help clients better understand different experiences in their lives and make changes.
More About Me
I have worked for the New York City Department of Education for the last 10 years working with young children and adolescents. I am passionate about racial equity and social justice work. I engage in this work both in my personal life and professionally through continued education. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, getting to the beach as much as possible, exploring NYC’s ever-growing food and restaurant scene, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through exercise and yoga.