Dr. Gershkovich emphasizes the use of scientifically-informed treatments. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is a short-term treatment that helps individuals learn to identify maladaptive behaviors and unhelpful ways of thinking, as well as to identify the links between emotion and behavior. In addition to traditional CBT, Dr. Gershkovich also incorporates mindfulness-based approaches (including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT) to allow patients to live their lives more fully.
CBT and acceptance-based approaches are evidence-based treatments that have been supported by scientific research for a wide range of psychological disorders.
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP or EX/RP) is a type of CBT for treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It is the first-line recommended treatment and has been shown to be very effective for individuals with OCD. Dr. Gershkovich is an ERP specialist and has served on several government-funded trials administering this treatment.
The exposure in the treatment refers to exposing yourself to the feared stimulus, or the thoughts, images, or situations that make you anxious. The response prevention refers to eliminating compulsive behaviors. When you exposure yourself and don’t do the compulsive behaviors, over time the anxiety decreases. The exposures are conducted in therapy with the therapist and then on your own. Dr. Gershkovich works with the patient to "face the fear" in a gradual, systematic and collaborative way.
Dr. Gershkovich offers a variety of treatment formats and intensities matched to the patient needs, preference, and resources. During the initial sessions, a comprehensive evaluation and a tailored treatment plan is formulated collaboratively with the patient.
- Individual therapy sessions (in-person and via Internet). Couples therapy sessions. Sessions are generally 1-2 times a week for 45 minutes.
- Intensive treatment sessions. Sessions are 90 minutes, 2-3 times per week. May also include home visits. Most commonly recommended for treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Rates & Insurance
Payment is due at time of the appointment. Dr. Marina Gershkovich serves as an out-of-network provider and does not accept insurance. She is able to provide billing statements that can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Dr. Gershkovich also provides consultation to treatment providers on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for a range of conditions, including OCD, anxiety, trauma, and depression. Consultation focuses on the following goals to:
Improve skill in conceptualizing presenting concerns from a CBT perspective and in developing specific, targeted interventions
Increase competency in CBT strategies, techniques, and process
Effectively design behavioral experiments to challenge maladaptive beliefs
Maximize treatment effectiveness within a short-term framework
Dr. Gershkovich has taught a number of workshops including Cognitive Behavior Therapy Workshops focused on treatment of anxiety and mood disorders.
New York University, Silver School of Social Work - "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - What it is and how to use it"
New York University, Silver School of Social Work - "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Treatment of Depression"