Dr. Gotlieb, Choices Behavioral Health

Dr. Gottlieb

Dr. Rischa Gottlieb Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Director of Behavioral Health at Choices Women’s Medical Center. She is a feminist dedicated to providing accessible mental health care to help build resilient women, families and communities.

As such, Dr. Gottlieb is committed to providing responsive evidence based and trauma-informed interventions such as Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies. She uses these interventions because they are a proven, pragmatic approaches that promote emotional health and wellbeing.

Dr. Gottlieb believes in the importance of connecting with clients through genuine passion, empathy and a sense of humor, and using that relationship to set collaborative goals and move forward with a strengths based approach.

Dr. Gottlieb was trained at St. John’s University where she engaged in research pertaining to overt and covert discrimination and mental health outcomes in Lesbian Bisexual and Queer Women.  As such she has presented portions of this research at the Eastern Psychological Association’s 2013 Poster Session.

She also has had extensive experience serving with women, adolescents and families across a variety of settings.  She has worked with young women at Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center, inpatient adolescent girl’s unit where she noted that over two thirds of the patients with chronic mental illness had experiences of physical or sexual abuse or neglect.  Thus she sought out The Child Help Partnership where she became a trained provider of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and worked children/adolescents and their families who are survivors of trauma to develop resiliency and improve upon positive parenting skills.  She has applied these skills working in outpatient at Middlesex hospital and at C.H.E. Behavioral Health Services where she conducted individual, family therapy, and group therapy in an inpatient rehabilitation and nursing home with adults who have physical disabilities and chronic health issues and developed exercise in end of life care and pain management.

Providing a full range of  psychological services is an integral part of Choices’ mission to serve the community’s healthcare needs.  We believe that emotional health is a fundamental part of overall physical health and general well-being. As such, we provide services for personal growth, stress management, and improving mood in a comfortable, supportive atmosphere.  Therapy at Choices is aimed at building upon your strengths so that you can cope with challenges and create the life you want to live.  Our professionals are committed to serving Queens’s diverse community of Women, LGBTQ folks and everyone else in an open and affirming manner.

We provide therapy for personal growth and confidence in a comfortable, supportive atmosphere. Therapy motivates you to reach your highest potential and improve the quality of your life. Treatment is individualized, goals are mutually established, and feedback is given frequently. Therapy encourages self-worth, achievement, relaxation, and better ability to cope with life’s challenges.

Meeting other people who have the living with similar difficulties can be an important part of the healing process. The group will work together with your therapist to provide you with feedback and support you need to help you reach your goals.

Trans Women’s Group: Mindfulness and other coping skills for everyday life. Choices is proud to offer a 10 session therapy group aimed at helping Trans Women build on their strengths to cope with difficult life events in a supportive environment.

To Join, Call:  718-786-5000 or go to choicesmedical.com

This group will run for 10 sessions

When: Tuesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm Starting March 7th, 2017

Group intakes must be completed by February 25th to participate

*Please note group is limited to 9 members

  • Learn mindfulness skills for everyday life
  • Learn how to cope with difficult emotions
  • Reduce your everyday stress
  • Build new positive habits

Difficult life experiences can overwhelm your ability to cope with life’s stressors and make you vulnerable to thoughts and mood swings. This can leave people feeling drained, overwhelmed both physically and emotionally. No matter the trauma we understand and can help you move back towards the person you want to be.

Therapy can be an important part of stress management when you are constantly feeling overwhelmed. Stress can also contribute to reduced ability to cope with life demands and can strain the important relationships in your life. In therapy we coach you through getting the skills you need to reduce the stress weighing you down.

Therapy is a safe place to explore thoughts and feelings about your sexuality. We are open and affirming to gender nonconforming folks and well versed in the needs of the LGBTQ community. All are welcome here.

  • Anxiety
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Racial Identity
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Transgender
  • Women’s Issues
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Women’s Issues
  • LGBTQ care
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Multicultural
  • Psychological Testing and Evaluation
  • Trauma Focused