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Russi Soffer, PsyM

Psychology Extern

Russi Soffer, Psy.M., is the chief psychology extern at CBC where she conducts individual, family, and group therapies with adults, adolescents, and children. She is currently a fifth-year doctoral student at Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. Russi obtained her bachelor’s degree from Touro College in Psychology and her master’s degree in School Psychology from Rutgers University. She is a certified School Psychologist in the State of New Jersey.

Russi is intensively trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a range of anxiety, mood and disruptive behavior disorders, emotion dysregulation, self-harm and suicidal behaviors, and family conflict. Russi also has intensive experience and background in evidence-based treatments for trauma including Prolonged Exposure (PE), Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Game-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (GB-CBT), Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC), and is working toward her certification in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD. Russi is extensively trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and parent management training for children and adolescents.

Russi has a broad range of experiences working in clinical, research, and school settings. In addition to her work at CBC, Russi is completing a psychology externship at the New York-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center. She is conducting CBT and DBT with children and adolescents in inpatient settings. She’s also conducting exposure and response prevention (ERP) within a specialty program for adolescents with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Russi completed a one-year externship at CBC and chose to stay on additional year for further training and serve as chief extern. Previously, Russi also provided individual therapy and psychoeducational evaluations at the Center for Psychological Services at Rutgers University, in addition to her role as a clinical services coordinator. In addition, Russi served as a diagnostic evaluator at the Youth Anxiety Depression Clinic (YAD-C), a research clinic focusing on the treatment of youth anxiety and depression. At the Foster Care Counseling Project at Rutgers University, Russi treated traumatized children and families involved with the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency. Russi has also completed a psychology externship at the Marlboro Township School District in New Jersey, where she provided individual counseling and administered comprehensive cognitive, social-emotional, and psychoeducational assessments.

Russi’s current research interests involve a focus on childhood trauma, emotion dysregulation, and suicidality. Russi is a member of several professional organizations, such as the American Psychological Association (APA), New York City-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association (NYC-CBT), and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).