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Saniya Tabani, MA

Psychology Extern

Saniya Tabani is a psychology extern at CBC where she conducts individual, family, and group therapies with children, adolescents, and adults. She is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at St. John’s University and specializes in the practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has intensive experience and background in the treatment of externalizing disorders (e.g., Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder), anxiety, depression, trauma, anger, chronic pain, insomnia, grief, and general stress management, as well as sub-clinical issues such as eating and/or toileting difficulties and health-related psychological distress. She has been trained in Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT) and intensive parenting interventions, Saniya earned her bachelor’s degree from New York University, where she graduated with a major in Psychology and minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies, and earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from St. John’s University.

Prior to her externship at CBC, Saniya worked as a psychology extern at New York City Health and Hospitals/Queens in the Pediatrics Clinic and Cancer Center conducting brief individual therapy with youth, as well as psychotherapy on the adult inpatient unit. Saniya has also worked in the research department at Weill-Cornell Medical College, helping conduct clinical trials and examining the effects of chronic illness on physical and psychological health. In addition to her work at CBC, Saniya sees clients at a community-based mental health clinic where she delivers evidence-based treatments and conducts psychological testing with children, adolescents, and adults suffering from a wide range of psychological problems. She has additionally been conducting outcomes research at St. John’s Center for Psychological services, presenting findings at various national and international conferences. Her other research interests include examining use of coping strategies in chronically ill patients, as well as exploring trauma, anxiety, depressive symptoms, and psychological well-being in patients with chronic illness.

Saniya is dedicated to the gold-standard level of care to each of her clients, using research-informed and evidence-based treatments while also appreciating and incorporating cultural considerations and family systems theory into her work.