Mona Maaty M.D.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist and completed residency in 2015 from Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC. In addition to a strong foundation in psychopharmacology, my training program emphasized the importance of psychotherapy as a treatment modality. For two years, I received weekly supervision in cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Following residency, I worked at the VA hospital and then with a non-profit organization in NYC. During the summer of 2018, I began developing my private practice which opened in November 2018.
In private practice, I continue to expand my knowledge base and learn new skills. I have learned a variety of different therapy styles because I believe that your needs are unique and change over time. Your individualized treatment plan would be dynamic and shift depending upon your goals and your progress during treatment. I have had training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; Exposure and Response Prevention (EXRP) for the treatment of OCD at UPenn; neuroscience-based interventions for anxiety and depression; and have completed an intensive trauma certification course.
In 2020, I began training with the International Society of Schema Therapy and am working towards certification. Schema therapy is an integrative and evidence-based treatment that includes elements of cognitive-behavioral, emotion-focused, attachment and psychodynamic models. The word Schema comes from the Latin word Schemata which means theme or script and certain schemas develops when specific core childhood emotional needs are not met. These core childhood emotional needs include safety, stability, love/nurturing & attention, empathy and validation of feelings and needs, autonomy, realistic limits, acceptance & praise, and playfulness. Together, we will identify the scripts that developed as a result of your unmet childhood needs, understand which scripts are currently interfering with your life, and help you heal those emotional wounds. For example, if your caregiver was abusive/neglecting, you may have internalized a defectiveness schema (among others) and believe that you are inherently flawed, "defective", and "not good enough." One way to avoid the emotional pain of this defectiveness script might be to overcompensate in your professional life by needing to be "number one" and "perfect."
For 2021, I plan to develop various group therapy programs – some will be more didactic and emphasize skill-building and others will be specific to clinical conditions. I had the opportunity to co-lead a group during training and discovered that group therapy is an important way to ease a person’s sense of isolation and reduce the shame in thinking “I’m the only one.” I also plan to develop educational workshops by working with colleagues in different sub-specialties. Inevitably, there will be clients whose needs I will not be able to meet and, in those instances, I can offer a referral to one of the providers within my collaborative network.
I hope that this has provided you with some information regarding my training and future plans. I am happy to answer any other questions you may have so that you can choose the right treatment setting for you.