Education & Certification
Yeshiva University (1994)
National Register Member Since
Brian Weeks, PsyD
I’m a believer in having a general practice; there are many ways that being a general practitioner makes me a better therapist. I work with a broad variety of persons from about middle school through elderly years. Within that framework, though, I do a lot of work with kids, teens and early adults. I also do a lot of work with persons with depression, anxiety, and serious psychotic illnesses or personality disorders. When doing therapy, while I primarily have a ‘psychodynamic’ orientation, I do have specific training in ‘cognitive-behavioral’ therapy, and my approach with patients is to flexibly and pragmatically use whatever mix of therapy techniques a patient’s needs call for at the time. We can work together on goal-setting and how we want to reach the goals. Although I am not a ‘religious therapist,’ I do work, if the patient wishes, to weave in the patient’s religious perspective (not mine) into their therapy process. I work with persons with all sorts of so-called ‘non-traditional’ gender preferences and identities. There are some areas I do not have training in: Primary eating disorders, primary substance disorders, and severe OCD and PTSD, and some developmental disorders.
I do a lot of psychological testing; it’s about half my practice. I believe that keeping up with the expertise needed to be good at psychological testing gives me insight and skills to be a better therapist. My test reports are clear, thorough, informative, and helpful — to the patient and their referring doctor, school, or whoever may benefit from the report. I take pride in my test reports.
I’ve worked full-time or part-time in hospital settings for 20 years during my career, and have had specialty training in hospital settings. This gives me the experience and confidence to work with outpatients with severe mental illness — and helps me understand how to work better with the broadest variety of everyday persons in an outpatient setting. Although I’m not primarily a marital and family therapist, I’ve had training in that area, which helps me work with parents of the kids I see.
Areas of Expertise
- Individual Psychotherapy
- General Psychological Testing (e.g., intelligence, personality, vocational, aptitude, school placement, health)
- Depression and Other Mood Disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder, major depression, bereavement)
- Anxiety (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder)
- Childhood and Adolescent Problems (e.g., ADHD, school/learning problems, social withdrawal, autism, recurrent abdominal pain, aggressive or oppositional behavior)
- Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
- Adults (18-64 yrs.)
- Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
- Psychodynamic Treatment
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Neuropsychological Testing
- National Register of Health Service Psychologists
- HAP Cigna
- BlueCross BlueShield