From Stress to Success: Strategies for Overcoming Anxiety in the Classroom and Socially

Wednesday, November 20th
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Fusion Park Avenue
450 Park Avenue South Floor 9
NY,NY 10016

Join Fusion Academy, The Ross Center and Mountain Valley Treatment Center for an informative evening on learning strategies and skills for classroom and social anxiety.

A curated panel of expert presentations from Dr. Alison Haar, PsyD. (The Ross Center,) Dr. Tayla Kook, PysD. (The Ross Center,) Don Vardell, Executive Director (Mountain Valley,) and Dr. Ken Cotrone, Head of School (Fusion Academy Park Avenue,) with Q&A to follow.

Bios of experts:

Alison Haar, PsyD is a child and adolescent psychologist who effectively treats children as well as adults. Naturally optimistic and enthusiastic, she helps patients overcome their challenges using a warm, supportive approach to care. Children and adolescents respond particularly well to her lighthearted, joyful treatment style, and she uses age-appropriate techniques to help young people reduce the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. She is keenly aware that managing a child’s problems must extend to parent management training and collateral family work, and regularly incorporates parents and family members into treatment. With a holistic approach to wellness, her patients gain the skills they need to live happier, healthier lives. Dr. Haar works with both children and adults and has completed extensive training in child psychology. She specializes in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), including exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), trauma-focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), relaxation training, and play therapy (with children). She successfully treats children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and behavioral problems, specifically Conduct Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and Intermittent Explosive Disorder. Additionally, she has expertise in treating children and adults who suffer from trauma, phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and mood disorders, as well as adults experiencing relationship or interpersonal issues.

Talya Kook, PsyD is a clinical Psychologist who provides children, adolescents, young adults and their families with strategies to address and manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. She uses her naturally warm and friendly demeanor to create a safe and compassionate space where patients of all ages feel comfortable addressing their concerns. When working with children and adolescents, she employs age-appropriate treatment and provides guidance and support to parents. She works closely with each patient to create achievable and realistic goals, resulting in an increased sense of self-confidence and hope that change is possible. Using humor and compassion, she teaches patients more effective ways to address negative, irrational, anxious or self-defeating thinking patterns, helping people conquer their fears and live the life they want. Dr. Kook specializes in offering solutions to those struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma. Young adults find her relatable and genuine, and she provides insights and concrete strategies to address complicated life transitions including moving, job change, break ups, relationship difficulties, and evolving independence. For children and teens, she helps minimize the symptoms of anxiety and depression, focusing on issues relating to self-esteem, management and regulation of emotions, and navigation of life stressors including family conflicts, social life concerns, and relationships. She successfully treats children who refuse to go to school by using exposure therapy, a treatment that has proven effective in gradually reducing a child’s anxiety and allowing them to return to normal functioning. In addition, Dr. Kook has expertise in treating more complex situations involving trauma and post-hospitalization care. For each patient, Dr. Kook devises a customized treatment plan using the most appropriate therapeutic techniques from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, exposure therapy, or play therapy.

Don Vardell as Executive Director of Mountain Valley Treatment Center, an internationally recognized program specializing in the treatment of debilitating anxiety and OCD, Don Vardell understands anxiety induced school avoidance and its consequences. As a parent of a child who experienced significant anxiety and resulting school avoidance, Don appreciates the importance of collaborating with school personnel, clinicians and families to provide solutions. Don also serves as the President of OCD New Hampshire, the local affiliate of the International OCD Foundation and is actively connecting NH school districts with the IOCDF's Anxiety in the Classroom program - as set of educational and support materials with specific information for parents, schools and therapists.

Dr. Ken Cotrone lives in Westchester with his wife and two children. He feels passionate about mental health awareness and the stresses related to school life. He conducted research on the impacts of academic stress and anxiety and its impact on the well-being of students. Ken has many years as an educator, including working as a middle and high school English teacher, an assistant principal and a head of school.

We look forward to having you join us for this informative and impactful evening. Please RSVP completing form below.