Our Approach

Psychotherapy is a journey into understanding and healing. It is a journey of conversations together and time shared.

The first steps in therapy are getting to know you and understand you. At Empire Minds, we believe that we need to understand your life if we are to help you. This means understanding your stories, your life experience, your families, your cultures, where you come from, and where you want to be.

Once we have a shared understanding of what this journey should look like, we will talk about how we will be getting there.

We know that it takes your courage and insight to take this journey. At Empire Minds, we are committed to hearing your voice, listening with honesty, sympathy, and with a willingness to have challenging conversations with you. Through this process, we will offer strategies and support even when solutions seem so hard to find.

We believe that our expertise will be needed on your journey. At Empire Minds, our expertise and our knowledge is grounded in current evidence-based practices like CBT and DBT. We are proud of our expertise, and will be honest and humble with it. The truth is, everyone needs individualized support and we will work with you to find the therapist, team, and approach that will best support you.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). CBT helps you on recognize the link between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and helps you adapt your thoughts and behaviors as a mechanism for positive change.

CBT is recognized as “gold standard” treatment for many disorders, with a rich evidence base. We will help individualize an empirical treatment for you.

While engaged in CBT, your therapist will assist you in recognizing thinking patterns (thoughts, cognitions, assumptions, ways of thinking) that contribute to your symptoms and will work with you to challenge these thoughts and reframe your thinking.

Additionally, CBT involves supporting you in developing stronger, healthier behaviors and resisting avoidance behaviors that serve to maintain symptoms. This can be scary. At Empire Minds, our clinicians will guide and support you in gently confronting your fears. 


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. It was initially designed for clients managing chronic suicidality and self-harm behaviors (such as cutting). DBT has been adapted to adolescents, children, and other populations including clients struggling with emotional lability, self-injury, eating disorders and substance abuse.

At Empire Minds, our clinicians have experience working in the field of DBT. We provide DBT-informed therapy which involves integrating the principles of DBT to address an array of presenting issues including impulsivity, difficulty tolerating intense emotions, and interpersonal difficulties.

For some clients, we may recommend full DBT services including individual therapy, group therapy, and skills coaching.

Positive Behavior Management

Naughty kids. Oppositional kids. Angry kids. Tantrums.

At Empire Minds, we know that difficult behaviors in children deserve to be addressed with compassion for both the parents and the children. Positive Behavior Management Therapy (PMT) is an approach used to address childhood externalizing disorders (e.g. oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

This approach is grounded in the evidence-base and is focused on teaching and supporting parents around addressing their child’s behavioral challenges more effectively. It is not easy. But it helps both children and their caregivers.

PMT is time-limited and highly structured and involves teaching parents positive parenting strategies that are proven to be effective in increasing compliance and improving parent-child relations. 

Group Therapy

Adult ADHD

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Teen Time

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Informed Skills Group for Today’s Teen 

Are you a teen who is often told you have “big emotions”? Is it becoming even harder for you to talk to your parents or caregivers? Or are you a parent/caregiver, who thinks your teen is struggling with these things?

Empire Minds NYC (empiremindsnyc.com) is offering a DBT-informed class whereby teens will learn DBT skills to help cope with various stressors. Skills will range from mindfulness to distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. 

If you are a teen who is interested in a group like this(or a parent who thinks your teen would benefit from this group), please contact Victor Rios to schedule a short screener. 

Group will be starting shortly so please reach out!

Prideful Parent

Empire Minds NYC is offering an 8-week, virtual group for parents or caregivers of LGBTQ+ teenagers. 

In addition to learning LGBTQ+ specific topics and vocabulary to enhance allyship, this group is also designed for caregivers to support and teach each other. 

Group is starting shortly so if you are interested in joining, please reach out to Victor Rios, PhD.

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