Rachel Proujansky, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctorate from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. She completed her internship at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West Hospitals. Dr. Proujansky completed her post-doctoral fellowship in DBT with adolescents, adults, and family members at the Center for Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, where she worked with adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, emotion dysregulation, and addictive and compulsive behaviors. She also served as a therapist on an NIH-funded study examining the use of LGB-affirmative CBT for substance use and compulsive sexual behavior in sexual minority men. She is instrumental in managing and supporting the clinicians on CMC’s trauma team at CMC. Dr. Proujansky is an Adjunct Clinical Supervisor at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association.
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I do this work because of the parents and family members suffering deeply from the effects of addiction. Many lack access to evidence based skills and non-judgmental support. I am incredibly grateful to be able to share information with people far and wide about the ways they can support their loved ones while also caring for themselves.
I always walk away from trainings deeply moved and inspired. The moments that stick out the most are when parents come back and share the ways they used the skills learned with their own family. It is even more impactful when they mention noting an immediate difference! It can’t get any better than that.
I would tell them to never give up. This is hard work and there will be times when it feels like your efforts are not working and you want to give up. If you can hold on through those tough moments, amazing things can happen! Even through difficulty, parents should know that they will feel better after handling a situation in a way that allows their child to feel loved – that alone is a tremendous gift.