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CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
DR. MARGARET SALA

Evidenced-Based Therapy in Greenwich, Darien, Westport, Westchester, and Surrounding Areas in Connecticut and New York

About

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Connecticut (License #4100) and New York (License #024694) holding a part-time private practice and an Assistant Professor Position at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University, where I am the Director of the Mindfulness, Eating Disorders, and Acceptance Lab (MEAL) and conduct treatment development research (click here to learn more about my lab). I have over 7 years of experience researching and practicing evidenced-based treatments, have published over 30 scientific publications and authored over 35 presentations at scientific conferences. I have also received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the American Psychological Association. My research informs my clinical practice. 

Education

I graduated with honors in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill and earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. I completed my psychology internship at the Connecticut VA Healthcare System. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Drexel University Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science Center, an interdisciplinary center focused on obesity and disordered eating. I also received clinical training at the Texas Health Presbyterian Eating Disorder Program, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center for Medical Psychology, North Texas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and The Anxiety and Depression Research Center at SMU. Check out my CVI am also a native Spanish and Russian speaker and can provide therapy in Spanish and Russian.

Therapy Approach

My style is warm, relaxed, authentic, and practical. I follow a collaborative and personalized treatment approach by carefully tailoring evidence-based psychotherapy (EBPs). EBPs are treatments that are based directly on scientific evidence from several large-scale clinical trials, involving thousands of patients and have been shown to reduce symptoms. I have extensive training in several EBPs, and draw from mindfulness-based treatments (MBSR, MBCT, MBRP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). I am also trained in exposure therapy for anxiety disorders and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD. I am also currently receiving training in Family Based Treatment (FBT) for adolescents with eating disorders from Stanford University. I am passionate about making EBPs accessible to more people.

Personal

On a personal note, I live in Riverside, CT. I am a mom to an 8 year old girl and a 3 year old boy, who keep me on my toes and are also the greatest joys of my life. I love spending time with family and friends, exploring the tri-state area, doing yoga, practicing meditation, spinning, traveling the world, and reading.