“In my practice, I see the pressures working parents face today are greater than ever before. The stress levels are at an all-time high and working parents are struggling to keep up. Striking the balance between professional success and family success is difficult, but Villyge makes a difference. Villyge provides the type of parenting support that working parents need most post-baby.”
Dr. Alexandra L. Barzvi is the Chief Pediatric Psychology Advisor and brings with her extensive parent coaching experience. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, with more than 20 years experience in child psychology. Dr. Barzvi is the founder of Madison Psychology, PLLC, a Private Practice on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. She also founded The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Anxiety Center of New York, which services New York City and Nassau County. She is affiliated with the NYU Child Study Center, where she formerly served as the Clinical Director of the Anita Saltz Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders. She is the co-host of About Our Kids on “Doctor Radio,” and is also Co-Founder of SeedlingsGroup, where she is an Independent Consultant.
Dr. Barzvi has expertise in evaluating and treating anxiety, mood and behavior disorders in children and adults. She is an expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and her areas of special interest include Depression, Anxiety (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Separation Anxiety, Social Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and PTSD), Divorce, Grief and Loss. Dr. Barzvi also spends a majority of her time coaching parents through the many challenges of parenting, including the use of effective discipline, how to stay calm and consistent, how to promote respect within the family, and how to advocate for the educational needs of your child. Dr. Barzvi helps parents with everything from everyday challenges to more difficult problems including lying, cheating, drug and alcohol abuse, sibling rivalry, temper tantrums, and school refusal. Dr. Barzvi is certified in Parent Management Training from the Yale Parenting Center.
Dr. Barzvi is committed to the promotion of children’s mental health and positive parenting, and devotes a great deal of her time to conducting lectures, workshops and seminars to educate parents, communities, school personnel and other mental health professionals about the needs of a child. To this end, she also teaches and supervises Psychiatry Residents, Psychology Interns, and Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellows, and is a certified preschool and parent group leader.
Dr. Barzvi frequently appears on local and national television talk shows and news shows including The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, WNBC’s Live at 5, MSNBC, and the Hallmark Channel: New Mornings. She has also been quoted in a wide variety of popular magazines and newspapers including W Magazine, USA Weekend, Women’s World, The Associated Press, Child Magazine, Parents Magazine, Youth Magazine, Esperanza Magazine, Redbook, Education Update and Nick Jr. Family Magazine.
Dr. Barzvi earned her Ph. D. and Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She completed her internship training at Bellevue Hospital and the NYU Medical Center, and received her B.A. in psychology from New York University. Dr. Barzvi is also the proud mother of three children.