Alexis Conason PSY.D.
Dr. Alexis Conason is a licensed psychologist in private practice in New York City. Her office is conveniently located on the border between the Upper East Side and Midtown East neighborhoods of Manhattan. She specializes in the treatment of overeating disorders, body image, and psychological issues related to bariatric surgery. She also treats people struggling with sexual functioning, depression, anxiety, adjustment problems, relationship issues, and other psychological issues. Please contact her to see if she can help you with what you are struggling with.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Conason is also a Research Associate at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at Mt. Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital in affiliation with Columbia University. Her most recent research investigates substance use and psychopathology following bariatric weight loss surgery. In addition, she is currently working on research projects examining body image and sexual functioning following bariatric surgery, as well as investigating the effectiveness of a mindful eating intervention in the treatment of overeating behaviors. She has presented her research at a number of professional conferences and has been published/interviewed in scientific and mainstream media. She serves as the Research Chair for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals- New York Chapter (IAEDP-NY), is on the editorial board of Frontiers in Eating Behavior, and serves as a peer reviewer for a number of medical and scientific journals including Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD) and Obesity Surgery.
Dr. Conason is the author of “Eating Mindfully,” a popular blog for Psychology Today. She also writes “The Anti-Diet” blog published on this website. She recently contributed a chapter to “Hedonic Eating,” an academic book targeted to professionals that will be published by Oxford University Press.
Currently, Dr. Conason is working on a book based on her Mindful Eating Group program. She hopes this book will help people develop a more peaceful relationship with food and their body by using techniques from mindful eating, enabling them to say farewell to dieting once and for all.
After earning her doctoral degree from Long Island University, C.W. Post (accredited by the American Psychological Association) and completing an APA approved internship at The Karen Horney Clinic, Dr. Conason completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in affiliation with Columbia University. Part of this training included working closely with the Center for Bariatric Surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital as part of the treatment team conducting pre-operative psychological evaluations, treatment plans, and leading their support groups. She did additional post-doctoral training to earn a certificate in eating disorders, addictions, and compulsions from the William Alanson White Institute and a certificate in psychodynamic psychotherapy from the American Institute of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Conason is trained in Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Therapy (MB-EAT), an empirically validated treatment for binge-eating and other overeating disorders. She also has training in sex therapy. Dr. Conason is licensed to practice psychology by New York State. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA), the American Society for Metabolic Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), amongst other organizations.
Shira Rosenbluth, LCSW
Shira Rosenbluth, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker. She specializes in the treatment of disordered eating, eating disorders, and body image dissatisfaction using a weight-neutral approach. Her treatment philosophy centers on collaboration between therapist and patient to help you understand challenges in your life and make lasting changes. She is skilled in providing cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, family based treatment, and mindfulness based approaches. She also has experience treating mood disorders, relationship issues, family conflict, and self esteem issues.
Shira joined Alexis Conason, PsyD in 2017 after working at the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services for close to four years where she was an individual therapist. Shira has worked for the last year as an eating disorder coach at the Eating Disorder Treatment Collaborative (EDTC), designing individualized plans to help facilitate eating disorder recovery and providing support throughout the recovery process. She offers meal support; giving clients an opportunity to practice normalized eating, challenge fear foods, learn to be mindful of hunger and fullness cues, and process thoughts ands feeling that come up. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University in 2012.
Shira has a passion for helping people feel their best in their body at any size. She is the author of A Sequin Love Affair, a popular body positive style blog that has been featured in Verily Magazine, The Everygirl, and laurenconrad.com. She also writes a monthly column for The Jewish Press and her work has been published in The Forward and Glam.