Dr. Zilberstein understands that each person is deeply layered and complex, thus strives to understand the full person in addition to the presenting psychiatric symptoms. As such, Dr. Z conducts a detailed history of your symptoms, your development, your family history, and your social history. This initial session lasts between 60 and 90 minutes, and sometimes requires multiple sessions.
Like many modern therapists, Dr. Zilberstein's therapeutic approach is eclectic. He has a strong foundation in cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, and psychodynamic theory. The therapeutic dyad will aim to guide you towards self-discovery, overcoming your fears, and achieving a better quality of life. Patients may be seen alone or together with family members. These appointments will occur weekly and will last 45 minutes.
After a thorough discussion of your diagnosis and potential treatment options, it may be decided that psychiatric medication will help you feel better. Dr. Zilberstein will present you with medication options that are evidence-based, and you will work collaboratively in choosing the medication most suited for you. Follow ups may be symptom focused, but will always contain therapeutic elements. These appointments will occur monthly on average and will last 30-45 minutes.
Thru his training at Fordham University Counseling Center, and Bronx High School of Science, Dr. Zilberstein learned the value of direct collaboration with counselors, teachers, and coaches. Dr. Z strives for a comparable level of collaboration in his outpatient work. Furthermore, Dr. Z has had success coordinating behavior plans and guiding their implementation in the school setting.
Dr. Zilberstein utilizes a HIPAA compliant video conferencing software to conduct psychiatric assessments, medication management, and psychotherapy when a patient is unable to attend a session in person. Telehealth technology is being increasingly utilized in effort to comply with social distancing in the wake of COVID-19.
Your body has thousands of genes inherited from your parents and ancestors. These genes determine what eye color you have and how tall you are. These genes can also determine which medications will most likely help you feel better. When clinically indicated, Dr. Zilberstein will use genetic testing to guide your care.
People with mental health conditions are at higher risk of thinking about or engaging in self harming behavior and/or suicidal thoughts. Dr. Zilberstein can help families and schools understand where a child lies on the risk continuum at the time of his or her appointment.
Areas of Expertise
ADHD (child and adult types)
Autism and sequelae
Trauma (PTSD and complex)