Natasha Kostek, M.S., is a psychology extern at CBC, where she conducts individual, family, and group therapies with children, adolescents, and adults. She is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in the bilingual track of the School Psychology Psy.D. program at St. John’s University. Natasha earned her B.S. from Cornell University, where she graduated with a major in Human Development. At New York University, she earned an M.A. in Psychology, concentrating in Clinical Psychology. Most recently, she received an M.S. in School Psychology with a bilingual specialization at St. John’s University. Natasha is a native Brazilian Portuguese speaker and also speaks Spanish. The marriage of her doctoral training and multicultural background has reinforced her commitment to collaboration and cultural sensitivity in the therapeutic context.
Natasha is extensively trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). She has clinical experience working with anxiety, depression, externalizing disorders, and anger across the developmental spectrum. She has also been trained in parent management training. Prior to her externship at CBC, Natasha delivered psychological assessment and therapy services targeting a range of presenting problems in children, adolescents, and adults at the St. John’s Center for Psychological Services, a community-based mental health clinic. Her work there was grounded in evidence-based practices. Additionally, she worked as a psychology extern at the Mineola Union Free School District on Long Island. At the middle school, she provided individual and group counseling, conducted psychoeducational evaluations, provided consultation services to teachers, provided socio-emotional resources to parents, and helped run IEP and Section 504 meetings. Natasha has additional clinical experience working at summer programs for youth with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Selective Mutism. Through these collective experiences, Natasha has become increasingly passionate about advocating for parents and school-aged children.
Natasha’s current research at St. John’s University focuses on studying anger. In 2019, she was awarded a fellowship to conduct a meta-analysis of anger interventions for domestic violence perpetrators. Natasha has also worked as a research coordinator at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, where she helped run a federally-funded research project aimed at identifying predictors of the development of psychosis. She also worked as a clinical research coordinator at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, helping to conduct clinical trials on tics and Tourette’s disorder. She has presented her work at various conferences.
Natasha is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), New York City-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association (NYC-CBT), and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).