Christopher Ricci, Ph.D.
Using a cognitive and behavioral model focused on strengths and the unique aspects of each child, adolescent and family, my goal is to align with my client toward the resolution of conflict and to bring about happiness through the specific changes that come with new thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Counseling & Consultation
Children, Adolescents, Young Adults & Families
Parent Psychological Education and Training
School / Parent Workshops
Social Skills Groups for children 5-12
During an initial appointment we will explore psychological, familial, educational and environmental factors contributing to current concerns. Typically completed over the course of two visits, the evaluation includes a detailed history.
At the end of the evaluation we will discuss treatment options including a plan that may include behavior management, consultation about educational strategies, medical interventions and other related services or fpsychoeducational testing as needed. Problems such as ADHD, Autism, depression and anxiety have complexities requiring time and care as well as multi-modal and collaborative approaches. I will work with you, your pediatrician, other medical providers, your school and other therapies as needed to coordinate care, make academic and home based recommendation, provide strategies and interventions for all environments.
Appointments are regularly scheduled for therapy, to monitor overall development, and for guidance in coordinating care for my client’s evolving needs.
Areas of Expertise
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Oppositional and Defiant Behavior
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Dr. Ricci earned his BS in psychology from Colgate University in 1995 and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Palo Alto Univeristy in 2001.
Working within diverse contexts from public and private schools to inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities with students from elementary school through college. Dr. Ricci has been helping develop and implement mental health services since 1997 in the San Francisco and NY metropolitan areas and in Raleigh, NC since 2009.
Dr. Ricci offers interactive workshops to parents and students including topics related to positive parenting and communication skills, child development, social and emotional intelligence, media violence, stress management, mindfulness and many others.
For over 15 years Dr. Ricci has provided social skill groups with children ages 5-13.
Dr. Ricci consulted with the NYC Board of Education in Elementary, Middle and High Schools providing workshops, diagnostic support and supervision.
Dr. Ricci's experience includes:
Four Winds Hospital, Katonah, NY
Infant and Child Learning Center, Downstate Medical Center, NYC
The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, NYC
Safe Schools Healthy Students
Abbreviated Reading List
Russell Barkley, Ph.D.
Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents
How We Learn: the Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why it Hapens
Edward Hallowell, MD
Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientists Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults
The Conscious Parents Guide to Autism
Be Different: My Adventures with Asperger's and My Advice for Fellow Aspergians, Misfits, Families, and Teachers
Daniel Siegel, MD
The Whole-Brain Child and Whole-Brain Child Workbook
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation
Neurotribes: the Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
Liane Holliday Wiley
Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Expanded Edition