City and Country CBT is a small group practice founded by Dr. Sameena Groves and Dr. Sarah Trosper Olivo. We are licensed psychologists who trained and worked together at the NYU Child Study Center before deciding to start a private practice.
Sarah Trosper Olivo, PhD
Sarah Trosper Olivo, PhD, is a licensed psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety, OCD and depression in children, adolescents and adults. She also offers consultation to individuals, parents and schools in managing life changes and role transitions, such as becoming a parent. In addition to her expertise in anxiety and mood disorders, Dr. Trosper Olivo has specialized training in treating selective mutism and traumatic stress and grief.
She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the NYU School of Medicine and serves as a supervisor for psychology interns and psychiatry fellows in evidence-based treatments. She most recently worked at the NYU Child Study Center where she ran the intensive OCD and CBT programs. Dr. Trosper Olivo has received specialized training in CBT, exposure and response prevention for OCD, and parent-child interaction therapy. Dr. Trosper Olivo has also been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Although she does not offer DBT treatment directly in her private practice, DBT skills are often incorporated into her treatment.
Dr. Trosper Olivo completed her clinical internship in the child and adolescent track at the Child Study Center and Bellevue Hospital Center and stayed at the Child Study Center for her postdoctoral fellowship. She earned her PhD from Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, and she received her BA from Duke University.
Dr. Trosper Olivo has presented her research at professional conferences, and her work has been published in peer-reviewed, academic journals. She is a member of the American Psychology Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
Dr. Trosper Olivo is licensed in both New York and Connecticut.
Sameena Groves, PhD
Sameena Groves, PhD, is a licensed psychologist with expertise in CBT for children, adolescents, and adults. She is well-versed in assessment and treatment for anxiety, depression, and interpersonal problems.
Additionally, she teaches skills to help individuals, parents and families navigate difficult transitions such as beginning a new school or job, terminating a relationship, and having a child.
Dr. Groves was previously a Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine where she worked at the NYU Child Study Center. She has received specialized training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), CBT, and family therapy. She has lectured on the topic of DBT for adolescents, and was a group leader and supervisor in the DBT program at the NYU Child Study Center. Although she does not currently offer DBT in private practice, she does incorporate many of the skills and concepts from DBT into her approach to treatment.
Upon completing her clinical internship in child and adolescent psychology at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Groves pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in the Institute of Anxiety and Mood Disorders at the NYU Child Study Center, where she gained additional training in treating selective mutism, depression, and a range of anxiety disorders. She earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and she received her BA from Yale University.
Dr. Groves has presented her research at professional conferences and provides talks and workshops to the New York community on topics such as transitioning to college, managing stress in the postpartum period, and improving communication in couples. As an adjunct faculty member at Yeshiva University and the NYU Child Study Center, Dr. Groves provides supervision to professionals in training. She is a member of the American Psychology Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
Dr. Amanda Gitkind, Postdoctoral Fellow
P: (914) 719-6817
Dr. Gitkind is an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University’s Hudson campus, where she teaches master’s level study in school psychology, school counseling and marriage and family therapy.
Dr. Gitkind was previously employed as a school psychologist in Westport, Connecticut, where she provided individual and group counseling and consultation to school-aged children and their families. Specifically, Dr. Gitkind has run groups with themes including: divorce, siblings of special needs children, social skills, self-esteem and sportsmanship. Dr. Gitkind also has extensive experience with the comprehensive assessment/evaluation of children being considered for both special education services and for gifted placement.
Dr. Gitkind earned her doctoral degree in school psychology in 2017 from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and her BA from State University of New York at Albany. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow, providing psychotherapy with supervision.
Dr. Gitkind currently sees clients in our Greenwich location.