Dr. Cindy Keefe
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Phone: (203) 913-6105
Dr. Cindy Keefe
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Parent-Child Interaction therapist. I received my Doctorate and Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University, C.W. Post. I also hold a Master’s in Applied Psychology from Fairfield University. I attended Lafayette College for my undergraduate studies.
I specialize in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. My practice includes providing individual and family therapy, parent coaching, psychological testing, and ADD/ADHD support services. In my therapeutic and testing work, I focus on addressing ADHD and executive function issues, emotional issues including anxiety and depression, life transitions, self-esteem issues, and relationship and behavioral issues. In my parent coaching and family work, I provide you with specific techniques to improve your day-to-day parent-child interactions, your overall parent-child bond, and your child’s ability to follow and comply with your directives so as to increase the positive engagement among the members of your family.
I utilize an honest and empathetic approach to help produce successful outcomes. I offer acceptance and understanding, and provide a safe and nurturing environment where challenges and goals can be set and hope and direction can be established. I work with individuals, parents, and families, and utilize interventions with a shorter-term orientation. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, and Play Therapy. I draw from these techniques and tailor them to fit your needs. Whatever challenges you are facing, I am here to work collaboratively with you to generate meaningful change and identify the best possible plan going forward.
My background includes positions at the residential treatment facility at Green Chimneys in Brewster, NY, the adolescent inpatient unit at Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, NY, the child/family outpatient clinic at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY, the mental health community clinic at Andrus in White Plains, NY, and the Psychology Team at the Southfield Center For Development in Darien, CT. I conducted a four-year research project at Fairfield University in the areas of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Parenting Stress. I frequently present to local communities on various topics related to the mental health of children and adolescents including: understanding, supporting and parenting children with ADHD, managing parenting stress, developing an effective parenting style, and the parent/school partnership.
“Dr. Cindy and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) have transformed our family. Parenting our high-energy and often demanding 4 year old son had previously been constant and exhausting work that was filled with endless threats and nonstop tantrums. Since we began working with Dr. Cindy, our son has learned to really listen, and we have learned to parent much more effectively. Although tantrums still happen, they are now infrequent and quickly resolved. The time that we spend with our son is much more enjoyable, and the overall atmosphere in our home is much more positive and pleasant. Most importantly, our son is more settled, he’s happier, and he feels heard and understood. We are so grateful to Dr. Cindy and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and I strongly recommend this program to any family struggling!”
“My husband, daughter and I completed PCIT with Cindy this past April and since then there has been a big change in our daughter’s behavior and how we respond to her behavior. PCIT gives you, the parent, techniques to get your child to follow simple everyday commands in a calm and straight forward way. One of my favorite things about it is the special playtime. As a mom, I spend most of the day doing busy mom work and never really get to enjoy my kids. Special playtime is a simple yet powerful way to connect with your child. Currently, my husband and I do it with our kids prior to bedtime. It’s a great way to end the day for the kids and us. Before our journey with PCIT, I did not realize how it would become such a huge part of our everyday life but since it has, things in our house have really evened out. It’s not easy and takes work to integrate PCIT skills into your life, but it’s worth the effort. I highly recommend Cindy, she is easy to work with and my daughter loved her. One of my best memories was toward the end when I was going with my daughter and Cindy to our appointment and she yelled, “come on mom I am going to practice being a good listener.” Thanks to Cindy and PCIT she is a great listener.”
“We worked with Dr. Keefe using Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and she was such an incredible asset for our family. When we first started working with her, my husband and I were really struggling with our four and a half year old son. She gave us so many tips and tools to work with him and personalized it for what we needed (both for what worked for our family and what worked for our son). She all did this with love, patience and also the right amount of structure. The structure was key, and while we have an older son, she helped us to realize how we needed to modify weekends and unstructured time with each child. Working with her reinforced how we can meet all of our children’s needs while also loving them, and holding them all accountable to family rules and standards. Months later, we have created a much stronger dynamic with our son and with our other children, thanks to many of the structures we put into place with Dr. Keefe’s help. Working with her was an investment in our son, and in our family relationship. I highly recommend Dr. Keefe.”
“We came to Dr. Cindy when my three-year-old was struggling with anxiety. While doing Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), we practiced positive connection skills and engaged in brave exercises, and the results of that were absolutely remarkable. By the time she graduated from the program, her behaviors were completely age appropriate. Things that were once debilitating for her are now easy parts of every day life. She’s gained the confidence to confront her anxiety, and we as parents have gained the skills to help her do so. Dr. Cindy is warm and approachable, always making us feel very comfortable. She’s also always very knowledgeable, professional, and devoted to her patients. We’re so grateful to her for working with us so diligently and helping us get to where we are now.”