Mark Cooperberg, Ph.D., is our Behavioral Therapist in Princeton
As part of its team approach to helping children with social, emotional, and behavioral problems, Princeton Speech-Language & Learning Center is pleased to offer the services of Clinical Psychologist Mark Cooperberg, Ph.D.
Mark, known affectionately by his patients as “Dr. Coop,” has been a therapist for children, adolescents, and adults in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania for more than 10 years. He has extensive experience conducting therapy and evaluations of children with ADHD, adolescents and adults with behavioral challenges, oppositional defiant disorder, Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism, depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. He is recognized by many as one of the top child therapist in Mercer County and a wonderful therapist for teens in crisis.
Dr. Coop earned his doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialization in children and adolescents at Case Western Reserve University. In addition to his work at PSLLC, he serves as a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Individual Psychotherapy Sessions
Dr. Coop works directly with children, adolescents, and adults. He provides psychological evaluations and therapy aimed at addressing specific disorders as well as improving overall social emotional learning. He also uses the latest computer-based interventions and assessments, including the Integrated Visual and Auditory Continuous Performance Test – Second Edition (IVA-2) and Cogmed to assess and enhance executive functioning skills, such as sustaining focus and attention and improving working memory.
Family Therapy Sessions
In addition to individual therapy, Dr. Coop conducts family therapy to assist families in need in Mercer, Somerset and Monmouth counties and beyond. This may include “psychoeducation,” or communicating about an individual’s strengths and needs so that family members can better understand one another. Siblings of students with special needs often benefit from one or two family counseling sessions with Dr. Coop and their parents to learn more about their sibling’s disability and how to manage relationships with one another.
What does a
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist Really Do?
Dr. Coop conducts Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a term used for a group of psychological treatments that are based on scientific evidence. CBT is usually a relatively short-term treatment that focuses on teaching clients specific skills and on the ways that a person’s cognitions (i.e., thoughts), emotions, and behaviors are connected and affect one another.
The therapist and client work together with a mutual understanding that while the therapist has theoretical and technical expertise, the client is the expert. Behavior therapy is designed to assist with the reduction of undesirable behavior and increase desirable behaviors. The basis of cognitive therapy is that thoughts can influence feelings and that one’s emotional response to a situation comes from one’s interpretation of that situation.
Cognitive and behavioral treatments have been found to be effective in numerous studies for a myriad of psychiatric disorders and are a key component in the effective treatment of ADHD and autism spectrum disorders.
Psychological Evaluations and Other Forms of Testing
Dr. Coop specializes in providing comprehensive neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. These assessments provide detailed information about an individual’s strengths and needs, including intellectual ability, academic skills, executive functioning skills, psychological functioning, and any relevant disabilities. Thus, Dr. Coop is able to effectively identify giftedness, cognitive impairment, specific learning disabilities (such as dyslexia), problems with working memory, processing speed, attention, impulse control, hyperactivity, mood regulation, and social-emotional functioning (including assessment of autism spectrum disorders).
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In addition to psychological evaluations, Dr. Coop can provide:
- Independent evaluations (independent from school districts)
- Functional Behavior Assessments
- Behavior Intervention Plans
- Social Emotional Learning/Training
- School-based consultations – including behavioral school observations, meeting with staff, attending CST meetings, reviewing IEPS and 504 Plans
- Consultations with other professionals
- Workshops for parents, professionals, and general audiences