On Second Thought, LLC

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Basic Information

Company Slogan: Helping Children Learn When Their First Thought Might Not Be the Best Choice
Director: Dr. Teresa Busto
Address: P.O. Box 43 West Islip, NY 11795
Services For:

children ages 8-12

Phone Number: 516-996-8539
Fax Number: N/A
Office Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST

New York State School/Community Psychologist (Licensed)

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Additional Information

Membership in Organizations:

American Psychological Association (APA)
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP)

Area of Focus/Practice Interest:

Treatment for: Children
Treatment of: anxiety, mood disorders, disruptive disorders
Treatment with: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (cCBT)

Client Age Group: 8-12

Hofstra University
Doctorate of Psychology, School/Community

St. John's University
Master of Science, School Psychology

Hofstra Univesity
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Professional Work Setting:

Founder of the digital program: On Second Thought
October 2015-present

Farmingdale Public Schools, School Psychologist
September 1997-present

Dr. Teresa Busto, Private Practitioner
November 2002-present

Services Provided:

On Second Thought (OST) is a digital program designed to help all children manage their emotions.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Our philosophy, here at On Second Thought (OST) is directed to the mental health industry. It's my belief that the three tenets of utmost importance are:
1. to provide exceptional customer service
2. for support teams to elevate the customer experience they need to exist within the company that values their role on the front lines, gives them significant ownership and empowers them with a voice at the executive level.
3. to keep up with the changes in technology in the mental health industry
In conclusion, it's my belief and philosophy that people, that is my customers and my support teams are of primary importance in running my business. It's also my obligation to provide my staff with any new changes within my industry to empower them with the latest information.


"One of the challenges in the delivery of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to children is finding ways to educate them about the basic principles in emotion regulation in a user-friendly manner. The On Second Thought : From Iffy to Witty Thoughts (OST) program is a highly interactive, well-structured program that is developmentally appropriate and provides many fun, hands-on experiences that teach and reinforce the core principles of CBT to better assist students. The program is easy to follow and implement and can easily be applied in the home, a school or clinical setting."

Mark D. Terjesen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
St. John's University
Past-President (2015), Division of International Psychology (Division 52), American Psychological Association
Treasurer (2014-2016), School Psychology Division (Division 16), American Psychological Association

"There is a need for structured materials in the field that are designed to support clinicians in providing psychoeducation about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) concepts to children. The On Second Thought: From Iffy to Witty Thoughts (OST) program adapted the CBT principles and skills that are supported in the literature in a kid-friendly manner. In addition to the several social emotional benefits found in the pilot study of the OST program, delivery via SMART Technology was particularly engaging and motivating to children."

Stephanie Schwartz, Psy.D.
Associate Psychologist at the Child Mind Institute and
NYS Licensed Psychologist

"Dr. Teresa Busto and Paula Busto's On Second Thought From Iffy to Witty Thoughts is an essential tool for any professional teaching cognitive behavioral principles to children. It shows the cognitive process in a fun, creative, and interactive way. Important theories are taught through colorful pictures, interesting examples and stories allowing children to gain a true understanding of the concepts woven into the lessons.

Dr. Busto has figured out how to comprehensively walk her audience through all the essential steps in this process; including how our thoughts influence our feelings and behaviors, recognizing cognitive distortions, how distorted thoughts make us feel and ultimately, how to change our thoughts from distorted to accurate or "iffy" to "witty"."

Jessie Poveromo, Psy. D.
Licensed Psychologist/Director
New York Cognitive Therapy and Wellness Center

"Congratulations to Dr. Teresa Busto and Paula Busto for their new creative and highly innovative social emotional program adaptable to many age groups. This program is consistent with the CBT theory and practice of Dr.'s Ellis, Beck and Burns. The engaging graphics are both entertaining and informative and the program is suitable for individual, group, family and classroom applications.

This is one of the most novel programs I have seen in my 40 years of professional practice."

Charles H. King, Ph.D., ABPP
Diplomate American Board of Professional Psychology (School)


Educational App Store: 5 Star Certified
2022: Best CBT App for kids & Best Social Skills App for kids
2021: Best CBT App for kids & Best Mental Health App for kids

Children's Educational Store
2020: Listed as a top education app for kids