On Second Thought, LLC

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Basic Information

Company Slogan: You're Just a Thought Away from Changing Your Day
Director: Dr. Teresa Busto
Address: P.O. Box 43 West Islip, NY 11795
Services For:

Nationally

Phone Number: 516-996-8539
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 6 a.m.
Certification:

New York State Certified School Psychologist
New York State Licensed School/Community Psychologist

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Additional Information

Membership in Organizations:

American Psychological Association
National Association of School Psychologists
New York Association of School Psychologists

Area of Focus/Practice Interest:

Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CCBT)
"On Second Thought: from Iffy to Witty Thoughts" (OST) is a computerized program intended to teach the core principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to upper elementary school aged children. This program helps children raise thought awareness and develop a better understanding of the link between thoughts, feelings, behaviors and consequences. Furthermore, OST targets dysfunctional patterns of instability in emotion regulation, interpersonal relationships, impulse control and self-image all while delivering these skill-based lessons through a variety of computerized platforms (i.e. desktops, laptops, tablets and phones).

Client Age Group: 7-12
Education/Training:

Professional Training SEPTEMBER 2004
American Institute for Cognitive Therapy
New York City, New York 10022

Doctorate of Psychology September 1996-May 2001
Hofstra University Hempstead, New York
SPECIALIZATION: School/Community Psychology
DISSERTATION:
5/01: Body Dysmorphic Disorder in a Cosmetic Surgery Population

MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY SEPTEMBER 1992 - MAY 1995
St. John's University
Jamaica, New York

INTERNSHIP:
9/94 - 5/95: Farmingdale Public Schools
Elementary, jr. high and high school

BACCALAUREATE OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY SEPTEMBER 1989 - AUGUST 1991
Hofstra University Hempstead, New York
ASSOCIATES OF ARTS SEPTEMBER 1987-AUGUST 1989
Nassau Community College Garden City, New York

LICENSE:
10/02: New York State

Professional Work Setting:

Private Practitioner June 2011-PRESENT
Massapequa, New York
Private Practitioner June 2008- June 2011 Syosset, New York
Private Practitioner APRIL 2003 -July 2008
B-Mod Associates Bethpage, New York
Provide psychological evaluations for potential bariatric surgery patients. Offer cognitive behavioral treatment of various psychological disorders including, but not limited to, anxiety, and depressive disorders in children, adolescents and adults

EMPLOYMENT
School Psychologist SEPTEMBER 1996 -PRESENT
Farmingdale School District North Massapequa, New York
Provide cognitive behavioral treatment of various disorders such as anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, impulse, anger and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. Conduct comprehensive psychological evaluations, including ability, achievement, personality, behavior and visual motor. Engage in consultation with parents, staff
and outside providers (e.g. psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, neurologists and general practitioners). Provide workshops to staff and colleagues on the treatment of various disorders as well as the functional behavioral assessment and behavior intervention plan process. Participate in the supervision of both masters' and doctoral level interns and externs.

North Shore University Hospital JULY 1999-JULY 2000
Psychology Extern Manhasset, New York
Provided cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression in children. Used dialectical behavior therapy in the treatment of (adolescent and adult) patients with eating disorders as well as co-morbid issues (i.e. borderline personality disorder, and affective disorders). Conducted comprehensive psychological evaluations, participated in 15 week treatment group programs for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and their parents. Participated in series of didactics in psychopathology, psychopharmacology, law and psychiatry, neuropsychology, substance abuse, family in crisis, introduction to cultural diversity, Rorschach, child assessment, family therapy, school consultation, and treatment plans. Ongoing consultation with psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, art therapists, general practitioners and nurses.

Services Provided:

To supply mental health providers, educators and caregivers a computerized cognitive behavioral program to help children manage their emotions.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Here at On Second Thought: from Iffy to Witty Thoughts, we don't believe in taking ourselves too seriously. We want our customers to have fun while learning the basic principals in emotion regulation. We entertain with engaging graphics presented in a playful, colorful and "witty: way. We show the cognitive process in a fun, creative and interactive way, using real life examples and stories that allow children to gain a true understanding of cognitive behavioral concepts woven into the lessons. While we believe in taking a humorous approach, we take educating children seriously. To this end, our program is consistent with Cognitive Behavioral Theory and practice of Dr.'s Ellis, Beck and Burns who were pioneers in the field of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Testimonials:

"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 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
NYS Licensed Psychologist

"Dr. Teresa Busto and Paula Busto's On Second Thought: from Iffy to Witty Thought's program 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 the 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: Awarded a 5 Star Review
"This certification process highlights the proficiency and effectiveness of each application. Accredited teachers follow specific metrics when reviewing each application as established by a Professor of Education."

Notes/Information:

National Conventions
The On Second Thought Program has been presented at the following conference & national conventions:

New York Association of School Psychologists' Conference October 2020
Title: Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic Intervention via Technology
Presenters: Teresa Busto, Psy.D., On Second Thought, LLC
Alexa K. Pata, M.S., St. John's University

National Association of School Psychologists' (NASP) Convention 2020
Title: Cognitive-Behavioral Assessment and Therapeutic Intervention
Presenters: Mark D. Terjesen, Ph.D., St. John's University
Teresa Busto, Psy.D., On Second Thought, LLC
Contributors: Angela Mouzakitis & Alexa K. Pata, St. John's University

National Association of School Psychologists' (NASP) Convention 2020
Title: Technology in School Psychology: Instruction, Supervision and Intervention
Presenters: Mark D. Terjesen, Ph.D., St. John's University
Kristy Kelly, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Teresa Busto, Psy.D., On Second Thought, LLC

National Association of School Psychologists' (NASP) Convention 2019 Poster Presentation
Title: A Cognitive-Behavioral Psychoeducational Smart Notebook Program for Anxious Youth
Presenters: Mark D. Terjesen, Ph.D., St. John's University
Stephanie Schwartz, Ph.D. Child Mind Institute
Alexa K. Pata & Natasha Mann, St. John's University

American Psychological Association's (APA) Convention 2016
We are proud to announce that the "On Second Thought: from Iffy to Witty Thoughts" program was highlighted in a workshop run by Dr. Mark Terjesen and Stephanie Schwartz from St. John's University