​Dr. Melissa Otero is a licensed psychologist who specializes in childhood and adolescence. She is a graduate of the APA-Accredited Clinical-School Psychology Program of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology (Yeshiva University), where she earned both her Masters and Doctorate degrees in child and adolescent psychology. Dr. Otero is fluent in Spanish, and provides individual psychotherapy in Spanish for those individuals who feel most comfortable speaking in their native language. She has received advanced training in group psychotherapy from the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, the regional affiliate of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Dr. Otero has also received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy from Behavioral Tech, LLC. Dr. Otero currently holds licenses to practice in New York and Connecticut. 

Dr. Otero completed her clinical training at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Jewish Community Services, Fisher Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning Disabilites at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Pleasantville Cottage School/Edenwald Center. Since then, Dr. Otero has continued to work with some of the most demanding and challenged youth in Westchester County. She has extensive experience working with individuals in acute crisis. Dr. Otero currently holds a faculty appointment at New York Medical College, where she is an instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. 

Dr. Otero works in individual, family, and group formats with children and adolescents who struggle with:

  • Mood issues
  • Anxiety
  • Social skills deficits
  • Disruptive behaviors
  • Trauma-related issues 
  • Intellectual disability
  • Chronic illness
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders, particularly Autism and Asperger's Syndrome