Dr. Kovaleski attended the State University Of New York at Binghamton for his graduate training in clinical psychology, earning a Ph.D. in 1987. SUNY-Binghamton is a strongly behavioral program that trains its students in behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. While there, he studied and did research in anxiety disorders, biofeedback, behavioral medicine, psychological testing and depression.
His clinical experience since graduation includes working as a staff member at a local psychiatric hospital for two years, working in private practice specializing in family therapy (leading to working with children's behavior disorders), doing developmental assessments in several facilities providing early education/early intervention programs for children and teaching several classes at Binghamton University as an adjunct faculty in the Psychology Department. He has been in private practice in Apalachin, New York since 1991.
My Clinical Approach and Practice
Currently, behavioral principles guide my decision-making in my work with clients. Behavior therapies including cognitive behavior therapy, exposure therapies, dialectical behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy are all part of my treatment approach. Over the course of the last 20 years in private practice I have participated in continuing educational seminars, usually a week long, with experts in these areas.
I treat clients across a wide age spectrum from five or six years old through adulthood. In children, I see mostly behavioral problems, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and some depressive disorders. In adolescence I commonly see clients with anxiety, depression, behavioral problems and problems with adjustment to various stressors, such as divorce or blending among families. In adults I frequently treat anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and marital/family problems. Stress management and anger management also form a small but significant portion of my referrals.
I reserve a small portion of my practice for psycho-educational assessments including ADHD evaluations and learning disability evaluations for school-age children. I do not specialize in assessment of adults for ADHD.
I am currently a provider for the following insurance/managed care companies:
Aetna, CIGNA, ENI, Excellus, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Univera Health Care, Humana, Health Now New York, Medicare, Magellan, MHN, MVP, NAA, POMCO,RMSCO,TriCare, UBH , UHD, VBH-NYS and VBH-CDPHP . However, if you do not see your company on this list it would be worthwhile checking their provider lists or calling my office in order to be certain. I am frequently adding companies due to local employers changing their insurance providers.