Jenifer Talley

Psychologist, PhD

Contact Info



  • Psychologist
    New York

Dr. Jenifer Talley is a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of trauma and co-occurring substance misuse. Dr. Talley is the Assistant Director of The Center for Optimal Living, a private practice and training center in NYC.  Working from an integrative harm reduction framework, Dr. Talley's approach is interactive and focuses on the development of practical skills to manage intense emotions, reduce self-judgment, and promote self-compassion. Mindfulness skills are integrated into an active exploration of the interrelationship between thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and behaviors, along with their contribution to substance misuse and relationship issues. Dr. Talley is also interested in how yoga can be used to enhance the connection with the body and support the development of emotion management skills. Together with Dr. Andrew Tatarsky, she created the Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program and participates in the training and supervision of clinicians and graduate students in additin to providing clinical services.


  • Addiction
  • Substance Abuse
  • Depression
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Trauma and PTSD

Treatment Orientation

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Relational
  • Trauma Focused

Age Groups

  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 21)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)
  • Young Adults (20's & 30's)