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Is your child having difficulty with sleeping, getting homework done, peer relationships, or arguments about "screen time"? Dr. Nancie Spector specializes in helping parents help their children.


About Me

Nancie R. Spector, Ph.D. is a licensed child clinical psychologist with over thirty years of experience. She has expertise in learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, dealing with issues of loss such as divorce and death, and is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She also conducts parent guidance work: helping parents with their child's sleep, toileting, and feeding issues.

Dr. Spector is located in New Canaan, CT and is licensed in Connecticut and New York.  In addition, Dr. Spector holds a telehealth license in Florida. Currently, all services are conducted via telephone  or HIPAA- compliant video sessions. 


Dr. Spector uses a labrador retriever that is a certified facility dog trained by Canine Companions for Independence to help create a welcoming environment for her patients. He provides great comfort to both children and adults during testing and therapy sessions, and many children tell him their worries.


Specialties & Treatment Approach

Dr. Nancie Spector works with children, adolescents, and their parents.

Dr. Spector's goal is to teach parents how to help their children. She teaches DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) skills to help children, adolescents, and their parents learn how to manage emotions more effectively. She also often works with parents without seeing their child to help with sleep, eating, toileting problems, and can assist when families are experiencing losses such as divorce and death, and can assist with choosing schools at all levels. 

Dr. Spector has experience treating various issues including:

  • ADHD
  • Adoption

  • Anxiety

  • Asperger's Syndrome

  • Autism 

  • Behavioral Issues

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Coping Skills

  • Mood disorders

  • Parenting

  • Peer Relationships

  • School Issues (bullying, choosing a school, etc.)

  • Stress

  • Depression

  • Developmental Disorders
  • Divorce

  • Family Conflict

  • Grief

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Life Transitions

She is intensively trained in the following treatment approaches:​
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for adults and adolescents

  • Dialectical behavior therapy for children and parents (DBT-C)

  • Parent skills training

  • Play therapy

  • Family therapy

  • Psychodynamic


Contact Me

During this time, I am open for virtual sessions for patients in Connecticut, Florida, and New York, as well as being certified to provide telehealth in all the Psypact states (www. I have been conducting telehealth video sessions via a secure platform for over eight years. To receive more information or to schedule an appointment, you can reach me here:


Nancie R. Spector, PhD

New Canaan, CT


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