My name is Marcos A. Quiñones and I teach Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Clinical Practice III at New York University and Hunter College School's of Social Work. And, I study Neuroscience at Columbia University. My values are healing, teaching, learning, and self care to include health, exercise and diet.
In my work as a psychotherapist and adjunct professor, I help clients and students be the person they want to be. Think for a moment, what keeps you from becoming the person you want to be. If you are like many, it would be your thoughts and emotions. There is nothing inherently wrong with your thoughts and emotions, but when you organize your behavior in the service of them, then your life stops being about who you want to be and more about engaging with your thoughts (inner dialogue) and managing negative emotions.
Neuroscience is the study of structure and function of the nervous system and brain. My interest in neuroscience is the understanding of learning, memory, and thinking as it relates to mental health. For example, we receive messages from our parents directly or passively on how to function in a relationship. These messages are stored in long-term memory. When triggered for recall, we bring these messages into the short-term memory store of our brain where they influence our behavior. By understanding how learning, memory and thinking function in the human brain, we may be able to discover more effective intervention strategies.
Prior to becoming a mental health practitioner, I was a US Army Airborne Ranger Sergeant, successful project manager at a software development consulting company, and businessman. I was born and raised in The Bronx and attended Mt. St. Michael Academy, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, University of Maryland, New York University, and now Columbia University. I received clinical training at The Albert Ellis Institute, and am member of several professional organizations including Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, and the National Association of Social Workers.