Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury

Zoe A. Landers, LCSW

Zoe A. Landers, LCSW, a graduate of the New York University School of Social Work, maintains a private practice specializing in the treatment of posttraumatic stress related disorders and eating disorders and, since January of 2013, has been employed at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) where she evaluates and facilitates treatment for patients at the Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury (CBTNI) for depression, post-traumatic stress as well as any other psycho-social stressors associated with their brachial plexus injury. Ms. Landers has actively participated in research with the CBPTNI multidisciplinary team to develop a deeper understanding of the psychosocial and psychological impact of brachial plexus injury and findings from this research have been presented at major hand and upper extremity orthopedic conferences.

Prior to working at HSS, Ms. Landers worked with primarily immigrant and minority survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, trafficking and war at the Crime Victims Treatment Center of St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and in various community settings. She has completed post-graduate training through the Trauma Studies Center of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) and currently serves as senior co-chair of the Community Education committee and a member of the Executive Planning committee at the Trauma Studies Center. As part of her role on the Community Education committee, she routinely presents in social service community agencies about posttraumatic stress and developing greater insight into working with people suffering from enduring posttraumatic stress symptoms. Ms. Landers has also presented at conferences on different topics relating to the recognition and treatment of post-traumatic stress symptomology and guest lectures at ICP on the treatment of patients with co-occurring PTSD and eating disorders.

In conjunction with the No More Fear Foundation and ICP, Ms. Landers facilitates a small group of trauma therapy specialists who provide pro-bono psychotherapy for a year to clients seeking asylum due to their sexual orientation. She has also completed the two-year training program for the treatment of eating disorders at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia at (ICP). Ms. Landers is a level 3 trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist and has completed level 1 training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) as well as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SMP). She is currently enrolled in the two year SMP Level 2 training. Ms. Landers completed her bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College in 2002.

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