About Melanie

Clinical Psychologist in New York City

Psychologist New York City

I am a Clinical Psychologist in New York City specializing in individual adult psychotherapy.

I have extensive experience working with depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, trauma, history of abuse, self-image, identity, and relationship difficulties. My primary approach to psychotherapy is psychodynamic; I consider how past experiences, environment, culture and relationships may be influencing current personal, social and life situations. I also have extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and mind-body based practices and utilize these techniques whenever they may be helpful in alleviating symptoms or distress.

I am particularly attuned to understanding clients’ issues and therapeutic goals within a cultural context. From 2012 to 2016 I worked in Japan at an international counseling center treating adults, adolescents and families from many different cultural backgrounds. I served as interim clinical director providing supervision to therapists and helped devise and implement outreach programs for a variety of issues including attention deficit disorder in children and suicide prevention awareness. I have an acute awareness of the kinds of challenges that may arise for individuals, couples and families while being uprooted and adjusting to a new environment.

Before spending time in Japan and entering private practice, I trained and worked in inpatient and outpatient settings at Beth Israel Medical Center, Bronx Psychiatric Center and at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Hospital. While working in hospitals I received specialized training in the treatment of substance abuse disorders, chronic pain, severe depression, PTSD and histories of chronic childhood sexual and physical abuse. At the VA hospital I assisted a suicide prevention research program.

I have a background in modern dance and I am a certified yoga instructor. I have been teaching and practicing yoga and meditation for the past twenty-five years. When working with patients I consider the integration of mind and body and the affect one can have on the other.

In addition to private practice I am currently studying contemporary psychoanalysis as a postdoctoral candidate at New York University. I am also a Clinical Associate at the New School for Social Research providing supervision for doctoral students training to be psychologists

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