Sometimes life’s everyday challenges are more than we can handle. Small issues that go unchecked often cause the greatest difficulties. My practice serves children, adolescents, adults and couples who need professional support to say how they feel, discover what they want and find needed answers. In a safe space, each individual is encouraged to encounter and express every feeling they are experiencing.
I am a non-judgemental and insightful therapist with extensive experience supporting clients through challenging life transitions. As a result of my seventeen years working in health care, I am adept at empowering individuals to cope with illness or disability (either theirs or that of a loved one). I am also skilled at helping LGBTQ-identifying people navigate issues unique to their lives, whether they be faced individually or as a member of a couple or nontraditional relationship. I welcome clients who work in the entertainment industry as I have extensive experience with the performing arts and associated stressors.
As a Clinical Psychologist for 30 years, I continue to be enriched, challenged and personally deepened by my work. My therapeutic style is active, engaged and empathetic. I help clients find meaning and purpose in their lives, through exploring the past, asking questions about the present, and collaborating to brainstorm solutions for the future. As Clinical Director of the Center for Loss and Renewal, I have an expertise in guiding clients on issues relating to loss and grief. Alongside this specialty I am gratified by the many couples I work with on relationship enhancement issues as well as the coaching work for business success.
I am a licensed psychotherapist specializing in depression, anxiety, relationship issues and eating disorders. I have worked in private practice for years and as a consulting therapist with the Eating Disorder Resource Center. I have a Master's Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and advanced study in psychoanalysis from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. This training has taught me to appreciate the formative role our early life and family experience plays in our emotional and psychological development. I enjoy working with people who are curious about themselves and their emotional struggles and are willing to look more closely at what motivates them.
Welcome. I'm here to help and offer a compassionate, strength-based, and solution-focused approach. I specialize in treating ADHD, anxiety disorders, encopresis, and enuresis using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I’ll help you change unhelpful thinking and behavioral patterns. I am available to teach you strategies to effectively manage your symptoms and address executive functioning weaknesses. My genuine passion and my creative approach have proven effective in engaging children and adults in therapy. I can help you develop skills that will foster a more harmonious home environment and promote lasting, positive change.
Experiencing anxiety, worry, fear or panic attacks related to PTSD, social anxiety, general anxiety, or OCD? I have helped many high functioning people who suddenly find themselves experiencing excessive anxiety by using a combination of CBT and other modern techniques, such as mindfulness and desensitization --- Traumatic experiences, work related stress, difficulty in relationships, health problems, economic insecurity, or major changes in life circumstances can be the cause of anxiety or panic attacks. My approach is collaborative and flexible to help you learn how to manage distress and to make the changes that will increase your satisfaction in life.
Psychotherapy is a little mysterious, and when taken up with a playful kind of seriousness, I find that it's full of surprises. I like surprises, most of all when people surprise themselves with new energy and insights to slough off stale habits of thinking and relationship patterns, whatever it is that's holding them back. I like to assist with this, to bear witness to an empowering process, psychotherapy as imagining one's life and possibilities anew. To me, it's as creative and gratifying as it gets, and if you're reading this, maybe it appeals to you too.
“I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing" This is what I hear from so many young adults. The world can be overwhelming. In our teens and 20s, we are expected to make decisions that will affect the rest of our lives. Who we are, who we want to partner with, what we want to do in our careers. Whether we even want to have careers or partners. This can be even more complex if we struggle with mental health challenges or have been raised in environments that have contributed to religious (or any other kind) of trauma.
When something doesn't feel right in your life, it's worth exploring what it could mean. Whether you are an individual or a couple, our work together will deepen your insight and prepare you for the emergence of new possibilities.
I have been practicing for 25 years and l love what I do! My goal is to help you to navigate life in this time of tension and pressure. I believe that we are all unique but share a common desire to have good relationships, to be good people in our many roles as spouse, parent, friend and worker and to experience happiness. I believe that therapy is a conversation with the goal of helping you to find new ways of behaving and thinking. I look forward to sharing the journey with you.
I have been in full-time practice of comprehensive psychotherapy since 1981 and have, over the years, integrated theories and techniques from numerous approaches in order to individualize treatment. I listen to my client with my ears, soul, and training. I am interactive and believe in treating the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. I believe that therapy is a journey that the therapist takes with the patient. I work with individuals, couples, and families.
I am a licensed psychotherapist and I support individuals through the process of growth and healing, self-discovery, and coping through difficult times. I am committed to helping my clients deepen their connection to themselves and build self trust. By gaining clarity on aspects of your life, whether it be what has shaped you, or what is currently keeping you stuck, I help you use this awareness to live a more intentional life. My therapeutic style is warm, active, and genuine. I strongly believe in the importance of building an authentic and trusting relationship in order for therapy to be effective.
I am committed to helping people understand themselves better so that they can make constructive changes in their lives, whether that is to feel less depressed or anxious, to establish more satisfying relationships, to stop bingeing and purging, or to function better at work. I work mainly with individual adults, including many college students. I have a doctorate in clinical psychology from Temple University. I have had post-doctoral training from the William Alanson White Institute in treating eating disorders and in psychodynamic psychotherapy from the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute,
Therapy is an opportunity for growth and introspection. It is a way to learn how external and internal worlds intertwine to produce thoughts and behaviors that are either already conducive to a healthy, productive life—or could be improved upon. You don’t have to be in a crisis to come to therapy. Preventative care is just as important. My aim is to support you as you navigate the challenges life throws at you including fear and anxiety, interpersonal relationship discord, stresses of professional life, and unresolved conflict from childhood.
Everyone deserves peace of mind and quality of life. I am a dedicated, warm and interactive therapist who can walk you through challenging times and help you find the skills you need to handle both today and your future. I have relevant clinical experience helping clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, loss, relationship issues, general coping skills and more.
WWW.KRISTINEDANBACKPHD.COM I am a clinical psychologist/therapist in NY-- CT, a divorce coach/mediator, psy evaluator, expert witness, and offer co-parenting for anyone in the U.S., focusing on high conflict divorces. Our work will strengthen your resilience, ability to cope and adjust. Areas of focus are: relationships, narcissistic abuse, parenting, loss, care taking. Psychotherapy allows for gaining awareness of how your history, biology, and emotions came together to create who you are, as well as, learning how to regulate your emotions, to have a healthier and more fulfilling life, work and love.
Taking the step to better understand yourself and your relationships, as well as your most difficult emotions and memories, is a brave and worthwhile endeavor. You deserve to be met with compassion and curiosity. In my work as a psychotherapist, I strive to cultivate an empathic, client-centered environment to treat adults dealing with the struggles of living in the modern world. My years of experience in providing psychodynamic psychotherapy informs my focus in helping you find relief and lasting change.
During Covid-19 isolation, we are all experiencing exaggerations of our interpersonal difficulties. Phone or video session are available, to explore your personal responses to these other-worldly times. Interpersonal psychotherapy is a collaborative endeavor of discovering how you feel about yourself, your relationships, past, present and future. Curiosity, empathy and specialized skills can help you to figure out how to minimize/resolve the personal roadblocks that interfere with living the meaningful life you choose. During these stressful times, even a few consults might address and assuage personal adaptations.
I would like to offer my help to anyone who struggles with the current global situation. Right now many of us are struggling with increased stress and anxiety, as well as heavy emotions that might be coming up from unprocessed experiences from the past. Understanding the ways our nervous system and body handle stress and trauma can be very helpful in finding our way through the storm.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Upper West Side, New York are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Upper West Side, New York then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
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What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Upper West Side, New York specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
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Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.