Counselor / Therapist in New York, NY

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Stephen Shainbart, PhD

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Are you looking for a therapist who will not only listen to you, but also speak and offer constructive feedback, instead of just sitting quietly in the background?

For many people, it is important to find a therapist who will work to understand you and also actively help you learn about yourself and make changes that lead to a happier life. Some clients have told me that they tried psychotherapy in the past and shared much with the therapist, but ultimately left therapy feeling they received little in return.

In my 12 years as a psychologist in Manhattan, I have always been straightforward and interactive with clients. At the same time, I am also a good listener and view my client as a partner in the therapeutic process. My goal—our goal—is to enhance your self-awareness and therefore enable you to become liberated from self-defeating patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The purpose of my work is to decrease your suffering while helping you fulfill your unique potential as an individual.

I take what I do very seriously, but I also believe there is a place for humor in my work. I see no contradiction between sometimes being playful while always remaining an effective, serious, and focused healer. My main priority is to create a setting in which you feel understood and free to express and learn about yourself. Creating such an atmosphere always varies depending on the individual. This means that together, over time, we will “custom-fit” your therapy to facilitate your psychological growth.
I am in private practice in midtown Manhattan and specialize in treating adults, adolescents, and couples.
Empire State Building reflectionMy commitment to my work motivated me to seek out many years of education in the field of psychology. After earning my Bachelor of Science degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Fordham University in New York City, then worked as a psychologist at various hospitals and clinics. I later completed a four-year training program in Psychoanalysis at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology.

Currently I teach and supervise other psychotherapists because I want to contribute to my discipline and its continued development. I'm a Supervisor of Psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute as well as a faculty member at the Center for Applied Psychoanalysis at the White Institute. I'm also a faculty member at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center and affiliated with Pace University as an Adjunct Clinical Supervisor at the Center for Psychological Services.

Throughout my career I have cultivated skills which not only enable me to understand how a person developed their difficulties, but also to explore both your past and your present in order to help you make the necessary changes to lead a happier and more well-adjusted life.

I welcome your inquiries. Usually, contacting me on the phone and then setting up an initial appointment for an in-person consultation is best. We can meet and discuss your concerns, and you can determine whether you think working with me to be helpful. I look forward to hearing from you.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Life Transitions
 Anger Management  Loneliness
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Marriage Counseling
 Body Image Issues  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Caregiver Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Chronic Illness  Relationship Issues
 Couples Therapy  Self Esteem Issues
 Depression  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Divorce  Stress Management
 Eating Disorders  Trauma and PTSD
 Grief and Loss  Work and Career Issues

* B.S. Human Development and Family Studies, Cornell University

* Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Fordham University

* Certificate in Psychoanalysis, William Alanson White
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology


* William Alanson White Institute

* Pace University

* Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center
American Psychological Association
Payments Accepted
I will assist you in using your out of network benefits.
License:012756 NY Psychologist
303 Fifth Avenue
Suite 1706
New YorkNY 11218
Additional Location
40 Ocean Parkway
BrooklynNY 11218
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