Clinical Social Worker / Therapist
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Nancy Payne, PhD, LCSW
Understand yourself better, become more free and fulfilled
My practice is trauma-focused, psychodynamic and relational
154 West 70th Street   
Suite 10A   
New YorkNY 10023
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Practice Information:
As your therapist, first and foremost I will respect the courage of your decision to seek therapy and create a foundation of safety, acceptance, and collaboration. I strongly believe that symptom reduction (e.g., anxiety, panic, constant worrying, depression, high stress levels, complex PTSD), and an exploration of the root causes of your most distressing problems are both vital aspects of a helpful therapeutic experience. I foster a therapeutic relationship that honors my clients’ conscious minds as well as feelings, symptoms, and behaviors that they may find confusing and painful, but may be clues to presenting problems. I also consider my clients' current life situations holistically, collaborating with them to explore physical, nutritional, general life style, social support, and self-regulation issues to find areas of resilience as well as those that could be strengthened.

Presently, I work with late teens and adults of all ages. I work with clients who struggle with symptoms which may be the aftermath of loss, abuse or other difficult experiences, or are simply perplexed with why they repeat distressing patterns which cause them pain. My clients may enter therapy to explore "why they have such difficulty regulating their emotions", or, "why they continue to pursue relationships that are ultimately painful", or, "why it's so hard to feel anything"; they may also enter therapy to receive assistance with specific issues such as life transitions, relationship difficulties, and work or academic problems. I also specialize in the impact of past and current interpersonal trauma or loss on parenting capacities, and assist my clients when these experiences interfere with being loving and supportive parents in the present. My work blends relational psychotherapeutic approaches, trauma-focused assessment and treatment, and psychoeducation for both clients and their families where appropriate. My trauma studies, which included EMDRIA-approved advanced EMDR training, as well as principles of Internal Family Systems and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, have solidified my longstanding belief that therapy must often go beyond talk and attend to messages from our physical selves that may provide clues to where we are most "stuck". While I have been trained in several modalities and my approach is eclectic, I will meet you where you are presently to address the problems that are most distressing to you.
I am a licensed clinical social worker (license # 071682) with 12 years of experience, working with clients from diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, and spiritual backgrounds as well as all sexual orientations. Presently, I am a Doctoral Candidate in social work at the New York University Silver School of Social Work, where I focus on prenatal mental health and well-being and postnatal attachment in women at higher levels of risk, and have taught at the Masters' level. I received my MSW from NYU Silver School in 2000, and my LCSW shortly after. My post-graduate clinical work includes two-year post graduate certifications in training in both Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Advanced Trauma Treatment. My diverse background, which includes twelve years as organizational psychologist and seven years as a psychiatric social worker provided me with the opportunity to lecture extensively and write, and has broadened my experience as a clinician.

I look forward to hearing from you and working with you.
Practice Areas:
 Counseling / Therapy
 Addiction / Drug Rehab
 Anger Management
 Anxiety and Panic
 Body Image Issues
 Caregiver Issues
 Chronic Illness
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues
 Domestic Violence
 Grief and Loss
 Life Transitions
 Play Therapy
 Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Relationship Issues
 Self Esteem Issues
 Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Stress Management
 Trauma and PTSD
 Women's Issues
 Work and Career Issues
 Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.)
 EMDR Part 1 and 2 (EMDRIA)
 Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
 Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
 Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW)
- PhD, NYU Silver School of Social Work, 12/2017
- Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, Certificate, May 2013, two year postgraduate certification in
trauma studies and trauma-informed psychotherapy
- Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, Certificate, May 2005, two year postgraduate certification in
psychodynamic psychotherapy
- New York University, MSW, May 2000, Social Work in Psychiatry/Mental Health Research concentration
- Columbia University, M.A., Organizational Psychology, 1985, Organization Development concentration
- State University of New York, College at Purchase, B.A., Experimental Psychology, 1981

Fully trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist levels 1-3; EMDRIA–approved
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Level 1
Sand Play Therapy, Levels 1-2
Hypnosis, Levels 1-2
Training in parenting assessments, Anna Freud Institute, London, UK
- Parent Development Interview for Reflective Function (PDI)
- Atypical Maternal Behavior Instrument for Assessment and Classification (AMBIANCE) measure.
Reliable rater and trainer for clinical assessments:
- Scale for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia (SADS) for Research Diagnostic Criteria
- Structured Clinical Interview for DSM IV-TR (SCID)
- Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD)
Payments Accepted:
Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, Credit card, check, cash
Tuesday 4-8, Wednesday 8-8, Thursday 9-3, Friday 9-7, Satrday, 9-1
$150-$200, but will do sliding scale
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