I support people in situations that take them to the edge of their abilities or comfort zone, such as starting a new phase of life, changes at work or at home, trauma, illness or disability. Together we can build new skills to make your life better.
When we are not sure what to expect, our minds may try to fill in the uncertainty with thoughts and emotions. They can be mild, or strong enough to stop us from doing the things we need to do every day. In the same way, what we do when we have these strong emotions of depression or anxiety may be helpful or unhelpful.
There are things about our lives that we can't change, but those things don't have to keep us from taking the steps that we can. I have learned to help people understand what they are feeling and get beyond the thoughts and beliefs that lead them to behave in ways that are holding them back, with some powerful tools like cognitive-behavioral therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness.
I take a strengths-based approach geared towards coping and improving quality of life.
E. Joy Sasson-Gelman, Ph.D., focuses her Manhattan, NY, psychology practice on better quality of life, coping strategies, adjustment to long-term illness and disability, and reducing the effects of depression and anxiety. Dr. Sasson-Gelman sees private practice patients by appointment on Sundays and Monday afternoons in her office in Midtown West near Columbus Circle, and for home visits by arrangement. She accepts self-paying patients, including a number of sliding-scale patients, and is also currently in-network for certain Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and UnitedHealth / Optum plans (check with your insurer about your particular network) and is a Medicare provider. Her office is conveniently located and accessible by elevator or stairs. She offers services both in English and in Hebrew.