About Psychotherapist Diane Spear, LCSW

new york city manhattan psychotherapistI’m a Manhattan psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker in private practice since 1995, with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University, and a certificate from the Institute for Developmental Psychotherapy.

My Approach As a Psychotherapist

I am a psychotherapist providing individual, couples, and group therapy for older adolescents through older adults with a wide range of emotional and life problems. My interactive, reality-based approach emphasizes forming a trusting relationship to uncover and understand the positive and negative factors from your past that shape your life today.

In-Person, Skype, and Phone Psychotherapist

My style incorporates active and compassionate listening, collaborative exploration, and a ready sense of humor. This style allows people to feel comfortable working in person with me, as well as by Skype and phone, so my practice as a psychotherapist includes people in the tri-state area, as well as throughout the world. I look forward to working with you.

Before starting my fulltime private practice, I worked at New York City Employee Assistance Program, providing assessment, referral, and advocacy for voluntary and mandated city employees from forty NYC agencies on issues including chemical dependency, domestic violence, mental and physical illness (including HIV/AIDS), job, bereavement, relationship, retirement, financial, stepfamily, parenting, and eldercare. After 9/11, I consulted with NYC agencies, corporations, and national Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and conducted workshops, ran groups, and met with individuals to help NYC employees deal with the traumatic events. I continue to consult with national EAPs and small businesses to help employees in New York City with the issues that interfere with satisfaction in their professional and personal lives.

Publications include “Couples Counseling with High Conflict People,” a guest blog post on Psychology Today‘s popular “Stop Walking on Eggshells” blog; a chapter on the role of psychotherapists in separation and divorce in an upcoming book about family law; and articles on aspects of relationships for the online women’s magazine Your Tango.

If I can answer any questions about my role as a psychotherapist and how my experience may benefit you, please feel free to contact me.