Annee Ackerman, Ph.D. – Psychologist in private practice, NYC
How Therapy Can Help You
It is a natural human habit to avoid painful feelings and to retreat from what’s unfamiliar or challenging. And yet, when this way of coping gets over-used, we begin to teach ourselves that we are less able. Opportunities are missed. Our range of comfort shrinks. Little by little we lose faith in ourselves.
I will help you change your relationship to the difficulties you face. Through our work, you will discover that discomfort, struggle, and moments of feeling really stuck in life create opportunities for growth and transformation.
Of course, effective therapy requires all of the obvious things: An open mind, hard work, and a gradually developing relationship with a trusted therapist. But with these ingredients in place, therapy can be a transformative experience like no other: one that yields a rich capacity for self-understanding, acceptance, and the ability to connect more intimately with the people that you love.
I bring a knowledgeable and compassionate approach to treating a range of difficulties that both men and women face, including:
- Family Issues and Parenting
- Self-Esteem and Personal Growth
- Career Development
- Eating Disorders
In addition to other areas of focus, I also specialize in the struggles that new moms and dads face in parenting an infant, including postpartum depression and anxiety.
While all parents can feel scared, alone, and uncertain, at times, it becomes much harder to talk about the fear and desperation that parents feel when they’re sure that no one else feels as bad as they do, or could possible understand. But these experiences are actually not so uncommon. And therapy can really help.
We can start with a phone call and an understanding that even coming out to a session can feel like too much. We can discuss beginning with in-home sessions as a way of taking agency and control over something that has felt completely overwhelming.
Philosophy and Approach
The overarching goal of treatment, as I see it, is to establish and expand the realm of safety and trust. We all strive to feel comfortable in our skin, worthy and capable of giving and receiving love, and effective in making our own particular mark upon the world. So often, the obstacles to achieving these things are rooted in painful past experiences and the conclusions that we’ve drawn about ourselves, or the world, based on those hurtful moments. Most of the time, these assumptions have been with us for so long that we don’t even realize they’re there, influencing our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
I help my clients to locate these assumptions at their root, and revisit these old hurts in a safe, collaborative way. Ultimately, there is great freedom and relief to be found in turning toward what we would rather push away. And, often, the thing most feared isn’t as frightening when it is confronted.
- Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
- M.A. in Psychology, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
- B.A. in Psychology Honors Curriculum, Phi Beta Kappa, Hunter College of the City University of New York, NY