Ellen Carni, Ph.D.

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Is your love life in a shambles?

Do you find your career unsatisfying?

Are you grieving the loss of a loved one?

Whether you are in a crisis, stuck in repetitive, self-destructive patterns, or are just looking for direction, I am committed to helping you work through the psychological barriers that interfere and guiding you toward greater clarity, satisfaction and fulfillment.

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.

                                                                                                             Stephen Hawking


I am an experienced clinical psychologist who works with adults at all stages of the lifespan.

My specialties are:

-        Life Transitions (millennials, genX and older adulthood)

-       Grief and Loss

-        Lawyer Burnout 

-        EMDR

EMDR is a treatment that promotes the healing of trauma, PTSD, phobias and performance anxiety through shifting brain states.

In addition, I work regularly with patients dealing with:

-        Depression and Mood disorders                                         -  Creativity Blocks

-        Anxiety disorders                                                                 -  Trauma and PTSD

-        Relationship/Marital/Family issues                                    -  Spiritual Crisis

-        Career/Work dissatisfaction                                                -  Recovery from Abuse

My practice is LGBTQ affirmative.


Finding a therapist with whom you feel comfortable can feel daunting.  I work with you to create a confidential, safe relationship.  Together we determine your goals for treatment and a plan for implementing them.

I offer the following services:

-        Individual Psychotherapy

-        Couples therapy

-        Group therapy

My office is conveniently located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.


I draw from my training as a psychoanalyst but my treatment approach is integrative.  My style is empathic, pragmatic and collaborative.  We look at what your early experience can teach us about your personality, relationship patterns and current struggles.   We also use our relationship as a source of information and support.  By applying the self-awareness you gain in our work together, we unearth long-standing behavior patterns and perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more gratifying life.

While we can't change the past we can change our relationship to the past and work together to better understand and resolve the challenges in your life.  I do my best to help you develop greater trust in yourself and others, greater self-confidence and healthy self-assertion.  My objective is to assist you in fining the resources within yourself to achieve your true potential, accomplish personal and professional goals and lead a life worth celebrating.

My work is a passion and I consider it an honor and a privilege to facilitate your journey. 


-        I earned my Ph.D. at the City University of New York and my M.A. and B.A. from Columbia University.  

-        I have a certificate in psychoanalysis from the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy      and Psychoanalysis.

-        I have a certificate in EMDR from the EMDR Institute. 


Apart from my psychotherapy practice I have written numerous articles for the public on topics such as bereavement, body image, dealing with difficult people and coping with chronic pain.  I wrote a manual on stress management for lawyers commissioned by the New York State Bar Association; much of the information applies to people in the legal, corporate and creative professions.  I have designed and conducted workshops and trainings on stress management and communication skills.

I serve as an adjunct clinical supervisor at Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate Center and have supervised extensively at City and Pace Universities.


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New York City NY