Ellen Carni, Ph.D.

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My Approach to Helping
I am a clinical psychologist with over twenty years as a psychotherapist.  I work with adults at every stage of the lifespan.  Whether you are in the midst of a crisis, stuck in repetitive self-destructive patterns or dealing with a relationship problem, I am committed to helping you work through the psychological barriers that interfere and guiding you toward greater clarity, satisfaction and fulillment.
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 finding 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. 
More Information About My Practice 
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 individual, couples and group psychotherapy.  I am also certified in EMDR, a mind-body technique that helps accelerate the healing of impasses and traumas that do not resolve through talk therapy alone.
My office is conveniently located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Specific Issues I'm Skilled at Helping With
My practice specializations are bereavement and loss, life transitions and living with chronic illness.  If you are grieving a loss, in a life crisis or wanting to make a change in work or love, I can ease the way.  If you are struggling with a medical condition, I can help you cope.  I am also certified in EMDR, a mind-body technique that augments the healing of trauma, PTSD, grief, phobias and performance anxiety.
My practice is LGBTQ affirmative.
Other Professional Activities
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.
My Education and Credentials
My educational background is as follows: 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 and a certificate in EMDR from the EMDR Institute. 

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New York City NY