Dr. Patricia Hunter


Dr Hunter is a psychologist and psychoanalyst. She is familiar with CBT techniques and can offer her patients a variety of treatment options depending on their preference. Studying the less conscious underpinnings of many problems interests her. She  currently teaches and supervises candidates at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis and previously taught at the Suffolk Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She enjoys helping individuals and couples explore their feelings, interpret their dreams, and understand their memories and complex personality parts.  She thinks multiplicity can be enriching once it is understood.

Dr Hunter believes that patients should have a voice in their therapy and if you become her patient, she will occasionally ask you for  feedback. She can't develop trust if the two of you can't discuss how she is coming across and how you are or are not feeling better as a result of the work.
Dr Hunter has a full time practice in New York City, in person and by telehealth depending on your preference.

She feels passionate about helping individuals feel better about themselves, by helping them understand what causes anxiety, depression, and hopelessness with regard to unresolved trauma, chronic feelings of emptiness, and fears of aging. And once understood, she can design an approach unique to your situation in particular.

She feels passionate about helping couples caught in vicious cycles of criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling. The renowned researchers John and Julie Gottman call these bad habits the  FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE. Dr Hunter likes helping couples turn themselves around, so their relationships can have more fun, surprise and meaning at their core.

Finally, as she has grown older, she has also grown passionate about helping people transform depressed and inflexible thinking patterns about the aging process, into more youthful and life sustaining ones. She thinks our older years should be our best ones. . Learn More

Beyond TraumaDiscovering JoyAdmiring Age

“While many of us work hard to earn the right to be comfortable and avoid challenge in later adulthood, this strategy runs the risk of sending our brains the message that they no longer need to keep growing this is the worst message you can give to an organ of adaptation.”

– Colarusso
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Growing and Flourishing

"When individuals reach old age, the aging stereotypes internalized in childhood, and then reinforced for decades, become self stereotypes that contribute to unnecessary and tragic emotional and cognitive decline." Becca Levy

People can get down on themselves as they age, and develop bad habits that become ingrained. Self-statements like "I am no longer attractive" - "I have no memory anymore" - "It's hell to get old."- "I am no longer sexy"- "I have nothing to look forward to but death." can start out a little bit at a time and build on themselves until you become them! And this is unnecessary in this day and age of modern medical miracles. These statements can be modified by speaking with someone who 'gets' you, and eventually helps you, to understand yourself. Dream work and EMDR can awaken your mind, and your unconscious can begin to dream new dreams and become more supple, more creative, more energized. Yes it's true that we slow down a little as we age, and I am not suggesting we stop the process, but rather grow and flourish through it. How we think about ourselves make a gigantic difference in how we conduct our lives. Let's help you to develop new ways of thinking, and behaving, that empower you and help you master your environment, rather than letting the negative prejudices undermine your attitude. In doing so you can transform your present and future, whether it involves days, years, or decades.