Dr. Patricia Hunter

Psychologist

I am a psychologist and psychoanalyst  originally trained in  behavior therapy and CBT, and later in psychoanalysis,  EMDR and Internal Family Systems. I  currently teach and supervise candidates at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis.
When it comes to psychotherapy, I enjoy coaching my patients about practical ways to cope, and I like helping them explore their feelings, dreams, personality 'parts' (for our personalities are multiple) and memory networks. What matters to me is that  patients feel they have a voice in their therapy and that they give me feedback about how we are doing each step of the way. I have a full time practice in New York City, and a virtual practice that can happen anywhere on earth where there is an internet. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I am only working remotely by phone or video platform. Although I work with a variety of psychological issues, helping my clients deal with the COVID-19 crisis and issues related to panic involving both health and financial stressors is my priority. I am also passionate about helping people transform depressing ways of thinking and feeling about trauma, with more creative and life sustaining attitudes. And as I have grown older, I have also grown passionate about helping people transform depressed and inflexible thinking patterns about the aging process, into more youthful and life sustaining 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
2008
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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.

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