Dr. Patricia Hunter

Psychologist

I am a psychologist and psychoanalyst. I am familiar with CBT techniques and can offer my patients a variety of treatment options depending on their preference. Studying the less conscious underpinnings of many problems interests me. I  currently teach and supervise candidates at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis and previously taught at the Suffolk Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. I enjoy helping individuals and couples explore their feelings, interpret their dreams, and understand their memories and complex personality parts.  Multiplicity can be enriching once it is understood.

I think  patients should have a voice in their therapy and if you become my patient, I  will occasionally ask you for  feedback. We can't develop trust if we can't discuss how I am coming across and how you are or are not feeling better as a result of our work.
I have a full time practice in New York City, and a virtual practice if you live anywhere in New York state, or states allowing interstate practice.

I feel 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, we can design an approach unique to your situation in particular.

I feel 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. I like helping couples turn themselves around, so their relationships can have more fun surprise and meaning at their core.

Finally, 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. 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
2008
Contact me by calling 917.306.4167 or online

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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