Judy R Strauss PhD, LCSW


Riverdale & Upper West Side, NYC

To be Completely Honest with Yourself is the Very Best Effort a Human Being Can Make.  

Sigmund Freud

Welcome to my website and my practice. I work with adults of all ages coming to terms with life transitions, struggling with relationships, balancing work and life, grieving a loss or just not happy with where they are now.  Emotional suffering  and loss often makes people  retreat inward just when human contact is most crucial. I provide a safe space for individuals and couples to feel seen, heard  and understood.  You don’t have to go at it alone. I can help. 

How Therapy for Couples & Individuals Can Help:  

I start with where you are. Beginning with a person’s strengths, however small, I help people develop steps to address problems they have in living. Most people arrive in my office due to a loss, change, or setback. Underneath these circumstances is usually an otherwise healthy person who has lost their way or is overcome by obstacles.

People also arrive in my office with deeply felt emotions. Feelings of the heart, like the organ itself are central to who we are. Feelings impact and color everything and lead to how we think and behave. Yet, deep emotion is often not always fully available or understandable while impacting the way we act in powerful ways.

This is where I come in. I focus on humanizing a person’s condition and gaining an understanding of a person’s internal life in order to affect their lives outside of the consultation room. In time I have helped many people who have lost their way to get back to who they really are and feel better.

I offer Psychotherapy Services in Riverdale & Upper West Side:

Many people report feeling immmediate relief just taking the first step. Taking time to sit still and think out loud with a trained professional can positively impact living. Regular sessions take on special meaning as fundamental thoughts and wishes are brought to life weekly and processed together. In being heard by someone who deeply cares while hearing one self on a regular basis new   ways of “being” can be realized and real change can happen. I am an astute listener but at the same time I am an engaged therapist. I participate in a measured way and all according to a person’s needs, pace and process. I strive to provide respect, security and compassion while being real and authentic with people.

How long will my Therapy in Riverdale or NYC take to see change?

 The length of any given treatment is determined during sessions on an ongoing basis. Most people come in for at least 6 months to a year to achieve some kind of change or peace of mind. However, other people who are focused on a specific goal with clear objectives could come in for a shorter period of time and benefit from the therapy.  Individual sessions are 45 minutes and take place on a once or twice a week basis.  Couples sessions are 75 minutes and take place on a bi-monthly basis. 

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