New York Psychotherapist

Colette Dowling, LCSW

         Psychotherapy: A Journey Toward Feeling Better                                                      

               The purpose of therapy is to help you feel better about yourself,  your relationships, your work and/or schooling.  Ideally, when you're in therapy, it shouldn't  have to take years before your start feeling the improvement. Session by session, the  goal is to be able leave your therapist's office feeling more yourself, more open to others, more aware of the possibilities in your life. 

            My role as a therapist is to help patients engage with whatever difficult matters they may need help with. But even troubling and highly anxiety producing problems can be worked through in a calm and grounded way. If patients should become anxious during a  therapy session with me I immediately show them skills with which they can de-activate the anxiety centers in their brains. The goal is to feel relaxed and re-energized by the time you leave my office.  

         Imagine what your life might be like if you could

  1.       Make good decisions with little stress
  2.       Create clear boundaries with friends and loved ones
  3.       Set goals with the confidence that you'll be able to meet them
  4.       Regulate your moods at will 
  5.       Engage happily and productively in relationships

      Banishing negative thinking, eliminating shame, making good decisions easily, creating boundaries, setting goals with confidence, regulating your moods--all of these require actually changing the way your brain functions.

    Studies by brain scientists have led to the important recognition that the brain actually changes its structure in response to experience. Thus, we now have scientific proof that the brain can be changed through our own mental efforts.

     Neuroscience has discovered new information on how the brain's wiring can be changed--effectively, consistently, and yes, even pleasurably. In treatment with me you will learn brain-changing skills for calming your mind, banishing negative thinking, and eliminating shame.                            

                                 Therapy  with Colette   


            So much change and healing can come from a relationship with a compassionate and skilled therapist. When old wounds are healed and depression and anxiety lift, a joyous way of living becomes possible. This joy is the potential I hold in my heart and mind for anyone who comes to me for therapy. I can help you learn to focus on the internal world of the mind in a way that will literally change the wiring of the brain. It's thrilling to me to watch clients' transformation into confident, caring adults who can sustain positive relationships and feel emotionally grounded in the world.

                                        Trauma Treatment

              If you're seeking help for traumatreatments such a EMDR (Eye Motion De-sensitization and Reprocessing) and AEPD (Accelerated Experiential Psychodynamic  Psychotherapy) can gently and effectively address the wounds inflicted by various kinds of trauma, including relational trauma. With trauma treatment you will be able to remember the upsetting things that happened to you but the powerful emotional charge connected to those memories will be neutralized, allowing you  to move forward without fear.    


             In addition to being a psychotherapist I am a writer. My books include The Cinderella Complex: Women's Hidden Fear of Independence, and "You Mean I Don't Have to Feel This Way?": New Help for Depression, Anxiety and Addiction, and Red Hot Mamas: Coming Into Our Own at Fifty.


          The Cinderella Complex. is about the struggle to become free of unhealthy dependencies.  Published by Simon and Schuster, the book caused a shockwave of recognition and became a best seller all over the world. It was on the New York Times best seller list for 26 weeks and was translated into 23 languages.

  • "You Mean I Don't Have to Feel This Way?": New Help for Depression, Anxiety and Addiction , was the first book to explain for the lay reader the biological underpinnings of depression and anxiety. 

         Red Hot Mamas: Coming Into Our Own at Fifty, explores the challenges and new possibilities that arrive with midlife.                                            


                                                Colette's Education and Training

              Colette Dowling received her masters degree from The Smith College School for Social Work. She received her Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. In addition Colette has completed two levels of training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) as well as a three-year Core Training in AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy.)

          For information or a free phone consultation call 718-594-0201

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 Colette Dowling, LCSW serves the online community and communities in and near New York City, including: Brooklyn Park Slope Brooklyn Heights NYC Upper West Side NYC Upper East Side Jersey City Hoboken Maple Wood Queens Westchester White Plains Jackson Heights. Colette provides marriage counseling, relationship therapy, job counseling, as well as help with divorce, dating, love and communication   

Profiles of Colette's therapy practice are available at:

Psychology Today

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