My Approach

Specializing in anxiety treatment, depression & relationships

My Approach

Specializing in anxiety treatment, depression & relationships

Individual Psychotherapy for Adults & Adolescents, Couples Therapy, Psychological & Career Testing and Supervision

How I Work

Mindfulness Therapy NYC | Manhattan PsychologistCognitive Behavior Therapy NYC New York City Psychodynamic Therapy New York City

People are very complex and often benefit from a combination of approaches. I utilize my expertise in mindfulness, CBT and psychodynamic therapy to fit your specific needs. Mindfulness and CBT can help you learn skills to manage negative feelings or acute symptoms of depression or anxiety. For more in depth issues such as understanding relationship patterns, I use a combination of mindfulness and psychodynamic therapy. By mindfully exploring patterns in and outside of the therapy room people can achieve psychological growth.


An overwhelming amount of research illustrates how effective mindfulness can be in managing negative emotions. You cannot completely eliminate negative moods states and thoughts. However, learning mindfulness can help you by changing your relationship to your feelings/thoughts. For example, when you are mindful thoughts such as I am a “loser” are not seen as facts about who you are. Rather you learn how to label a thought as just a thought or feeling state that does not define you. By being mindful you can learn to watch your feelings without acting on or becoming/fusing with them. Mindfully being aware of feelings without amplifying them and making them larger than the moment can alleviate depression, anxiety or other negative affective experiences. Mindfulness can also help by providing you with the skills to manage negative emotional experiences (ex: anger or anxiety) that can impact relationships.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive Behavior Therapy helps you to examine thought patterns. The major concept of CBT is that thoughts trigger feelings. Often when people are depressed or anxious their thoughts are illogical or distorted leading to distress. People with anxiety for example tend to believe the worst will happen. Looking at thoughts in a more logical and realistic fashion can reduce distress.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

At times one’s relationship style can be problematic and lead to depression or anxiety. For example, a person may unconsciously sabotage intimate relationships to avoid being hurt or rejected. In relational psychodynamic therapy you work with the therapist to understand how you relate with others by examining both the relationships you have with significant others and even the therapist. At times, how you relate to the therapist can provide data about how you interact with the world. With the insight you gain from understanding your interpersonal style and defenses, you can develop new more adaptive patterns that can be more satisfying. Additionally, in relational psychoanalysis your self-concept and how it developed is explored as this greatly impacts relationships and major life decisions.

Mindfulness can be applied when engaging in psychodynamic psychotherapy. As mentioned, mindfulness is striving to focus on an experience in an accepting and non-judgmental fashion. When examining your relationship style, motivations and defenses, doing so mindfully with less judgment or from a more neutral perch, can open you up to new discoveries and feedback expanding your perspective on relationships and yourself.

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Michael Brustein, PsyD. New York Psychologist // New Jersey Psychologist // 80 Eighth Ave., Suite 1101 New York, NY 10011 // 917-847-4217