Michael Brustein, PsyD.

Specializing in anxiety treatment, depression & relationships

Michael Brustein, PsyD.

Specializing in anxiety treatment, depression & relationships

About Me

New York City Clinical psychologist, Michael Brustein provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples and adolescents in his New York City private practice. Dr. Brustein has served as an assistant professor at the Albert Einstein Medical School, and has taught courses on psychotherapy techniques, abnormal psychology, and group therapy at Brooklyn College, The College of New Rochelle, and William Paterson University. In addition, Dr. Brustein was an attending psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and a supervising psychologist at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, where he participated in suicide prevention studies and mentored medical residents and psychology interns.

Dr. Brustein is also the author of Perfectionism: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals, which is one of the first texts for clinicians to address how to manage perfectionistic clients.

“I have extensive clinical training and experience treating diverse issues. My greatest teachers however, have been my client’s who have had the courage to share their personal stories and intimate aspects of their lives. I strive to create a safe environment where client’s can feel open to express their thoughts and feelings. Although in many ways I agree with Harrry Stack Sullivan, who suggests we are more similar than different, I also believe differences do exist and that everyone is unique. Consequently, I adapt my approach while helping my clients achieve balance, stability and growth.”

- Dr. Michael Brustein

Education & Training

Ferkauf Graduate School
Doctoral Degree in Psychology


Harvard Medical School for Psychology 
Harvard Medical School
Pre-doctoral Internship


NYU psychology
New York University
MA in Psychology

Media Contributions

 New York Post GoodTherapy.org Featured Presenter, Dr, Michael Brustein NYC psychologist  NYC psychotherapist Dr. Michael Brustein talks with Prevention Magazine Springer Publishing Weird or What Dr. Brustein, NYC relationship expert talks with US News & World Report    Metro   Manta  Huffington Post  Perfectionism Therapy: 5 Ways to Overcome Holiday Perfectionism Minority NurseThese drifting relationships will look different for everyone, but Michael Brustein, Psy.D., a New York psychotherapist, tells SELF there are three common kinds of potentially toxic friendsTrump Anxiety: * Therapists Postelection Anxiety — Their Clients’ and Their Own    Promises Treatment Centers Mashabale: There's a reason why you feel like time is moving slower in Trump's America Clinical Psychologist Dr. Michael Brustein offered this advice, "I think it's important to do a self-inventory and look at your own values and see if they coincide with your decision. By doing that process, it can help give you more confidence." Clinical Psychologist Dr. Michael Brustein offered advice on What Happens When A Breakup Becomes Depression? As clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Brustein listed the biological and psychological harms of eating in bed over Skype:Food & Wine  NYC clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Brustein talks about antidepressants NYC clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Brustein talks family relationships with BuzzFeed NYC Psychologist, Dr. Brustein discusses defense mechanisms NYC Psychologist specializing in perfectionism, discusses perfectionism with The Atlantic  Dr. Michael Brustein, New York psychotherapist discusses selfie suicide with Newsweek 

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