Andrew  Goodman

Andrew Goodman

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for evening & daytime appointments in Midtown East practice (updated November 13, 2019)

Accepting new clients for evening & daytime appointments in FiDi practice (updated November 13, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Couples counseling
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem

Professional statement

Andrew Goodman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with offices in both Midtown East and the Financial District of Manhattan. He specializes in seeing couples and individuals who are navigating relationship challenges. He helps couples build communication skills and come to a clearer understanding of what the other person is feeling and thinking.

Andrew has extensive training in psychoanalysis, giving him the ability to help individuals work through long-term challenges and understand how past experiences effect current patterns of behavior. He collaborates with clients to increase their awareness of how these patterns play out and influence decision making in the present. Through looking closely at their thought processes clients become empowered to make better choices in their lives. Andrew uses the relationship between his clients and himself as a foundation from which to strengthen their connection to others.

Andrew enables clients to be able to effectively communicate their needs and boundaries, and understand what their partner needs in return. He provides a safe space for couples and individuals to work through the challenges they are facing and have the ability to speak freely, without judgment.


Message to clients

I have been a therapist working with couples and individuals for more than twenty-five years. During that time I have found it is important to balance understanding a couple as a whole and the two individuals that make up the relationship. I help a couple focus on ineffective communication patterns that result in a sense of frustration and discouragement. People often express their anger and criticism about their partner's behavior, but have difficulty asking for what they need in a clear, non-attacking way. When people can express their underlying needs for support and understanding more directly, their partners then are more likely to respond in a positive, affirming way.
This approach helps couples develop constructive problem resolution skills. People become able to assert themselves more comfortably, while understanding and appreciating their partner's perspective. Couples often find they learn new things about their partner’s personality even when they have been together a long time.
In individual therapy, I also help people focus on patterns in their significant relationships that result in feelings of frustration, distance, and sadness. Most people come into therapy because they are experiencing emotionally painful feelings such as anxiety, depression, and anger which they are having difficulty managing. They know what hurts, but they may not be aware of the meanings that they give to certain situations. It is the meaning that we assign to a situation that causes pain, more than a specific action or behavior that someone does to us. Understanding our experience and motivations more clearly, helps us communicate our needs more directly to the important people in our lives. This both decreases our pain and increases a sense of connection to others. Before we can communicate more clearly with others, we have to be able to identify and formulate our experience clearly to ourselves. This leads to increased self-esteem and self-acceptance.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in both romantic and platonic relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect


General expertise


Insurance

Andrew Goodman is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)

Therapist's note

Andrew can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

Midtown East practice

141 East 55th Street

Ste. 6C

New York, NY 10022

Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

FiDi practice

75 Maiden Lane

Ste 907

New York, NY 10038

Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 1985 - Present

Columbia University, MSW, 1978


Languages

  • English