Babita  Spinelli

Babita Spinelli

Licensed Psychoanalyst, LP

Accepting new clients for daytime, evening & weekend appointments in Columbus Circle, Basking Ridge, and Flemington practices (updated December 04, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Couples counseling
  • Divorce counseling
  • Narcissistic abuse support
  • Relationships
  • Anxiety
  • EMDR therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Pre-marital counseling

Professional statement

Babita Spinelli is a Licensed Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist in Midtown, Manhattan who specializes in couples counseling, divorce counseling, narcissistic abuse support, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and individual therapy. She also has extensive experience working with individuals who are navigating life transitions, including becoming a new parent, starting or leaving a job, and/or becoming empty nesters; parents who need additional support; and women across the lifespan. Many couples come to her when they are navigating infidelity, high conflict issues, and/or communication challenges. She also offers pre-marital counseling.

Babita is goal-oriented and utilizes a number of different treatment modalities, including EMDR, psychoanalytic therapy, mindfulness practices, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She is also trained in The Gottman Method and utilizes this when working with couples. She spends the first few sessions discussing their goals and major issues. She also offers the option for the couple to complete a Gottman questionnaire which asks questions around values, sex, finances, family history, and communication styles. This can help Babita gain a better of understanding of what tools to offer, including workbooks and podcasts. In addition, Babita specializes in discernment counseling for those couples who are deciding whether to move forward or separate.

Babita is passionate about the clients she works with and believes transformation and positive change is possible for everyone. She  has  a certification in collaborative divorce.and received her LP from the National Institute For The Psychotherapies. Her office is located near the Columbus Circle and 57th subway stations. She looks forward to meeting you.


Message to clients

My journey:

In the early 1990s, I obtained my law degree and practiced law and corporate consulting at a Big 4 firm for many years.

In my late 30s, I felt stuck. My relationship was falling apart and my career just did not feel like me. I felt unfulfilled both personally and professionally.

I did not know how to manage all of these challenges. I also didn’t want to keep burdening my friends and family and felt overwhelmed by opinions and advice. I wasn’t sure what to do next.

Through my own therapy, I learned how to navigate through a truly difficult time in my life. (Eventually, my significant other and I parted ways and I experienced first-hand the divorce process and all of its recovery phases.) I also learned to recognize what was holding me back and how I could move forward to a better, healthier and happier life.

Through this process, I recognized what my calling was: being a psychotherapist.

After a significant clinical and academic journey, I transitioned into my new profession and opened my private practice.

Looking back on my journey, I can see that all of those experiences added to my innate ability to deeply connect and empathize with my clients who face similar challenges. The tools I developed in my own process such as resilience, empowerment, and understanding patterns to make better and healthier choices translate into all life transition spaces.

These tools and qualities really made a positive difference for me, and they have helped the many others who have come to me for therapy.


Specialties

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

Divorce counseling - Questioning or feeling unsatisfied in your relationship; contemplation and navigation of separation; addressing issues of power, voice, and communication challenges

Narcissistic abuse support - Recovery through learning about the underlying reasons for remaining with an emotionally and/or physically abusive partner and how to redirect oneself toward healthy and fulfilling relationships

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

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

EMDR therapy - Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities

Individual therapy - Supporting individuals on their path to mental wellness

Pre-marital counseling - Providing a safe and neutral environment for couples to explore expectations and prepare for the rewards and challenges of marriage


General expertise


Insurance


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $200

Therapist's note

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


Location(s)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Columbus Circle practice

200 West 57th Street

Suite 710

New York, NY 10019

Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Basking Ridge practice

20 Church Street

Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Hours
  • Mon Please inquire for hours
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Flemington practice

84 Park Avenue

Suite G-209B

Flemington, NJ 08822

Hours
  • Mon Please inquire for hours
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Work and Education

Practice 2007 - present
National Institute for the Psychotherapies
NYU
Temple University


Languages

  • English

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