Betsy  Schur Levy

Betsy Schur Levy

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for daytime, afternoon, & weekend appointments in Upper East Side practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Personality disorders
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Parenting
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Professional statement

Dr. Betsy Schur Levy is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist on the Upper East Side of Manhattan specializing in adolescents, young adults, and adults who are experiencing psychological distress and/or navigating life transitions. This includes feelings of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, identity crisis, and interpersonal difficulties. Dr. Schur Levy also has extensive experience working with children and couples as well and is the consulting psychologist at the 92nd Street Y Nursery School and an adjunct professor of psychology at Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

Dr. Schur Levy uses supportive and positive psychotherapy techniques to help clients reframe their thoughts and rediscover their strengths. She also works in a psychodynamic context for those patients who are inclined to explore the whys and wherefores of their behavior and feelings. Dr. Schur Levy often uses these supportive and psychodynamic techniques to compliment one another. When working with young children, Dr. Schur Levy uses play psychotherapy and parent counseling. When working with couples, she spends time getting to know each individual as well as the couple as a unit and then develops a tailored treatment plan. Her ultimate goal for couples is to help them better understand their own and each other's needs so that their relationship can flourish.

Dr. Schur Levy has a warm, empathic, and strong therapeutic style that helps clients grow and lead more meaningful lives. With over three decades of experience, she is able to readily connect with clients to ensure they feel supported, safe, and understood. Her office is located a few blocks from the 72nd Street subway station.

Message to clients

Psychotherapy is an incredibly supportive and important opportunity for self-discovery and personal change. I work to foster an open and empathic relationship with all patients through which they can explore, identify, and understand their primary issues, strengths, and weaknesses and work to change maladaptive patterns. I work both in a dynamic and ego supportive context.


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

Depression - Providing support and examination of feelings of hopelessness, low motivation, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in one’s daily life

Life transitions - Coping with difficult and impactful life transitions such as leaving for or graduating college, entering the job market, moving to a new area or home, and career changes are explored. New and challenging relationships, child rearing, issues of divorce and its impact on the family and children, gender changes and gender transitions are also examined. All developmental changes related to issues of identity throughout the life span are focused upon especially as they relate changes in self-esteem and psychological stability

Personality disorders - Dealing with character pathology that leads to poor choices and behaviors; creating adaptive strategies for living a psychologically healthy life with personality issues

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

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; exploring ways to enhance self-esteem and strategies to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect.

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing and development; managing the stress of parenting and providing adaptive strategies throughout the parenting process

Perinatal mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety; issues of infertility and its many stressors are also explored.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - Exploring painful experiences and memories from the past so they become available for examination and healing


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Betsy Schur Levy 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: $400 (50min)
  • Initial session: $400 (50min)

Therapist's note

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


Upper East Side practice

174 East 74th Street

Suite 1A

New York, NY 10021


  • Mon 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Sat 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 1989 - Present

Teachers College, Columbia University, Adjunct Professor and Supervisor, 1989 - Present

Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Postdoctoral Work, 1988 - 1989

Montifiore Medical Center, Internship, 1985

Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Externship, 1984

Columbia University, MS, MPHIL, PhD, 1989

University of Pennsylvania, BS, 1980