Deborah  Cher

Deborah Cher


Licensed Psychoanalyst, LP Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
Manhattan Community Board 5 Waitlist In-person
Updated March 3, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Existential crisis & challenges
  • Self-esteem
  • Mind-body connection
  • Life purpose & meaning

Message to clients

Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis can be instrumental in enhancing your self esteem, quieting depressive thoughts, unlocking your creativity, improving your relationships and helping you lead a happier, more fulfilling life. I lean toward a self-psychological approach that centers on mutuality, self inquiry and empathic encounter. I work with clients from all walks of life, including academics, artists, writers, executives, couples, people going through important life transitions, and people of different faiths, be it buddhist, Jewish, christian or secular-spiritual. I also work with children. One of my specialties is giftedness, at any age.

My psychoanalytic writing has been published in several peer reviewed journals, and in a co-authored book released by Oxford University Press. I am on the faculty at The National Institute for the Psychotherapies in NYC, where I also completed my training and residency. I bring to the work my own background as artist, writer, teacher and scholar.

I value a holistic approach that works with each client as a multifaceted person seeking wholeness. It takes courage to get here. I look forward to connecting with you and sharing in your journey.


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

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

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

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

Mind-body connection - Practicing mindfulness to draw together how the body feels physically and how the mind feels mentally; healing both physically and mentally

Life purpose & meaning - Exploring one’s beliefs and values around life purpose, meaning, and spirituality; addressing the barriers to living a life that feels fulfilling, including instigating change or developing new habits


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


Deborah Cher is not in-network with any insurances.

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $220 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $170 - $220


Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9-6
  • Tue 8-6
  • Wed 8-6
  • Thu 8-7
  • Fri 9-1
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Manhattan Community Board 5 practice
71 west 23rd, New York, New York 10010
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

National Institute for the Psychotherapies, NYC, Faculty, 2022 - Present
Training Institute for Mental Health, NYC, Faculty, 2023 - Present

National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP), Licensed Psychoanalyst, 2017


New York: 001111