Debra  O'Shea

Debra O'Shea

Psychologist, PsyD

Accepting new clients for afternoon & evening appointments in Midtown practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • College mental health
  • ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Self-esteem
  • Couples counseling

Professional statement

Dr. Debra O’Shea is a psychologist in Midtown, Manhattan. The majority of Dr. O’Shea’s clients are high-functioning, high-achieving individuals in their teens, 20s, and 30s. Her clients struggle with general anxiety, daily stressors, public speaking, and performance anxiety.

Dr. O’Shea’s approach integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with insight work designed to help clients learn why they do the things they do. Her style is both warm, compassionate, and straightforward. Working together, she helps her clients overcome their perfectionism, worry less and make lasting changes to better their lives.

In addition to her work with individuals, Dr. O’Shea supports couples during moments when their relationship is tested, helping them learn to communicate with truthful compassion. Her background is varied as she has over 20 years of experience working with children, teens and adults in schools, college counseling centers, major medical centers and private practice. She is passionate about the work she does and enjoys working with both individuals and couples.

Message to clients

Think about how great it would be if you weren't worried or anxious most of the time, if you could sleep better and feel more relaxed. As an Anxiety Specialist, I can teach you problem-solving skills and coping strategies so your stress will decrease while improving your mood and overall well being. I provide a safe and welcoming environment where you will feel comfortable discussing the struggles and challenges you are facing.


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

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

College mental health - Navigating the transition into college and stressors of academics, personal relationships, and self-development

ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure

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

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


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


Debra O'Shea 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: $240
  • Initial session: $240

Therapist's note

Dr. O’Shea can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Midtown practice

14 Pennsylvania Plaza

New York, NY 10123


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

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2008 - Present

NYC Major Medical Centers, Neuropsychologist 2009 - 2018

Consultant and Mental Health Provider, 2008 - 2009

CSU, Sacramento College Counseling Center, 2007

Alliant International University, Placement Coordinator and Adjunct Professor, 2005 - 2007

CA and NY States, School Psychologist 1995 - 2006

California School of Professional Psychology, PsyD

CSU, Sacramento, MS in Counseling, School Psychology

St. John’s University, BA