Gena  Gorlin

Gena Gorlin

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for afternoon & weekend appointments in Midtown practice (updated April 19, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Motivation
  • Unconstructive thinking patterns
  • Academic challenges
  • Career counseling
  • Identity development
  • Relationships

Professional statement

Dr. Gena Gorlin is a Clinical Psychologist in Midtown, Manhattan who offers both in-person therapy, teletherapy, and telecoaching to clients living in NY. She specializes in depression, anxiety disorders, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and social anxiety, life transitions, identity development, academic and career challenges, and relationships.

Dr. Gorlin sees a wide range of clients, including teens, college students and young adults, couples, families, parents, and adults across the lifespan. Many of her clients are navigating major life transitions or coming-of-age issues, including figuring out who they are and what they value. She also helps clients tackle the psychological challenges inherent in pursuing ambitious and innovative life ventures, whether in their professional or personal lives.

Dr. Gorlin helps her clients learn to regulate their emotions and overcome challenges by utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other scientifically-based approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), insight-oriented therapy, Schema Therapy, and mindfulness practices.

Dr. Gorlin is her clients’ biggest cheerleader, but she also challenges them to look at things from a different perspective and aim higher. Her office is located near Grand Central.

Message to clients

While I use many of the same techniques as other providers trained in modern scientifically-based approaches, you might find that my method is also distinct in some respects. The core difference is that I have an explicit, philosophically-informed perspective on human nature and thriving that shapes every aspect of my approach. This perspective is unapologetically secular, and also deeply soulful; ruthlessly realistic, and also profoundly hopeful about the power of one's unfettered mind and imagination to change one's life for the better. As a result, you might find that I cheer you on with more fervor but also challenge you to think deeper, fight harder, and aim higher in the direction of your chosen vision than some other therapists might do. It also means I will strongly encourage you to challenge and push back on my perspective and will welcome honest disagreement as an opportunity for mutual exploration and learning.
One of my favorite aspects of the work I do is getting to learn and grow in step with my clients, and being inspired—even humbled—by them in turn. If any of this sounds enticing (even if a little scary) to you, we will probably work well together!


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

Motivation - Creating a game plan to find the right resources to regain clarity and motivation in academics and work; understanding the components of motivation (e.g. setting goals, overcoming internal and external blocks to motivation, anticipating future rewards)

Unconstructive thinking patterns - Works with clients to address unconstructive thinking patterns and implement different coping mechanisms

Academic challenges - Addressing underperformance in coursework, school avoidance, and procrastination

Career counseling - Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance

Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values

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

General expertise


Gena Gorlin 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: $300 (60min)
  • Initial session: $300 (60min)

Therapist's note

Dr. Gorlin 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

17 West 45th Street

Suite 907

New York, NY 10036

  • Mon 12:00pm-9:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Psychotherapy and Coaching Practice, 2017 - Present

Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Assistant Professor, 2018 - Present

Boston University, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD), Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016 - 2018

Brown University, Clinical Psychology Resident, 2015 - 2016

University of Virginia, PhD, 2016

Tufts University, BS in Psychology and Philosophy, 2008


  • English
  • Russian