Lucy  Bichsel

Lucy Bichsel

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for afternoon & daytime appointments in Chelsea practice (updated April 02, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Couples therapy
  • Trauma
  • Relationship competence
  • Depression
  • Personality disorders
  • Divorce and separation
  • Family of origin issues
  • Premarital counseling
  • Complex trauma

Professional statement

Lucy Bichsel, PhD, is a clinical psychologist working with individuals and couples in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York. Dr. Bichsel is passionate about working with people with painful family histories who find themselves in distressed adult relationships. The majority of her clients are women who feel that, no matter how hard they fight for their relationships, they end up depleted, hopeless and alone. Dr. Bichsel also enjoys working with the partners of these women, who often avoid conflict by shutting down or “problem solving,” which only further antagonizes and isolates their significant other. In her experience many people who struggle in these ways with intimacy and connection have some degree of trauma or important unmet needs in their backgrounds.

Although Dr. Bichsel helps clients identify where their behaviors and beliefs originated, she works very much in the “here and now,” diving into clients’ current needs and concerns. She describes her style as warm, direct, emotion-focused and experiential and uses a range of modalities, including Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples (EFTc), Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Processing (AEDP), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

Before opening a private practice, Dr. Bichsel trained at and worked in a variety of New York City area hospitals, including Beth Israel Medical Center, Mt. Sinai-Elmhurst Hospital, and Bellevue Hospital Center. Throughout her career, she has treated and evaluated adults diagnosed with depression, anxiety, personality disorder, psychosis and bipolar illness. She also has experience supervising psychology doctoral students and psychiatric residents and fellows, as well as teaching as a Clinical Instructor at New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Bichsel received her PhD from Long Island University and has been treating clients for almost 15 years. She is building her couples therapy practice and is in the process of completing intensive training and supervision in EFTc.

Message to clients

When you feel hopelessly stuck, either alone or with your partner, you don't see any good choices. There is a better way, and you can find it in therapy.


Couples therapy - De-escalating from crises; enhancing feelings of security, connection and desire; easing life transitions; building parenting skills; and strengthening communication

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Relationship competence - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of relating; and increasing healthy assertiveness and satisfaction in relationships and dating

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

Personality disorders - Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges

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

Family of origin issues - Understanding and healing from painful relationships with parents in childhood and adolescence; moving beyond sadness and anger to compassion and repair; mourning the loss of the idealized parent and accepting what is real; stopping the repetition of painful cycles from the past in the present

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

Complex trauma - Healing after harmful treatment by others, including sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

General expertise


Lucy Bichsel 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: $180 (50min)
  • Initial session: $275 (75min)
  • Couples sessions: $220 (60min)
  • Couples initial session: $335 (90min)

Therapist's note

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


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Chelsea practice

352 7th Avenue

New York, NY 10001

  • Mon 10:00am-9:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 10:00am-9:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-9:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private practice, 2015 - present

Bellevue Hospital Center, 2015 - 2018

Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, 2013 - 2015

Long Island University, Ph.D., 2005 - 2012


  • English

Professional endorsements

Gaiane Kazariants, PhD

Dr. Bichsel is empathic, generous, and brilliant. She is a great combination of deep compassion and excellent skill level.

Lauren O'Flaherty, PsyD

Dr. Bichsel is warm, accepting and highly skilled in helping clients manage emotions, navigate difficult interpersonal relationships, and set boundaries in order to live happier and more meaningful lives.

Amanda Crowell, PhD

Dr. Bichsel is so warm and accepting and really helps people to believe that they can truly heal their relationship, even when they’ve struggled for years.

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