Michael  Kushner

Michael Kushner

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for morning, afternoon, evening, & daytime appointments in Midtown practice (updated May 20, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Personality disorders
  • Mood disorders

Professional statement

Dr. Michael Kushner is a Licensed Psychologist in midtown Manhattan who specializes in seeing adults with anxiety and/or depression as well as individuals who are navigating relationship, work, or family challenges.

Dr. Kushner utilizes a psychoanalytical approach to help his clients uncover how their thought patterns influence their emotions and the way they interact with others. He teaches them how to manage their anxiety and become more at peace with this part of their personality. When working with clients who are experiencing depression, Dr. Kushner takes the time to understand their symptoms and what may trigger them. He teaches them how to shift their perspective and learn to look at their life in a more positive light.

Dr. Kushner’s style is empathic and thoughtful. He spends time getting to know his clients and helping them discover that the life they want is within reach.

Message to clients

People seek therapy for different reasons. Some want to solve a specific problem, and some want relief from feelings of unhappiness or anxiety. Others want to make a change in work or relationships, or want to be liberated from a pattern of behavior that's not working for them. You may have a combination of these issues or just feel jumbled -- uncertain about the source of troubling feelings. In all of these cases, seeking professional help is the first step. By doing so, you make real your wish for change and your wish to feel better.
My approach uses analytically-informed psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. This means that together we will seek to understand the particular ways you have of reacting to events and the ways in which you relate to others, both of which are often at the root of emotional difficulties.
Over time, working this way makes it possible to address a variety of issues and get relief from emotional pain and troubling symptoms. Initiating therapy is a signal that you are serious about wanting to feel better and that you are worthy of the effort to improve your life.


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

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

Personality disorders - Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges

Mood disorders - Depression, dysthymia (mild depression), bipolar disorder, hormone-related mood issues, i.e. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and postpartum depression, adjustment disorder with depression

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)

Therapist's note

Dr. Kushner 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

25 West 45th Street

Suite 401

New York, NY 10036

  • Mon 3:30pm-7:00pm
  • Tue 8:45am-7:00pm
  • Wed 8:45am-7:00pm
  • Thu 8:45am-7:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Clinical Practice, 2003 - Present

Market Research and Management Consulting, 1991 - 2011

University of Minnesota, Research Fellow, 1986 - 1987

Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), 2003 - 2011

City University of New York, MA, M. Phil., PhD, 1987 - 1992

Columbia University, BA, 1986


  • English