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Dr. Nicholas Samstag is a Clinical Psychologist located in New York, NY. Dr. Samstag works with young adults and adults, including teenagers and parents. Many of his clients begin therapy because they want to understand their intense emotional reactions. These reactions, which might appear as feelings of sadness, anxiety, depression, fear, or overwhelm, stem from early life experience. They may become exacerbated during times of change and may negatively impact relationships.
Dr. Samstag’s approach to therapy leverages clients’ dreams, free associations, and unhindered thoughts. His goal is to uncover deeply held beliefs that tie clients to specific emotional reactions, which he does through psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapy practices. He helps clients uncover inner narratives, through which they can recognize more authentic versions of themselves. Working with Dr. Samstag, clients learn how to lean into their unconscious so they can enhance their daily lives, including their relationships.
Dr. Samstag earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute at Adelphi University. He has over 20 years of experience and holds a certificate in psychoanalysis from the William Alanson White Institute.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
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
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Nicholas Samstag is not in-network with any insurances.
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Years of Experience: 27 years
Nicholas Samstag, Ph.D., PC, Psychological Services, President, 2019 - Present
William Alanson White Institute, Certificate in Psychoanalysis, 2002
Adelphi, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, 1996
New York University, M.A. in Psychology , 1990
Columbia University, M.A. in Classics, 1982
New York: 013734