Pria  Alpern

Pria Alpern

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for evening & daytime appointments in Columbus Circle practice (updated November 18, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • College mental health
  • Perinatal mental health

Professional statement

Dr. Pria Alpern is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist on the Upper West Side of Manhattan who specializes in working with clients navigating depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, trauma, the challenges of young adulthood, and pregnancy/postpartum emotional health. The majority of her clients are young adults and mothers, but she works with individuals across the lifespan.

Dr. Alpern specializes on work surrounding trauma, including sexual assault. She is also dedicated to helping clients navigate life transitions, including becoming a mother, emerging adulthood, and shifting identities. In addition to her work with individuals, she currently facilitates a six-week new moms group at the JCC Manhattan for mothers and their new babies from birth-five months to gain information, share their experiences, and support one another in the early days of motherhood. She also runs an ongoing, weekly group for women who are pregnant after having lost a previous pregnancy.

Dr. Alpern’s style is warm and collaborative, and she uses a combination of therapeutic approaches, including Psychoanalytic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness practices. She also uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a technique designed to aid clients in unblocking and releasing painful memories.

Dr. Alpern's clinical training includes work at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, the Long Island University Psychological Services Center, the Rebecca School, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mt. Sinai West Hospitals. Her postdoctoral fellowship at the Rosemary Furman Counseling Center at Barnard College included specializations in late adolescence, early adulthood, and trauma.

Prior to beginning her doctoral training, Dr. Alpern worked at Weill Cornell Medical College’s Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry, where she worked within a team of researchers investigating the treatment of geriatric mood disorders.

Message to clients

I offer a warm, down-to-earth, and collaborative approach to help my clients improve areas of their lives that they are inspired to change, to understand themselves better, and heal from varying degrees of emotional suffering. I believe that a positive therapeutic relationship is at the heart of successful treatment. I view trust, honesty, and humor as key ingredients to forming an effective working relationship with my clients.


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

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

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

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

Perinatal mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety

General expertise


Pria Alpern 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 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $200 - $300
  • Initial session: $375

Therapist's note

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


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Columbus Circle practice

200 West 57th Street

Suite 301

New York, NY 10019

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 9:00am-11:30am
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2015 - Present:

Rosemary Furman Counseling Center, Barnard College, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014 - 2015:

Mt. Sinai St. Luke's and Mt. Sinai West Hospitals, Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (APA Accredited), 2013 - 2014

Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, PhD, 2014

Georgetown University, BA, 2006


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