Dr. Renee Obstfeld is a licensed psychoanalyst and certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor located in Greenwich Village, New York City. She specializes in treating addictions and trauma, as well as helping people navigate stressful life transitions. Renee's focus in treatment is on reclaiming and defining one's internal resources and strengths, resulting in a greater sense of agency and control over one's life and less reliance on self-defeating patterns.
In addition to practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Renee is a licensed creative arts therapist, trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). All of these approaches facilitate recovery from trauma by accessing material that may not be readily available for conscious, verbal recall. Drawing from a variety of modalities--specifically those that engage the body and activate personal symbols--facilitates recovery from acute distress and post-traumatic symptoms in the short term. In the longer term, treatment allows for profound personal transformation and resilience in the face of future challenges.
Renee has treated individuals for over 30 years and is dedicated to ensuring each client’s experience is personalized and engaging. She welcomes anyone who wants to break free of self-defeating patterns and habits to contact her if they would like to learn more about her work.
Substance use - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or significant life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) - Recognizing and addressing the effects of developmental stressors that have contributed to challenges in the present, such as repetition of trauma, relational difficulties, professional or academic inhibitions, problems with self care and self esteem
Recovery from trauma and PTSD - Coping and healing after threatening or frightening events (accidents, assaults, natural disasters), or sustained endurance of highly distressing situations (sexual, physical, verbal, emotional abuse; bullying; racial stigma and discrimination). Addressing and alleviating post-traumatic symptoms and accessing resources for self soothing.
Eating disorders - Understanding and reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
Addictions - Addictions – Recognizing developmental injuries and beliefs that contribute to reliance on substance and specific, ritualized processes for maintaining self esteem and managing emotions. Accessing and reclaiming dormant resources in order to lessen dependence on addictive processes and external "props"
Renee Obstfeld is not in-network with any insurances.
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Private Practice, 2002 - Present
New York University, Faculty, 1994 - Present
Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY, 1988 - 2006
Hattie Rosenthal College of Psychoanalysis, PhD, 2014
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, 2011
New York University, MA, 1988
Sarah Lawrence College, BA, 1981