Renee  Obstfeld

Renee Obstfeld

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments in Greenwich Village practice (updated November 18, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Substance use
  • Life transitions
  • Relationships
  • Complex Post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD)
  • Recovery from Trauma and PTSD
  • Eating disorders
  • Addictions

Professional statement

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.


Message to clients

My practice is devoted to helping people feel more in control of their lives and their actions. Often, I see people who struggle with shame that precludes curiosity or understanding, and locks them in self defeating cycles. These symptoms and patterns are problematic, confusing, and painful. However, exploration in treatment consistently reveals their origins as adaptations to stressful early relationships or situations. I adhere to a trauma-focused treatment that allows clients to reconnect with their inner resources and develop more effective coping strategies. Whether or not one enters treatment identifying a discrete traumatic event, I find this modality best addresses the inner struggles and disconnect experienced by so many. I use a variety of techniques to help people discover a more embodied, alive, secure way of being.


Specialties

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"


General expertise


Insurance

Renee Obstfeld 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: $225 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $175 - $225
  • Initial session: $225 (45min)

Therapist's note

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


Location(s)

Greenwich Village practice

31 Washington Square West

New York, NY 10011

Hours
  • Mon 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2002 - Present

Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY, 1988 - 2006

New York University, Faculty, 1994 - present

Hattie Rosenthal College of Psychoanalysis, PhD, 2014

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, 2011

New York University, MA, 1988

Sarah Lawrence College, BA, 1981


Languages

  • English