Therapists Specializing in Identity Development in New York

Our identity can change and develop throughout life. For many of us, our ideas of who we are and what we believe constantly evolve over the years. Defining your own beliefs, lifestyle, and sense of self can be exciting, but it’s natural to experience some uncertainty or discomfort in the process too. Although identity development is most commonly associated with adolescence, challenges can arise at any time, especially during major life transitions or other times of change.

Therapy can help us better understand ourselves, feel more confident in who we are, and improve our ability to make sense of our world. A therapist might focus on clarifying values to guide your actions through acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) or develop your thoughts and core beliefs through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Some therapists also provide existential therapy, a philosophically-rooted approach that focuses on meaning, freedom, connection, and mortality.

As numerous therapeutic modalities can help with identity development, it can be beneficial to discuss the options with one of the therapists in New York below who specialize in this area. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Ira  Bindman

Ira Bindman

175 East 96th Street, New York, NY, 10128

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

I offer a nonjudgemental, supportive therapeutic approach that respects your sense of self and helps you examine the challenges you’ve come to deal with and help you find solutions to those issues.


Abbe  Horsburgh

Abbe Horsburgh

276 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY, 11968

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $90 - $150 per session

Therapy with me is a place where healing and positive change can happen. If you’re like most people I see, you seek therapy because of a problem. And indeed, the solving of the problem, or coping with it, is the focus of the treatment. But things can be more complex than they seem at first, and coming to talk to someone can be, in a way, the beginning of a journey of exploration. In this journey, I will be by your side and on your side.

If you are a parent, I'll bring the right mix of empathy, advice, understanding and guidance to help you in your job. I am not an early childhood expert (I'm happy to refer you to one) but a family therapist specializing in parenting teens and improving parents' relationships with adult children.

My style is to be engaged, pro-active, creative. Sometimes I look at my therapy as life coaching. Goals are an essential part of the therapy process, and I will help you find the tools to achieve them. It’s common to find yourself at a stage or point in life where things are challenging, and you don’t have the confidence and motivation to move forward in a positive direction. At times like these, I’ll collaborate with you. I want to empower you, and will push you when I think you are ready. Sometimes I’ll push you right out of therapy, and this is a good thing. :)


Water & Stone

Water & Stone

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $200 per session

Welcome to Water & Stone!

As the founding director, I (Emery) am looking forward to speaking with you so we can find the best option in offering you support during this time in your life. We specialize in working with women, the lgbtqia+ community, trauma, anxiety, and grief just to mention a few. I personally speak with you during your initial complimentary phone call, so we can discuss what you are looking for and the questions you might have as we find a way to take a step forward that feels confortable to you.

We are a group practice that focuses on a mindfulness based, contemplative approach when it comes to supporting your mental health and wellness. Each professional therapist is adept in both traditional talk therapy and an area of creative arts therapy, so you have options to choose from as we find the right therapist for you.

One of my main goals at Water & Stone is to ensure you are with the person who can best help you with an approach that feels good and supportive. You need to have a good connection with your therapist to get the most out of this experience, so we are flexible and will work with you to help make sure you have the right fit.


Joseph  Reich

Joseph Reich

397 Bridge Street, New York, NY, 11201

Online Sessions, NY

2701 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY, 11210

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

I appreciate your courage in beginning the process of healing. Our work together will help you understand, confront, and change difficult aspects of your life. We will work collaboratively to increase your self-knowledge, self-acceptance, and resilience. Upon termination of our work together you should feel more confident across all areas of life and more comfortable being just who you are.

Finding the right therapist for you is important. My therapeutic style is engaged, warm, and compassionate. I encourage you to reach out for a free consultation to see if I am the right therapist for you - I typically respond within one day. I look forward to speaking with you and helping you find greater peace.


Laura  Van Wyk

Laura Van Wyk

Online Sessions, NY

Insurances: Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $175 per session

Deciding to enter into therapy can be one of the most difficult steps that many people make but with the right therapist it can also be one of the most rewarding and best decisions that clients often report that they have ever made. Investing time developing insight into your feelings, relationships, and behavior patterns can be transformative.

I believe that finding a therapist that creates an environment where you can accomplish these achievements in a safe and non-judgemental space is vital. The rapport and alliance that you develop with your therapist is equally as important and your trust in them in truly a gift that you offer them each week that you enter into their office for a session.


Merav  Gur

Merav Gur

315 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, 10017

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 - $275 per session

I believe that successful treatment is based on a warm, supportive, collaborative, and non-judgmental therapeutic environment, in which the client can comfortably explore issues and experience a good connection with the therapist. Since I am trained in different modalities (including insight oriented/psychodynamic psychotherapy, CBT, ACT, DBT, IPT), I am able to tailor my clinical approach to each individual’s needs and work integratively.

My approach is collaborative and my goal is to help my clients learn new and more effective coping skills, make meaningful life changes, heal from past trauma, establish healthier relationships, and work towards achieving the life that they envision for themselves. Gains made by individuals in psychotherapy are often maintained for many years.

In my personal clinical experience, I have found that psychotherapy facilitates personal growth and healing. Clients gain better self knowledge and self confidence, communicate and assert themselves more effectively, become more aware of their needs and learn to replace old and Ineffective ways of coping by healthier ones. Clients make better choices for themselves and become less stuck and paralyzed. Some will make career changes; others will find more suitable partners, and many learn to live lives that are more meaningful, satisfying, and more consistent with their core values.

Psychotherapy can be either short-term or long–term. Some individuals want to focus on a specific issue or target specific symptoms and may need coaching through that specific issue. Others may want to work through more complex life issues in order to attain a better understanding of themselves or to achieve their
desired goals.


Jen  Polite

Jen Polite

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $300 per session

We all experience major and minor adjustments through life, and we are all capable of successfully managing them. Though we may be able to get through them alone, it can be beneficial to have the guidance and support of a professional.


Laurie  Lieberman

Laurie Lieberman

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

My practice offers a warm, safe and supportive place to work on your stuck points and ways to enhance and transform your life. Together, through the process of therapy we can unpack not only past negative experiences and/or behaviors, but also focus on how they impact you in the here and now; and most importantly identify strengths and patterns that we can examine and retool.

My style is empathic, eclectic, and informed by your particular needs and situation. I tend to use a strength based approach to help you recognize your own power and magnificence and your ability to make the changes that will enhance your life and alleviate struggle

It takes great strength and courage to reach out for help. Whether you have already realized the benefits of therapy and need to come back or especially if you are new to therapy I welcome you to journey together.


Therapists of New York

Therapists of New York

Online Sessions, NY

6 East 39th Street, New York, NY, 10016

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $225 - $250 per session

Therapists of New York is a team of doctoral level psychotherapists. We treat individuals and couples struggling with a wide-range of difficulties and/or psychological disorders. We customize treatment to meet each client's individual needs by utilizing our expertise in multiple therapeutic techniques. Our clients are matched by our founder and director, Dr. Elinor Bock, based on personality and specific goals. The matching process relieves the initial hardship of shopping around for the right therapist.

We are a diverse group of therapists with a unified mission: we foster awareness, clarity, relief, and confidence in our clients so that they can overcome obstacles and live freely. We value the importance of genuine, fulfilling, and secure connection with all our clients so they can get the most out of the therapeutic experience.


Peter  Fraenkel

Peter Fraenkel

19 West 34th Street, New York, NY, 10001

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $250 per session

I provide a warm, supportive relationship in which to explore the challenges you're facing and to create an action plan for changing how you relate to intimate partners, friends, family members, and your workplace so as to reach your relationship and career goals, and a happier life overall.


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