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Location

Louisa R. Livingston's Practice
127 East 30th Street, Suite 3D
New York, New York
Mon 1:00 pm - 7:30 pm  
Tue 10:30 am - 7:00 pm  
Wed 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm  
Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm  

About

I work with adults - from young adults to the elderly, and as individuals and couples. A clinical psychologist, I have been doing this from 1978, first licensed in Texas and now for the past 20+years, licensed in New York. My postgraduate training was here in NYC. I attended the 2-year program and received training in working with groups at Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, Group Dept. and am on the faculty of what exists of their training; that also helps me work with couples. I also graduated from TRISP, a 4-year Institute in NYC where I received much training in being listening to and working with patients; that center's name is now the Training and Research Institute for Intersubjectivity.

Why should patients choose you as their provider instead of others in the area?

I am well trained (have had lots of experience - a licensed psychologist since 1978 with excellent training as shown in an earlier profile, my patients have grown at least as much as I have over the years, and I care about what happens with and to each patient. I listen and observe, trying to imagine what it might be like to be the particular person on the other side speaking. I also try to be sensitive to what they are experiencing and hoping for yet maybe also dreading, even if only part of that is put into words.

What are the top 3 treatments that you focus on?

Over the last few decades, I primarily treat adults (from young adults to the elderly) with a variety of difficulties. I treat them individually or as a couple. My specialties include anxiety, depression, and other uncomfortable emotions that might not be labelled, such as shame or simmering anger.

What are you proud of in your practice?

I am particularly pleased with the number of patients who have felt so much better as a result of our work together. It is very rewarding to both witness this and be part of it. Examples can range from someone who feels as if he is drifting and lethargic, has little idea why, does not know how he'll ever feel better to someone who suffered from several serious personal losses, could no concentrate, consequently did poorly at work, and wonders if I could help. Time after time, being with the client, understanding more and more from their point of view what it is like, yields so much. That often allows patients gradually to begin to look inside themselves more, mourn and accept certain losses, and eventually get back to a life worth living for themselves as well as opening up to a few people in their lives.

Which cases do you enjoy treating? Why?

I enjoy seeing almost everyone who wants to see me for themselves. They usually have some concern about themselves that might take a little while to work up to talking about, until that feel more comfortable with me and in the session. What they struggle with can be heartbreaking, but it is also rewarding, both because I see over and over how much patients can get out of the treatment: learning more about themselves, accepting some things about themselves and others over time, feeling better in ways that are important to them, or being able to do more. It is rewarding to give and to receive on many levels. It's also a privilege to get to know someone on a deep level.