Penny Rubinfine, LCSW

Penny Rubinfine, LCSW

Professions: Psychotherapist, Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Social Work
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 18753
Office 1
585 West End Avenue
Suite 1G
New York City, New York 10024
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Whatever you're struggling with, the way you are feeling now really can change. Whether you want to start making better choices for yourself, or are looking for meaning and direction in your life, whether you're feeling scared, stuck, have been hurt, or feel lonely or misunderstood-- you need to know that you really can feel better. The first step is recognizing that you shouldn't and don't have to go through this alone.

I view therapy as a relationship that encourages people to evolve and grow through collaborative exploration. If you are curious about how you got to where you are and are ready to start looking at parts of yourself and your life that you may not have been able to see on your own, I will go there with you, guiding you and sticking by you through your discovery process. By developing insights into the links between what has happened to us and how we live our lives, we become better able to live life more consciously. Being more conscious enables us to recognize the kinds of moments and triggers that can automatically pull us into old, familiar patterns of behavior. Once we can see it we are more able to stop ourselves, which gives us the possibility of making new choices and having new perspectives.

I believe that all behaviors and emotions result from a striving towards wellbeing, even if it doesn't always look or feel that way. Sometimes we know our behaviors or our distressing thoughts or feelings are hurting us, or keeping us from living life more fully, and yet we can't resist or make them stop. It can be so hard to do things differently! One reason for this is that these old ways may keep us feeling connected to what we know, thus providing safety through familiarity.

Therapy is often similar to a mourning process. Making change happen sometimes requires us to confront the discomfort, pain and even grief of losing what is known and familiar. The aim is to be able to hold on to something crucial to our identity and sense of security, while also moving on to allow for new experiences. It is important to have a safe place and an empathic other throughout such a process, to help us feel our feelings, to break through the isolation of our experience, and to recognize and help us question and challenge old patterns. This is a large part of how I see my role in the therapy relationship and it always feels like a privilege to be a part of such an important and precious journey.


Email or Call Penny Rubinfine, LCSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 18753

More Info About My Practice

If you have out of network benefits with your insurance plan I will give you statements to send in to your insurance company for reimbursement to you. I do have a sliding scale.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Psychology

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