Deborah Agrest


Deborah Agrest


Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychoanalyst, Psychotherapist, Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Social Work
Secondary Credential: Clinical Social Work - 007134


Suite 2C
New York City, New York 10024

My Approach to Helping

We are haunted by the things we don't want to discuss, think about, or remember. They can leave us feeling frozen and detached from people, circumstances, or our bodies. They influence our relationships and our sexuality. Whether emotions, thoughts, or experiences have undercut your sense of self, triggering grief, anxiety, anger, or depression, you can begin to feel less perplexed and alone.

My style is warm and interactive. I will listen in a collaborative, empathic, and emotionally available way to understand you. Together we will make sense of patterns in your life that you know about and those you aren't yet aware of. We will use the here-and-now, linking it, when appropriate, to your early experiences as we work toward lasting positive change in your personal and professional life.

What you can expect in the first session:
The first time we meet, I'll want to know about what happened or is happening that has brought you into psychotherapy at this time. I'll want to know about your background. As you speak, I will listen to your story very carefully, on multiple levels. I will listen to what you say and what you don't say. I will monitor my responses to you and what you are communicating to me through your words and your body so I can begin to get a sense of who you are and the ways in which you need to be understood. This is important because your treatment will be designed for you, alone. If you have been in psychotherapy before, it's important for me to know what was helpful and what wasn't, so I can be aware of what may or may not be helpful in the process between us. Our first session will provide an opportunity for you and I to get a sense of our comfort level with one another--how do we "click" together?. While trust is built over time, my intention is to provide you with a safe, nonjudgmental space in which to speak openly.

More Info About My Practice

In addition to seeing individuals and couples in my practice, I am interviewing prospective members for a Psychodynamic Group-Relatives of Dementia (including results of traumatic brain injury) Patients. The group is customized particularly to the needs of people related to patients with dementia. The intrinsic responsibilities, turmoil, and convergence of feelings in looking after someone who is physically there but psychologically absent or slipping away is often minimized or unacknowledged in society. The well-being of the dementia patient is chief in people's thoughts, but the ordeal of the caregiver may be less known. The group is tailored specifically to meet the needs of the caregivers.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Individuals in transition, Individuals who are experienceing a loss, Creative Artists, Relatives of ALL Types of Dementia Patients (including results of traumatic brain injury), Financial Executives.

    Sometimes people don't yet know what the source of their dissatisfaction is. But their sense is that something is missing.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Depth Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)

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