Ivy T Frenkel


Ivy T Frenkel


Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - 074439
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330 W 58th St Suite 304
New York City, New York 10019

My Approach to Helping

I am primarily a couples therapist who has been in private practice for 25 years. The way we talk to ourselves--our inner dialogue--affects how we communicate with those we love. As we explore beliefs about ourselves, our love-ability, and what is an ideal love, we can better process our disappointments in relationships. The tension between each person's ideal and their real relationship is the stuff of couple's therapy. When people face how their needs are not being met and/or how they fail to meet their partner's needs, they are most vulnerable. My goal is to see events from each perspective and find ways for the couple to understand and find empathy for one another. While this a challenge for all, it is well worth it because empathy is the greatest antidote to conflict.

When couples say they have a communication problem, they often don't realize that this statement reflects many different issues. Sometimes a couple has difficulty understanding one another's perspectives or needs--truly a communication difficulty--but often they really have conflicting needs. All is not lost if your needs don't always line up. That is normal for any partnership. My role is to support the couple as individuals, as a pair, and to help them find solutions acceptable to both.

I also work with individuals of diverse backgrounds and with a large range of issues. We explore beliefs about the self and where they originate and what aspect of the self the individual wants to change. Most import, as the individual makes changes, he or she also learns to capitalize on strengths.

More Info About My Practice

I am not on any insurance panels. However, when clients have out-of-network coverage, as a courtesy I submit their statements to their insurance through an online service. After a deductible is met, sometimes I can wait for insurance to reimburse.

Regarding fees, I have a sliding scale.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Repairing relationships, couple's conflicts, couples with young children, couples with adolescents, deciding whether to stay together or divorce, blended family issues, parenting issues, anxiety and depressive disorders, bipolar, and complex trauma.

I enjoy working with couples of different race and ethnic backgrounds. They have unique challenges and also great richness of experience.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

For couples beginning treatment, just talking about pain, hurt, and anger in front of their partner and me can reduce stress at home. If we all work well together and deal with the competing needs in the therapy room, then the couple is freer to relax and regain the connection they once had. Even when a couple decides to separate, they find therapy was a worthwhile experience. They better understand themselves, their partner, and the couple's patterns of behavior that led to their difficulties. They move on with less guilt and anger.

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Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English
  • French

Groups I Work With

    I have worked with a wide variety of people. However I have worked a lot with people in the arts and on the other end of the spectrum with people in finance or law. I particularly like working with people of different ethnic back grounds or nationalities.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • 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
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Breathwork
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Drama Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Object Relations
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Pragmatic / Experiential Therapy for Couples (PET-C)
  • Psychodrama
  • Psychodynamic
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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