Melissa Angiel Ph. D., Psychologist in Manhattan, New York, 10011

Melissa Angiel

Ph. D.

Melissa Angiel

Ph. D.

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Psychology
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: My fee is $225.00 per hour
Whereas I do not participate in-network with any insurance panels, out-of-network benefits may apply.


Manhattan, New York 10011
36 Water Street
Sag Harbor, New York 11963

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My Approach to Helping

My therapy approach focuses on bringing out the best in you by uncovering and building on your existing strengths (positive psychology). Together we will identify, understand and modify behavior and relationship patterns that don't work for you. If you are in crisis, I will help you regain your equilibrium. I will teach you how to avoid repeating patterns that get in the way of your feeling happy, productive and on-track. I will help you feel better about yourself and your relationships by showing you how to make adjustments in how you think, feel, act and communicate. My therapy style is active, interactive and present. I continually strive to create and maintain an emotionally safe environment. Your progress hinges on it. Your trusting me (and the therapy process) is critical to your success. This doesn't meant that I won't challenge you at times, but you will always know that I am on your side and that I care. I address depression/anxiety, addictions, habits, weight/eating, divorce and other relationship issues. I provide crisis counseling, consultation, short-term and long-term term therapy. I work with all ages in individual, parenting and couples therapy.

More Info About My Practice

I am an integrative clinician incorporating psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness approaches to my work with adults and children. I have a background in mind-body medicine, neuropsychology and child psychology.

Neuropsychology uses diagnostic testing to identify brain based issues such as ADHD, learning disabilities or cognitive deficits (sometimes due to head injuries, strokes, heart attacks, or accidents).

A mind-body approach means that I look at the whole person to reduce symptoms (think chronic pain or stress sensitive illnesses). I accomplish this by identifying and calming thoughts, emotions and stressors that contribute to physical pain/illness/discomfort. In this work I use various approaches, including mindfulness, progressive muscle relaxation, deep relaxation and thinking exercises.

I served as a CSE chair (chairman of special education) for several years and worked extensively within many school districts in several positions over the years as School Psychologist, Child Psychologist, Neuropsychologist and Early Intervention Specialist. I have developed and run groups and seminars (i.e, friendship building, how to manage bullying, coping with test anxiety, and communication skills) and I continue to provide counseling and assessments.

I work closely with parents and my years of experience in helping parents (and teachers) to understand and overcome difficult behaviors in their toddlers and school aged children has given me the ability to make a difference in the lives of children, an incredibly precious reward.

I also love working with teens and young (college age) adults. The structure of this work generally involves less interaction with parents, however joint sessions are sometimes beneficial to the work. This is decided in conjunction with the parents on an individual needs basis. My focus when working with children and families is always to strengthen the parent/child relationship whether the parents are actively involved in sessions or not.

I provide private evaluations and (play) therapy to toddlers and children. Through their play, children reveal what their struggles, worries, difficulties, strengths and needs are. Because children often don't really understand themselves or why they act the way they do, they cannot accurately put into words what is bothering them. Kids do communicate through their actions (art, imaginative play and acting out behaviors). My job as a child psychologist is to interpret accurately the themes of their art, play and actions into concrete and viable data from which to address any multitude of behavior difficulties (from aggression and defiance to separation anxiety, fears/phobias, attention, social/emotional issues, potty or sleep difficulties).

My approach when working with young children always includes regular communication with parents, caregivers and (when appropriate) teachers. My focus stays centered on bringing out the best in your child and strengthening family relationships and especially the parent/child bond. I work using structured and detailed approaches to helping children develop more effective ways of communicating and managing emotions. I also work closely with care givers to offer guidance and structure in how to approach various problem behaviors and personalities types across various ages and stages of development.

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

As a professional I stay active and engaged in the field. I read psychology books and journals (daily), I research and review psychology apps, neuroscience and self-help books. This helps me to stay sharp and informed. I have taught numerous seminars and classes which also keeps me focused and up to date. I am currently woking on a book project (which focuses on how to make lasting changes in life).

For me, nothing is more interesting than the mind, spirit and heart. I am fascinated by psychology, I love coming to work everyday and I am deeply motivated and rewarded by the progress I see in each and every person I have the honor of working with.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Families going through divorce, toddlers/ parenting support, chronic pain, harm reduction therapy for addictions, couples

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family Problems
  • Fertility Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Developmental Model of Couples Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
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