Sylvia Welsh

Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Psychoanalyst; Board Certified Child and Adult Psychoanalyst, American Board of Psychoanalysts; Certified Child and Adult Psychoanalyst, American Psychoanalytic Association; C

Sylvia Welsh

Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Psychoanalyst; Board Certified Child and Adult Psychoanalyst, American Board of Psychoanalysts; Certified Child and Adult Psychoanalyst, American Psychoanalytic Association; C

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Psychologist, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychoanalyst
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

Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


27 West 86th Street
Suite 1C
New York, New York 10024

My Approach to Helping

I work deeply with patients to help them better understand and overcome the inner obstacles, many of which may not be conscious, to a happier, more meaningful life. As a child psychologist, my focus is to help the child resolve issues that are derailing developmental growth, whether it be at home, in school or with peers. In addition, I am a fully trained child, adolescent and adult psychoanalyst. I incorporate my deep understanding of the human mind in conjunction with my training in and appreciation of dynamic family systems. All psychological issues are both intrapsychic and interpersonal. I value the patient\\\'s perceptions of him or herself but I do not ignore real-life events. My work with couples tends focuses on conflict resolution through exploration and explication of the precipitating event which often represents a culmination and accumulation of less verbalized and less conscious interpersonal as well as individual issues.

More Info About My Practice

In addition to working as a clinician, I am a management consultant with a specialty in family owned and run businesses. My expertise in understanding family systems and dynamics is particularly useful in helping family businesses disentangle the "family" from the "business". The transition of power from one generation to the next is often especially problematic in family businesses, as are issues of independence and autonomy.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is the art and science of leading a horse to water. Whether or not the horse drinks the water is, of course, up to the horse. This may sound glib but I find it profoundly meaningful to keep in mind. I work very hard and collaboratively with each and every patient I see. I am not only an active listener but an active advocate for the patient's mental health. I challenge them to look at themselves in ways that may not feel good in the moment but are ultimately good for them. I often tell my patients that they are living out a script that was likely handed down to them through the generations of their families of origin. A primary goal of the work I do is to enable the patient to write his or her own script, which has the additional benefit of ensuring that the patient will not unwittingly pass on this legacy to his or her own children, should they decide to have them.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with children, adolescents and adults; individual, couples and family psychotherapy; dynamic management consultant to C-Suite executives and family-run businesses.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Parenting
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Dreamwork
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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