Why Jean?

I love this work. For over 20 years as a psychotherapist and marriage counselor, I’ve been helping New Yorkers create stronger, more loving relationships.


If  you’re looking for a therapist who nods and says “Hmmm,” or who keeps asking you and your partner to “share your feelings” until she says “Time’s up,” I’m not the one to call.

I’m a careful listener but active in session. In my work with individuals and couples I draw on evidence-based research and offer the tools and support you need to build a more fulfilling, harmonious relationship.

We’re a team. I work hard for you and your relationship. And I’ll expect and encourage you to bring your whole self to the creative and challenging process of healing and growth.

Much of my practice has an international focus. Married to an international New Yorker myself, I see people of many cultures from across the country and around the globe.

You may have seen or heard me quoted in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, Vogue, Brides, Forbes, CNN International, Women’s Health and many other media outlets where the subject is marriage and family life. I’m a member of Marriage Friendly Therapists, an advanced practitioner network featured in USA Today, National Public Radio, and the Harvard Mental Health Letter, and am a New York State licensed psychoanalyst.

My articles on family life and emotional and spiritual growth have appeared in many national publications over the past twenty-five years, including Parents, Working Mother, and The New York Times Magazine, and I have written 6 books on family life. My blog posts are on The Good Men Project, and I was a contributing author to From the Ashes: A Spiritual Response to the Attack on America, a collection of essays written after September 11 and edited by Neale Donald Walsch and Desmond Tutu. I have also written on sandplay and women’s spirituality for the journal Women & Therapy.

For more about my books or to read excerpts, click here. I am active on Twitter @therapistnyc35 and @NYCworklife, where I share research and tools to help followers thrive in their relationships at home and at work.

At Brown University I received my A.B. with honors, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and earned my M.A. After studying at the Maryknoll School of Theology, I completed psychoanalytic training and taught at the Westchester Institute, a pioneer in the existential approach. As a member of the interfaith American Association of Pastoral Counselors, I have served as secretary for the Eastern Region. For many years I co-moderated the global pastoral-counseling list on the Internet.

When I’m not in my office, I am a regular theatergoer and love to travel and spend time with family and friends.  Here’s an interview PsychCentral, the largest mental health site on the net, did with me recently for their “Clinicians on the Couch” series.

Whether you are a couple or an individual, I work actively in our sessions to help you clarify and reach your goals.  I share recent research, exercises to help you extend our time together at home, and skills to help you discover and build on your strengths and creativity.

Want to know if I can help you? Let’s talk.

Sometimes the hardest thing about therapy is making that first contact by phone or email, but when you do, you are taking the first step toward creating the life that you want. Please fill out this contact form and I will reply within 24 hours.

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Since 1990 I have been helping busy people in the New York area recover from pain and stress, gain confidence, and enjoy more trusting, fulfilling relationships.

To take the first step toward the life and relationship you want, reach out to me today. You can expect a prompt reply from me, usually within 3 hours.

Use the contact form to book an individual or couples/ marriage counseling session, or to ask questions and learn how I can help.

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