Licensed Psychoanalyst, M.S., L.P., FIPA
Accepting new clients for daytime appontments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Perinatal mental health
Postpartum depression & anxiety
Alexandra Cattaruzza is a Licensed Psychoanalyst with offices in NoMad/Flatiron, Manhattan and Dumbo, Brooklyn. Her practice focuses on supporting women through perinatal challenges including pregnancy, postnatal difficulties, and postpartum mood disorders. Having received extensive training in a parent-infant psychoanalytic program, she is an expert in mother-infant dyadic therapy. She is passionate about helping clients find a renewed connection with their infant and their inner self.
As a graduate of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, Alexandra’s practice is grounded in insight-oriented therapies. She works closely with her clients to explore complex emotions, regain a sense of control, and empower them to lead the lives they desire.
Supportive and nonjudgmental, Alexandra is deeply committed to helping her clients understand and overcome the obstacles that hold them back.
Pregnancy – Works with pregnant and postpartum patients who are on medication or considering medication; PTSD or trauma related to labor or delivery experience
Perinatal mental health – Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Postpartum depression and anxiety – Navigating complex emotions and the transition to parenthood during pregnancy and the postpartum period
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Alexandra is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $300 (60min)
Ongoing sessions: $250/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $150 - $200 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Alexandra can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"Pregnancy is a time of transformation as changes take place in the future mother’s body, relationships, social and work life and in her environment. She has to adjust to her rapidly changing world and for this transition to go smoothly preparation is needed. Once the baby arrives, the parents have to grapple with adjusting to a new little human whose survival depends on them. This is a fragile time for both parents and baby.
Prevention is an important part of my work, as difficulties during pregnancy and the postnatal period can have long lasting negative effects on the baby’s emotional development. If we can process difficulties early on, things can move along quickly and smoothly, getting parents and baby on track to a healthy and happy experience."
Treatment approachesPsychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2006 - Present
MITPP, HFI & IPTAR, Faculty and Supervisor
IPTAR, Psychoanalyst, 2016
IPTAR & CFS, Parent-Infant Psychotherapy, 2012
MITPP, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2004
New School University , Creative Arts Therapy, 2002
Universidad El Bosque, Child Psychological Assessment, 1999
Universidad de Los Andes, Psychologist, 1997