Deborah Neft, PhD

Deborah Neft

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments at midtown Manhattan practice



Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)

Hours (NYC)

Mon: 11:00am-9:00pm
Tue: Closed
Wed: Closed
Thu: 9:00am-6:00pm
Fri: Closed
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Hours (Rye)

Mon: Closed
Tue: 8:00am-3:00pm
Wed: 10:00am-6:00pm
Thu: Closed
Fri: Closed
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal difficulties
  • Parenting
  • Relationships

Professional statement

Dr. Deborah Neft is a psychologist in Midtown East Manhattan and Rye, NY specializing in obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties, parenting, and relationships. She has a deep specialty in obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and more specifically purely obsessional OCD, or “pure O,” in which the individual engages in hidden compulsions. For clients with OCD, she combines the therapy approach of exposure and response prevention with psychoeducation to help clients build resiliency, improve self-confidence, and gently shift mindsets. She also enjoys supporting clients with depression, ensuring that they feel less isolated and helping them return to activities they previously enjoyed.

Dr. Neft received her BA in psychology from Brown University and PhD in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. She completed externships and internships at Montefiore Medical Center and the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy before joining the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy as a senior staff psychologist.

Dr. Neft draws upon these clinical experiences in addition to her extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) create a safe, supportive environment that allows clients to reach goals at their own pace. Her Manhattan office is conveninently located next to Grand Central Station.


Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Using exposure and response prevention to help clients confront OCD, e.g. concern with and/or fear of germs and becoming 'contaminated'
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Interpersonal difficulties – Having challenges maintaining healthy relationships whether it be with family members, friends, romantic partners, and coworkers
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Relationships –  Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating

General expertise

Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Perinatal mental health – Anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns specific to childbearing women and their families; Navigating complex emotions and the transition to parenthood during pregnancy and the postpartum period


Dr. Neft is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial/ongoing sessions: $300/session (50min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

Therapist's note: Dr. Neft can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.

Message to clients

"I feel strongly that therapy is most effective when delivered in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. I strive to create an atmosphere that allows my clients to feel comfortable and understood.

My theoretical approach to treatment is based on cognitive behavioral principles. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a structured and directive approach to psychotherapy that focuses on specific problems. In CBT, the therapist and client work together to bring about symptom relief as well as positive life changes. This is accomplished through identifying and restructuring perceptions as well as by learning strategies to modify unwanted behaviors and manage excessive stress and anxiety. These strategies may include relaxation techniques, time and stress management skills, assertiveness training, and effective problem-solving and communication skills.

Therapy can be short or long-term. Many of my clients see me once a week for 3 to 4 months and less often after symptoms decrease. Other clients choose to remain in therapy for longer periods of time and regularly set new goals."

Education and work experience

Private Practice, 2010 - Present
Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy, Senior Staff Psychologist, 2007 - 2010

Montefiore Medical Center, Clinical Psychology Intern, 2005 - 2006
Rutgers University, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 2006
New York Presbyterian Hospital, Clinical Psychology Extern, 2002 - 2003
Brown University, BA in Psychology, 1996