Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, and evening appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
College mental health
Dr. Gibbs Williams is a Licensed Psychoanalyst in Lower Manhattan with expertise in helping clients explore existential questions of identity and purpose. He enjoys working with individuals who may feel isolated, taking special care in helping them better understand their emotions and feel more connected to both their inner experiences and the people around them.
Dr. Williams also sees clients navigating anxiety disorders, affect intolerance, stress, couples counseling, student mental health, and elder issues. His style is highly supportive and individually tailored to the unique needs of each client. His approach is primarily insight-oriented, drawing from psychoanalytic therapy and family systems.
Dr. Williams is committed to empowering clients to identify their values, find meaning, and move past self-doubt to lead more fulfilling lives. He is keenly attuned to developing a trusting and collaborative relationship with each client. His practice is conveniently located by the City Hall subway station.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
College mental health – Navigating the transition into college and stressors of academics, personal relationships, and self-development
Elder issues – Helping seniors through issues may come up with aging and decreased ability to perform activities of daily living
Anger management – Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets
Autism spectrum disorder – Support understanding the diagnosis and related challenges and strengths; skill-building in areas of daily routine, transitions, coping with overwhelming sensory experiences, social skills, and emotion identification and regulation
Personality disorders – Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Spirituality – Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life
Substance use – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Dr. Williams is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: Complimentary
Ongoing sessions: $200/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Dr. Williams can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"As a change agent I cannot myself change you. I do however provide a just-right atmosphere which is most conducive to changing yourself. If we click, you will learn how to take resonant concepts and gradually learn how to organize your own chaos."
Treatment approachesInterpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic 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)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 1974 - Present
Various Non-Profits, 1969 - 1974
Odyssey House, 1967-1969
New York University, PhD in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
Yeshiva University, MS in Psychology
Columbia University, BA