John Pasagiannis

John Pasagiannis

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments



Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Seniors (65+)


Mon: 8:00am-12:00pm; 3:00pm-9:00pm
Tue: 8:00am-12:00pm; 3:00pm-9:00pm
Wed: 8:00am-12:00pm; 3:00pm-9:00pm
Thu: 8:00am-12:00pm; 3:00pm-9:00pm
Fri: 8:00am-12:00pm; 3:00pm-9:00pm
Sat: 8:00am-12:00pm; 3:00pm-9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-12:00pm; 3:00pm-9:00pm

Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Substance use

  • Couples counseling

  • Relationships

  • Self-esteem

Professional statement

Dr. John Pasagiannis is a clinical psychologist practicing on Manhattan's Upper West Side. He has extensive expertise in anxiety, depression, substance use issues, ADHD, self-esteem and relationship counseling. Dr. Pasagiannis collaborates with his clients to identify and work towards achieving their goals.

Dr. Pasagiannis believes that a compassionate, supportive, and understanding therapeutic relationship is integral to the process of healing. He takes an eclectic approach, integrating different treatment methods and tools to best suit individual clients’ needs. This may include skills-based therapy to assist clients in effectively managing difficult situations and feelings and supporting clients’ capacity for compassion, self-reflection, and self-awareness.

Dr. Pasagiannis is also trained in Harm Reduction Therapy to address substance use issues and other problematic behaviors. Goal setting, urge surfing, diary keeping, inviting in the ambivalence, grounding techniques, and other methods may be utilized to enhance clients’ motivation towards positive change and reduction of unhealthy behaviors.

Dr. Pasagiannis offers a judgement-free space and encourages clients to come as they are. His practice is a convenient 5-minute walk from the 86th street station.


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 addressing feelings of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Substance use – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and intimacy issues; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

General expertise

ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Anger management – Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy and appropriate expression of frustration and anger
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance


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

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $250 (60min)

  • Ongoing sessions: $200/session (45min)

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

Message to clients

“Thank you for taking the time to visit my profile on Zencare. I understand that the decision to seek help can be daunting as there are many kinds of treatment approaches for different kinds of issues.

Successful treatment depends upon the relationship between you and your therapist. The process by which this relationship develops is shaped by compassion, support and understanding, all of which promote healing in areas of difficulty and vulnerability. This path serves as a guide to my approach.”

Treatment approaches

Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Interpersonal 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)
Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Harm reduction psychotherapy is intended to identify the psychological, biological, and social currents contributing to one's addictive behaviors to reduce the harmful consequences of substance use and other risky behaviors. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)

Education and work experience

Private Practice, 2005 - Present

Adelphi University, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 2007
Hunter College, BA in Psychology, 1998