Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Specialties & expertise
Loss and grief
Judith Greenwald is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Midtown Manhattan specializing in couples therapy, individual therapy, trauma, relationships, mindfulness, anxiety, and loss and grief. With an extensive background in both family systems therapy and in psychoanalytic therapy, her particular area of expertise is in relationships. She works closely with each couple to understand their dynamics before delving into conflict resolution, improving communication, and rekindling intimacy. She seeks to understand individuals in the complexity of their desires and constraints in order to help them have a better relationship with themselves and others. She also has extensive experience working with both individuals and couples who are navigating divorce.
Judith brings over twenty-five years of clinical expertise to her practice. Her repertoire includes knowledge and deep insight into workplace challenges faced by managers and executives, as well as those in the tech world. She also has a deep appreciation for artists and creative professionals enabling her to work very effectively with them.
With specialty certification and training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), she helps trauma survivors identify triggers and build healthy coping skills to recover from painful past experiences.
Judith’s approach is interactive, warm, and engaging. She takes special care in helping individuals and couples break free from negative cycles and find renewed fulfillment in their relationships and careers. Outside of her therapy office, Judith has given expression to her creative ability by painting and has been in an improvisation group performing for community organizations. She was also involved in developing an app. She is the Founding Editor of the psychoanalytic journal, Psychoanalytic Perspectives and has a deep appreciation for artists and creative professionals enabling her to work very effectively with them.
Her Midtown office is conveniently located a short walk from most subway lines as well as PennStation and Grand Central Station.
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Individual therapy — Understanding how to have a more satisfying life
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Mindfulness – Bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
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
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
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
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
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Judith is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Individual sessions: $225/session (45min)
Couples sessions: $300/session (60min)
Therapist's note: Judith can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"My hope is for you to feel safely heard and understood in the nuances and complexities of your journey. And that together, by using our heads and our hearts, we can find the best path for you to accomplish what you are seeking."
Treatment approachesEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)EMDR is a form of trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities, reducing the memories' lasting effects and allowing the person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (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)
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)
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)
Problem-Solving TherapyProblem-solving therapy aims to help individuals understand the role of emotions and develop plans to reduce distress and enhance one's wellbeing. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 1991 - Present
Consultant and Supervisor to Therapists, 2004 - Present
NIPTI, Adjunct Teacher: Couples Therapy, Diversity, Integrating EMDR into Analytic Practice, 2000 - Present
National EAP Companies, Account Manager and Counselor, 1984 - 2004
Journal Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Founding Editor, 2002
East Meadow, NY, Drug and Alcohol School Social Worker, 1977 - 1982
EMDR Certification, 2018
NIPTI Supervisory Training Program, Graduate, 2003
NIPTI Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program, Graduate, 1999
EMDR Training, Graduate, 1999
EGPS Graduate Group Training Program and Advanced Group Training, 1993 - 1995
The Canterbury Group, Certificate in Family Systems Therapy, 1982
SUNY at Stony Brook School of Social Welfare, MSW, 1977
Silva Mind Control Training
Sedona Method Training