Lilly Pavlinovic, PhD

Lilly Pavlinovic

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments



Young adults / college students (18 - 24)


Mon: 9:30am-8:00pm
Tue: 9:30am-8:00pm
Wed: 9:30am-8:00pm
Thu: 9:30am-8:00pm
Fri: Closed
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Psychoanalytic psychotherapy
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQ and sexuality topics
  • Creative inhibitions

Professional statement

Dr. Lilly Pavlinovic is a psychologist in the Flatiron District of New York specializing in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, trauma, LGBTQ and sexuality topics, identity development, and creative inhibitions. Having been been extensively trained in trauma treatment and previously conducted a trauma group, her particular area of expertise is in trauma recovery. She is committed to creating a safe environment, allowing her clients to share and heal at their own pace. She is also passionate about working with individuals navigating the intricacies of identity development, particularly that of second generation immigrants, as they balance progressive values with that of their cultural backgrounds. 

Dr. Pavlinovic utilizes a variety of treatment modalities including psychoanalytic psychotherapy, interpersonal therapy, existential therapy, and mindfulness practices. She sees young adults, college and graduate students, and adults. She has a special interest in working with clients, who are curious about themselves and want to explore their inner worlds, interpersonal dynamics, unconscious motivations, and their dream work. Her focus is to maintain an open-minded, LGBTQ affirming practice, open to all genders and sexualities. She sees many emerging artists and writers, helping them to overcome creative inhibitions. 

Dr. Pavlinovic received her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at Adelphi University in New York and her Master of Social Science in Psychoanalytic Studies at The New School University. She is currently an advanced postdoctoral candidate in the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Her office is conveniently located in the Flatiron District, accessible by multiple close metro stations.


Psychoanalytic psychotherapy – Long-term approach to therapy with the goal of making deep-seated changes to emotional and personality development
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
LGBTQ and sexuality topics – Exploring questions related to sexuality and gender identity; coming out or being closeted; relationships; family and cultural challenges
Creative inhibitions – Identifying and removing internal or external barriers to achieving optimal creativity levels

General expertise

Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attack
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Infertility counseling – Experience working with infertility, pregnancy loss, perinatal psychology (mental health issues while pregnant), and peripartum / postpartum depression
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
Biculturalism – Identifying with two distinct cultures and the challenges associated with such
Life transitions –  Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Self-esteem – Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion


Dr. Pavlinovic 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: $250/session (50min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $175 - $250 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

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

Message to clients

"I am a psychoanalytically trained psychologist with more than ten years of clinical experience. Many of my patients are smart and talented people; yet they feel 'stuck' in their creative, professional, or personal lives. I want to help you alleviate your suffering, so that you can feel more confident, creative, loved, and alive.

I aim to create a safe and playful space, in which my patients and I explore together the past and present relationships, in order to identify the dominant relational patterns and weave them into a meaningful self-narrative. I aspire to build a therapeutic relationship in which you can feel authentic, validated, and understood. I listen closely to your verbal and nonverbal messages, and share my personal associations and observations back to you. I want to become your companion on this journey and explore collaboratively the complex meanings of your thoughts, feelings, dreams, memories, and desires.

My area of specialties are treatment of depression and anxiety, trauma and PTSD, disorder of self /low self-esteem, relationship and sexuality problems, and creative and work inhibitions. As a bicultural psychologist, I work with a diverse group of people who are struggling with immigration and acculturation, transitions and adjustments, biculturalism, gender struggles and sexual orientations."

Treatment approaches

Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (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)

Education and work experience

Private Practice, 2010 - 2018
Manhattan Psychiatric Center, 2009 - 2010
St. Mark's Institute for Mental Health, 2004 -2010
Adelphi University's Counseling Center, 2006 - 2008
South Beach Psychiatric Center, Heights Hill Outpatient, 2005 - 2006

New York University, Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis
Adelphi University, The Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies
The New School University, MA of Social Science in Psychoanalytic Studies
The University of Zagreb, BA in Comparative Literature and Philosophy