Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Children and adolescents
Dr. Michelle Crimins is a licensed clinical psychologist with offices in Union Square and Rye, New York. She sees clients of all ages, and particularly enjoys working with adolescents, couples, and parents as they navigate times of stress and transition.
Dr. Crimins has expertise and specialty training in supporting children and adolescents as young as 4 years old through a range of challenges such as parental divorce, academic stress, peer relationships, and grief and trauma. She also enjoys working with women in all stages of motherhood, including contemplating having children, postpartum, leaving or returning to work, and empty nesting, as well as supporting couples through the related ups and downs in their relationships.
Dr. Crimins combines a variety of treatment modalities to best meet the needs of her clients, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), family systems, psychodynamic therapy, and play therapy with children. She is committed to ensuring her clients feel genuinely understood, respected, and valued.
Dr. Crimins received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University and Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College. Her unique work experiences at a non-profit organization and large medical center add to the depth and breadth of her knowledge.
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
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
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 promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Working with children and adolescents – Behavioral challenges at school and/or home, academic stress, family and peer conflicts, struggles with identity, depression
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Dr. Crimins is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $250/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $180 - $250 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Dr. Crimins can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"I'm of the mindset that everyone can benefit from therapy. Each of us has unique worries and concerns that we 1) don't want to burden our friends and family with or 2) can't imagine anyone listening to without judgment. Therefore, choosing a therapist that you feel comfortable talking to is essential. The only way to truly benefit from therapy is to start off feeling understood, respected, and valued. With specific goals in mind I work with clients to explore their current situation from all angles - their history, current functioning, underlying feelings, and strategies/skills to achieve the change they desire. I believe it's important to take into account each person's unique past in order to better understand the patterns and feelings that they might be struggling with today. As such, I will want to get to know your history. Early family dynamics, friendships, relationships - all of these contribute to how we view and participate in the world around us.
Finally, I think it's an important reminder that part of the work of therapy is being able to address concerns about the therapy process with your therapist directly. This is a unique benefit of the therapy relationship and, although many people avoid it because it can feel uncomfortable, tremendous growth can be achieved by taking the risk to speak openly about how you feel the therapy process is going."
Treatment approachesCognitive 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)
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)
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)
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, 2009 - Present
Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, 2008 - 2011
New York State Psychiatric Institute, 2005 - 2010
Columbia University Medical Center, 2000 - 2009
Youth Counseling League, 2006 - 2007
Long Island University, PhD, 2007
Barnard College, BA, 2000