Nicoletta Skoufalos, PhD

Nicoletta Skoufalos

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments


 

Clientele

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Parents


Hours

Mon: 12:00pm-8:00pm
Tue: Closed
Wed: 11:00am-8:30pm
Thu: Closed
Fri: 10:00am-5:30pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Chronic invisible illness

  • Women's counseling

  • Couples counseling

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Perinatal mental health


Professional statement

Dr. Nicoletta Skoufalos is a licensed psychologist in Midtown West specializing in chronic illnesses, women's counseling, and couples counseling. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University and completed her doctoral training at hospitals in New York City, including Lenox Hill Hospital and Long Island Jewish Hospital’s Eating Disorder’s Program.

Dr. Skoufalos has particular specialty in autoimmune diseases and invisible illnesses, and helps clients manage the emotions of being diagnosed with a chronic medical condition that causes severe discomfort. These may include cancer, heart disease, gynecological concerns, and STDs, among others. She has given many talks about the psychological experiences of living with chronic illness and maintains a blog on this topic, which has readers around the globe.

As a Greek-American woman from New York City, Dr. Skoufalos is also interested in the societal expectations of women, whether cultural, body image related, or professional. She is passionate about women's counseling, and has particular training and research experience in the areas of maternal mental health and eating disorders. She supports women in balancing work and family, managing postpartum stress, self-image and body issues, female sexuality, pregnancy, and workplace discrimination.

Dr. Skoufalos believes in the power of the mind-body connection, and a person’s capacity to creatively adapt to the limitations that their illness has placed on them. She brings her bicultural understanding to support clients of all backgrounds and customize her approach to meet each client’s unique needs.

Dr. Skoufalos is currently offering workshops and trainings for professional organizations and educational institutions on diversity/inclusion, parenting & care-taking, healthcare consulting, and mindfulness/stress reduction.


Specialties

Chronic illness – Managing the emotions of being diagnosed with a chronic medical condition that causes severe discomfort, including autoimmune diseases, cancer, heart disease, gynecological concerns, or an STD, among others. Dealing with worries about how your condition will affect your career, family, and relationships; distressing emotions related to managing the illness; and/or drastic changes in medication that have affected your work performance and personal relationships.
Women's counseling – Issues that are unique to women, including balancing work and family, postpartum stress and depression, self-image and body issues, pregnancy, workplace discrimination, and female medical conditions that can cause overwhelming stress that can lead to prolonged worry and dread. Feeling guilty about not being at home with kids; dealing with sexist and misogynist comments from male coworkers who receive higher salaries for the same work; managing and processing anxiety, depression, guilt, and fear.
Perinatal mental health – Anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns specific to childbearing women and their families; Navigating complex emotions and the transition to parenthood during pregnancy and the postpartum period
Couples counseling – Issues in connection and communication; infidelity or another breach; unresolved disagreements concerning family planning, financial management, or vastly different cultural or religious beliefs; uncertainty around taking the next step in the relationship; negotiating an amicable separation or divorce

General expertise

Infertility counseling – Infertility, pregnancy loss, and perinatal psychology
Eating disorders –Bulimia and binge eating; body image issues, anxiety around eating and weight, overexercise, over eating, and weight concerns
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
LGBTQ and sexuality topics – Exploring questions related to sexuality and gender identity; coming out or being closeted; relationships; family and cultural challenges


Insurances

Dr. Skoufalos is not in network with any insurances.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial/ongoing individual sessions: $275/session (45min)

  • Initial/ongoing individual sessions: $325/session (60min)

  • Initial/ongoing couples sessions: $300/session (45-60min)

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


Message to clients

"Most people will experience major life events that can impact their mental and physical health. This can leave people feeling lost and unsure of themselves as a result. The good news is, you don't have to go it alone. In my practice, I take an active, integrative, and individually tailored approach, and work to create an environment that is safe and secure for you to explore your concerns and your goals. From my perspective, there is no cookie-cutter approach. I'd like to hear about your specific situation and your specific history in order to work with you to find the way that feels most comfortable to move forward."


Treatment approaches

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)
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)
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
GreenTPsychology, LLC 2011-Present
Rose Hill Psychological Services, 2010-2013
Metropolitan Center for Mental Health, 2010-2011
Lenox Hill Hospital, 2009-2010
National Institute for the Psychotherapies, 2006-2009
New York Presbyterian Hospital, 2007-2008
Fordham University, PhD, 2010


Languages

English
Greek