Dana  Brownstein

Dana Brownstein

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Psychoanalyst, LP Master of Arts, MA Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
New York Accepting Online
New York, Bloomington Accepting In-person
Updated August 17, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Relationships
  • Workplace challenges

Professional statement

Dana Brownstein is a Licensed Psychoanalyst and EMDR practitioner who practices in the West Village and Rosendale (currently remote). She provides a supportive, peaceful, safe environment for patients to explore their current pain points and past traumas. She reflects on her clients’ pasts with curiosity, patience, benevolence and humor.

Dana generally works with high-functioning accomplished adults and college students who suffer from anxiety, depression, and trauma-related discomfort.  Her clients include, but are not limited to, Asian immigrants (including “parachute kids”), and adult survivors of childhood trauma.  Although her clients have generally achieved success and stability through their careers and academic accomplishments, many have become consumed by an achievement-based checklist mentality and goals of perfection.  In this process, they have become alienated from their need for connectedness and authentic relationships.  This alienation commonly expresses itself as free-floating anxiety, and/or troubling interpersonal relationships (such as unsatisfying romantic relationships, toxic friendships, or workplace conflict).   The roots of these experiences are often found in maladaptive coping mechanisms that worked for her clients earlier in life but limit them in the present.  

Dana uses her trauma training to work with her clients to identify triggers for their anxiety and panic, and to develop strategies for experiencing them less painfully.  

She helps her clients reflect on their interpersonal relationships, focusing on how clients unconsciously cultivate relationships into re-enactments of painful earlier experiences.  She also guides clients through the exploration of their relationships with themselves, identifying negative self-talk and self-sabotaging behaviors that hold them back from achieving their goals and experiencing profound satisfaction.  Further, Dana (who is also a Human Resources professional), coaches patients through workplace conflicts/conflict resolution, communication roadblocks, and time management challenges.  Doing this, Dana guides her patients to a live life that is more satisfying and meaningful.


Message to clients

Certain life events put into question things you thought you understood, and now you seem to be grappling with pain, anxiety and trauma that may be related to these past events.  We can work together to help you more deeply understand how these life occurrences have affected you, utilizing your strengths to make these less intrusive, and helping you find your path to fulfillment and pleasure.

We all attempt to manage current issues using tactics we learned earlier in life, but these strategies and coping mechanisms may not be effective any longer.  One of our goals is to identify more effective means of coping with emotional injuries so they no longer intruder or impede our happiness, growth and development.

I understand the effects of ongoing loneliness, historical trauma, and how that can impact your life and hinder your ability to experience a full life.  It can be especially difficult for people who were raised in households with abusive, negligent, or mentally ill caretakers.

You may feel very alone and unseen right now, but that doesn't need to continue. If you are seeking therapy, that is indicative that you have hope for better outcomes and the strength to look within.  Therapy is an important aspect of self-care, although it is one that is rarely discussed in self-care listicles.  It is a commitment to your wellbeing – an opportunity for you to allocate time to reflect on your psychological needs and experiences.  Many of us who live in busy cities find it especially difficult to naturally find time for introspection without competing distractions; therapy creates the structure and partnership to facilitate this meaningful exploration.

I would be honored to work with you on this important journey.  If you would like more information about the services I offer, I welcome you to contact me to arrange a free 15 minute phone consultation.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

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

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Workplace challenges - Coping with unreasonable expectations and feelings of overwhelm in the workplace; restoring energy, balance, and motivation



Treatment approaches


Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Dana Brownstein is accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Cigna
  • NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)

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


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $175 (45min)
  • Initial session: $150 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
  • Courtesy billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
Therapist's note

For clients with Aetna, Dana directly bills the insurance company, so most clients will pay only a $15-$30 copay.


Location(s)

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 4:00pm-7:30pm
  • Wed 4:00pm-7:30pm
  • Thu 4:00pm-7:30pm
  • Fri 4:00pm-7:30pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

New York practice
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 3:30pm-7:30pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 2:30pm-7:30pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Bloomington practice
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 8:00am-11:00am
  • Sun 8:00am-12:00pm

Work and Education

Private practice, 2020 - Present
Washington Square Institute, 2014 - 2019

Hunter College, MA, Psychology , 2010
New York University, BA, Psychology, 1997


Licensure

New York: 00001072


Languages

English