She/Her/HersLicensed Psychoanalyst, LP Master of Arts, MA Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
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.
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
Dana Brownstein is accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:
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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:
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
For clients with Aetna, Dana directly bills the insurance company, so most clients will pay only a $15-$30 copay.
Private practice, 2020 - Present
Washington Square Institute, 2014 - 2019
Hunter College, MA, Psychology , 2010
New York University, BA, Psychology, 1997
New York: 00001072