Wayne A. Ayers

Wayne A. Ayers

He/Him/His

Psychologist, PhD
New York Accepting Online

Currently offering services online with plans to add in person visits in my Brooklyn location starting in September 2021

Updated July 11, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Couples counseling
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Dr. Wayne Ayers is a licensed clinical psychologist maintaining a video (and soon to be face to face) psychotherapy practice in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Dr. Ayers has years of experience working with trauma related disorders and PTSD while at the Veterans' Affairs Medical Center. At the VA he trained in a number of therapies to alleviate the impact of trauma and other disorders on one's life (Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Modern Analytic Group Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Integrated Behavioral Couples Therapy). Dr. Ayers is also trained in Circling, Non-Violent Communication and Radical Honesty--all techniques design to facilitate interpersonal communication. Initially trained in a Client Centered/Rogerian approach, Dr. Ayers' professional development has encompassed years of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy groups, Gestalt workshops, AK Rice and Modern Analytic Groups. Through this he has come to believe in the power of psychotherapy to facilitate change in people's lives and to understand that effective psychotherapy is less about the technique and more about the motivation, commitment and chemistry of the therapist client dyad.

Dr. Ayers is a straight, white cis-gendered male who continues to examine how his priviledge and social location affects this work with all persons and particularly those in marginalized communities. Psychotherapy offers a way to deconstruct how power gets located in certain persons, ideas or fetishes--often in unknown ways--and how it may be released and harnessed for personal and social change. This is a necessary and welcome conversation to promote healing.

Ultimately psychotherapy has its roots in a spiritual understanding of human growth and development. While this may or may not be a focus of the psychotherapeutic work it remains a cornerstone to the understanding framework and goal of self healing.


Message to clients

Psychotherapy is often awkward by nature. It tries to avoid prescripted ways of understanding and communicating, and is forever searching to find more honest, grounded and spontaneous ways of relating. This often requires some patience and at times a willingness to tolerate uncomfortable feelings. Together we will explore paths which have previously been ignored or kept dark or silent. We will do this with respect, kindess and immense self-compassion and steadily bring vitality and energy back into your life. In doing this, safety, confidentiality and trust are paramount. We will work at your own pace, in ways that hopefuly feel both new and exciting. It is a journey of emotional discovery, and you are at its core. Let me help you.


Specialties

Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

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

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

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




Clientele

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

Insurance

Wayne Ayers is not in-network with any insurances.

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


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $300 (60min)
  • Group sessions: $75 (90min)

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
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

Fees are set in consultation with the client considering their needs and capabilities.


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 Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
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  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 20 years

Private Practice, Clinical Psychologist, 2010 - Present
Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Clinical Psychologist, 1993 - 2021

Fordham University, PhD, 2001
Duquesne Univeristy, MA, 1986


Licensure

New York: 014992


Languages

English


Therapy Groups

Wayne A. Ayers
Psychotherapy Process Group

This is a adult psychotherapy process group. Its members are committed to personal growth and telling the truth. It provides both supportive and questioning functions for group members. We are currently online but will return to face to face in September.