Renee Obstfeld, PhD, LCAT

Renee Obstfeld

Psychoanalyst, PhD

Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments



Young adults / college students (18 - 24)


Mon: 10:00am-8:00pm
Tue: 10:00am-8:00pm
Wed: 10:00am-8:00pm
Thu: 10:00am-8:00pm
Fri: 10:00am-8:00pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Substance use

  • Life transitions

  • Relationships

  • PTSD

  • Trauma

  • Eating disorders

Professional statement

Dr. Renee Obstfeld is a licensed psychoanalyst and certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor located in Greenwich Village, New York City. She specializes in treating addictions and trauma, as well as helping people navigate stressful life transitions. Renee's focus in treatment is on reclaiming and defining one's internal resources and strengths, resulting in a greater sense of agency and control over one's life and less reliance on self-defeating patterns.

In addition to practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Renee is a licensed creative arts therapist, trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). All of these approaches facilitate recovery from trauma by accessing material that may not be readily available for conscious, verbal recall. Drawing from a variety of modalities--specifically those that engage the body and activate personal symbols--facilitates recovery from acute distress and post-traumatic symptoms in the short term. In the longer term, treatment allows for profound personal transformation and resilience in the face of future challenges. 

Renee has treated individuals for over 30 years and is dedicated to ensuring each client’s experience is personalized and engaging. She welcomes anyone who wants to break free of self-defeating patterns and habits to contact her if they would like to learn more about her work.


Substance abuse – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Eating disorders – Understanding and reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or significant 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
Complex Post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) – Recognizing and addressing the effects of developmental stressors that have contributed to challenges in the present, such as repetition of trauma, relational difficulties, professional or academic inhibitions, problems with self care and self esteem.
Recovery from Trauma and PTSD – Coping and healing after threatening or frightening events (accidents, assaults, natural disasters), or sustained endurance of highly distressing situations (sexual, physical, verbal, emotional abuse; bullying; racial stigma and discrimination). Addressing and alleviating post-traumatic symptoms and accessing resources for self soothing.

General expertise

Addictions – Recognizing developmental injuries and beliefs that contribute to reliance on substance and specific, ritualized processes for maintaining self esteem and managing emotions. Accessing and reclaiming dormant resources in order to lessen dependence on addictive processes and external "props."


Dr. Obstfeld is not in-network with any insurances.

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial/ongoing sessions: $225/session (45min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $175 - $225 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

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

Message to clients

"My practice is devoted to helping people feel more in control of their lives and their actions. Often, I see people who struggle with shame that precludes curiosity or understanding, and locks them in self defeating cycles. These symptoms and patterns are problematic, confusing, and painful. However, exploration in treatment consistently reveals their origins as adaptations to stressful early relationships or situations. I adhere to a trauma-focused treatment that allows clients to reconnect with their inner resources and develop more effective coping strategies. Whether or not one enters treatment identifying a discrete traumatic event, I find this modality best addresses the inner struggles and disconnect experienced by so many. I use a variety of techniques to help people discover a more embodied, alive, secure way of being."

Treatment approaches

Art TherapyIn art therapy, clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. (learn more)
Relational PsychotherapyRelational psychotherapy provides the opportunity for individuals who suffer from emotional, psychological, and relational distress to explore one's relationship patterns and work collaboratively to look for the relational meaning in everything that arises in therapy. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic PsychotherapyPsychoanalytic psychotherapy 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)
Sensorimotor PsychotherapySensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered approach that aims to treat the somatic symptoms of unresolved trauma. Traumatic experiences may become trapped deep within the body, and therapists trained in this modality can help an individual begin to heal by helping that person re-experience, in a safe environment, the physical sensations associated with a traumatic event. (learn more)

Education and work experience

Private Practice, 2002 - Present
Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY, 1988 - 2006
New York University, Faculty, 1994 - present

Hattie Rosenthal College of Psychoanalysis, PhD, 2014
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, 2011
New York University, MA, 1988
Sarah Lawrence College, BA, 1981