Psychologist, MSEd, PsyD
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Wed: 9:00am, 9:45am, 10:30am
Specialties & expertise
Dr. Vanessa Wagner is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Greenwich Village, New York specializing in trauma, anxiety, and relationship challenges. She is an expert in working with children, both individually and in parent dyads, to help build emotion regulation skills. Her expertise also includes supporting clients experiencing anxiety by offering concrete techniques to enact change.
Offering sessions in both English and Spanish, Dr. Wagner takes special care in tailoring her approach to the needs of each client. She draws upon a blend of evidence-based modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychoanalytic therapy, with an emphasis on mindfulness. Supportive and warm, she is excited to be a part of each client’s path to healing.
Dr. Wagner received her PsyD from Pace University and subsequently completed an internship with the JCCA foster care agency. Before starting her private practice, she worked in New York City’s Department of Education in the Committee of Special Education, giving her unique insight into how families can successfully advocate for their children across institutional settings. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she provided therapy to mothers suffering from PTSD and taught them healthy parenting skills to use with their young children. Her office is conveniently located by the 14th Street subway station.
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Coping skills – Building self-control and emotion regulation skills; managing and reducing problematic or dangerous behaviors and feelings
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Cultural adjustment – Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places
Dr. Wagner is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: Complimentary (45min)
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. Wagner can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"Sometimes our past can create obstacles as we work towards living our best life, let me help you find a place of acceptance and peace. It can be difficult to work through the stresses of daily life on your own, that's why speaking with someone who can reflect with you from an objective place can be helpful. I would be honored to hear your story and share in your healing process."
Treatment approachesCognitive 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)
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)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2015 - Present
Queens College, Assistant Adjunct Professor, 2018 - Present
Behavioral Medicine Associates, 2017 - Present
NYC Department of Education Committee on Special Education Office, 2015 - 2017
NYU Langone Medical Center, Postdoctoratal Fellow, 2014 - 2015
NYC Department of Education, 2010 - 2014
JCCA Foster Care, Internship, 2009 - 2010
Pace University, PsyD in School/Clinical Child Psychology, 2005 - 2013
Pace University, MSEd in Bilingual School Psychology, 2005 - 2008