Accepting new clients for evening and weekend appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Dr. Wen Gu is a licensed clinical psychologist with an office in Union Square specializing in anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, and emotion regulation. He has particularly extensive experience working with young adults and adults facing anxiety and depression. As a certified clinical trauma professional, he supports trauma survivors to lessen the influence of painful past events through emotion regulation skills and trauma narratives. Dr. Gu provides evidence-based psychotherapy as well as forensic and psychological assessments for education and immigration cases.
Dr. Gu uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and David Shapiro’s Self-Deception Model to reduce distressing feelings and thoughts and empower clients to pursue the parts of life they value most. He takes a collaborative approach to help clients understand themselves in a more insightful way, decrease symptoms, and change targeted behaviors.
Dr. Gu received his BA at Boston College, his MA at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and his PhD at City University of New York Graduate Center. In addition to his private practice, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses as an assistant clinical professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and an adjunct professor at Fordham University. His office in Union Square is conveniently located by the 14th Street Union Square Station.
Anxiety – Anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Emotion regulation – Using techniques like breathing and meditation to increase self-awareness and manage day-to-day stress
Psychological assessment – Testing of cognitive functioning/intelligence, academic achievement, personality functioning, risk assessment
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Learning disabilities – Including dyslexia, ADHD, and language processing disorder
Initial/ongoing session: $250/session (50min)
Psychological assessments: $300 (60min)
Message to clients
"Existing in a world in which you can't be yourself is painful. My job as a therapist is to show you who you are through a collaborative review of your thoughts and actions, which allows us to assess whether how you see yourself matches how you show yourself. By better understanding yourself, you have the freedom to exercise choice and decide whether you'd like to continue being this way."
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)
David Shapiro's Self-Deception ModelDavid Shapiro's self-deception model explores why individuals believe what they do, despite the realities. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2016 - Present
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, 2014 - 2018
Bellevue Hospital Center/NYU Langone Medical Center, 2013 - 2014
City University of New York Graduate Center, PhD, 2014
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, MA, 2011
Boston College, BA, 2008
Shanghai Dialect Chinese