Licensed Psychologist, PhD
Accepting new clients for evening and weekend appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Substance and alcohol use
Dr. William Gottdiener is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst at Wholeview Wellness, an outpatient addiction recovery center in Midtown Manhattan. He has extensive experience in addiction counseling, including both substance use and other behavioral challenges. He provides a safe space where clients can speak freely about their thoughts and emotions, and collaboratively determine how to best respond.
Using a primarily psychodynamic approach, Dr. Gottdiener enjoys exploring the motivations behind substance use and working with his clients to develop healthier and safer coping strategies. He establishes an individualized treatment plan and helps his clients set realistic goals, broken down into achievable steps. He wants his clients to feel safe and supported as they explore the patterns in their lives and learn how to work through feelings of sadness, anger, and fear.
Dr, Gottdiener's goal for each of his clients is to live a life that they love and are proud of. He has over two decades of clinical experience that includes work in drug treatment programs and community mental health clinics. His office at Wholeview Wellness is located a short walk from Grand Central.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Substance and alcohol use – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Bipolar disorder – Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine
Personality disorders – Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Dr. Gottdiener is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
InitialInitial session: $275/session (60min)
Ongoing sessions: $275/session (45min)
Group sessions: $125
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $200 - $275 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive individual therapy.
Therapist's note: Dr. Gottdiener can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“Research shows that all types of psychotherapy are equally effective and that the best predictor of whether therapy will benefit any one person is the quality of the therapeutic alliance, which is the professional therapeutic relationship clients have with their therapist. If you feel safe revealing your personal life to your therapist; if you believe that your therapist is genuinely interested in trying to help you; if you experience your therapist as interested in hearing your concerns and questions about therapy, and if you ultimately feel helped by your therapist then, chances are you are with the right therapist and that you have a good chance for psychotherapy to benefit you.”
Treatment approachesIntegrative Therapy (IPT)Integrative therapy is a progressive form of psychotherapy that combines different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the needs of the individual client. (learn more)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (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)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
The Washington Square Institute, Faculty, 2018-Present
John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), Full Professor (With Tenure), 2012 - Present
John Jay College Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Director of Clinical Training, 2013 - 2017
John Jay College Addiction Studies Program, Co-Director, 2014 - Present
John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), Associate Professor (With Tenure), 2008 - 2012
John Jay College Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Doctoral Faculty Member, 2005 - Present
John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, 2004 - 2008
Lennox Hill Hospital, Supervising Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry, 2018 - Present
The New School for Social Research, PhD, 2000
The New School for Social Research, MA, 1994
Hunter College of the City University of New York, BA, 1990