About: Jennifer Newman, PhD (She/Her/Hers)
Approach to helping
With compassion, empathy, and optimism, I help you expand your ability to manage whatever challenges come your way with renewed confidence and skills. Together we’ll explore your unique patterns and the rich history that has led you to your current circumstances, building upon your everyday resilience toward a future with greater insight and understanding.
With families, I often am referred to as “Dr. Jen,” connecting with young children as well as teens to create a comfortable environment for sharing their thoughts and feelings, learning tools for self-expression, and discovering new ways to cope. I work extensively with parents. Together we will figure out strategies that will help your child manage their emotions or behaviors. We also figure out whether your own concerns may be influencing how you relate with your child. As a team we uncover methods that can lead to improving your relationship.
Through careful listening, and by establishing a safe space for you, your child, or your family in which to be vulnerable and open, I can help you find deeper connections and meanings in your life. I encourage my patients to find their own voice, which may be hidden under the various stresses, insecurities, anxieties, pressures, or fears that have developed as a result of life experiences. We’ll honor your “agency,” which is the ability to make choices based on your values and intentions. Through our work together, I can help you to improve your overall mental health and develop a greater sense of stability and joy in life.
Experience and focus
As a licensed clinical psychologist, I specialize in treating adults, children, couples, and families. I consider my approach to be integrative, and pull from a variety of therapeutic methods, including CBT, Prolonged Exposure, EMDR, Trauma-Focused-CBT, psychodynamic, and family-based therapies. I can offer structured or more organic, tailored sessions to fit what works best for each client. Clients come to me struggling with many issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, parenting concerns, complex trauma, relationship problems, and life transitions. I offer support and guidance to the entire family unit, enhancing communication and minimizing tension. For children, I provide age-appropriate treatment that addresses anxiety, mood, and behavioral challenges.
I earned my PhD from Hofstra University’s Clinical and School Psychology program and have extensive experience in a variety of clinical settings. I’ve spent many years working with law enforcement, military personnel, first responders, and families, and have helped support traumatized youth and adults, foster children, and those impacted by 9/11. I worked at Northwell Health System's Department of Trauma Psychiatry and at NYU Langone Hospital's Department of Psychiatry. At NYU I led the clinical research team at the Cohen Veterans Center, and later joined the Steven A Cohen Military Family Center, where I led the child and family treatment team.
As a researcher, I have contributed to dozens of articles and professional presentations on topics related to trauma, PTSD, cognitive functioning, and pediatric mood disorders. I offer one-on-one case consultations, and both professional and community-oriented workshops. I’ve taught psychology courses at Pace University and Long Island University Post's Graduate School, and previously served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Some of my academic research can be accessed using the following link for publications.
More about my story
In addition to my professional passions, I am a wife and the mother of two children and one mischievous four-legged family member. Because I experienced many fertility challenges before having a family, I am extra grateful to be a mother and am sensitive to the trials and tribulations of parenting. Motherhood has been one of the greatest joys, challenges, and teachers for me.
I also enjoy photography, exercise, and time outdoors. As an avid runner, I completed the New York City Marathon in 2018 and usually am planning for my next physical goal. Running has taught me many lessons about myself, the mind-body connection, and overall health and wellness. When not engaging in one of these areas, you may catch me shopping at a farmers market, spending time at a local beach, working on my garden, or reading a book.
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