I’m Diane Spear, a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker in the Union Square area of Manhattan. I’ve been in private practice since 1995, with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University and a certificate from the Institute for Developmental Psychotherapy.
My Approach As a Psychotherapist
I provide individual, couples, and group therapy for older adolescents through older adults with a wide range of emotional and life problems. My interactive, reality-based approach emphasizes forming a trusting relationship to uncover and understand the positive and negative factors from your past that shape your life today.
In-Person, Skype, and Phone Psychotherapist
My style incorporates active and compassionate listening, collaborative exploration, and a ready sense of humor. This style allows people to feel comfortable working in person with me, as well as by Skype and phone. My patients live in the tri-state area, as well as throughout the world. I look forward to working with you.
Before starting my full-time private practice, I worked at New York City Employee Assistance Program. As an EAP counselor I provided assessment, referral, and advocacy for voluntary and mandated city employees from forty NYC agencies. The issues employees sought help for included chemical dependency, domestic violence, mental and physical illness (including HIV/AIDS), job, bereavement, relationship, retirement, financial, stepfamily, parenting, and eldercare. After 9/11, I consulted with NYC agencies, corporations, and national Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs). I conducted workshops, ran groups, and met with individuals to help NYC employees deal with the traumatic events. I continue to consult with national EAPs and small businesses to help employees in New York City with the issues that interfere with satisfaction in their professional and personal lives.
Publication Credits for Diane Spear
Publications include a chapter on the role of psychotherapists in separation and divorce in the book Onward and Upward: Guide For Getting Through New York Divorce & Family Law Issues; online articles about creative date night ideas for parents for Good Men Project, Care2 Green Living, and Your Tango; an online article in Your Tango and Psych Central about not letting your wedding get in the way of your relationship; and articles on relationships and general topics on this blog. I’ve been interviewed on Psych Central and quoted in Huffington Post about emotional cheating, warning signs in a potential partner, and helping your partner open up, in Your Tango about conditions for love and good signs in a potential partner, and about creative dating ideas in Our Everyday Life.
If I can answer any questions about my approach and how my experience may benefit you, please feel free to contact me.