Psychotherapy Specialist

Jane Algus, M.D.

Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist located in Midtown West, New York, NY

Much of your mental life occurs outside of your awareness because your thoughts and feelings may be too painful to acknowledge, or you may have been made to feel your feelings are wrong or forbidden. As a leading board-certified psychiatrist in New York City with additional training in psychotherapy, Jane Algus, M.D. provides expert talk therapy, including psychotherapy and cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy, from her welcoming and comfortable practice in Midtown West, Manhattan. Psychotherapy can help you make sense of your thoughts and feelings, then change your behaviors accordingly. To get started, call or schedule an appointment online.

Psychotherapy Q & A

What is psychotherapy?

Also known as talk therapy, psychotherapy is an approach to helping patients address emotional difficulties and mental health issues. Dr. Algus uses psychotherapy in treatment plans for a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Insomnia

There are several approaches to psychotherapy, including individual, couple, family, and group settings, as well as structured methodologies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. Dr. Algus identifies the best approach to your therapy during your psychiatric consultation.

What should I expect during psychotherapy?

Dr. Algus works with you to focus on the psychological root of your emotional suffering. Through regular sessions, she builds a relationship with you to create a safe and trusting environment for you to explore your unconscious and develop your inner voice.

Through confidential conversations and cognitive exercises, she helps you develop an understanding of how your past influences your current behavior. Often, your mind actively and subconsciously tries to forget conflicted thoughts, feelings, and desires by pushing them into your unconscious. Psychotherapy sessions help you explore your hidden story and understand the connections with your mental health condition.

Psychotherapy provides an hour to have someone entirely to yourself to listen intently, a place where you can say anything without fear of judgment and write a new narrative. Therapy can give you more control, increase your self-esteem, and tune your mind to optimize performance.

What is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)?

CBT is an extensively researched, effective treatment that teaches practical and powerful skills to help patients tolerate difficult emotions that often lead to out of control behaviors like binge eating, binge drinking, or other impulsive behaviors.

This type of therapy provides practical tools to identify and change your negative and distorted patterns of thinking. In particular, the goal of CBT is to change automatic and negative ways of thinking and acting with structured coping strategies to live a better life.

CBT is often an effective approach to stopping a cycle of distressing symptoms and behaviors to relieve a crisis so that more in-depth, traditional psychotherapy techniques can explore the deep-seated roots of your difficulties.

If you’re concerned about your mental health or think you may need therapy, call Dr. Algus or schedule a consultation online today.