Marilyn Rifkin, LCSW

Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

I am a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst specializing in adult, child and couples therapy since 1986. My focus is on deepening your self-awareness as a means of increasing autonomy, creativity and an overall satisfaction with life. I believe everyone has a unique story to tell, one that requires careful, respectful listening and empathic collaboration. An enhanced ability to self-reflect maximizes each individual’s potential for love, work and play. My approach is client-centered and psychodynamic. My areas of expertise include: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Isolation and Loneliness, Trauma, Low Self-Esteem, Creative Blocks, Identity Issues, Separation, Loss and Grief, Relationship Conflicts and Intimacy issues, Family and Parenting Issues. In addition to private practice, I teach and supervise at a number of training institutes and have a wide network of colleagues. I am available for consultation and referral as needed. Feel free to call me with any questions and concerns you may have about yourself or about treatment.

The impact of life’s challenges on your mental and emotional well-being cannot be underestimated. Loneliness, depression, anxiety and grief can affect any one of us.  A current life crisis or recurrent life problems of whatever magnitude can lead to symptoms and poor life choices that interfere with everyday functioning and can undermine your ability to work, play and share your life with others. 

On the other side of emotional pain, there is a world yet to be discovered.  Each of us has the capacity to not merely cope with life’s struggles but to experience a profound sense of accomplishment at discovering inner resilience and strength. Psychotherapy offers the opportunity to find new and more adaptive solutions and can help enhance a sense of mastery over your inner and external life.  You might be initially hesitant to seek out help and support for personal matters, but when you do, you will feel confident that you are taking a courageous first step towards getting to a better place and being a better you. 

As a board certified psychotherapist and psychoanalyst with many years of experience, I strive to provide a welcoming, relaxed, and safe environment where you can feel understood and accepted.  Please feel free to contact me by phone or through email. I will be happy to answer any questions you have.   

My areas of expertise include the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, PTSD,  Low Self-Esteem, Creative Blocks, Identity Issues, Separation, Loss and Grief, Relationship Issues and Family and Parenting Issues.