Jacqueline Swensen


Have the life you want in love, work and play.

Jacqueline Swensen, PhD, LP, LCSW

119 West 57 Street New York, NY  10019

Over 20 years in private practice.
Dean of Clinical Training, Board and Faculty Member,
Center for Human Development, New York City.

How Psychotherapy Can Help You

If you suffer from anxiety, depression or some pattern of behavior that you want to change, psychotherapy can help you get your life back on track. Whether you’re looking for short-term, goal-oriented therapy or traditional psychoanalysis, I can work with you. I offer individual, marital and couples therapy. I also provide sessions by telephone as well as in the office. Whatever your reasons for seeking therapy, here are some of the benefits you can expect:

  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • More satisfying relationships
  • Greater success in achieving your goals
  • Improved mental and emotional health
  • Greater ability to deal with stress

What You Can Expect From Me

My goal is not merely to see you recover from whatever issues brought you to me, but to help you realize your dreams. The greatest gift I got from my own therapy was the ability to see a wider world of possibilities than I had ever imagined and to set goals I’d never have considered. I work with individuals, couples and families, including people of all religious, spiritual, and gender orientations. My role is not to judge, but help you talk freely as a way to begin having the life you imagine. Instead of focusing only on symptoms, I aim to get to the root of the problems, make permanent changes, and achieve real lasting/tangible results.
Some people in therapy worry about becoming dependent upon the therapist. To avoid this, I focus on fostering greater independence and self-assurance for my clients. I invite you to contact me so I can begin helping you achieve the life you truly want.

What Brings You Here?

Whatever brought you to therapy, working with me can help you address the underlying causes. Some common reasons for seeking help are:

  • Chronic worrying
  • Lack of energy or motivation
  • Regrets that interfere with your life
  • Obsessive thoughts and behavior

Others may involve a life event or a single issue, such as:

  • Relationship problems
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Addictions—including alcohol, drugs, sex, food
  • Eating disorders—anorexia, bulimia, overeating
  • Loneliness, isolation, and shynesss
  • Dealing with grief and bereavement

Life Crises

Our very existence exposes us to crises. Losing a loved one or the diagnosis of a serious illness can make life seem unbearable. And while family and friends may offer support, they rarely have the objectivity, insight and understanding you need. Psychotherapy can help you cope with the crisis itself and the emotional struggles that accompany it.

Relationships, Couples Therapy, Marriage Counseling

Whether you want to improve a relationship, end one, or find someone new, psychotherapy can help you make better decisions. Some reasons to get help include:

  • Wanting better communication and intimacy
  • Overcoming a reluctance to commit
  • The inability to move on from a past relationship


Today, people change careers far more often than in the past. That doesn’t make it any less stressful. Working with me can help you resolve your career issues, including the following:

  • Material success has proven to be disappointing.
  • Working all the time limits your personal life.
  • You want to make a career change but feel stuck.
  • You feel constrained by your lifestyle.

Emotional struggles can interfere with making well-informed decisions. Psychotherapy can help you establish and attain realistic goals.


Years ago, I asked my own analyst if he could cure only one thing, what would it be. He replied, “loneliness.” Chronic loneliness — a state of emotional isolation — can affect all areas of our lives. Even those who are materially successful can suffer from isolation and loneliness. Social and financial status can leave one secretive or shameful about one’s loneliness.

Therapy Via Telephone

I often conduct sessions with clients by telephone either because they want to continue our work after they’ve moved away, or because their jobs require them to travel. While in-person sessions are generally preferable, engaging with a therapist you trust and with whom you feel comfortable is more important than meeting face-to-face.

I look forward to meeting you.

“Only when you know yourself can your life have the meaning and purpose that make happiness possible.”

119 West 57 Street
New York, NY 10019