Dr. Eric D. Hartman
Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
Selecting a therapist who is a good match for you is important, but it can also be a difficult process. I hope you will find my site to be useful as an initial step in your search. In the sections that follow, I have shared information about my education and training background, research interests, treatment approaches, and the kinds of services I offer. I have also included a FAQ section to answer many of the logistical and administrative questions that come up about starting therapy.
As an experienced clinician, I find that a strong alliance between therapist and patient allows for a more productive and rewarding therapeutic experience. For that reason, my approach is both compassionate and collaborative. I encourage freedom of thought and mutual curiosity so that we can safely explore issues together, while monitoring the shame reactions that too often overwhelm the process of self-reflection. I work actively in the here and now, paying close attention to the moment-to- moment shifts of the mind and how these shifts connect to events in both the present and the past. I believe this process of examination opens the door to change.
Nothing beats a face-to- face meeting to find out what it would be like to work together. I welcome the opportunity to meet with you to speak about your goals, and so I offer the first consultation session free of charge. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please call me at: (212) 643-0861.
Eric D. Hartman, DSW, LCSW-R
As a clinician, I work with individuals and couples in short- and long-term psychotherapy. I have
over a decade of experience helping people who have anxiety, depression, compulsive behaviors,
and problems relating to work stress, relationships, and self-esteem. In addition, I have
specialized training and knowledge in sexuality and gender issues. My clinical education began
at New York University where I earned a Master of Social Work degree, followed by a seven-
year post-graduate training in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. After attaining my certification
in psychotherapy, I completed a program for advanced practitioners at Rutgers University,
earning my Doctorate in Social Work with a clinical concentration. My research interests include
the study of dissociation, embodied perception, and the phenomenology of non-normative gender
and sexuality. I am fully licensed by the state of New York to independently practice
psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
My clinical approach integrates knowledge and training in psychoanalysis, cognitive-behavioral interventions, trauma studies, and clinical hypnosis. I believe evidence shows that the mind is too complex to be understood through one-dimensional models of therapeutic action, but rather we need to approach change from many different directions. By understanding how psychological symptoms and dysfunctional behaviors may serve important protective functions in your life, we can work together to construct healthier ways for you to live, love, and relate in the world. Beyond symptom reduction, therapy can be an in-depth discovery process leading to a fuller sense of self-awareness and an enhanced capacity to author new life experience. This process involves assisting patients to recognize and know the many parts of themselves, the varied layers of meaning in each moment, and the multitude of possibilities that exist within each of us.