Ellen Carni, PhD
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Ellen Carni

Psychotherapy, PhD

Not Taking New Clients
Dr. Ellen Carni has twenty-five years of experience as a psychotherapist. She specializes in working with people who have toxic mothers, who are grieving losses, and who are undergoing difficult life transitions. Working collaboratively, she helps her clients develop a better understanding of themselves so they can direct their own lives in healthy ways.
Specialties
General Mental Health
Grief and Loss
Life Transitions
General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Finances
$ $ $ $ $
>$260
Sliding Scale
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Aetna
Out-of-pocket
Licensed in
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New York
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Profile
“My personal and professional experiences have shaped me into a therapist with empathy and compassion.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
It was love at first sight between psychology and me. I was pursuing a fine arts degree when I took my first course in psychology. Reading everything I could get my hands on, I was smitten. Fast forward to my graduate program in clinical psychology: - I discovered that I had a natural talent for the practice of psychotherapy and a love of the process. I became a psychoanalyst because I wanted to dive deep into the human psyche. When I went into psychoanalysis as part of my training, I was transformed. I came out with a new perspective on myself, others, and the world. I also gained tools to become my own therapist. Although I don't practice psychoanalysis traditionally, it has remained a passion and served me remarkably well in helping people grow.
What should someone know about working with you?
My personal and professional experiences have shaped me into a therapist with empathy and compassion. Many clients come to me with the need to be heard and understood. They say I'm a good listener and easy to talk to about difficult concerns. I am also appreciated for my intuition and emotional intelligence. Twenty-five years as a psychologist have taught me to easily identify client behaviors that aren't serving them and to empower clients with the confidence and tools to choose healthier paths. I am highly skilled at getting to the root of my client's problems, keeping them safe while helping them work through their defenses, and bringing them to a place where deep and lasting change can occur. I strive to dignify the story of every client I see while helping them find the healing connection and balance they seek.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have written articles, manuals, and other publications on topics such as stress management, interpersonal communications, and body image for numerous organizations including the New York State Bar Association, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Cosmopolitan. In addition, I have designed and conducted workshops and spoken to legal organizations, women's groups, and other professional organizations in New York and other states. To help the next generation of psychologists, I supervise graduate students in clinical psychology. I have served as adjunct clinical supervisor at Yeshiva University's Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology for many years. I stay up-to-date on the psychotherapy field in order to continue my professional development. I also collaborate with colleagues so we can help each other grow as clinicians.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe we all have the capacity to create long-lasting change. I help people tap into that wise soul inside them that knows what they need to heal. My therapeutic style is warm and compassionate. My therapy space — be it my office or a video platform — is a safe and judgment-free place where you can let down your defenses, explore your own inner workings, and get the emotional support you need. Wherever you are emotionally, I'll meet you there. Exploring your deepest hopes and fears isn't always easy, but I believe that self-awareness is the key to living an authentic and emotionally-rich life. In the words of Brené Brown, "Owning our story can be hard, but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it...Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light." By owning your own story, you can reclaim your uniqueness, passion, and creativity.
“I am highly skilled at getting to the root of my client's problems, keeping them safe while helping them work through their defenses, and bringing them to a place where deep and lasting change can occur.”