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The PTCNY membership represents a very wide spectrum of professional psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic expertise.

In addition to maintaining professional practices in group therapy, adolescents, depression, phobias, psychoanalysis, women's issues and many others, our members actively share their experiences, insights, and important advances through their writings and essays.

This is their forum and we invite you to follow their contributions. Expect to find here not only professional material but the occasional illuminating essay or poem as well.

Many of our member contributors open their submissions to public commentary so please feel free to explore, consider, and join in the discussion.


The Unexpected Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiencing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

By Robin Halpern, LCSW–R, DCSW and Hank Blumfarb, LCSW has published Mary Anne Cohen's latest article, Embrace Your Negativity in Time for the Holidays!

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NASW Press announces that Mary Anne Cohen's book,The Eating Disorder Self, is now available for 8 continuing education credits:
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"Embrace Your Negativity in Time for the Holidays!"
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Brides, Bodies, and Beauty: The Truth Unveiled
By Mary Anne Cohen
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Life in Uncertain Times
By Wendy Freund, MSEd., LCSW

PTCNY member, Wendy Freund, LCSW, has written a thoughtful essay that discusses our current unprecedented times. She writes in an artful way as to how so many of us feel and how psychotherapy can help us through these very difficult times.
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The Power of Self Compassion to Heal Pandemic Eating
By Mary Anne Cohen
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Virtual Therapy is Here.
Is it Helping or Hurting You?

We at PTCNY are a team of psychotherapists. We also are fortunate that our talented website developer, Gary Osius, has been working with our group since its inception and has taken a keen interest in our work. We consider him one of our team members! He recently penned the article below and we are very pleased to include it in our articles.
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Forgiveness: Yes? No? Maybe?
By Mary Anne Cohen

The topic of forgiveness is quite controversial in the mental health field. We are all inculcated by the quote, as Robin Halpern reminded me, "To err is human, to forgive divine." This article explores how therapists can address the topic of forgiveness with their patients.
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Mary Anne Cohen is Director of The New York Center for Eating Disorders. Her third book Treating the Eating Disorder Self: A Comprehensive Model for the Social Work Therapist was recently published by The National Association of Social Work Press. You can read a sample chapter of her latest book at Treating the Eating Disorder Self and visit Mary Anne at

Illustration: Kim Ryu
Teletherapy — Is It Becoming the New Normal for Psychotherapy?
And Is That A Good Thing?

The Covid-19 virus has prompted some fundamental changes in the way we deliver mental health care. The adoption of teletherapy is a prime example of this change.

Judith Gringorten presents some pros and cons of the developing normalization of teletherapy with additional input from a recent New York Times article.
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Mary Anne Cohen has published an article in PsychCentral: Fears about Re-entering Our Lives: A Psychotherapist Takes you Behind The Scenes has published three articles by Mary Anne Cohen on Emotional Eating.

Emotional Eating and the Corona Virus for Adults: Mary Anne Cohen

"Since we've been in quarantine," announces Susan, a binge eating client, "I can't stop overeating. Now that I'm in lockdown, I wish I had lockjaw!"

Danny laughingly echoes that feeling: "I'm involved in many diverse activities during quarantine – there's snacking, grazing, munching, nibbling, and noshing!"

Click here to read what happens next! (This article was excerpted in The New York Times digital edition of May 20, 2020.)

PTCNY member Mary Anne Cohen, recommends this article in the Boston Globe which explores "pandemic eating".

PTCNY Executive Director Judy Gringorten is re-posting a short but wise essay about our need to care for ourselves as well as others in this difficult time.Take a look!

Mary Anne Cohen, PTCNY member and professional book reviewer for, wants to call your attention to A Clinician's Guide to Pathological Ambivalence an excellent and sophisticated book on helping patients with eating disorders.