Dr. Erica Gardner-Schuster creates a caring and supportive space for personal growth and healing. Her empathic, warm, and respectful manner helps patients feel safe and empowered as they address issues bothering them, gain understanding and insight, and make a more meaningful, fulfilling life.
Dr. Gardner-Schuster provides individual, group, couples, and family therapy to adults and adolescents. She collaborates with patients in tailoring treatment to meet their unique needs. Dr. Gardner-Schuster works primarily from a relational and psychodynamic framework, integrating Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as indicated. Her areas of specialization include relationships, family dynamics, professional development, leadership, creative and artistic growth, trauma, depression, anxiety, identity, intersectionality, and life transitions.
Dr. Gardner-Schuster obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The New School for Social Research. There, she also earned a Master’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Comparative Literature and Society from Columbia University. Prior to joining Madison Park Psychological Services, Dr. Gardner-Schuster worked at Bellevue Hospital Center, The Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Medical Center, Maimonides Medical Center, The New School Counseling and Psychological Services, South Beach Psychiatric Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and McLean Hospital. Dr. Gardner-Schuster is President-Elect of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society and Associate Editor of the journal *GROUP*. She serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Psychological Association’s division of Group Psychology and Psychotherapy.
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