About Me

Nataliya Rusetskaya, Ph.D., LCSW

I am a Clinical Sexologist with a Doctorate degree from AACS and a New York State and New Jersey State licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree from Fordham University. I’m also a certified Imago Couple therapist. In addition, over the past five years, I’ve been mentored by Esther Perel on a number of matters concerning couples. I specialize in relationship issues for couples and individuals. In my work with couples I assist my clients in developing healthier, more fulfilling and satisfying relationships by finding the key to connection and conflict resolution. I offer short-term therapy for various male and female sexual dysfunctions as well.

My professional experience includes working at a wide range of mental health settings such as outpatient mental health clinics of NYC, nonprofit child guidance organization public elementary and high schools, senior citizen center and NYC Hospital system.

Currently I work with individuals and couples to create a therapeutic alliance of trust and safety, to gain better insights about their life challenges, and to assist the clients in reaching their goals and connect better with their loved ones through improved communication patterns and increased intimacy.

In my work with couples I use Imago Therapy approach created by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. with elements of EFT and Sex Therapy.

My therapeutic approach also combines AEDP, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, REBT (Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy), and Gestalt Therapy, ISTDP (Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy) with incorporated elements of mindfulness and Focusing techniques.

I have a few years of recent experience of working with 9/11 related trauma caused by the exposure of residents and workers of downtown to the terrorists’ attacks and its post-math, providing individual, group and couple therapy at Bellevue Hospital and in my downtown office.

I provide short-term CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) and Exposure therapy for those individuals who are ready to do trauma –focused work. Or assist couples to reconnect, if 9/11 affected negatively your relationship and ability to be close with each other.

Having immigrated as a young adult from the former Soviet Union, allows me to be especially attuned to the young bilingual, Russian-speaking men and women who want have a therapist with similar cultural background.

To make an appointment please call (917) 495-4989, or fill out our contact form.