Dr. Richard Shadick

Licensed Psychologist - Psychotherapy, Testing

Have you suffered a loss from a divorce? Lost a loved one in unexpected or traumatic circumstances or perhaps to suicide? These are some areas of my expertise but I have broad experience in many areas. Please read on to learn more about the work I do. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or visit the links to the left to learn about my clinical and research work.

I work with teens,  adults, and families. I have particular expertise in those who have experienced divorce, survivors of trauma, and those who have lost loved ones to suicide. I also work extensively with college students with such issues as academic performance, identity, and substance use. I am certified with American Association of Suicidology as s suicide prevention specialist. 

With my clients I create a safe and supportive environment and find that clients are better able to openly explore their feelings in that way. I strive to understand the concerns my clients come to me with and to empower them to effect change in their lives.

I practice therapy primarily from a psychodynamic perspective, which means that I believe one's previous relationships and experiences have an influence on one's present problems. By exploring both the past and the present, clients are better able to develop relationships and make changes in their lives. I also work from a cognitive-behavioral approach when there are specific problems that need to be worked on in a brief period of time.

What can you expect in a first meeting? You will get an opportunity to talk about the concerns you are experiencing as well as the history of your problem. We will also talk about your broader life so that I may understand who you are as a person. At the end of the meeting you will be able to ask questions and hear my ideas about how to develop solutions for your concerns.


Office Location:

242 East 19th Street (between 2nd and 3rd)

New York NY 10003



More beds, less deaths

In reading “Focus on Mental Health Laws to Curb Violence Is Unfair, Some Say” in the New York Times I am aware that little attention has been paid to the fact Adam Lanza was suicidal. As the Director of a Counseling Center and the head of the NYC College Suicide Prevention Consortium I am persistently concerned that suicidal students who need inpatient psychiatric care cannot get it because there are so few hospital beds available for treatment. We certainly need more funding for mental health services to stem the homicides committed by mentally ill individuals with guns. But what of the data that there are many more, over 38,000, that kill themselves every year (at least half with guns)? Most of these individuals have been to a doctor within the past 30 days, just like Adam Lanza. Perhaps if there was a place for them to be treated far fewer would die.