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



The Mental Health of College Students

Another recently published peer reviewed journal article has confirmed the high rate of mental health issues in college students. Education is not the cause, clearly, but as educators and clinicians we have a responsibility to do what we can to help our young adults:

“Nearly half of the college population can be diagnosed with at least one mental health disorder in a given year. Approximately one third of college students report experiencing depression that affected their ability to function in the past year (American College Health Association, 2011). Suicide, a common concomitant of depression, is a leading cause of death among college students (Suicide Prevention Resource Center, 2004). Nearly 20% of college students report seriously considering and over 7% attempting suicide in their lifetime, whereas 6.4% of students report contemplating and 1% attempting suicide in the past year alone (American College Health Association, 2011).”

Here is the reference:

*Pistorello, J., Fruzzetti, A. E., MacLane, C., Gallop, R., & Iverson, K. M. (2012). Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) applied to college students: A randomized clinical trial. Journal Of Consulting And Clinical Psychology, 80(6), 982-994. doi:10.1037/a0029096