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



Members of a very small club?

In the New York Times there is a piece entitled "Members of a Very Small Club" written by a woman who lost her mother to suicide when she was very young but did not know anyone else who lost a loved one until she was well into her 30s. She wrote a poignant piece indeed but it was surprising to hear that she has met so few that have been touched by suicide! Based upon the number of suicide deaths in the U.S. in the past 30 years, there are at least 5 million who lost someone dear to them and perhaps triple the number of people who knew someone less intimately. It isn't such a small club. Unfortunately the shame and suffering keeps people from getting the help they need. There are a number of excellent organizations available to suicide survivors; they are just a web search away.