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



"Teenagers, Medication, and Suicide" in the NY Times

In the NY Times article "Teenagers, Medication, and Suicide" Richard Friedman discusses the importance of antidepressant medication use for the treatment of depression and suicide. He provides a fair amount of data to support the use of medication to treat depression. He suggests that an appeal of the black box label (a warning that indicates sometimes this medication may cause suicidal ideation) on antidepressant medication will further increase medication use. Given the low incidence of suicide from the medication use, it makes sense to suggest such an approach. However, it is even more important to inform the reader that medication with psychotherapy is  more effective than medication alone and it has the added advantage of weekly monitoring of medication user so that suicidal ideation can be addressed.