Todd Anderson, PhD, LP


I am a psychotherapist and psychoanalyist providing psychotheraputic services in the Chelsea Neighborhood of Manhattan, New York and through Telehealth.  



I treat a variety of people facing many different issues.  Below are some areas of particular expertise and experience, followed by a list of other issues and concerns I work with.

About the Practice and Dr. Anderson...

While it may appear that I have a large number of specialties, at heart, all of these issues have a typical, central core feature: SHAME. I feel I am an especially good fit for patients who are struggling with shame or shame-based issues. Given the taboos of our culture, sexual minorities are one group of people prone to developing feelings of shame as a result of living in a non-validating culture. I am LGBTQ+ and kink affirmative, and work with individuals in a variety relationship types: monogamous relationships, open relationships, polyamorous relationships, as well as other configurations.

Many people feel shame for other reasons: divergence from their religious expectations, needing accomodations for physical illness, and even those who feel that they have not been able to benefit from prior mental health treatment.

Self-compassion is an important element of my work. While older and more pop-psychology notions of self-esteem are still commonplace in our culture, “developing” self-esteem is often problematic. Self-esteem is often developed based on facets of life beyond our direct control. More important to many people is self-compassion: feeling the ability to feel kindness and acceptance of one’s self - including the good and the bad. Accepting one’s self in totality and cultivating an attitude of self-kindness and self-awareness can strengthen our bond with humanity by connecting us with central human themes of struggle, triumph, challenge, and success. By connecting with our humanity through self-compassion, we move beyond the more limited notions of self-esteem that are commonplace.

Todd Anderson, PhD, LP

 

 

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Gay Men - Individual Therapy

Gay men face a number of stressors in our society that require special attention in the context of psychotherapy.  These stressors can range from coming out of the closet to facing internalized homophobia.

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Therapy for Individuals with Previously Incomplete or Ineffective Therapy

Some individuals have sought therapy for feelings - often vague and unclear - that are painful for many years and perhaps from many therapists. I am a good fit for such individuals and have often been able to bring clarity to individuals who have faced confusion about their pain for decades.

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Out-of-Control Sexual Behavior - Individual Therapy

The idea of "sex addiction" is becoming more prominent in our culture.  Out-of-control sexual behavior is often a symptom of other intimacy concerns and represents the individual's best attempts, however problematic, to get their needs met.

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Recovery from Religious Trauma and Confusion - Individual Therapy

Those leaving religious communities can face painful feelings of rejection and identity crises.  Those who have suffered from trauma from those who hold positions of power in religious institutions often feel guilt, confusion, and other painful and confusing feelings about their experience.

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Therapy for Individuals Coping with Chronic Physical Illnesses

Many medical illnesses can impact mental health.  Understanding the interplay between the body and mind, a comprehensive course of psychotherapy must attend to the mutual impact that mental and physical health have on one another.

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BDSM/Kink and Sexual Minorities - Individual Therapy

Individuals involved in BDSM/Kink practices, as well as individuals of other sexual minorities, require the support and assistance of a therapist who understands and affirms diversity of sexual expression.

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Women who Feel Disempowered or Unfulfilled in Romantic Relationships

Many women who have trouble feeling empowered and fulfilled in romantic relationships can benefit from a psychotheraputic relationship with a safe and supportive man to explore their concerns.  I am able to provide such a safe environment for this exploration.

I also treat individuals struggling with a variety of other mental health issues, including:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Dissociation and Depersonalization
  • Cyclothymia and Bipolar Disorders
  • Panic Disorder
  • Addictions and Compulsions (using harm reduction or abstinence-based approaches, depending on your goals and needs)
  • Trauma (of any sort and from any phase of life)
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Codependency
  • Social Anxiety and Isolation
  • Emotional Dysregulation
  • Grief, Bereavement, and Mourning
  • Career Concerns and Transitions
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Academic Issues
  • Concerns of Musicians and Artists
  • General Feelings of being "Stuck" or "Dissatisfied" with Life
  • Personality Disorders, including Narcissism and Borderline Personality

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Phone: (347) 815-7780
Email: todd@toddandersonphd.com

Manhattan Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy in New York's Flatiron District

Todd Anderson, PhD, LP maintains a private practice psychotherapy office located in Manhattan.  He provides individual and couples therapy to a diverse communty including gay men, those struggling with sexual behaviors, BDSM/Kink practitioners, those with religious confusion or trauma, those coping with chronic physical illness, and those with previously unsuccessful or incomplete courses of psychotherapy.

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