"I quit therapy because my analyst was trying to help me behind my back". Richard Lewis, Comedian
Jennifer Nikou, PhD., LCSW-R
Clinical Director and Psychotherapist
I am passionate about the work I do, and I am humbled to have a career I enjoy. I began working in the field of mental health 20 years ago at New York Presbyterian Hospital. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a doctoral degree in my discipline, I have worked in different settings including inpatient, outpatient, residential, and private practice. I have treated clients with various conditions ranging from a first-time depressive episode to chronic schizophrenia. I have expert knowledge on Depressive and Anxiety Disorders, specifically Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (and its many subsets), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Phobias. In addition, I am knowledgeable about working with adults with Autism (previously identified as Asperger's). I work closely with members of the LGBT community, including members looking to transition or are in the process of transitioning. I am familiar with resources needed for hormone replacement therapy.
I have grown professionally and personally as a result of my diverse employment experiences. In addition to my private practice, I have also taught as an adjunct professor at Fordham University and currently, Mercy College.
I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Psychology and Human Relations from Pace University in 2001, a Master's Degree in Social Work from Fordham University in 2003, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare from the City University of New York/Hunter College School of Social Work in 2017.