Dr. Or Dagan, Ph.D.
Dr. Or Dagan is a licensed psychologist at the Williamsburg Therapy Group who provides psychotherapy in both English and Hebrew to adults, couples, and children. He is skilled in providing short- and long-term psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, existential, and emotionally focused and informed treatments for individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, and trauma symptoms, as well as interpersonal and relationship distress.
Dr. Dagan’s professional areas of focus include romantic, family, and peer relationship difficulties, past traumatic experiences, low self-esteem, and experiences of depression and anxiety. His approach is interpersonally driven, and informed by psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, existential, and emotionally focused interventions. His overall goal of treatment is helping the client develop a better sense of the patterns of relating to self and others, including the therapist, so to promote a stronger sense of agency over one’s own feelings and actions, and overall a more fulfilling life.
Through active participation and attentiveness to what happens in the “here and now”, Dr. Dagan encourages clients to reflect deeply about their most inner wishes, desires, and emotions. He aims to foster a sense of spontaneity which helps free the client from rigid characterological inclinations.
As research has unequivocally shown that readiness for change and overall success of therapy is highly dependent on the client’s ability to form a trusting relationship with the therapist, Dr. Dagan’s emphasis throughout therapy is providing a safe, empathetic, and non-judgmental space to explore the therapist-client interaction, building a strong therapeutic alliance.
Dr. Dagan received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the New School for Social Research and completed hispre-doctoral internship at Mount Sinai/Beth Israel Medical Center. His varied clinical experiences comprise of both inpatient and outpatient settings, brief and long-term psychotherapy, and individual and group work. Prior to joining the Williamsburg Therapy Group, Dr. Dagan was clinically trained at the Psychiatric Center at Sourasky Medical Center inTel Aviv, Israel, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, NYU counseling and Wellness Center, and Mount Sinai/Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Dagan also taught various undergraduate and graduate psychology courses at the New School for Social Research, has published research on the link between attachment patterns and mental and physical health in leading scientific journals, and presented his work in national and international conferences.