Dr. Or Dagan is a licensed psychologist at the Williamsburg Therapy Group who provides psychotherapy in both English and Hebrew to adults, couples, and older adolescents. He is skilled in providing short- and long-term psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, existential, and emotionally focused 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, emphasizing the understanding of emotional distress as a result of past and current difficulties in relationships with close others. 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.
Dr. Dagan is also a leading scholar in attachment research, and he maintains an active program of research through ongoing collaborations with leading research universities around the world. He researches people’s attachment patterns- the emotional bonds that we develop with our parents early in life, and which continue to influence our relationships throughout the life course. He has multiple published peer-reviewed articles on the links between attachment patterns and mental and physical health in leading scientific journals, and presented his work in national and international conferences.
Dr. Dagan received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the New School for Social Research and completed his pre-doctoral internship at Mount Sinai/Beth Israel Medical Center.