Dr. Shira Schuster is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides psychotherapy in English, Hebrew, Spanish, and Italian. Dr. Schuster has extensive experience providing psychotherapy to adults, couples, children and families. Dr. Schuster’s clinical interests include addiction, perinatal psychology (infertility, pregnancy, birth, adoption, adjustment to parenthood), depression, anxiety, relationships, couples therapy, trauma, life transitions, multicultural issues (including immigration and acculturation), emerging adulthood, identity development, living with physical illness, older adults, sexual identity, veterans’ issues, severe mental illness, and end-of-life concerns.
Dr. Schuster offers a collaborative and relational approach to psychotherapy, taking an integrative stance that draws on psychodynamic principles and incorporates cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness, as appropriate for each individual. Dr. Schuster provides a non-judgmental environment where patients can safely explore the challenges that have arisen in their lives, with the aim of creating greater understanding and meaning, decreasing suffering, and identifying and changing maladaptive patterns.
Dr. Schuster has provided clinical services in a variety of settings, such as inpatient and outpatient hospital departments and day treatment units (including Columbia University Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel Medical Center, James J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center), psychoanalytic institutes (NYU and Columbia University), and NYU Counseling and Wellness Services. Dr. Schuster was formerly the director of a large outpatient clinic providing treatment for opiate addiction in New York City and is specialized in the treatment of substance use disorders.
In addition to her expertise in psychotherapy, Dr. Schuster has broad experience in psychodiagostic and neuropsychological assessment, teaching undergraduate and graduate-level psychology courses, and research on topics such as substance use, end-of-life, and perinatal psychology. Dr. Schuster published an article on the treatment of substance use in a peer-reviewed journal, and her doctoral dissertation, which focused on pregnancy and birth, was presented at national conferences, including the American Psychological Association and the Society for Behavioral Medicine.
Dr. Schuster received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The New School, where she was the recipient of several prestigious fellowships, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at NYU.