Jacqueline Dunkelman, Psy.D.

About me

I am a clinical psychologist licensed in NY and NJ. I specialize in the treatment of adolescents and adults, and have much experience helping people work through difficult issues related to: depression, anxiety, identity development, life transitions, relationship problems, grief, trauma, family systems issues, fertility and postpartum issues, parenting challenges, and addiction. I regard challenges as critical opportunities for exploration and meaning making, and take great care and interest in helping others overcome difficulties, and achieve stability, growth, and purpose.


Therapeutic Approach

A safe, collaborative therapeutic relationship is central to my approach to therapy. I strive to create a space for you to explore, take risks, heal, and grow by approaching each session with interest, warmth, respect, and consistency. I listen intently to your spoken and unspoken communication, and help you learn about yourself through promoting curiosity and reflection, and offering insights. I help you attend to the thoughts and feelings that you are conscious of, and those that you’ve struggled to allow yourself to fully see or experience. I also pay close attention to our own interactions, and help you see how your participation in the therapeutic relationship may serve as a map for your role in other relationships and experiences.


I strive to help you refine the way you think about and navigate yourself and your world, and feel empowered to become more fully yourself so that you may lead a more satisfying and productive life. Through gaining deeper understandings and new perspectives in treatment, my patients have reported feeling lighter, stronger, more focused, more connected to others, and more prepared to embrace life's challenges.


Education and Training

I graduated with B.A. in Psychology and English from the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. I then moved to New York to pursue my graduate training, where earned my Masters in Education (M.S.Ed.), and Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from Pace University. I completed my doctoral internship at The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. Upon earning my doctorate, I completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in psychotherapy at the National Institute of Psychotherapies.


Fees and insurance

I am an out of network provider, which means that I do not accept insurance. However, I will provide you with the information necessary to receive reimbursement if you have out of network benefits. I am happy to help you determine whether you have benefits that cover my services, and also help you navigate the claim submission process.