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Howard Bernstein

Howard Bernstein


20 years of experience

Hello, I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who is licensed in Chicago and New York City. I earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University in New York City and am also a Columbia University graduate (B.A. Psychology). I have over 20 years' experience helping people manage anxiety (panic, phobias, obsessions and compulsions, trauma), depression, interpersonal/relationship issues, and anger. I also work with older adults and individuals with physical challenges. I use cognitive behavioral and mindfulness/stress management psychotherapy approaches to help people make positive changes in their lives by changing the way they act, think, feel, and interact with others, as well as manage stress more effectively.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

In our first session, I will introduce myself, find out what challenges you are interested in addressing, and then ask for some brief background history, relevant to your current situation. Towards the end of the session, I will outline the strategies and steps that we can take to address your issues and start making improvements in your life.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

My greatest strength as a provider is my extensive experience with a variety of patients and symptoms. I have helped people of various ages, backgrounds, and cultures, as well as orientations and am sensitive to individual differences in how people feel, think, and react. I have helped individuals who experienced workplace trauma, older adults, chronically mentally ill individuals, and the many people trying to start or improve lives and careers in big cities like Chicago and New York, as well as more rural areas.

Describe the client(s) you are best positioned to serve.

I work with individuals from 18 to 99, however the majority of my patients are in their 20's 30's or 40's- people trying to move their lives forward while coping with stress, depression, anger, or relationship/career issues. Very often, people's psychological "baggage" from past events can make navigating relationships, housing changes, or careers challenging. Although all of my patient's lives are unique, many of them have the desire to make their lives better in concrete ways while coping with stress and negative emotions in common.

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My treatment methods

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

I use CBT to help clients recognize and change problematic ways of thinking that negatively impact their actions, relations with others, and how they feel about themselves. I also use CBT to help clients learn new skills and ways of thinking about things to help them interact more successfully, manage anxiety, depression, relationship issues and stress, and enjoy life more.


I use integrative approaches with clients such as visualization, various types of breathing exercises, centering and grounding, journaling, using thought and behavioral logs/homework, desensitizationand somatic relaxation techniques to help them manage their anxiety and panic symptoms.