Irina Firstien psychotherapist Psychotherapist New York

Licensed Individual, Marriage & Couples Therapist in NYC, New York City.


I have been an Individual and Couples Therapist in NYC for over 20 years. It is my belief that relationships are crucially important and without close and secure connections with others, we as human beings can not thrive in everyday life. Disruption of such connection is the reason we feel emotional pain and suffering. You probably found our website by searching Marriage Counseling NYC, the next step for couples seeking an appointment with Irina Firstein please call our office 212-953-1388.

My name is Irina Firstein, Licensed New York City Individual and Couples Therapist. I have 25 years of experience and I want to help you and your partner heal, grow and change your life and your relationship. Most issues that people bring to me are, inevitably, are an exploration and healing of relationship trauma or disruption of connection with a significant person or people in his or her life. The goal of my work is to enhance and expand my patients’ ability to experience a deeper connection with themselves and others. That connection is the key to physical and mental health and feeling alive.


If you are experiencing tension or trouble in your relationship or relationships, you may be feeing rejection, abandonment, lack of empathy, disappointment, hopelessness and helplessness, shame, and many other feelings. These are common human experiences that traumatize all of us and become symptoms that are manifested by depression, anxiety, addictions, health problems and all other symptoms and illnesses.
You probably found my website by searching Marriage Counseling NYC or another term for what is troubling you. Now that you have found me, the next step is to make an appointment by calling my New York office at 212 953-1388. Feel free to call or email me you are experiencing:

Relationship Problems
Self Esteem Issues
Single Life/Dating Issues

NYC Therapist, Irina Firstein has discussed several topics such as pre-marital counseling and her philosophy on therapy in the Daily News,, CNN and more.

Over 20 Years Experience

Skype Consultations

Named Among The 9 Best Therapists of 2015.


If you are a new patient, you may have a sense of trepidation about seeing a therapist. Rest assured there is nothing to fear. The stigma of seeing a professional therapist is a thing of the past. Why close the door to an opportunity of repairing and saving your relationship and live a fuller life?

My clients consider me a straight-forward and active therapist, and this is what you can expect in our sessions. As a result, most of my referrals come from past and existing patients. I have spent my professional career learning and searching for the root causes of human suffering and the issues that divide couples and strain relationships. I utilize the most efficient, effective and innovative ways to help my clients. To this end I use “old school” proven therapeutic modalities as well as the latest research and cutting edge techniques, such as EMDR and EFT.

Also, in my job as a NYC couples counseling therapist I help individuals and couples in their desire to close the gap between where they are right now and where they want to be. Sessions are available in person, by phone or by Skype. As a Couples Therapist and an Individual Therapist, I will give you all the information, tools and assistance you need to get relief from pain and to find connection. For an appointment please call 212 953-1388 or email me at


Couples and Marital Therapy and Counseling

  • Marriage Counseling
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Communication/Intimacy
  • Adjusting to Parenthood
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Coping with Infidelity

Individual Therapy and Counseling

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Problems
  • Self Esteem Issues
  • Single Life/Dating Issues
  • EMDR/Trauma Reprocessing

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Frequently Asked Question

  • Q: How do I go about making an appointment with you?
    • A: Please email me your request or call me on my office phone #. It is helpful if you visit my website and take a look at the page about the issue you need help with. It is also helpful to look at my Practice/Fees Page. Another helpful point is to let me know what days or times work for you so I can give you the best appointment time for both of us.
  • Q: Do you offer Pre-Marital Counseling services in NYC?
    • A: Yes I do. The Pre-Marital Counseling I offer is not same as provided by religious organizations. I offer two kinds of counseling. One is a more open ended counseling to address any issues the couples is struggling with and wants to resolve or have a better handle on prior to marriage. It is usually a relationship issue. Another type is a more structured short term counseling to address specific topics a couple should discuss in a safe atmosphere, such as children and parenting ideas, finances, families of origin, where to live, friends and leisure, work/careers after baby. Also pre-marital counseling can be very helpful for those previously married as there are often issues of ex-spouses and children that need to be discussed and thought about.
  • Q: How do I know I need Marriage Counseling/Couples Therapy?
    • A: Chances are if you are asking yourself this question, the answer is YES. If you and your partner are having same fights which get more and more escalated and eventually you move on without resolution because you can’s stand the conflict, only to get into the same argument at a later time, it is a good idea to consider professional help. My sincere advice is that if this has been going on for a while and keeps happening and you feel that you are getting more and more disconnected from each other, do not wait. So many couples say to me after a session or two, “We should have been here 3 years ago…” Sometimes, couples come in when it may be too late or the damage is so deep that it takes a long time and very hard work to re-establish connection.
  • Q: How do we know you are the right therapist for us?
    • A: I think this is a hard decision. The best suggestion I have is to visit my website and read the pages. I wrote every word of this. Also take a look at the video, it gives you a sense of me in person. Take a look at some of the articles as they truly express my views and positions on different issues pertaining to relationships.


Irina's help was evident immediately from the first session. I already notice daily improvements. I am a corporate lawyer and my partner is a surgeon. Both strong personalities. Currently, we are working in a much more cohesive team oriented fashion. My research and reading of marital/couples/relationships books, while helpful, is quite adolescent compared to her 20+ years of experience. Her ability to read our personalities and understand the REAL messages behind our words is VERY evident and comforting. I have always known to seek people smarter then you so you can learn from them AND pass on their teachings. The wealth that is created by her teachings is immeasurable and can/will change peoples’ lives forever. Her sessions are the BEST investment I have made in years. Feel free to message me if you have any questions. Please read some of her article on her website to get a small taste of her pearls of wisdom. Good luck! Tony H.

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