Fees

Individual Therapy $165 per session
Couples Therapy $185 per session

I do not accept payment from insurance, but as courtesy to my clients I can provide necessary paperwork for you to submit to your carrier for possible reimbursement or submit it for you.

My Practice and Treatment Philosophy

I have been in private practice in New York City for over 20 years. Having lived most of my personal and all of my professional life in Manhattan, I understand very well, the professional, financial and social challenges of life here.

I believe that effective therapy brings about growth and change and it occurs in the atmosphere of safety, trust, connection and collaboration. Your safety is my first priority, our sessions are completely confidential and you will be able to really trust me with your deepest self.

I am trained in Psychodynamic and EMDR therapies and I use these modalities in Individual Therapy. In October 2008, after completing training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) I use it my sessions with most clients finding it effective and efficient in treating and clearing major and minor traumatic experiences, negative core beliefs, healing anxiety, depression and enhancing performance in all areas. I also use some Mindfulness based techniques.

Counseling and Therapy Sessions

Typically, appointments are 45 minutes long. I can schedule longer sessions when needed or appropriate. I work with clients all over the world and while mostly work in person in my office, I provide therapy on the phone and via Skype when necessary.

At this time, I do not accept insurance, however as courtesy to my clients I can submit claims to your insurance company so you can get reimbursed in a more timely fashion.

Contact Information

I can be contacted by either phone or email. My office is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, one block from Grand Central Station. I schedule appointments throughout the day. I make all efforts to accommodate my clients' busy schedules.

To Schedule an Appointment:

Call: 212-953-1388
E-mail: irinafirstein@aol.com


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  • Patient Testimonial
  • "It took a long time for me to decide to begin counseling. When I did, I did not really know how to go about finding a good therapist, as I did not feel comfortable asking anyone for a recommendation since I was a little embarrassed. I started to look on line and found about 4 therapists whose profiles, information and location were convenient and compatible with what I was looking for. I called all of them and Irina Firstein was the first one to call me back and did so within an hour of my call. I found her easy to talk to on the phone, she had an appointment for me within a day or so and the whole process was very simple and painless. It has worked out very well for me." Richard, 41
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