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Dr. Richard Levenson

Anxiety Disorders
New York, NY
33 years experience male

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New York, NY

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135 East 50th Street, Suite 110, New York, NY
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Wednesday: Closed
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Richard L. Levenson, Jr., Psy.D., CTS

New York, NY

About

Bio

Clinical psychologist in independent practice since 1990. Specialties in psychotherapy of adults, adolescents, and children; anxiety disorders, PTSD, depressive disorders, psychological evaluations of learning disorders in children, school functioning, pre- and post-marital therapy, and crisis intervention and Critical Incident Stress Management, and psychology and psychotherapy of law enforcement personnel and their families. Dr. Levenson has worked with police and law enforcement officers (local, state, and federal) and their families for many years conducting individual, family, and group psychotherapy and psychological testing. Dr. Levenson has been recognized as an expert in the amelioration of police stress and has published on the topic. He has written over three dozen articles and numerous book reviews. After serving a five-year term as Editor, Dr. Levenson is currently Associate Editor of the <i> International Journal of Emergency Mental Health </i> , a peer-reviewed, scholarly publication, and has helped bring research on police stress from traumatic incidents to the international psychological and police communities. Dr. Levenson’s credentials include certification as a <i> Traumatic Stress Specialist </i> from the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists; certification as a <i> Traumatologist </i> by the Green Cross Foundation; and he is a <i> Fellow </i> of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. From September 11, 2001, to November, 2002, Dr. Levenson was on-site at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center participating in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) group and individual debriefings of NYPD members of service as well as “debriefings for the debriefers.” For these efforts, Dr. Levenson was awarded Certificates of Merit from the NYPD Detectives Endowment Association and the National Fraternal Order of Police, Critical Incident Committee. Dr. Levenson is currently a consulting Department Police Surgeon for the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office in Kingston, NY. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the 9/11 Police Aid Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. The Foundation was incorporated to provide charitable relief to any member, (retired or active), of any Police Department that has become ill or disabled in any way due to the effects of the terrorist attacks against this country on 9/11/01. The Foundation also provides aid and support to surviving family members of any officer that should succumb to such an illness or injury.

Specialties
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Anxiety Disorders

Child and Adolescent Disorders

Clinical Psychology

Depressive Disorders

Pre- & Post-Marital Counseling

PTSD

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

188 Answers
47 Agrees
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
No, that is not true: No, not always. Cigarette addiction takes many years of "sobriety, " and sufficient time, probably measured in years, must pass before you may consid... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Epilepsy: In some cases, there can be aggressive behavior.
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Anxiety/Panic: Generally, everyone is different and the medicine(s) depend on a number of factors. For anxiety, some people react best to a anti-depressant, while o... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Headbanging: Yes. You can do severe damage to your brain by repeated blows which would result in decreased iq.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Panic Symptoms: Minor symptoms can range from shortness of breath to palpitations to feelings of dread, high anxiety and others.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Test: Not really, no. There are many different kinds of psychological tests and you should consult a licensed psychologist if you would like to learn more... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Ativan (lorazepam): No, if you have been prescribed it appropriately. Research shows that medicine plus psychotherapy are better together than either alone, so you might... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Panic Attacks: Sounds as if you are troubled by something you are not directly aware of. When was your last physical examination? Perhaps if that is normal, you mi... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Depression : By being an active participant, despite depressed mood, apathy, and low energy. Follow through with clinical recommendations, such as exercise, and h... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
On line therapy: No. It would be contrary to ethical principles and professional standards. Avoid anyone who says that it is permitted and "works.".
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Sibling Rivalry: Sibling rivalry can be a life-long problem if not addressed in a satisfactory manner, whether one is 6 or 60.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Fears: Fears are rational and may be based on exposure to real events, while phobias are irrational. Both can be helped with cognitive behavioral methods.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Illness and Depressi: It can be, yes. Having a chronic illness can alter one's life so drastically that a depression ensues. Quality of life issues are very important her... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Anxiety in Children: In a school-age child, I am of the opinion that "some" parents communicate a sense of their own anxieties to their children. Sensing something is ver... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Stress/Depression: There is no causal link between stress and depression, but stress certainly lowers your immunity and makes you more susceptible to illnesses.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Prozac (fluoxetine): There can be many: headache, light-headedness, nausea, bloating and gas, vivid dreams, fatigue, and others. Many, if not all of these are transitory... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Depression: With any major mental disorder, having a first degree relative who is afflicted increases the likelihood that children may have some form of the disea... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Teen Therapy: There is no such thing as confidentiality with minors. However, we try to get the parents to understand that we will alert them to anything serious, ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Social Anxiety: Yes, there are many differences. Selective mutism is most often seen in children, while social anxiety disorder is typically seen from adolescence th... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Depression: Research suggests that psychotherapy and medicine are better than either alone in the treatment of depression. In some people, exercise helps, too.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Psychotherapy: Without question. There are numerous medications that can help. Studies show that medicine and psychotherapy are better than either alone in some pe... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Autism and Vaccines: Nope. Sadly, many parents of autistic children are desperate to understand why "this occurred to [them]." to date, there is no empirical link betwee... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Depression: Research has shown that people who are depressed may show a preference for alcohol use, while anxious people show a preference for drug use.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Dryness/Depresson: This is known as an anticholinergic effect. Some people who take antidepressant medication experiences dryness of the eyes, mucus membranes. Keeping... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Marriage Phobia: Have him see a licensed mental health professional. Together, they can work through the fears and irrational beliefs he may have about being married.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Psychotherapy: Yes. Many children traumatized by sexual abuse have benefitted significantly by play and verbal psychotherapies.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Gynecomastia: Your condition is known as gynecomastia, and is not uncommon in men, where fatty tissue build-up surrounds the breast and, or nipple area. The condit... Read More
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Dementia/Depression: In older people, both syndromes can overlap.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
PTSD: First, an individual goes through or witnesses an event that is outside the realm of normal, every-day human experience. If he/she has strong coping ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Work and LD: Yes. Depending upon the disability, one might choose a career in which reading was not required and more of a hand's on approach was required. Simil... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
PTSD: Typical symptoms are avoidance, numbing of feelings, a depressive overtone, nightmares, anxiety and, in some people, a reliving of the event.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Depression: Please make an appointment with your internist for a complete physical examination with appropriate blood tests. Talk with your doctor about how you ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
A Complex Problem -: However, my first suggestion would be to seek the consultation of a board certified child psychiatrist. It sounds as if behavioral techniques would b... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Major Depression: Best practices include medication(s) and psychotherapy.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Shootings: Ptsd in children must be dealt with in psychotherapy by a licensed mental health professional who is skilled at treating ptsd. Children react differe... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Psychological Tests: No. The examinee is administered a standardized battery of tests which one cannot pass or fail. These results are generally compared to others at yo... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Anxiety: Anxiety can be treated in psychotherapy and with medications for anxiety. A combination of both works best.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Doctor Fear: You mean, in addition to going to the doctor? Well, depending on the age, it might be a fear of strangers, a fear of being hurt, general vulnerabilit... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Prozac (fluoxetine): Yes. I have seen patients who have been on Prozac (fluoxetine) for more than 10 years who still benefit from it.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
PTSD vs BPD: Bpd is a very severe disorder and may be characterized by unstable moods and relationships, brief psychotic episodes, and other very serious symptoms.... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Testing: Find a licensed psychologist who can administer a standardized battery of tests to you. These generally include iq, educational, graph-motor, and oth... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Phone Therapy: Tough question, since "direct human service" is generally face-to-face and one misses non-verbal cues and nuances if not looking at the patient while ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Fluid IQ: As we age, we may encounter neurological events that reduce our capacities to learn or deal with novel situations. Interest, motivation, and personal... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Parent anxiety: Well, the parent's anxiety will likely be communicated to the child, who may then become anxious himself/herself. This parent should look into some m... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Yes.: School phobia is a severe problem for some children and there could be a number of causes, from fears from experiences there to separation anxiety fro... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Hyperactivity/Foods: While there is some evidence to suggest that additives and preservatives (i.e., chemicals) in food do some harm, diet has not found to be directly cau... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Psychology: Yes. There is overwhelming evidence that biochemical changes in the brain are related to behavior, moods, and emotions, and medications can, in part ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
A Spectrum here -: Not really, but you can add to that an autistic spectrum disorder contains elements of psychological, neurological, and psychiatric components.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Rorschach Technique: Is a series of 10 cards with varying "inkblot" designs. The technique (not "test") assumes that there is a relationship between personality and perce... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
Anxiety: First, make sure you are in good health by an examination from your pcp. You should also make an appointment to see a licensed mental health professi... Read More

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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Pace University, NYC; Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical-Child-School Psychology
Graduated 1989MD

Medical/Graduate school

Pace University, NYC; Master of Science in School Psychology
Graduated 1986MD

Medical/Graduate school

Fairleigh Dickison University, Teaneck, NJ: Master of Arts in Theoretical Psychology
Graduated 1978MD

Medical/Graduate school

Fairleigh Dickinson University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Graduated 1976MD

Awards

Top Psychologist, Second Place, New York - Winter
2013
Top Psychologist, First Place, New York - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Editor, International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, 2004-2008
Associate Editor, International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, 2009 - present
Department Police Surgeon, NYS Troopers PBA

Publications

Reflections on ten years of clinical practice in New York City following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
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