Dr. Ester Goldvarg

Dr. Ester Goldvarg is a Clinical Psychologist who is an expert in treating Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and Relationship Issues.  Throughout her training and professional experience she has worked with people of different ages and cultural backgrounds. She has been trained in a variety of treatment approaches, including Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, EMDR, and Gottman Method of Couples Therapy.  Dr. Goldvarg uses an individualized approach to tailor treatment to her clients’ specific needs.  In addition to helping her clients solve the immediate problems that bring them to treatment, her goal is to help them develop a better understanding of themselves and to bring about lasting emotional and behavioral change.

ACADEMIC TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Dr. Goldvarg began her academic training by earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology from Brooklyn College.  In the year 2000, she received a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Adelphi University and had spent the following 10 years working as a Therapist at the New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center where she provided services to adults with mental illness, trauma histories, and addiction issues.  Dr. Goldvarg continued her studies in the field of Psychology during those years and had earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University in 2012.  During her studies in the Doctoral program she conducted research that examined the effects of individuals’ upbringing on their ability to form relationships, as well as on the issues of jealousy, infidelity, and revenge.  In addition, she conducted a study that focused on the effectiveness of group psychotherapy for women with Postpartum Depression, which was published in the Journal of Group Psychotherapy.  Dr. Goldvarg had also served as an Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University where she taught classes on Interpersonal Relationships.

Dr. Goldvarg completed one of her pre-doctoral trainings at Queens Children Psychiatric Center where she worked with children with mental disorders and behavioral issues, as well as with their families.  As part of her pre-doctoral training she also worked at the Derner Institute, a Center for Psychological Services, where she provided psychotherapy to young adults suffering from a variety of mental health issues, including Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, PTSD, Personality Disorders, and Relationship Issues.  Dr. Goldvarg completed her postdoctoral training at Manhattan Psychiatric Center, where she specialized in Trauma Treatment, Forensic Psychology, Sex Offender Treatment, and Addiction Disorders.  Upon completion of her training she began to work as a Clinical Psychologist at the outpatient clinic of South Beach Psychiatric Center where she treated people presenting with a wide range of mental health issues.  As part of her training and career Dr. Goldvarg also conducted psychological, neuropsychological, forensic, and psychoeducational evaluations.

CURRENT WORK AND SPECIALIZED TRAINING

Dr. Goldvarg is a founder of Mind Wellness Psychological Services, which was established in 2015.   She has dedicated her career to helping people with their struggles in the areas of mental health and relationships. She works with a diverse population of clients, helping them improve the quality of their lives.  Dr. Goldvarg continuously participates in continuing education in order to learn about innovative treatment strategies as she strives to offer best care to her clients.  Among her trainings in the past few years has been EMDR therapy, which is used to treat PTSD and address disturbing personal experiences that have a negative impact on people’s lives.  Couples therapy is another specialty that Dr. Goldvarg has developed through training in various modalities, with the most recent being through the Gottman Institute, which has given her a great amount of tools to successfully work with couples. Dr. Goldvarg is fluent in the Russian language and offers psychotherapy in both English and Russian languages.

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

  1. B.S. Psychology/Biology – Brooklyn College
  2. M.A. Clinical Psychology – Adelphi University
  3. Ph.D Clinical Psychology – Adelphi University
  4. Externship: The Derner Institute Outpatient Clinic
  5. Externship: Queens Children’s Psychiatric Hospital
  6. Internship: Manhattan Psychiatric Center
  7. Training: The Gottman Institute Level 2
  8. Training: National Institute for the Psychotherapies (EMDR)
  9. American Psychological Association
  10. Alma - Mental Health Association
  11. The Clinician Collective Organization




PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

Dissertation Research

Doctoral: “Predictors of Revenge Motivation: An Exploration of Personality Variables, Relational Histories, and Situational Factors”,
Adelphi University, Defended March 2011

Research study was performed utilizing a data set of 220 subjects from the general population. The study’s purpose was to investigate whether motivation for revenge correlates with individuals’ attachment styles, personality attributes, narcissism, and social histories. Additionally, the study investigated whether reading stories that are designed to stimulate feelings of romantic jealousy increase revenge motivation.

Presentations and publications

  • Goldvarg, E. and Kissen, M. (2011).  “Group Psychotherapy for Women Suffering from Postpartum Depression”.  The Journal of Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, Volume 35 (3): Gender in Group Psychotherapy, 235-246.
  • Goldvarg, E. Case Presentation. Manhattan Psychiatric Center, New York, NY. May 2012
  • Goldvarg, E.“Predictors and Outcomes of Infidelity: An Exploration of Contributing Factors”.  Paper presented at the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, Annual Conference, New Brunswick, NJ.  November 2011.
  • Goldvarg, E. and Josephs, L. “Parental Relationships and Individual Difference”.  Poster presented at New York State Psychological Association, Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY.  May 2009.
  • Goldvarg, E.  Monthly Case Presentations to the Office of Mental Health.  New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center, Elmhurst, New York (2004-2007).