About Dr. Reading

Dr. Romy Reading, Clinical Psychologist, PhD

Dr. Romy Reading, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice specializing in individual psychological treatment for adults and adolescents.  

Prior to starting in private practice, Dr. Reading worked in the Mt. Sinai Health System providing outpatient treatment for a wide range of populations, including individuals struggling with addiction, personality disorders, as well as people living with HIV/AIDS.  She completed her clinical internship at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Addiction Institute of Mt. Sinai Roosevelt. She is a graduate of the Clinical Psychology program at the New School for Social Research. Currently Dr. Reading is completing her specialized training in psychoanalysis at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

In addition to providing psychotherapy services, Dr. Reading works with her professional organizations to increase consciousness and dialogue about issues related to sexuality, gender identity, and diversity. She has also co-authored chapters and manuscripts on the topics of mindfulness, therapist reflective functioning, and group psychotherapy for LGBT asylum seekers.

Professional Activities and Memberships

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Treatment Approach

I provide a treatment approach that integrates psychoanalytically oriented therapy with mindfulness and behavioral techniques. I draw extensively upon theories of attachment and relationality in order to create an empathic therapeutic space in which individuals can begin to safely explore their emotional experiences and develop insight into longstanding interpersonal and behavioral patterns. Whether the goal is to navigate a current challenge or to work toward deeper self-change, I collaborate with individuals in setting and meeting realistic and meaningful goals.

My therapeutic approach is also grounded in theories of social identity and the impact of marginalization. I aim to provide affirming and empowering support and treatment that fosters resilience and an ability to heal the impact of stigma and discrimination based on one’s identity including race, sexual orientation, class, able-bodiness, and/or age.


  • Addiction & Recovery
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Attachment/Relationship Issues
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Grief Counseling
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Stress Management
  • Transgender/Gender Identity
  • Trauma
  • Work and Career Issues


Listen in on revealing conversations between psychoanalysts and public figures about social issues facing the world today on Couched Podcast.

Co-hosts Dr. Billie Pivnick and Dr. Romy Reading invite artists, scientists, social scientists, and community activists to share the ways that their personal experiences have led them to political, social, or creative action. As conversations unfold, new ideas will move listeners to engage with one another and the world, creating community. Dr. Pivnick and Dr. Reading are doing this because they believe change happens where minds converge.

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Safran, J. & Reading, R. (2008).  Mindfulness, Metacommunication and Affect Regulation in Psychoanalytic Treatment, in: Steven Hicks & Thomas Bien (Eds.), Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship. New York: Guilford

Reading, R., Safran, J., Muran, C., & Oligieri-Withers, A. (2019). Investigating Therapist Reflective Functioning,
Psychotherapy Process, and Outcome.  Psychoanalytic Psychology, 36(2), 115-121.

Reading, R. (2021). Race in psychoanalysis: aboriginal populations in the mind by Celia Brickman, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 102(3), 642-645.

Reading, R. (2022). Elizabeth Severn: the “evil genius” of psychoanalysis by Arnold Rachman, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 103(5), 914-918.

Harris, A., Herleka, S. Kwon, J.L., Leavitt, J., Lentz, K., & Reading, R. (2022). Women and Psychoanalysis across Generations and Diversities. What do Women want Now: Not Answers but Questions in Margarita Cereijido, Paula L Ellman, & Nancy Goodman (Eds.) Psychoanalytic Explorations of What Women Want Today: Femininity, Desire, and Agency. New York: Routledge.

Connolly, M., Gobodo-Madikizela, P., Layton, L., Nichols, B., Pivnick, B., & Reading, R. (2022). What’s Repaired in Reparations: A Conversation Among Psychoanalytic and Social Activists, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 32:1, 3-16.

Reading, R. (2022). Gila Ashtor’s Exigent Psychoanalysis: The Interventions of Jean Laplanche. Division Review, 27, 4-7.

Moga, D. & Reading, R. (2023). Psychotherapy with lesbians, in Holly Crips & Glenn Gabbard (Eds.) Gabbard’s Textbook of Psychotherapeutic Treatments, 2nd edition, Washington DC: American Psychiatric Association Publishing.

If you experience any issues please reach out to me directly at romy@romyreading.com for access to publications.

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80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1406
New York, NY 10011