Time to Learn to Be More Effective and Authentic

Time to learn to be more effective and authentic?

Are you looking for ways to improve your personal, social, familial, and professional effectiveness and satisfaction, while developing your authentic self?

If you are seeking some clarity, some breathing space, and some practical tools, Dialectical Behavior Therapy DBT can help you improve how you think, feel, and act.

You can learn to be more effective and authentic.

You can deepen self-understanding

     to increase your sense of

• Purpose • Balance • Effectiveness • Power • Hope • Optimism • Strength • Wisdom

• Endurance • Passion • Curiosity • Discovery

You can improve your skills


• Handle knowing, not knowing, and life’s non-linearity • Evaluate options under uncertainty

• Analyze • Intuit • Calculate Risk-Reward, Cost-Benefit, Opportunity Cost • Measure arbitrage

• Make choices • Take perspective • Increase mastery and performance abilities

You can realize goals

• Action plans where values lead to Actions through Goals Strategies and Tactics
• Enhanced Problem Solving Skills • Effective use of emotions • Building of strong relationship networks
• Improved management of transitions and stress • Systemic development

Make the investment in yourself to Build a Life of Worth.

Take the time to learn and practice through our featured psychotherapy services

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 Be Mindful • Tolerate and Reduce Stress
Regulate Emotions • Build Relationships

Interested in learning more?

See how this approach might be right for you.

Call now for a complimentary initial 20-minute phone consultation.


DBT Solutions in NYC

For Professionals in Business, Healthcare,  the Arts and Education,

Emerging Adults and University Students

Matthew G. Mandelbaum, PhD 


Emerging Adults Looking for a Boost

So, you thought you had life well-planned and figured out, with some goals for school, work, or relationships, right? You thought you were ready to run just like the others, but now you realize you have trouble making good things happen or things are just not going your way.

How do you feel? Doubtful, worried and confused? Anxious or Depressed? Are you dealing with intense anger, fear, guilt or shame or seem helpless, hopeless or worthless? Is your energy up and down? Can you tell if your family is on your back or here to help?

The struggle is real. What will you do?

Heading through your late teens 20s or 30s with your custom blend of low motivation, low persistence, low self-confidence and high social anxiety, high performance avoidance, high expectations of others, plus throw in intensely negative reactions to stress, makes it challenging to function.

You are bright and sensitive, with potential, so what’s going on?

As you look around at your peers, you may wonder, Did other people just get it? Have I been left out of the mix?

You may very well have been left out. For now, at least. There are skills sets that you may not have that you can learn to make your life work. Without the skills, it can be hard to transform anxiety into excitement and be motivated for action.

I can teach you those skills.

I am a psychologist who integrates the Psychological, Educational and Entrepreneurial to help clients build Self-Determination – qualities of Autonomy, Competence and Relatedness.

I help

1. improve your skills with your personal, family, friendship, financial, scholastic and work lives by combining dialectical behavior therapy with teaching, learning and development.

2. engage you in the process of change, promote activity involvement, identify resources, people and educational materials and offer parental counseling as warranted.

3. weave you into communities to help you feel empowered and effective.

Through therapy you can

* Capitalize on strengths to overcome struggles.
* Reduce non-life-affirming, non-effective behaviors by understanding their function and replacing them with more effective ones.

Benefits include increased capacity to:

1. Radically accept the current reality.
2. Utilize coping strategies to help with change.
3. Understand non-linear development.
4. Acquire validation skills.
5. Harness successes to help in areas of difficulty.
6. Gain a sense of hope.
7. Be independent and interdependent.
8. Build a worth in all aspects of your life.

Deciding if you need help or with whom to go?

Please contact me for a complimentary phone consultation.

When searching for a therapist, consider the following:

1. Find a good teacher who is passionately committed to work hard with you to help you develop and implement practical solutions to your problems.
2. Seek someone who uses examples, actions, and activities to help you build and refine a toolset that you put into active practice.
3. Look for someone who wants the best for you and through the dynamic relationship can help foster effective change that you own.
4. Search for someone who meets you where you are, and who can teach you skills to feel capable when being and doing in the real world.
5. Pursue someone who improves your ability to transfer your skills across domains of your life and improve your senses of agency and purpose.
6. Choose someone who can help you jumpstart your life so that you can be in the driver seat and get going.

Want to learn more? Contact 212.933.0758



Why Choose to Work with Dr. Matthew G. Mandelbaum, PhD, MSEd, MA?

Dr. Matthew G. Mandelbaum
New York State Licensed Psychologist

Select Credentials:
First cohort Member of the 2-year Linehan Institute Intensive & Comprehensive Training for Independent Practitioners

+ PhD Fordham University, Phi Kappa Phi
+ Executive Certificate Nonprofit Leadership, Fordham University
MSEd Bank Street College
MA New York University,  Psi Chi
BA University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa

+ NYC Dept. of Small Business Services Success Award

Psychologist, DBT Therapist, Social Entrepreneur, Strategic Advisor, Consultant, Learning Specialist, Educator, Researcher, University Faculty Member

Psychological Services Offered 

 for a complimentary
20-minute phone consultation at 212.933.0758  or

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While I am currently not on any insurance panels, I do work with clients to coordinate out-of-network benefits.

Photo Credit: Alma

 Point of View: I work with professionals in business, healthcare, the arts and education, emerging adults, and university students to increase their abilities for identity development, social growth, and professional and academic achievement.  My focus lies at the intersection of education, psychology, and social entrepreneurship to help you meet goals and a build life of worth across all domains.

I believe that the human capacities for hope, faith, and optimism are present in everyone, and that these capacities can be cultivated through DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy).  This therapy offers targeted, practical strategies to help you reach your goals.

You deserve to develop your most authentic self, by becoming more mindful of the context of the present moment and by developing an array of strategies that can help you tolerate stress, regulate your emotions, and build high-quality relationships.  You deserve to tap into and develop your inherent wisdom.  I want to help you with the process of empowering yourself to make decisions clearly and to be more effective in your thinking, acting, and doing.  I want to help you recognize all of the areas where you have strength and teach you how you can use your gifts to make improvements in areas of need.

It is exciting for me to help people become more reflective, and more motivated towards, and more skilled at making change in their lives.

I want to give you more options to choose from in various aspects of your life and help increase your skills at evaluating and selecting from these options.  My goal is to help you improve your level of resilience, self-concept, self-worth, self-esteem, and self-efficacy.

In all, my aim is to help you be you.  Let’s begin the process.

Please contact me for a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation at 212.933.0758 or


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Why Choose Dr. Matthew G. Mandelbaum, PhD, MSEd, MA?

I believe in the human capacities for hope, faith, and optimism. These capacities can be learned. DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) can be a helpful way for many to learn them.  I believe that the learning can take place in an environment that incorporates joy and seriousness.  I believe in the power of the journey to create a more authentic self.   When it comes to understanding Executives, Business Professionals, Emerging Adults, Educators, and University Students, I can relate on multiple levels, because I have been them all and I have worked with all of those populations.  I know about developing hopes and dreams and about creating an action plan to turn dreams into reality.  I understand that sometimes life unfolds itself in a non-linear way and that not all those who wander are lost.
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