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An alumnus of the Columbia University School of Nursing, Dr. Patricia De Sear enrolled in the Master’s degree program in Developmental Psychology at Columbia University Teachers College in 1986. After graduating, Dr. De Sear continued her studies through the university’s doctorate program in clinical psychology. After completing an externship at Elizabeth General Medical Center and an internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, as well as successfully defending her dissertation, Dr. Patricia De Sear received her PhD in 1995. 

Dr. Patricia De Sear subsequently enrolled in the Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at New York University in 1998. The program offers comprehensive training in a variety of psychoanalytic approaches and which is noted for its vibrant and pluralistic community of scholars. In 2007, Dr. De Sear received her Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the university. 

Since 1998, Dr. Patricia De Sear has provided individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to adults, older adolescents, and seniors at her private practice in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Over the years, she has helped many individuals to move past their experiences of pain and trauma in order to live fuller and more engaged lives. With an awareness of human vulnerability and the close connection between mind and body, Dr. Patricia De Sear is experienced in treating individuals with anxiety, depression, and pain caused by loss, grief, trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With expertise in relational therapy, Dr. De Sear emphasizes the therapist-client relationship as crucial in the processes of change and healing. By establishing a strong foundation of trust with her clients, she is able to help them explore their patterns of thought and emotion, as well as to guide them toward recovery and renewed satisfaction in their lives. 

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Work experience

Jan 1998Present

Clinical Psychologist & Psychoanalyst

Patricia De Sear PhD.

Provide consultation and psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, and seniors in private practice setting. Expertise in work with adults with ADHD, individuals with medical issues, psychological trauma, grief, depression & anxiety, relationship issues. Expertise in work with adults with ADHD, individuals with medical issues, psychological trauma, grief, depression & anxiety, relationship issues. I have had the privilege of accompanying many individuals on their emotional journeys from places of pain and suffering to new experiences of wholeness and greater engagement and satisfaction in their lives. Some have said I saved their life, while others feel alive for the first time. Because of my experience as an ICU nurse earlier in my career, I have a special understanding of the connection between the mind and body as well as both the vulnerability of our human condition and our capacity for healing, growth, and change. I work from a "relational perspective" which focuses on how relationships shape an individual's personality and how the relationship with a therapist/analyst becomes the arena where change and healing takes places. 


Sep 1998May 2007

Certificate in Psychoanalysis

New York University
Sep 1988Feb 1995


Columbia University
Sep 1986Jun 1988


Teachers College (Columbia University)


Columbia University School of Nursing