Irina Firstein, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in New York
I have been practicing psychotherapy with individuals and couples for over 20 years. I work with individual patients mostly using EMDR, a therapeutic technique to clear traumatic experiences which get "stuck" in emotions, body and brain and cause symptoms which bring clients into therapy. My other approaches to Individual Therapy are Psychodynamic and Mindfulness- based therapies.My reputation is that I am straight forward without harshness and I give constructive feedback. My goal is to understand root causes of the problems that bring people to therapy. We work together to gain insight and develop strategies to make change.
My work with couples is based on EFT. In sessions, we examine each person's attachment style and the emotions that are triggered in "communication" problems. We look at conflict in terms of predictable cycles, which lead to escalation and then practice ways of interaction using the language of attachment, emotions, vulnerability and empathy.
I am a relatioship therapist, whether working with individuals or couples. My belief is that relationships are what hurts most and also what brings most happiness. I think that the root causes of all pain are related to disruptions in intimacy, seperations, abandonements and attachment isues throughout life.
Take the first step to help. Call or Email Irina Firstein now - (212) 953-1388


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: New York University
  • Year Graduated: 1984
  • License No. and State: R031662 New York


  • Avg Cost (per session): $180 - $200
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Paypal

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Out of Network


  • Relationship Issues
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Depression


  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Drug Abuse
  • Infertility
  • Life Coaching
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Substance Abuse

Mental Health

  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders


  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Alternative Languages: Russian


  • Adults


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • EMDR
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Family / Marital
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2015
Irina Firstein, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in New York

Irina Firstein

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW