I treat a vast variety of people with a wide array of issues. I stay fairly current in session, although the importance of our past cannot be avoided. We coped and survived in a certain way as children. These strategies continue and sometimes, we hit a wall (because the ways that worked, don't work anymore). This is not to say these strategies are bad, they just are not useful anymore and new ones are to be explored to enhance the rest of your life. Some areas are relationships, dating, breakups, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, workalcholism, creativity, gay issues, and success.
My specialties were death, dying, grieving, and loss. Although I still work with depression, anxiety, illness, etc., I also work with people with no diagnoses - just a need to sort out a current issue, are in a crisis, or want to learn coping or communications skills (especially important with couples).
My training was psychodynamic, but I have a verbal, interactive, and eclectic approach. I am not technique-oriented, since everyone is individual. I feel that not only listening is essential, but interaction and dialogue too.
Take the first step to help. Call or Email Catherine F Riggs-Bergesen now - (646) 863-6460


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: Yeshiva University
  • Year Graduated: 1992
  • License No. and State: 012768 New York


  • Avg Cost (per session): $20 - $300
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Can file any insurance for clients
  • EmblemHealth
  • GHI
  • MVP
  • ValueOptions
  • Out of Network
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Catherine F Riggs-Bergesen's Groups

1)Singles in New York and 2) Breaking up is hard t

SORRY, THIS GROUP IS CLOSED. Dating and being involved with someone in New York City presents unique challenges. When these intersect with our needs and desires it can be discouraging, depressing, even overwhelming. I offer two groups- one for the dating and one for the moving on from a breakup. These groups are forming and provide support, a sense of community, and strategies for coping and forming good relationships! Call 212-362-5459 and please tell me about your ideal schedule for attending and when I can reach you. You can also email me at drcfrb@hotmail.com. Insurance and copays and sliding scale accepted.

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Death of a Loved One

SORRY, THIS GROUP IS CLOSED, PLEASE CALL FOR A REFERRAL AND TO CHECK ON WHEN IT WILL RESTART. Besides providing an outlet for the terrible loss, this group will provide community, normalizing the loss experience, and offer coping strategies for how to deal with everyone wanting you to be "better" etc. We aren't really taught what the real experience is... Mourning is a long and individual process which doesn't have to stop us, but cannot be buried either. This group is forming and will be scheduled at the most convenient times for everyone. Insurance is accepted with copays, as well as sliding scale.

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Lyme Disease Support Group

THIS GROUP IS CLOSED, BUT PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR REFERRALS. This is a weekly group for people with Lyme Disease - a disabling, life-altering disease which is all too common in Orange County. Another supplemental group presenting research and resources is planned. The group will be scheduled at the most convenient times for clients (there may be more than one groups depending upon need) and meet for 1-1/2 hrs in a comfortable environment in which refreshments will be available, as well as wheelchair accessibility. Insurance and copays and sliding scale are accepted.

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  • Relationship Issues
  • Grief
  • Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, PMS


  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Life Coaching
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Peer Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma and PTSD

Mental Health

  • Mood Disorders


  • Bisexual Issues
  • Gay Issues
  • Lesbian Issues
  • Transgender Identity

Client Focus


  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Cancer
  • Gay Clients
  • HIV / AIDS Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transsexual Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Eclectic
  • Family / Marital
  • Psychodynamic


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2015

Catherine F Riggs-Bergesen

Psychologist, PsyD