Dr. David Appelbaum is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City and Montclair, New Jersey. His philosophy combines clinical excellence, scholarship and a caring approach that emphasizes working collaboratively with clients to change negative patterns of behavior and make desired changes in their lives.
Dr. Appelbaum has extensive experience working with adults and adolescents, treating difficulties that include: depression, anxiety, trauma, family issues, learning disabilities, and relationship issues.
Dr. Appelbaum also maintains a forensic practice specializing in immigration law, conducting psychological evaluations that focus on issues of extreme hardship, political asylum and spousal abuse, as well as providing expert testimony on these matters.
Education and Training:
As an undergraduate Dr. Appelbaum attended Vassar College majoring in psychology. He went onto receive a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and received his doctoral degree from The Graduate Institute for Clinical Psychology, Widener University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Appelbaum completed four years of Post Doctoral training at The William Alanson White Institute, receiving a certificate in psychoanalysis.
He was the recipient of the award for: "Academic and Clinical Excellence" in his psychology doctoral program and received the award for outstanding paper by a candidate at The William Alanson White Institute.
Dr. Appelbaum holds numerous faculty appointments, teaching and supervising at the William Alanson White Institute, Yeshiva University, The Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, and The Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey.
Dr. Appelbaum is an accomplished speaker, presenting regularly at professional conferences, schools, hospitals, and religious institutions. Topics of expertise include: interpersonal approaches to psychotherapy; developing a therapeutic alliance with adolescents; parent –teen communication strategies; and assessment strategies using the DSM system.